SUNY’s Office of the Education Pipeline is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for SUNY campuses to participate in a collaborative project designed to strengthen the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education pipeline in New York State. In September 2012, SUNY was awarded a $2.95 million grant from the National Science Foundation, in collaboration with the New York Academy of Sciences and SUNY Empire State College, to bring to scale a successful afterschool program in which SUNY graduate students and postdoctoral fellows studying in the STEM disciplines serve as mentors to students in high-need middle schools.
If you’ve been reading the updates coming from the Office of the Education Pipeline, you know that the work we are doing is like SUNY itself: broad, expansive, and striving to serve every single student in the State of New York. With our diverse programs and initiatives, it’s sometimes easy to get bogged down in the details and miss the “so what?” portion of our stories.
With that in mind, we’ve put together some impressive achievements that we think will show you why you should be paying attention!
This week, faculty members at Onondaga Community College (SUNY OCC) are looking forward to being awarded with Summer 2013 Cooperative Education (Co-op/Internship) Development Fellowships. This brand new SUNY Works Fellowship is intended to help build varied and strong co-op experiences to students at the college through a number of small pilot programs with local business and industry.
The cooperative education (or co-op) approach is a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrates a student’s academic program of study with work experience in cooperating employer organizations. This lets students mix classroom theory and practical experience in the workplace by alternating semesters of paid employment with semesters of study. For more on what co-op is and isn’t, read our SUNY Works intro blog post.
A free, eight-session course designed to provide basic skills for those interested in entry-level laboratory work will be offered next month at Hudson Valley Community College.
The course will run for four weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in May and will cover laboratory safety, equipment, solution preparation and standard operating procedures used in fields like biotechnology, biomanufacturing, food science, forensics and health care. Those who successfully complete the course will be offered job search assistance. The college will also offer a complementary free course in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) designed for those working in a variety of manufacturing industries.
Here at the Office of the Education Pipeline, our exciting initiatives take us across the state working to provide the best service, future, and education possible to the people of New York, from cradle to career. It’s a big job, but we’re up for the challenge through increased systemness and great partners across the state. With so much happening, one of our biggest challenges is helping people not miss the amazing opportunities across the state!
With that in mind, we are pleased to bring you this regional news update, which will highlight the upcoming events and developments connected to the Education Pipeline. This update will focus on the extremely active Finger Lakes region, where a SUNY Works pilot site and an active STEM hub are leading drivers for success.