Opened in 1968 in Groton, NY, Tompkins-Cortland Community College moved to its current location in Dryden in 1974. In 2007, the school added a new addition to their library, a new sports complex, and a new student center. The school offers associate’s degrees and certificates in more than 40 areas of study. Students may choose transfer degrees as well as paraprofessional degrees and there are several degrees and certificates offered via their distance learning program.
Students may choose to live on campus and there are numerous student organizations, sports clubs and intercollegiate sports. The school also features a swimming pool and tennis and racquetball courts.
The town of Dryden offers several things to do as well. For those who love the outdoors, Yellow Barn and Sindagin Hollow State Forests offer trails for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing as well as areas to picnic and barbeque. There are also numerous restaurants and shopping venues.
The Greek Peak Ski Resort is also located close to the campus and has 32 trails with terrains suited for all levels of skiers. In addition to standard slopes the resort also features lesson programs, a vertical drop of over 900 feet and trails dedicated solely to snowboarders and cross-country skiers.
Tompkins-Cortland Community College, often called TC3, offers associate’s degrees and certificates in more than 40 areas of study. The college offers two different kinds of associate’s degrees and the type of degree that the student pursues is dependent upon what they wish to do with it.
An Associate of Applied Science degree is utilized to obtain the education necessary to begin a career as a paraprofessional in a number of different fields. Some students may also pursue this degree so that they may obtain a higher paying job so that they may work while pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
An Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree obtained at TC3 prepares a student to transfer to a four-year university in order to complete a bachelor’s program. The classes taken during the two-year program is about the same as what the student would take during the freshman and sophomore years at university. The idea behind completing this degree at Tompkins-Cortland is that the student may save significant money and possibly stay closer to home.
The certificate program is used to provide students with specific skills in order to obtain employment in an entry-level paraprofessional position or to upgrade current skills.
Students who simply wish to take a class or two for personal or professional enrichment may do so simply by registering for classes.
TC3 understands that many people would like to pursue higher education but can’t due to family or job obligations. To provide an opportunity for these people, the college offers several degrees and certificates entirely online. Students may, of course, also take individual classes online.
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Tompkins-Cortland Community College offers many degrees and programs that are commonly found at community colleges but one program that they have stands out as unique. New York is the 3rd largest wine-producing state in the United States and has over 250 wineries. In response to a need that is local, national and international, the college offers a wine marketing program that is business-focused and teaches an introduction to wine regions around the world, international business aspects of the industry and handling, storing and serving wine and finally, how to pair wine with food.
The program includes an internship that allows students to learn in a working wine environment. During the 10-15 week internship, students use the distance-learning format to communicate and discuss the internship with the instructor as well as answer journal questions.
Tompkins Cortland Community College has a open admissions policy to all programs except the nursing program, which has selective admissions policies. Students wishing to apply to any other degree program need to complete the application either online or by printing out the paper application and submit it along with the other required documents. The school also requires an official copy of high school transcripts and immunization records.
After being accepted, students will need to apply for financial aid and submit proof of residency in order to receive in-state tuition rates. Before registering for classes, students must complete a pre-registration orientation which may include placement testing. After completing the orientation, students are eligible to enroll for classes and will then need to pay tuition and attend new student orientation and buy books.
Students wishing to take single classes or continuing education credits may simply register for the classes.
Tompkins-Cortland Community College offers financial aid to students in the form of public and private scholarships and grants, and federally subsidized loans. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as the New York Tuition Assistance (TAP) Program, both of which are available online. Students should complete these applications as soon as possible in order to be considered for every kind of aid available. Also, part-time students may also complete the Aid for Part-Time Study application. Financial information for both the student and family will be required when completing these applications so students should have this data available prior to completing the applications.
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The TC3 Panthers play in the National Junior College Athletic Association as a Division III team in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. They offer several intercollegiate sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, golf and soccer. Men may also participate in baseball and lacrosse while women have the additional options of volleyball and softball. The school’s colors are hunter green and white.
In addition to intercollegiate sports, students may also choose to play recreational sports including flag football, softball, soccer and racquetball among others. The recreation department at the school also provides equipment for recreational activities and oversees the pool, tennis courts, fitness center and disc golf course.
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