Herkimer College & Cazenovia College Partner To Offer Bachelor’s Degree At Herkimer

Herkimer, NY—Herkimer County Community College will launch a new partnership with Cazenovia College in fall 2014. Herkimer College students who earn an associate degree in Education or 60+ credits with prerequisites, will have transfer status into a Cazenovia College baccalaureate program in Inclusive Early Childhood Education, to be offered on the Herkimer campus.

            The part-time program will offer at least three courses each semester, each offered in one of several formats including evening and weekend courses, online and hybrid. For students needing to make up a general education prerequisite, online courses may be available. A final summer course will be completed over two weekends on the Cazenovia College campus. Students will have complete access to Cazenovia’s online library and other resources, and will be charged $245 per credit hour for Cazenovia College tuition at Herkimer.

            Dr. Robin Voetterl-Riecker, Associate Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences, is coordinating the effort for Herkimer. Voetterl-Riecker states, “This partnership with Cazenovia College represents a new model in education that also addresses the need for highly qualified teachers in our K-12 schools. It brings a high-quality bachelor’s degree to the Herkimer campus, and by doing so we provide a new opportunity for our students. With low tuition rates, a part-time pace and evening/alternate format classes, Herkimer students can get the upper division education they need to improve their lives and earning potential, without the hurdles of traditional education. Students don’t have to move, commute or take out large loans to complete their degrees—all benefits that are very important to our students.”

Christine Richardson, Director of the Center for Career and Extended Learning at Cazenovia College states, “This partnership allows students currently working in the Early Childhood Education field to advance their careers by completing the B.S. in Inclusive Early Childhood Education. In doing so, these students are eligible for dual New York State certification in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. These graduates will have increased employment opportunities and commensurate teacher education pay.  Additionally, students not yet working in the Early Childhood Education field will find ample professional teaching opportunities. New State regulations have mandated that teachers in federally funded early childhood education have NYS teaching certification.”

            For more information, contact Dr. Robin Voetterl-Riecker, Associate Dean for Humanities/Social Science, 315-866-0300, ext. 8430 or voetterra@herkimer.edu or Christine Richardson, Director of the Center for Career and Extended Learning at Cazenovia College, 315-655-7147, or cwrichardson@cazenovia.edu

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