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The Salvation Army Announces Name Change for Suffern School

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Released 15 May 2013


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Suffern, NY (May 15, 2013) The Board of Trustees of The Salvation Army recently announced the organization’s School for Officer Training (SFOT), located in Suffern, NY will change its name.  The SFOT will officially be renamed The Salvation Army College for Officer Training (CFOT). 

In December 2004 the New York State Board of Regents accredited the school as a degree conferring institution. At that time the then School conferred an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies. In April of 2012 the NYS Board of Regents authorized the College to change the degree and graduates now are awarded an Associate Degree in Applied Science. 

The Salvation Army will celebrate the official name change June 14, 2013 in conjunction with the commencement of the 2013 graduating class. The Commencement Speaker is Commissioner Torben Elliasen, The Salvation Army’s International Secretary for the Americas and Caribbean.

The College for Officer Training (CFOT) provides an intensive 2 year program which includes rigorous academic classes and practical ministry experiences. The graduates are Commissioned and Ordained as Lieutenants in The Salvation Army and assigned to Ministry Centers in the Northeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

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The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States.  Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to



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