Attendees of the SUNY Works summit at HVCC
The SUNY Works summit, a three-day professional development event taking place at Hudson Valley Community College, wrapped up on Wednesday. The summit was kicked off with opening remarks from SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and brought together members of private industry, professional organizations, SUNY faculty and staff, and other higher education leaders. The partners engaged in talks around advancing and expanding cooperative education and formal internships within the SUNY system.
An increasing number of students need to work while in school, and employers are reporting that work experience is the biggest factor in their evaluation of potential hires. Cooperative education and internships allow students to integrate classroom theory with real world experience in business/industry and non-profit organizations across the state. With these facts at hand, the SUNY Works initiative has the potential to give students a leg up in their drive for success and career achievement. For more information on co-op/internships, read our intro post on SUNY Works.
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.
On February 11, dozens of SUNY campuses convened at the Legislative Office Building in Albany’s Empire State Plaza to showcase their individual contributions to their communities as well as SUNY’s collective contributions. SUNY Day is an event where the public, senators, and assemblymen are all welcome to see the latest of what each SUNY campus has to offer. This year’s theme was experiential education.
Generation SUNY is helping to bring you a few of those stories in our SUNY DAY 2013 series.