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POTSDAM - Clarkson University officials will be in the Placer County, Calif., region this week to introduce area professionals to new graduate programs options and to advance an emerging technology education partnership with Sierra College undergraduates.

Clarkson University President Tony Collins met last week with Sierra College President Willy Duncan, and Placer County, Rocklin Chamber of Commerce, Roseville Chamber of Commerce, City of Rocklin, City of Roseville, and Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance leaders.

“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.” Collins said.

“Clarkson’s education, research and innovation agenda aligns with the vision outlined by Roseville’s Higher Education Task Force and with the dialogue we have had with community leaders interested in high quality educational opportunities to support future growth in business, engineering, science and technology.”

“Clarkson’s rankings in online education and its deep partnerships with industry reflect a commitment to treat distance education as an opportunity to enhance and enrich the learning experience for motivated students, without sacrificing the academic rigor that employers and recruiters value in the curriculum,” said Dayle Smith, dean of the Clarkson School of Business and one of the key drivers in the new partnerships being formed.

Smith, along with Kerop Janoyan, director of Distance Learning, and Clarkson alumni will be at SARTA’s TechEdge Conference on Friday and meeting with area officials and corporate representatives this week.

Collaborating with area civic and community leaders, Clarkson is preparing to augment its current online graduate course offerings with a presence in the Placer County region and also is working with Sierra College on a 2+2+2 articulation agreement between the two institutions.

In the unique arrangement, 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 internship/career opportunities with companies common in Placer County valley and then coupled in the end with the two-year professional distance programs offered by Clarkson.

“This partnership underscores our continued commitment to increase higher education opportunities for the students in our communities,” said Sierra College President Willy Duncan.

“Working together with Clarkson University will provide our students with a new seamless pathway to a top research and technological institution for their Baccalaureate degree and beyond. Students will also have the opportunity to be placed with one of our industry partners in the region while they pursue an advanced degree, keeping our best and brightest talent living and working in our communities.”

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