New Cybersecurity, Surgical Tech pathways offered this fall

Chemical Dependency Counseling now available online; Criminal Justice coursework in Ticonderoga


July 18, 2023

SARANAC LAKE – North Country Community College will open the Fall 2023 semester with a slate of new, flexible offerings that are designed to prepare students for in-demand career opportunities in the region. 

The college is launching a pair of new pathways -- Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, and Surgical Technology – in partnership with other SUNY colleges. Additionally, North Country recently received state approval to offer its Chemical Dependency Counseling program online, and the college is also providing Criminal Justice classes online at its Ticonderoga campus for the first time. 

“These new offerings allow students to pursue career paths in rapidly growing fields, both in the North Country and across the country,” said Sarah Maroun, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. “These unique partnerships with other SUNY colleges expand the possibilities for our residents, without having to travel long distances for coursework. We can offer the flexibility of online and hybrid classes while offering resources and support systems on all three NCCC campuses.”


Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics provides students with the foundational knowledge about the criminal justice and cybersecurity field, focusing on the investigative elements of cybersecurity incidents and crimes. This program is jointly registered with Herkimer College and students will take the cybersecurity-specific courses online through Herkimer College. 

As digital forensic specialists, students will learn how to identify existing cybersecurity threats, analyze the origin of an attack, and assess the impact of cybercrime. Successful graduates from the program will be prepared to transfer to a four-year degree program or work as a first responder in the cybersecurity field.  

Surgical Technology 

A partnership between North Country and Mohawk Valley Community College, the Surgical Technology pathway provides students with the opportunity to become key members of a team that assists surgeries, a fast-growing field. 

Students can complete their first-year general education requirements with North Country before receiving instruction from MVCC faculty at a clinical site in the region for second-year technical training in Surgical Technology. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam, which is recognized nationwide.  

Chemical Dependency Counseling 

One of three Human Services programs at NCCC that are now available online, Chemical Dependency Counseling prepares students to help individuals, families and communities coping with the scourge of addiction. In addition to coursework in counseling, psychology, pharmacology, and human services, students will work in the field with substance abuse counselors serving the North Country.  

Graduates of the program will have fulfilled the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services requirements to complete 350 hours of education and training, and are eligible to apply for status as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) trainee. 

Criminal Justice classes in Ticonderoga 

At the Ticonderoga campus, the college will be broadcasting CRJ 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice live on Monday and Wednesday mornings. This will give area students the opportunity to explore North Country’s Criminal Justice program, which blends an introduction to criminal law, procedure and law enforcement operations with a host of sociology and psychology classes. Students don’t just learn what crime is – they gain a better understanding of what causes it and how it might be prevented.  

The college will also offer in-person Business, Nursing, and general education courses in Ticonderoga this fall.

For more information on these and other offerings for the Fall 2023 semester, visit, email or call 888-TRY-NCCC. 

Students at work in several different fields