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October 1, 2013

Spotlight on degree completion

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College is putting the spotlight on the value of an associate degree during Completion Week.

The Plattsburgh school is among 30 SUNY colleges and and seven City University of New York schools holding special events this week to send a simple message: Students who complete an associate degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships and transfer to four-year schools. 

“We are offering this week of activities and information to kick off the new academic year with a focus on success,” Clinton Community College Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Cheryl Lesser said in a news release. 

“In addition, we want to stimulate conversations around completing the associate degree so that students are best prepared to compete for their future career. 

“We know that, nationwide, there is an incredible need for associate-degree-level employees for a myriad of skilled jobs.”


At noon Wednesday, students, faculty and staff will be invited to sign a Call to Action during a Commit to Complete event in the theater of the Ronald B. Stafford Center for Art, Science and Technology. 

Signatures of faculty and staff will represent a promise to support and guide students to graduation, and students taking part will commit to complete their certificate or degree.

CCC 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. 

“All of us at Clinton Community College are committed to support students in achieving their goals at the college and preparing them to be successful in their future career or at a four-year institution,” Lesser said. 

“The faculty and staff are experts in their field, and moreover, they are caring and work each day to bring out the best in our students.”

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