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SUNY Canton Receives Multiple Honors for Military Friendliness

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

SUNY Canton is continuing its reputation as a top school for military members and veterans by earning endorsements from three armed forces trade publications.

G.I. Jobs, Military Times, and Military Advanced Education & Transition magazines have all selected SUNY Canton to be included in their respective 2017 “best of” guides. The publications based their rankings on criteria such as academic and staff support, affordability, student retention, and overall military-friendly culture.

Veterans Club

“Meeting the educational needs of the men and women who have served our country, as well as their family members, is a priority and point of pride at SUNY Canton,” said President Zvi Szafran. “Fortunately, due to our close proximity to Fort Drum, we have had the opportunity to collaborate on a number of initiatives in 2016 that are designed to either support soldiers who are transitioning to college life or help train those who want to enter the civilian work force immediately.”

SUNY Canton began offering a five-week course at Fort Drum in January to provide service members with the skills needed to work in the solar energy industry. The program, called “Solar Ready Vets,” is a collaboration among solar installation companies, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Fort Drum, the U.S. Department of Energy, and SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development.

To date, 108 Army personnel have graduated from the program and many are working in the field as installers, sales representatives and project managers for regional and national companies.

In addition, SUNY Canton and Jefferson Community College received $500,000 from the State University of New York to implement a joint initiative called “Transitioning Veterans from Boots to Books and Beyond.” The program will provide support services exclusively for former military members, primarily from Fort Drum, who are transitioning to a college environment.Best for Vets, Military Friendly, MAE Top University

In 2016 SUNY Canton also partnered with the New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. and St. Lawrence NYSARC to establish a “Battle Buddy” Center on campus. The center encourages camaraderie among veteran students and offers a space that allows them to seek out the support they need.

This is the sixth year in a row the college has been named to the G.I. Jobs list, and the publication chose SUNY Canton as a recipient of its Gold-level award, a new category this year. Military Times recognized the college twice, while Military Advanced Education & Transition has designated SUNY Canton as a top school for the fourth time.

 

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 Helps Launch New York’s First ‘Solar Ready Vets’ Program at Fort Drum

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

solar-readyThe college is continuing its tradition of being the best choice for military and veteran students.

SUNY Canton will be offering career-focused technical training to help personnel stationed at Fort Drum transition from active duty to civilian professions.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York is joining in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets Training program. The Fort Drum program was created through collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and is the first of its kind in the state.

solar-panel

“Soldiers and veterans have the experience and know-how to get the job done,” Governor Cuomo said. “The dramatic growth of solar in New York is creating a demand for highly skilled workers. Offering these heroes valuable training and the technical skills needed to work in this rapidly growing industry, not only helps veterans succeed post service, but helps all of us create a more sustainable future.”

SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development will teach five-week classes focusing on solar photovoltaic systems and installation through hands-on labs. In addition, the program will facilitate job placement with New York solar companies. The first session will be held from Jan. 11 to Feb. 17 at Fort Drum.

Students installing a solar panel.

“The Solar Ready Vets program is a perfect extension of what SUNY Canton does best,” SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said. “We are continuing our commitment to veterans and their families in addition to focusing on environmental sustainability and renewable energy technologies. This program also demonstrates our commitment to providing career ready training in our academic programs and through our CREST Center for Workforce Development.”

Szafran thanked Governor Cuomo, the U.S. Department of Energy, NYSERDA, CREST Center staff, Fort Drum and all parties involved for implementing this important program.

Both the Governor’s Office and NYSERDA have issued a full release on the Solar Ready Vets program at Fort Drum. It includes statements from Congresswoman Elise M. Stefanik, Senator Patricia A. Ritchie, Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, Fort Drum Garrison Commander Colonel Bryan J. Laske and others.

 

SUNY Canton Named a Best College for Military and Veteran Students

Military Advanced EducationCoinciding with the governor’s announcement, SUNY Canton has again been chosen as a top school in Military Advanced Education & Transition magazine’s 2016 Guide to Colleges and Universities.

The list serves as a resource to help active service members and those who have already moved from the military to their civilian careers find schools that are the most equipped to accommodate their unique educational needs.

In its assessment, the magazine praised the college for its military-friendly culture, flexibility of programs and courses and support services, most notably the utilization of a military and veteran student service coordinator, who helps students navigate the programs and services that can assist them in reaching their educational goals.

This is the fourth year in a row the college has been included in the publication. The guide is published in the magazine’s December issue, and can also be found online at www.kmimediagroup.com/mae/magazines.

 

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 Earns National Recognition for Military Friendliness

Friday, November 20th, 2015

SUNY Canton has recently garnered two prestigious awards recognizing the college’s support of veteran students and their families.

Military Times has named SUNY Canton as one of the best technical colleges in the nation for veterans, and G.I. Jobs magazine has also selected the college for their 2016 list of military-friendly schools.

Veterans Association

“It is an honor to be identified as a military-friendly institution and among the top technical colleges in the nation with this distinction,” said Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator Patrick S. Massaro. “At SUNY Canton we recognize and honor the sacrifices of current and former service members, veterans and their families.”

Massaro advises military students and their families on navigating the programs that can assist them in reaching their educational goals. This year approximately 111 veterans, National Guard Members, reservists and veteran dependents enrolled at SUNY Canton.

Emily A. Deon, an Individual Studies major from Potsdam and current Army reservist, said SUNY Canton’s military-friendly community was a factor when choosing a college.

“My professors are very flexible when it comes to fulfilling my military obligations, particularly when it means missing a class to participate in reserve duty,” she said. “Patrick was also very helpful in explaining the G.I. Bill and other military education programs.”

 

Military Times 2016Military Times

Twenty colleges were selected for Military Times’ 2016 “Best for Vets” list, which ranks schools based on factors such as academic and staff support, extracurricular activities, and student-to-faculty ratios, as well as statistics like veteran student retention and employment after graduation.

SUNY Canton was ranked 12th and was specifically praised for its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs which aims to provide tuition assistance for veterans.

 

Military Friendly '16G.I. Jobs Magazine

SUNY Canton has once again earned a military friendly school designation from G.I. Jobs magazine. The college was chosen for its support services, which includes a dedicated study lounge and flexible online learning options. This is the fifth time the college has been recognized by the publication.

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”

The Military Times’ rankings can be found at http://www.militarytimes.com/

View the entire G.I. Jobs Magazines’ 2016 list at https://militaryfriendly.com/2016schools/.

 

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 members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Selected as a Top School for Military and Veteran Students

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Military Advanced EducationSUNY Canton has once again been awarded the designation of a top school in Military Advanced Education (MAE) magazine’s 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities.

The annual publication enables prospective students to identify schools that follow best practices in military education. SUNY Canton was specifically chosen for its military-friendly culture, financial aid opportunities, flexibility, and on-campus and online support services. This is the third year SUNY Canton has been chosen as an MAE top school.

“We take great pride in our standing as a military-friendly school,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We work diligently to create a supportive, welcoming environment for our nation’s service members, veterans and their families.”

This year more than 75 veterans, National Guard members, reservists and veteran dependents are enrolled at SUNY Canton. The college’s Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator Patrick S. Massaro helps these students navigate the programs and services that can assist them in reaching their educational goals.

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The MAE magazine designation is the second award the college has received this year for its military friendliness. G.I. Jobs magazine announced in September that SUNY Canton was chosen as one of the top schools in the nation that are doing the most to support service members.

For more information about the MAE 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities, visit www.kmimediagroup.com/mae/magazines.

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 eight 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 Among Nation’s Most ‘Military-Friendly’ Colleges

Friday, November 30th, 2012

SUNY Canton has been named to the 2013 Guide of Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education magazine. This is the second time the College has been recognized by the publication.

“We take great pride in SUNY Canton’s standing as a military-friendly school, and we work diligently to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and accommodating for our nation’s service members, veterans and their families,” said Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “It’s an honor to help those who have served our country reach their educational goals.”

Military FriendlySUNY Canton assists its military students by offering a dedicated study lounge and flexible online learning options for service members living stateside and abroad. Military personnel have enrolled from all over the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition, the College’s counseling staff receives regular Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training, and former service members can now take advantage of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), which offers 12 months of financial assistance to veterans who are between 35 and 60 years of age and are unemployed, among other criteria.

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton hired its first Veterans Affairs Officer Patrick S. Massaro. This is a shared position with SUNY Potsdam, and Massaro is charged with advising veterans as they navigate the admissions process. “I serve as the main point of contact for the College’s military students and their families,” Massaro said. “One piece of my responsibility is to ensure they are aware of the programs and services that can assist them with their educational goals, such as VRAP.”

The 2013 guide will be published in the December issue. Military Advanced Education is a journal of higher learning for American service members, and is published by KMI Media Group.