Half-Price Tuition Available for Seven Credit Courses; 3 Accelerated Skills Courses Offered at 150 Pike Street

PHOTO: Student studying on bench in summerMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – An array of seven introductory college-level classes, along with three accelerated skills courses, will be offered at half-price tuition rates this summer as SUNY Orange continues working to expand its academic presence in Port Jervis.

The courses—covering topics from communications to English to history, and more—will be offered at the College’s new instructional site at 150 Pike Street. Special tuition rates for summer courses in Port Jervis only will be $99 per credit for Orange County residents and $198 per credit for out-of-county and out-of-state residents. The courses will be offered during the College’s Summer 2 session, which runs from July 2 through Aug. 9.

“Our Board of Trustees has taken advantage of New York State educational law that allows the College to offer reduced tuition rates this summer for our Port Jervis site only, as a way to celebrate our presence in Port Jervis and offer a special welcome to residents of the tri-state area,” says Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president. “We have spoken with elected leaders and residents, and have heard the calls for college classes that are accessible, affordable and convenient.

“We appreciate the wonderful support we’ve received from Orange County, particularly for renovating the space at 150 Pike Street and making it available to us,” Young added. “Without the County’s involvement, this venture would not have been possible. We are also grateful for the welcome we’ve received from Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker and community leaders who have energized us as we’ve developed our plans for the Pike Street location.”

The seven credit courses, slated to meet twice weekly, are as follows: Introduction to Art (Tuesday/Thursday, 2 to 5:15 p.m.), Nutrition (Monday/Wednesday, 6 to 9:15 p.m.), Foundations of Communications (Tuesday/Thursday, 2 to 5:15 p.m.), Freshman English 1 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.), U.S. History (Tuesday/Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.), Introduction to Statistics (Tuesday/Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) and Introduction to Sociology (Monday/Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.).

“The credit courses we are rolling out this summer were especially selected for Port Jervis, based upon feedback we received from the community. These courses are ideally suited for area students who are heading off to college in the fall, those who are home for the summer or anyone interested in a 100-level college course,” Young explained. “Equally important is that the courses fulfill general education requirements for each of our degree programs and should be transferrable to any SUNY institution, as well as most all other colleges as well.”

The accelerated skills courses likely will appeal to people who think they may not be ready for college-level courses in English or math, or those applicants to the College whose Placement Test results indicate they need additional work in the basics of those subjects. The accelerated courses meet for eight sessions (four times per week for two weeks), so they are a quick and easy way for students to catch up in those areas, thus freeing up space in their schedule for credit-bearing classes during the regular 15-week fall semester.

Skills courses being offered include: English writing (Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to Noon, June 18-28), Math review of basic arithmetic (Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to Noon, July 9-19) and Math review of basic algebra (Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to Noon, July 23 to Aug. 2).

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


Introduction to Art (ART 101)
(3 credits, Tuesday/Thursday, 2 to 5:15 p.m.)
A beginner's course for those interested in learning how to look at, appreciate and enjoy the visual arts. Weekly lectures introduce theoretical concepts that are reaffirmed with discussion and corresponding studio assignments. Students will explore basic concepts of line, shape, mass, color, balance, texture and composition by way of in-class critiques and hands-on projects. A museum trip may be included in this course. (GE 8)

Nutrition (BIO 125)
(3 credits, Monday/Wednesday, 6 to 9:15 p.m.)
Students study carbohydrate, fat, protein, mineral and vitamin requirements; an overview of the chemical and biological body functions, nutrient metabolism and deficiencies, food safety legislation, functions of the Food and Drug Administration and the USDA. Students conduct a caloric self-study.

Foundations of Communication (COM 101)
(3 credits, Tuesday/Thursday, 2 to 5:15 p.m.)
This survey course is designed to introduce students to the theoretical and practical aspects of communication. Students examine the basic principles of the communication process including communication theory, perception, using verbal and nonverbal communication and listening. Emphasis is placed on the application of these principles to interpersonal, small group, pubic, intercultural, and mass communication contexts. Students will also research and present formal speeches. (GE 10 when combined with ENG 101). This course is one of two required to satisfy the Basic Communication General Education category.

Freshman English 1 (ENG 101)
(3 credits, Tuesday/Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
This first course in the Freshman English sequence introduces college-level writing and revision, construction of expository essays, and research skills. Reading and class discussion center on the formal and informal essay. Research essay is required. (GE 10 when combined with COM 101). Note: Students who have placed into any developmental reading or writing courses must complete them before taking ENG 101.

U.S. History 1 (HIS 101)
(3 credits, Tuesday/Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
A study of the political, intellectual, economic and cultural development of the United States from earliest colonial settlements to the Civil War. Topics include the Puritan mind, regional cultural patterns, the eveolution of constitutional law, the struggle for independence, the Hamiltonian and Jeffersonian perspectives, expansion, slavery, and the Civil War. (GE 4) Fulfills category Social Science A.

Introduction to Statistics (MAT 120)
(3 credits, Tuesday/Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
This course examines the general elements and principles of statistics used in the fields of education, consumerism, quality control, allied health, physical sciences, & social sciences. Course is broken into two parts: descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. Topics include: methods of summarizing and presenting data; measures of center, spread, and position; probability; binomial probability distribution; normal probability distribution; t-test; chisquare test; confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and linear regression. (GE 1)

Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101)
(3 credits, Monday/Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.)
This course explores those forces in our culture and social structure that lie beyond the individual's control or direct awareness, but which shape what we are, how we behave, and what we think. Basic sociological concepts are used to develop insights and understanding. Topics such as culture, social structure, socialization, social control, groups, stratification, research methods and statistical analysis are discussed. (GE 3) Fulfills Social Science Category C.


Non-credit, accelerated offerings designed to achieve college-readiness.

English Pre-Semester Writing 040 Acceleration
(8 sessions, Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 9 a.m. to Noon, June 18 to 28)
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. A grade of Successful (S) indicates that the student is ready for Freshman English 1. Prerequisite: placement by the English Dept. or successful completion of WRT 030. Not applicable to associate degrees, or certificate programs.

Math Pre-Semester Acceleration (MAT 010)
(8 sessions, Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 9 a.m. to Noon, July 9 to 19)
Designed for students who need a review of arithmetic, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percents. Areas of geometric figures are investigated. The course is both intended to alleviate mathematics anxiety and avoidance and to develop self-confidence to continue study in mathematics. Prerequisite: math placement test. Not applicable to associate degrees, or certificate programs.

Math Pre-Semester Acceleration (MAT 020)
(8 sessions, Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 9 a.m. to Noon, July 23 to Aug. 2)
Designed for students who need a review of beginning algebra. Topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of signed numbers, solutions or linear equations and inequalities, exponents, combining polynomials, literal equations, and applications of linear equations. Students learn to develop kills in reading of mathematics. Prerequisite: MAT 010 or math placement test. Not applicable to associate degrees, or certificate programs.



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