Wallace State-Oneonta continues to grow



Beginning with its first term of instruction in Oneonta in the summer of last year, Wallace State’s enrollment at the still-new Oneonta campus center has continued to grow steadily.

Since the first contingent of 138 students registered that summer, enrollment climbed to nearly 200 last fall and stands at 302 this fall, with an increase of at least 100 more expected for the fall semester next year.

Registered enrollment this term stands at above 600, compared to just below 500 in the spring semester this year. Registered enrollment reflects the total number of course sessions registered for by all students in attendance during that particular semester. This fall, 302 students registered for a total of more than 600 sessions of some 40 courses, counting all classes registered for by all students.

Currently, about 75 percent of courses offered are academic courses providing transfer credit toward a four-year degree, with remaining courses focused on technical training.

“The excitement about the growth around here affects both faculty and students,” said Wallace State Oneonta center director Dr. Kelly Jones. “They’re realizing, along with people out in the community, the reality that we have a real college in town. “

In keeping with that sense of excitement, and as a welcome to students, Jones said the campus is planning a “Terrific Tuesday” party – the first of a monthly series – on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the center. It will include a cornhole tournament, chalk art, and refreshments such as ice cream, s’mores and Coke floats.

New academic features this year include a tutoring lab, a virtual library including access to the main campus regular library, and an engineering technology multi-purpose laboratory that will embody a visual graphics component accessible to the public. Another addition will be a success coach position to develop an internship and apprenticeship program, as well as assist students, as much as time allows, with job placement support.

She reminded those that might be interested that there will be a fall mini-term, Oct. 12 to Dec. 13 at the Oneonta Center. PSY 210, Human Growth and Development, is scheduled for the mini-term, and registration is open now.

A bulletin board item, for those interested in the life of the mind, especially the mind’s eye: An Andy Warhol exhibit will be held Aug. 29 to Oct. 31 at the Evelyn Burrows Museum on Wallace State’s main campus. Check it out.