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SUNY Canton Welcomes a Subaru Executive and a Mohawk Nation Clan Mother

Monday, November 9th, 2015

A Subaru Distributers Corp. executive will be discussing career paths after college and a Native American clan mother will help students learn about cultural identity during the second week of November at SUNY Canton.

Barry A. Wells, executive vice president of parts, service and logistics for Subaru Distributors Corp., will be speaking to students about their career path at 2 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 11) in Richard W. Miller Campus Center room 218. Wells graduated from SUNY Canton with an associate degree in 1975 and returned for his Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies in 2010. He went on to receive a doctorate from the New York Law School while continuing his career with Subaru. Wells has also been a Subaru Dealer and an Ogdensburg City Police officer.

Wells & Herne

Tewakierahkwa Louise McDonald Herne, a condoled Bear Clan mother for the Mohawk Nation Council, will be speaking at 2 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 12) in Richard W. Miller Campus Center room 212. Herne will be presenting on Haudenosaunee (otherwise known as Iroquois) women and their influence on early feminism. As a founding member of a Mohawk council of women, she works to continue the historical and traditional strength of Native Americans through education and empowerment. She has worked with hundreds of families and helped them embrace Haudenosaunee culture through instruction and ceremony.

The two speakers are the latest in the semester’s lineup of student-focused presentations on campus, which have included local business leaders from Corning Inc. and SeaComm Federal Credit Union, as well as dignitaries representing North Korea and educators from South Africa.

Both events are free and open to the public.


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 Partners with Subaru in a Public – Private Partnership

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Subaru Distributors Corporation has made SUNY Canton its newest corporate training center.

The announcement was made today (Thursday, August 23) at an open house celebration. Subaru and area dealers will be contributing approximately $500,000 in tools, diagnostic equipment, and brand new cars to the College over the next five years to facilitate the partnership.

Barry Wells speaks at a podium.

Barry A. Wells, executive vice president of Subaru Distributors Corp., discusses the advantages of partnering with SUNY Canton to create a corporate training center. Wells is a 1975 and 2010 graduate of the College.

“SUNY Canton exemplifies the ‘Power of SUNY’ and how we can work with distinguished private sector partners like Subaru to boost economic opportunities across the state,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher in a letter to the College. “I commend Subaru Distributors Corp. and North Country Subaru Dealers for recognizing the strength of the SUNY system and SUNY Canton’s state-of-the-art and newly renovated Automotive Laboratory.”

Through the new partnership, automotive technology students can become certified to work with Subaru. Additionally, a third of the Subaru dealers in New York can send their technicians for training at SUNY Canton, saving the company money on travel to more distant training centers.

Brandon Baldwin speaks at the podium.

Assistant Professor Brandon J. Baldwin describes the unique partnership between Subaru Distributors Corp., area dealers and SUNY Canton.

“The SUNY Canton Subaru Training Center will be an inspiration for our automotive technology students and will be an example of the value of our partnerships for other corporations,” said Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “The training center will significantly impact our students’ educational opportunities, as well as increase the prestige of our automotive technology program.”

The partnership was first formed when Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the automotive program was introduced to Barry A. Wells, executive vice president of Subaru Distributors Corp. Wells graduated from SUNY Canton in 1975, and earned a second degree from the College in 2010.

According to Baldwin, students who complete the training will be exposed to the latest in automotive technology. “Subaru will give them an added edge as they begin their career search,” he said.

Wells pointed out that the collaboration is a great investment from Subaru’s perspective, because students who complete the training and go on to work for the company will already have the specific skills needed, saving dealerships thousands of dollars.

Subaru and SUNY Canton group shot

The surprise announcement of the new public-private partnership in SUNY Canton’s Automotive Laboratories drew more than 50 guests. The labs were packed with the latest model Subaru vehicles.

“This is also another outstanding partnership between alumni and SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The power of our successful alumni reaching out to assist our community and our current and future students is profound and deeply appreciated.”

Dealerships in attendance included, Barstow Subaru in Potsdam, Fuccillo Subaru in Watertown, and Bill McBride Subaru in Plattsburgh.

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s Letter to Campus

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