Utica School of Commerce
|Founder||Thomas J. Risinger|
|Location||Utica, New York, United States|
The college was founded in 1896 and has two-year programs for business administration, administrative specialist, health service management, non-profit agency management, and information technology. It also offers certificate programs in many of these same areas.
The main branch is in Utica, New York 43°06′06″N 75°13′49″W / 43.1016°N 75.2303°W. Another branch is in Canastota, New York 43°04′05″N 75°45′53″W / 43.0681°N 75.7648°W and a third is in Oneonta, New York 42°27′22″N 75°03′36″W / 42.4561°N 75.06°W.
History of USC
The Utica School of Commerce was founded by Thomas J. Risinger in 1896 in response to an early demand for specialized training in commerce and finance. His son, William S. Risinger, joined him in 1904 and, in 1919, became the head of the school. He retained this position until his retirement on March 1, 1966, at which time a new partnership was formed by Eleanor P., granddaughter of the founder, and Roger L. Williams.
On July 1, 1976, they incorporated the school under the laws of New York. Philip M. Williams and John L. Crossley, sole stockholders of the Utica School of Commerce, Inc., are two of the Trustees on the Board of Trustees of the Utica School of Commerce, Inc.
The Utica School of Commerce, at its founding in 1896, was located on the third floor of the Oneida National Bank Building on the corner of Genesee and Bleecker Streets. In 1915, the school expandedÂ its facilities and moved to the Mayro Building in which it had its facilities for 63 years. On September 11, 1978, the Utica School of Commerce moved to its current location at 201 Bleecker Street.
In February 1985, the Utica School of Commerce opened its Madison County Branch at the Washington Avenue Community Center in Oneida, and in March 1986, moved to the New York State Jaycees' Building on Route 5 in Canastota. The college opened its new campus adjacent to its former location in September 1992.
USC opened its Oneonta Branch in September 1985 in the Verizon Building at 17 Elm Street, Oneonta.
The Utica School of Commerce has wireless technology at all three of its campuses. This technology has given the college the ability to have every classroom become a computer lab where students bring laptop computers to class and have the ability to connect with the college's computer and the Internet.
In response to the demand for more flexible scheduling, in 2004, USC added both credit and non-credit course offerings. With nearly 300 non-credit courses and a growing number of credit-bearing courses, USC is in the forefront of online education.
The Utica School of Commerce is one of the originators of private business college education in New York.