College to Offer Four Classes at Instructional Site; Two Begin in March and Two in April

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange will kick off its revitalized presence in Port Jervis this spring by offering four evening classes, with two first-year college-level courses set to begin March 6 and two accelerated skills classes to commence in early April.

The classes are the first to be offered as part of a collaborative effort between Orange County, the City of Port Jervis and SUNY Orange to expand the College’s presence in western Orange County and to bring post-secondary academic opportunities and workforce development programming to the area. The four spring courses will be presented at Port Jervis High School while the finishing touches are being put on renovations to a building at 150 Pike Street in Port Jervis. It is expected that the College’s summer offerings, when announced, will be delivered at the Pike Street location.

The first-year college courses that begin at Port Jervis High School on March 6 include Introduction to Business (offered Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 7:45 p.m.) and Elementary Algebra (offered Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8:45 p.m.). The accelerated skills courses beginning in early April include Developmental Algebra (Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. starting April 3) and Basic Writing Skills 2 (Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning April 9). The Developmental Algebra and Basic Writing Skills 2 courses are being offered to prepare students to be ready for upcoming general education courses planned for Port Jervis this summer.

“These initial courses are designed to help students take their first step toward a college degree, or allow them to ease back into the classroom if they’ve been away for a while,” says Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president, who also expressed her appreciation that the Port Jervis School District has made space available at the high school while the Pike Street site is being finished. “For those who may be interested in these four offerings, or might be thinking about joining us in Port Jervis this summer, I encourage them to contact a College representative. Our advisors will be able to help determine how our classes in Port Jervis can fit into their college plans.”

For more information about the Port Jervis classes, call (845) 341-4050 or email Additional details are also available at

Course descriptions

Introduction to Business
In this analysis of current business practices, this course examines the following topics: a comparison of economic systems, forms of ownership, small business, social responsibility, management and organization, finance and investment, marketing, human resources, and international business. Topical issues are used to reinforce terminology and concepts. It is advised that business students take this course in their first semester as it is designed to provide a foundation for other business courses.

Elementary Algebra
Topics include operations on polynomials and rational expressions, laws of exponents, factoring, graphing of linear equations and inequalities, and systems of equations. A knowledge of operations on signed numbers and solutions to linear equations is required. Emphasis is placed on developing the skills necessary for further study of algebra.

Fundamentals of Algebra
Designed for students who need a review of beginning algebra. Topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of signed numbers, solutions of linear equations and inequalities, exponents, combining polynomials, literal equations, and applications of linear equations. Students learn to develop skills in reading of mathematics.

Basic Writing Skills 2
In this course, students develop the writing skills required to begin college-level composition. Students learn control and development of the paragraph. They review the composing process, as well as word and sentence skills. Students also develop some control of internal punctuation, modifiers, and sentence variety.

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