7 March 2017

SUNY SCCC Announces Partnership with Maria College

SUNY SCCC and Maria College signed two agreements that allow ease of transfer for those students who are looking to continue their education in the field of healthcare.


A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) permits SUNY SCCC students who have successfully completed the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) or the Home Health Aide (HHA) certification to seamlessly transition into Maria College’s Practical Nurse Certification (LPN) program. Students will be able to transition without having to take and pay for the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) normally required for entrance into the college’s LPN program. A minimum of ten seats in Maria College’s program will be reserved for eligible SUNY SCCC CNA and HHA graduates.


The new arrangement allows SUNY SCCC to market cost free opportunities to Maria College’s potential students who are waiting to start college in the fall, and who qualify for the Healthcare Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 2.0). Students will be encouraged to take short term courses (HHA, CNA, EKG, Phlebotomy, etc.) to provide them with the clinical experience and exposure to the field of healthcare before beginning their post-secondary education at Maria College.


In addition, an articulation agreement will facilitate SUNY SCCC Community Health Worker training graduates to transition to the Bachelor of Science Degree program in Healthcare Management and receive six credits upon enrollment – three credits for the United States Healthcare System course and three free elective credits. 


“This mutually beneficial partnership between SUNY SCCC and Maria College promises to increase opportunities for our students to continue to progress with their LPN and RN education and training,” said SUNY SCCC President Dr. Steady H. Moono. “We’ve already placed two of our students into Maria College’s Practical Nurse Certification Programs, and look forward to continuing to cultivate this relationship.”

Dr. Tom Gamble, Maria College president, stated, “This collaboration is an example of public and private colleges working together to create a win-win for students and the region's healthcare sector economy. We are best served when higher education institutions cooperate and forge agreements aligned around our respective educational strengths and the needs of employers. The Maria College – SUNY Schenectady County Community College alliance will create new education pathways for students and provide the region with a skilled and competent healthcare workforce. This marks the beginning of a strong education and workforce partnership with SUNY Schenectady County Community College.”


SUNY SCCC recently announced that students may qualify for free training for two new workforce development programs under the Healthcare Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 2.0): Phlebotomy and EKG Technician. These programs come at an ideal time for students considering careers in the burgeoning healthcare field.

After the signing on March 7 2017, Dr. Steady Moono, President of SUNY SCCC, and Dr. Tom Gamble, President of Maria College, toured the Health Professions Opportunity Grant classrooms and labs at SUNY SCCC’s Center City extension site, speaking with students and faculty. They are shown here with (l. to r.) Donna Halyard, Amanda Conte, Trichelle Fraser, all health care students, and Dr. Tiziana Rota, Project Director for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants at SUNY SCCC through the Office of Workforce Development and Community Education.


Find out more about Health Care Training Programs at SUNY SCCC here.