The State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor, Nancy Zimpher, announced at the end of January the University was going to add 100,000 online students, including international students and others who live outside of New York. The plan is to enable students to get over 10 online bachelor’s degrees in high-demand careers. The courses, still under development, will be ready to launch in the fall of 2013. It is expected that by 2015, 25% of the University students will graduate in 3 years instead of 4, which will save costly tuition and reduce student loans.
Zimpher also stated, “the path to college begins when a child is born”, and expressed her desire to create a SUNY Cradle to Career Alliance to provide technical and professional support at all sites. You can read more about this vision at: SUNY Develop Degree Plan
Now you may be asking yourself why we at C4K find this so interesting. We believe that C4K’s staff development system can play the same kind of role for afterschool professionals as SUNY can play for college students in New York. The difference is the amount of time that it takes to graduate from college and be ready to work in the afterschool space. We have everything that high school graduates, people who want to re-enter the workforce for a second career, retirees, and others can tap into and benefit from the after school work force development training we offer, and in a matter of weeks you can be ready to look for employment. Check us out at C4K