President's Message(2)











Onondaga makes high quality educational programs and services accessible to our diverse citizenry, empowering individuals to explore and discover their inherent potential and to transform themselves to live, work and thrive in our global community.


Onondaga will be recognized as a dynamic leader in higher education and as one of the nation’s most innovative community colleges. Students will discover an inclusive and welcoming environment that supports achievement of the highest potential. By nurturing lifelong learning, academic excellence, community engagement and service, global perspectives and open minds, Onondaga will enrich and enhance the quality of life in Central New York and beyond.





  • ImpactMaking an Impact  

Onondaga is helping students achieve a lifetime of higher earning, its students are avoiding social costs due to better quality of life related to degree achievement, and the College is providing taxpayers with a significant return on investment. These are among the findings in a study of the College’s impact completed by Economic Modeling Specialists, International.



Among the report’s highlights:

The average income at the career midpoint of someone with an associate degree in the Onondaga service area is
The service area includes Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Cortland, and Madison counties.

Students enjoy an attractive 14.4% average rate of return on their educational investment and recover all costs in
11 years.

Higher earnings for Onondaga students and associated increases in state income expand the tax base in New York by approximately
$78.6 million each year.

New York will see avoided social costs amounting to
million per year due to improved health, reduced crime, and reduced welfare and unemployment.

For every dollar of support from state and local governments, taxpayers see a return of
in the form of higher tax receipts and avoided costs.

State and local governments see an annual rate of return of
7.8% on their support for Onondaga.

Total annual impact on the Onondaga service area is
$439.2 million.

Total impact represents 1.4% of the total regional economy and roughly
9,360 average wage jobs.

The entire report is available at





Student Profile: Garrett Sisson '13 - Humanities and Social Sciences

Garrett Sisson

"If we believe,
and we give it
everything we have,
we are unstoppable."

Garrett Sisson loves to tell people they can overcome anything in life and accomplish whatever they want. It was the focus of the message he shared with classmates, faculty, friends, and family when he spoke at Onondaga’s 2013 commencement ceremony. Sisson recalled how his father, an alcoholic, had abandoned the family when Garrett was just four years old. Sisson would go on to graduate from Mohonasen High School in Rotterdam, NY, work hard in all phases of his life, and excel during his two years at Onondaga. His list of accomplishments include: a degree in Humanities, membership in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, membership on the Presidential Search Committee, recipient of a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, and a two year-member of the men’s basketball team. He was voted team captain for the second season.

Sisson utilized Onondaga’s 2+2 agreement with St. John Fisher College and transferred there along with all of his credits. This fall he is majoring in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations. In the winter he will play for Fisher’s basketball team.






Board of Trustees 

Allen J. Naples, Chair 

Steven F. Aiello, Vice Chair 

Edward J. Heinrich, Secretary 

Donald M. Mawhinney, Jr. 

Dr. Gary R. Livent 

Dr. Donna DeSiato

Melanie Littlejohn 

John P. Sindoni, Esq. 

Ryan J. Lavin, Student Trustee 

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Onondaga County Executive 

Joanne M. Mahoney

Onondaga County Legislators 

 J. Ryan McMahon II, Chairman

Patrick M. Kilmartin, Floor Leader

Linda R. Ervin, Floor Leader

Robert J. Andrews

Chester A. Dudzinski

John C. Dougherty

Kevin A. Holmquist

Casey E. Jordan

David H. Knapp

Danny J. Liedka

Brian F. May

Michael E. Plochocki

Kathleen A. Rapp

Christopher J. Ryan

Derek T. Shepard, Jr.

Judith A. Tassone

Monica Williams 

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SUNY Chancellor 

Nancy L. Zimpher

SUNY Board of Trustees 

H. Carl McCall, Chairman

Joseph Belluck 

Eric Corngold

Henrik Dullea

Ronald Ehrenberg

Angelo Fatta

Tina Good

Stephen Hunt

Eunice A. Lewin

Marshall Lichtman

John Murad

Peter Knuepfer

Tremayne Price

Linda Sanford

Richard Socarides

Carl Spielvogel

Cary Staller

Gerri Warren-Merrick

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