President's Welcome

After a humble start in Hudson Falls in 1961, Adirondack Community College first opened its doors in Queensbury in 1967. Our founders from Warren and Washington counties thought big and stayed true to serving the community first. As the regional needs have evolved, the college added its extension site in Wilton/Saratoga county in 1995, launched its “short name” of SUNY Adirondack in 2010, added a 408-bed residence hall in 2013, and now we serve students from all over New York state and beyond our borders.

Today, SUNY Adirondack continues to be an integral part of the region’s vigorous evolution. As upstate New York continues to re-energize its economy, our college is moving forward to meet the demands of local residents and employers. Our faculty members stay in touch with the needs of our regional employers and are experts in their respective fields. Teaching is their focus, and learning is the outcome. Our world is changing at an exponential pace, which means the learners of today need to be learners for life. We are grounded in creating lifelong learners who can think critically, write well, react to problems with creativity and enthusiasm, and seek new knowledge to be successful in our quickly changing world.

The long view requires us to be constantly reviewing our offerings to stay relevant. Our faculty have been busy creating new academic pathways by offering 11 new degrees and concentrations over the past three years. We meet with industry leaders, review labor market data and think beyond today to ensure our offerings are keeping up with the workplaces of tomorrow.

We have been busy building and updating our learning spaces to match the high quality teaching that takes place each day. Over 90,000 square feet of spaces on our Queensbury campus and in downtown Glens Falls has been constructed and renovated in the last 2 years. With over $35 million in local, state, grants, and private donor investment, we have transformed our learning spaces to:

  • support science and health care-related fields,
  • create Business Central — a one-stop hub for business innovation, new business start-up and workforce support,
  • improve our student services building and,
  • expand and relocate our Culinary Center and student-run restaurant, Seasoned.

Students from all backgrounds and experiences can thrive at SUNY Adirondack and we take student success seriously with multiple support services that help students achieve their goals at the pace that works best for them. Education is not a one-size fits all, and neither are our offerings. With courses offered during the day, evening, online, accelerated, through short term workshops and certification programs, and at two convenient locations, we strive to make college accessible to all who wish to learn.

I hope you’ll join our learning community, whether you are just starting out or coming back to learn more, we strive to be the educational provider of choice and pathway to success for all who join us.

 

Sincerely,

Kristine D. Duffy, Ed.D.