On this month's edition of our podcast, "Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College," we meet students Isaac Mbambo and Alexis Riccardo. Earlier this month they led a team of OCC and Barnes & Noble representatives to San Antonio as part of the national competition for a prestigious Bellwether Award. The students participated in showcase and presentation events which explained how Box of Books works.
OCC's Box of Books partnership with Barnes & Noble College is the first in the nation at a public college. It cuts student textbook costs in half and gives them the opportunity to purchase a Chromebook at a reduced price.In the program's first semester the number of students who started the academic year with all of their textbooks nearly doubled from the previous year.