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President McKay

Concurrent Enrollment at Suffolk County Community College

By Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President

Suffolk County Community College’s Excelsior Program has taken on a new name so as not to be confused with New York State's accessible college program – The Excelsior Scholarship.  Suffolk County Community College’s concurrent enrollment program formerly called the Excelsior Program, will now be referred to as The Beacon Program, Illuminating the Pathway to College and Career for High School Students! All policies, procedures, and personnel will remain the same.

Suffolk's Beacon Program is a concurrent enrollment program that allows high school juniors and seniors to take the College's courses at their high school campus during their regular school hours, while simultaneously working toward high school graduation. College credits earned through the Beacon Program can be applied toward high school graduation and accepted at the College or transferred to a multitude of other colleges and universities. Enrollment in a course offered through the Beacon Program generates an official college academic transcript for each student. Acceptance of credit for college-level course work is under the domain of the receiving colleges and universities.

The program is designed to provide curricular opportunity and enhancement of the college experience, but not its replacement. Therefore, students may enroll in no more than 30 college credits earned through the Beacon Program.  

Education provides the pathway toward building strong families, vibrant communities and skilled workers. As a comprehensive community college, Suffolk County Community College sees its primary purpose as providing access to high quality, cost-effective educational experiences that are designed to improve career prospects and enhance the quality of life here on Long Island.