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SUNY Canton Celebrates Inaugural SBDC Day

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will join its peer centers across the state and nation to recognize the inaugural SBDC Day, celebrated today, (Wednesday, March 22).

SBDC Day is a national recognition movement to share the small business success stories and notable impact SBDCs have fostered in their respective communities.

“We are pleased to be able to work side by side with our region’s existing and aspiring entrepreneurs,” said SUNY Canton SBDC Director Dale A. Rice. “Their hard work and commitment keep the local, regional and national economy growing every day.”

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide business consulting and training to more than a million small businesses each year.

SBDC Bootcamp

SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. In 2016, America’s SBDCs provided 1.3 million hours of consulting to 192,205 client businesses, resulting in 100,233 jobs created; $6.9 billion in sales growth; $4.6 billion in capital investments; and helped launch 17,864 new businesses.

“We are thrilled to see SBDCs around the country working together to celebrate their clients and showcase the work they do for America’s small businesses,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, America’s SBDC President and chief executive officer. “SBDC clients see an average job growth of 15.5 percent versus the national job growth average of just 1.9 percent. There is no denying the impact SBDCs have on the success of the small businesses in their communities and their local economies.”

Small Business Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Pictured from left to right are Sarah Purdy, City Manager; Michael Brashaw, Chamber Past President; Jen Stevenson, City Councilmember; Wayne Izzo, Chamber Board Member; Michael Thayer, Chamber Board Member; Dale Rice, Director and Certified Business Advisor; Lenore VanderZee, Executive Director of University Relations at SUNY Canton; Melissa Lalonde, Chamber Board Member; John Wade, Owner of Sherman Inn and Chamber Board Member; Timothy Davis, City Councilmember; Laura Pearson, Executive Director of the Ogdensburg Chamber and James Reagen, Public Affairs Director for Senator Ritchie’s office. Missing from the photo: Carlos Lopez, Owner of Sherman Inn and John Pinkerton, Chamber Board Member.

Since 1984, the New York Small Business Development Center has provided small business assistance to New York small businesses. The NY SBDC has helped more than 430,000 New York entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow and expand their business and local economies by investing $5.9 billion, creating and preserving more than 190,000 jobs.

The SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, New York State, local communities and host campuses.

 

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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton to Host Care Coordination Certificate Program

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

SUNY Canton, in partnership with the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization and the North Country Initiative, is offering a Care Coordination Certificate Program beginning May 23.

The curriculum increases students’ knowledge of “care transition,” which refers to the movement patients make between healthcare practitioners and settings as their condition and needs change. The class is designed for both new students who are interested in the care management field, as well as existing coordination professionals from hospitals, behavioral health facilities or community-based organizations.

Classes will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday from May 23 to Aug. 15 at SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training Center (Halford Hall). Tuition cost is $365, and students who are employed by a North Country Intitiave partner are eligible for full tuition reimbursement upon successful completion of the course.

An additional program will be held on the Jefferson Community College campus from 5:30 p.m. to  8:30 p.m. May 1 to Aug. 7.

Space is limited, and applications must be received by March 31 in order to be considered for either location. Students must have at least a high school diploma in order to be eligible for selection.

To sign up, visit http://www.canton.edu/crest/health.html. For more information, contact Art Garno, CREST Center director, at (315) 386-7197 or via email at garnoa@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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Associated Colleges to Host College Fair at SUNY Canton March 8

Monday, March 6th, 2017

The Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley invites the community to attend a college fair at SUNY Canton from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Associated Colleges

Guests can speak with representatives from the following colleges and ROTC programs:

  • SUNY Canton
  • Clarkson University
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Air Force ROTC
  • Army ROTC
  • Johnson State College (Vermont)
  • Paul Smith’s College
  • SUNY Clinton Community College
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
  • SUNY Jefferson Community College
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • SUNY Mohawk Valley Community College
  • SUNY North Country Community College
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • St. Elizabeth College of Nursing

There will also be a student panel discussion from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and an admissions panel discussion from 11 to 11:30 a.m. where visitors can learn and ask questions about the admissions and enrollment process, as well as get a sense of what it’s like to be a college student.

Walk-ins are welcome, and guests can register in the lower-level lobby of the Miller Campus Center. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Tricia M. Storie, SUNY Canton senior admissions counselor, at (315) 386-7123.

 

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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Canino School of Engineering Technology Open House Draws Future Students

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

More than 200 guests attended SUNY Canton’s third Engineering Open House, held Tuesday evening in Nevaldine Hall.

Faculty and students from the Canino School of Engineering Technology prepared more than 20 hands-on demonstrations. Guests could drive robots, take thermal images, learn to solder and crack computer passwords, among other activities.

Teams of two work to build their vehicles for the engineering challenge. Each team was given an assortment of supplies and craft items to build a vehicle capable of racing down a zip line.

“Our students are very proud of what they do here,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “They love showing the world what they’ve learned and how they learned it.”

Contestants prepare to launch their hand-built zip line racers in the annual engineering challenge.

The annual engineering competition challenged students from area schools to build the fastest zip-line vehicle using an assortment of objects. Participants in two age groups quickly assembled their racers in about 20 minutes. The thirty duos then raced to the finish line for prizes, ranging from model rocket kits to $1,300 scholarships to SUNY Canton.

Otis J. Edwards, a SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology major from Peru, demonstrates soldering.

Coinciding with the open house, the college held a career fair which brought in representatives from about 25 different companies. Students from all levels of education came prepared with resumes looking for internships and employment.

(l to r) Kevin J. LaJuett, a 1988 alumnus, and Jeffrey P. Carpenter from the New York State Department of Transportation speak with Barandyk Nurdinova, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Canton at the college’s career fair.

The Engineering Open House event serves to introduce younger students to STEM fields and helps them discover their technical ability and creativity. The college receives support from Corning Incorporated Foundation to hold the event.

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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Business Students Advise Local Business Owner

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Students from the SUNY Canton School of Business and Liberal Arts recently entered in a competition to help boost business at Gamer Craze in downtown Canton.

“I always like to see our students applying their education for the greater good of the community,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “These experiences and extra achievements will be invaluable when they graduate and look to start their careers.”

Students holding medallions

Four teams consisting of one to four students submitted marketing ideas to Aaron M. Reardon, the owner of the area’s premiere game store, as part of an annual entrepreneurial challenge. Professor Charles R. Fenner, who teaches in the Management program, orchestrates the competition through the SUNY Canton College Foundation and issued the challenge to students in Nicholas C. Kocher’s marketing class.

“Gamer Craze is an exceptionally popular store frequented by many of our students,” said Fenner. “College students know how to best market to their peers. Each team submitted ideas to advertise and drive engagement with the shop.”

Three classmates who play for the women’s hockey team provided the winning suggestions. Noelle M. Niemiec of Staten Island, Grace L. Page of Hamburg and Amanda L. Ballestero of Gumee, Ill., said the small business owner should integrate video, launch an Instagram and Twitter campaign to reach a wider audience of customers.

Other suggestions included a marketing campaign redesign, integrating email marketing and live streaming content on Twitch, a large video platform designed for the gaming community.

Fenner noted that competitions such as this one serve as a practical application of marketing theory and meet SUNY’s goal of ensuring every student has access to an applied learning opportunity.

Other students in the class to participate in the entrepreneurial challenge, include:

  • Akinola T. Ajayi of the Bronx
  • Jeffery Bonbrake of Star Lake
  • Michael A. Collins of Potsdam
  • Connor Campbell of East Kilbride, Scotland
  • Liam Rice of Potsdam
  • Keanu J. Sterling of Laurelton
  • Elizabeth A. Stowe of Ogdensburg

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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton and AAUW to Host Professional Clothing Fair

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Students and community members who are in need of business attire are invited to SUNY Canton’s annual Professional Clothing Fair being held March 28 to 30 in the Dana Hall gymnasium.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), begins with a special student-only day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28.

clothing fair

Community members are welcome to browse men’s and women’s gently used clothing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 30.

“This event helps students and community members look their best and make a lasting positive impression, whether it be at a career fair, a job interview or in the workplace,” said SUNY Canton Associate Director of Human Resources Nancy A. Rowledge.

Student perusing professional clothing.

Those interested in donating gently used professional clothing items are asked to drop them off at Dana Hall anytime between March 25 and March 28. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Rowledge at (315) 386-7010.

 

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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton to Award Scholarships, Prizes at Engineering Open House

Monday, February 20th, 2017

SUNY Canton invites the community to explore the fun side of technology at the annual Engineers Week Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in Nevaldine Hall.

Children in grades K-12 and their families are invited to take a tour, meet with faculty and participate in 20 exciting hands-on demonstrations that offer a unique glimpse into the college’s engineering technology programs. Guests will be able to experiment with lasers, learn about 3-D software, test out a thermal camera and more.

This is the third year the college has hosted the event, which draws students from all over the North Country.

Engineers Week Robotics

“The public’s interest in this event has grown tremendously within the past two years,” said Michael Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Last year more than 200 students attended, and we anticipate being able to showcase our career-focused degrees to even more visitors this year.”

Newtown added that the Open House serves to introduce younger students to STEM fields and helps them discover their technical ability and creativity.

This year’s theme is “Launch Your Future,” and the evening’s highlight will be a student competition where teams of two will face off to build the fastest zip-line racer. Contestants of the winning team in the 9th to 12th grade group will each receive a $1,300 SUNY Canton scholarship. The second-place team will each win a $500 SUNY Canton scholarship, and the third-place team will be awarded $100 gift cards.

First-, second- and third-place prizes in the 3rd to 8th grade category include Lego Mindstorms kits, remote-control cars and model rocket kits.

In addition to the Open House, a career fair and alumni panel will be held for current SUNY Canton students who are looking to connect with employers and graduates. All events are being held to celebrate National Engineers Week, which is dedicated to increasing understanding of, and interest in, engineering and technology careers.

The event is sponsored by Corning Incorporated Foundation and is free and open to the public. To register or learn more about the competition, visit www.canton.edu/engineers or contact SUNY Canton’s Career Services Office at (315) 386-7119.

 

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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Partners with Yamaha Marine

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program has partnered with another internationally acclaimed company in the recreational vehicle industry.

The college recently entered a partnership with Yamaha Marine Group and is expanding its professional technical training to include the company’s outboard boat motors.

Students running diagnostics on Yamaha engine.

“We are now set up with a dealership account so we have access to all of Yamaha’s technical information, ” said Christopher Mayville, the lead instructor in the college’s Powersports program. “This will help our students greatly and allow them to become more familiar with the products they will be working with in their careers.”

In a letter acknowledging the new partnership, a Yamaha marine training manager said, “Yamaha Motor Corporation is pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to expand our relationship with you and to work together towards building the future of the Marine Industry.”

Christopher Mayville, the lead faculty member in SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program, shows students how to run diagnostics on a 250-horsepower Yamaha outboard boat motor. Pictured are (l to r) Connor J. Grinnell of Camden, Mayville and Omadweyaashk K. Silver of Hogansburg.

The SUNY Canton Powersports program has a long-standing partnership with Polaris Industries Inc. and runs a certified professional training center in the college’s laboratories. The partnership allows students to have access to the latest snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and personal watercraft.

The program and its related partnerships recently caught the eye of a writer at PowerSports Business, an industry specific publication. David Wells wrote, “The State University of New York at Canton is meeting the increasing demand for skilled powersports service technicians with a specialized program that is firmly grounded in real-world experience.”

The one-year certificate program attracts approximately 15 students annually and provides a rigorous education comprised of theory and hands-on experience. Virtually all of the graduates step directly into the powersports industry or into a related technical field. Some students have used the program to launch their SUNY Canton education, moving from Powersports to Automotive Technology and then on to a four-year business or engineering technology program.

 

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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Free Income Tax Assistance Available at SUNY Canton

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

SUNY CantonStudents and faculty from SUNY Canton’s Accounting and Business programs will be helping individuals and families file their tax returns through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The college’s Financial Literacy Center and the School of Business and Liberal Arts sponsor the program as a service to those who cannot afford to visit an accountant or are unable to prepare their taxes on their own. The free tax assistance will be available by appointment between Feb. 1 and April 14 in SUNY Canton’s Accounting, Business and Finance Center in Cook Hall Room 100.

The VITA program allows trained student volunteers, under the supervision of tax certified faculty members, to apply their tax preparation skills and to help teach individuals how to correctly prepare their own taxes. Students can help those who have trouble filing their taxes, have not filed taxes before, or simply have tax-related questions. The free service is offered to both SUNY Canton students and income-qualified community members.

For more information please visit the SUNY Canton VITA webpage. To schedule an appointment, contact the School of Business and Liberal Arts by phone at (315) 386-7328.

SUNY Canton has participated in the VITA program for more than 10 years.

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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Police Academy Sees Largest Class of North Country Officers

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton is in full swing with the largest class in its 22-year history.

Area police agencies have sponsored 28 cadets to become police officers when they complete their training in June. An additional three students from the SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Leadership program are completing their education through the academy.

Pictured is Potsdam Police Officer Kyle E. Fink teaching a penal law class to 31 cadets enrolled in the SUNY Canton David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

“We are the only academy for sworn law enforcement officers in St. Lawrence County,” noted Joseph W. Brown, director of operations for the Law Enforcement Academy. “We have cadets representing almost every law enforcement agency in the county and a half dozen future officers from Lewis and Hamilton counties. We also have two participants from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police.”

Certified professional police officers present the majority of courses at the Academy. In many cases those officers are also graduates of SUNY Canton. Brown is a 1988 graduate of the college and is a retired Massena Police Department investigator.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells, who is a 1980 SUNY Canton alumnus, said his office is currently sponsoring three cadets who will become deputies when they complete the rigorous training.

Law Enforcement Academy Cadets Justin G. O’Connor and Corey M. Ryan check out one SUNY Canton’s University Police vehicles. After completing the academy, O’Connor will join the SUNY Potsdam University Police Department and Ryan will join the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.

“The Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton is a valuable resource to the north country agencies,” Wells said. “This is demonstrated by the mixture of departments represented by this group of cadets. We are proud of our continued ability to turn out highly trained personnel and by the quality and professionalism of the instructors.”

SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Academy Training is offered in two phases. Phase one offers pre-employment training and encompasses the majority of skills necessary to become a police officer.  Cadets then are eligible to complete phase two upon becoming a sworn police officer. Phase two includes, firearms, and counter terrorism training, advanced police arrest techniques, among other topics. The academy also includes a special emphasis on community police practices including fair and impartial policing.

Students in law enforcement related programs can opt to take phase one of the training to meet their applied learning requirements. As SUNY Canton students participate in phase one, they are often recruited to fill vacancies at area police agencies, which then qualifies them to participate in phase two of the training.

“We are currently one of a few select academies in New York State that offer this comprehensive training,” said SUNY Canton Chief of University Police Alan P. Mulkin. “Phase two of our Academy is available for students who complete their introductory coursework once they have been selected for employment.”

 

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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.