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SUNY Canton’s Canino School Adds Two New Bachelor’s

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology has added two new four-year degree programs just in time for the Fall 2010 semester.

The New York State Education Department and the State University of New York have approved the new additions to the Canino School of Engineering Technology: a bachelor’s of technology degree in electrical technology as well as a bachelor’s in civil and environmental technology. Students can begin courses in the Fall 2010 semester, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced.

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“These degree programs not only meet the needs of our current and future students , but the needs of industry,” Kennedy said. “High school graduates today are more interested in affordable four-year degree programs and gaining knowledge and a deeper understanding of the management aspect of these fields.”

Both curricula stem directly from the highly successful ABET-accredited civil engineering technology and electrical engineering technology associate degree programs at the College. The new degrees will allow graduates from the current two-year programs to further their studies without having to transfer to distant or more expensive institutions.

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They will also prepare students for the in-demand, higher level technical positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of civil and electrical engineering related jobs will be among the areas of highest demand over the course of the next ten years, while projections for environmental engineering related positions estimate significant growth as the field continues to expand.

Dr. Stephen Frempong, professor of electrical engineering technology, and Dr. Adrienne C. Rygel, assistant professor of civil/construction engineering technology, proposed the electrical and civil and environmental technology programs, respectively. Both anticipate 15-20 students to enroll in each major this upcoming fall, with enrollment growing as large as 50 for each program within five years.

“There is a strong collaboration among programs within the [Canino] School of Engineering Technology,” said Dr. David Wells, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “We strategically created these four-year programs to expand upon the strength of our existing two and four-year engineering and technology programs. We will be able to share a number of new and existing courses between the majors, which will also expand the flexibility of program selection for entering and continuing students.”

Students interested in pursuing the new bachelor’s of technology in electrical technology can look forward to classes such as engineering project analysis, project management, and control systems.

Structural analysis, water treatment, and hazardous waste remediation highlight some of the topics to be covered in the new civil and environmental technology program. Students in the four-year old alternative and renewable energy program will also benefit from the addition of the civil and environmental technology degree. They will have the chance to take new courses in water quality, water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management, and environmental law.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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Record Number of Girls Attend ‘Women in Engineering Day’

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Eighteen middle schools from across the North Country sent nearly 400 girls to SUNY Canton recently to learn about exciting career opportunities available in engineering.

SUNY Canton and the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology hosted ‘Women in Engineering Day’ on Thursday, May 27, and experienced the highest attendance in the event’s five-year history.

Girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades were welcomed to campus and enjoyed various activities and conversation that exposed them to careers in engineering. Workshop topics included alternative energy, physics, civil engineering, motorsports, computer information systems, air conditioning, electrical and mechanical engineering technology, and automotive technology.

“It’s critical for young women to experience engineering through hands-on activities, and begin understanding the benefits and rewards of pursuing a degree within the field,” said Dr. Lawretta Ononye, associate professor of physics. “We want students to walk away with a sense that engineering and related fields are exciting, fun and enjoyable, but most importantly, that young women are more than capable of being successful in them.”

Several members of SUNY Canton’s engineering faculty and staff, including Ononye, were on hand for instruction, demonstrations and experiments.

The program branched off a national initiative that encourages girls to consider pursuing degrees in engineering. The Extraordinary Women Engineers Project (EWEP) coalition began its work in the early part of 2004 in hopes of increasing awareness and understanding of engineering and increase interest among young women in pursuing the field.

The initiative is led by a coalition of the country’s engineering associations and the American Association of Engineering Societies, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and WGBH Educational Foundation.

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Associate Professor of Physics Selected as SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

An innovative faculty member in the SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology has been selected as the recipient of the College Council’s 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Associate Professor of Physics Feng Hong, Ph.D., will be among those recognized at the College’s 102nd Commencement Ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in an outdoor ceremony adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Students and faculty members have praised Hong for his advanced mastery of the field of physics in addition to his ability to make it tangible for his students.

“Dr. Hong is one our most accomplished and supportive faculty members,” said Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David J. Wells. “Physics is a foundational topic for all of the engineering technology curricula. Dr. Hong helps students acquire the knowledge and ability necessary for their career-driven fields of study.”

In addition to his teaching accolades, Hong has been integral in introducing the global community to SUNY Canton by serving as the Chinese program coordinator. He also worked as a liaison to students in the SUNY China 150 program and helped them learn adapt to college life in Canton. Many of his colleagues noted his countless hours of dedication to his volunteer work.

“His efforts and dedication have helped SUNY Canton meet with several potential partner institutions in China,” said Ryan P. Deuel, the college’s chief of staff. “He has helped to draw visiting scholars from China to the campus, helping SUNY Canton become a more culturally diverse and internationalized institution.”

Hong has also worked on numerous grant proposals on behalf of the College for the National Science Foundation including, Women in Engineering Day, a solar energy research project for Girl Scouts funded through Corning Foundation, and a program for the Salmon River School District exposing students to science, technology, and math.

“Anyone who has had the honor of working with Dr. Hong knows that he exceeds all expectations for any given task,” said Maureen P. Maiocco, director of the early childhood program and Hong’s colleague. “He is passionate about the education of his students, his field of study, his colleagues, and SUNY Canton.”

He received his bachelor of science degree in physics from Zhejiang University in China in 1986 and went on to earn his master’s and doctorate degrees from North Dakota State University in 2001 and 2004, respectively. While at North Dakota State, Hong worked as a research assistant, a lab instructor, and served as a BRIN Graduate Teaching Internship Fellow, teaching both physical science and tutored mathematics at Fort Berthold Community College.

Upon graduation from North Dakota State, he served as a postdoctoral research associate in the chemistry department at Washington State University until July 2005 when he began his work with SUNY Canton. He has won four golden apple awards from incoming Phi Theta Kappa honor society students denoting his excellence as an educator.

Hong lives in Potsdam with his wife Yimei Zhu, they have one daughter, Kaelynn.

The Distinguished Faculty Award is given annually to a current member of the SUNY Canton faculty who demonstrates a mastery of subject matter, effectiveness in teaching, the ability to contribute to the College in a scholarly way, a commitment to the College, and a desire to continue growing professionally. Hong is the 30th recipient of the award.

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SUNY Canton Offers New General Technology Degree

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

SUNY Canton has designed a new associate degree to allow students greater flexibility in their technology-based education.

“The General Technology degree program allows students to design an individualized program of study in order to fulfill a unique career goal,” said Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David J. Wells. “The program allows students to get the background necessary to establish a career and tailor their education to their specific interests.”

Nick A. Stacey of Massena performs tests in the Electrical Engineering Technology Lab. Students in SUNY Canton's new General Technology program can pick their own technology courses and receive an associate degree.

The dean mentioned that students can seamlessly transfer into any one of the college’s four-year engineering technology based programs after completing the General Technology degree, including Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems, Industrial Technology Management, and Information Technology. The program also provides another link between the College’s one-year certificate programs and associate degrees. Additionally, students in the new program could also progress into one of three new pending bachelor’s degree programs that are awaiting state approval: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

“We’ve even seen a lot of our career-driven students enroll in cross curricular studies,” Wells said. “A student who starts in the engineering technology fields may opt to transfer into one of the business programs, creating their own unique, well-rounded entrepreneurial education.”

The College received letters of support for the creation of this degree from Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc., in Brewerton, and Ansen Corporation, extolling the value of well-rounded graduates of the program.

“I have been actively recruiting at SUNY Canton for over thirteen years,” said John Sylvester, Field Service Manager at Schneider Packaging and a 1983 SUNY Canton graduate. “The General Technology program is precisely the type of well rounded education and training required to be successful in our industry. I personally intend to continue to recruit candidates from SUNY Canton for the foreseeable future.”

According to General Technology Program Advisor and Associate Professor Rashid Aidun, Ph.D., the first two semesters of the program consist of core-level courses, including physics, computer drafting, programming, English and several elective options. The final two semesters are comprised almost completely of engineering technology electives. Students can enroll in any of the courses available in Automotive Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Air Conditioning Engineering Technology, and Electrical Engineering Technology, among others.

Both the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department recently approved this program. New and transfer students can apply now for entrance into the program, which will begin in Fall 2010. To apply, contact the SUNY Canton Admissions office at 315.386.7123, or email

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SUNY Canton Experts Offer Building Analyst Trainings

Friday, February 12th, 2010

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Faculty experts from SUNY Canton’s Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program will be providing valuable Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified Building Analyst training, beginning Feb. 23 in Watertown.

“Every building works as a system,” said Michael J. Newtown, an Assistant Professor in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program and BPI Instructor. “We show contractors why some homes fail, why some excel, and how to resolve residential heating and cooling problems.”

Newtown said that the training uses a “whole house” performance-based approach with the end result of a more comfortable, safe, and durable home.

Upcoming SUNY Canton BPI trainings include courses beginning at:

  • 3 p.m., Feb. 23, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Watertown.
  • 9 a.m., March 2, at ComLinks in Malone.
  • 9 a.m., March 15, at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh.
  • 3 p.m., April 19, at SUNY Canton.

Newtown and his staff of highly trained professionals will also be offering Envelope Professional training beginning at 9 a.m. April 5 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Watertown.

“The knowledge contained in the BPI trainings make contractors more marketable to prospective clients,” Newtown said. “As end consumers look to save money and be ‘greener,’ building efficiency is becoming a necessity rather than a luxury.”

The BPI training includes 24 hours of classroom instruction and 12 hours of field training. Topics include identifying building performance problems such as ice dams, air quality issues, calculating energy consumption and analysis, and analyzing buildings using “blower door” technology. Written and field exams for the Building Analyst Professional certification follow the trainings.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will reimburse 75 to 100 percent of the training program fee upon successful completion of the course.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Art Garno at SUNY Canton at 315.386.7197 or

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SUNY Canton Automotive Technology Program Reopens in Ultra-Modern Lab

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

A Feb. 11 grand reopening celebration will begin a fundraising campaign for even more state-of-the art equipment.

SUNY Canton’s signature Automotive Technology program has moved into a completely modernized home with more than double the space for instruction and projects.

Pictured are Tyler Atwell of Westport, Automotive Technology Program Director Brandon J. Baldwin, and Richard Papineau of Gouverneur, working on a late-model vehicle in the newly-renovated SUNY Canton Automotive Technology lab.

The program’s faculty members and students will be holding an open house celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the newly renovated section of Nevaldine Technology Center Room 124. Among the events and activities during the open house will be hands-on demonstrations with Automotive Technology students and an official unveiling and campaign kick-off with SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy at 12:30 p.m. The open house and surrounding events are free and open to the public.

“We’re moving into the future by outfitting the automotive lab to handle the latest technology in the industry,” said Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David J. Wells. “With our upgrades, we stand to be the best career-driven Automotive Technology program in New York and in the Northeastern United States.”

Through a Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act (VATEA) grant, the department was able to purchase new alignment equipment and a new rotary lift, among other enhancements.

“The open house will be the official start of our Campaign for Excellence with the SUNY Canton Foundation,” said Automotive Technology Program Director Brandon J. Baldwin. “We have more state-of-the-art tools and resources than ever before, but we have a tremendous opportunity to expand our program to meet the demands of the future.”

A birds-eye view of the new Automotive Technology Lab, in SUNY Canton’s Nevaldine Technology Center South Room 124.

Baldwin said that donations through the SUNY Canton Foundation will help the department purchase a dynamometer, which is very much like a large treadmill for automobiles. The device would be one-of-a-kind tool in the region that would allow students to measure power, tune, run drive cycles, assist with drivability concerns, and run efficiency experiments.

The Automotive Technology Program currently has several outstanding projects in the works, including building a biodiesel dragster and expanded research with electric and hybrid vehicles.

The labs were first opened to students at the beginning of the Spring 2010 semester, and are part of an overall Nevaldine Technology Center renovation project by Northland Associates, the same company overseeing the construction of the College’s new Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center.

The SUNY Canton Foundation has offered to assist with several of the key upgrades, and will be reaching out to the program’s alumni and supporters to help with further enhancements. For more information, or to RSVP for the open house, contact the SUNY Canton Foundation at 315.386.7127, or email

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Top 10 of ‘09

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

10. Next Stop, Hollywood

Several SUNY Canton students were the stars of a media event promoting the DVD release of the movie Max Payne. Students and faculty from the Criminal Investigation staged a murder mystery scenario in New York City that stumped international television, magazine, and web-based journalists. » More

9. Roos House Breaks Ground

Many have been enthusiastically watching the rapid progress of the College’s new Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The “Roos House” is going up in leaps and bounds, alongside a complete renovation of Nevaldine Technology Center. The College also plans to add a new residence hall on campus in the near future. » More

8. Strong Awards

Assistant Professor Robert Strong, PhD., won a competitive William Randolph Hearst Foundation Research Fellowship and the Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities for his book-in-progress “Bright Advent.” The award-winning author and poet penned a lyric history of King Phillip’s War including key events that led to the creation of America. » More

7. Nursing Options

Over the past year, SUNY Canton added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a one-year Practical Nursing program. These programs were created to help meet the demand for more advanced trained nurses amidst a nation-wide professional health care shortage, and have built a full ladder curriculum for students to spend one, two, or four-years learning what they love. » More

6. Winterterm Becomes a Hot Item

Approximately 800 students took courses during the 2009-2010 Winterterm session. Enrollment increased nearly 60 percent from last year and is now five times as large as the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session four years ago. The semester between semesters has become a convenient and effective way for students to catch up or get ahead. » More

5. Coach Martin Keeps Winning

The American Hockey Coaches Association announced that former Hockey Coach Terry Martin was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award. Martin was the college’s head coach for 24 seasons (1974-1999), compiling a record of 527-211-29, including a 102-11-8 mark in his final four seasons. His teams won 12 national championship titles and were runner-ups five times. » More

4. SUNY Chancellor Visits

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher visited SUNY Canton in July as part of her summer-long tour of the 64 colleges and universities within the SUNY System. After being met at the College’s entrance by our Roo mascot, the Chancellor was introduced to the evolution and extraordinary growth that has distinguished the College among its peer universities. » More

3. Best Bridge Builders in the Nation

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team hit it big in Vegas on Labor Day weekend by building a better bridge than any other college in the nation. The team won the 2009 National Student Steel Bridge Competition by practicing strenuously and beat the odds that favored larger universities with bigger names (and higher tuition.) » More

2. Centennial Campaign Clocks in at $11 Million

The largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in SUNY Canton’s 100-year history was successfully concluded after raising $11 million for scholarships and overall college enhancements. To honor Centennial Campaign Co-Chairs Ronald L. ’59 and Blanche K. ‘06 Woodcock, the alumni and foundation boards procured a landmark clock which now adorns the Roselle Academic Courtyard. » More

1. Enrollment Tops the Charts

SUNY Canton smashed its all-time high enrollment record during the Fall 2009 Semester with more than 3,300 students. There was a 20 percent increase in first-year, full-time students, and a 10 percent increase in overall enrollment from the previous year. The expansion has led to increased selectivity in the College’s signature career-driven programs. » More

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Girl Scouts Learn at SUNY Canton through Corning Foundation Grant – Event Rescheduled for Dec. 5th

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Solar House Prototype

SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology will be challenging 50 young women from the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council to create sustainable pet shelters this weekend.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Nevaldine Technology Center Rooms 125 and 129 the scouts will be working with faculty members from the college on a variety of learning exercises to design and setup the structures.

The pet shelter theme was motivated by the recent strong community support and interest for the rehabilitation of the Potsdam Human Society and Animal Shelter.

“The girls will be challenged with a primary goal of using active and passive solar strategies to develop pet houses that could be used as part of a housing strategy at an animal shelter,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Construction Engineering Technology programs. “We will place special emphasis on using recycled building materials in the design, green energy utilization, and energy efficient construction.”

After the weekend, teams will be responsible for decorating and maintaining their pet shelter and routinely collecting inside and outside temperatures as experimental data. The end result of these experiments will be passed on to the Humane Society to help them consider incorporating passive solar strategies in their eventual building redesign.

This event, and the solar pet shelter kits are supplied through a grant from Corning Foundation. For the past five years, Corning has annually sponsored challenges and events at the college for the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council to introduce science and technology at an early age.

The event continues a series of learning opportunities offered specifically for Girl Scouts at the College. Previously, the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program worked with Girl Scout troops to construct small houses to collect solar energy data, similar to the pet shelters. Additionally, the Criminal Investigation program has held a Girl Scout Investigation seminar, that teaches young women crime scene analysis and evidence collection techniques.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. 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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

Schedule of events:

  • 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, project explanation with Matthew D. Bullwinkel, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology and Renewable Energy Systems Program.
  • 11 a.m.  - Concrete demonstration with Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Construction Engineering Technology programs
  • 11:30 a.m. – Ventilation and air temperatures for pets with Lin Tian Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program
  • 1 p.m. – Physics and science demonstrations with Feng Hong, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Engineering Technology programs
  • 2 p.m. – Pet shelter kits will be distributed

Media members should contact SUNY Canton in advance, 315.386.7527,

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Free Car Winterization Workshops at SUNY Canton

Friday, October 30th, 2009

SUNY Canton’s Automotive Technology program will be holding car winterization workshops from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Automotive Laboratory in Nevaldine Technology Center.

“We can help people prepare their cars for the extreme North Country winters,” said Brandon Baldwin, Director of the Automotive Technology Program. “We’ll show them how to make sure their ready for the snow, ice, and freezing winter weather.”

During each half-hour session, automotive students will demonstrate how to check batteries and coolant fluids for freezing temperatures, make sure that tires are adequate for snowy conditions, and treat seals to prevent frozen doors. They will also provide a winterization checklist, so drivers can be prepared for adverse conditions and emergency situations.

The event is free and open to the public but preregistration is required. Please email or call 386-3866 to register.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. 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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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Canino School Of Engineering Technology Receives Renowned ABET Accreditation

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology has met the stringent standards necessary to re-receive official approval from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by SUNY Canton meets acceptable levels of quality. Members of the faculty, staff, and administration use the accreditation as a means to measure the effectiveness of programs and evaluate the quality of each career-driven major. The College first received ABET accreditation in 1950.

“It is with great honor that we celebrate continuing a 50-year commitment to the highest standards in engineering technology education,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The faculty and staff in the Canino School of Engineering Technology have helped produce some of the finest and most employable professionals.”

According to the school’s dean David J. Wells, the college provided evidence of the effectiveness of its faculty members, program curricula, and its graduates, in order to maintain the accreditation.

“Nothing speaks better to the strengths of our academic programs than again demonstrating that we maintain these stringent national standards,” the dean said. “We now will be setting our sights on further growth in the Canino School, including new four-year programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology, and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology.”

Steel Bridge

Wells pointed out that the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Team is an example of the fantastic success of the school. The student-run club, consisting of two-year Civil Engineering Technology students, won the National Championships this year in Las Vegas. Their efforts beat teams from much larger colleges and universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at San Diego, University of California at Berkley, University of Michigan, Virginia Tech, Clemson, University of Wisconsin, Clarkson University, and Georgia Tech.

Nevaldine Technology Center, home of the College’s signature Engineering Technology programs, is currently undergoing a massive renovation project. The College will be adding even more state-of-the-art learning laboratories as part of the building’s transformation.

Air Conditioning Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology all received reaccreditation by the Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. 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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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