Archive for 2014

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Wins 31 Consecutive Criminal Prosecution Appeals

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

A SUNY Canton Legal Studies assistant professor has marked a milestone in his law career.

Alexander Lesyk, J.D., has won 31 prosecution appeals consecutively since September 2013. The appeals supported convictions in cases involving a wide range of criminal charges.

Alexander Lesyk“Our students benefit from receiving their education from a practicing attorney with Assistant Professor Lesyk’s breadth of experience,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the school of liberal arts. “We pride ourselves on our faculty members’ ability to use real-world knowledge in the classroom.”

Lesyk, a former chief public defender for Franklin County, and a former chief assistant district attorney for St. Lawrence County, served as assistant district attorney for appeals during the last quarter of former District Attorney Nicole Duvé’s tenure. He was then named a special prosecutor in St. Lawrence County in January, and is responsible for appeals in criminal cases in which the current District Attorney’s office has a conflict. The appeals won represent every case that Lesyk has been assigned to date.

He is currently the curriculum coordinator for SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies bachelor’s degree program. He also instructs in the college’s Criminal Justice and Funeral Services Administration programs. He was recently also named the county coordinator for the St. Lawrence County Mock Trial Program, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association. The mock trials pit local high school teams coached by area attorneys against each other in simulated civil or criminal cases.

Lesyk graduated from Fordham University Law School in 1982 and has won numerous awards in criminal law, admiralty, and indigent defense.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Helps Launch Professions at Annual Career Fair

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The SUNY Canton Career Services office will be hosting its annual fall Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, with employers recruiting in both Nevaldine Technology Center and the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The Fair is free and open to the public, and the college openly invites job seekers from the community.

“Our Career Fair often serves as a first interview for full-time employment,” said Julie A. Parkman, SUNY Canton director of career services. “Employers can also recruit interns, and seasonal or temporary help.”

Career FairEmployers interested in recruiting at the Career Fair should contact SUNY Canton Career Services by calling (315) 386-7119, or emailing careers@canton.edu.

The Career Services Office will also be holding Drop-In resume help Monday, Sept. 29, from Noon to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 10 p.m. in the Southworth Library. Staff members will help students, alumni and community members hone their resumes.

Nearly 40 employers will be attending the fair, including:

  • 4M Precision Industries, Inc.
  • Banfield Pet Hospital
  • Berkshire Farm Center and Services For Youth
  • Boys and Girls Club of Massena
  • Bricklayers Local 2 NY
  • Canton Potsdam Hospital
  • Cazenovia Equipment Company, Inc.
  • Clarkson University
  • Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • Control Technologies, Inc.
  • DeFelsko Corporation
  • Electrical Workers IBEW local union 910
  • Great Lakes Cheese
  • Innovative Building Technologies and Building Management, Inc.
  • IEC Electronics
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Massena Memorial Hospital
  • Mort Backus and Sons
  • New York Independent System Operator
  • Newcomber Funeral Service Group
  • Northern Credit Union
  • Northern Orthopedic Laboratory
  • Novelis
  • Peace Corps
  • Penski, Inc. Staffing
  • R. L. Kistler
  • Schneider Packaging Equipment Company, Inc.
  • SeaComm Federal Credit Union
  • Siemens Industries, Inc. (Building Technologies Division)
  • Skyko International LLC
  • St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center
  • SUNY Potsdam Center for Graduate Studies
  • TRC Power Delivery
  • U. S. Customs and Border Protection
  • UA Local 73 Plumbers and Steamfitters
  • Vermont State Police
  • Woodcock and Armani Mechanical Contractors

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Career-Driven Bachelor Degree Programs Gain Initial Accreditation at SUNY Canton

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s most recent bachelor’s degree programs received initial accreditation by ABET, the premiere engineering and engineering technology accrediting body.

Civil and Environmental Technology, Electrical Technology and Mechanical Technology all underwent a full site review by ABET accreditors last fall. The accreditation is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2012.

civil environmental

Pictured are (l to r) Garrett R. Richards of Potsdam, Civil and Environmental Technology program director Adrienne C. Rygel and Codi D. McKee of Barker collecting water samples from the Grasse River on the SUNY Canton campus.

“Accreditation really helps establish the quality and value of these programs,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “It is further evidence that our programs have met the standards necessary to produce well-qualified graduates who are prepared to enter their chosen careers.”

All three programs began in 2010 and boast a 100 percent placement rate for graduates. Most new hires within these fields are earning salaries of more than $50,000 annually.

“The four-year educational tracks were developed to build upon SUNY Canton’s strong, ABET accredited, associate degree programs,” said Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Students have advanced career mobility through our four-year programs.”

Civil and Environmental Technology

The four-year program builds upon the existing two-year Civil Engineering Technology program with more advanced structural design courses, practical industry skills and technology, and add an entirely new environmental component to the program according to Program Director and Associate Professor Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D. “Students build upon their classes in the natural sciences to tackle real-life problems,” she said. “They study water and soil pollution and determine responses to remediate contamination.”

Some students are studying the environmental impact of mining in Pyrates. They take field samples to test the water quality and then draft an environmental site impact statement. Other students are surveying a site and creating a plan for residential development in the area, including the design for the homes.

The career outlook in the area of civil engineering technology is expected to remain constant through 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The career outlook for environmental technology and related careers is projected to grow approximately 18 percent, or faster than the average for all occupations, according to the BLS.

Electrical Technology

electrical

Jordan Edwards of Brooklyn completes a circuit board for a radio in SUNY Canton’s Electrical Technology labs.

One of the benefits of ABET accreditation in the Electrical Engineering Technology program is students will be able to take the Fundamentals of Engineers examination toward their professional engineer license immediately after graduation, according to Program Director and Professor Stephen E. Frempong, Ph.D. “The program provides the opportunity for students to minor in mathematics, which helps when applying to graduate school or preparing to become a design engineer,” he said.

Students in the program are currently working on a radio frequency identification system that could be applied to a classroom setting as an attendance system, and a power generation method where waste heat is converted into usable electricity.

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists work closely with electrical engineers. They work primarily in manufacturing settings, research and development laboratories, and the utilities industry, according the BLS. The median annual wage for these positions is almost $58,000.

Mechanical Technology

Assistant Professor and Department Chairperson Director Daniel J. Miller noted that companies including Boeing, Corning Inc., Schneider Packaging and others have hired graduates from the four-year Mechanical Technology program. “Several students are continuing their education in doctorate programs studying biomedical engineering research fields,” he said. “Our program is unique in that students have several pathways to direct their career.”

mechanical

Elizabeth K. Brennan of Ogdensburg measures a piece of aluminum for a project in the four-year Mechanical Technology program at SUNY Canton.

Notably, students can study mechanical design, manufacturing robotics and building environmental controls. The program recently incorporated three-dimensional printers. Students have built several of these devices and have used the technology to print their own projects. Currently, students in the Engineering Club are designing a Baja off-road vehicle.

Mechanical engineering technologists assist with manufacturing processes or with development phases in research and development labs. Careers in the field are expected to grow through 2022, according to the BLS. There will be opportunities for students who can master new software and technology. The median annual wage for graduates is greater than $51,000.

About Accreditation

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by SUNY Canton meets high levels of quality. Members of the faculty, staff, and administration use the accreditation as a means to measure the effectiveness of programs and evaluate the quality of each major. The college first received ABET accreditation in 1950. Many of the two-year programs within the SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology were reaccredited by ABET in 2009.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Joins Elite Group of Military-Friendly Schools

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

SUNY Canton Joins Elite Group of Military-Friendly Schools

G.I. Jobs magazine announced this week that SUNY Canton has once again been named to their annual list of the most military-friendly schools in the nation.

The 2015 list on militaryfriendly.com honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

SUNY Canton was chosen for its support services that benefit current and former military members and their families, such as a dedicated study lounge and flexible online learning options. It is the fourth time the college has been recognized by the publication.

Military Friendly

Pictured is Scott L. Palmer, a Mechanical Technology major from Morristown. Palmer served in the U.S. Army and is current reserve member. He is also a member of Clarkson University’s ROTC Golden Knights Battalion.

“SUNY Canton has long been committed to serving those who have served our country,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We are thrilled to be recognized as a military-friendly college by G.I. Jobs magazine, and we pledge to continue providing an accessible, affordable, high-quality education to present and former military service men and women and their dependents.”

This year more than 75 veterans, National Guard members, reservists and veteran dependents are enrolled at SUNY Canton. The college’s Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator Patrick S. Massaro serves as an adviser to military students and their families, helping them navigate the programs and services that can assist them in reaching their educational goals.

Thomas M. Sanford, an Accounting major from Poughkeepsie and current Marine Corps reservist, said SUNY Canton’s military-friendly culture helped eased his transition from active duty to higher education after serving for five years in the Marines.

“Patrick made it incredibly easy for me to make the move from my military career to beginning my degree program,” Sanford said. “And SUNY Canton’s dedicated study lounge and Student Veterans Association gives military students the opportunity connect with each other and work together.”

About G.I. Jobs

G.I. Jobs is the primary resource for service members and veterans seeking education and employment opportunities. Free tools like the new Schools Matchmaker on GIJobs.com are used by hundreds of thousands of members of the military community each year.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Blackboard Transition Officially Kicks Off

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The transition from ANGEL to the Blackboard Learn Course Management System (CMS) officially kicked off on September 18th. The SUNY Canton Office of OnLine Learning “Set the Table” for the Phase 1 pilot group with a restaurant inspired overview session, detailing the conversion. Phase 1 training will continue throughout the fall semester, leading up to Blackboard course delivery starting in the Spring 2014 semester for pilot courses.

The event concluded with a gift card drawing to the Campus Store. Assistant Professor of Mechanical Technology Lucas Craig, Ph.D (below) was the lucky winner. Pictured below from left to right are Learning Systems Manager Jerry Bartlett, Instructional Technologist Christina Smith, Craig, Online Learning Technician Mat Nichols, and Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly Mott, Ph.D.

For additional information about the Blackboard transition, please visit the Online Learning Faculty Resources page at: http://www.canton.edu/ol/faculty.html

 

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Women’s Business Bootcamp to Help with Building Online Presence

Friday, September 19th, 2014

rp_sbdc_logo.jpgThe SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting its Fall Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the SUNY Canton Campus Center’s Conference Suites. Keynote speakers Megan-Jean Manson and Molly-Jean Manson, of Immortal Phoenix Studios in Malone, will discuss “Building a Strong Online Presence.”

Many small businesses are starting out with their first websites or looking to redevelop an existing one to better reach their market. At the Bootcamp, women will learn the best practices and dodge certain pitfalls that come with being on the World Wide Web. They will also learn how to tie their website to their social media accounts and apply content marketing to their sales plans. Women business owners can develop effective strategies for building up their business’ online persona. Megan-Jean and Molly-Jean will show Bootcamp participants how to get out there and be found online.

Manson'sThe Mansons will share their vast experience and expertise in design, public relations and online marketing to those who attend the Bootcamp. Megan-Jean, creative manager of Immortal Phoenix Studios, is a graduate of Cazenovia College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications. She is the winner of the Excellence in Visual Communications and the Excellence in Art and Design Awards among her graduating peers for her passion and ambition in the field of graphic design. Originally a gifted illustrator, Megan refocused her career in 2010 to become a more rounded designer, independently learning how to create and design websites to broaden her portfolio. In 2012, she struck out as an independent freelancer and began working full time on her design business.

Molly-Jean, social media manager, joined Immortal Phoenix Studios in 2014. She started offering marketing and public relations services in the fall of 2012, managing local business’ Facebook and other social media pages. She also provides marketing consultations to business owners beyond the realm of the World Wide Web. In addition, Molly manages the execution of advertising campaigns and manages several websites for her clients.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon will feature a delicious luncheon and the popular Mini Marketplace, a display area which will afford attendees the opportunity to sell their products or educate participants about their organization or business in a small and intimate forum. The participants in the Mini Marketplace will have a small table for product displays and materials.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp is sponsored by SUNY Canton, the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The cost is $30 per person and pre-registration is required. The fee includes the luncheon and panel discussion as well as a table for the Mini Marketplace (on a space-available basis) and plenty of networking opportunities. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or sbdc@canton.edu.

About the Small Business Development Center

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer resources for industry-specific topics. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs. More information is available at www.canton.edu/sbdc.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Win $100 in the Constitution Day Essay Contest

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Students can win up to $100 in the 2014 Constitution Day essay contest. To enter, view this video of a New Mexico traffic stop http://youtu.be/dlaVkpoJW_B8 and write an essay identifying the constitutional issues involved. Responses should be at least a page, type written. First prize is a $100 gift card redeemable at the Campus Center Store or any on-campus eatery. Second place is a $50 gift card, and third place is $25. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, Sept. 17. Good luck!

The US Constitution along with the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments guarantees basic civil liberties. SUNY Canton celebrates Constitution Day annually with unique challenges meant to raise awareness and increase education of the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

Please send all submissions to: constitutionday@canton.edu

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U.S. News and World Report Names SUNY Canton a Top Regional College

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

US News & World ReportU.S. News and World Report today announced that SUNY Canton has earned a spot in the 30th edition of its “Best Colleges” publication.

The college was ranked among the top 61 schools in the “Regional Colleges—North” division. Selection in the category is based on colleges that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal art disciplines. The North division includes colleges specifically located in the Northeastern United States, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

“SUNY Canton offers a wide range of degree offerings in the areas of engineering technology, criminal justice, nursing and health, business, information technology, legal studies, veterinary technology, graphic and multimedia design, and many others, all with the applied focus that are so critical in today’s economy,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We’re affordable, entrepreneurial, and have great student activities. Our focus on student success makes our college a perfect choice for students wanting to graduate from a great major into a great career.”

The 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” includes data on nearly 1,800 schools nationwide to help parents and students evaluate their options. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence. Outcome-related measures, such as graduation and retention rates, account for 30 percent of the rankings and are the most heavily weighted factors in the methodology.

This is the fourth year in a row that SUNY Canton has been included in the top Regional Colleges—North division.

“Again this year, we are proud to see so many of our SUNY campuses recognized as being among the best nationally by U.S. News and World Report,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “In every community across New York State, SUNY colleges and universities like SUNY Canton offer students top quality degree programs and applied learning opportunities that prepare them for success in today’s 21st-century global economy.”

The U.S. News and World Report announcement is the latest in a series of awards the college has received. SUNY Canton’s four-year bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Legal Studies were recently named among the most economical online programs in the U.S. by SR Education Group. The college’s bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management was also named as one of the top ten online programs of its kind in the country.

The rankings will be published in the “Best Colleges 2015” guidebook will go on sale Sept. 23. More information about the rankings is available now at www.usnews.com/education.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Opens Wall Street Inspired Business Classroom

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

A $20,000 pledge from Alesco Advisors helps students access and analyze current financial information as part of their business education.

Business students can become savvy investors in SUNY Canton’s new Business Learning Center.

The new learning space in the recently renovated Cook Hall Room 100 features a large interactive touch screen display showing financial indicators and an LED stock ticker displaying real-time stock prices of major companies. The classroom was designed specifically for students taking classes in the Finance, Management, Business Administration and Accounting programs.

SUNY Canton Business

“The space gives our students an opportunity to further explore long and short-term investing practices and their impact on business,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the school of business and liberal arts. “It certainly enhances the student experience in all of our business-related programs.”

Representatives from the SUNY Canton College Foundation noted that a charitable gift from Alesco Advisors of Pittsford for $20,000 over five years helped create the learning environment. Alesco is a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission registered investment advisory firm managing $2.5 billion for institutional and high net worth clients.

“We are delighted and proud to assist in the establishment of the stock exchange classroom, as well as the exciting growth of SUNY Canton,” said Todd D. Green, Alesco’s chief investment officer.

The College Foundation also supports the Investment Club, which will operate in the space in conjunction with other Business programs. Investment Club students have the opportunity to invest actual funds in a range of long-term investments and track results to build an asset base to support scholarships.

“The college created the Business Learning Center for students to help provide a hands-on learning experience with investments,” said Assistant Professor Umesh Kumar, a business faculty member who helped design the new classroom.

Improvements were made as part of the Cook Hall renovation project. Across the hall from the investment center, the Funeral Services Administration program has moved into a new chapel and student workspace. The college also recently completed brand-new classrooms on the second floor of the building.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Writer, Performance Poet Arthur Flowers to Kick off SUNY Canton Fall Living Writers Series

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Arthur FlowersSUNY Canton will begin the fall semester installment of the popular Living Writers Series when African-American author Arthur Flowers performs at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 in the Richard W. Miller Kingston Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Flowers utilizes African instruments in his unique style of storytelling. He considers himself a modern-day “griot,” a person who maintains a tradition of oral history, most notably in West Africa.

“There are those of us in African-American literature who feel that we are heirs to two literary traditions: the western written tradition and the African oral one, and try in the fusion to contribute something to the evolution of both,” Flowers said.

He is the author of the books “I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” “Mojo Rising: Confessions of a 21st Century Conjureman,” “Another Good Loving Blues” and “De Mojo Blues.”

“Flowers is a novelist and a bluesman, a storyteller and a sage,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “His performances defy literary convention, incorporating song, prayer, humor and heart. He is a man of wisdom and power and he is not to be missed.”

LaMarche created the series to in 2012 correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. Upcoming presenters this semester are acclaimed author Jennifer Finney Boylan Oct. 16 and novelist and short-story writer Patrick Lawler Nov. 19.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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