2009-07-03 / School News

Two Local Students Earn Degrees

Two local Rockaway students have graduated from Excelsior College. Fernando Jose Colon Gonzalez, a resident of Far Rockaway, has earned a Bachelor of Science and Tara Dawe, a resident of Rockaway Point, has earned a Bachelor of Science.

Excelsior College is an accredited, private, nonprofit institution that focuses on the needs of working adults. Its primary mission is to increase access to a college degree for adult learners by removing obstacles to their educational goals. Excelsior's unique strengths lie in its acknowledged leadership in the assessment of student knowledge. It does so by providing working adults multiple avenues to degree completion that include its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance of credit in transfer from other colleges and universities.

Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, New York, it is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Its bachelor's degrees in nuclear engineering technology and electronics engineering technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET). Excelsior's bachelor's degrees in business are recognized by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Excelsior's degree programs in nursing are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The School of Nursing has been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. The Excelsior Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program is the first exclusively distance learning-based program to be admitted to full membership in to the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP).

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