Empire State College Provides Alternative Eduation

By Jordanna Zetter

Published 02/06 2014 03:25PM

Updated 02/06 2014 05:18PM

Empire State College is spreading the word about the alternative educational opportunities it provides. Faculty member Barbara Rivera recently met with members of the Binghamton Noon Rotary Club to discuss how non-traditional students can get their associate's, bachelor's or even master's degrees.

Empire State was founded in 1970 as a non traditional college focusing mainly on adults with families or a full time job. The college accepts credits from other educational institutions, catering to people who never finished their degrees. And it offers online courses as well as a traditional classroom setting. Rivera says degrees can also be customized for students who want to focus on a particular area.

"I think it means the world to people,often and I can speak for myself. I worked for years in a business management setting and I didn't have the credentials and getting the credentials for many people is personally satisfying," said Rivera.

Empire State has offices in the State Office Building in Binghamton and regularly offers information sessions. For more details, go to esc.edu.

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