Onondaga, Cayuga Community Colleges Team Up To Benefit Students

AUBURN, NY – Cayuga Community College and Onondaga Community College today announced an agreement that creates a career pathway for Cayuga students to earn an associate’s degree in Health Information Technology at Onondaga. The agreement is in response to a workforce demand for health information technicians specializing in medical records in the regions served by Cayuga.

Through the agreement, Cayuga students can take their liberal arts’ classes on the College’s Auburn Campus, and complete their degree requirements at Onondaga both online through the SUNY Learning Network and via on-site clinical lab instruction.

“Our partnership with Cayuga is fulfilling for its students, the community it serves, and the demands of the workforce. We are proud to be part of the solution,” said Cathleen McColgin, Ph.D., Onondaga provost and senior vice president.

“Our ability to collaborate and share resources with peers is one of the great strengths of the SUNY system, and we’re pleased to work in partnership with Onondaga to provide an easy option for our students to complete a degree in this high-demand field,” said Anne Herron, Ed.D., Cayuga provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Students enrolling at Cayuga for the fall 2013 semester can begin taking advantage of the new agreement.

For more information about Cayuga, visit http://www.cayuga-cc.edu/

For more information about Onondaga, visit www.sunyocc.edu

About Cayuga Community College

Founded in 1953, Cayuga Community College is one of 64 accredited institutions that make up the State University of New York system. A full opportunity College, Cayuga offers open access and an affordable gateway to higher education, with courses and degree programs offered at campuses in Auburn and Fulton and online. Cayuga Community College provides a strong liberal arts foundation for further study and career preparation. The college also addresses identified community needs through targeted training and personal enrichment programs. By sustaining academic excellence within a supportive learning environment, the college, a careful steward of human and fiscal resources, serves as a valuable asset to the development of our local, regional, and global communities.

About Onondaga Community College

Onondaga Community College is Central New York’s second largest undergraduate college with nearly 13,000 students. Onondaga is a two-year college operating under the State University of New York system, and is locally sponsored by Onondaga County. Located on a bustling 280-acre campus atop Onondaga Hill, the community’s college remains dedicated to serving the needs of students in ways that help them to explore, discover, and transform. Onondaga offers nearly 50 programs of study, bachelor and master’s degrees available on campus through a regional higher education center, and more than 80 transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities.

A 2013 report on “The Economic Contributions of Onondaga Community College” shows student enjoy an attractive 14.4% rate of return on their educational investment and recover all costs in 11 years, while state and local governments see an annual rate of return of 7.8% on their support for Onondaga. The college is home to the seven-time NJCAA national champion men’s lacrosse team and the two-time NJCAA national champion women’s lacrosse team.  The men’s team won its fifth consecutive national title in 2013. The women’s team last won the national title in 2012. Onondaga has fifteen intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams.