SUNY Canton Instructor to Lead Verizon Next Step Program

Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David J. Wells announced that a Computer Information Systems instructor was recently appointed as the coordinator of Verizon’s “Next Step” Program at the college.

Stacia R. Dutton will be heading up the industrial partnership developed specifically for full-time Verizon employees to earn their associate degrees.

Instructor Stacia R. Dutton was recently named Verizon Next Step

Instructor Stacia R. Dutton was recently named Verizon Next Step Program Coordinator at SUNY Canton.

“Stacia’s extensive industrial experience is perfect for bridging the gap of industry and higher-education,” Wells said. “There is no better person to head up this partnership.”

The Next Step Program, also known as the Telecommunications Technology program, continues to grow in size and provides graduates with expertise with state-of art telecommunications systems, computer systems, project management and leadership skills. Certified faculty members and Verizon professionals developed the curriculum in conjunction with members of the SUNY Canton faculty and staff approximately three years ago.

The Verizon program develops talent for leadership within an environment of technology, according to Wells. “The economy and job market are changing quickly; this is an important time for students to develop the mental discipline for problem solving in a dynamic environment,” he said. Among other goals, the program develops an empowered, technologically competent, customer-accountable workforce that is committed to the value of lifelong learning. “These students are outstanding,” Wells said. “They bring a lot to the College environment.”

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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