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New Academic Programs Receive Final State Approval

February 21, 2012

The State University of New York and the New York State Education Department have given final approval for three new academic programs at Tompkins Cortland Community College: an associate in science (A.S.) degree in Digital Cinema, an A.S. in Recreation: Exercise Studies, and a certificate in Wine Marketing. The programs were approved by the College's Board of Trustees last spring.

Students in the Digital Cinema degree program will learn the aesthetics of cinema and become technically proficient in digital filmmaking. The program will emphasize cross-training in several fields by fostering collaboration between existing communication, English, creative writing, new media, and photography programs. Graduates will be prepared to transfer to some of the top baccalaureate programs in the field, including Ithaca College, Syracuse University, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). For more information on Digital Cinema contact program chair Keith Millman.

Anyone interested in a career in the field of physical fitness should consider the Recreation: Exercise Studies degree program. Students in this program will become skilled in fitness assessment, personal training, and recreation leadership while having the opportunity to earn certifications from a number of accredited fitness agencies. The A.S. degree is designed to give graduates the option of either entering the workforce or transferring to a related four-year program, with SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, and Syracuse University among the potential transfer institutions. For more information on Recreation: Exercise Studies contact program chair Pat Mercer.

Tompkins Cortland has offered a degree program in wine marketing for two years, but the new Wine Marketing certificate program provides a new option. The certificate program is comprised of courses already found in the College's wine marketing degree program, but because the certificate focuses on the core courses, students can earn a certificate in roughly half the time. For more information on Wine Marketing contact program chair Sue Stafford.

Tompkins Cortland offers more than 40 degree programs and certificates in more than a dozen areas of study.

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