SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy Brown and Gillette College President Kevin Drumm recently made the agreement between the two colleges official. The agreement makes it possible for Wyoming students to obtain bachelor’s degrees without having to leave their home state or even their hometown.
“We had several productive meetings in Gillette and were overwhelmed by their wonderful hospitality,” Brown said. “They’re excited about being able to offer our SUNY Canton Online programs in Law Enforcement Leadership and Management, and Technology Management for the Fall 2007 Semester.”
The agreement will allow two-year students enrolled at Gillette College the ability to obtain baccalaureate degrees via SUNY Canton OnLine (SUNY Canton OL), through distance learning video technologies, from Gillette Campus faculty, or through a combination of the three methods. SUNY Canton currently has 13 bachelor’s degree programs, most of which are available online. The college’s continued growth and online expansion prompted the college to form SUNY Canton OL to exclusively serve students who wish to obtain a degree via the Internet.
“While in Gillette we met with the city’s police department as well as the sheriff’s department,” said Brown. “The officers in both of those departments seemed very interested in enrolling online and becoming SUNY Canton students.”
Gillette College recently announced its first sports program with the formation of a rodeo team that will begin competition this fall. “We met with Rodeo Coach Will LaDuke and let him know we were looking forward to one of our future students becoming a member of his team,” Brown added.
SUNY Canton officials joining Brown in Gillette were Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David Wells, School of Business and Public Service Interim Dean Karen Spellacy, Admissions Counselor Rebecca Armstrong, and Director of Public Relations Randy Sieminski. SUNY Canton has similar agreements with colleges in Russia, Japan, Massachusetts, and a number of other colleges in New York.
Gillette College is part of the Northern Wyoming Community College District and offers outreach programs in several counties. Gillette College offers associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of applied science degrees, certificate programs, and program tracks that prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university. Gillette College is run by Dean Paul Young, who will be joining his SUNY Canton counterparts for the official announcement.
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 will be moving to a four-year athletic program in the Fall 2007 semester.