Join representatives from SUNY Broome and Cornell University at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, to announce new transfer agreements.

The press conference will take place on the third floor of SUNY Broome’s Natural Science Center.

SUNY Broome is working with Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) to develop 2+2 bachelor’s degree programs in food science and food operations and management. These new programs further support current transfer agreements between the two institutions. Two+2 programs allow students to complete the first two years of their bachelor’s degree program at SUNY Broome, which then ensures seamless transfer to a college or university such as Cornell for the final two years of a bachelor’s degree.

“Our partnerships in the community and with other institutions are one of our great strengths,” said SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm. “These transfer agreements with Cornell give our students a direct pipeline to an Ivy League education – and a pathway to exceptional careers in growing industries. What’s more: Our two institutions and the students we educate are also a part of our region’s economic redevelopment, building a stronger, healthier and more vibrant Southern Tier. We thank Cornell for working with us in academic fields that are so vital to a healthy, nutritional future for all of us.”

“This partnership responds directly to our state’s needs for a well-educated workforce. Cornell is pleased to enhance opportunities for students to become future leaders in food science,” said Kathryn J. Boor, Ronald P. Lynch dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “Helping students find their path into food-related careers will go a long way toward solving the problems posed by an ever-growing population that needs sustainable and safe methods of food production.”

SUNY Broome students in the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Science (LAAS) Program will have opportunities for transfer into CALS’ Food Science or Food Operations and Management Program.

“SUNY Broome is the region’s premier transfer institution and this program strengthens this idea,” said SUNY Broome Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Francis Battisti. “We are very excited about being the link from high school to higher education, and ultimately to careers.”

These new 2+2 agreements align with the focus on Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), which was one of the priorities in the $500 million Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) Award and focused on further developing the food chain in the Southern Tier Corridor.  SUNY Broome is involved with a number of economic development proposals that are part of the URI plan, which will bring half-a-billion dollars of state investment to the region over the next five years.

“This is an excellent time for the college to be developing this relationship.  This connection will provide exciting new transfer opportunities for our students,” said Kenneth Mansfield, SUNY Broome’s Interim Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

“This seamless transfer initiative is so important to the New York State’s food and beverage industry,” said Olga Padilla-Zakour, professor and chair of Cornell University’s department of Food Science.  “Students will be able to continue their training as professionals in food science and enter the industry as more competitive job candidates.”

Among the proposals is the Southern Tier Food and Agriculture Initiative. SUNY Broome will be working with Cornell and other institutions for this initiative, which will include programs for entrepreneurs, working with investors on plans for new food offerings and creating Associate’s Degree programs in agri-business and food technology, as well as expanding non-credit training programs that respond directly to the workforce needs of the local food and beverage industry.