SUNY Oswego in Syracuse


OCC Alumna Leea Sinay is pursuing her bachelor's degree at SUNY Oswego's Metro Center in downtown Syracuse.

OCC Alumna Leea Sinay is pursuing her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Oswego’s Metro Center in downtown Syracuse.

Leea Sinay always wanted to earn a bachelor’s degree. Her challenge was figuring out how to do so close to her Onondaga County roots. SUNY Oswego’s Metro Center, located in downtown Syracuse, turned out to be exactly what she was looking for. “I have a very busy schedule. This is great because it accommodates my schedule and everything I have going on.”

Sinay was an outstanding scholastic athlete who graduated from Marcellus High School in 2010 and chose to attend Wagner University to play lacrosse. After one year she decided to return to Central New York. Sinay transferred to Onondaga Community College, was named a first team All-American in lacrosse and was a key member of the 2012 National Championship team. She earned a degree in Humanities in May 2012, considered an offer to play Division I lacrosse but decided to stay in the area.

Sinay remained with OCC’s Women’s Lacrosse program, working as an assistant coach under Tom MacDonald. Their conversations regularly included a reminder from MacDonald she needed to pursue a bachelor’s degree. “He always stayed on me about getting my education knowing that if I wanted to be a head coach somewhere I would need my four-year degree. I always wanted to continue going to school but I needed to find the right situation.”

The right situation turned out to be SUNY Oswego’s Metro Center, located in the Atrium Building at 2 Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse. Sinay transferred there and her life schedule fell into place. She’s working part-time nearby at National Grid, taking two classes at the Metro Center and taking two more classes online, all while continuing to coach women’s lacrosse at OCC. “It’s so great. I can work most of the day, walk right over from National Grid for class then head up to OCC to coach lacrosse. It’s perfect. I don’t have to travel a lot and I’m getting my four-year degree.” Sinay is a Business Administration major who will graduate in the spring of 2018.

The SUNY Oswego Metro Center is home to 14 bachelor’s, master’s and advanced certificate programs. For more information on Metro Center higher education options which may fit your schedule call (315) 399-4100, email and visit the Metro Center website.

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