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SUNY Canton and Fort Drum’s Solar Ready Vets Program Brings Power to Norwood Fountain

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Fort Drum soldiers enrolled in SUNY Canton’s Solar Ready Vets program will be installing photovoltaic panels to power Norwood’s landmark fountain.

The class will be working from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the fountain’s site on Prospect Street. This is the latest in a series of restorations initiated through the Save the Fountain campaign and fundraising effort, according to committee co-chair and SUNY Canton employee Teresa L. Sharlow Clemmo.

Norwood Fountain

Clemmo said that Kevin McAdoo, a SUNY Canton faculty member and Solar Ready Vets Program Coordinator offered to help with the project.

“We couldn’t have been more grateful for his guidance,” she said. “We are so honored and thankful to the veterans who first served our country and are now giving back to our community by assisting with this project.”

McAdoo runs the Solar Ready Vets program with the assistance of personnel from Fort Drum, SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development, and industry professionals. Solar Ready Vets trains soldiers in the growing industry of solar energy, and SUNY Canton’s program was one of the first and most successful of these efforts.

Solar Ready Vets installing solar panels on a roof.

The Save the Fountain project came about in May 2016 and has garnered the support of the greater Norwood community. Many area donors have contributed to the project, according to Clemmo. She said they’d also received support from the Village of Norwood, and its Department of Public Works, Clarkson University Engineer Michael Tremper, and help from many Norwood residents. “It has truly been a community effort,” she said.

 

About Solar Ready Vets

Solar Ready Vets at Fort Drum was the U.S. Department of Energy’s first program in New York State. It was created through collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). SUNY Canton’s CREST Center helps teach five-week classes focusing on solar photovoltaic systems and installation through hands-on labs. The program boasts the best pass rate on industry-specific examinations and has the highest placement rate, with more than 300 employers nationwide.

 

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 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

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 Trains Fourth Solar Ready Vets Class

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Twenty-three Army personnel stationed at Fort Drum graduated from the fourth U.S. Department of Energy’s national Solar Ready Vets training program Aug. 30.

Since the program began in January, 83 students have successfully completed the five-week course, which is taught by SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development. The program aims to offer hands-on training to military personnel who are transitioning from active duty to civilian professions.

Axel Rodriguez, left, and Matthew Ells install solar panels during a Solar Ready Vets training exercise.

Axel Rodriguez, left, and Matthew Ells install solar panels during a Solar Ready Vets training exercise.

Graduates have a 20-percentage point higher pass rate on the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Photovoltaic entry-level exam, compared to the national average. Veterans are now working in the field as installers, sales representative and project managers for national and regional companies such as Solar City, SunPower, High Peaks Solar and Level Solar.

“Solar Ready Vets has opened a career opportunity that I had no prior knowledge of,” said Army veteran and program graduate William Harvey. “The excellent education I received from SUNY Canton’s instructors led to several employment offers in different areas of the solar field.”

The program is a collaboration among the U.S. Department of Energy, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Fort Drum, SUNY Canton and solar installation companies. NYSERDA provided support for the program startup costs, including curriculum development and training for the first five cohorts. There is no cost for Fort Drum personnel to participate in the first five classes.

The Solar Ready Vets program is nationally administered by the Solar Foundation. To learn more, visit www.canton.edu/crest, www.solarreadyveterans.org or contact Kevin McAdoo, Solar Ready Vets program coordinator, at mcado101@canton.edu.

 

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 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.