OWL Alliance

Online Western New York Learning Alliance

About OWL

The Online Western New York Learning (OWL) alliance consists of five State University of New York (SUNY) community colleges working together to ensure student success in online learning. Together, we provide an affordable opportunity for students to earn a SUNY associate degree or certificate in any of 35 academic areas.

Through OWL, students are fully matriculated (enrolled) in one of the five member OWL colleges, but are able to take online classes from the other schools to best fit their busy schedules. OWL enables working adults to effectively and affordably earn an online degree or certificate by seamlessly pooling the courses taken from any one or any combination of OWL member colleges.

The five OWL colleges are Erie Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, Genesee Community College, Jamestown Community College, Monroe Community College and Niagara County Community College. All  are fully accredited by the Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools, and fully authorized by the New York and SUNY to offer online degrees in the specified areas.

Each OWL college has a designated “concierge,” a trained online specialist who handles  the questions and concerns of OWL students,  facilitates student enrollment, advisement and assists with academic progress. 

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Alumni Spotlight

Kelly C. -- GCC Online Degree Alumni

Kelly C. lives in Trinidad, outside the capital city Port-of-Spain. She completed her Genesee Community College degree in Business, completely online and with honors. Kelly works for the University of Trinidad & Tobago and is currently in an online Bachelor’s degree program, to which all her Genesee credits transferred.