September 26, 2013 — On Wednesday, October 2, Fulton-Montgomery Community College will participate in New York State Completion Week, an initiative of all 37 community colleges in New York State, which have a combined enrollment of 340,300.*
The 30 State Universities of New York (SUNY) and seven City University of New York (CUNY) community colleges have set aside the week of September 30 to send a simple message: “Students who complete an associate degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships and transfer to four-year schools.”
The State’s community colleges have adopted the slogan of “Commit. Complete. Compete.” to emphasize the importance of completing a degree to compete in today’s economy. The New York State Labor Department projects that middle-skill and high-skill jobs will continue to dominate the economy, accounting for 44 and 34 percent of the jobs in 2018, respectively.
Middle-skill jobs are those that require training after high school, from short-term job training up to a two year degree. High-skill jobs require a four-year degree or better. New York’s community colleges are positioned to both train students for middle-skill jobs and prepare them for transfer to a four-year institution. In fact, New York residents who transfer directly from a SUNY or CUNY two-year college after completing an associate degree are guaranteed entry to a four-year SUNY college. (Source: SUNY Transfer Guarantee Program Guidelines, Document Number: 3303)
Since many community college students are the first-generation to attend college, campuses will hold resource fairs to provide information about academic, advisement, and financial support services that can help students reach their goals.
On October 2, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in front of the FM Theater, members of Phi Theta Kappa and TRiO will encourage students to pledge their commitment toward completion by:
• Signing the completion pledge banner
• Be videotaped talking about their completion goals and plans for succeeding
• Have the opportunity to imagine college completion by having their picture taken in graduation regalia
• Enjoy a piece of completion cake
* Fall 2012 enrollment data, SUNY (243,831) and CUNY (96,500) combined