Finger Lakes Community College will start a weekend and evening college this fall to provide greater convenience to local residents who want a new career or to qualify for a promotion.
The college will offer classes in business administration, paralegal studies, and instrumentation and control technologies, which covers data acquisition, automation, mechatronics and control systems.
Business administration and paralegal classes will be offered on Friday nights and Saturdays. Instrumentation and control technologies classes are offered on nights during the week.
Students can attend full- or part-time. The programs are designed so full-time students can complete a two-year degree in 18 months by taking classes through the winter and summer terms. Students can take classes online.
“Our mission as a community college is to track and meet the changing needs of the community,” FLCC President Robert Nye said. “With low unemployment, people are working, but not necessarily in the careers they want. This new program makes it more convenient for those with weekday work and family obligations to get ahead.”
Students with military or work experience may get credit for prior life experience to reduce their time to a degree or certificate. Students can get credit for a particular class by working with a faculty mentor to assemble a portfolio showing how their experience satisfies the course requirements.
“Our message, particularly to adults who do not have a college degree, is that you deserve credit for knowledge that you have acquired through hard work,” Nye said.
Visit for details on the programs. Business administration classes will be offered at all FLCC locations — the main campus in Canandaigua, and the campus centers in Geneva, Newark and Victor. The college will use a technology called synchronous learning to connect all four locations using video cameras that allow for real-time interaction.
Paralegal classes will be offered at the FLCC Geneva Campus Center, 63 Pulteney St., and instrumentation and control technologies at the Victor Campus Center off state Route 251.
The application deadline is Aug. 23. Students must select their courses by Aug. 30; classes start Sept. 3. Call (585) 785-1000 for information.