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SUNY expanding online programs

Rochester, N.Y. - Dawn Hobbs is in her final semester at Northeast Seminary at Robert Wesleyan College. Hobbs is getting a masters degree thats mainly online.

I'm so use to traditionally learning I felt like am I going to be disconnected, explained Hobbs when asked about her initial decision to choose the online route. But with a full time job and ministry it was the best option for her. All of those fears were actually removed upon taking the first class - it was actually a great experience.

Its an experience about 1,600 students at Finger Lakes Community College have chosen to be a part of.

What students like is the flexibility it gives them, said Barbara Risser, President of FLCC.

Six New York State schools are adding a new degree to their online courses. Its part of a new Open SUNY program.

Our role will be to contribute our tourism management program to phase one of Open SUNY, said Risser. We have such an outstanding Tourism Management program that I think we have a lot to offer to open SUNY.

The schools were picked based on a number of factors, including student interest, accreditation and their capacity to meet current and future workforce demand throughout the state.

This gives students with aspirations, like Dawn Hobbs, a realistic way to expand their education.

It's been worth it, it really has, said Hobbs.

 
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