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Finger Lakes Community College

Finger Lakes Community College
Motto Success. It's in Our Nature.
Established 1965
Type Community college
President Barbara G. Risser
Academic staff
342 [1]
Students 6,699
Location Hopewell, NY, US
Campus Suburban
300 acres (1.2 km2)
Colors blue and green         
Nickname Lakers
Affiliations National Junior College Athletic Association, Region III, Mid-State Athletic Conference, National Collegiate Honors Council

Finger Lakes Community College, often abbreviated FLCC, is a college affiliated with the State University of New York. The main campus is located in Hopewell, New York, just east of the City of Canandaigua. There are also satellite campuses in Victor, Geneva, and Newark to serve the needs of Ontario County, Wayne County, Yates County and Seneca County in the Finger Lakes region of New York.


  • History 1
    • Expansion 1.1
  • Academics 2
  • Athletics 3
  • Current administration 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The original concrete main section with the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in the background
Construction of the new student life center and cafeteria

Finger Lakes Community College was established in 1965 and opened in 1967 as the Community College of the Finger Lakes (CCFL) in a storefront "campus" in Canandaigua, NY. The college now rests on 250 acres (1.0 km2) of park-like land just outside Canandaigua, in Hopewell, New York, and is home to the Constellation Brands- Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC). The college now has affiliated housing in the 350 bed College Suites project, adjacent to the campus. In Fall 2010, FLCC's headcount enrollment was 6,935 the highest in its history.

In July 2009, FLCC received a $1 Million gift from Constellation Brands and the Sands Family, the largest gift in the school's history. The main road leading to the campus was renamed Marvin Sands Drive in honor of the Sands' family patriarch and the Sands' family's dedication to FLCC and the region. In Fall 2009, FLCC named another "loop" road, connecting Marvin Sands Drive and "D" parking lot, Laker Lane after the college's athletic teams.

FLCC is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the National League for Nursing, and National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. All programs of instruction are registered with the Office of Higher Education of the New York State Education department.[2]

FLCC's Geneva Campus

Finger Lakes Community College also operates the Muller Field Station at the southern end of Honeoye Lake which serves as an outdoor education facility, the East Hill Campus, in Naples, New York, site of the college's Wildland Fire Suppression Program, and will soon open the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center in Geneva, New York.


Construction of the new Student Life Center began in early 2010; and opened in spring of 2012. The new building is 78,000 square feet (7,200 m2) and is a green building housing the new 350-seat cafeteria, One-Stop (enrollment services) center, and bookstore, as well as the college's first auditorium (not including the CMAC), which seats 410. The upper floors of the original building are currently being renovated into classrooms as well as part of the approximately $45 million project.[3]

Enrollment in 2012 was 6,539,.[2][4]


Academic complex courtyard

Finger Lakes Community College offers programs in Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Applied Computer Applications, Architectural Design and Drafting, Athletic Training, Biology, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Chemistry, Childhood Education (Teacher Education Transfer), Coaching, Communications, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, e-Commerce(online), Early Childhood, EMT-Paramedic, Engineering Science, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Fisheries Technology, Game Programming and Design, Graphic Design, Hotel and Resort Management, Humanities, Human Nutrition and Food, Human Services, Information Security, Information Systems, Information Technology, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Design and Drafting, Music, Music Recording Technology, Natural Resources Conservation, Natural Resource Conservation: Law Enforcement, New Media, Nursing, Office Technology, Ornamental Horticulture—Landscape Development, Outdoor Recreation, Paralegal, Physics, Physical Education Studies, Respiratory Care, Social Science, Sports and Tourism Studies, Taxidermy, Teaching Assistant, Theatre Arts, Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care, Tourism Management, Viticulture and Wine Technology, Wildland Fire Suppression, and an Honors Program.


The Lakers are a non-scholarship member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Division III, and the Mid-State Athletic Conference, Finger Lakes Community College competes against two-year institutions throughout the state.

Teams compete in:

  • Baseball
  • Women’s/Men’s Basketball
  • Women’s/Men’s Cross Country
  • Men’s Lacrosse
  • Women’s/Men’s Soccer
  • Women’s/Men’s Track
  • Softball
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Woodsmen

Intercollegiate Woodsmen competition requires the same serious conditioning and development of team play essential for any sport. The co-educational woodsmen squad was established at Finger Lakes Community College in 1974. Since 1982, the women’s team has earned 11 championship titles and the men have earned 13, more than any other school in the fifty-two-year history of the sport. In Woodsmen competition the FLCC Team competes against both two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Current administration

FLCC's distinctive dormitories

Barbara G. Risser, Ed.D. President

Kristen Fragnoli Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

James R. Fisher Vice President of Administration

Carol S. Urbaitis Vice President of Enrollment Management

Joseph T. Nairn, D.Mgt. Chief Advancement Officer

John Taylor Chief Information Officer

Grace H. Loomis Director of Human Resources

Mary McLean-Scanlon Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Presidents of the College
Name Title Tenure
Roy I. Satre President 1967 – August 3, 1971
Charles J. Meder Interim president
August 1971 – June 1972
June 1972 – July 1992
Daniel T. Hayes President July 1992 – June 2007
Barbara G. Risser President August 8, 2007°


  1. ^ "Finger Lakes Community College Profile". Peterson's. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "FLCC Fast Facts". Finger Lakes Community College. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "FLCC Enrollment up by Double Digits". FLCC CAMPUS NEWS.  

External links

  • Finger Lakes Community College webpage
  • CMAC webpage
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