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Career-Driven Bachelor Degree Programs Gain Initial Accreditation at SUNY Canton

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s most recent bachelor’s degree programs received initial accreditation by ABET, the premiere engineering and engineering technology accrediting body.

Civil and Environmental Technology, Electrical Technology and Mechanical Technology all underwent a full site review by ABET accreditors last fall. The accreditation is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2012.

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Pictured are (l to r) Garrett R. Richards of Potsdam, Civil and Environmental Technology program director Adrienne C. Rygel and Codi D. McKee of Barker collecting water samples from the Grasse River on the SUNY Canton campus.

“Accreditation really helps establish the quality and value of these programs,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “It is further evidence that our programs have met the standards necessary to produce well-qualified graduates who are prepared to enter their chosen careers.”

All three programs began in 2010 and boast a 100 percent placement rate for graduates. Most new hires within these fields are earning salaries of more than $50,000 annually.

“The four-year educational tracks were developed to build upon SUNY Canton’s strong, ABET accredited, associate degree programs,” said Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Students have advanced career mobility through our four-year programs.”

Civil and Environmental Technology

The four-year program builds upon the existing two-year Civil Engineering Technology program with more advanced structural design courses, practical industry skills and technology, and add an entirely new environmental component to the program according to Program Director and Associate Professor Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D. “Students build upon their classes in the natural sciences to tackle real-life problems,” she said. “They study water and soil pollution and determine responses to remediate contamination.”

Some students are studying the environmental impact of mining in Pyrates. They take field samples to test the water quality and then draft an environmental site impact statement. Other students are surveying a site and creating a plan for residential development in the area, including the design for the homes.

The career outlook in the area of civil engineering technology is expected to remain constant through 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The career outlook for environmental technology and related careers is projected to grow approximately 18 percent, or faster than the average for all occupations, according to the BLS.

Electrical Technology


Jordan Edwards of Brooklyn completes a circuit board for a radio in SUNY Canton’s Electrical Technology labs.

One of the benefits of ABET accreditation in the Electrical Engineering Technology program is students will be able to take the Fundamentals of Engineers examination toward their professional engineer license immediately after graduation, according to Program Director and Professor Stephen E. Frempong, Ph.D. “The program provides the opportunity for students to minor in mathematics, which helps when applying to graduate school or preparing to become a design engineer,” he said.

Students in the program are currently working on a radio frequency identification system that could be applied to a classroom setting as an attendance system, and a power generation method where waste heat is converted into usable electricity.

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists work closely with electrical engineers. They work primarily in manufacturing settings, research and development laboratories, and the utilities industry, according the BLS. The median annual wage for these positions is almost $58,000.

Mechanical Technology

Assistant Professor and Department Chairperson Director Daniel J. Miller noted that companies including Boeing, Corning Inc., Schneider Packaging and others have hired graduates from the four-year Mechanical Technology program. “Several students are continuing their education in doctorate programs studying biomedical engineering research fields,” he said. “Our program is unique in that students have several pathways to direct their career.”


Elizabeth K. Brennan of Ogdensburg measures a piece of aluminum for a project in the four-year Mechanical Technology program at SUNY Canton.

Notably, students can study mechanical design, manufacturing robotics and building environmental controls. The program recently incorporated three-dimensional printers. Students have built several of these devices and have used the technology to print their own projects. Currently, students in the Engineering Club are designing a Baja off-road vehicle.

Mechanical engineering technologists assist with manufacturing processes or with development phases in research and development labs. Careers in the field are expected to grow through 2022, according to the BLS. There will be opportunities for students who can master new software and technology. The median annual wage for graduates is greater than $51,000.

About Accreditation

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by SUNY Canton meets high 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 major. The college first received ABET accreditation in 1950. Many of the two-year programs within the SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology were reaccredited by ABET in 2009.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

ASCE Awards Scholarship to SUNY Canton Student

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Syracuse Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has chosen a SUNY Canton student as the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship.

Alyssa M. Baker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Boonville, received the award for her exceptional academic achievements and involvement with the SUNY Canton ASCE student chapter.

Alyssa Baker

Alyssa M. Baker, ’15, is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from the
Syracuse Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

“Alyssa is an extremely dedicated person, hard worker, achieves high grades and sincerely cares about humanity,” said Paul D. Hitchman, a SUNY Canton instructional support associate and faculty adviser for the bridge team. “It is fitting that she is being recognized with this scholarship.”

Baker is a member of the SUNY Canton student steel bridge team, which competes annually against some of the most prestigious universities in the country to build a scale-model bridge. The contest challenges future engineers to display their skills in design, fabrication and team  work. They are judged on certain criteria including construction speed, lightness and economy. Baker and her teammates won the 2013 Upstate New York Student Conference Championships and finished in twenty-first place at the National Championships in Seattle.

Baker has earned Dean’s List honors for three semesters. After graduation in 2015, she plans to continue her studies and earn a master’s degree.

The Syracuse Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers was founded in 1923. The section represents a membership of approximately 500 civil engineers and engineering students in and around the Central New York area.


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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.

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