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SUNY Awards More Than $1 Million to SUNY Canton and Jefferson Community College

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

suny-logoState University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recently awarded SUNY Canton and Jefferson Community College more than $1 million for two initiatives aimed at increasing enrollment.

The grants are part of SUNY’s Investment and Performance Fund, which helps support the goal of boosting the number of degrees awarded annually statewide to 150,000 by 2020.

“These awards are a remarkable sample of what SUNY campuses are prepared to do in order to help more students complete their degree,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Whether it’s working with area high schools to get students ready for college, supporting students at risk of falling behind, or providing an applied learning opportunity to ensure career success, SUNY is committed to improving student outcomes at every stage.”

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton will receive $575,000 to expand “Jump Start,” a program that furthers the college’s mission of accessibility. The eight-week intensive boot camp is designed to allow more than 100 incoming freshmen students fulfill general education requirements before the start of their first semester. They will also take three credits of life-skills training, including the college’s First Year Experience class, and will have full access to the college’s outstanding tutoring and academic support services.

“The Jump Start award will allow hundreds of students the possibility of a college degree and a life-changing experience,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “It will strengthen their foundation in Math, Science, and English, and provide coaching in time management, critical thinking and public speaking.”

Jefferson Community CollegeIn addition, SUNY Canton and Jefferson Community College will be awarded $500,000 to implement an initiative called “Transitioning Veterans from Boots and Books and Beyond.” The program will provide support services exclusively for former military members who are transitioning to a college environment.

“We are simply thrilled that our veterans services proposal developed in partnership with SUNY Canton has been funded by SUNY,” said Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College. “Research tells us that one of the biggest obstacles for degree completion among veterans is the transition from the highly structured military culture to a less structured, self-driven learning culture. This grant will allow the veterans services offices at both campuses to provide enhanced support tailored specifically for veterans.”

The colleges will work together to develop a strong advising and academic support network for veterans who begin their academic career by earning an associate degree at Jefferson Community College and transfer to SUNY Canton to complete a bachelor’s degree. Services will include academic coaching, financial literacy training, a free book loan program and specialized workshops.

“We look forward to this collaboration with Jefferson Community College in helping our nation’s veterans reach their educational goals,” Szafran added. “This program will improve retention and graduation rates among former military service members, which aligns perfectly with SUNY’s objective to increase the number of degrees by 2020.”


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.


About Jefferson Community College

One of 30 community colleges supervised by the State University of New York, Jefferson was chartered in 1961 and is accredited by the Middle States Association. Jefferson is the community’s leading resource for leading better lives, offering Associate degrees for career preparation or for transfer to a 4-year college, certificate programs; online learning; lifelong learning through personal enrichment workshops; business and industry training; and cultural enrichment opportunities for the entire Watertown/Fort Drum region.  It currently serves approximately 4,000 full- and part-time students from Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties, including a significant number of service members and their families from nearby Fort Drum.

SUNY Canton Veterans Association Launches Cellphone Drive for Soldiers

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Cell Phones for Soldiers

Pictured are Michael S. Tribble, a SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant student from Gouverneur, and Amanda R. Blanton, a Veterinary Technology major from Grand Island, organizing donated phones for Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. Both students are members of the SUNY Canton Veterans Association.

The SUNY Canton Veterans Association is collecting used cellphones to help deployed troops keep in touch with loved ones.

Donated phones are sold for refurbishment or recycling, and the profits are used to purchase calling cards for soldiers overseas. Donation bins are located in French Hall, the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, Cook Hall, Dana Hall and Cooper Service Complex.

“Our group has teamed up with Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. to try and help our men and women in uniform stay in touch with their families and loved ones while they are deployed,” said SUNY Canton student and Veteran’s Association Treasurer Douglas A. White. “We are asking the SUNY Canton community for help to keep them connected to those at home.”

So far, the student organization has collected about 30 used cellphones.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist. The charity has since provided 181 million minutes of free talk time to service members stationed around the world. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to military bases overseas and Veterans Affairs hospitals.

“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like SUNY Canton’s Veterans Association that take the initiative to support our troops,” said co-founder Brittany Bergquist. “The communication gap between those serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones for Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.”

Donations will be accepted until Dec. 15. For more information about the program, visit

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Named ‘Military-Friendly’ for Second Straight Year

Monday, September 12th, 2011

SUNY Canton was recently recognized as a military-friendly campus for the second year in a row.

The College was among only 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools throughout the country to be recognized as a 2012 Military Friendly School, announced by G.I. Jobs on Monday. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

Military Friendly

“This is further proof that the hard work of many on our campus to assure the college continued with this designation has paid off,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We have known for a long time that we are a military friendly campus that serves the needs of those within that community. We are honored to know that others recognize our commitment to serving those that serve and their families.”

In support of the educational goals of the military community, SUNY Canton has had a Veterans Study Lounge on campus for several years. The College’s counseling staff receives regular Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training and a Veteran’s Day ceremony is hosted on campus each year.

SUNY Canton also recently started a fast-paced powersports performance and repair course to recently deployed U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Drum. The course is convenient for soldiers as it’s held on base.

Robert L. Edwards, who serves as the director of service member learning opportunities, and Associate Professor of Criminal Investigation William J. Fassinger, retired Army 1st Sergeant in the Military Police Corps, organized the SUNY Canton Veterans Association.

“The organization of the students was the basis to bring the other efforts of the campus into focus and has resulted in a solid support peer support network,” Fassinger said. “It has also raised the profile of the military community on campus. Students from the Association have presented the colors at the last three commencements, a tradition the College will continue. They also have organized a Veterans Day ceremony that has grown from a handful of participants to more than 500 students, faculty, staff, and friends.”

Edwards noted that receiving this designation for the second straight year confirms the dedication and efforts from every corner of the College community. “It is much different from my experience in college where no one talked about their service and preferred that it was not known,” he said. “More than 150 active duty service members, veterans, as well as their spouses and children were enrolled at the College last year. We have become a place that is trusted to serve our military and their families. In the coming weeks the college will enhance the commitment by hiring a Military and Veterans Service Coordinator followed by two work study students supporting that office.”

In 2008, SUNY Canton demonstrated the importance of the College’s veterans to its graduating class. In 1943, twenty-seven students were called into service just weeks before their commencement. The veterans, who have come to be known as SUNY Canton’s Greatest Graduates, left to serve the country in World War II. In a heartfelt and emotional ceremony, President Kennedy presented four members of the class and a spouse of a deceased veteran with honorary certificates in their respective programs. Those veterans who could not attend the ceremony were honored for their sacrifice, some of them posthumously.

G.I. Jobs  is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business. The 2012 list was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time to assist in its evaluation of institutions.

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