SUNY Canton Named a 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School


Military Friendly Schools 2021-22SUNY Canton has established a decade-long tradition of being a Military Friendly® School.

“We are honored to be selected for this designation,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “In addition to providing educational options that will lead directly to a career, SUNY Canton has unparalleled services for its students, with support tailored for our service members, veterans and their families.” 

Viqtory Media, a veteran-owned small business, notified the college of its designation in an announcement corresponding with the 2021-2022 selection cycle. It is the tenth consecutive year that the college has been named Military Friendly®.

For nine of those years, outreach efforts have been overseen by Patrick S. Massaro, the college’s veterans coordinator. Massaro was recently placed in charge of the SUNY Canton Career Ready Education and Success Training center, which has previously partnered with Fort Drum to offer Solar Ready Vets. The program helps service members who are transitioning out of the military develop the skills needed to work in the solar energy industry.

The college currently has about 100 students who are either active duty servicemembers, reserve members, national guard, veterans, or dependents or spouses of military personnel. Following college-wide trends, the majority of those students are enrolled in health-related majors, including Nursing and Health Care Management.

Among other services, SUNY Canton offers an application fee waiver policy for all active-duty, National Guard, reserve and veteran students. The Raymond G. Modell Veterans Lounge and Battle Buddy Center offers a space on campus where veterans and service members can socialize and study. Modell, a 1962 graduate of the college, enrolled through the GI Bill after his Air Force service.


About SUNY Canton

Discover SUNY Canton, where innovation meets opportunity. The college’s career-focused educational programs emphasize hands-on and applied learning opportunities in digital design, engineering technology, health, information technology, management, public service, and veterinary technology. Faculty members bring real-world experience and exceptional academic expertise to the classroom. As a leader in online education, SUNY Canton offers unmatched flexibility with hundreds of courses and 23 comprehensive degree programs offered completely online. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos compete at the NCAA Division III level and will be transitioning to the SUNYAC in Fall 2024. In addition to its 15 traditional teams, SUNY Canton offers coed varsity esports and cheerleading.