Preparing Marketable Graduates

APC Member Colleges Work Closely with Employers, Developing Relevant Curricula, and Helping to Ensure Student Success.

Today the Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) released the second segment in a video series titled, “Preparing Marketable Graduates,” featuring a student and an alumnus from New York Career Institute (NYCI). Manhattan-based NYCI has roughly 400 students and employs 53 faculty and staff.

In the minute-long video, which can be viewed here, first year court reporting student Olexa Capili and NYCI graduate Joshua Edwards, – a court reporter for the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, offer their thoughts about the NYCI’s unique curriculum and exciting employment opportunities in the field.

“APC member colleges, such as New York Career Institute, enjoy close relationships with New York’s business community,” said Donna Gurnett, APC executive director. “They continually track industry trends and forecasts, and adjust curriculum to ensure graduates are well-educated and prepared to make immediate and valuable contributions to the workforce.”

NYCI offers a unique curriculum to prepare students for challenging careers in court reporting and closed captioning. Court reporters are responsible for transcribing depositions, court proceedings and administrative hearings. To make sure its curriculum remains current, NYCI has developed an industry panel of experts. Professionals from the local business community come together and discuss current job market trends and brainstorm what students need to succeed in today’s increasing competitive marketplace.

NYCI’s Court Reporting degree program has a 100 percent job placement rate.

APC Students to Visit Albany

APC students, faculty and administrators on March 1 will visit Albany to thank lawmakers for supporting the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and encourage them to restore TAP parity for all students attending APC member colleges.

Delegates will remind lawmakers that in 2010, students who enrolled in colleges that offer only two-year degrees had their TAP awards reduced by 20 percent. The reduction has impacted roughly 12,000 students statewide, some of whom need TAP the most.

“Many APC students have limited financial resources,” said Gurnett. “Some are single parents, working men and women, or among the first in their family to attend college. They have the academic qualifications, but many times lack the financial means. For thousands of APC students, TAP makes college possible. With this in mind, we implore lawmakers to restore the TAP reduction. We must provide all students the chance to succeed.”

The Association of Proprietary Colleges represents 16 tax-paying, degree-granting colleges located on 28 campuses across New York. Proprietary colleges are one of the four sectors of higher education in New York. APC member colleges offer degrees in associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, including business, health care, hospitality management, graphic arts, technology and more. During the 2013-14 academic year, APC member colleges conferred 8,695 degrees. And of those, 918 were masters and doctoral degrees.

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