---- — SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College is the recipient of a three-year $450,000 grant through the SUNY High Needs Program.
NCCC is one of 36 SUNY campuses to receive funding through the program, which provides support to professional programs vital to the economic sustenance of New York, including health care and technology.
In the first year, under the leadership of Joe Keegan’s model program, funds from the grant will enhance the associate of applied science degree program at the Malone campus for students interested in pursuing careers as chemical-dependency counselors and human-services assistants.
Students in these programs are prepared to transfer to a social-work degree program at a four-year college.
“The expansion of the Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling programs will provide graduates the opportunity to serve this highly needed field,” Maureen Sayles, assistant dean for grants and funded programs, said in a news release.
“The academic supports funded through this grant will increase the success of students who enroll underprepared for college work or students who are returning later in their life for a career change.”
The model created by Keegan, the program coordinator, has been adopted elsewhere in New York.
NCCC President Dr. Steve Tyrell said they are “proud of Joe’s work with this great academic program and Maureen’s leadership to promote critical workforce opportunities for residents of the Adirondacks and beyond.”
The college recently unveiled plans to develop partnerships with other baccalaureate colleges to help students to pursue advanced degrees on NCCC campuses.