Finger Lakes Community College

Finger Lakes Community College
Motto Success. It's in Our Nature.
Type Community college
Established 1965
President Robert K. Nye, Ph.D.
Academic staff
342 [1]
Students 6,699
Location United States Hopewell, NY, US
42°52′21″N 77°14′34″W / 42.872379°N 77.242856°W / 42.872379; -77.242856Coordinates: 42°52′21″N 77°14′34″W / 42.872379°N 77.242856°W / 42.872379; -77.242856
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 community college affiliated with the State University of New York and sponsored by Ontario County. The main campus is located in Hopewell, New York, just east of the City of Canandaigua. There are also campus centers 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.


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 356 bed Suites at Laker Landing, 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, and the National League for Nursing. 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 the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center in Geneva, New York.


Construction of the 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 LEED certified green building housing the new 400-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 have been renovated into classrooms and music recording technology spaces as part of the approximately $45 million project.[3]

Enrollment in 2015 was 6,761,.[2][4]


Academic complex courtyard

Finger Lakes Community College offers programs in Accounting, Administrative Professional, American Sign Language, Applied Computer Applications, Architectural Technology & Building Sciences, Athletic Training, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Childhood Education (Teacher Education Transfer), Coaching, Communications, Computer Science, Corrections Officer, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, e-Commerce, EMT-Paramedic, Engineering Science, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Fish & Wildlife Technology, French, Game Programming & Design, Graphic Design, Horticulture, Hotel & Resort Management, Humanities, Human Nutrition & Food, Human Services, Information Systems, Information Technology, Instrumentation & Control Technologies, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Literature, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Technology, Music, Music Recording Technology, Natural Resources Conservation:Law Enforcement, New Media, Nursing, Paralegal, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Sports Studies, Teaching Assistant, Theater, Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care, Tourism Management, Tourism Studies, Viticulture & Wine Technology, Wildland Fire Suppression, Writing, 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:

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

Robert K. Nye, Ph.D. President

Kristen M. Fragnoli Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

James R. Fisher Sr. Vice President of Administration

Carol S. Urbaitis Vice President of Enrollment Management

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

John M. Taylor Chief Information Officer

Grace H. Loomis Director of Human Resources

Debora H. Ortloff, Ph.D. Interim 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 2007 - August 2016
Robert K. Nye President July 1, 2016 – present°


  1. "Finger Lakes Community College Profile". Peterson's. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  2. 1 2 "FLCC Fast Facts". Finger Lakes Community College. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  3. Archived June 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. "FLCC Enrollment up by Double Digits". FLCC CAMPUS NEWS. Hopewell, New York: Finger Lakes Community College. 2009-08-31. Archived from the original on June 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
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