Schenectady County Community College

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SUNY Schenectady County Community College
Hotel Van Curler, Schenectady, NY.jpg
Elston Hall
TypeCommunity college
PresidentDr. Steady H. Moono
Academic staff
Location, ,
42°48′52″N 73°57′03″W / 42.814513°N 73.950799°W / 42.814513; -73.950799Coordinates: 42°48′52″N 73°57′03″W / 42.814513°N 73.950799°W / 42.814513; -73.950799
57 acres (0.23 km2)
ColorsRoyal blue and gold         
AffiliationsNational Junior College Athletic Association, Region II, Mountain Valley Athletic Conference
MascotRoyal the Duck

SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) is a two-year college associated with the State University of New York (SUNY) located in Schenectady, New York. It was established in 1967 in the Van Curler Hotel in Downtown Schenectady and has undergone multiple expansions through the following decades. The school is renowned for its culinary arts department and its recently founded, 3.9 million-dollar School of Music. Students interested in a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Hospitality Management with concentrations in Hotel & Resort Management and Travel & Tourism or a BBA in Business & Technology Management with a concentration in Technology may do so at SCCC through a partnership with SUNY Delhi. The school's culinary arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation. There are currently articulation agreements with thirty (30) four-year institutions, where students have guaranteed transfer of credits from select programs, upon acceptance.


The Schenectady County Board of Representatives formed SUNY Schenectady County Community College on January 26, 1967 and then purchased the former Van Curler hotel which required renovations so that classes could commence in the building in 1969. The Van Curler would be renamed Elston Hall after Charles W. Elston, the long-standing, original board member and eight-year chairperson for the Schenectady County Board of Representatives.[4]

The first of a number of expansions occurred in 1978, with the building that houses the Begley Library, a television station, lecture halls, and a wing for the music department along with the Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. A 1982 expansion added the Tempo Building, housing four classrooms and continuing education. 1987 brought the Center for Science and Technology, while 1992 saw the creation of a new student center which included a cafeteria, college store, and student lounge, along with biology and geology labs and fifteen classrooms. Also completed in 1992 was the South Wing expansion which created four new culinary arts labs, expanded upon the Casola Dining Room, a childcare center, and an enclosed bridge that connected Elston Hall with the Center for Science and Technology which is located across the street from the school's main campus.[5]

In 2000 the Gateway Building was erected for childhood development classes and a childcare center. The next year the Stockade Building was built in order to house six computer classrooms, nine general classrooms, two lecture halls, conference rooms and offices for the Continuing Education Division and Capital District World Trade Center. Additionally, a new quad area was built in front of Elston Hall.[6]

In 2006 a $6.3 million expansion to the Culinary Arts department began off of Elston Hall and was completed in 2007.[7] This expansion was funded in part by fund raising activities along with $3,082,300 from the County of Schenectady.[8]

College Leadership[edit]

President's Council [9][edit]

  • Dr. Steady H. Moono, President
  • Dr. Penny Haynes, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs & Provost
  • Dr. DeShawn McGarrity, Executive Director of SUNY College and Career Counseling Center
  • Ms. Paula Ohlhous, Chief of Staff
  • Mr. Patrick C. Ryan, Vice President of Administration
  • Ms. Denise Zieske, Vice President of Workforce Development and Community Education

Board of Trustees [10][edit]

  • Ms. Ann Fleming Brown, Chair
  • Dr. William Levering, Vice Chair
  • Ms. Reneé Bradley, Secretary
  • Mr. Raymond R. Gillen
  • The Honorable Gary E. Hughes
  • Mr. Michael W. Karl
  • The Honorable Margaret C. King, Ed.D.
  • Ms. Tina Chericoni Versaci, Esq.
  • Mr. Matthew Mrozinski


Degree Programs offered include:

  • Accounting (A.A.S.)
  • Air Traffic Control (A.A.S.)
  • Aviation Science (A.S.)
    • Pilot Option
    • Non-Pilot Option
  • Biological Technician (A.A.S.)
  • Biotechnology (A.S.)
  • Business Administration (A.S.)
  • Business Administration (A.A.S.)
  • Business Administration - Casino (A.A.S.)
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling (A.A.S.)
  • Computer Information Systems (A.A.S.)
  • Computer Networking Systems and Cyber Security (A.A.S.)
  • Computer Science (A.S.)
  • Craft Beer Brewing (A.A.S.)
  • Craft Spirit Distillation (Begins Fall 2018) (A.A.S.) [11]
  • Criminal Justice (A.A.S.)
  • Culinary Arts (A.O.S.)
  • Early Childhood (A.A.S.)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Management (A.A.S.)
  • Fire Protection Technology (A.A.S.)
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management (A.A.S.)
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management (A.A.S.)
    • Beverage Management Concentration
  • Human Services (A.S.)
  • Human Services (A.A.S.)
  • Human Services Transfer
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (A.A.)
    • Communications Concentration
    • English Concentration
    • History Concentration
    • Psychology Concentration
    • Sociology Concentration
  • Mathematics and Science (A.S.)
    • Nanoscale Science Concentration
  • Music Audio Technology (A.A.S.)
  • Music Business
  • Nanoscale Materials Technology (A.A.S.)
  • Nursing (A.S.) (Through the Ellis Hospital Belanger School of Nursing) [12]
  • Nutrition (A.S.)
  • Paralegal (A.A.S.)
  • Performing Arts - Music (A.S.)
  • Science (A.S.)
    • Biology Concentration
  • Teacher Education Transfer (A.S.)

Certificate Programs:

  • Assistant Chef
  • Bank Financial Security and Money Laundering Prevention
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling
  • Computer Repair and Networking
  • Craft Beer Brewing
  • Digital Music and Beat Production
  • Early Childhood
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fire Science
  • General Business
  • Health Studies
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Music
  • Teaching Assistant[13]

SUNY Delhi Partnership[edit]

Students interested in attaining a bachelor's degree may do so through a partnership between Schenectady County Community College and the State University of New York at Delhi at SCCC. The purpose of the program has been to allow potential students with jobs, family, and other commitments that prevent them from enrolling in these programs on the campus in Delhi, NY. The current SUNY Delhi Coordinator of Inter-Institutional Programs is Tracey Caponera.[14]

Degrees offered include:

  • BBA in Hospitality Management with concentrations in Hotel & Resort Management or Travel & Tourism
  • BBA in Business & Technology Management with a concentration in Technology
  • BSN in Nursing - Online Program Only

Cost of Attendance[edit]

The 2017-2018 school year tuition is $3,936 for a New York State resident attending SUNY SCCC full-time, or $164 per credit for a part-time student[15]. Non-New York State resident tuition is $7,872 for full-time tuition or $328 per credit for part-time students[16]. Other expenses are approximately $1,247 for full-time students and $514 for part-time students, this estimate does not include room-and-board as the college currently does not have on-campus housing.[17]

Admissions and Demographics[edit]

As of 2016, the student body is approximately 55% female and 45% male [18]. 79% of the students come from the New York Capital District Region with 18% coming from neighboring counties and 3% from other counties. The average age of full-time students is 24, while the average part-time student is 31 years old [19]. The Student/Faculty ratio is 23-to-1 with an average class size of 24 students.[20]


SUNY SCCC is a member of the National Junior College of Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region III and the Mountain Valley Conference.

Sports offered:

  • Baseball (men)
  • Basketball (men & women)
  • Bowling (men & women)
  • Crew (women)

Clubs and Organizations[edit]

  • Alliance for Students with Disabilities
  • American Culinary Federation
  • Aviation Club
  • Black and Latino Student Alliance
  • Business and Law Club
  • Cheerleading Club
  • Christian Fellowship Club
  • Clown Club
  • Computer Help and Support (Computer Clubhouse)
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Drama Club
  • Early Childhood Education Club
  • Father Time Club
  • History Club
  • Horse Club
  • Hospitality Club
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • The Pride Alliance
  • RESTART Club
  • Rhythms Literary Magazine
  • Science Club
  • Slow Food Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Activities Board (SAB)
  • Students for Social Consciousness
  • Student Veterans of America
  • Student Volunteer Organization
  • Technology Club
  • Tutor Networking Club


  1. ^ "SCCC Facts & Figures". About SCCC. 78 Washington Avenue Schenectady, New York: Schenectady County Community College. 2010. Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2010-04-12. External link in |work= (help)
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  3. ^ "2009 SCCC Student Data Book" (PDF). 2009 SCCC Data Book. Schenectady, New York: Schenectady County Community College. 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-12. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ Schenectady County Community College, Facts and Figures.
  5. ^ Schenectady County Community College, Facts and Figures.
  6. ^ Schenectady County Community College, Facts and Figures.
  7. ^ Meany
  8. ^ County of Schenectady.
  9. ^ "Schenectady County Community College > About Us > College Leadership & Vision". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  10. ^ "Schenectady County Community College > About Us > Board of Trustees". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  11. ^ "Craft Spirit Distillation (A.A.S.)". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  12. ^ "Schenectady County Community College > Academics > Math, Science, Technology and Health > Academic Programs > Nursing A.S. with Belanger School of Nursing". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  13. ^ U.S. College Search, Schenectady County Community College.
  14. ^ SUNY Delhi, SCCC Partnership.
  15. ^ "Schenectady County Community College > Admissions > Paying for SUNY SCCC > Tuition & Fees". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  16. ^ "Schenectady County Community College > Admissions > Paying for SUNY SCCC > Tuition & Fees". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  17. ^ Schenectady County Community College, Tuition, Fees and Expenses.
  18. ^ "2016 Annual Report". Issuu. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  19. ^ "2016 Annual Report". Issuu. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  20. ^ Schenectady County Community College, Facts and Figures.


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