SUNY Cobleskill Launches Degree Pathways with Local Schools to Help Students Graduate Faster with Less Debt

SUNY Cobleskill announces the launch of the first Degree Pathways at SUNY Cobleskill program with the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District. By offering college courses in high school, the program will allow students to earn college degrees faster and at significantly reduced cost.

Students in the program will begin taking SUNY Cobleskill courses in ninth grade, taught by their own teachers in their own school. By the time they graduate from high school, they will be on track to earn an associate degree from SUNY Cobleskill in as little as one year or a bachelor degree in three years. The courses they take while in high school will be offered at a fraction of the standard cost of tuition, meaning substantial savings for the students and their families.

“We are exceedingly proud to announce this new partnership,” said SUNY Cobleskill President Marion A. Terenzio. “The Degree Pathways program achieves so much of what matters to us by lowering barriers to a higher education for the young people of our community, paving the way to better jobs and a higher quality of living.”

An Open House will be held Thursday at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School to introduce the program. College courses will be available to high school students beginning this fall.

“We’re proud to partner with our colleagues at SUNY Cobleskill to offer these rich, rigorous academic pathways to C-R students,” said Carl Mummenthey, Superintendent of Schools at Cobleskill-Richmondville. “C-R students and their families will benefit greatly from this head start on their college degrees.”

Students will be able to enroll in one of five Degree Pathways: Graphic Design, Agricultural Business, Environmental Studies, Accounting, and Business. The courses in each are widely applicable, forming a solid foundation for success no matter what major the student ultimately decides to pursue.

The program aligns with SUNY’s system-wide Completion Agenda, which aims to help more students complete their degrees on time and with less debt, with a goal of graduating 150,000 students annually by 2025.