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TC3 President Haynes Briefs Legislators on “State of the College”

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TC3 President Haynes Briefs Legislators on “State of the College”

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tompkins County Legislature, Tompkins Cortland Community College President Dr. Carl Haynes delivered his annual “State of the College” message to the Tompkins County Legislature. Presenting the annual report of the College and the TC3 Foundation, President Haynes reported on the many exciting developments at the College—many innovations that are evidence of the college’s entrepreneurial nature and its focus on student success. Among them are a faculty-led curriculum, begun in English and now spreading to Reading and Math, which enables students needing developmental coursework to concurrently complete a credit-bearing introductory class. The TC3 Biz program, he said, has 2,000 participants in its business training programs, and the College’s global initiative helps students be prepared for the cultural diversity in our region experience other cultures. Regarding student success, the president reported that 80% of employed students graduating from career programs are employed in jobs related to their field of study, and 67% remain in Central New York area. He said the new Enrollment Services Center, now located at the College entrance, has improved student access to services they need, and has supported first-semester success.

Plans include a new child care center, to be located west of the College’s main entrance, on the lawn between the main campus building and the College pond, its development supported by the TC3 Foundation. With an 80-student capacity, the Center would more than double the College’s current capacity, addressing the need for affordable childcare on campus, especially by students, and expanding opportunities for TC3 students from the Early Childhood Education program to get hands-on experience working at the Center. President Haynes also noted that the College is beginning the initial, self-study phase of Middle States Association reaccreditation, which will take place in Spring 2018.

Related to TC3, the Legislature, without dissent, approved a revised version containing a slight wording change from the resolution passed at its last meeting, urging the State to increase a $285/full-time student base aid increase for TC3, aid whose current level is lower than that of five years ago.