SUNY Canton held a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 28 to unveil the college’s new Ready Center, following a distinctive and unprecedented plan to centralize student-focused resources.
The Ready Center brings together three departments: Advising and First-Year Programs, Career Services, and International Programs. The new location in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center aims to assist students in reaching their academic and career goals by providing services in a “one-stop-shop” format.
“Students will visit the Ready Center during every stage of their academic career at SUNY Canton,” said President Zvi Szafran. “Our staff will guide them through their transition from high school to college; connect them with internship, employment, or post-graduate opportunities; and even help them to choose an exciting study-abroad experience.”
The concept for the Ready Center was modeled on the successful “One-Hop Shop” project that was completed in 2014, which combined several key administrative offices into one location. There, students have access to the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office and College Association services.
“We are constantly looking for ways in which we can help our students maximize the value and efficiency of their time on campus by putting related offices under one roof,” Szafran said. “An added benefit is that the Ready Center is just steps away from the One-Hop Shop, the Student Activities Office, campus eateries, the book store, mailroom and Davis Health Center.”
The Ready Center has been operating for nearly a month, and initial feedback from students has been positive.
“It is a rewarding feeling to see students leave my office feeling like they have accomplished more than expected in one visit,” said Coordinator for International Student Initiatives Erin Lassail. “I can rest assured knowing they achieved what was needed and are not leaving an appointment feeling overwhelmed.”
The Ready Center, located in Room 224 of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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.