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SUNY Canton Holds “After the Fire” Presentation with Residence Hall Blaze Survivors

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Two survivors of the Jan. 19, 2000 fire at Seton Hall University will be visiting SUNY Canton to discuss their perseverance, hope, inspiration, courage and friendship.  

Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons will be screening the acclaimed documentary “After the Fire” and discussing their New York Times Best-Selling book at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Roos House Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center Field House. 

After the Fire movie poster

Simons and Llanos will share their story of survival after their freshmen residence hall was set on fire as a fraternity prank gone wrong. Students can expect to learn fire safety tips as the speakers aim to inspire and motivate the audience. 

The two speakers talk about their ordeal of being college burn survivors nationally at many colleges and high schools across the country. They also speak at conferences as well as at fire safety training seminars. Their motive is to be advocates for fire safety and prevention so that no other students will have to endure the pain that they suffered. Also, they strive to be the voice of many burn survivors across the country who may feel “trapped in their new skin.” 

This is the second time that the highly acclaimed speakers have visited the campus. Their first presentation several years ago was so well received, both the Office of Residence Life and the Student Government Association decided to bring them back for a repeat engagement. 

The event is free and open to all SUNY Canton students. Due to the popularity of this presentation, non-student visitors and community members are asked to RSVP with the SUNY Canton Office of Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership, 315-386-7315 or emailing ellis111@canton.edu

Classes Start on August 22 – Follow Monday-Tuesday Schedule

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Welcome Back – Classes begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Students are to follow their Monday schedule on the first day, and a Tuesday schedule on Friday, Aug. 23. The normal weekly schedule goes into effect the following week.

Two students sit in Adirondack chairs in front of Kennedy Hall

New Students – Don’t forget there will be a Roos Rising event at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Roos House. Online students can participate virtually on Roo Life. Tweet using the hashtag #roosrising during the event for a chance to be highlighted by the college.

Students carry bags as they move into the residence halls.

SUNY Canton Retail Dining Associate Receives Northstar Award

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

The SUNY Canton student body has selected a College Association retail dining associate to receive the 2019 Northstar Award.

Vicki J. Lavoie, who has worked at the college for 20 years, was presented with the honor by student representatives from the College Activities Board and the Student Government Association.

Courtney Bish, Kaitlyn Trusty, Sidei Clouden, Vicki Lavoie, and President Szafran
Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish, Student Government Association Vice President Kaitlyn Trusty, College Activities Board President Sidei Clouden, College Association Retail Dining Associate Vicki J. Lavoie, and SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

The annual Northstar Award is given to one faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the college. Lavoie has worked as the lead dining associate at one of the most popular eateries on campus, Cyber Café, since 2004. Prior to that, she was a supervisor at Chaney Dining Center. Students praised her dedication to customer service and efforts to create a welcoming environment throughout her entire career.

“Vicki is a beloved member of the campus community because of her warm and caring personality,” said College Activities Board President Sidei Clouden, a Veterinary Services Administration major from Brooklyn. “She has made significant contributions to the overall student experience, and we believe she is one of the many people who make SUNY Canton an outstanding place.”

Lavoie said she enjoys seeing students succeed in and out of the classroom, and it’s the relationships she forms with them that make her job worthwhile.

Vicki Lavoie gives an acceptance speech behind a podium.
College Association Retail Dining Associate Vicki J. Lavoie addresses a group of college students upon winning the Northstar Award. The accolade is bestowed upon a faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the college.

“It has always been my pleasure to be a part of their journey here,” she said. “I’m very grateful to the students for selecting me to receive this prestigious award.”

Lavoie’s dedication was previously recognized by the SUNY Canton College Council, who presented her with the annual Employee Recognition Award in 2010.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Brings Gunna, City Girls & Eddie Cito for North Country Hip Hop Show, April 28

Monday, March 25th, 2019
Gunna

SUNY Canton students have selected a three-act rap and R&B lineup to perform for the college’s spring concert. 

The concert will be headlined by Georgia-based rapper Gunna, along with performances by City Girls and North Country artist Eddie Cito. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. Tickets cost $20 for SUNY Canton students, $40 for general admission advanced tickets with $50 tickets available at the door for cash only.

Tickets are currently available for purchase in person through the Student Activities Office in the SUNY Canton Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Tickets are also available online at http://www.canton.edu/tix/. For more information, call 315-386-7315 or email studentactivities@canton.edu

City Girls

“The Student Government Association and College Activities Board reached out to students to create an impressive Hip-Hop lineup,” said Sidei S. Clouden, a Veterinary Services Administration student and College Activities Board president. “We are delighted that the college was able to bring in two of our favorite popular recording artists and were thrilled to connect with local favorite Eddie Cito.” 

Eddie Cito - Hold On Album Cover

In addition to the impressive lineup of popular artists, the college will select one student to open for the acts. The winner of the Canton Idol talent show will be invited to perform ahead of the concert. Canton Idol will run March 29-30 at SUNY Canton. Both current and prospective students are invited to participate. Cito is scheduled to be a guest of honor during the talent show.  

About the artists:

Gunna became interested in music as a hobby in his early teens and became serious about the possibility of a career in hip-hop around 2016, when he was introduced to Atlanta’s MC Young Thug. Before long Gunna was in the studio hopping on Young Thug’s track “Floyd Mayweather,” where he lent a verse alongside rap superstars Gucci Mane and Travis Scott. That feature was enough to jettison Gunna into relative fame, and he became affiliated with Young Thug’s “YSL.” He previously toured with Playboi Carti and Travis Scott. Gunna earned himself the top debut project on the Billboard 200 with Drip or Drown 2, which came in third overall. Gunna has previously peaked second on the ranking with his previous project, Drip Harder, a collaboration with Lil Baby. 

Miami female rap duo City Girls released their debut album Period via Quality Control Music / Motown Records / Capitol Records in May 2018. The groups artists, known as JT and Yung Miami, have been heralded as honorable descendants in the lineage of Miami’s legendary music culture and are the latest in a long history of powerful women in the rap genre. They were featured in the documentary “Point Blank Period” following the City Girls as they break into an industry predominantly controlled by men. They have previously recorded tracks with, and have toured with Cardi B. They are currently touring with Lil Baby. 

Eddie Alberto Colon Jurado, or Eddie Cito, is an American singer and songwriter originally from Fajardo, Puerto Rico. He joined the Army at age seventeen and eventually landed in Upstate New York. After his military service he remained in the Watertown area. Cito’s debut single “Hold On” has received extensive radio play and he previously opened for Chris Daughtry during the Disabled Persons Action Organization’s Summer Concert Series. 

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Requests Donations for Online Clothing Fair

Monday, January 14th, 2019

SUNY Canton is accepting gently used professional attire from the community for their annual clothing fair, which, for the second year in a row, will be held online.“The website allows all students—online and on campus—and members of the local community who are in need of business wear to browse clothing at their convenience via the internet,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott. “We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the new online format last year, and we expect to fulfill even more orders this year.”

A student packages up professional clothing to send to an online student.

Community members may drop off donations at 49 Main Street in Canton during the following days and times or at the SUNY Canton Ready Center (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.):

  • Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. 3 p.m.
  • March 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers request that donors use the public parking lot to the right of Hodskin Street and utilize the back entrance. The following items are being requested:

  • Men’s and women’s professional suits
  • Collared shirts
  • Accessories
  • Blouses
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Dress shoes; no sneakers or athletic shoes
  • Professional scrubs
  • Dress pants
  • Blazers and dress jackets
  • Sweaters
  • Ties
  • Scarves
  • Dress socks, nylons and tights in original packaging

The website, sunycantonclothingfair.org, will be available exclusively to SUNY Canton students from April 10-19. Community members will be able to browse clothing from April 20-28. All items are free of charge.

The fair is sponsored by a SUNY Investment Fund grant, which helps support the needs of online learners. For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Career Services Office at (315) 386-7119.

Notice to Persons with Disabilities

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Pursuant to the State University of New York policy, SUNY Canton is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.  Employees, students, applicants, or other members of the campus community (including, but not limited to, vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Inquiries regarding the application of laws, regulations, and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Co-Affirmative Action Officers, William Jones at (315) 386-7063/joneswt@canton.edu or Lashawanda Ingram at (315)386-7128/ingraml@canton.edu.  Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Amanda Deckert, at (315) 386-7688/wood121@canton.edu. Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. (646) 428-3800; email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

Should a user encounter inaccessible content or functionality on the SUNY Canton website, please contact the Web Designer, Travis Smith at (315) 3867417/smitht@canton.edu. View SUNY Canton’s Accessibility Statement for more detail on web accessibility.

If you would like to file a formal complaint regarding accessibility of SUNY Canton’s website, please contact Title IX Coordinator, Amanda Deckert, at (315) 3867688/wood121@canton.edu.

Military Times Magazine Names SUNY Canton a ‘Best for Vets’ College

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Best for Vets Colleges 2019 badge
Military Times magazine has once again named SUNY Canton as a top school for veterans, services members and military families in its annual “Best for Vets” issue.

The college was ranked among the top 20 career and technical schools in the nation that demonstrate “a record of steadfast service and dedication to those who have served,” according to Military Times Editor George Altman.

“Fewer than half of the roughly 500 colleges and universities that competed for the recognition earned the right to call themselves Best for Vets in 2019. Their efforts should be commended,” he added.

This is the fourth year in a row SUNY Canton has been named to the list, primarily due to the outstanding support services the college offers veterans and service members. A dedicated Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator helps students navigate the programs and services needed to attain their educational goals, and the Raymond G. Modell ’62 Veterans Lounge and Battle Buddy Center offers a space on campus where veterans and active duty members can socialize and build camaraderie. 

“Without the services SUNY Canton has provided, I would not have been able to make it this far in a traditional college setting,” said senior Nursing student and Army veteran Melissa G. Thomas. “The support of staff and faculty, along with the ability to connect with my fellow veterans, have allowed me to be successful.”

The college also became the first four-year SUNY institution to implement an application fee waiver policy for all active-duty, National Guard, reserve and veteran students. 

In addition, the SUNY Canton Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development has partnered with Fort Drum to help service members who are transitioning out of the military develop the skills needed to work in the solar energy industry. The program, called “Solar Ready Vets,” launched in 2016 and has trained more than 100 soldiers.

In recognition of Veterans Day, a luncheon will be held on campus Nov. 14 for all SUNY Canton faculty, staff and students who have served the nation.

View he 2019 Military Times rankings. 

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. 

Campus-Wide Efforts Restock SUNY Canton Food Pantry

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

The greater campus community is helping to make sure that no one goes hungry at SUNY Canton.

A recent food drive helped completely restock the SUNY Canton Food Pantry, which has helped combat student food insecurity for the past 15 years.

Students Amelia Hellijas and Alyssa Fowler stand with a portion of the donations collected for the SUNY Canton Food Pantry. The two students orchestrated a campus-wide food drive for their First-Year Experience Program class.

Students Amelia Hellijas and Alyssa Fowler stand with a portion of the donations collected for the SUNY Canton Food Pantry. The two students orchestrated a campus-wide food drive for their First-Year Experience Program class.

“I’m very appreciative of the efforts to restock our pantry especially as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish. “It is very admirable to see the campus come together to support students through these donations.”

Two students helped lead the charge by setting up tables and collecting donations around campus. Amelia H. Hellijas of Malone and Alyssa R. Fowler of Harrisville learned about the college’s food pantry while enrolled in the First Year Experience Program and created a food drive when they learned stores were running low. The students chose to take on the time-intensive community service project as an alternative to preparing a short presentation in their class.

Amelia Hellijas and Alyssa Fowler stack a shelf in the SUNY Canton food pantry.

In all, about 16 full boxes were donated to the counseling center, which oversees the collection and distribution of food.

“There are still donations trickling in,” said Counseling Center Secretary 1 Tammy Harradine. “These contributions will help many students.”

The college’s Physical Plant staff also participated in the drive, adding another 160 individual non-perishable items and a monetary donation. Physical Plant Director Patrick G. Hanss held a raffle for the donors to help incentivize the collection efforts. Plant Superintendent Martin J. Avery won the raffle, but then donated the proceeds to the SUNY Canton College Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund.

“Many of the Physical Plant staff develop friendships with students, particularly the Building Services staff assigned to our residence halls,” Hanss said.

Physical Plant Director Patrick Hanss and Physical Plant Secretary Tammy Carr stand with the donations collected in Cooper Service Center for the food drive.

Physical Plant Director Patrick Hanss and Physical Plant Secretary Tammy Carr stand with the donations collected in Cooper Service Center for the food drive.

Earlier in the semester, the College Association Inc., which oversees all food and retail operations on campus, made a substantial donation to the food pantry as part of a team-building exercise. The organization contributed more than $600 in food to kick off the semester.

The SUNY Canton Food Pantry provides free confidential services for students who are in need of food or other supplies.

 

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

DASNY Completes $4 Million SUNY Canton Residence Hall Project

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

In Time for the Start of the Fall Semester, the College Enhances Safety Measures and Modernizes Living Spaces for Students

Gerrard P. Bushell, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), announced today the completion of a $4 million project to improve Rushton Hall at SUNY Canton. This project is part of roughly $59 million in capital renovation projects DASNY is completing on SUNY campuses statewide.

The upgrades were financed through DASNY’s SUNY Dormitory Facilities Program, which issues low-cost, tax-exempt bonds supported by student residence hall fees.

SUNY Canton students in the newly-renovated Rushton Residence Hall lobby.

SUNY Canton students in the newly-renovated Rushton Residence Hall lobby.

Renovations to Rushton Hall included upgrades to its electrical systems, a new energy efficient hot water storage unit, as well as new sprinkler and alarm systems to increase student protections. Thirty-six student rooms and 12 bathrooms were modernized, which included new energy efficient LED lighting to create a brighter and more inviting atmosphere. Energy efficient fans were also installed as part of the upgraded heating and ventilation system.

“The improvements to Rushton Hall provide students with 21st Century residences that will enhance their learning experience,” said Dr. Bushell. “DASNY is proud to partner with SUNY Canton to deliver an energy efficient facility that will provide students the environment they need to achieve success.”

Pictured are (l to r) roommates Bryanna Clarke and Aariel Inniss in their Rushton Hall room.

Pictured are (l to r) roommates Bryanna Clarke and Aariel Inniss in their Rushton Hall room.

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said, “With 40 percent of state buildings under our ownership, SUNY has a significant footprint in New York State, and therefore a sizeable opportunity to build on energy sustainability. We are thankful for DASNY’s partnership to retrofit our facilities to be more energy efficient, while at the same time providing a safe and healthy environment for our students.”

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said, “This is the third residence hall that we’ve been able to renovate through our partnership with DASNY. These projects allow us to continually update and upgrade the student living areas in our historic buildings, leading to an overall better learning environment and enhancing the SUNY Canton experience.”

Kellen Mulvihill plays video games while Jesus Garcia watches in one of SUNY Canton’s recently-refurbished rooms in Rushton Residence Hall.

Kellen Mulvihill plays video games while Jesus Garcia watches in one of SUNY Canton’s recently-refurbished rooms in Rushton Residence Hall.

State Senator Patty Richie said, “This is an exciting time for SUNY Canton and its students. These upgrades to Rushton Hall will help create a more welcoming, safer environment for students, as well as will ensure the school can continue to attract the best and brightest students to the North Country. I look forward to seeing the impact this project has on both SUNY Canton and our region as a whole.”

State Assemblywoman Addie Jenne said, “I am thrilled not only for SUNY Canton, but for the North Country region. By continuing to invest in our students, we are investing in our future. These improvements are a testament to our commitment to providing them with the best possible living and learning environment our area has to offer.”

Students Give SUNY Canton Number One Rankings in Statewide Satisfaction Survey

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

SUNY Student Opinion SurveyResults from a 2018 SUNY Student Opinion Survey have placed SUNY Canton first in a host of categories related to academics, advising, career services, health services and facilities.

The survey is administered every three years to students at 27 state-operated colleges and university centers. It assesses satisfaction in more than 60 areas, and the college took the top spot in 14 SUNY-wide categories. The survey also compiled results from students in the seven technology-sector institutions, and SUNY Canton placed first in an additional 26 areas.

SUNY Canton’s number one rankings among the 27 state-operated colleges and university centers are:

  • Academic advising in a students’ major
  • Availability of faculty outside class
  • Career services
  • Assistance with finding employment during school
  • Study areas
  • Classroom facilities
  • Course-related laboratories
  • Tutoring services
  • Class size
  • Access to computers and related technology
  • Library resources
  • Library services
  • Health services
  • Counseling services

Students tell the camera that SUNY Canton is number 1!

The college’s additional number-one rankings among its peer tech-sector schools are:

  • General academic advising
  • Non-teaching staff respect for students
  • Faculty/instructor respect for students
  • Residence hall services and programs
  • Campus center/student union
  • General condition of buildings and grounds
  • Athletic and recreational facilities
  • Financial aid services
  • Quality of instruction
  • Availability of general education courses
  • Course registration process
  • Availability of online courses
  • Computing support services
  • College computer network
  • Intercollegiate athletic programs
  • Student government
  • Recreation and intramural programs
  • Guest speakers outside class
  • Educational programs regarding alcohol and substance abuse
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Student input in college policies
  • Your social support network on campus
  • Services to support off-campus and commuter students
  • Services to support transfer students
  • Intra-campus transportation
  • College bookstore services

“This year, SUNY Canton received more number-one rankings than ever before, and I am incredibly proud of the effort our entire campus has put forth to earn these scores,” said President Zvi Szafran. “Student feedback is the most important measure of our success, so it’s gratifying to see we’re continuing to excel in areas that we traditionally have held first-place rankings in, such as library services and tutoring, while also earning top scores in new areas, such as academic advising in a major, availability of faculty outside of class, course-related laboratories, and access to computers and related technology.”

Fred Saburro tutors a student in the Mathematics lab.

Many of the college’s recent initiatives align with the categories in which SUNY Canton received the highest rankings, notably classroom and lab facilities.

“We debuted a state of the art Digital Studio/Game Design Lab last fall, which is an environment unlike any other on campus. It’s a high-tech space where students from diverse programs—Game Design and Development, Graphic and Multimedia Design, and Technological Communications—can come together to learn, innovate, and bring their ideas to life.”

Other facility enhancements include a “flex classroom” where lectures are broadcast live and recorded for later viewing. Students have the option of attending class in person or online, which is particularly important for non-traditional and commuter students who may have family and career obligations.

Students studying in Southworth Library

Study Time at Southworth – Students study on the top floor of SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons during finals week.

“The Student Opinion Survey results reflect the college’s mission to help students achieve their full potential both personally and professionally,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott. “These scores show our strong commitment to their success.”

In the wellness area, the Davis Health Center and the Counseling Center both received SUNY-wide first-place rankings.

“Our counseling and health services departments provide exceptional care to students without them having to step foot off campus,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “Both areas are staffed with professionals poised to meet the needs of our students during their most trying times.”

A first-place tech-sector ranking (and second-place ranking SUNY-wide) in the off-campus and commuter support services category intersects with an effort to provide new opportunities for students to participate in activities virtually. More than 60 campus events were live-streamed last year for those unable to attend in person, and a new varsity esports team allows online students to compete remotely. The Office of Career Services, which placed first SUNY-wide, held online professional clothing and job fairs.

“We have found that enhancing offerings for online students actually benefits all students,” said Bish. “From streaming and capturing events to hosting interactive programming, we have provided opportunities for everyone to engage with campus life at times that are convenient for them.”

A first-place tech-sector ranking in financial aid services coincides with the college’s successful implementation of the Excelsior Scholarship program, which benefitted more than 150 students last year.