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“More people are working instead of taking classes,” said Westchester Community College spokesman Patrick Hennessey.
The new program will allow students to attend the Purchase school for their undergraduate studies then be guaranteed admission to the Syracuse school for a medical degree.
The program will provide financial help to students facing situation that could impact their studies, such as a medical emergency or loss of employment.
A Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities report estimates the Mid-Hudson Valley region could lose 2,856 jobs and $11.2 million in lost tax revenue.
The project is expected to save the college, part of the SUNY system, about $400,000 per year on energy costs.
The college, which is part of the SUNY system, will team up with a private senior care company to build and operate 385 units for seniors 62 and older on 40 acres of Purchase’s 500-acre campus.
State university employees will begin a gradual salary uptick in February when hourly salaries increase to $9.75 and will reach $15 by July 2021.
The state partners with nonprofits to recruit top high school graduates for tuition-free college studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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