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C-GCC Addresses National Teacher Shortage

Written By Editor on 1/31/17 | 1/31/17

Columbia-Greene Community College has signed a new transfer agreement in
education with the College of Saint Rose as part of a statewide effort to
address an impending teacher shortage.

Last spring, State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and state
Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia launched a new campaign designed to
revamp the teaching profession. Part of the plan includes recruiting future
teachers while they are still in high school.

"That's where we come in," said C-GCC's Education Coordinator Bill Mathews,
who is also the college's advising department chairperson. "We're continuing
our plans to establish a strong pathway to the profession."

In addition to new and existing transfer agreements in the field of
education with Saint Rose, the Greenport campus has a dual enrollment
agreement in education with SUNY New Paltz.

Since 2009, teacher preparation programs in the state have seen a 40 percent
enrollment drop. According to a recent report by the TeachNY Advisory
Council, the state needs an average of 1,700 new teachers annually to
address the shortage. Nationwide, approximately 1.6 million teachers will be
needed over the next decade.

C-GCC's latest transfer agreement, enables its students who earn an
associate degree in childhood education to transfer seamlessly to the Saint
Rose bachelor of science in special education/childhood education programs
in biology, English, mathematics or social studies. The agreement spells out
the specific courses that students should complete at Columbia-Greene and
their equivalents at Saint Rose. Graduates of the Columbia-Greene childhood
education program will enter Saint Rose with junior status.

To help transfer students financially, Saint Rose offers guaranteed two-year
undergraduate academic scholarships to those who have achieved superior
grade-point averages for all previous college work. Scholarships range up to
$14,500 per year. Transfer students who are current members of Phi Theta
Kappa national honor society are eligible for an additional $1,000 each

Meanwhile, Columbia-Greene and Saint Rose continue to explore opportunities
for agreements between additional programs of study. C-GCC already has 10
articulation agreements with Saint Rose, covering majors such as computer
science, criminal justice, business administration and other programs.

For more information about these and other transfer agreements, visit  or , or call the
admissions office at either C-GCC, (518) 828-4181, extension 5514, or Saint
Rose, (518) 454-5150. By e-mail, write to or
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