Articulation Agreement to Facilitate Smooth Transfer of SUNY Orange Graduates to St. John’s Programs

PHOTO: Dr. William Richards and Dr. Julia A. Upton sign a cyber security articulation agreementMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Officials from SUNY Orange and St. John’s University formalized an agreement today that paves the way for graduates of SUNY Orange’s new two-year cyber security degree program to acquire a bachelor’s degree in computer security systems from St. John’s in the minimum amount of time.

The agreement, signed by College President Dr. William Richards and St. John’s University Provost Dr. Julia A. Upton, RSM, (in photo at right) also facilitates the transfer of credits to the computer science program at St. John’s for graduates of SUNY Orange’s web development and computer science degree programs. In addition, students who graduate from SUNY Orange’s networking program will be able to transfer smoothly to the networking and telecommunications bachelor’s degree program at St. John’s.

SUNY Orange’s cyber security, networking, web development and computer science degrees--all overseen by the College’s Applied Technologies Department--prepare students for employment in a wide variety of in-demand careers. This new articulation agreement with St. John’s and its College of Professional Studies establishes a formal framework for SUNY Orange graduates to easily progress toward a bachelor’s degree if they so choose.

“We are extremely excited to have forged this wonderful relationship with St. John’s,” Richards said. “It is vitally important that we are able to provide our students with transfer options that will keep them on track to earn an advanced degree in the shortest amount of time possible. Now we know we can offer our students a first-rate educational start here and then send them to St. John’s, where they will have access to remarkable administrators and faculty members who will further prepare them to be successful in whichever field they choose.”

PHOTO: Dr. William Richards speaks to the group“St. John’s University is proud to partner with an institution of higher education like SUNY Orange to further academic education for current and prospective students in New York State,” said Upton. “We welcome interested SUNY Orange transfers who want to continue their college studies at St. John’s. The programs we’ve discussed with President Richards and his staff fit perfectly with our philosophies and curriculum taught in our College of Professional Studies. We’re thrilled to put these actions into motion come the fall semester of 2011.”

Analysts at the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that the demand for computer security specialists will grow as businesses and government organizations continue to invest heavily in protecting vital computer networks and electronic infrastructures from attack. As many as 286,000 computer security jobs are expected to be created in the next 10 years as firms across all industries place a higher priority on safeguarding their data and systems.

SUNY Orange’s cyber security degree, created as part of the College’s charter membership in the four-college Hudson Valley Educational Consortium, will prepare students with hands-on training utilizing a new state-of-the-art cyber security lab. Assignments will present students with “real world” cyber security scenarios and challenge them in a variety of forensic and technical areas. SUNY Orange’s curriculum was devised by Fern Steane, chair of the Applied Technologies Department, in collaboration with former NYPD lieutenant John Otero, who is presently an associate professor in St. John’s Division of Computer Science and Math.

PHOTO: Representatives from St. John's and SUNY Orange discuss the articulationThe computer security systems degree at St. John’s, which debuted in 2007 and was hailed as the first of its kind in the metropolitan area, prepares students for career opportunities in the computer security field, including positions as cryptanalysts, cyber law enforcement specialists, security administrators, computer crime investigators and computer forensic specialists.

Students at St. John’s can enhance their degree and expertise by choosing a cyber forensics or business option. They may also earn a minor concentration in criminal justice, criminalistics, mathematics, media graphics or corporate security.

For information on SUNY Orange’s applied technology degree programs, visit To learn more about St. John’s College of Professional Studies, visit

About SUNY Orange
Orange County Community College was founded in 1950 as the first county-sponsored community college in the State University of New York system. The College has earned its reputation as a pioneer and innovator in meeting the needs of its students and the area it primarily serves. Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, academic credits can be earned through full- or part-time study in the day, evening, or both. The College offers three types of associate’s (two-year) degrees as well as extensive technical programs in career fields (with transfer options) and one-year certificates.

Consistent with its mission to meet the higher education needs of students, SUNY Orange is noted for its commitment to ensuring student success. With the support of caring faculty and staff, each student has the ability to achieve his or her academic and career goals. Public and private four-year colleges actively seek SUNY Orange graduates for transfer into baccalaureate programs as third-year students.

About St John’s University
St. John's is one of America's leading Catholic universities – nationally ranked (by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report) and recognized for its superb academic programs, diverse student life, New York vitality and BIG EAST athletic excitement. Founded in 1870 by the Vincentian Community,
St. John’s currently enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 46 states and 115 countries. The University also offers housing for 4,000 students at six campus locations (Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and Oakdale, New York as well as Rome, Italy and Paris, France).

St. John’s values its investment in education and provides the necessary resources to support student scholarships, faculty and academic programs, technological advances and the building and modernization of new facilities (both academic and athletic). St. John’s University is the perfect choice for an affordable, high-quality private education that blends academic study, service learning opportunities, professional training and real-world experience within a diverse and highly supportive community. For more information about St John’s University, visit

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