Onondaga Community College and Solvay High School unveiled “OCC Advantage,” a new and unique college-readiness and scholarship program. All students at Solvay who meet attendance and grade point average (GPA) requirements and also complete community service will be eligible to attend OCC tuition free. The GPA requirement is 2.0 which is the letter grade equivalent of a “C.” The event was held at Solvay High School, 600 Gertrude Avenue, Solvay; remarks were given by OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill and Solvay Superintendent Lawrence Wright.
Once enrolled at OCC students will have two years to complete work toward an associate degree or certificate, preparing them for a career or transfer to a four-year institution. During their time on campus students must meet minimum grade point average requirements and perform community service.
All students who are presently freshman at Solvay High School are the first class to enroll in the OCC Advantage program. As members of Solvay High School’s class of 2020 they will be college-ready and able to attend OCC tuition-free should they choose to do so. During the 2016-17 academic year, full-time tuition at OCC is $2,285 per semester.
The East Syracuse Minoa School District will be joining the OCC Advantage program later this month.