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Suffolk County Legislature Approves Classroom Building Land Lease for LIU to Offer Master’s Classes at SCCC’s Eastern Campus in Riverhead


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Riverhead

On June 27, 2006, the Suffolk County Legislature approved the leasing of land for Long Island University to conduct master's degree programs on Suffolk County Community College's Eastern Campus in Riverhead. Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy submitted the proposal to the Suffolk County Legislature for its consideration and approval.

The agreement will significantly expand Long Island University's graduate offerings in western Suffolk and on the East End on Long Island, including the North and South Forks.

Long Island University will begin holding master's level classes on September 5 in a 10,000-square-foot building formerly known as the Montaukett Building, according to Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins, president of SCCC and Jennifer Browne, associate provost of Long Island University's Southampton Graduate Campus and new Riverhead site. The building features eight wireless classrooms as well as offices for faculty and administrative staff.  More than 200 students can be accommodated at the new site.

In addition, the University and SCCC plan to develop four-year undergraduate degree programs together, with SCCC offering the first two years and LIU the second two years.

Long Island University offerings at the SCCC Riverhead campus will include master's degrees in teacher education and public administration. The Riverhead site also will become the new home of the University's Homeland Security Management Institute, which offers a 36-credit master's degree (the first and only graduate degree in homeland security approved and registered with the New York State Education Department), as well as a 15-credit online certificate in homeland security management. The new site will also provide on-site training for first responders, law enforcement and government agency personnel.

“We're delighted to have this opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Long Island University,” said Dr. Pippins. “In providing this space, we will further enhance the educational options available on Long Island's east end.”

“Long Island University has a proud tradition of offering undergraduate, graduate and continuing education in local settings throughout the metropolitan region,” Browne said. “The Riverhead location will bring valuable, highly respected graduate degrees within easy reach of residents of Brookhaven and the north and south forks.”

Long Island University will continue to serve Suffolk County at its Southampton Graduate Campus through master's level courses in teacher education and continuing education programs. The University also provides master's degree programs in counseling, teacher education, business and criminal justice at its Brentwood Campus. Long Island University also operates residential campuses in Brooklyn and Brookville (C.W. Post) and regional campuses at SUNY Purchase (Westchester) and Orangeburg, N.Y. (Rockland).

Suffolk County Community College is the largest multi-campus community college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. SCCC has a current enrollment of over 21,000 credit students and 10,500 continuing education students.

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Posted 06/28/2006

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