The Cayuga County Community College (CCC) is one of the 64 colleges that make up the State University of New York (SUNY). The college primarily caters to the higher education needs of the residents of the Cayuga and Oswego counties and operates through two campuses: Auburn and Fulton. The school came into existence in 1953 when the State University of New York approved its establishment. The college was sponsored by the Auburn City School District and was known as the Auburn Community College. The first classes were held at the former James Street Elementary School. In 1975, Cayuga county assumed sponsorship and it was renamed Cayuga County Community College. As enrollment increased, the college moved to its present Auburn campus in 1959. The Fulton campus was established in 1994.
The Auburn campus features the Main Building, Health-Business-Technical (Tech) Building, Library Building, Preschool Center, Spartan Hall, Thomas F. Steenburgh Nature Center, and the James T. Walsh Regional Economic Center.
Degree and certificate programs are offered to students. The degree programs available include Associate of Science and Arts degrees for students who want to transfer to a four year university or college to complete a baccalaureate degree. These degrees are offered in various areas of study such as Business Administration, Computer Science, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Geographic Information Systems, and Studio Art and Design.
The college also offers Applied Associate of Science (A.A.S.) degree programs for students who want to take up a profession directly after completing their course. Students can opt for Nursing, Telecommunications Technology, Electrical Technology, Criminal Justice, Accounting, and Business Administration.
Numerous certificate programs are offered which focus on specific careers for immediate entry into the workforce. The areas of study for the certificate programs include Computer-Aided Design, Accounting, Computer Hardware/Software Design, Early Childhood, Criminal Justice, Electronics, and General Business.
In addition to the degree and certificate programs high school, online learning, and the Study on Sundays programs are available.
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Admission is offered to students who have completed high school or an equivalent. Transfer students and home-schooled students can also seek admission. To apply for admission, prospective students need to submit the application form along with their official high school transcripts. Students who have earned their GED need to submit their original score report along with their high school transcripts. Students who have not graduated from high school are required to appear for placement tests for evaluation of their ability to benefit from a college education. Transfer candidates are required to submit their official college transcripts for review of transfer credit.
After submission of the admission form, all of the required documents are evaluated by the Admissions Office and students who have not completed acceptable college-level English and Mathematics courses are required to appear for the placement test.
The college encourages international students to apply for admissions early as it takes more time to process their applications.
The school offers financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. To apply for financial aid, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. The college recommends a priority deadline of April 15 to apply for financial aid. New York State residents can also apply for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and the Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) awards based on their enrollment.
The different types of financial aid available for students include scholarships and grants, loans, and employment opportunities. The federal grants available for students include the Pell Grant and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). Students can also apply for various loans such as Federal Direct Student Loans and Federal Direct Parent Loans. Students can also opt for work-study programs where they can seek employment with on-campus or off-campus employers.
Different scholarship options available for students include the David F. Alexander Memorial Scholarship, Antonino and Matteo Bartolotta Scholarships of Merit, Cayuga County Home Bureau Scholarship, James A. and Katie S. Bentley Memorial Scholarship, and the Cayuga Bank Employee Memorial Scholarship.
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The Academic Support Center has professional specialists that help students address their academic deficiencies in reading, writing, mathematics, and study skills. The center actively provides academic and leadership skill development, professional and peer tutoring, and organizes skill-building seminars and workshops. Both the Auburn and Fulton campuses feature bookstores operated by the Follett Higher Education Group.
The bookstores stock textbooks, reference materials, office and school supplies, college merchandise, gifts, and software packages. The Student Development Office provides career guidance and organizes job and career fairs and useful workshops and presentations for the students. The Norman F. Bourke Memorial Library at the Auburn campus has individual and group study areas, computer workstations, and wireless internet facility. It houses more than 80,000 books and reference sources, research databases, journals, magazines, and newspaper subscriptions.
There are a number of clubs on the campus. Live theater on the campus is provided by the award-winning Harlequin Productions.
Student Housing Assistance
On-campus housing for students is not available but assistance is offered in searching for local off-campus options such as the Lattimore Hall.
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The college is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region III. The college is also a member of the Mid-States Athletic Conference at the Division III level. The intercollegiate athletic teams include men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and lacrosse; women’s volleyball; and bowling and golf teams.
The school is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education, which is a unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the educational programs offered by the college are registered by the New York State Department of Education.
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