Downtown Utica's first college and 5 other things you didn't know about USC
May 9, 2016
Downtown Utica’s first college: USC was founded in 1896 by Thomas J. Risinger and located on the third floor of the Oneida National Bank Building on the corner of Genesee and Bleecker streets. USC relocated in 1915 to the Mayro building and again in 1978 when a fire forced a move to its current location at 201 Bleecker St.
Family legacy: USC is backed by five generations. Current President Philip Williams has been a USC employee since 1968 and president since 1983. His son, Scott Williams, currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Interim Chief Academic Officer.
Focus on non-traditional student: USC has long been attractive to the non-traditional student and workforce interested in continuing education due to its commitment to: affordable tuition, flexible class schedules, specialized attention from faculty and staff, course curricula designed with students’ life circumstances in mind, career placement services dedicated to students’ unique needs and lifelong success.
Two campuses are better than one: With two intimate campuses - one in beautiful downtown Utica, NY and the other in picturesque Canastota, NY - USC students choose where they'll study.
Working with local workforce: USC understands the needs of the local workforce and builds courses and programs around these needs to ensure job placement after USC. Furthermore, USC offers development for local professionals, whether corporate training classes, workshops or seminars to meet employers' and employees' needs.