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College Facts

Onondaga at a glance fact sheet 

Community College Facts

  • Health care: 59% of new nurses and the majority of other new health-care workers are educated at community colleges.
    • Onondaga Community College health care grads (nursing, physical therapist assistant, surgical technology) enjoy a near 100% job placement rate.
  • Workforce training: 95% of businesses and organizations that employ community college graduates recommend community college workforce education and training programs.
  • International programs: Close to 100,000 international students attend community colleges, about 39% of all international undergraduate students in the United States.
    • Students from more than 20 countries attend Onondaga each year.
    • 65 students from Ghana are earning Onondaga credit through a work internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
  • Homeland security: Close to 80% of firefighters, law enforcement officers, and EMTs are credentialed at community colleges.
    • Home to the CNY police academy, Onondaga trains the majority of law enforcement personnel in upstate New York.
  • Online education: Students at 41% of public community colleges can earn a degree entirely online and 92% of all institutions offer at least one Internet-based course.
    • Onondaga offers seven degrees and one certificate programs entirely online. Several other degrees are offered more than 60% online.
  • Earnings: The average expected lifetime earnings for a graduate with an associate degree are $1.6 million, about $.4 million more than a high school graduate earns.