JAMESTOWN – A new program that would highlighting the “opportunity and value” of community colleges like SUNY JCC is underway.
State University Chancellor Jim Malatras announced the “Stay Near, Go Far” campaign on Wednesday.
Malatras says that community colleges offer a great path to a SUNY education, or a career. especially for those who may be delaying a college decision this year due to COVID-19.
The chancellor adds that community colleges offer an education at half the average cost of a 4-year college in the U.S. For SUNY’s community colleges, nearly 64 percent of associate degree graduates have zero student loan debt.
In addition to offering industry credentials and certificates with direct career placements, they offer guaranteed transfer to a SUNY four-year institution for an associate of arts or associate of science graduate.
As part of the campaign, SUNY Community College alumni are encouraged to share their success stories on social media using the hashtag #CommunityCollegeGotMeHere.
The program runs through September 1.