Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that SUNY Canton will receive approximately $100,000 to construct a state-of-the-art teaching and research lab that will benefit the College’s environmental technology students and the North Country.
The facility, which will be located in the Nevaldine Technology Center, will be outfitted with the same leading-edge equipment that is used by professionals working in environmental engineering technology and geotechnical fields. Construction is scheduled to begin later this month and is anticipated to be complete this fall.
“The new lab will give students the opportunity to test water samples, design water and wastewater treatment system components and learn how to improve water quality,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Technology program.
In addition to providing training necessary to allow students to be more competitive in today’s job market, Rygel said the lab can also be used to conduct continuing education courses for regional water and wastewater treatment professionals and programs for secondary education students interested in the environmental field.
The funding is part of a broad effort to help meet the state’s demand for skilled workers in engineering, healthcare, renewable and clean energy, biotechnology, agriculture and information technology. Thirty-six SUNY campuses received funding to support workforce development in high-needs fields.
“The High Needs Program and others like it are helping fulfill SUNY’s original purpose: to be world class institutions that foster cutting edge innovation and train the next generation of high tech workers,” said Gov. Cuomo.
About SUNY Canton:
SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.