Staying Home to Go to College

Community colleges make the grade for Valley students looking to save a little cash and prepare for their careers — without sacrificing the A-plus education


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Marist College from the Hudson River
Rooms with a view: Set on a hill, the Marist campus is just a stone’s throw from the banks of the Hudson

Marist College

By: Evan Sparling

Until recently, college campuses were usually built on hilltops or surrounded by walls, isolating students and allowing them to become immersed in scholarship free of distraction. While it is perched atop a picturesque hill that slopes down to the banks of the Hudson, isolating students is no longer the goal at Marist College, which the Princeton Review recently named to its list of the “25 Most Connected Campuses in America.” The college will soon break ground on the Hancock Center for Emerging Technologies, which will feature high-tech classrooms and an “incubation, entrepreneurship center” so local businesses can take advantage of Marist students’ technological expertise. Marist also maintains partnerships with IBM and Cisco Systems, allowing students to gain valuable work experience. Those in the community can also utilize Marist’s “connections” via its numerous advanced and adult study options. “So much of the economy worldwide is based on the Internet,” explains Chief Public Affairs Officer Tim Massie, “so there is a heavy emphasis on computer technology in whatever field you study.”

Despite Marist’s commitment to technological education, Massie is quick to point out that “we’re not a tech school, we are a comprehensive liberal arts college,” with noted programs in both communications and business. Marist’s 5,000-plus students also break from virtual reality to develop real-world connections. Two criminal justice majors spent last summer interning with the U.S. Secret Service; a group of prominent students attended a private lunch and informal discussion with CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour last month; and the women’s basketball team has achieved national prominence since earning a spot in the 2007 NCAA Sweet 16. In fact, basketball (both men’s and women’s) plays a big role on this 180-acre campus where the students seem to burst with school pride. Massie (something of a renaissance man, he also teaches communications and religious studies) oversees a semester-long program in Rome, during which students receive private tours of the city’s historical monuments led by distinguished professors and historians. “The one thing I hear from Marist alums is that Marist prepares them,” declares Massie, “and that students are happy.”
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