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Clinton Holds "Completion Day" Activities

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New York State Completion Day: October 3, 2012

STATEWIDE (October 3, 2012) The 37 State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) community colleges have set aside October 3 to send a simple message: Students who complete an associate degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships and transfer to four-year schools.

Community colleges statewide will hold special events, workshops, guest lectures and counseling sessions to help students understand how completing a degree can change their lives, change their communities and change the nation.

Clinton Community College will be hosting a signing event beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Stafford Building Atrium. President John E. Jablonski will highlight the benefits of degree and certificate completion and emphasize the importance for students to plan their own long-term goals. Food will be served.

At 1: 00 p.m., President Jablonski will invite students, faculty and staff to sign a Call to Action for faculty and staff to support to guide students to graduation and for students to commit to complete their certificate or degree.

The signing event will be followed by an invitation to convene in the Stafford Theater to watch a live video stream of graduates from various SUNY community colleges and the Keynote Speaker, Isa Adney. Adney is a national spokesperson for Community College success. She touts the importance of avoiding student loan debt and breaking cycles of poverty by choosing Community College.

Why community colleges?

  • About half of all undergraduate students in the country attend community colleges.
  • Nearly one million "middle-skill" job openings – positions that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree – are projected for New York State by 2018.

Why complete?

  • Students who complete an associate degree can expect to earn $400,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate.
  • Unemployment for community college graduates is typically 30 percent lower than for high school grads.
  • New York residents who transfer directly from a SUNY or CUNY two-year college with an associate degree are guaranteed entry to a four-year SUNY college.
  • The nation needs more college graduates to stay competitive. The United States used to lead the world in the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds with college degrees. Now it ranks 12th among 36 developed nations.

What can I do?

  • If you are a student, make a commitment to complete your degree.
  • Talk to students you know about their plans for completion.
  • Take part in a New York State Completion Day event near you.
  • If you have completed a degree – particularly an associate degree – tell your story.