Cayuga County is located in the center of the Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca research triangle. We are centrally located within the region of higher ed and research institutions like Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and Cornell University.
At the completion of the 2009-2010 school year, over 80% of high school graduates in Cayuga County planned on pursuing higher education. These graduates have many opportunities for learning nearby, whether it is at the two colleges located in Cayuga County or at institutions in neighboring counties.
Named to Forbes’ Top College List in 2011, Wells College is a four-year liberal arts college that recently expanded its business program upon the completion of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship. The new center includes the Innovation Lab, which mentors students on how to create solutions in any type of business or situation. Once an all-women’s institution, the college now has a coed enrollment of over 550 students studying a variety of subjects.
For more information on Wells College, please visit http://www.wells.edu/.
Founded in 1953, Cayuga Community College provides 1,600 students with degree and certificate programs that are tailored for technical occupations, liberal arts education, or other careers.
To find more information on Cayuga Community College, please visit http://www.cayuga-cc.edu/.
There are also a number of quality colleges and universities located throughout the region that provide a range of educational opportunities.
|Colleges and Universities near Cayuga County
|Le Moyne College
|SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
|SUNY College at Cortland
|SUNY College at Oswego
|New York Chiropractic College
|Morrisville State College
|Onondaga Community College
|Bryant and Stratton
|St. Joseph’s College of Nursing
|Crouse Hospital School of Nursing
|Tompkins Cortland Community College
Those who live in Cayuga County place a high value on education. As a result, residents of the County are highly educated and make up an innovative workforce. From the various public and private K-12 schools to the colleges and universities in the surrounding regions, there are several opportunities for learning.
Cayuga County’s K-12 system produces a high number of graduates each year. Additionally, 85% of the county’s population over 25 years of age has a high school degree, which is higher than both the New York and United States averages. Source: US Census Bureau, 2011
There are twelve public school districts within Cayuga County, as well as numerous private options. While all of the school districts and private schools offer a productive and high quality educational experience, County students also have the opportunity to attend Cayuga-Onondaga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). BOCES provides both career and technical education opportunities to juniors and seniors who spend half of the day at their regular high school and the other half at the $41 million, LEED-certified BOCES facility in Aurelius.
With the goal of providing an environment for applied learning to prepare students for the demands of the modern workplace, each program is advised by a committee comprised of industry representatives who help the students find internships and employment upon the completion of the program. These representatives provide their input on the areas of study listed below.
|Career and Technical Education Programs at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
|Applied Electrical Technology
|Electrician assistant, industrial maintenance, appliance repair
|Auto Body Technology
|Body shop owner, auto body specialist or technician, claims adjuster
|Automotive technician, service writer, parts clerk
|Computer Systems and Network Administration
|Hardware/software technician, desktop support, network administrator
|Construction and Building Trades
|Construction laborer, contractor, building inspector, estimator
|Cook, professional chef, commercial baker, restaurant owner
|Graphic Design and New Media
|Desktop publishing, illustration, digital photography, videography
|Health Related Occupations
|Home health aide, certified nursing assistant, registered nurse
|Heavy Equipment Repair and Operation
|Diesel mechanic, equipment operator, hydraulics technician
|Machining and Welding
|Machinist, CNC operator, welder, fabricator, steamfitter
|Outdoor Power Equipment and Powersports Technology
|Small engine mechanic, lawnmower mechanic
|Plant, Animal and Life Sciences
|Veterinary medicine, animal nutrition, horticulture, greenhouse management