High School Graduates Get Ahead with SUNY Canton

More than 80 North Country high school students will graduate this year having already earned college credits. During their high school years, these students have earned up to 15 college credits through SUNY Canton and BOCES distance learning.

High School Grads

HIGH SCHOOL GRADS – Pictured are (l to r) Michael Thayer from Hermon-DeKalb Central School, Whitney LaRock from Heuvelton Central School, Grace Martin from Clifton-Fine Central School, Kimberly Matthews from Lisbon Central School, Emily Fuller from Edwards-Knox Central School, Alexandria (Lexi) Reagan from Norwood-Norfolk Junior-Senior High School, and Matthew Bates from Gouverneur Junior-Senior High School

“As we applaud all of our area high school graduates, I’d like to make special note of the students who have already started their college studies,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “They have made the first steps towards higher education, and they should be commended for their efforts. Recent national trends indicate that many students take more than four years to graduate from college. This program gives North Country students a better chance of earning a bachelor’s degree within four years.”

Kennedy met with student delegates and guidance councilors from each of the participating distance learning high schools for lunch on Wednesday (June 25).

Every graduating student who earned college credit from SUNY Canton will be presented with an honors cord to adorn their regalia during their high school commencement ceremonies.

SUNY Canton originally partnered with BOCES to offer distance learning opportunities at area high schools and BOCES Technology Centers in 1985. According to Associate Provost Pauline A. Graveline, “In 1994, the program offered three college courses to 17 students at three locations,” she said. “This Spring, 82 high school students enrolled in six different SUNY Canton college courses.”

The College has two academic classrooms dedicated for distance learning. Faculty utilize the technology to instruct college-level students at partner locations including the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lomonosov Moscow State University, among other partner universities. The video conference style courses supplement the College’s online initiatives through SUNY Canton OnLine.

Portions of the master’s degree programs offered at SUNY Canton by SUNYIT, Utica, are also taught using distance learning classrooms.

Among the area graduates who took college courses were:

Clifton-Fine Central School

  • Grace Martin

Edwards-Knox Central School

  • Kassandra Averill
  • Kaitlin Clark
  • Benjamin Davison
  • Kyle Fountain
  • Emily Fuller
  • Trevor Hale
  • Jerrica Jones
  • Rebecca Johnson
  • Grace Martin
  • Nathan Pike

Gouverneur Junior-Senior High School

  • Michael Ablan
  • Matthew Bates
  • Jordan Denesha
  • Paige Devlin
  • Christopher Dixon
  • Emily Dolly
  • Danielle Easton
  • Douglas Elliott
  • Isaac Emrich
  • Kierstin French
  • Nancy Graybill
  • Aubrey Hamner
  • Carrie Hayes
  • Jennifer Holt
  • Kyra Knowles
  • Benjamin Lacy
  • Amy Palmer
  • Nickola Reddick
  • Jonathan Tatro
  • Nathaniel Travis
  • Hilliary Walters
  • Christine Warden

Hammond Central School

  • Mike Crowner
  • Brittany Kenyon
  • Melissa Marshall
  • Jessica Martin
  • Jasmine Becker
  • Kim Streeter
  • Jacob Tague

Heuvelton Central School

  • Jay Hebert
  • Nicholas Larche
  • Whitney LaRock
  • Betsy LaRue
  • Jessica Persons
  • Eric Ross
  • Scott Sharpes

Lisbon Central School

  • Morgan Beldock
  • Kassie Cross
  • Kendra Crossett
  • Laura Johnston
  • Kelsey Mallette
  • Kimberly Matthews
  • Jessie Mehaffy
  • Jordan Rayburn
  • Jasmine Relling
  • Andrew Richards
  • Samuel St. Pierre
  • Bridget Teele
  • Bradon Toomey
  • Jordan Woodside
  • Chelsea Young

Hermon-DeKalb Central School

  • Jessica Austin
  • Whitney Bishop
  • Adam Burnham
  • Cally Coffey
  • Dustin Fenlong
  • Whitney McRobbie
  • Paul Miller
  • Bryan Spear
  • Rebecca Starts
  • Whitney Stiles
  • Michael Thayer
  • Michael Webb

Norwood-Norfolk Junior-Senior High School

  • Briana Alford
  • Colleen Cotey
  • Alicia Fefee
  • Nick Fiacco
  • Alexandria Reagan
  • Tylor Reynolds
  • Ian Shantie
  • Jon Vari

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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