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SUNY Canton CDL Training Sets Second Program for Dec. 3

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

With a successful class underway, SUNY Canton prepares a second Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training session slated to begin Dec. 3.

The college’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center will be holding an open house for those interested in joining the second CDL Class A program from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in Halford Hall. The open house is free and open to the community. The program has also been approved to allow veterans the option to use their GI Bill benefits to cover the tuition.

CREST tractor trailer with Pepsi wrap on the trailer.

“Students practice driving every day,” Garno said. “Each section of the class is limited to eight students, allowing those enrolled to gain the proficiency needed to become skilled professional drivers.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028. The median income for these jobs is more than $43,000 a year. Recent reports have estimated there was a shortage of 60,800 truck drivers last year.

The college has received praise for offering training opportunities in this high-needs field.

In addition to attending the open house event, those interested in joining the CDL-A training program can also contact the SUNY Canton CREST Center by phone, 315-386-7197, or email crest@canton.edu.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

SUNY Canton Welcomes Back Author Chris Fink for Living Writers Series

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

A Wisconsin-based author who just released a book of short stories about ordinary antiheros and the moments that define them will visit campus this month as part of the popular Living Writers Series.

Chris Fink holds his latest novel, "Add this to the List of Things That You Are."

Chris Fink will read from his new book, “Add This to the List of Things That You Are,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

“Chris Fink’s work tackles all the beauty and tragedy that rural America has to offer,” said Living Writers Series creator and Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche. “His stories will be both shocking and familiar to residents of the North Country, and his writing is both timeless and entirely relevant to our current cultural moment. Please join us to hear stories from Wisconsin that are right at home here in St. Lawrence County.”    

Fink was recently profiled by the National Book Review, where he talks about growing up in Wisconsin and the small towns that inspired his writing.

“I had an intensely rural childhood and adolescence … this was the place that I knew about with the kind of intimacy you need to write fiction,” Fink said. “Also, the fact that the Midwest is overlooked, is a flyover place, a kind of nowhere place, etc. That appeals to my oppositional nature. The rural Midwest might be undesirable in popular culture, but it’s not exactly ‘terra incognita.’”

Following the reading, North Country Public Radio’s Station Manager Mitch Teich will lead a question-and-answer session with the audience.

“Having recently moved here from Wisconsin, I’m eager to explore what Chris sees as the commonalities in the rural experience in America, no matter what the zip code,” said Teich.

Fink previously visited the college in 2013 to promote his first short story collection, “Farmer’s Almanac: A Work of Fiction.” He is a professor of English and Environmental Studies at Beloit College and editor in chief of the Beloit Fiction Journal. He is also a regular contributor to Northern Public Radio, where he produces monthly essays about the intersection of the self and the natural world. 

In November, SUNY Canton will welcome back another Living Writers Series alum, Santee Frazier, who will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. His new book of poems, “Aurum,” will be published this fall.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information check out the Living Writers website.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

Massena Graduates Aid their Hometown by Helping Future Generations Attend SUNY Canton

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Several Massena Central alumni have banded together to help create a new future for recent graduates of their high school. With the very first recipient of the Massena Alumni Scholarship selected at SUNY Canton, the founding donors are now looking for further endowment support.

“Massena is an example of a great community that has lost its industrial base, leaving many students without funds to attend college,” said Alex Sabo, a scholarship patron.

Gil White, President Szafran, Alex Sabo, Raymond Boushie
Scholarship Donors: Pictured (l to r) are Guilford ‘Gil’ White (SUNY Canton class of 1968), SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, with donors Alex Sabo and Raymond Boushie. White, Sabo and Boushie have created the Massena Alumni Scholarship for recent graduates of Massena Central High School to attend SUNY Canton.

While searching for a way to help his hometown, Sabo was encouraged by Canton College Foundation Board Member, alumnus and longstanding patron and fellow Massena Central alumnus Guilford ‘Gil’ White (SUNY Canton class of 1968) to create a scholarship. “We selected SUNY Canton because of its close proximity to Massena and also because it offers both two-year and four-year degree programs that meet the needs of more students,” Sabo said.

He was then joined in his effort by fellow classmate Raymond Boushie. In addition to individually funding scholarships, the group of donors has raised about a third of a $100,000 endowment.

“So far, we’ve all been Massena graduates from the 1950s,” Sabo said. “We’re trying to reach a wider group of people to support this endeavor, or even consider making a scholarship of their own. We think more Massena High School graduates will be inclined to attend college if financial support is available to them.”

The three donors’ initial efforts have generated an inaugural scholarship for Fall 2019. Frederick Dashnaw, enrolled in the Construction Technology Management program, received funding assistance for his freshman year. Dashnaw is a second-generation SUNY Canton student who aspires to become a building inspector.

 “This helped me achieve my plan to attend SUNY Canton,” he said. “I’d like to thank the donors who made this possible. I would definitely give back to this endowment after I’m out of college.”

For more information about the Massena Alumni Scholarship endeavor, please contact the SUNY Canton College Foundation and Alumni Association at 315-386-7082 or email foundation@canton.edu.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Draws Area Agencies to Oct. 22 Health Fair

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

SUNY Canton’s Fall Health Fair will showcase the area’s many health-related resources.

SUNY Canton

Nearly 30 organizations have joined the college for the fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites. The event is free and open to the public and is offered through the college’s Davis Health Center.

There will be a variety of health topics covered, including addiction treatment, mental health, SNAP, WIC, herbal nutrition, domestic violence and sexual assault services, preventative care, long term care, yoga, child safety, health insurance enrollment, in addition to grief and stress relief strategies. Screenings include iridology, family planning benefit program eligibility, posture screening, blood pressure, Body Mass Index, and Diabetes risk assessment. 

Participants in the Fall 2019 Health Fair include: 

  • ACR Health 
  • Child Advocacy Center of Northern New York
  • Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • Community Health Center of the North Country
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health Way
  • Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley
  • Kinney Drugs
  • Maximizing Independent Living Choices
  • North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council, Inc. 
  • Northern Area Health Education Center
  • Planned Parenthood of the North Country
  • Reachout of St. Lawrence County
  • Renewal House
  • Seaway Parkinson’s Coalition 
  • Seaway Valley Prevention Council 
  • St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers
  • St. Lawrence County Community Services 
  • St. Lawrence Health System 
  • St. Lawrence County Public Health 
  • State Hearing and Audiology
  • SUNY Canton College Association Inc. 
  • SUNY Canton Counseling Center
  • SUNY Canton EMS
  • SUNY Canton Nursing Student Association 
  • SUNY Canton Advising and First Year Experience Office
  • SUNY Canton Health and Fitness Promotion program
  • SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant program
  • Yoga Loft

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

North Country Native and Serial Entrepreneur to Speak at Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Canton native Nicole Thew Samolis, founder and president of three successful Syracuse companies, will share her entrepreneurial journey at the Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon, hosted by the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center on Wednesday, October 16. 

Nicole Thew Samolis

Samolis will present “From Accidental Entrepreneur to Serial Entrepreneur: A Woman’s Journey” detailing her business development from leaving a career with a weekly paycheck to becoming a solopreneur and then finally becoming the serial entrepreneur she is today.

Sponsored by NBT Bank, the Women’s Business Bootcamp will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16 at the BOCES Education Services Center, 40 West Main St., Canton. The day will begin with the Mini-Marketplace where attendees showcase and sell their products and services. A fun networking activity will help participants make one-on-one connections and a luncheon buffet will be catered by Soul Waffle of Potsdam.

After nine years in retail management Samolis began her entrepreneurial journey in 1996 when she founded The Events Company, an event planning firm headquartered in Syracuse. Over the years her ability to see opportunities led her to pursue new markets. Samolis along with her husband and business partner developed and opened SKY Armory in 2014, an event venue operating with a next generation mindset. Ever the entrepreneur, her latest venture is Epicuse, an epicurean market and café.

In the past 20 years, the growth rate for women-owned business has dwarfed the national average – increasing by a staggering 141% compared to 44% for all businesses. Recent research suggests that women are as successful as their male counterparts despite not always being on a level playing field.

When making the decision to start a venture – whether full time or as a side hustle – women aren’t only considering the viability of their idea, turning it into a business plan and securing clients. They’re also considering how it will impact their lifestyle and that of their families. They consider factors like who will take care of their kids and aging parents and a myriad of other concerns and challenges. This can be so overwhelming that the dream of entrepreneurship merely stays a dream.

A native of Canton, Samolis has experienced the challenges and doubts that every woman entrepreneur faces. She will share what she believes has led to her continued love of the challenge.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon is held semi-annually by the SUNY Canton SBDC and is sponsored by NBT Bank in cooperation with SBDC resource partners SUNY Canton and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA, administered by the State University of New York. SBDC programs are nondiscriminatory and available to everyone.

Cost is $35 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at 315-386-7312 or sbdc@canton.edu. Please note that Mini-Marketplace display tables are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the SBDC

The New York SBDC, with its network of 22 regional centers provides professional business advisement, education, network resources and advocates for small business and entrepreneurs. As a funded organization through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York and host campuses, SBDC counseling services are provided at no-cost to clients and are confidential. The SUNY Canton SBDC was established in 1998 and has worked with 3,694 businesses, helping to invest $103,390,707 and creating or saving 2,156 jobs. It also oversees the Clinton County SBDC, which since inception in 1984, has worked directly with 8,567 businesses, helping them to invest $102,374,027 in the area’s economy, resulting in 3,231 jobs being created or saved.

SUNY Canton to host ‘Trunk or Treat’ Event

Monday, October 7th, 2019

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood Studies program will be hosting a “Trunk or Treat” event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in the campus’ French Hall parking lot (Lot 8).

“A ‘trunk or treat’ is similar to the traditional trick or treat that takes place on Halloween,” explained Maureen P. Maiocco, Ed.D., Early Childhood AS and BBA program coordinator. “Children wear costumes and collect candy and prizes in one safe location, as they visit vehicles decorated by SUNY Canton faculty, staff and students. It is a fun way to celebrate Halloween.”

Trunk or Treat - three car trunks open with goodies.

The event is free, and families of children aged 2-10 are welcome (parking is available in Lot 6) rain or shine.

SUNY Canton’s College Council Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

The SUNY Canton College Council is seeking nominations for its annual Distinguished Citizen Award.

SUNY Canton

Since 1976, the council has given this prestigious award in recognition of distinguished service to SUNY Canton and/or to the community.

Members of the community are invited to submit nominations for the award. Nomination packets must include: a nomination letter from the nominator(s); name and position of the nominee; a description of the distinguished services, recognitions, facts, or characteristics that is pertinent or informative; a brief biography of the nominee; and at least three supporting letters from non-family members. Optionally, additional supporting documentation can also be included. 

Nominations, which are due on or before January 1, 2020, should be addressed to the Chairman of the College Council, Office of the President, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617 or electronically to youngm@canton.edu. 

The SUNY Canton College Council will act on the nominations at their spring award meeting. The recipient will be honored at the Faculty and Community Awards Dinner in May, and their name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

For more information, contact Michaela Young, executive assistant to the president, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at youngm@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton Commercial Truck Training Program Open House Sept, 19

Friday, September 6th, 2019

The Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center will be holding an Open house for its new commercial driver’s license training program from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in Halford Hall. 

The event is free and open to the public and is designed for community members who are interested in starting a lucrative driving career by earning a CDL-A license. 

CREST student driver commercial truck with Pepsi wrap on the trailer.

“There is a high need for drivers locally and nationwide,” said Arthur S. Garno, CREST Center Director. “We’ve developed a local certificate training program to help prepare individuals for this stable, well-paying career.” 

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the college’s training truck and learn about the many benefits of local or long-distance driving. 

Those interested in joining the CDL-A training program can also contact the SUNY Canton CREST Center by phone, 315-386-7197, or email crest@canton.edu.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

SUNY Canton Celebrates New North Country Law Enforcement Officers

Monday, July 1st, 2019

In early January, cadets joined the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy. After a semester of demanding and often intensive training, those students have now started their careers at area law enforcement agencies.

The Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton recently celebrated its 24thgraduation ceremony, recognizing a class of eight graduates.

2019 Academy graduates pose as a group in front of Miller Campus Center
Pictured is the 2019 graduating class of the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton.

“From this day forward, you will be addressed as law enforcement officers,” said Nathan Senick-Albanese, who was the class president. “Only a small portion of what you do will be enforcing the law. You will help people change flat tires by the side of the road. You will be heroes by performing those seemingly small acts benefiting the communities you serve.”

Senick-Albanese and his classmates thanked Academy Director Joseph Brown and the more than 70 law enforcement instructors who contributed to their experience. “The expert instruction provided by area agencies allowed us to grow into the professionals we are about to become,” he said.

Sheriff Wells, Senick-Albanese, and Undersheriff Brooks
Newest Deputy – Nathan Senick-Albanese became the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office newest deputy after graduating from the David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton. Pictured (l to r) are St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells, Senick-Albanese and Undersheriff Brooks J. Bigwarfe.

At the graduation ceremony, cadets were sworn in as officers of their sponsoring agency.

Officers who graduated in the 2019 class include:

  • Leah M. Alestra became an officer at Norfolk Police Department. Alestra received the Director’s 110% award. 
  • Dylan M. Johnston became a deputy for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Andrew D. Layng became an officer at the Ogdensburg Police Department.
  • Lindsey M. Landphere became an officer at the Canton Police Department. Landphere received the best overall David Sullivan Award and a fitness award. 
  • Mason M. Maitland became a deputy at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Maitland won the Defensive Tactics Award. 
  • Joshua J. Rose became an officer at the Canton Police Department. Rose received the top shot award and the emergency vehicle operations course award. 
  • Nathan B. Sheen became an officer at Gouverneur Police Department.
  • Nathan Senick-Albanese became a deputy for the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. Senick-Albanese received the overall academic award. 

SUNY Canton’s law enforcement training includes two phases. The first phase provides pre-employment training that encompasses the skills required to become a police officer. Cadets complete courses in emergency medical services, community policing and defensive tactics. Those cadets who have been hired as a police officer can then complete phase two. Topics covered include police arrest techniques, firearms and counterterrorism training.

It is one of the few academies in New York State to offer comprehensive training specifically designed for North Country agencies. Students in law enforcement related programs can opt to take phase one of the training to meet their academic requirements.

The college recently released a a David Sullivan Police Academy video highlighting some of the hands-on training cadets receive. For more information, please visit the Academy’s website.

SUNY Canton is also home to a summer corrections academy, which is currently in session.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 19 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Lowers Prices on Esports Camps

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Roster spots for SUNY Canton’s first ever eSports camps are beginning to fill up. Just two weeks after the initial announcement, the college has filled nearly half of its offerings in the summer day camps for middle and high school students.

“We made some adjustments to the pricing and schedule, and people are responding well to the opportunities,” said Charles W. Murray, esports coordinator. “All levels of gamers, from casual to varsity hopefuls, are welcome.”

Cost per week is now $250 per student, with a $25 rate reduction for groups of two or more. 

Overwatch players compete in the new eSports Arena.

Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays beginning July 8 in the college’s state-of-the-art esports arena. Gameplay in this facility is typically reserved for varsity collegiate matches and has been opened exclusively during the summer for the camp sessions.

“We’re hoping to reach as many younger gamers as we can through our summer outreach,” said Charles W. Murray, esports coordinator. “In addition to our 24 high-end competition Alienware computers, we have a slew of Xbox One X, PlayStation Pro, and Nintendo Switch consoles for everyone to try out. Students will be amazed with the equipment and the experience.”

Murray will be providing coaching in Blizzard’s “Overwatch” and Epic Games’ “Fortnite.” Other members of the college’s teams will also be on hand to facilitate quality game play. Other SUNY Canton teams include Riot’s “League of Legends,” EA Games’ “FIFA,” and Nintendo’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” among others. Campers will be able to play all of these titles, and even participate in competitive quests in Mojang’s “Minecraft.”

SUNY Canton esports camps are designed for gamers entering grade six and up. Lunch will be provided daily. Each session concludes with an awards ceremony. To sign up and for payment details, please visit www.canton.edu/esports/registration.html. For more information, email Murray at murrayc@canton.edu.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 19 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.