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Investigating Scott Higham ’79: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Graduate Tells All

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Scott Higham ’79

Scott Higham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning member of the investigations unit of The Washington Post. He has examined the deaths of foster children, waste and fraud in Homeland Security contracts, the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib and conflicts of interest on Capitol Hill. He has also investigated the off-shore banking industry, the rise of ISIS and its use of U.S. social media, and the murder of Chandra Levy, among many other projects. After graduating from Suffolk, Mr. Higham attended Stony Brook University and the Columbia University School of Journalism.

How was your Suffolk experience?

I met people at Suffolk who wanted to succeed in life. I also had teachers who believed in me for the first time, and I began to excel as a student. Suffolk prepared me for a four-year college and the graduate school program I would later attend.

Where did your interest in journalism come from?

I fell in love with journalism when I walked into the newsroom of the student paper at Stony Brook University, The Stony Brook Press. I had graduated from Suffolk and was taking pre-law classes at Stony Brook but I saw journalism as a different way to perform a public service, see the world on someone else’s dime, and have some fun along the way. It was the best choice I ever made, besides becoming a father.

What excites you about what you do?

As a journalist, I get paid to tell the truth. There’s been a lot said about journalists being untruthful and that’s simply not true. When we make mistakes at The Washington Post, we are held accountable and can catch hell from our editors. If someone knowingly fabricates a story, they are fired on the spot. In my 30 years as a reporter, I’ve only seen it happen a handful of times. There are not many jobs that pay you for being honest. There are also not many jobs that put you in a position to witness history, to see things few people ever see, to learn from people in all stations of life and have fun every day you go to work. I feel like I have the best job on the planet, working as an advocate for the readers of The Washington Post, holding the powerful accountable and helping the less fortunate along the way. And the culture of a newsroom, with its creativity and energy and character, can’t be beat.

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud to be part of a tradition that is so essential to our democracy. The founders of our country made the freedom of the press the First Amendment for a reason. Our work at The Washington Post, and the work being done by reporters across the country, helps to inform the public and expose corrupt politicians and abusive corporations. There are few higher callings. As Thomas Jefferson said in 1787: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

What can be done about the proliferation of fake news?

Great question. Rely on trusted news sources, double check sources, find source material to verify information and read as many publications as possible. There’s an old saying in journalism: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” So if someone shares a “story” with you on Facebook or Twitter or whatever, check it out before you share it with someone else.

What advice would you have for today’s high school students?

Community college is a great place to start. Most students have no idea what they want to do with their lives when they’re graduating high school, and places like Suffolk can provide them with a place for experimentation and the space to take chances. And you can take those chances without racking up big tuition bills and burdensome loans. I really don’t know where I would be today if I hadn’t gone to Suffolk.

– Drew Fawcett

Source: Suffolk County Community College Career Focus


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3/22/17 Eastern Campus Career/Job Fair

Eastern Campus Career/Job Fair
Coordinated by: Suffolk County Community College Office of Career Services & Cooperative Education
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

JobFair

Eastern Campus • Peconic Building Cafeteria
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Contact: Roslin Khan, Career Services Coordinator, Career Services
khanr@sunysuffolk.edu

Coordinated by: Suffolk County Community College Office of Career Services & Cooperative Education

 

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Newsday – Manufacturers: $2.9M grant should produce more qualified workers

Updated January 17, 2017 6:00 AM
By James T. Madore  james.madore@newsday.com

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Long Island manufacturers are hopeful that a $2.9 million federal grant will help produce more qualified job applicants for hard-to-fill positions. The grant, won by Suffolk County Community College, will go toward new training programs and internships at local plants over four years. Nov. 3, 2016 Photo Credit: Chuck Fadely

Local manufacturers are hopeful that a $2.9 million federal grant will help produce more qualified job applicants for hard-to-fill positions, such as machinist, tool and die maker, welder and quality assurance specialist.

Officials said the U.S. Department of Labor grant, won by Suffolk County Community College in July, will go toward new training programs and internships at local plants over the next four years.

Troy Tucker, the college’s associate dean for grants development, said some of the funds also will be used to prepare the unemployed and underemployed for jobs in health care information and cybersecurity. Up to 145 students will be readied for manufacturing occupations; 212 will go into either health care or cybersecurity.

Regina Vieweg, chief executive of Check-Mate Industries, a stampings and components manufacturer in West Babylon, said, “We’re excited about this program because we’ve lost a whole generation of tool and die makers. . . . We need them, and this program will help.”

She joined about 60 business executives, educators and economic development officials last week to hear how SCCC intends to use the largest federal grant it’s ever received.

John Lombardo, the college’s associate vice president for workforce and economic development, said he is seeking feedback from manufacturers about the types of skills they are looking for in job applicants.

He also said he is establishing committees to help develop training curricula in tool and die making, quality control, human resources, cost estimating and electronics.

Lombardo, who runs SCCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, said the training is generally free to students. “We provide them with a foundation in manufacturing so that they are ready to learn in the work environment,” he said, adding the center offers certificate programs in a number of factory occupations.

“We can help a displaced worker up their skills at no cost to them or anyone else,” Lombardo said. “Someone can get back into the community with additional skills.”

The center has trained between 300 and 400 people since it started in 2005. The new grant comes from fees paid for H1B visas that allow foreigners to work in the United States, not taxpayer dollars.

Joseph P. Bryant, manufacturing director at Precipart in East Farmingdale, said he’s hired five graduates of the SCCC training center. Precipart makes gears, motion-control equipment and precision components.

“Manufacturing is alive and well on Long Island, and a necessity,” Bryant said. “You can earn a good living as a machinist. . . . The grant will allow us and others to have more interns because the money will be there to pay them.”

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Career Fair a Jump Start to Those Interested in Automotive Industry Jobs 12/7/16

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More than three dozen auto employers — dealerships and service companies – will help jumpstart your career at the Suffolk County Community College Automotive Technology and Career Services Automotive Career Fair at the college’s Automotive Technology Center on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Auto companies from across Long Island have confirmed their attendance at the premier Auto Technology career event sponsored by Suffolk County Community College and open to those who are interested in automotive dealership management and repair opportunities.

Suffolk County Community College offers an A.A.S. degree in Automotive Technology on its Ammerman Campus in Selden.  It is a certified program that is designed to prepare students for employment as automobile technicians.

The programs offered are the Honda PACT program, the Toyota T-TEN program, the General Motors ASEP program, and the General Automotive ATAC I & ATAC II programs.

Today’s automobiles are equipped with complex computer and electronic systems that requires highly trained, skilled professionals who are competent in math, science and computer technology.  Communication and management skills are equally important for success in the field.

“Students in our program are preparing not only for their futures, but the future of their industry,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

McKay urged those who are interested in careers in the automotive industry, either in dealership management or on the repair side of the business, to attend the one-day event.

Automotive Career Fair
Suffolk County Community College Automotive Center
533 College Rd., Selden, NY 11784
Parking Lot 11
Wednesday December 7, 2016 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 Confirmed attendees include:

Burns Motor Company

Acura of Huntington
Audi of Huntington
BMW of Bayside
Lexus of Smithtown
Lexus of Southampton
Mercedes Benz of Southampton
Sunrise Volkswagen

Competition Auto Group
Competition BMW of Smithtown
Competition Infiniti
Competition Subaru of Smithtown
Mercedes Benz of Huntington
Mercedes Benz of Smithtown
Sprinter of Smithtown

VIP Auto Group
Westbury Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge-Ram
Grand Prix Subaru
Garden City Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge-Ram
Fiat of Westbury
Levittown Ford
Alfa Romeo
Huntington Volvo
Tesla
Babylon Honda
Apple Honda – Riverhead
Honda City – Levittown
Smithtown Nissan
Gregoris Motors, Inc.
Nissan/Subaru – Valley Stream
Snap-On Tools
Plandome Service – Manhasset
Helms Brothers Mercedes/Volkswagen/Volvo – Queens
Farmingdale College
Best Buy Geek Squad
Firestone
Good Year
Kunzler Tire Service – Port Jeff Station
Atlantic Toyota – Amityville
Van Buren Buick – Garden City Park
GNYADA (Greater NY Dealers Association)
Lexus
Middle Country Automotive
Matco Tools
Pine Air Truck Service

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Media Contact:
Drew Biondo
631-451-4776
biondodr@sunysuffolk.edu


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9/15/16 Connect with Suffolk Community College Foundation at Senator Phil Boyle’s Business Networking & Expo

Connect with Suffolk Community College Foundation at Senator Phil Boyle’s Business Networking & Expo

Thursday, September 15, 2016
4PM – 7PM
Free Admission!

Senator Phil Boyle’s Business Networking & Expo
Captain Bill’s Bayview House
122 Ocean Avenue
Bay Shore, NY 11706

Babylon Chamber
Bayport – Blue Point Chamber
Brentwood Chamber
Colombian Chamber
Deer Park Chamber of Commerce
East Islip Chamber
Greater Wyandanch Chamber of Commerce
Holbrook Chamber
Islip Chamber
Lindenhurst Chamber
Long Island African American
Chamber of Commerce
Long Island Hispanic Chamber
North Babylon Chamber
Oakdale Chamber
Patchogue Chamber
Ronkonkoma Chamber
Salvadoran American Chamber
Sayville Chamber
The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore
West Islip Chamber

Meet representatives of the 18 chambers and from….
Empire State Development Corp.
Long Island Development Corp. / Long Island Small
Business Assistance Corp.
MacArthur Business Alliance
National Grid
NYS Department of Labor
NYS Department of Public Service
PSEG
SBDC- Small Business Development Center
Suffolk Community College Foundation
SCCC Advanced Manufacturing & Corporate
Training / Entrepreneurial Assistance Program
Suffolk County Economic Development & Planning
Suffolk County Women’s Business
Enterprise Coalition
Town of Islip Economic Development
Town of Babylon Industrial Development Agency
Town of Islip Foreign Trade Zone
YES- Youth Enrichment Services

And ask them how to:
Access Capital
Write a Business Plan
Get Access to Small Business Loans, Including
SBA 504 Program
Learn What Banks Look For When Lending to a
Small Business
Help Grow Your Small Business

Great networking opportunity

Business-to-Business Meet and Greet!
Promote Your Business!
Meet Other Professionals from Surrounding Areas!
Bring Hand-Outs and Business Cards!
Find Out What’s Out There to Bring More Business
to Your Door!

To RSVP and for further information call:
Angel Rivera at (631) 665-2311 • Email: arivera@nysenate.gov

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US DOL  $3 Million Grant, Largest in Suffolk College History

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A $2.9 million cybersecurity, manufacturing and health information technologies U.S. Department of Labor job training grant – the largest single grant in Suffolk County Community College history – has been awarded to the college, according to college President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

The college will collaborate with Suffolk County Workforce Development Board, New York State Department of Labor, Suffolk County Department of Labor and independent business, including Alken Industries, Inc.; GKN Aerospace, Inc.; Precipart, Inc.; Custom Computer Specialists, Inc. as well as business-related non-profit organizations, the Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island; Long Island STEM Hub and New York State Workforce Development Institute in executing the grant.

The $2,949,237 Resources and Education that Support Training Opportunities within the Regional Economy (RESTORE) Grant, according to McKay, will be used to train individuals by providing them with the skills and credentials required to meet the growth in cybersecurity, manufacturing and health information technology.

RESTORE is part of the federal government’s national TechHire initiative that is funded by H1B visa fees and intended to train local workforces with the skills required by regional industry.

“The RESTORE Grant will allow our college to focus new and additional resources on recognizing and empowering residents in our region with the education and training they need to develop new skills and earn higher wages,” said McKay.

McKay explained that some workers may be just starting their careers, while others may be older workers who don’t have the basic skills to allow them to assume more responsibility and reach higher paying roles. Others could also be workers who may have the competencies, but not formal credentials, to excel at a more senior-level job.

The RESTORE Grant will provide the resources for retraining individuals and upskilling to earn an associate’s degree and transfer to a baccalaureate program for expanded career options. Bootcamp training programs will be developed and students will prepare for online coursework while learning valuable industry and job readiness skills.

McKay said the college envisions the RESTORE Grant providing training for about 350 students.

“Ultimately,” McKay said, “our goal is to ensure that local, highly trained and motivated individuals remain on Long Island.”

Source: Suffolk County Community College


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7/26/16 – Business After Hours Hosted by Melville Chamber of Commerce

“Networking Event”
July 26, 2016
5:30PM-7:30PM

The Refuge

 Cash Bar / Complimentary Food

Melville Chamber Member = No Charge
Melville Chamber Non-Member = $30.00 


Please come join us for a great evening of networking.
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The Refuge
515 Broadhollow Rd 
Melville, NY 11747

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Brookhaven Job Fair – June 23, 2016

The Town of Brookhaven Job Fair is

Thursday, June 23, 2016 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Brookhaven Town Hall – 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738

Over 80 vendors have been confirmed!  For details, click here:  Vendor List

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Sponsored by Town of Brookhaven & the Brookhaven Business Advisory Council
Companies Attending the Town of Brookhaven Job Fair to Date Call 631-451-6563 for more information

Networking Mixer – Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce & Suffolk County Community College Alumni

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By the cascading waterfall

Thursday July 14, 2016, 6PM – 8PM

Special Live DJ Performance

Specialty Passed Hors D’Oeuvres

Poolside Networking

Complimentary Professional Headshots for your LinkedIn Account

Custom “Barbara-Tini” Cocktails upon arrival

In conjunction with Suffolk County Community College Alumni Association

For additional information contact alumni@sunysuffolk.edu.

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4/20/16 – Career/Job/Internship Fair at Suffolk County Community College

Suffolk County Community College

Ammerman Campus—Career Services

Career/Job/Internship Fair

 Join us in the

Babylon Student Center

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 10:00 a.m.— 1:00 p.m.

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Participating Employers:

Able Healthcare Service ACLD Aflac, NY Aid to the Developmentally Disabled • AHRC Suffolk Allstate Insurance Company Brookhaven Health Care Facility • Cox Media Group – WBAB/WBLI Dayton T. Brown, Inc. DDI DJJ Technologies EPIC LI • FJC Security Follet—SCCC Bookstore Frank Lowe Rubber & Gasket Co., Inc. Hartford Funding Hilton Garden Inn, Islip IGHL Imagine Early Learning Centers Industrial Careers Pathway • Island Group Plans, Inc. JVC Broadcasting The Learning Experience Level Solar • Liberty Moving & Storage Maryhaven Center of Hope NY City Dept. of Correction • New York Health Care New York Life Insurance Company Northwestern Mutual •  Options for Community Living, Inc. Photonics Industries International • Preferred Home Care of New York Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc. • Primerica Financial Services QSAC-Quality Services for the Autism Community • Riverhead Building Supply Royal Apparel South Shore Home Health SC Civil Service • TSLI/HHB Tri County Home Nursing Service United Cerebral Palsy US Secret Service • US Customs & Border Protection Utopia Home Care Verizon Viotech Solutions YAI

Coordinated by: Suffolk County Community College Office of Career Services & Cooperative Education


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