Letter to Alumni

Dear Alumni:

We hope this update finds you and your family well. 

From our main campus in Queensbury to Qatar in the Persian Gulf, SUNY Adirondack is preparing for the Fall 2020 semester with intense focus on personal safety, a steadfast commitment to quality education, and exciting new opportunities for those in our community whose career tracks have been upended by COVID-19.

There is a lot happening at your alma mater. 

Our Focus for Fall: Safe. Smart. Ready. 

We have been working diligently for months to prepare for the Fall semester, and  we are ready to provide an excellent education  to more than 3,300 students when classes begin on September 9. SUNY Adirondack will offer more than 700 courses through a combination of remote learning and in-person instruction across our sites in Queensbury, downtown Glens Falls and Saratoga. We are following rigorous health and safety protocols, including mandatory daily personal health assessments for all students, faculty and staff. To learn more, click here and watch our Safe, Smart, Ready videos

A Convenient New Path to Business Degrees

With so many in our region out-of-work or finding their careers stalled by the impacts of COVID-19, our new joint-admissions program with SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs offers a convenient and affordable path to bachelor’s degrees in business administration, management, human resource management and accounting. We are pleased to make these opportunities available to our alumni and working adults across the region. If you or anyone you know would like to learn more about this program, please contact our Adult Learner Coordinator, Ryan Thomas, at thomasr@sunyacc.edu.

Offering Opportunities for Students Here … and 6,000 Miles Away

Amidst all the COVID concerns and distractions, our team remains focused on elevating the opportunities available to our students here at SUNY Adirondack and as they continue their educational pursuits.

  • More than 400 of our students will share in $500,000 in scholarships awarded by the SUNY Adirondack Foundation this academic year — a testament to the generosity of our donor community, many of whom contribute in appreciation for the education and opportunities they received here.

  • A new transfer agreement with SUNY Potsdam provides our graduates with humanities, social sciences and individual studies degrees with automatic acceptance into Potsdam’s baccalaureate programs in theatre and arts management. 

  • Working with Local 773 of the Plumbers and Steamfitters union, we have developed a Journeyworker: Technical Trades Management Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree program through which journeyworkers nationwide can earn college credits toward a degree to advance their careers.

  • SUNY Adirondack is also diversifying its enrollment by providing courses to students in the Persian Gulf country of Qatar through a collaborative agreement with their Ministry of Education. The courses will be taught via remote technology by SUNY Adirondack faculty, with support in Qatar to support high-quality learning. 

  • This summer, SUNY Adirondack earned re-accreditation by the prestigious Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent regional association that evaluates nearly all institutions of higher education to assess their level of academic excellence and their success in meeting the needs of students.

Whether you attended SUNY Adirondack last year or 50 years ago, you will be proud to know that we are constantly moving forward, with new opportunities for our students and important new contributions to the quality of life in the communities we call home.

Along with New York’s other community colleges, we encourage our students to, “Stay Near, Go Far.” No matter how far you’ve gone in your career or your travels, we hope you keep SUNY Adirondack close in your thoughts. Please drop us a line and let us know what you’re up to at alumni@sunyacc.edu.


Kristine D. Duffy, Ed.D