SUNY Adirondacks adds journeyworker, cybersecurity transfer agreements

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March 25, 2021

QUEENSBURY, New York (March 25, 2021) — SUNY Adirondack is proud to announce new partnerships with Rowan University and SUNY Plattsburgh, extending the college’s already substantial number of agreements for seamless transfer to bachelor’s programs. 

Beginning in the Fall 2021 semester, students who complete SUNY Adirondack’s Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in Journeyworker: Technical Trades Management will have expedited access and entry to Rowan’s Bachelor of Arts in Construction Management online. 

SUNY Adirondack’s Journeyworker program provides advanced standing for journeyworkers in the building trades or advanced manufacturing. Those who have achieved journeyworker credentials in those fields can earn up to 30 credits toward the year-old AOS degree; the remaining credits are earned through such courses as public speaking, business law, accounting and computer science, among others. The program is designed for journeyworkers interested in supervising or managing, or in starting their own businesses.

SUNY Adirondack students who complete an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Information Technology: Cybersecurity will be offered entry to SUNY Plattsburgh’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Security. 

Students in SUNY Adirondack’s Cybersecurity program learn concepts in criminal justice, law and evidence handling, as well as theoretical and hands-on knowledge in identifying network vulnerabilities and threats, and counteracting them. The program includes curriculum from certifications such as Cyber Operations (CCBA CyberOps), CompTIA Security+ and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker.

“These partnerships further extend our graduates’ options: They can earn an associate degree here, then easily transition to a bachelor’s program already having industry certifications and extensive knowledge in the field,” said Kristine D. Duffy, Ed.D., president of SUNY Adirondack.

Both fields are in demand, as employers struggle to find qualified job applicants. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the information security field will experience a 31 percent rate of growth through 2029. The average annual income for information security analysts is $99,730, while the average salary for network and computer systems administrators with a bachelor’s degree is $83,510.

The most recent BLS study also shows an 8 percent rate of growth for construction management positions — double the average for all occupations, which is around 4 percent — through 2029. The median salary for construction managers is $95,260 a year, according to the report. 

“SUNY Adirondack is committed to preparing our students for success and providing our region’s employers a skilled, critical-thinking workforce,” Duffy said. 

More than 45 percent of SUNY Adirondack graduates transfer to a four-year institution within one year of earning an associate degree. Those students transfer to more than 140 colleges, including 32 with which SUNY ADK has articulation agreements. 

About SUNY Adirondack

SUNY Adirondack is a community college with a growing campus that is part of the nation’s largest university, the State University of New York. With locations in Queensbury, Glens Falls and Wilton, SUNY Adirondack offers courses in person and online; on-campus housing at the Queensbury campus; and serves students via credit and continuing education programs.