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SUNY Canton Welcomes CSTEP Program

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

CSTEPSUNY Canton has received a grant that will greatly impact students interested in pursuing science, math, technology and health-related fields.

The $150,000 grant from the New York State Education Department was awarded to the College in order to start the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) on campus. SUNY Canton joins 48 other colleges and universities throughout New York State that have the program as an additional resource for students.

“CSTEP’s success has been proven since its inception 25 years ago as students involved with the program have gone on to be highly successful in their career paths of choice,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We look forward to seeing our students continue to excel in the classroom while increasing their networking and career-advancement opportunities through this program.”

CSTEP is a scholars program designed to prepare minority and economically-disadvantaged students for careers in scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical, health-related and licenses professions. The program emphasizes academic preparation and achievement as well as career awareness. Eligible students must be in good academic standing, enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at the College, and a New York State resident.

The program is free for students since costs are covered by the Education Department and SUNY Canton. Students in the program must maintain a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above, meet with a CSTEP administrative member monthly, and attend and participate in at least one CSTEP or related event per semester.

“Having CSTEP will not only allow these students to be more successful, but it will also make SUNY Canton more successful,” said Stacia R. Dutton, program director. “When we invite speakers and presenters to campus, other students not involved with the program will be able to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Dutton is in the process of meeting with interested students who will begin their work with CSTEP at the beginning of the Spring 2012 semester. The program only has 75 slots available.

“There are so many benefits to being a part of this program and I think we’ll have a lot of students interesting in working with us,” she said. “The grant helps us fund trips for students to do tours of businesses, attend conferences across the state, hold and host workshops, use money to buy laptops, eBooks and textbooks. We’ll be able to offer stipends for internships and research opportunities as well as hire them as tutors here on campus.”

The grant will also cover the costs of licensing fees, graduate school exam preparation costs and admission application fees.

Dutton noted another goal is to build a community among the students through a variety of social activities.

“We’ll be taking part in a symposium in February that includes all CSTEP students from the Associated Colleges, and that will be a great way for our students to continue to network,” she said.

For more information, contact Dutton at 315-379-3804 or cstep@canton.edu. Letters of interest can also be sent to Stacia R. Dutton, CSTEP Director, 34 Cornell Dr., Nevaldine North 105, Canton, N.Y. 13617.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Instructor to Lead Verizon Next Step Program

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David J. Wells announced that a Computer Information Systems instructor was recently appointed as the coordinator of Verizon’s “Next Step” Program at the college.

Stacia R. Dutton will be heading up the industrial partnership developed specifically for full-time Verizon employees to earn their associate degrees.

Instructor Stacia R. Dutton was recently named Verizon Next Step

Instructor Stacia R. Dutton was recently named Verizon Next Step Program Coordinator at SUNY Canton.

“Stacia’s extensive industrial experience is perfect for bridging the gap of industry and higher-education,” Wells said. “There is no better person to head up this partnership.”

The Next Step Program, also known as the Telecommunications Technology program, continues to grow in size and provides graduates with expertise with state-of art telecommunications systems, computer systems, project management and leadership skills. Certified faculty members and Verizon professionals developed the curriculum in conjunction with members of the SUNY Canton faculty and staff approximately three years ago.

The Verizon program develops talent for leadership within an environment of technology, according to Wells. “The economy and job market are changing quickly; this is an important time for students to develop the mental discipline for problem solving in a dynamic environment,” he said. Among other goals, the program develops an empowered, technologically competent, customer-accountable workforce that is committed to the value of lifelong learning. “These students are outstanding,” Wells said. “They bring a lot to the College environment.”

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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