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.
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.
UAlbany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) hosted the nation’s first nanotechnology-based Girls Inc. Eureka!® Program.
The Girls Inc. Eureka! program at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), the first of Girls Inc. nation-wide Eureka! programs with a focus on nanotechnology, is approaching the end of its first school year. Designed to engage under-served populations within the City of Albany, the program began in July 2012 with an initial group of 30 girls, all of whom are now 8th graders in Albany and Schenectady Public Schools.
Last summer’s launch started the program strong, with the girls participating in their first intensive summer camp experience. Volunteers from Girls Inc., CNSE and SEFCU led the participants in hands-on nanoscale education at UAlbany’s CNSE NanoTech Complex and exposed the participants to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on weekly field trips. The program is designed to bring back the same girls to participate in the camp again in the summer of 2013.
As the program goes into its third and fourth years, program staff will help the girls find paid internships with local businesses and organizations during the summer, with individualized plans and opportunities crafted to suit the needs of each student. The program will culminate with the then high school seniors taking responsibility for their futures by securing an internship, job, or summer program on their own.
The Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) Program brings together a powerful public/private partnership between SUNY, EDWorks, and the New York Department of Education. As Early College High School Week concludes, we wanted to recognize schools that integrate students in a college environment to model successful behavior and high expectations while maintaining a supportive and nurturing environment.
“Thank you to all of the Smart Scholars programs for participating in another successful Early College High School Week and to those who celebrate all year long by continuing to provide a quality and rigorous education to traditionally underrepresented students. To the school districts, for making early college a priority in your communities; to the teachers and faculty, for putting your students on the fast track to success through college and career readiness; and to the students, for working hard to ensure a brighter future for you and your families.”
-Andrea Mulkey, Director of Early College, SUNY/EDWorks