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My name is Myles Jones, I am a Communication: media arts major at Suffolk County Community College. After this school, I plan on going to either the SUNY of New Paltz or Plattsburgh to pursue digital media production. I have always had a passion for basketball ever since I could walk. Later in life, after watching plenty of basketball games and highlights, I developed an absurd interest in how the videos I was watching were created. I wanted to be able to make my own basketball videos and highlights. After mixing my passions for both basketball and video editing, I've made my long-term goal to eventually work with the NBA as a video editor. For now, I'm in search of internships for any sports media platforms so I could add more things to my resume and gain more experience. I am also filming and editing games for my old high school's varsity basketball team.

SCCC enrollment expected to continue decline

According to Suffolk County Community College’s fall semester 10-year enrollment report, since 2016, enrollment at the college has dropped by 4.3 percent to about 26,000.

And it does’t look like the trend is going to change any time soon.

Katherine Aguirre, Suffolk’s director of admissions, pointed to a decline in birthrates as “the greatest impact in enrollment.”

“Families with fewer children that filter into the K-12 system will cause a decrease in graduating class sizes,” she said.

As an example, she offered the senior class at Bayport-Blue Point School District, which expects to graduate 181 students in June. The district’s kindergarten class has 143 students. Assuming  that no children leave the district 12 years from now, there will be 38 fewer graduates,  about a 20 percent decrease.

“This is a national trend,” Aguirre said.

During a meeting with faculty and students at the Ammerman campus in February, SUNY Provost Tod Laursen noted that “community colleges are susceptible to a decline in enrollment,” and that the system is looking for ways to stem the problem.

The 10-year enrollment report includes the number of students enrolled in the college every fall semester starting from 2009-2018.

From fall 2009 to fall 2010, there was a increase of 1,925 students, which equated to the largest increase in the 10 years surveyed. This was followed by an increase of 2,151 students between fall 2009 through fall 2011.

Suffolk reached its highest number of students enrolled in fall 2016 with a total of 27,244.

Going forward, Aguirre said the college anticipates an enrollment decrease of about 2 percent in the next year. She said this is part due to a solid stock market and the steady economy.

The college continues to address this trend with numerous recruitment and retention initiatives. That includes leveraging technology, such as online classes, to enhance the student experience and help retain current students.

“Lastly, we will look at the on-boarding process to help students determine career pathways early on in their academic journey,” Aguirre said.

“When the economy is stable and doing well, people do not typically pursue career changes or additional educational opportunities.”

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Why do students choose SCCC? 5 people share their stories

Every student at Suffolk County Community College has a different story and a different purpose for attending the school.  Some say it’s the convenience of being close to home. Others seek to save up before transferring someplace else. Others either are still “looking to find themselves” or have come across hurdles in their lives that Suffolk is helping them to overcome.

Here are five people who shared their reason for choosing to come to Suffolk.

Jamie Gilmore, 19
Business retail management

Gilmore, of Middle Island, is a business retail management major. She originally attended Florida Atlantic University last year, but found that to be cost prohibitive.

“It was so expensive to go to FAU, especially since I live here on Long Island. Suffolk is so much more convenient,” Gillmore said. “Plus, I don’t have to worry about eating bad food from the cafe or spending my working money on some decent food. It’s nice to be able to come home every day to a nice home-cooked meal. Going away to college isn’t meant for everyone, but I’m just glad that I at least tried it to see for myself.”

Tanner Bardes, 20
Liberal arts major

Bardes, 20, of Wading River, at first said he wasn’t sure why he came to Suffolk.

“I guess since I saw all of my friends and siblings going to college, I just caught a [Fear of Missing Out],” said Tanner, who said he has a passion for creating music.

“There’s so many times that I believe that I’m wasting my time here when I could be making music and building my portfolio, you know I’ve always enjoyed music so much and eventually I want to be either a rapper or a producer or maybe even both.”

Vincent Alvino, 19
Liberal arts major

Alvino, 19, of Coram, said he’s “Honestly not sure what I want to do yet. Coming here to SCCC is convenient. It isn’t expensive. It gives me options of potential future career opportunities, and it gives me options to go to other schools,” Alvino said. “This is exactly what I need.”

Sydney Geddes, 19
Occupational therapy assistant

Geddes, of Medford, is an occupational therapy assistant and was originally going to the University of Cortland for track until an unfortunate turn in events occurred in her family.

“My dad lost his job and couldn’t help me with my loans for Cortland” after a long sigh, Sydney continued to say “For now, I’m going to make the best of my time here and get my associates degree and then transfer to Stony Brook to finish up.”

“It was early August.” She paused to gather herself after getting choked up. “August 12, 2018, to be exact. I was in my room, checking off items on my list of things to bring upstate with me to college and I heard a knock on my door. I saw both of my parents come in and close the door behind them. My parents never knock and they never both come into my room at the same time so I knew something was up. My heart began to beat nearly out of my damn chest.”

“Depressed wasn’t even the word to describe how I was feeling,” she continued. “But little did I know, this was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I can stay home in my nice comfy bed, keep my job while going to school, and I don’t have to do track anymore so it’s the best of both worlds.”