Just another SUNY Sullivan Sites site Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:51:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Find Your Future at SUNY Sullivan Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:16:44 +0000 read more]]> We’ve got the programs you want!

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SUNY Sullivan has been named one of the Top 10 community colleges in New York State by

Inside Story Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:37:21 +0000 read more]]> SUNY Sullivan offers approximately 40 two-year degree and one-year certificate programs in a variety of areas, as well as an Honors Program, Metamorphosis class for first-year students and Community Learning offerings throughout the year.

Housing & Services
  • Lazarus I. Levine Residence Hall and EcoGreen Townhouses (call 845-436-4890 for details)
  • Bus transportation from campus to NYC   
Try Your Hand at Sports & Fitness
  • Intramurals including 3-Point Competitions, Dodgeball Tournaments, fitness & wellness programs and more
  • Bike-share program
  • New outdoor courts 
  • Paul Gerry Fieldhouse is a 30,000-square-foot facility featuring a fitness center, cardio room, indoor running track and basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and racquetball courts. 
Get Involved in Clubs & Activities
  • Student Government Association, Faculty Student Association
  • Numerous clubs including Nursing Club, Performing Arts Club, Veterans Club, Gardening Club, Earth Guardians and more!
  • Kaplan Student Union with lounge, game rooms and student offices  
Estimated Yearly Costs* Tuition & Fees
  • NYS Resident:  $5,690
  • Out-of-state Resident:  $10,504
  • On-campus Room & Board:  $9,728
  • Books & Supplies: $1,450
  • Remember to ask about financial aid, tuition assistance and scholarships.     

* Estimated costs are for full-time study (12 or more credits) for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Subject to change.  Fees and expenses may vary depending on the type of classes taken. 

Presidential Scholars Awards
  • SUNY Sullivan offers Presidential Scholars awards to students who graduate from a Sullivan County high school with a 90 or above overall grade point average.
  • Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system ~ Fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education ~ Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity College.
Join the Generals! Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:49:07 +0000 read more]]> SUNY Sullivan fields 12 intercollegiate teams within the NJCAA Division II and III in Region XV. The Men’s Generals Basketball Team has won the national championship four times, in 1992, 1995, 1996 & 2007.  In addition to winning the championship, the Generals have hosted the national tournament from 2011 – 2016 and will host it for the seventh time in 2018.

Teams include:

  • Men’s Cross Country
  • Women’s Cross Country 
  • Men’s Basketball 
  • Women’s Basketball 
  • Co-ed Cheerleading
  • Baseball 
  • Men’s Golf
  • Women’s Golf
  • Men’s Outdoor Track
  • Women’s Outdoor Track
  • Women’s Volleyball
  • Men’s Wrestling 

In 2014, SUNY Sullivan General Cleanthony Early (Class of 2012), who went on to play for the Wichita State Shockers, was drafted into the NBA in the first round by the New York Knicks.

NJCAA and SUNY Sullivan Eligibility Rules for Intercollegiate Sports

  • Student-athletes must maintain 12 or more credits and have an academic average of 2.0 or more after each semester. A student who drops below 12 credit hours immediately becomes ineligible for athletic participation
  • Second season of participation: student-athletes must have passed a minimum of 24 credit hours with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Paul Gerry Fieldhouse

The athletics department is located in the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse, a 30,000-square-foot facility featuring a fitness center, cardio room, indoor running track along with basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and racquetball courts. The fieldhouse is connected to the college’s geothermal heating and cooling system, making it the largest enclosed air-conditioned facility in the area. In addition to college sporting events, the fieldhouse serves as a popular venue for community events and gatherings.

In addition to competitive sports teams, the college offers a variety of intramural sports programs and fitness & wellness classes.


Find Your Voice… Tell Your Story! Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:43:58 +0000 read more]]> Are you interested in a career that lets you develop your creativity, find your inner voice and then tell your story? If so, SUNY Sullivan’s new Digital Storytelling program is for you. This degree opens the door to
a wide variety of creative professions. Become an editor, director, audio or lighting technician. Work on a film crew, in video or music production, get a job as a motion graphics artist or even become a YouTube internet sensation! 

SUNY Sullivan’s work spaces include a complete three-camera studio, digital audio production studios and an Apple-based HD Lab with nonlinear editing, motion graphics, and digital audio workstations. Using the latest digital content creation software, students explore their creative selves and hone the technical skills required to present their stories on disk or online. 

SUNY Sullivan’s Digital Storytelling program takes a hands-on approach so students in lab-based courses create productions from the first week of classes. Students also develop an overall understanding of the history, growth and impact of the media on society and society’s impact on the media. Students also learn media history, writing, and criticism, for a well-rounded background. An on- or off-campus internship provides each student with real world experience. 

The program culminates in a documentary film and an on-line portfolio that can be used for job hunting or for transfer opportunities.

Governor Cuomo selects SUNY Sullivan for NYS Industrial Hemp Pilot Program: Will provide research opportunities for students Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:39:53 +0000 read more]]> SUNY Sullivan and The Center for Discovery have begun a research partnership with Colorado-based CW Hemp to study the cultivation of biodynamic, organic industrial hemp, a plant that has the potential to provide important medicinal benefits.

The Center for Discovery, an internationally recognized Center of Excellence serving individuals with complex disabilities at multiple locations in Sullivan County, and SUNY Sullivan, has begun to raise “Charlotte’s Web” hemp plants on The Center’s certified organic and biodynamic Thanksgiving Farm in Hurleyville. This work is being conducted through an agricultural license granted to SUNY Sullivan in March under the New York State Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.  Industrial Hemp is a non-psychoactive cannabis plant that has shown promise in its effectiveness with seizures. Farmers from The Center will study the quality of hemp plants grown according to biodynamic practices, while researchers and students from SUNY Sullivan will study the content and quality of cannabidiol (CBD) and other key properties of the plant. 

CW Hemp, owned and operated by the Stanley Brothers, has been selling hemp extract oil as a health and dietary supplement since 2014. The company name is derived from “Charlotte’s Web”, a variety of hemp bred by the Stanley Brothers in 2011. The plant is named for Charlotte Figi, a young girl who saw her epileptic seizures reduced from 300 plus per week to just a few per month after she started using the Stanley Brothers’ hemp extract.

SUNY Sullivan students will have an unprecedented opportunity to engage in cutting-edge agricultural and medical research.

The Center for Discovery’s Thanksgiving Farm, established in 1995, produces more than 60 types of vegetables, flowers and herbs, and is home to pasture-raised egg-laying hens, beef cattle, pigs and sheep. Thanksgiving Farm feeds all The Center’s residents as well as many of its 1,500-member staff, and brings healthy food into the community through its 300-member Community Supported Agriculture program.

At The Center for Discovery, “Food is medicine” is a motto that informs the organization’s groundbreaking approach to food. Nutrient-dense, whole foods grown biodynamically on a 150-acre farm provide health, healing and quality of life to The Center’s residents and the larger community in a way that is also good for the land. The Center will use its expertise to raise hemp in the same way, so that it may be further studied to see what medicinal benefits it may have for individuals with complex disabilities and medical frailties. This state-approved hemp study partnership will set a framework for continued research into the hemp plant and CBD, which The Center hopes will one day make a positive impact on the medical field. This research project does not include administering cannabidiol to any residents at The Center. 

Turn Your Love of Fitness into a Career as a Certified Personal Trainer Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:24:44 +0000 read more]]> The Recreation Leadership: Fitness AAS Program at SUNY Sullivan prepares students to work as certified personal trainers in a variety of settings, including fitness centers, athletic venues and sport-specific training institutes, spas and health clubs, public and private schools, college recreation centers, retirement communities, hotels and condominiums, resorts, and cruise lines. 

The New York State Department of Labor ( lists fitness trainers as one of the most in-demand occupations in the Hudson Valley.

Certified personal trainers provide instruction to both groups and individuals in the basic health-related components of fitness, such as cardiovascular exercise, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition. Trainers may work with clients on personal fitness goals, with athletes on improving performance in key areas, with older adults on a wide range of health and function-based needs, or with children to promote physical activity, motor development, and the adoption of healthy habits. 

After successfully completing the program, students will be qualified to sit for the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) personal training certification exam. This credential then qualifies students to enter the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals. To find out more about the exam, go to

Courses leading to the Recreation Leadership: Fitness degree at SUNY Sullivan include: Philosophy of Sport, Nutrition and Nutrition Lab, Principles of Management, Physical Fitness & Wellness, Essentials of Personal Fitness Training I and II, and Sport Psychology.

There’s A New Game in Town! Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:49:26 +0000 read more]]> SUNY Sullivan and our training partners are working to get residents up to speed for jobs in the resort, casino and hospitality industries

As Sullivan County, as well as the mid-Hudson region, has been working to ready itself for the March 2018 opening of a new resort casino and proposed resort/casino/hospitality industry businesses, SUNY Sullivan has been developing and refining classes and programs designed to provide people with the various skill sets and competencies necessary to work in the industry.

The college offers two casino certificate programs: a 15-credit certificate program, which students can take completely online and complete in one semester, and 30-credit certificate program, which students can complete in one year.

The 15-credit program consists of these five classes: 

  • Intro to Casino Operations
  • Techniques of Casino Games
  • Casino Surveillance and Security
  • The Gaming Industry
  • Survey of Gaming Regulations

The 30-credit certificate offers the above five classes, along with these additional five classes:

  • Beverage Service
  • Hospitality Cost Control
  • Sanitation and Safety
  • Intro to Hospitality and Tourism
  • Meeting and Event Planning
  • Elective Course

In addition to certificate programs in Casino Management, SUNY Sullivan offers a number of associate degree and certificates that align with other job opportunities within the hospitality/resort/casino industries. They include:

Resort/Casino/Hospitality Jobs SUNY Sullivan Programs: Degrees, Certificates
Marketing Business Admin: Marketing, AAS
Security Criminal Justice, AS
Culinary Arts/Chef Culinary Arts, AOS
Pastry Arts, AOS
Professional Chef, AAS,
Front of House/Hospitality Hospitality & Tourism Management, AAS
Accounting Business: Accounting, AAS
IT (Information Technology) Computer Support, AAS
Computer Programming, AAS
CIS: Computer Support CERTIFICATE 


SUNY Sullivan, in coordination with our educational and workforce partners, recognizes that residents have a vast range of educational and employment experience. The college has been working closely with Sullivan County BOCES and the Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development to design non-credit courses and boot camp trainings for people with varying skill sets. 

Sullivan County BOCES has designed: 

Essential Math Skills for the Gaming Industry Certification Course, a 12-hour program that focuses on math skills necessary for most gaming occupations such as Guest Services, Cashier, Food Services, and Casino Gaming positions.

Essential Hospitality/Customer Service Skills Certification Course, a 45-hour highly interactive program that provides a number of realistic situations employees might face on a daily basis. The course focuses on these topics: Being Professional, Being an Effective Communicator, Handling Constructive Feedback, and Being a Team Player.

SUNY Sullivan has also developed a series of short-term non-credit hands-on training classes that focus on the hospitality sector and that will lead to a certificate of completion to put you to the front of the line when applying for a job in the hospitality industry. Watch for dates and times when these courses will be offered.

Front Desk/Guest Services Specialist – What makes a hotel guest experience exceptional? A front desk/guest service specialist who provides the highest quality of service and who goes above-and-beyond to offer guests the best experience possible. In this hands-on class, learn several key elements of being part of a team that creates and maintains a healthy front desk/guest service operation that results in satisfied customers. 

Concierge Specialist – A concierge is a person who acts as a personal assistant for a variety of people. In the hospitality industry, this multifaceted career involves knowledge of local attractions, making transportation arrangements, restaurant reservations, sightseeing recommendations, resources for booking reservations and an above-and-beyond dedication to customer service. In this multi-session class, learn the level of service and expectation needed for a concierge position. Strong organizational skills, a warm accommodating personality, and need to be of service to others are necessary to be a successful concierge!

Mixology and TIPS Training/Basic Bartending – Bartending training begins, where else, behind the bar! In this hands-on class students will learn how to open, close and maintain a bar; the secrets of making great drinks; customer service; sanitation; mixology of drinks including wine, coffee and shooters; precise free pouring; money and credit card handling procedures; inventory control; glassware; product knowledge; bar setup and breakdown; and liquor laws/liability including TIPS-Training for Intervention ProcedureS. This training will offer students responsible alcohol service training which could not only make you a more viable candidate for a position, but is highly recommended by the New York State Liquor Authority. 

ServSafe: For Beverage and Food Handling Certification – Learn basic food safety practices for preparing and serving food and earn your food handler certificate from the National Restaurant Association. The ServSafe Food Handler Program is a complete solution that delivers consistent food safety training to employees. The program covers five key areas: Basic Food Safety, Personal Hygiene, Cross-contamination & Allergens, Time & Temperature, Cleaning & Sanitation.

ServSafe Re-certification for Beverage and Food Handling – This class is for those who need to recertify their ServSafe Food Handler Certificate. The National Restaurant Association recognizes the ServSafe certification as valid for five years. However, some state and local jurisdictions and company policies will only recognize the certification as valid for three years. 

Housekeeping Practices and Operations – Housekeeping is about more than just cleaning; it is about establishing proven processes, measuring efficiency, and maintaining quality assurance through continuous monitoring and improvement. The housekeeping department has a big job to insure guests’ utmost comfort and safety. In this class learn appropriate housekeeping operations, OSHA regulations, loss control, inventory management, guestroom cleaning including room assignments, inspections and turndown service, cleaning and maintenance of different types of carpeting and floors, areas of a guest bathroom and how to select and care for each element.

Understanding Cultural Diversity in the Hospitality Industry – Cultural awareness, sensitivity and understanding of cultural differences are critical issue for business success. In this class students will obtain a vital understanding of the different cultures and countries and how accepting them and reacting accordingly in conversation, behavior and attitude is critical to the hospitality industry, which is based on a “person centered” philosophy. 

Line Cook – Line cooks work in restaurants, hotels, and other large kitchens and are exceedingly important. They usually work at a particular station such as a fry station or grill station. Students will focus on the culinary skills that support a chef, will learn knowledge of kitchen tools and utensils, the ability to follow verbal instructions, and how to work under pressure.

Gaming by the Numbers:

According to the American Gaming Association’s report “Gaming Careers: Gateway to the Middle Class” the industry is quite diverse.

Women make up nearly half (48%) of gaming’s workforce – higher than the national average.

Forty-five percent of gaming’s workforce is composed of minority employees – far more diverse than the U.S. average of 33 percent.

Twenty percent of gaming employees are Hispanic – five percentage points higher than the national average.

Gaming also employs more people with disabilities than the national average.

SUNY Sullivan Named Top 10 Best Community College in New York State Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:43:37 +0000 read more]]>, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and rankings, named SUNY Sullivan #8 of the 121 two-year colleges in New York.

VoAccording to EDSmart, each community college was evaluated and ranked based on four publicly available data points from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator, dealing with accreditation, affordability, academic quality, and student satisfaction. The highest possible ranking score was 100. 

SUNY Sullivan, which is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, received a score of 86.5. “SUNY Sullivan’s placement in the Top 10 reflects the strong commitment of the college’s faculty and staff to the personal success of our students, whether their goal is to graduate in two years, attend part time, or transfer to a four-year college or university after studying with us for a year or two,” said Jay Quaintance, President.

According to Tyson Stevens, managing editor for EDsmart, “Community Colleges play a crucial role in preparing students for vocational and professional careers and for transfer to four-year universities.”

Not So Typical: Today’s College Students Break Stereotypes Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:28:18 +0000 read more]]> If you think that most college students are fresh out of high school, young, carefree and living at a university, you’re way behind the times.  Eighty-five percent of college students today don’t fit that mold. More often, the typical college student is living off-campus, working and juggling college with real-life responsibilities.

There are 21.6 million college students in the U.S. today

Only 15% attend a four-year college full-time and live on-campus
Source: “The New Traditional Student”

Today’s Typical College Student

42% Are over age 24
38% Are enrolled part-time
50% Are seeking an associate’s degree or certificate
32% Work full-time
27% Have financial dependents
45% Attend community college
50% Live with parents while attending college

SUNY Sullivan’s Certificate Programs Will Give You an Edge Complete a Certificate in Just One Year, or Stack Them for More Options! Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:04:54 +0000 read more]]> Completing a one-year certificate program is an option for those who might not have interest or ability to spend two years in college. Students who have completed degrees elsewhere and who wish to make a change in career plans would also profit from this one-year program. 

Stacking certificates is a great way for students to broaden their knowledge in a variety of areas. SUNY Sullivan offers one-year certificate programs in:

  • Tourism
  • Food Service
  • Accounting Studies
  • Legal Office Assistant
  • Computer Information Systems: Computer Support
  • Office Assistant
  • Casino Operations – and a 15 credit option

A student could spend just one year at SUNY Sullivan and receive a certificate, or decide to continue through the second year to receive an associate’s degree. Or, students can “stack” certificates, by completing one certificate, such as Tourism, then beginning another, such as the Casino Operations certificate.


Students in the Tourism Certificate program learn about the historic perspectives of the hospitality and tourism industry, in the United States and abroad; how to use e-commerce; convention, meeting and exhibition planning; and the roles of hospitality and tourism in the hotel, resort and conference centers. Courses include: Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism, Principles of Advertising, Principles of Marketing, World Geography, Meeting and Event Planning, and Survey of World Cultures.

Food Service

In the Food Service one-year certificate program students spend time learning the skills of food preparation, equipment use, presentation, and service for large scale culinary operations. Students explore the knowledge and techniques required for daily cash controls, safety and sanitation, employee job duties, and record keeping. Courses in this program include: Intro to Food and Baking, Mixology, Sanitation and Safety, Hospitality Purchasing, Applied Nutrition Lab and Human Resource Management.

Accounting Studies

Students are given the background for entry-level employment in an accounting office. Graduates might apply for jobs such as accounts receivable clerk, accounts payable clerk, payroll clerk, or tax clerk. Students can also choose to move directly into the two-year program in Accounting or Business Administration. Courses include: Business Communications, Financial Accounting, Business Law I, Computerized Accounting, and Federal Income Tax Procedures.

Office Assistant

Students prepare for entry-level employment in today’s computerized business office. The program also allows students to move directly into the two-year Administrative Assistant program. Students learn document management skills, the creation and management of databases, spreadsheets, and business correspondence, and the use of a variety of software packages. Courses include: Computer Applications, Human Resource Management, Computerized Business Systems, and Office Management.

Legal Office Assistant

The Legal Office Assistant certificate is a one-year program designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work as legal office support staff. Upon completion, students will be able to accurately manage legal documents; analyze and evaluate data and information; create and maintain a variety of calendars, databases, spreadsheets and business correspondence; use a variety of specialized legal software packages with proficiency; effectively communicate through oral and written techniques; and apply a variety of office management concepts to the automated law office environment. Courses in this certificate include: Introduction to American Law, Office Management, Business Law I and II, Computer Applications for Law Office, and more.

Computer Information Systems: Computer Support

This one-year certificate prepares students to be computer operators in data processing environments or computer clerks in modern, high technology offices. Students take courses introducing them to computer hardware and software. They train in elements of the Microsoft Office suite and learn the basics of computer set-up, operation, operating systems and networking. Students also learn the principles of software maintenance and are encouraged to produce individual projects, enabling them to leave with a professional resumé as well as a certificate. Courses include: Logic and Problem Solving, Networking Essentials, Computer Hardware and Software, and Web Design.