Paul Smith's College and North Country Community College announce student transfer agreements

Area institutions strengthen ties to promote regional higher education

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L-R: NCCC President Steve Tyrell, PSC President Cathy S. Dove, NCCC interim VP for Academic Affairs Joe Keegan, PSC Provost Richard Nelson

PAUL SMITHS, NY (05/07/2015)(readMedia)-- Two area colleges have inked agreements that make four-year baccalaureate degrees more accessible for students in community college programs. Under the new agreements, students who earn certain two-year associate degrees at North Country Community College will be eligible to enter Paul Smith's College as recognized upperclassmen.

Students graduating from three of North Country Community College's degree programs: AS in liberal arts and sciences: math and science; AS in environmental sciences; and AS in wilderness recreation leadership can transfer directly into Paul Smith's College. These agreements provide community college students with a clear pathway for advanced education:

• B.S. in fisheries and wildlife science – wildlife concentration

• B.S. in fisheries and wildlife science – fisheries concentration

• B.S. in biology

• B.S. in environmental sciences

• B.S. in park, recreation and facilities management

• B.S. in recreation, adventure education and leisure management

With a combined history of more than 100 years providing higher education within the Adirondack Park, the two colleges have helped generations of students explore their interests and discover their abilities. Both institutions focus on delivering hands-on, applied education.

"Partnering with Paul Smith's College is a natural fit," said Steve Tyrell, president of North Country Community College. "NCCC students who continue at Paul Smith's will enjoy a seamless transition thanks to these agreements and our shared learning approach."

"Simply put, we want to open more doors for baccalaureate education," said Cathy S. Dove, president of Paul Smith's College. "North Country Community College attracts a bright, talented group of students, and Paul Smith's is an ideal option when those students are ready to pursue that four-year degree."


At Paul Smith's College, it's about the experience. Paul Smith's, which was founded in 1946, is the only bachelor's degree-granting institution of higher education in the Adirondacks. Our programs – in fields including hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, natural resources, entrepreneurship and the sciences – draw on industries and resources available in our own backyard while preparing students for successful careers anywhere. For more information:


As the only public college located in the Adirondack Park, we offer educational, cultural and recreational programs and experiences to a 3,500 square mile service area with 90,000 inhabitants. Each year, students enroll at our three locations in Saranac Lake, Malone, and Ticonderoga from every region of New York, New England, and countries around the world. We are proud to offer a progressive and individualized education to suit degrees, certifications and foundational credits along with and individual experience. Living and learning here provides our students with the benefit of attending one of State University of New York's most unique colleges.