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SUNY Canton Legal Studies Program Named Among Nation’s Best

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Best Online Colleges Paralegal 2016SUNY Canton’s online Legal Studies bachelor’s degree program was ranked third in the country for 2016 by Affordable Colleges Online.

The program is the only four-year undergraduate degree of its kind in the SUNY system and is one of the college’s signature online programs. Faculty members include current and former attorneys, which allows students to learn from professionals working in the public and private sectors.

The program prepares students for careers as paralegals, legal assistants, occupational health and safety specialists, and contract administrators. It also serves as a pre-law program for students looking to enter law school.

“Students learn a variety of skills while earning their degree,” said Assistant Professor and Legal Studies Curriculum Coordinator Alexander Lesyk. “We begin teaching them fundamental concepts of law and the structure of the legal system. Then we advance to more specialized topics, such as legal research, environmental law and Native American law.”

Online Paralegal Degree Center - Most Affordable Programs 2015Lesyk added that a unique aspect of the program is the option for students to complete a semester-long internship. “The real-world exposure helps students jump-start their careers by making job connections while still in school,” he said.

According to the United States Department of Labor, the job outlook for paralegals and legal assistants is expected to increase 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. The average median pay for those in the legal assistant field in 2014 was $48,350.

The Legal Studies degree was also recently recognized as one of the most affordable programs in the country by the Online Paralegal Degree Center. It was one of only two New York schools to make the list.

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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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Adds Golden Key Honour Society for Bachelor’s Students

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Golden Key SealTop students in SUNY Canton’s bachelor’s degree programs will now be recognized as members of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

The top 15 percent of third and fourth-year students in each of the College’s bachelor’s degree programs have been invited to participate in the College’s inaugural induction ceremony at 5 p.m., April 5th in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

“Our four-year student population is swelling,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “With the increase of students came the need for an honor society to recognize their dedication and commitment to education. We found the Golden Key Honour Society fit our needs and will enable us to grow and foster a continuing commitment to exemplary academics.”

The Golden Key International Honour Society offers its members over $600,000 annually through scholarship and award programs. The society also promotes College and community service opportunities to help students grow personally and gain leadership experience.

“When we began the transition to a four-year College nearly a decade ago we began seeing more students who wanted to participate in scholarly societies,” said Janice C Robinson, an Associate Professor of accounting and business and the primary faculty advisor for the local chapter of the society. “The Golden Key Honour Society places a great emphasis on leadership, mirroring SUNY Canton’s own educational values and ideals.”

She said she hoped many students who have earned acceptance into the College’s two-year honor society would join the College’s Golden Key chapter as they continue their education in four-year programs.

Golden Key International Honour Society was founded in 1977. There are approximately 375 chapters worldwide. In New York, there are Golden Key Chapters at Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, the University at Buffalo, United States Military Academy at West Point, Columbia University, among many other State University of New York and private colleges.

The College also has local chapters of: Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for two year students; Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society for students in academic development programs; Alpha Phi Sigma National Honor Society for criminal justice and criminal investigation students; Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society for business, management and administration professionals; and Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society for students in engineering technologies.

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SUNY Canton Adds Health and Fitness Promotion Bachelor’s Degree

Monday, February 21st, 2011
SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) majors Katie Campbell of Avon, Ct., and Gary Travers of North Bangor monitor Chelsey MacDonald of Massena’s performance on the treadmill.

SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) majors Katie Campbell of Avon, Ct., and Gary Travers of North Bangor monitor Chelsey MacDonald of Massena’s performance on the treadmill. The PTA program will serve as the first two years in the College’s new health and fitness promotion four-year degree.

SUNY Canton’s newest program will lead to careers in the growing fitness industry and offers students a gateway to health-related advanced degree programs, including a doctor of physical therapy.

The College has received approval from the State University of New York and the New York State Department of Education to offer the four-year health and fitness promotion degree.

“The health industry continues to grow and we expect this program to grow quickly as well,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I can see it expanding as rapidly as our new sports management major, which already has more than 125 applicants for next year.”

The newest offering is a two plus two program that builds on the College’s existing two-year programs according to Deborah Molnar, a doctor of physical therapy and director of the College’s physical therapist assistant (PTA) program.

“One of the first questions incoming students ask about the two-year PTA program is ‘How do I become a physical therapist with this degree?’” Molnar said. “The health and fitness promotion program can close the gap between our associate degree and a doctorate of physical therapy.”

The program consists of student-selected tracks. During the first two years in an associate’s program, students can opt to take PTA specific courses, or other relevant associate degree courses with an emphasis in science and health. During the final two years, students can choose either a science or a business track depending on their personal interests. Students who wish to start a career immediately after college would typically select the business track, while those seeking to continue their education towards a doctor of physical therapy or other health-related degrees can choose the science track.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for fitness workers are expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations. There is rapid job growth in health clubs and other fitness facilities. Employment in the field is expected to grow 27 percent through 2016. Graduates of the program may pursue employment in settings that promote health and wellness including fitness centers, corporate fitness facilities, as personal trainers, with athletic teams, and community and health organizations.

“The benefits of good health and exercise have become increasingly prevalent and integrated into our society,” said Diane Para, Ph.D., an assistant professor and the director of the college’s sports management program. “Fitness is no longer reserved for elite athletes. It is equally important for all members of society as a means of disease prevention and longevity.”

The program will be a complement to the sports management program, according to Para, and will utilize shared faculty members and training resources. Students in the program will utilize the resources in the new “Roos House” Athletic Center scheduled to open later this spring, including the facility’s brand new state-of-the-art fitness center.

Similar to most of SUNY Canton’s four-year programs, courses in the health and fitness promotion program will be offered in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. For more information, or to seek admission into the program for the Fall 2011 semester, contact the SUNY Canton Admissions Office at 315-386-7123 or email

For additional information, view the curriculum Health & Fitness Promotion webpage.

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SUNY Canton Tops 5,000 Students in 2009

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

SUNY CantonMore than 5,000 students took courses at SUNY Canton in 2009 and applications for next year are up nearly 30 percent.

A record 5,173 students enrolled in courses throughout the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winterterm semesters, setting enrollment records for each semester along the way. The aggregate total was compiled by counting unduplicated college enrollments for the entire year.

The College’s Summerterm grew nearly 40 percent in 2009 and enrolled almost 1,000 students. Winterterm grew 60 percent with 800 students.  The College’s all-time record enrollment was toppled this past Fall Semester with more than 3,300 students.

“There were years when I first started here that we struggled to enroll 2,000 students,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, who joined the College almost 17 years ago. “Surpassing 5,000 students last year means a great deal to me personally. It’s a considerable accomplishment that demonstrates the year-round extraordinary work of our faculty and staff to reshape our College and its mission. We have definitively grown into a 12-month a year institution.”

Kennedy cites the growing number of bachelor’s degree programs, online courses, international students, and the expanding year-round programs as some of the most prevalent reasons for the recent growth.

Applications for the Fall 2010 Semester are also up dramatically. Overall applications are up 28 percent from last year and up more than 100 percent from four years ago. The College has already received more than 3,200 applications, which is more than double the amount received in February of 2005 and 2006.

“Traditional and non-traditional students are recognizing that we are a College that does more than just educate,” said Kennedy. “We are a college that prepares students for careers.”

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SUNY Canton Offers New Dental Hygiene Bachelor's Degree

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Dental hygienists looking to advance their careers can now turn to SUNY Canton’s newest bachelor’s degree.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced the approval and immediate start of a Bachelor of Technology in the Dental Hygiene program. The new four-year Dental Hygiene degree builds upon the college’s highly successful two-year program. Program specific courses are slated to begin on January 21, 2008, coinciding with college’s spring semester.

“The new Dental Hygiene bachelor’s degree will enable students and professionals to further progress their careers in a multitude of ways,” said Kennedy. “It will open doors to opportunities in areas such as administration, education, pharmaceutical sales, marketing, management, research, public health, and many others.”

Future SUNY Canton students, recent graduates, and transfer students can apply for admission into the four-year degree immediately. The final two years of the bachelor’s program are offered exclusively online.

“After two years of intensive clinical study, dental hygienists are qualified to enter the work force and begin their careers,” said Kennedy. “This program allows them to continue as a working professional and also earn a bachelor’s degree. We’re confident this major will attract students from all over New York State.”

Dental hygiene is a rewarding and flexible career. It is a progressive profession that allows those who are balancing a family and a career the luxury of choosing either part-time or full-time employment. The average annual salary for a full-time hygienist nationwide is $56,700; with an average annual salary of $48,000 to $52,000 in the Syracuse and Utica areas. The addition of a bachelor’s degree will assist in creating even more opportunities.

“Our current two-year program has been an extraordinary success and this new offering will undoubtedly be viewed as among the best in the industry,” said Program Director Susan Willette. “It will provide hygienists with significant career flexibility and leadership growth opportunities.”

Some of the courses offered in the program include: Contemporary Dental Hygiene Issues, Grant Writing Strategies, Contemporary Periodontics, Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care, Dental Hygiene Research, Practice Management/Conflict Resolution, as well as the Dental Hygiene Internship and Senior Seminar.

Dental Hygiene is the College’s fourteenth bachelor’s degree program. Other bachelor’s degree programs pending state approval include Graphic and Multimedia Design, Applied Psychology, Forensic Science Technology, Management Information Systems, and four-year Nursing.

For more information regarding SUNY Canton’s new Dental Hygiene bachelor’s degree, contact the admissions office at 386-7123, (800) 388-7123,, or stop by the Admissions Offices.


SUNY Canton Unveils Industrial Technology Management Bachelor's Degree

Friday, January 26th, 2007
Industrial Technology Management

Students work in the Engineering Science laboratories, one of the state-of-art learning environments at SUNY Canton. Future Industrial Technology Management students have the option of specializing in Engineering Science, or on of the other in-demand career-driven programs.

SUNY Canton’s newest bachelor’s degree will offer an additional four-year opportunity for students beginning or continuing their education in the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Industrial Technology Management builds upon the college’s existing engineering technology programs. The program was created since many successful engineers transition to supervisory and management roles. It leverages the discipline of technology to prepare graduates for leadership in industry.

“For over 45 years, graduates from our Engineering Technology programs and our other career-driven majors have enjoyed very high placement rates and excellent salaries,” said SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy D. Brown. “As the demand for qualified educated graduates expands, many companies are requiring a bachelor’s-level degree to move into management level positions. Industrial Technology Management provides a springboard for management and leadership careers.”

Future SUNY Canton students, recent graduates, and transfer students can apply for admission into the four-year degree immediately. Program-specific courses are slated to begin Fall 2007.

Following in the footsteps of SUNY Canton’s other four-year programs, Industrial Technology Management was designed to prepare students for upper-level careers. “By integrating the knowledge gained from the technical and managerial courses in this program, graduates will experience significant career flexibility and leadership growth opportunities” said Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David J. Wells.

Industrial Technology Management is the College’s thirteenth bachelor’s degree and is the fourth four-year degree in the Canino School. “There has been strong demand for this kind of education and it will be as successful as our highly-acclaimed Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology Program,” Wells said.