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SUNY Canton SBDC Receives Alcoa Foundation Grant

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

America's SBDC - New YorkSUNY Canton’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has received a $45,000 grant to help existing small businesses expand their marketing reach through ecommerce.

Through a series of targeted workshops and one-on-one counseling to help business owners improve their websites and utilize social media tools, the goal of the program is to help existing small- and medium-size businesses thrive and grow.

“Many small business owners do not have the time or resources to conduct sales electronically, nor do they have the know-how to succeed in ecommerce,” said SBDC Director Dale A. Rice. “This program will deliver them both training and individual consulting with experts in ecommerce and social media marketing.”

The effort aligns with one of the key initiatives outlined in the St. Lawrence County Economic Development Study, Expand Small Business, which calls for a comprehensive support program for entrepreneurs and business owners who want to grow their companies.

“This grant is a small step forward in the implementation of key initiatives contained in the St. Lawrence County Economic Development Study,” said Laurie Marr, Alcoa communications and public affairs manager and a member of the study’s advisory board. “We worked with the SBDC to identify an opportunity that will provide real value to business owners, while at the same time helping to advance some of the concepts contained in the study.”

Existing business owners will be invited by the SBDC to group sessions, which will be held throughout the county and at Akwesasne. The sessions will be focused on ecommerce and social media marketing and through these sessions business owners will be identified for participation in the one-on-one counseling portion of the program.

 

About the Small Business Development Center

The SUNY Canton SBDC, located in French Hall Room 201, 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 prepare 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 no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

 

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 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Living Writers Series

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

SUNY Canton Lecture SeriesThe National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced it will award SUNY Canton $10,000 to support the college’s popular Living Writers Series.

The series, which began in 2012, has hosted 15 prominent literary guest speakers from across the country. All events are free and open to the public. According to SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche, the award funding will be used specifically to bring globally recognized authors to campus in conjunction with African American and Native American History months.

“I’d like to thank the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting the Living Writers Series,” said LaMarche, who created and directs the series. “This award will help foster discussions of diversity on campus at a time when they are greatly needed across our country.”

Throughout the past several years, the series has grown in popularity and guests have included renowned writers such as bestselling authors Mary Karr, William Rhoden and George Saunders. This year leading environmental activist and climate change pioneer Bill McKibben drew a crowd of more than 700 attendees from throughout the North Country region.

McKibben, Saunders, Karr

“The Living Writers Series has proven to be a valuable asset to SUNY Canton and the community,” LaMarche said. “We have brought a diverse list of creative artists and intellectual minds to our campus to engage with our students and the greater community.”

The award is part of the NEA’s “Challenge America” program, which aims to support projects that benefit populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

Phil A. LaMarche poses for a photo with Award-winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author William Rhoden.

Phil K. LaMarche poses for a photo with Award-winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author William Rhoden.

“The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

 

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 Awarded $170,000 for CSTEP

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

SUNY Canton has received a grant that will support students who are interested in pursuing careers in science, math, technology and health-related fields.

The $170,000 grant from the New York State Education Department was awarded to the college to continue the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) on campus, which began in 2012.

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“This grant will ensure the valuable programs we have been able to offer during the past four years, such as academic advisement, research and internship opportunities, tutoring, and career workshops, will remain in place for the next five years,” said Stacia R. Dutton, SUNY Canton’s CSTEP director. “We’ll also be able to offer assistance with graduate school exam preparation costs and admission application fees.”

CSTEP is a scholars program designed to prepare minority and economically disadvantaged students for careers in scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical, health-related and licensed professions. The program emphasizes academic preparation and achievement, as well as career awareness. Eligible students must be in good academic standing, enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at the college and a New York State resident.

The program is free for students since costs are covered by the Education Department and SUNY Canton. Once students are accepted, they must maintain a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above, meet with a CSTEP administrative member monthly, and attend and participate in at least one CSTEP or related event per semester.

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Dutton noted that community service is also an important component of the program. “Many of our students provide tutoring to local middle and high school students and provide campus tours to those who may be interested in attending SUNY Canton,” she said. “They also visit local schools and give presentations on topics related to their academic field and encourage younger students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, math and healthcare.”

Dutton added that 75 students took part in the program during the last four years. The new grant will provide funding for 85 students.

For more information, contact Dutton at (315) 379-3804 or cstep@canton.edu. Letters of interest can be sent to Stacia R. Dutton, CSTEP Director, 34 Cornell Dr., Nevaldine North 105, Canton, N.Y. 13617.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Receives $20,000 Instruction Technology Grant

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Engineering course among 27 proposals chosen as part of innovation project 

craigA SUNY Canton project that will attract engineering technology students has been selected to receive $20,000 as part of the State University of New York’s 2015 Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG) Program.

The funding will be used to develop a general elective engineering technology course that will be open to current SUNY Canton students and local high school students. The curriculum will include an introduction to several areas of engineering technology, such as electrical, mechanical, civil and environmental.

Students will utilize a 3-D projector system and a gesture-controlled armband, called the Myo, which will also be purchased with the grant funding. The projector system allows students to view items in a three-dimensional space, and the Myo analyzes muscle movement by the users’ arm to control technology such as computers, smartphones and robots.

“This project is designed to excite students about science, technology, engineering and math,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Mechanical Technology Lucas Craig, Ph.D., who submitted the proposal and will help oversee its implementation. “They will have the opportunity to utilize innovative technology to solve problems and present concepts.”

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Lucas Craig works with a student during a Mechanical Engineering Technology lab. Craig recently received a $20,000 Innovative Instruction Technology Grant.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Lucas Craig works with a student during a Mechanical Engineering Technology lab. Craig recently received a $20,000 Innovative Instruction Technology Grant.

This is the first time SUNY Canton has received a grant through the IITG program, which was established in 2012.

“IITG is an opportunity for faculty to take their most innovative teaching and learning techniques to the next level, not only fostering their ideas on their home campus but teaming with colleagues across SUNY to implement them elsewhere within our system,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “We look forward to bringing these outstanding programs to even more of our students, faculty and staff as a result of this year’s grants.”

In total, more than $600,000 was awarded for 27 projects throughout the state. The entire list of funded projects is available online.

 

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 460,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 college and university campuses, and online through Open SUNY. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

New Grant Funding at SUNY Canton Increases Learning Opportunities for High School and College students

Monday, September 16th, 2013
Perkins Grant

Pictured is Toni-Ann Manzi, a SUNY Canton Powersports Performance and Repair student from Staten Island, working with one of the College’s rapid-prototype printer kits.

Students in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program are building rapid prototype machines for area high schools. The kits to build the sophisticated three-dimensional printers were purchased through the most recent Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant.

“We were awarded approximately $178,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year to be used on six projects,” said SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger. “Part of this project will be to reach out to area high schools to spark interest, especially among female students, in the engineering fields by providing them access to three-dimensional printers.”

Students at the College will assemble and calibrate some of the machines, which students can use to print complicated projects in plastic. Then they will be distributed to area high schools. “Canton Central [Hugh C. Williams] High School will be receiving our first machine,” said Assistant Professor Daniel J. Miller, the Mechanical Engineering Technology program director.

Other grant funded purchases at the College include: new equipment in the Electrical, Mechanical and General Engineering Technology programs; new welding equipment for the Automotive Technology Program; new computer servers for the Information Technology computer laboratory; and new equipment for the Dental Hygiene program.

Additionally, the College used a portion of the funding to create an Engineering Tutoring lab in Nevaldine Technology Center. Students can go to this specific lab to receive individual attention outside of class.

 

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.

$245,000 Perkins Grant Provides More Resources for SUNY Canton Students

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

The most recent Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant will assist with SUNY Canton’s textbook loan program and fund a host of other initiatives to benefit students.

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Areiba T. Edwards of Brooklyn pulls one of the reserve textbooks for a student at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons.

“Perkins Grant funding allows students who cannot pay for high-cost books to borrow them instead,” said Jennifer Whittaker, SUNY Canton assistant librarian. “If they have access to textbooks, they can prepare for class, which leads to higher retention rates and increased academic success.”

The textbook loan program has been ongoing for almost a decade. Students also have access to learning models specific to their curricula, and other resources at the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

Early Childhood Learning Lab

SUNY Canton students Leanne M. Greene of Fine and Alexandra M. Levine of Canton check out new supplies from the early childhood student teaching center.

The total grant awarded was approximately $245,000. The money is also being used to purchase equipment in many SUNY Canton laboratories and classrooms, including:

  • New equipment and models for the veterinary science program;
  • Additional manikins for the nursing program;
  • New tools for the Snap-on diagnostic center in the automotive technology program;
  • Refrigerant equipment for the air conditioning engineering technology program;
  • Database and web applications for the computer information systems program;
  • Additional equipment for the electronics and communications lab;
  • Early childhood student teaching center resources, among others.

Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger helped the College apply for the Perkins grant. Fassinger won the 2012 Excellence in College Service Award for helping her peers file for competitive funding.

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Robert M. Gleason of Vestal and Andrew S. Conlan of Canton work together with new grant funded diagnostic equipment in SUNY Canton’s electrical engineering technology labs.

The grant is awarded from the U.S. Government to states, which is then allocated to various schools and colleges within New York based on the programs offered and the number of students in career and technical curricula.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

SUNY Canton Partners with Local High Schools

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Area high school students will have the opportunity to earn college credits through a new partnership with SUNY Canton.

The College recently received a $200,000 grant from the New York State Education Department enabling them to work with Ogdensburg Free Academy, Massena High School and St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) program.

Smart Scholars“Students who earn college credits in high school are more likely to graduate and successfully attend college,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This program allows us to provide quality, career-oriented educational opportunities to local high school students while preparing them for future success at the college level. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

The Smart Scholars ECHS program is a newly implemented program designed to give students the opportunity to accelerate the completion of high school studies while earning college credits at the same time, according to a recent press release from the New York State Education Department.

Students receive additional academic support from school and college partnerships to ensure they are at grade level and ready to participate in rigorous collegiate courses. This ‘dual enrollment’ program serves to increase high school graduation and college completion rates among those historically left in the gap, while reducing college tuition costs as a result of the more than 20 college credits earned in high school.

“I am thrilled with this award and the opportunities it will provide high school students in the North Country,” said JoAnne M. Fassinger, grants coordinator at SUNY Canton. “In the program’s first year, 90 total rising freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be eligible to participate. We want the younger students to see the success achieved by the older students obtaining dual enrollment credit.”

The entering ninth graders will attend the program at Massena Central and Ogdensburg Free Academy High Schools beginning during the 2011-2012 academic year. Teachers from participating high schools will teach the college-level credit bearing courses. Students will learn in a variety of formats in addition to the traditional face-to-face classroom experience, including online, video-conferencing, and distance learning. Students will be invited to participate in a variety of activities at SUNY Canton.

“When they graduate high school and arrive for the first day of college, we do not want the experience to be a foreign one to them,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, assistant professor in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology and the College’s program coordinator. “This allows us to better acclimate these students by providing them with a seamless transition between high school and college.”

Students in the program will have access to many of the opportunities as a college student, including e their own SUNY Canton identification cards, access to tutoring, the library, and events being held on the campus.

SUNY Canton received one of the 16 grants announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Education Commissioner David M. Steiner in May. Previously, eleven Smart Scholars ECHS partnerships were initiated in December 2009 with private funding, in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to this year’s $5.5 million in program grants, $500,000 was funded to provide technical assistance for all 27 ECHS projects.

Since the initial $6 million grant in 2009, the Smart Scholars ECHS program has supported 2,570 minority or low-income students. More than 2,600 students are expected to benefit from the additional funding provided this year.

 

Grass Grant Ignites SUNY Canton Study

Friday, November 14th, 2008

CANTON – A team of SUNY Canton professors are weeding out a solution to the energy crisis with help from a $159,000 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant.

Native northern New York grasses and weeds may be pelletized to create clean-burning heating sources, according to Michael J. Newtown, director of the college’s alternative and renewable energy systems program.

“Native plants, including switchgrass and reed canary grass will all be made into pelletized fuel for testing,” Newtown said. “Vacant farmlands can be used to grow these native grasses, potentially making an extra boon for our area farmers, while creating a whole new heating source in the North Country.”

Newtown is working on this research initiative with Professor Emeritus Arthur Hurlbut and Matthew D. Bullwinkel, Associate Professor of alternative and renewable energy systems.

The project is comprised of several phases. Initially, the SUNY Canton professors will be researching the various grasses as a fuel source in pellet stoves and boilers. “We will be studying combustion efficiency and the emissions when using these crops in highly-efficient European wood boiler units,” Bullwinkel said. 

Future phases of this project will include a live testing initiative. “We plan on installing these highly efficient heating systems to further test the viability of the pelletized grass fuel source and gain real-world usage data,” Newtown said. 

The initiative is funded through NYSERDA in conjunction with Cornell University and the Cornell Cooperative extension. 

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Police Academy Receives $15,000 Grant

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Academy ShieldThe SUNY Canton David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy received a $15,000 Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) grant to bolster police officers’ defensive training.

“The funds will be used to purchase equipment and provide instructors with live tactics simulation,” said Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. “By adding high-tech components to an officer’s arsenal of training, we hope to further enhance their decision-making skills, reaction and response times.”

According the DCJS, this grant will facilitate training that covers all aspects of a real force-on-force situation, from the psychological to the physical; simulated weapons that act and feel like the firearms officers use every day will be used during the training. Also, instructors will learn how to develop training scenarios that are based on situations that officers are likely to encounter on the job, in their communities.

Nationwide, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 186 officers died in the line of duty in 2007, compared to 144 in 2006. Of those, 69 were shot to death, a 33 percent increase over 2006. And in New York State, 12 law enforcement officers were killed, five more than in 2006. “The grant was awarded to help decrease the number of officers shot in the line of duty,” Livernois pointed out.

As part of the grant, firearms and defensive tactics instructors at the Academy will attend a week-long training in April at the New York State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany in preparation to teach cadets and active officers locally.

Every year academy cadets receive extensive force-on-force training and many local law enforcement agencies utilize the college’s equipment and facilities for in-service training.

Typically, the Academy trains as many as 25 North Country police officers a year. “A very large percentage of our area law enforcement professionals have received training, and in many cases their education, through SUNY Canton,” Livernois said.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.