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SUNY Canton Selected as a Top School for Military and Veteran Students

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Military Advanced EducationSUNY Canton has once again been awarded the designation of a top school in Military Advanced Education (MAE) magazine’s 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities.

The annual publication enables prospective students to identify schools that follow best practices in military education. SUNY Canton was specifically chosen for its military-friendly culture, financial aid opportunities, flexibility, and on-campus and online support services. This is the third year SUNY Canton has been chosen as an MAE top school.

“We take great pride in our standing as a military-friendly school,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We work diligently to create a supportive, welcoming environment for our nation’s service members, veterans and their families.”

This year more than 75 veterans, National Guard members, reservists and veteran dependents are enrolled at SUNY Canton. The college’s Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator Patrick S. Massaro helps these students navigate the programs and services that can assist them in reaching their educational goals.

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The MAE magazine designation is the second award the college has received this year for its military friendliness. G.I. Jobs magazine announced in September that SUNY Canton was chosen as one of the top schools in the nation that are doing the most to support service members.

For more information about the MAE 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities, visit www.mae-kmi.com.

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.

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SUNY Canton Joins Elite Group of Military-Friendly Schools

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

SUNY Canton Joins Elite Group of Military-Friendly Schools

G.I. Jobs magazine announced this week that SUNY Canton has once again been named to their annual list of the most military-friendly schools in the nation.

The 2015 list on militaryfriendly.com honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

SUNY Canton was chosen for its support services that benefit current and former military members and their families, such as a dedicated study lounge and flexible online learning options. It is the fourth time the college has been recognized by the publication.

Military Friendly

Pictured is Scott L. Palmer, a Mechanical Technology major from Morristown. Palmer served in the U.S. Army and is current reserve member. He is also a member of Clarkson University’s ROTC Golden Knights Battalion.

“SUNY Canton has long been committed to serving those who have served our country,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We are thrilled to be recognized as a military-friendly college by G.I. Jobs magazine, and we pledge to continue providing an accessible, affordable, high-quality education to present and former military service men and women and their dependents.”

This year more than 75 veterans, National Guard members, reservists and veteran dependents are enrolled at SUNY Canton. The college’s Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator Patrick S. Massaro serves as an adviser to military students and their families, helping them navigate the programs and services that can assist them in reaching their educational goals.

Thomas M. Sanford, an Accounting major from Poughkeepsie and current Marine Corps reservist, said SUNY Canton’s military-friendly culture helped eased his transition from active duty to higher education after serving for five years in the Marines.

“Patrick made it incredibly easy for me to make the move from my military career to beginning my degree program,” Sanford said. “And SUNY Canton’s dedicated study lounge and Student Veterans Association gives military students the opportunity connect with each other and work together.”

About G.I. Jobs

G.I. Jobs is the primary resource for service members and veterans seeking education and employment opportunities. Free tools like the new Schools Matchmaker on GIJobs.com are used by hundreds of thousands of members of the military community each year.

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.

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SUNY Canton Earns ‘Military-Friendly’ Designation

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Military Friendly School 2014SUNY Canton was recently recognized as a 2014 “Military-Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The exclusive list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success. G.I. Jobs uses Victory Media’s survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide that are approved for Veterans Affairs tuition funding to compile the list.

Military Friendly

“We are honored to be among the top military-friendly colleges nationwide,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, led by Patrick Massaro, along with our faculty and staff, work hard to ensure that all those who have served our country, and their families, feel at home here at SUNY Canton.”

SUNY Canton was chosen for the support services and programs that benefit current and former military members and their families, such as a dedicated study lounge and flexible online learning options. The College also participated in a Department of Veterans Affairs retraining assistance program for former U.S. Armed Forces personnel.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of military-friendly schools shows SUNY Canton’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The entire list of 2014 military-friendly schools will be published in October and can be found online at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

 

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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SUNY Canton Among Nation’s Most ‘Military-Friendly’ Colleges

Friday, November 30th, 2012

SUNY Canton has been named to the 2013 Guide of Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education magazine. This is the second time the College has been recognized by the publication.

“We take great pride in SUNY Canton’s standing as a military-friendly school, and we work diligently to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and accommodating for our nation’s service members, veterans and their families,” said Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “It’s an honor to help those who have served our country reach their educational goals.”

Military FriendlySUNY Canton assists its military students by offering a dedicated study lounge and flexible online learning options for service members living stateside and abroad. Military personnel have enrolled from all over the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition, the College’s counseling staff receives regular Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training, and former service members can now take advantage of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), which offers 12 months of financial assistance to veterans who are between 35 and 60 years of age and are unemployed, among other criteria.

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton hired its first Veterans Affairs Officer Patrick S. Massaro. This is a shared position with SUNY Potsdam, and Massaro is charged with advising veterans as they navigate the admissions process. “I serve as the main point of contact for the College’s military students and their families,” Massaro said. “One piece of my responsibility is to ensure they are aware of the programs and services that can assist them with their educational goals, such as VRAP.”

The 2013 guide will be published in the December issue. Military Advanced Education is a journal of higher learning for American service members, and is published by KMI Media Group.

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Limited Time Remains for Veterans Retraining Assistance Program at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 19th, 2012

There is still time for former U.S. Armed Forces personnel who plan on attending SUNY Canton to apply for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

“The Department of Veterans Affairs reserves portions of this program for technical education,” noted Patrick S. Massaro, the Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator. “SUNY Canton is the only College in the area to fit within the regulations for the retraining program.”

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

Patrick Massaro (seated in the green shirt) works with students in SUNY Canton's Veteran's Lounge.

The program offers 12 months of financial assistance to veterans who are between 35 and 60 years of age and are unemployed. They also must have been honorably discharged, among other criteria.

Prospective students and transfers can apply for the spring 2013 semester at SUNY Canton up to the first day of classes on Jan. 21, 2013. “Students seeking VRAP benefits should apply as soon possible,” Massaro said. “This upcoming year [2013] will be the last full year for students to take advantage of this remarkable retraining program, due to the program’s discontinuation in March 2014.”

There are currently almost a dozen veterans at SUNY Canton who are enrolled in the program. The Department of Labor will assist veterans with job placement after they graduate.

SUNY Canton is among the top “Military Friendly Colleges and Universities” according to Military Advanced Education magazine, and was among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools to be recognized as a 2012 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs.

For more information, contact Massaro at his SUNY Canton office, 386-7073, or email massarop@canton.edu.

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Program to Assist Unemployed Veterans Now Available at SUNY Canton

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Department of Veterans AffairsSome former U.S. Armed Forces personnel planning on attending SUNY Canton are now eligible for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

“We very recently received good news that SUNY Canton was among the colleges eligible to enroll veterans seeking VRAP benefits,” said Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “The program must lead toward a high-demand occupation, making SUNY Canton the ideal choice for veterans in our area.”

The program offers 12 months of financial assistance to veterans who are between 35 and 60 years of age and are unemployed. They also must have been honorably discharged, among other criteria.

“The Department of Veterans Affairs reserves portions of this program for technical education,” noted Patrick S. Massaro, the Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator. “SUNY Canton is the only College in the area to fit within the regulations for the retraining program.”

Massaro serves both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam as the primary point of contact for active military students, veterans and their families. He is one of the successful hires created through SUNY’s plan to share services between the two colleges. “Being both an alumnus of SUNY Canton and veteran, I see this as a tremendous opportunity for unemployed former military looking to reenter the workforce.”

Veterans looking to take advantage of VRAP must apply before Sept. 30. The program is limited to 45,000 participants in its first year. The program will then be enrolling 54,000 participants from Oct. 1 (2012) through March 31, 2014.

SUNY Canton is among the top “Military Friendly Colleges and Universities” according to Military Advanced Education magazine, and was among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools to be recognized as a 2012 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs.

For more information, contact Massaro at his SUNY Canton office, 386-7073, or email massarop@canton.edu.

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SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Hire Joint Veterans Affairs Officer

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Patrick Massaro, veteran and alumnus of both institutions is set to serve two campuses.

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam are pleased to announce the appointment of the first employee who will serve both institutions. Patrick Massaro is a unique fit for the newly created position of veterans and military services coordinator, a joint position that will serve students on both campuses.

Massaro will be the primary point of contact for the military families and serve as an advisor to the veteran’s organizations on each campus.

“This is a great opportunity for me to give back to both colleges and to those that have served and to the families of those that have served,” he said.

The veterans affairs position will enhance the student experience for veterans at both institutions and is the first joint hire to result from the ongoing shared services discussions between SUNY Potsdam’s and SUNY Canton’s Campus Alliance Network.

“Filling this position was a significant step in the goal of greater shared services for our colleges. We learned a lot about the search process and what we need to do in the next years to more efficiently use our resources,” SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy said.

“First and foremost, this hiring will positively impact the lives of service members and veterans working toward their higher education goals at the two colleges,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller. “Both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will benefit and learn from the experience of filling our first joint position, as Patrick navigates the unique learning environments at both campuses.”

Patrick Massaro is uniquely qualified to tackle the job, given his military background and the fact that he is an alumnus of both colleges. In 2003, he graduated from SUNY Canton and in 2005 from SUNY Potsdam. The Massena Central High School graduate then served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2006 to 2010, including one tour of duty in Iraq. He now holds the rank of Captain in the U.S. Marine Reserves. Most recently, Massaro completed his Master of Science degree in sports administration while working as the director of hockey operations at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

A member of the search committee, SUNY Canton Associate Professor William Fassinger, a retired Military Police First Sergeant, said, “If we could have built a person for this job, it would look like Patrick. He is a graduate of both institutions, with recent military service, and in the past two years having dealt with the Veteran’s Administration for his own education.”

“He will inherit the work done by others at Canton and bring those ideas to Potsdam, and then in turn assess how the things we do well at SUNY Potsdam might benefit Canton,” said SUNY Potsdam Director of Extended Education Thomas Fuhr, who co-chaired the search with SUNY Canton Professor Robert Edwards.

Both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton have been named military-friendly colleges for their dedication to serving service members, veterans and their families.

About SUNY Canton:

The State University of New York at Canton offers 22 career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 190 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. The College is home to a brand-new athletic facility, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites, offering students single rooms in apartment-style settings while they live on campus.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.

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