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OCC, ESF sign transfer agreement providing path to 18 ESF degree programs

By Eric Reinhardt


Casey Crabill (left), president of Onondaga Community College (OCC), and David Amberg, interim president of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), on Thursday signed a transfer agreement for OCC students involving 18 bachelor-degree programs at ESF. (Eric Reinhardt / CNYBJ)

ONONDAGA, N.Y. — Onondaga Community College (OCC) and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) on Thursday signed a transfer agreement involving 18 ESF degree programs.

OCC President Casey Crabill and David Amberg, interim ESF president, inked the pact in OCC’s Gordon Student Center.

The articulation agreement gives OCC students pursuing degrees in liberal arts & sciences: mathematics and science a “seamless pathway” into 18 different bachelor’s degree programs at ESF, the colleges say.

OCC students who complete work toward an associate degree in mathematics and science with a 2.8 grade point average or higher will be eligible to transfer to ESF with junior status.

It is “not new” for OCC and ESF work together,” Crabill said in her remarks during the signing ceremony.

The schools have had previous agreements in which students would take some classes at both institutions before moving on to ESF to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

“But that wasn’t drawing a lot of students,” Crabill noted. “So, I’m really pleased to announce this morning that our partners at ESF have done wonderful work to clarify pathways and fully map transfer programs in 18 different baccalaureate degree programs at ESF.”

These transfer “pathways” will assist students in OCC’s biological sciences, math and science, general studies, and architectural technology programs to make a transition into 18 bachelor’s degree programs at ESF, per OCC. Those programs are in the departments of chemistry, environmental and forest biology, environmental health, environmental science, environmental studies, sustainable resources management, and sustainability management (online).

“We at ESF recognize that OCC is frequently an entry point for first-generation college students, economically disadvantaged students, veterans, underrepresented minorities, students from our large immigrant and refugee populations, and students returning to the educational system,” Amberg said in his remarks during the event. “Providing an opportunity for these and all OCC students to obtain one of the best environmental educations in the country is precisely our goal with this new [memorandum of understanding].”

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