SUNY and the Seamless
SUNY sees education in New York State as a pipeline that extends from birth to retirement years — and finds ways to close the gaps that impede success.
With the declining population of high school graduates, it has become increasingly important to offer advanced educational opportunities to students at a young age.
SUNY Canton is home to Liberty Partnerships, which recently received $450,000 in continuing funding from the New York State Education Department (NYSED). This pre-college preparatory program builds on the College’s strength in engineering technology to offer three summer STEM programs.
Grant funding from NYSED and the Department of Defense Education Activity allowed students from the Carthage area to spend a week on campus building customized remotecontrol vehicles. Some of the students utilized 3D printing technology to construct one-off parts.
The annual Engineering Open House brought more than 200 elementary through high school aged students and their families to the Canino School of Engineering Technology. The event introduces younger students to STEM fields and helps them discover their technical ability and creativity through an engineering challenge. Coinciding with the Open House, the College held a career fair which brought in representatives from more than 25 different companies. Corning Incorporated Foundation provided financial support for the event.
Young women from area middle and high schools were invited to campus to explore career options in traditionally male-dominated fields during Women in Engineering Day. More than 300 guests attended the event. Students tested water samples, used the College’s CNC machines, tested the strength of materials, and learned elements of code in a video game.
The School of Business and Liberal Arts orchestrated a “Mad City Money” event through the College’s Financial Literacy Center. The College’s Financial Aid Office and other volunteers helped teach 200 area high school students budgeting skills.
The School also sponsored, coordinated, and hosted the St. Lawrence County High School Mock Trial Tournament.
This spring, the St. Lawrence County David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy saw the largest class in its 22-year history.
Twenty-eight cadets were sponsored by area law enforcement organizations to become police officers, and an additional three students from SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Leadership program completed their degree through the academy. One of the students was hired immediately by Canton Village Police Department.