As another season of school gets under way, the region’s community colleges continue to provide a quality education at a good price.
The North Country enjoys Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, North Country Community College in Saranac Lake and Ticonderoga and Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh.
These institutions are gems residing within their surrounding communities.
Adirondack Community College, founded in 1961, serves Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties and offers more than 30 academic programs.
North Country Community College, founded in 1967, serves Franklin and Essex counties. It has received both state and nationwide recognition for its academic programs.
Some people refer to Clinton Community College as “Harvard on the Hill,” a nickname that leaves those not in the know wondering what it is all about.
Driving up the hill one notices the beauty of its historic buildings, which housed presidents who ran the country from the scenic location that was once a hotel.
The view of Lake Champlain stops you in your tracks and you imagine yourself sitting on the balcony reading a book or writing a research paper as a college student.
Students, faculty, administrators and area business leaders say CCC has more than earned its academic reputation.
Typical learners fresh out of high school flock to it, and adult learners are quickly embraced into the CCC fold as one of its own, helping them ease back into life as a full-time student, providing them with the tools to exceed and shine and sending her off with a solid academic foundation.
Students and their families consistently provide glowing recommendations of the school. Many say the professors worked them hard, but were kind and helpful, and the school provided all the resources they needed to succeed.
CCC’s programs are renowned in the state and beyond, as reported in national ranking achievements and studies, such as one from Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT that praised registered nurses who graduated from CCC’s nursing program over graduates from other institutions.
CCC’s nursing program should be a significant source of pride for the institution, and the region should be proud that such skilled, patient-oriented nurses graduate from the school.
It’s not an easy program to get into and it is rigorous to complete, but that, among other aspects, is what distinguishes it.
Whether it be educating college students, training or retraining the workforce, or treading in the forefront of today’s technology, the school has consistently impressed.
Graduates of any of the school’s programs consistently say they were overwhelmed by how much they learned at the school, humbled by the professionalism and helpfulness of their professors and feel prepared to go on to the next stage of their lives, whether it be the workforce or a transfer to a four-year school, usually Plattsburgh State, another stellar institution this community is fortunate to have.
The faculty and staff at CCC, NCCC and ACC excel in their roles.
Faculty members don’t hide the fire for the job — it is in their eyes, at the tips of their fingers and it dances off their tongues as they describe their courses and students. Students are fortunate to have knowledgeable professionals who care deeply.
CCC now enjoys a diverse class, hungry to learn and hopeful for the future.
Whether they come from China or Clinton County, and whether they are 18 or 50, they are in good hands and on the path to a bright future.
Adirondack and North Country community colleges are no doubt excited about their incoming classes as well and eager to delve into a new school year.
No matter which of these institutions students choose, they will not be disappointed with the education they receive.
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