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Olana, Columbia-Greene announce collaboration

May 26, 2021 2:45 pm

Andrea Macko is reporting for Porcupine Soup officials at the Olana State Historic Site and Columbia-Greene Community College announced this week they would collaborate to provide workforce development opportunities for students enrolled in the college's business, art and environmental science classes and for those interested in gaining work experience related to their course of study. A new collaborative three-semester program beginning in the fall of 2021 will provide an opportunity for Olana to connect and collaborate with Columbia-Greene faculty and students throughout the academic year. Dr. Carlee Drummer, president of Columbia-Greene Community College, noted, “...This partnership is the first of its kind in the State — and possibly the nation — to offer students an array of learning and career opportunities intersecting the arts, business, environmental studies, marketing, and management of a non-profit arts-based organization.” Students will be invited to engage with Olana year-round through class visits with Olana staff during the fall semester, a corresponding honors project during the spring, and paid internship and/or employment experience in the summer. Amy Hausmann, director of Olana State Historic Site, said, “As a New York State Historic Site, Olana is dedicated to strengthening partnerships and expanding accessibility for members of our local community and we are particularly gratified to partner with our closest neighbor to provide this rich educational opportunity.” Read the full story at porcupine soup [dot] com.