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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Rockland Community College Technology Center

Rockland Community College

By: Greg Ryan

At 6,000-plus students, RCC has the feel of a four-year school, not a community college. Fortunately for its students, it possesses the resources to match. For starters, there’s the innovative “3 + 1” program, a new arrangement between the school and SUNY Cobleskill that allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree from the upstate school without ever leaving RCC’s Suffern campus. Then there are the 1,400 courses, covering topics as diverse as marketing research and medical terminology. And there are the notable guest speakers, including one who has escaped slavery in Sudan, and another who worked on NASA’s missions to Mars. So what else? Aspiring writers and journalists will be glad to hear an independent, student-run newspaper, Outlook, is published on campus; and that the school’s literary magazine, Impulse, won third place in the Community College Humanities Association’s literary magazine competition last year. Athletics? The school is home to 10 interscholastic athletic teams (RCC has produced 48 All-Americans since 1960) and a 90,000-square-foot indoor fieldhouse containing two basketball courts, four tennis courts, and a swimming pool. Diversity? With minorities making up nearly 40 percent of the student population, the school is the most diverse community college in the Hudson Valley outside of Westchester. Along with the big-campus atmosphere, the college still offers the types of services adult learners, especially, can appreciate: Students in need of childcare while they’re at class can look forward to a new daycare center for infants up to pre-K, which is set to open soon.
145 College Rd., Suffern. 845-574-4000;


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