Thursday, June 28, 2018

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SUNY Orange Port Jervis satellite ready for students

Dr. Young successfully wields the scissors

Classes will be held in this building, with lots of off-street parking (Google Earth image)

PORT JERVIS – SUNY Orange has full campuses in Middletown and Newburgh and effective next Monday, it will offer college courses at a new satellite facility in Port Jervis.

The Sarfatti Education Center at 150 Pike Street will offer transfer level classes this summer in the health field, criminal justice and security-related coursework in the fall, all to the benefit of western Orange County residents, County Executive Steven Neuhaus told a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

“You are going to change men and women’s lives that are going to better themselves, get a better education,” Neuhaus said.

Mayor Kelly Decker daid more educational opportunities is part of his long-term vision for the city.

“In my strategic plan for Port Jervis, higher education was extremely important,” Decker said. “We need higher education in western Orange County. We need to expand this area.”

College President Dr. Kristine Young said the primary roadblock for college students in Port Jervis is paying for it.

“The barrier for students in Port Jervis and the western part of the county, to come here is not their capacity, it’s not their drive or grit or their desire, it’s money and trying to create the space in life and the money to come for higher education,” Young said.

Port Jervis satellite landlord Steven Sarfatti contributed a challenge matching grant for student tuition. For every dollar contributed by benefactors, Sarfatti will match it up to a total of $10,000.

State Senator John Bonacic noted Port Jervis is in “a renaissance,” which will be further enhanced by the college presence.

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec said the expansion of SUNY Orange “will not only assist in the renaissance of the city but will also provide more higher education opportunities to the residents of western Orange County.”

County Legislator Thomas Faggione, who represents the city, said placing the college facility in Port Jervis is “a no-brainer.”

 


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