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SUNY Canton Poll Seeks Input from Area Businesses

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Survey Deadline is August 1

CANTON – The SUNY Canton Office of Extended Studies and the St. Lawrence County Office of Economic Development are asking more than 2,300 area businesses, “How may we help you?”

The two agencies recently mailed a survey to industries, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions.

“We are looking for more ways to individually and collectively serve our primary community business owners and other stakeholders,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Both the Office of Economic Development and SUNY Canton are highly interested in advancing the economic well-being of the region.”

The college’s Office of Extended studies will be review the data to develop new lifelong learning and professional development opportunities.

According to Raymond H. Fountain, Director of the St. Lawrence County Office of Economic Development, “This survey will provide additional background information as we work to outreach the employer base of the County and connect them with not only our own economic and workforce development programs, but also with the services of our local, regional and state business assistance partners.”

The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, contains brief questions on the hiring and training practices of area businesses. The information will also help the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton’s Massena Education Center, and the Career Services Office to tailor their custom programs beneficial to businesses, future entrepreneurs, and career-seeking students.

Area businesses who did not receive a survey are invited to visit, to complete it online. To receive a hard copy, contact Del Guidice at 315-386-7102 or email, or Leigh Rodriguez of the County Economic Development Office, at 379-9806 or The survey must be completed by Friday, August 1.

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.