Rockland Community College is a two-year college in the State University of New York system, located in hamlet of Viola within the Village of Suffern from the Town of Ramapo in Rockland County, New York. The college began in 1959 in the former county almshouse. The college offers 48 programs and offers both certificates and associates degrees. Additionally, students can earn other degrees, including Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in the arts and sciences, technology, and health professions while attending classes at Rockland through articulation programs with four-year schools. The current enrollment is about 7,000 full and part-time students. The main campus is in Suffern, New York, but instructions are also offered in Haverstraw and Spring Valley extensions. The Spring Valley satellite campus is located in the historic North Main Street School.
The College has over 325 full- and part-time faculty members, including several Fulbright Scholars, SUNY Chancellor's Award winners, and published authors and artists. The faculty-student ratio is 18:1. Rockland has the third highest transfer rate in the SUNY system and has a Continuing Education programs which served about 3,500 each year.
Among events in the College's recent history are SUNY Rockland Community College Board of Trustees designated the building and grounds of Rockland Community College as a Smoke-Free Environment in September 2009. Additionally, Rockland Community College celebrated the institution's Semicentennial, quinquagenary or Golden Anniversary from September 2009 through August 2010. Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), was the featured speaker at the Rockland Community College 50th Anniversary Academic Convocation, held on Friday, September 25, 2009. The college in 2012 has been designated as a Veterans Friendly Campus.
Arlene W. Clinkscale, LHD – Chair of the Board of Trustees wrote ... "Everyone has a chance to succeed here: the student who was unable to finish high school and needs to earn a GED, the top student who is challenged in the Honors Program and finds an affordable stepping stone to a prestigious four-year institution, or the adult who needs courses to advance in the workplace. Whatever the need, RCC is eager and available to work with individuals to help them solve the problem or achieve their goals."
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