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Colleges Collaborating 

Onondaga’s focus on student success led to the creation of more partnerships between Onondaga and other institutions of higher learning.

Onondaga and Le Moyne College signed a 2+2 partnership agreement. It allows students who earn their associate degree at Onondaga to transfer to Le Moyne with junior status, where they can complete their bachelor’s degree. Onondaga has 2+2 agreements with four other schools including University at Buffalo, St. John Fisher College, SUNY Alfred, and Syracuse University.



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Onondaga and Broome Community College partnered on two programs, an A.A.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Technician and a certificate program in Histological Technician. Students fulfill the course requirements at Onondaga, and Broome assists students to complete all necessary clinical work in the Syracuse area.


Onondaga signed a memorandum of agreement with Cayuga Community College to jointly provide the required coursework to educate and train health information technicians. Onondaga will provide the necessary instruction in Health Information Technology/Medical Records to students in the Cayuga cohort via the Open SUNY+ and via on-site clinical lab instruction.

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Onondaga and Paul Smith’s College signed an agreement which will allow students who graduate from Onondaga’s Hospitality Management program the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from Paul Smith’s while attending classes at the Regional Higher Education Center on the Onondaga campus. This accelerated degree program will combine on-campus and online learning to afford students the ability to complete a bachelor’s degree in hotel, resort and tourism management within five semesters.


Onondaga and St. John Fisher College signed a new partnership to offer the first doctoral program at the Regional Higher Education Center in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.). In addition, the institutions created a new 2+2 agreement that offers a direct pathway from Onondaga to St. John Fisher in 12 different bachelor’s degree programs.

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Student Profile: Brett Williams '13 - Business Adminstration

Brett Williams

"Excelling in both
will bring me
much further
in life."

Brett Williams is a champion student-athlete. During his two years at Onondaga the Fulton native was an honor student, an All-American lacrosse player, and a two-time national champion. “Being successful as both a student and an athlete really pushed me to reach my goals,” said Williams. “I believe excelling in both will bring me much further in life.”

Williams credits the faculty at Onondaga with his smooth transition to college life. “The teachers were willing to help one-on-one if needed. It was a great benefit compared to other colleges where you’re in a class of 100 or more.”

Williams turned his success at Onondaga and a degree in Business Administration into an athletic scholarship at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania where he’ll continue playing lacrosse.






Starting College Early 

Onondaga’s program allowing high school students to earn college credit continues to grow. During the fall and winter semesters, more than 2,700 area students participated in Onondaga’s College Credit Now (CCN) program.

Syracuse’s Academy of Science is the latest school to take part in the CCN program, bringing the total number of schools to 29 for the 2013-2014 academic year. Also new this academic year, students are able to enroll online. Courses offered include:


  • English
  • Math
  • History
  • Business
  • Art

There is no cost for students who participate. Benefits include the opportunity to earn transferable college credits while in high school and to prepare for the rigor of college courses.

High school teachers administering CCN courses are approved by the College and assigned a College Faculty Mentor to assist them throughout the school year.

Onondaga’s concurrent enrollment program was recently re-accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) extensive peer-review process.


College Credit Now Schools:




Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES


Central Square

Cicero-North Syracuse


East Syracuse Minoa





Institute of Technology






Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES

Onondaga Central


Syracuse Academy of Science




West Genesee





Grants for Tomorrow 

Onondaga has received two significant grants which will help educate and prepare students for high-demand, well-paying careers.


Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Grant

Onondaga is part of a statewide consortium of community colleges taking part in a Collaborative Training and Educating in Advanced Manufacturing (T.E.A.M.) Pathways Project. Onondaga faculty are collaborating with the Manufacturers Association of Central New York, local employers, and faculty at community colleges across the state to develop new programs, courses, and delivery modes to help workers, veterans, and others to obtain the skills, certifications, and credentials that they need to enter and advance in high-demand career pathways in advanced manufacturing. The program is designed to provide individuals with access to new career opportunities and to meet the needs of employers in Central New York who rely on highly-skilled employees to remain competitive in regional, national and global markets.




$599,001 National Science Foundation S-STEM Grant

Money will fund scholarships for academically talented, financially needy students enrolled in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics. Onondaga’s STEM disciplines include:


  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Technology
  • Math and Science
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Nuclear Technology





  • Starting SmartStarting Smart  

Onondaga’s Children’s Learning Center (CLC) is partnering with Onondaga County’s Head Start program to ensure children a strong educational foundation. Children of parents who meet eligibility guidelines are dual enrolled in the CLC’s program and in either Head Start (for children ages 3 to 5 years old) or Early Head Start (for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years).

Children receive comprehensive services including vision and hearing screening, access to a Head Start nurse, free dental clinics, and developmental screenings. Parents receive individualized family support and goal planning from a Head Start family worker located at the CLC, as well as opportunities to connect with other parents through volunteering in classrooms and participation in parent meetings and workshops on parenting issues.

The CLC reserves 12 slots for Early Head Start children and 16 for Head Start children.




Partners in Education 


Onondaga is partnering with the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) on two initiatives.

Onondaga is the testing site for MACNY’s Certified Production Technician Training. There are five modules in the program: safety, quality practices and management, manufacturing processes and production, maintenance awareness, and green production.




New Partnerships 

Onondaga added three new partners to its list of businesses making strong investments in education.

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists

SOS Partnership


SOS gave the college a generous $250,000 gift to create a new “Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Community Scholars” scholarship. The SOS Scholarship is part of the College’s Community Scholars program which awards up to $1,000 in scholarship money to incoming high school graduates, adult learners, and former Onondaga students who did not complete their degrees but are within 15 credits of completion.

In addition, the gift from SOS supports the SRC Arena and Events Center which serves students and community members by providing a variety of sports, cultural, and community events.

SOS provides integrated, state-of-the-art care from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation. Services include on-site MRI, bone scans, after-hours care, and a one-day surgery center.





The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 43, and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Finger Lakes Chapter, donated $350,000 for the creation of student scholarships and improved athletic and cultural experiences for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The IBEW/NECA Scholarship is also part of the College’s Community Scholars program. More information on the Community Scholars program can be found at

For its generosity the box office at the SRC Arena and Events Center was named the IBEW/NECA Box Office. IBEW/NECA represents more than 1,200 men and women and more than 60 signatory employers throughout Central New York.




AmeriCU’s multifaceted partnership brought the Onondaga campus lasting and ongoing scholarship commitments, support of facilities that are highly valued by the campus and greater community, and banking services and educational programs not previously available.

  • AmeriCU contributed to the College’s Community Scholars scholarship program.
  • AmeriCU contributed to help fund auxiliary student services programs such as the College transit service, student athletics, health and wellness activities, etc.
  • AmeriCU opened a Financial Center in the Whitney Applied Technology Center. It is staffed primarily by AmeriCU professionals. The partnership includes non-credit training and financial literacy opportunities for Onondaga students and other members of the campus community.
  • AmeriCU developed an innovative internship program that allows Onondaga students to gain valuable professional experience and a certificate as an AmeriCU MSSII (Member Service Specialist II) while earning their degrees from the College.

Onondaga thanks all of its sponsors who, through their generosity, play a significant role in student success.




Helping Businesses Succeed 

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Onondaga’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides services to Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Seneca, Madison and Cortland counties. In addition to its main office on the Onondaga campus, the SBDC also staffs part-time outreach centers.

The SBDC provides free and confidential business advisement to start-up and existing business owners. Professional Advisors meet with potential and existing entrepreneurs one-on-one to determine needs, answer questions and establish a plan of action to achieve business goals. This close business interaction provides personalized, enterprise-specific and client-directed support needed to start, expand or re-energize a business.

The SBDC partners with statewide agencies, providing a strong network of support for its clients. SBDC Advisors assist with:

business plan development

small business start-ups

organizational structures


cost analysis


financial management

financing strategies

training programs

business expansion/sale

research through the SBDC Research Network


SBDC Results from August 2012 to July 2013

Counseled 557 clients

Clients created 204 jobs and saved14 

Resulted in an economic impact of $4.7million dollars