Is college for YOU? YeSU!
University College can make the difference.
At UC, adults who havenít seen the inside of a classroom in years can return to school part-time, maintaining their jobs and family responsibilities. They can tap their inner resources of knowledge and ability, and discover talents that can be turned into career opportunities. They can find the financial resources to make it happen, and they can earn a Syracuse University degree, though University College.
Itís not easy, but itís worth it. Studies show that a worker with a bachelorís degree will make over $1 million more than a worker with a high school diploma over the course of their work lives, which typically spans ages 25-64. Workers with college degrees are also less likely to be laid off during an economic downturn.
Here are the stories of three people who never dreamed that they could attend Syracuse University, but found themselves enrolled as part-time students through University College.
ē Roxanne Bocyck was a school bus driver who dreamed about going to college, but never considered SU. “I was sure I couldnít afford SU, but a friend told me that financial aid and grants were available for people like me,” she remembers. Roxanne enrolled at SU at the age of 44 and discovered a world of opportunity. She attended classes part time for about five years, taking advantage of course formats like online, accelerated, and MAYmester classes, and graduated in 2010 with a bachelorís degree from the College of Arts & Sciences. She now works full-time as a Career Services Representative at Bryant and Stratton. “A person doesnít have to be rich to attend SU,” Roxanne says. ďThey just have to believe in themselves.”
ē Willis Bunkley, a Vietnam Veteran, lost his job at Carrier Corporation and found himself in a state of uncertainty that he vowed would never happen again. “I enrolled at University College, although I was scared about my chances of being successful,” he recalls. He quickly discovered that the staff at UC was helpful, inviting and friendly. As a veteran who had been out of school for years, he was happy to discover the support services at the Veterans Resource Center. He spends much of his time on campus at the Veterans Lounge, on the third floor of University College. “Itís a place on campus where veterans can interact, share concerns, study, and find answers,” he says.
ē Angela Monicoís family couldnít afford college when she graduated from high school. Years later, after running a business for years, the single mother of three decided to change direction. She enrolled at Broome County Community College and graduated in two years with honors and a degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling. An internship at Tully Hill turned into a job offer for a Senior Counselor position. “I knew that with more education would come more opportunities,” she recalls, so she enrolled at SU part time. “People wonder why I want to work a 40+hour week and attend college in the evening, but this isnít just about me. Itís about what this education will empower me to do for others,” Angela asserts. “Financially, I never thought I could do it, not to mention how much I underestimated my academic potential. But at the age of 48, I attend SU!”
There are many more stories of individuals who have achieved their goals despite difficult life circumstances and lost opportunities. University College welcomes individuals who want to take their lives in a new direction and need the support to make it happen. Contact us today, and maybe you can be our next success story.
It's Summertime...So Dive in at SU!
ē Workers with bachelorís degrees earn more and are less likely to get laid off than those with high school diplomas or two-year degrees.
Summer is the perfect time to test the waters if youíre thinking about enrolling in a degree program at Syracuse University. University College oversees all Summer@Syracuse programs—for full- and part-time students—and thereís something for everyone under the sun. Summer classes tend to be smaller than during the regular semesters, giving you greater access to professors and a good opportunity to transition back into the role of student. More than 600 fascinating courses are offered during four summer sessions:
MAYmester May 16-27
Information Session at Liverpool Library
Information Sessions at UC
Tuesday, April 19, 5:30 p.m.
Park in the Lehman lot on University Avenue or in the University Avenue Garage, and bring your ticket stub to UC for validation. Click here to R.S.V.P.
Financial Aid News
UC and Syracuse University's Human Resources department have entered into a partnership with Child Care Solutions, a local not-for-profit organization that provides information, referrals, and educational materials to parents who need child care in order to continue their education. For more information about child care information and funding, contact the financial aid office at UC, 315-443-3261.