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Spring 2020 Catalog 
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About SUNY Erie

College Information

SUNY Erie Community College (SUNY Erie), New York State’s first multi-campus public community college outside of New York City, provides affordable educational opportunities for its residents in Erie County and also other counties and states as well as foreign countries. Degree and certificate programs, community education, workforce development and other special programs under Pathways to Success [non-credit and tuition-free programs include High School Equivalency (HSE), English as an Additional Language (EAL), Pre-Collegiate Studies and RISE (Readying Incoming Students for Excellence)].

Students interested in pursuing degrees in the Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Applied Science (AAS), or the Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) will discover that SUNY Erie is responsive to their needs. The majority of our AA, AS and AAS degrees have established transfer paths with many four-year colleges locally, state-wide and in other states. Academic and Student Services support are offered as a means to help all students attain their educational and personal goals.

SUNY Erie is the local institution of choice. The primary reasons that draw thousands of students annually to SUNY Erie are: variety of curricula available, reasonable tuition, quality teaching faculty, small classes, availability of tutoring, and accessibility of three campus locations.

Over eighty degree and certificate programs plus career-focused credit training programs are offered to students. These programs span numerous areas of study, including Business and Public Service, Engineering and Technologies, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Trades and Vocational Careers. Programs are designed to graduate well-prepared, well-rounded students ready to meet the demands of the work world and continuous learning. Ninety percent of SUNY Erie’s students start here and go anywhere, whether it is to transfer to a four-year school or to enter the workforce. SUNY Erie offers eight (8) fully online degrees and certificates through Distance Learning or internet web-based courses. 

SUNY Erie has always focused on making education practical and applicable to the lives and jobs of its students. Over 80 percent of SUNY Erie courses have an applied learning component. This focus is not in conflict with a love of knowledge and artistry for its own sake, but instead supports it by challenging the college to creatively apply what it knows to the community, the environment, and to future goals. As such, the focus on applied learning fits equally well into the transfer and the workforce track. Those who seek to continue their education at a four-year institution will need to apply their SUNY Erie learning to that future degree, while those who seek to enter the workforce directly will need to understand how their learning applies to their future jobs.

SUNY Erie’s Reverse Transfer initiative process allows former students with 30 or more SUNY Erie credits to transfer courses from other schools back to SUNY Erie for credit towards their associate degree graduation. Advisement Options for transfer include over 375 four-year articulation agreements with over 15 colleges and universities.

SUNY has created Transfer Paths, of which SUNY Erie has over 30, that summarize the common lower division requirements shared by all SUNY campuses for similar majors within most disciplines and help students identify core coursework to prepare for multiple SUNY campuses.

SUNY Erie takes pride in the diversity of its students. To claim that there is a typical SUNY Erie student is misleading. Certainly there are profiles that emerge when various statistics are taken into consideration. The reality is, however, that SUNY Erie’s student body includes recent high school graduates, senior citizens, athletes, former homemakers, disabled students, business executives, veterans, transfer students, and international students. Approximately 90 percent of SUNY Erie’s students reside in Erie County.  

To help students achieve their goals, broad support services are provided. The English and Math Departments offer tutoring services to aid students in their academic quests; the Student Access Center advocates for and supports disabled students; each campus’s Career Resource Center provides career counseling and job placement. 

The Pathways to Success program offers four distinct college preparatory program pathways leading to college success. All programs are non-credit and tuition-free: (1) The High School Equivalency Preparatory (HSE) Program (formally known as the GED program) assists eligible individuals in obtaining their New York State HSE diploma and prepare for the national TASC exam; (2) The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program helps to prepare incoming English Language Learners (ELL’s) for collegiate admission by offering courses to improve their English skills and college readiness. The program will assist both students that possess international high school diplomas and also those seeking their high school equivalency diploma necessary for admission to the college;  (3) The Pre-Collegiate; and  (4) RISE (Readying Incoming Students for Success) Programs prepare students to successfully complete the college’s accuplacer computer-based placement testing prior to their enrollment in SUNY Erie college classes. Both programs are available at the three SUNY Erie campuses and are designed to work around busy schedules for development of College Level Skills; including:

  • Pre-Collegiate Mathematics - PCRLT-001: Mathematics skills;
  • Pre-Collegiate Reading/Writing - PCMTH-002: Developmental English skills in reading/writing;
  • Pre-Collegiate Intensive English as an Additional Language (EAL) PCEAL003: English vocabulary, grammar, speaking, and listening skills to prepare for college enrollment;
  • High School Equivalency Test Preparation - HSE001: TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) exam;
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) EAL002: Literacy and English Literacy;
  • RISE Math Competency Workshop - Numeric Skills RINUM 001: Gives overview of arithmetic skills preparing for elementary algebra;
  • RISE Math Competency Workshop - Algebra Skills RIALG 001: Refreshes arithmetic skills while developing basic algebraic skills in preparing for required mathematics courses;
  • RISE Academic Readiness Institute - Reading Skills Workshop RIRSW 001: Improve reading, study and critical thinking skills;
  • RISE Academic Readiness Institute - Writing Skills Workshop RIWSW 001: Improve writing skills;
  • RISE Academic Readiness Institute - EAL Reading and Writing Skills RIASL 001 Workshop: Improve EAL students’ reading and writing skills;
  • RISE Academic Readiness Institute - Reading & Writing Skills Workshop RIWSW 001: Improve reading, writing, study and critical thinking skills;and
  • RISE Summer Success Academy (SSA) SSA 001: Remediation in reading, writing and mathematics (algebra and numeric skills).

In short, SUNY Erie students discover a college responsive to their divergent backgrounds, interests, goals and needs while the community reaps the benefits of an institution preparing tomorrow’s workforce–and tomorrow’s leaders.


Campuses - City, North and South

City Campus

The City Campus moved to its present site in 1982 following the renovation of the Old Post Office and is an architectural landmark in the center of downtown Buffalo. The site of the present City Campus located at 121 Ellicott Street in downtown Buffalo is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places; and in 1964, was named in the Historic American Building Survey as one of the eleven most significant buildings in Buffalo. Bounded by Oak and Ellicott Streets, this urban campus is rich in architectural beauty, boasts an expansive skylight and atrium, high-ceilinged classrooms, and gourmet cooking laboratories. SUNY Erie offers a certificate program in Food Preparation and Safety at the City Campus that also utilizes the SUNY Erie Learning Garden at Canalside (near the Campus).

Erie Community College Alumni and Foundation Office

The offices of the SUNY Erie Community College Foundation and Alumni Relations are located at City Campus, 121 Ellicott Street in Buffalo, NY. The mission of the Foundation is to grant an opportunity for deserving students in need to pursue their educational dreams and to preserve the college as a leading educational institution. The Alumni Relations office fosters positive relationships with SUNY Erie’s graduates.

45 Oak Street

SUNY Erie’s 45 Oak Street is across the street from City Campus and provides an additional 52,000 square feet of classrooms, academic laboratories, a student support center, and the Workforce Development (WFD) Division of Community Education and Corporate Training offices. The location includes the Radiation Therapy Technology program that now offers students instruction/training in the VERT system which is a virtual environment of a radiotherapy treatment room with captivating 3D views and life size visualizations. The WFD Community Education program is also housed there and provides non-credit training programs including Professional Development Grant Training in Pharmacy Technician through the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) by providing nationally credentialed Pharmacy Technician Training. This 274-hour training program includes traditional classroom-based training and an 80-hour internship. An experiential learning partnership was established with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy. The final component of this training is taking a national certification Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam (PTCB) to enhance employment opportunities and gainful employment as required by a partnership with the local Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Pharmacy Technician Training requirements. In addition, the WFD Corporate Training Program is located here but offers most of its training at off-site or company locations. Some of the Corporate Training programs are grant funded.

The Burt Flickinger Athletic Center

The Burt Flickinger Athletic Center, located at 21 Oak Street opened as a legacy to the World University Games in June 1994. The facility houses an Olympic size 50-meter swimming pool with a movable floor, a 25-meter warm-up pool, three regulation basketball courts, a large field house that seats 3,000, a 1/9 mile indoor jogging track, a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Athletic Department offices and a number of classrooms.

North Campus

The North Campus is located at 6205 Main Street in Williamsville and is the oldest campus. It has the highest enrollment of the three campuses. Spreading over 120 acres, this campus offers its students several buildings for learning; including: Gleasner Hall Administration, Bretschger Hall, Richard R. Dry Memorial Library, Kittinger Hall, Spring Student Center, and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Building opened for the 2018 Spring semester.

SUNY Erie offers the Nanotechnology AAS degree and recently opened a 6,100 square feet annex on Bretschger Building at B100 that houses laboratories and clean room space and includes a roof with 36 solar panels to provide clean power and employ a state-of-the-art energy recovery system. Highly specialized equipment helps to prepare students for career opportunities in its burgeoning fields; such as: electronic and semiconductor fabrication technology, biotechnology and environmental science. Students from Genesee Community College are New York State Education Department (NYSED) approved to take their final semester of capstone courses at SUNY Erie. Graduates are part of a highly skilled homegrown workforce capable of filling the large number of nanotechnology-related jobs being created to ensure that there is a trained workforce to take advantage of forthcoming opportunities at the South Buffalo RiverBend campus, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and within the planned WNY Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) in Genesee County with a location in Buffalo.

SUNY Erie also offers the Biotechnological Science AAS degree and certificate programs. Industry experts suggest a shortage of qualified technicians exists within the regional workforce in Advanced Manufacturing practices in Western New York. To fill this need for trained technicians, the Biotechnological Science’s AAS curriculum has been carefully developed through a combined effort of local industry professionals and academians. The structure of the core curriculum offers training in the basic principles of advanced manufacturing; but most importantly, it offers multiple hands-on laboratory experiences enabling the student to apply the theory to the process.

The Brewing Science and Service certificate program established in 2015 provides graduates with necessary educational coursework and skills to enter into varied employment opportunities in its industry, preparing graduates for employment in the expanding brewing, microbrewing, and brewpub industries. Hands-on training along with theoretical courses enhance student knowledge in this specialized field: brewing technology, operations, sales and management, and advanced beer-related or brewery-related business sectors.

SUNY Erie’s Industrial Technology AOS degree and CNC Machining Precision certificate programs continue to lead the way in Western New York advanced manufacturing by providing trained graduates to answer the region’s dire need for skilled laborers, manufacturers and technicians. With its surging enrollment over the past years along with the addition of state-of-the-art training labs and advanced equipment, SUNY Erie is ready to train students eager to enter the area’s expanding industry. The department’s new equipment includes simulators purchased from FANUC America Corporation.

SUNY Erie One-Stop Career Center

The SUNY Erie One-Stop Career Center is located in the Gleasner Adminstration Building. The Center provides cost-free employment resources to SUNY Erie graduates and jobseekers in Erie County. Services provided by the center include career assessments, education and training opportunities, job readiness workshops, networking groups, résumé assistance, and referrals within a network of federal, state and local agencies. A new service offered is a Food Pantry, through a partnership with FeedMore WNY, that was established at the three campuses.

South Campus

The self-contained design of the South Campus offers buildings connected by enclosed bridges surrounding a central courtyard and is located at 4041 Southwestern Boulevard in the towns of Orchard Park and Hamburg. The offices of the Driving Programs offered through the Workforce Development Division are at South Campus.

Vehicle Technology Training Center

The Automotive Technology program is provided at the off-campus location at 5885 Big Tree Road in Orchard Park near South Campus. There are three types of instruction available under Automotive Technology: (1) Automotive Technology - students learn to work on all vehicles; (2) Automotive Technology - Mopar CAP - students learn exclusively to work on Chrysler vehicles and have internships sponsored by Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Jeep dealers; and (3) Automotive Technology - Ford ASSET - students learn exclusively to work on Ford vehicles and have internships sponsored by Ford and Lincoln dealers.

Green Building Technology Center (GBTC)

The center is located on Abbott Road next to South Campus. This 1,650-square-foot training center is utilized for SUNY Erie academic program-related training in the Building Management and Maintenance AOS degree program with its related certificate programs of Building Trades/Residential Light Commercial; Green Building Technology; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Enhanced non-credit Workforce Development courses are taught pertaining to Western New York’s emerging green building technology field and as a showcase for local kindergarten through grade 12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students. The facility is complete with multi-floor training rooms, electronic technology, and pole-mounted solar panels. SUNY Erie’s Green Energy training courses, which include both classroom sessions and field experience, prepare individuals for the Building Performance Institute’s (BPI) written and field exams. The equipment trains classes in solar photovoltaic, geothermal, and energy efficiency. Many of the solar photovoltaic classes are short-term customized professional development instruction for firefighters; building and code officials; architects for Continuing Education Units; professional licensed engineers; NYS Fire Prevention and Building Code Council major update to the NYS Uniform Electrical Code through a supplemental extension to the Photovoltaic Training Network (PVTN) grant in the areas of areas of building and permitting; photovoltaic architects, evaluation and design; safety and fire; and solar photovoltaic for engineers.

SUNY Erie Career Center

The SUNY Erie Career Center is located at the South Campus in Building 5. The Center provides cost-free employment resources to SUNY Erie graduates and jobseekers in Erie County. Services provided by the center include career assessments, education and training opportunities, job readiness workshops, networking groups, résumé assistance, and referrals within a network of federal, state and local agencies. The Center hosts a Food Pantry, through a partnership with FeedMore WNY.


SUNY Erie celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016. In the past seven decades, the college has grown from a small two-year technical institute to a three campus college serving more than 11,000 students. Today, SUNY Erie is the second largest college in Western New York.

On April 4, 1946, the Legislature of the State of New York, recognizing the need for technical vocational education at the junior college level, established the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences at Buffalo as one of the five, tuition-free, two-year technical institutes for high school graduates.

Two years later, in 1948, when the New York State Legislature founded the State University of New York, the Institute at Buffalo became one of the units of the University. On September 1, 1953, while maintaining ties with the State University of New York, Erie County assumed sponsorship of the college, changing its name to the Erie County Technical Institute.

Subsequently, in 1960, the Erie County Technical Institute moved to the present site of the North Campus at 6205 Main Street in Williamsville, NY. In 1969, the name of the college was once again changed, this time to its present designation, Erie Community College.

In 1971, the City Campus, housed in the former Bishop O’Hern High School in downtown Buffalo, opened, making SUNY Erie the first multi-campus college in New York State outside of New York City.

The South Campus opened in the fall of 1974, providing accessibility for those in the southern parts of the county.

In January of 1982, the City Campus moved into its refurbished quarters in the heart of Buffalo.

In 2017, the college changed its name to SUNY Erie.

Through the years, SUNY Erie has undergone significant changes as it has moved to serve its constituents with state-of-the-art facilities, professionally accredited programs and an outstanding teaching faculty.

Accreditation and Affiliation

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

SUNY Erie Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, www.msche.org. The college’s curricula are approved and registered with the New York State Education Department and have been vetted through the State University of New York (SUNY). Many of the professional curricula are accredited by specialized agencies. Such accreditations are noted in the program descriptions in this catalog. The college is also a member of the American Association of Community Colleges. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, that was established in 1919 is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-based membership organization dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation by peer evaluation. It is one of the commissions of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, whose purpose is to provide peer evaluation and accreditation for schools and colleges located in the Mid-Atlantic United States. The Commission defines, maintains and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. MSCHE accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region which includes: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several international locations. In so doing, Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources.

Professional Accreditation

  • Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET), Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC)

  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) (or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

  • Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

  • American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF)

  • Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM)

  • Commission on Dental Accreditation of American Dental Association (CODA)

  • Commission of Opticianry Accreditation (COA)

  • Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

  • Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

  • Joint Review Committee on Education on Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

  • Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

  • National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)

  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (ASE NATEF)

  • National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)

  • New York State Education Department Board of Regents

  • New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

The State University of New York (SUNY)

The State University of New York’s 64 campuses bring educational opportunity within commuting distance of virtually all New Yorkers and comprise the nation’s largest comprehensive system of public higher education.

When founded in 1948, the University consolidated 29 state operated but unaffiliated institutions whose varied histories of service date as far back as 1816.

Today, more than 425,000 students are pursuing traditional study in classrooms and laboratories or are working at home at their own pace through such innovative institutions as the SUNY Learning Network and Empire State College. The State University enrolls 40 percent of all New York State high school graduates.

The distinguished faculty at SUNY’s institution are recruited from the finest graduate schools and universities throughout the United States and many countries around the world. Their efforts are regularly recognized in numerous prestigious awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize.

SUNY’s research contributions are helping to solve some of today’s most urgent problems. State University researchers pioneered nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and the supermarket bar code scanner, introduced time-lapse photography of forestry subjects and isolated the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

SUNY’s program for the educationally and economically disadvantaged, consisting of Educational Opportunity Programs and Educational Opportunity Centers, has become a model for delivering better learning opportunities to young people and adults traditionally bypassed by higher education.

The 30 locally sponsored two-year community colleges offer programs that are directly and immediately job related as well as degree programs that serve as educational experience or a transfer opportunity to a baccalaureate degree at a four-year campus.

In 2010, SUNY launched its new strategic plan, The Power of SUNY, which is pulling all 64 campuses together in a way that has never been seen before and drives the revitalization of New York’s economy while enhancing the quality of life of its citizenry.

The State University system’s involvement in the health science education is extensive. Hundreds of thousands of New York’s citizens are served each year by faculty and students in University hospitals, clinics or affiliated hospitals. The University’s economic development services programs provide research, training and technical assistance to the state’s business and industrial community. State University libraries, which support teaching and research activities, are an important community resource.

The SUNY Board of Trustees is their governing body and is comprised of 17 members. Fifteen of these members are appointed by the governor, by and with consent of the NYS Senate. In addition, the president of the Student Assembly serves as a voting member and the president of the University Faculty Senate serves on the Board as a non-voting member.

SUNY’s motto is: “To Learn. To Search. To Serve.”

State University of New York Board of Trustees

Chancellor: Kristina M. Johnson
Senior Vice Chancellor & Provost: Dr. Tod A. Laursen
Chairman: H Carl McCall

Joseph Belluck, New York, NY
Courtney Burke, Albany, NY
Eric Corngold, New York, NY
Robert Duffy, Rochester, NY
Angelo Fatta, Lakeview, NY
Eunice A. Lewin, Buffalo, NY
Stanley Litow, New York, NY
Richard Socarides, New York, NY
Carl Spielvogel, New York, NY
Edward Spiro, New York, NY
Cary Staller, Old Field, NY
Merryl Tisch, New York, NY, Vice Chair
Austin Ostro, President Student Assembly
Gwen Kay, President University Faculty Senate
Nina Tamrowski, President Faculty Council of Community College (non-voting)


SUNY Erie Board of Trustees


The 10-member Board of Trustees of SUNY Erie is comprised of four members appointed by the Governor, five members appointed by the Erie County Executive and approved by the Erie County Legislature and a voting student trustee elected by the student body of the three campuses. The Board responsibilities include approving the annual budget, setting policies and requirements, responding to community needs, approving personnel appointments and guiding the college in setting and achieving its Mission and goals.

Board of Trustees
Term Expiration


Len Lenihan
Leonard Lenihan, Chairman


Danise Wilson

Danise Wilson, Vice Chairman



Kate Masiello
Kate Masiello, Secretary

 Todd P. Hobler 
Todd P. Hobler

Todd P. Hobler
Jeffrey Stone


Susan M. Swarts

Susan M. Swarts


Albert Tew

Albert Tew, Student Trustee/SGA President




SUNY Erie’s Mission and Strategic Plan

The following statements provide the road map and guidebook the organization uses to develop its strategic thinking. These statements indicate where the college is going and helps to prioritize SUNY Erie’s strategic options. They also tell college officials what to bring along on the journey and provide benchmarks for determining progress.


SUNY Erie meets the needs of a diverse student body and contributes to regional economic vitality by providing high-quality, flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs committed to student success.


SUNY Erie will serve as an innovative learning resource by striving for universal access to lifelong learning, catalyzing economic and cultural development, and supporting a diverse and mobile student body.

Strategic Intent

SUNY Erie will become a national and regional model for the community college of the 21st century. We want to be known as the most student-friendly and accessible college where success begins. SUNY Erie will be an aspirational choice where students of all levels of ability attend because it is the best match to their lifestyle wants and a respected institution among employers, within higher education and throughout the region.

Value Proposition

SUNY Erie offers the most cost-effective and quality access to achievement of a degree, academic credits or acquisition of skills/certification that will propel the learner to his or her desired goal at any point in life.

Core Values

SUNY Erie is committed to four key values:

Efficiency:  SUNY Erie aims to streamline its operations in order to deliver the highest possible proportion of resources to students.

Relevance:  SUNY Erie will fulfill its vision by becoming a key player in the region’s economic and cultural renaissance.

Innovation:  SUNY Erie will innovate its way to achieving its key strategic targets.

Entrepreneurship:  SUNY Erie believes in promoting the entrepreneurial spirit in staff, faculty, and students.

SUNY Erie Excels Strategic Plan 2016-2021

SUNY Erie promotes its mission, vision, and core values through a comprehensive and ambitious strategic plan focused on five key areas: Access, Completion, Engagement, Operations, and Success. You can read more about SUNY Erie Excels at http://www.ecc.edu/excels.