Clarkson University partnering with Sierra College

Project agenda aligns with vision of Roseville Higher Education Task Force
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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A New York-based private university will begin offering new graduate programs and enhanced opportunities for emerging technology education for undergraduates through a partnership with Sierra College.

Sierra College President Willy Duncan said in a press release that the arrangement will provide students with a pathway to a top research and technological institution for their bachelor’s degree.

Clarkson University officials are in Placer County this week to meet with interested parties, including representatives from the city of Roseville, which has spearheaded efforts to attract higher-education institutions to the region.

Clarkson’s “click-and-brick” graduate programs in business, engineering, science and technology will augment current online graduate course offerings with a presence in Placer County; through the partnership, Clarkson faculty will travel to California for the “brick” portion of the program.

The university will also work with Sierra College on a 2+2+2 articulation agreement between the two institutions: Students will matriculate to Clarkson to complete a bachelor’s degree in business or engineering after completing two years of coursework at Sierra College. The two years in residence in New York will be supplemented with professional internship and career opportunities.

Located in New York State’s Adirondack North Country region, Clarkson University is known among employers in technology and innovation sectors as a target school for recruiting, research and executive education, according to a press release.

“In addition to access to world-class outdoor recreation, the North Country and Placer County share a commitment to mobilize the creativity and capacity of higher-education partnerships with industry and the public sector to drive economic development and family sustaining jobs,” said Clarkson University Tony Collins, in the release.

Collins said the university’s agenda aligns with the vision of the Roseville Higher Education Task Force, which the city of Roseville convened in July 2011 to develop recommendations for expanding local higher-education opportunities. The task force found that increased access to higher education would lead to job creation, economic development and a vibrant cultural scene.

“We see Clarkson’s partnership with Sierra College in offering high caliber programs that are in high demand right here in our region as another success for Roseville’s Higher Education Task Force efforts,” said Councilman Dr. Tim Herman, chair of the task force, in the release. “The synergy between education and economic development will strengthen our region as education provides innovation and workers, and industry provides support and employment.”