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Indoor Car Show at SUNY Canton on Saturday

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

SUNY Canton will be holding the second annual Canton Area Regional Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

The event draws many unique, classic, new, and custom motor vehicles. Organizer and SUNY Canton Automotive Technology Assistant Professor Brandon J. Baldwin said the event is one of the only indoor car shows in the area.

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“We’ve invited local and national vendors to the event,” Baldwin said. “Attendants can buy tools, custom car accessories or just browse the wonderful cars on display in the field house.”

Entry fees are $3 for adults and $1 for children.

Individuals wishing to display a car must preregister and be on-sight before 10 a.m. For more information, or to register, please contact the SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center at (315) 386-7051.

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SUNY Canton Automotive Students Receive Professional-Level Training and Certification

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Professional mechanics work side by side with SUNY Canton students to learn the latest technology in the automotive industry.

autoThe Automotive Technology department hosts a series of trainings for the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) and Snap-On tools, according to Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the program. He said the very first class of students recently completed the training and received professional-level certification.

“We offer the NAPA and Snap-On diagnostic trainings for area mechanics,” Baldwin said. “Our relationship with NAPA has expanded, and we are now able to include our students at no cost. This added training outside of their day-to-day classes helps them become more competitive when they graduate. This opportunity is really exclusive to our program.”

The NAPA training program consists of five training sessions on a variety of vehicle makes and models. For many mechanics, Canton is the closest option to participate in the six training sessions. For students, the hands-on trainings augment their in-class assignments.

Baldwin also facilitates training sessions with Snap-On’s VERUS [sic] Diagnostic and Information System. “The new tool rivals some of the most sophisticated hand-held mobile computers and is used to diagnose vehicle problems and track customer information from one location,” Baldwin said. “It has wireless Internet capabilities and can be used to access specific diagnostic resources as a mechanic is working on the vehicle. It even puts wiring diagrams at the mechanic’s fingertips.”

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The assistant professor said students and mechanics have access to 6 of the tools, which cost almost $10,000 each. The computerized devices were purchased as part of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant. Last year, the Grant provided $245,000 in educational resources for SUNY Canton students.

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SUNY Canton Partners with Subaru in a Public – Private Partnership

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Subaru Distributors Corporation has made SUNY Canton its newest corporate training center.

The announcement was made today (Thursday, August 23) at an open house celebration. Subaru and area dealers will be contributing approximately $500,000 in tools, diagnostic equipment, and brand new cars to the College over the next five years to facilitate the partnership.

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Barry A. Wells, executive vice president of Subaru Distributors Corp., discusses the advantages of partnering with SUNY Canton to create a corporate training center. Wells is a 1975 and 2010 graduate of the College.

“SUNY Canton exemplifies the ‘Power of SUNY’ and how we can work with distinguished private sector partners like Subaru to boost economic opportunities across the state,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher in a letter to the College. “I commend Subaru Distributors Corp. and North Country Subaru Dealers for recognizing the strength of the SUNY system and SUNY Canton’s state-of-the-art and newly renovated Automotive Laboratory.”

Through the new partnership, automotive technology students can become certified to work with Subaru. Additionally, a third of the Subaru dealers in New York can send their technicians for training at SUNY Canton, saving the company money on travel to more distant training centers.

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Assistant Professor Brandon J. Baldwin describes the unique partnership between Subaru Distributors Corp., area dealers and SUNY Canton.

“The SUNY Canton Subaru Training Center will be an inspiration for our automotive technology students and will be an example of the value of our partnerships for other corporations,” said Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “The training center will significantly impact our students’ educational opportunities, as well as increase the prestige of our automotive technology program.”

The partnership was first formed when Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the automotive program was introduced to Barry A. Wells, executive vice president of Subaru Distributors Corp. Wells graduated from SUNY Canton in 1975, and earned a second degree from the College in 2010.

According to Baldwin, students who complete the training will be exposed to the latest in automotive technology. “Subaru will give them an added edge as they begin their career search,” he said.

Wells pointed out that the collaboration is a great investment from Subaru’s perspective, because students who complete the training and go on to work for the company will already have the specific skills needed, saving dealerships thousands of dollars.

Subaru Group

The surprise announcement of the new public-private partnership in SUNY Canton’s Automotive Laboratories drew more than 50 guests. The labs were packed with the latest model Subaru vehicles.

“This is also another outstanding partnership between alumni and SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The power of our successful alumni reaching out to assist our community and our current and future students is profound and deeply appreciated.”

Dealerships in attendance included, Barstow Subaru in Potsdam, Fuccillo Subaru in Watertown, and Bill McBride Subaru in Plattsburgh.

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s Letter to Campus

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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Major Automotive Partnership to Begin August 23 at SUNY Canton

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

SUNY Canton will be partnering with a major car manufacturer to provide advanced training and certification opportunities for automotive technology students.

The College will announce the details of the new public-private partnership at 10 a.m. Thursday (August 23) in the Automotive Technology lab (room 124) in Nevaldine Technology Center. The event is free and open to the public.

 

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

 

“The partnership will give our students an additional edge as they seek employment after graduating from SUNY Canton’s program,” noted Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “We certainly want to thank the manufacturer and the dealers who have made a fantastic opportunity available to our students.”

In addition to certification, students will also have access to three brand-new cars and specialized tools, according to Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the automotive technology program. Baldwin sought out this partnership alongside the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

“We provide our students with the latest tools and diagnostic equipment available,” Baldwin said. “Our new partnership takes their education to an even higher level with specialized industry-specific certification.”

The automotive program also recently became a Snap-On Tools Diagnostic Training Center. It is the only designated training center in New York, and one of only about 20 in the United States.

Previously, students in the motorsports performance program have benefitted from a similar partnership with Polaris Industries Inc. Students learn their profession with some of the latest vehicles made by Polaris, and the company hosts specialty training sessions at the College.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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Regional Car Show at SUNY Canton’s Roos House, April 28

Friday, April 20th, 2012

SUNY Canton will have cars on ice at the Canton Automotive Regional Car Show.

From 10 am. To 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, the Roos House Athletic Center ice rink and field house will be home to unique, classic, new, and custom motor vehicles. Event organizer and SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Brandon J. Baldwin said the event is one of the only indoor car shows in the area.

“We’ve invited local and national vendors and scheduled live music for the event,” Baldwin said. “There will be lots of great cars inside one of the coolest new buildings on campus.”

Entry fees are $5 for adults, $3 for youth, and children 13 and under can attend for free.

“We have interlocking tiles that we place over the ice rink for this type of event,” said Roos House Director of Operations John D. Vandevere. “We are able to accommodate multiple or large-scale events at the venue by offering the ice rink as a useable space other than for skating.”

Individuals wishing to display a car must preregister and be on-sight before 10 a.m.  For more information, or to register, please contact the SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center at (315) 386-7051.

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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 foundation@canton.edu.

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


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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 baldwinb@canton.edu 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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