Producing New York’s workforce is one of nine initiatives that SUNY will focus on this year, as outlined by Chancellor Zimpher in her State of the University Address.
SUNY will throw the weight of its systemness behind two key programs to achieve this goal. Strategic enrollment management will be used to determine workforce demand by region and program offerings and enrollment patterns at campuses locally will be adjusted to directly meet those needs; and co-operative education will be brought to scale, incorporating paid internships for students in their field of study into the curriculum, helping students gain invaluable work experience while making money and giving them a job placement edge upon graduation. Not to mention the benefits co-op presents for employers and the state workforce as a whole.
But SUNY’s efforts aren’t contained to what can be accomplished at the system level. Each campus will contribute. For example, three of our campuses – University at Buffalo, Stony Brook University, and SUNY Upstate – are partnering with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to create more medical laboratory jobs in New York by expanding educational access to laboratory science programs.
The partnership, which also includes a coalition of clinical lab organizations, government agencies, and industry partners, is being made through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and comes with a commitment to increase the number of graduating laboratory professionals in New York by 10 percent over the course of a five-year project, upping the annual graduation rate of 237 to 355.