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New Grant Funding at SUNY Canton Increases Learning Opportunities for High School and College students

Monday, September 16th, 2013
Perkins Grant

Pictured is Toni-Ann Manzi, a SUNY Canton Powersports Performance and Repair student from Staten Island, working with one of the College’s rapid-prototype printer kits.

Students in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program are building rapid prototype machines for area high schools. The kits to build the sophisticated three-dimensional printers were purchased through the most recent Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant.

“We were awarded approximately $178,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year to be used on six projects,” said SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger. “Part of this project will be to reach out to area high schools to spark interest, especially among female students, in the engineering fields by providing them access to three-dimensional printers.”

Students at the College will assemble and calibrate some of the machines, which students can use to print complicated projects in plastic. Then they will be distributed to area high schools. “Canton Central [Hugh C. Williams] High School will be receiving our first machine,” said Assistant Professor Daniel J. Miller, the Mechanical Engineering Technology program director.

Other grant funded purchases at the College include: new equipment in the Electrical, Mechanical and General Engineering Technology programs; new welding equipment for the Automotive Technology Program; new computer servers for the Information Technology computer laboratory; and new equipment for the Dental Hygiene program.

Additionally, the College used a portion of the funding to create an Engineering Tutoring lab in Nevaldine Technology Center. Students can go to this specific lab to receive individual attention outside of class.

 

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.

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$245,000 Perkins Grant Provides More Resources for SUNY Canton Students

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

The most recent Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant will assist with SUNY Canton’s textbook loan program and fund a host of other initiatives to benefit students.

Library

Areiba T. Edwards of Brooklyn pulls one of the reserve textbooks for a student at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons.

“Perkins Grant funding allows students who cannot pay for high-cost books to borrow them instead,” said Jennifer Whittaker, SUNY Canton assistant librarian. “If they have access to textbooks, they can prepare for class, which leads to higher retention rates and increased academic success.”

The textbook loan program has been ongoing for almost a decade. Students also have access to learning models specific to their curricula, and other resources at the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

Early Childhood Learning Lab

SUNY Canton students Leanne M. Greene of Fine and Alexandra M. Levine of Canton check out new supplies from the early childhood student teaching center.

The total grant awarded was approximately $245,000. The money is also being used to purchase equipment in many SUNY Canton laboratories and classrooms, including:

  • New equipment and models for the veterinary science program;
  • Additional manikins for the nursing program;
  • New tools for the Snap-on diagnostic center in the automotive technology program;
  • Refrigerant equipment for the air conditioning engineering technology program;
  • Database and web applications for the computer information systems program;
  • Additional equipment for the electronics and communications lab;
  • Early childhood student teaching center resources, among others.

Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger helped the College apply for the Perkins grant. Fassinger won the 2012 Excellence in College Service Award for helping her peers file for competitive funding.

Electrical Technology

Robert M. Gleason of Vestal and Andrew S. Conlan of Canton work together with new grant funded diagnostic equipment in SUNY Canton’s electrical engineering technology labs.

The grant is awarded from the U.S. Government to states, which is then allocated to various schools and colleges within New York based on the programs offered and the number of students in career and technical curricula.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Partners with Local High Schools

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Area high school students will have the opportunity to earn college credits through a new partnership with SUNY Canton.

The College recently received a $200,000 grant from the New York State Education Department enabling them to work with Ogdensburg Free Academy, Massena High School and St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) program.

Smart Scholars“Students who earn college credits in high school are more likely to graduate and successfully attend college,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This program allows us to provide quality, career-oriented educational opportunities to local high school students while preparing them for future success at the college level. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

The Smart Scholars ECHS program is a newly implemented program designed to give students the opportunity to accelerate the completion of high school studies while earning college credits at the same time, according to a recent press release from the New York State Education Department.

Students receive additional academic support from school and college partnerships to ensure they are at grade level and ready to participate in rigorous collegiate courses. This ‘dual enrollment’ program serves to increase high school graduation and college completion rates among those historically left in the gap, while reducing college tuition costs as a result of the more than 20 college credits earned in high school.

“I am thrilled with this award and the opportunities it will provide high school students in the North Country,” said JoAnne M. Fassinger, grants coordinator at SUNY Canton. “In the program’s first year, 90 total rising freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be eligible to participate. We want the younger students to see the success achieved by the older students obtaining dual enrollment credit.”

The entering ninth graders will attend the program at Massena Central and Ogdensburg Free Academy High Schools beginning during the 2011-2012 academic year. Teachers from participating high schools will teach the college-level credit bearing courses. Students will learn in a variety of formats in addition to the traditional face-to-face classroom experience, including online, video-conferencing, and distance learning. Students will be invited to participate in a variety of activities at SUNY Canton.

“When they graduate high school and arrive for the first day of college, we do not want the experience to be a foreign one to them,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, assistant professor in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology and the College’s program coordinator. “This allows us to better acclimate these students by providing them with a seamless transition between high school and college.”

Students in the program will have access to many of the opportunities as a college student, including e their own SUNY Canton identification cards, access to tutoring, the library, and events being held on the campus.

SUNY Canton received one of the 16 grants announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Education Commissioner David M. Steiner in May. Previously, eleven Smart Scholars ECHS partnerships were initiated in December 2009 with private funding, in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to this year’s $5.5 million in program grants, $500,000 was funded to provide technical assistance for all 27 ECHS projects.

Since the initial $6 million grant in 2009, the Smart Scholars ECHS program has supported 2,570 minority or low-income students. More than 2,600 students are expected to benefit from the additional funding provided this year.

 

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Grass Grant Ignites SUNY Canton Study

Friday, November 14th, 2008

CANTON – A team of SUNY Canton professors are weeding out a solution to the energy crisis with help from a $159,000 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant.

Native northern New York grasses and weeds may be pelletized to create clean-burning heating sources, according to Michael J. Newtown, director of the college’s alternative and renewable energy systems program.

“Native plants, including switchgrass and reed canary grass will all be made into pelletized fuel for testing,” Newtown said. “Vacant farmlands can be used to grow these native grasses, potentially making an extra boon for our area farmers, while creating a whole new heating source in the North Country.”

Newtown is working on this research initiative with Professor Emeritus Arthur Hurlbut and Matthew D. Bullwinkel, Associate Professor of alternative and renewable energy systems.

The project is comprised of several phases. Initially, the SUNY Canton professors will be researching the various grasses as a fuel source in pellet stoves and boilers. “We will be studying combustion efficiency and the emissions when using these crops in highly-efficient European wood boiler units,” Bullwinkel said. 

Future phases of this project will include a live testing initiative. “We plan on installing these highly efficient heating systems to further test the viability of the pelletized grass fuel source and gain real-world usage data,” Newtown said. 

The initiative is funded through NYSERDA in conjunction with Cornell University and the Cornell Cooperative extension. 

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.

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

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SUNY Canton Police Academy Receives $15,000 Grant

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Academy ShieldThe SUNY Canton David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy received a $15,000 Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) grant to bolster police officers’ defensive training.

“The funds will be used to purchase equipment and provide instructors with live tactics simulation,” said Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. “By adding high-tech components to an officer’s arsenal of training, we hope to further enhance their decision-making skills, reaction and response times.”

According the DCJS, this grant will facilitate training that covers all aspects of a real force-on-force situation, from the psychological to the physical; simulated weapons that act and feel like the firearms officers use every day will be used during the training. Also, instructors will learn how to develop training scenarios that are based on situations that officers are likely to encounter on the job, in their communities.

Nationwide, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 186 officers died in the line of duty in 2007, compared to 144 in 2006. Of those, 69 were shot to death, a 33 percent increase over 2006. And in New York State, 12 law enforcement officers were killed, five more than in 2006. “The grant was awarded to help decrease the number of officers shot in the line of duty,” Livernois pointed out.

As part of the grant, firearms and defensive tactics instructors at the Academy will attend a week-long training in April at the New York State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany in preparation to teach cadets and active officers locally.

Every year academy cadets receive extensive force-on-force training and many local law enforcement agencies utilize the college’s equipment and facilities for in-service training.

Typically, the Academy trains as many as 25 North Country police officers a year. “A very large percentage of our area law enforcement professionals have received training, and in many cases their education, through SUNY Canton,” Livernois said.

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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

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