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Newsday – Women should pursue careers in manufacturing, female execs say

October 15, 2017 By James T. Madore   james.madore@newsday.com

From left, Central Islip High School students Gladis From left, Central Islip High School students Gladis Urrutials and Ana Mendoza, Justine Haupt of Brookhaven National Laboratory, Doreen Guarneri of American Culture Brands, Suffolk County Community College President Shaun McKay and event moderator Rosalie Drago discuss manufacturing job opportunities for women on Oct. 6, 2017, at SCCC’s Brentwood campus. (Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

Women can build fulfilling careers at local factories because of the wide range of available jobs, many of them requiring technical skills.

That was the message recently from a panel of female executives, who said they found success in manufacturing despite the sector’s reputation for being a “man’s world.”

The women are involved in producing everything from wine and shampoo to skin creams and a high-technology microscope.

“We have all kinds of jobs: human resources, finance, customer service, sales, research and development, quality control, engineering, technicians,” said Evelyn Marchany, head of drugmaker Novartis/Fougera Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s two local plants, which together employ about 350 people in the production of skin creams, lotions and ointments. “There are a lot of job opportunities in manufacturing.”

Marchany was among nine speakers on the panel held this month at Suffolk County Community College. Many also are featured in a new 12-minute video produced by the Workforce Development Institute, a nonprofit group based in Albany, to encourage women to pursue careers in manufacturing.

Marchany said women shouldn’t hesitate to speak up in meetings even if most of the people in the room are men.

“Persistence and believing in yourself; you have to be confident,” she said. “You also need to aspire to be the best in everything you do.”

Winemaker Alie Shaper agreed, saying, “Don’t do yourself differently. Be who it is you want to see in that workplace . . . Go forth with a behavior that says, ‘I belong here.’ ”

Shaper, who started the wine company Brooklyn Oenology, known as BOE, and the Peconic Cellar Door tasting room in Peconic, said there are job openings at local plants at many levels.

She has an engineering degree but said effective manufacturing executives value equally work done in an office, on the factory floor and in a warehouse. She makes her As If label wines on Long Island’s North Fork.

“If you want to understand manufacturing, you have to do it yourself; you have to try all of the jobs,” she said.

Plants in Nassau and Suffolk counties were looking to fill 8,372 jobs between August 2016 and July, according to the workforce institute. The most openings were for forklift operator, sales associate, quality assurance manager, mechanical engineer and software development manager.

Women make up about 35 percent of local manufacturing payrolls, which averaged 86,800 between 2011 and 2015, according to Census Bureau estimates.

“Don’t listen to anyone who tells you manufacturing is dead; it is far from that,” said Rosalie Drago, the institute’s Long Island director.

She and others said the sector offers employment to people with and without college degrees.

Success comes to those willing to work hard, said Doreen Guarneri, a hairdresser who started her first business after high school with her husband, Louis. “We never said, ‘that’s beneath me,’ ” she said.

The couple now runs American Culture Brands, a manufacturer of shampoo, conditioner and other hair care products in Huntington Station. The products have won favor with celebrities such as singer Jewel and actors Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell.

“What happens at a manufacturing company if you step in and just say at a very young age, ‘I’m looking for work’? Oh, hold on for the ride because there is anything and everything that you could possibly do at that place of business,” Guarneri told the SCCC audience of about 160, which included high school students from Central Islip.

The event and video release were part of local celebrations of National Manufacturing Day, which was Oct. 6.

Several speakers said the best way to pursue a career is to do an internship or secure an entry-level position.

“Take a job; take an internship,” Farmingdale State College professor Marjaneh Issapour said. “Find out what your passion is. Manufacturing has room for everyone.”

Felicia Fleitman, owner of the human resources firm Savvy Hires in Westbury, agreed, saying young women should start by researching local companies to identify a handful that interest them. They then should contact the companies to arrange an in-person interview to learn more.

“When you go in for that internship . . . Don’t show up and say, ‘Teach me,’ ” said Fleitman, co-founder of the nonprofit RecruitLI.org.“Think about what you want to get from the internship and what you are giving to the business. When you walk out, you want them to say, ‘Wow, that was the best intern that we’ve ever had and we want to hire her.’ ”

On Friday Oct. 6 2017, the Women in Manufacturing/STEM Summit at Suffolk County Community College was held as part of a local celebration of National Manufacturing Day. It is designed to encourage young women to pursue careers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The nonprofit Workforce Development Institute showed a 12-minute video it produced, featuring some of the panelists, highlighting women in manufacturing. (Credit: Workforce Development Institute)

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9/27/17 5th Annual National Dialogue on Race: Beyond The Color Line at Suffolk County Community College

5th Annual National Dialogue on Race: Beyond The Color Line

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
9:30 – 10:45am — Sagtikos, Van Nostrand Theatre (Map)

Join the dialogue… with guest speakers
Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Lewis-Mention and Dr. Arthur Romano professor of conflict resolution and peace education at George Mason University.

Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis began her legal career as a Nassau County Assistant District Attorney in 1993, prosecuting misdemeanors.  She later became an Assistant District Attorney in County Court where she prosecuted felony cases. When litigating an attempted murder case in 1999 that involved teenagers, Mention-Lewis realized that young people were in dire need of new, comprehensive intervention strategies.
In 2005 she was honored with her promotion to the position of Unit Chief of Rising Star where she focused on gang prevention strategies. In January 2013, Mention-Lewis was appointed by the Suffolk County Executive to the position of County Deputy Police Commissioner, making her not only the first female to hold the position, but also the first person of color. Her work entails creating comprehensive programs to combat gang violence and recidivism through intelligence lead policing, community-oriented policing and assisting to develop Council of Thought and Action groups across the county.

Dr. Arthur Romano, an international peace-educator, consultant, certified nonviolence trainer and a professor of conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University.  Dr. Romano has implemented innovative educational programs in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and the US. Those programs have supported thousands of students in learning practical strategies for building healthy communities, becoming global leaders and productively engaging with conflict.  Dr. Romano has spoken numerous times at the United Nations and has collaborated with the Department of Public Information to promote the Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence and the International Day of Peace.

All Are Welcome!

Sponsored by Office of Campus Activities & Multicultural Affairs

National Dialogue on Race 2017

Location: Sagtikos, Van Nostrand Theatre
Suffolk County Community College
Michael J. Grant Campus
1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY (Map)
Fees: Free

Contact: Christy Banks, banksc@sunysuffolk.edu

 

Regarding Changes to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

September 6, 2017

TO:                  The College Community

FROM:           Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President

Subject:          Regarding Changes to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), has offered relief from the fear of deportation for certain individuals whose parents brought them to the United States as children.  For more than three years, the College has progressively worked to distribute information and implement programs that enhance the types of support it has been able to offer to students who qualified for DACA.

 

With yesterday’s announcement from the nation’s capital, I want to publicly state that the College will continue to hold its commitment to inclusion and student safety in the highest regard.

 

I have seen great progress as we have worked together to build a supportive culture that assists all students in attaining our nation’s promise of opportunity. We have a right to be proud of our accomplishments, such as: 1) In independent student surveys, the College ranks at the top of all SUNY institutions regarding its development of a culture of acceptance–and, we are at the bottom when it comes to students witnessing acts of intolerance; 2) We recently charged the Center for Social Justice and Human Understanding with responsibility for communicating and promoting knowledge regarding issues of human rights, justice, equity, and equality; 3) We have restructured and funded our multicultural affairs efforts college-wide, in order to guarantee they are impactful and will provide enhanced support to a diverse student body. As a result, we are building an appreciation of the many facets of difference that exist within the College and across the County.

 

Through the Center for Social Justice and Human Understanding, our work with Achieving the Dream, the activities contained within our Diversity Strategic Plan, and our updated approach to multiculturalism, it is clear that a reminder regarding our  continued commitment to our undocumented students could not be timelier.  I will look to the Center for Social Justice and Human Understanding to now take an assertive stand in leading the conversation on this issue of social injustice. I can think of no higher priority at this point in our institution’s history, than for all of us to be working together toward passage of replacement legislation for DACA.  Better yet, an inclusive immigration policy that would strengthen our nation and propel us toward enhanced greatness as a country whose success has occurred through the contributions of immigrants.

 

It is at this precise moment when we must stand as a beacon of light.  It is more important than ever that we work to ensure an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcomed and anyone who wants an education and is willing to work for it, can come to us to achieve their goals and dreams.  Although we came to this institution with a multitude of differences, by working together we will achieve great things during this academic year that will ultimately benefit all communities.

 

As I stated in my remarks during yesterday’s Convocation, our College is, and will always be, a place of welcome and trust.  Thankfully, our college community has flourished as a result of the daily contributions made by thousands of individuals with integrity, who can accept and celebrate the existence of differences–realizing that those differences bring value to us all.  This has occurred intentionally, and incrementally, through each and every encounter that takes place here on a daily basis.

 

The only way to triumph over ignorance is through education. Here at this College we provide pathways of success for all, as well as supports that will help our students to complete the journey. Learning is infinite… and as a teaching and learning institution, we will continue to grow and expand as we work collaboratively with mutual respect for each other.

 

I have asked Dr. Christopher Adams, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Renee Ortiz, Director of the Center for Social Justice and Human Understanding to compile DACA resource information for our use and for distribution to our students. This will be shared with you as soon as it is prepared.

 

Together, as a community, we must commit ourselves to tolerance, to understanding, and to advocating for those who need our help at this moment in time.  This involves a commitment from everyone.   Embracing social justice is at the core of why we do what we do.  This is, in fact, the greatest work of personal and professional transformation.


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10/6/17 Free Women in Manufacturing Summit at Suffolk County Community College

Women in Manufacturing Summit at Suffolk County Community College

SCCC Women Manufacturing Summit

Presented by Suffolk County Community College’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development, this free event will explore the importance and impact that women have in a wide range of manufacturing and manufacturing-related industries and how STEM education can support further growth in these industries.

The conference is FREE but registration is required.

The development of this document was funded completely by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration for $2,949,137 to Suffolk County Community College, and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

Time Activity
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Welcome and Introduction of Guests
Remarks by Suffolk’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development Associate Vice President John Lombardo
Remarks by Suffolk President Dr. Shaun L. McKay
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Video Presentation: “How Women Choose Career Paths” and review of regional and national studies
Rosalie Drago, Regional Director – Workforce Development Institute
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Panel discussion features a Q & A with a wide range of leaders from regional industries, including food service manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, clothing and design, wine and spirits, aerospace and defense, and electronics.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Exhibitions including robotics demonstrations and STEM project displays. In addition, various companies will be showcasing core products. Exhibitor space is free but you must sign up in advance. Please call 631-851-6200 for details.

 ONLINE REGISTRATION

For more information contact advmfg@sunysuffolk.edu

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Sunday 6/25/17 March with SUNY at NYC Pride

March with SUNY at NYC Pride

SUNY Pride 2017

The State University of New York was founded in 1948 on the principles of equity and inclusion. SUNY is once again marching in the annual NYC Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 2017. We hope you will join fellow students, faculty, and staff to showcase SUNY’s commitment to the LGBT community and the power of diversity and equality in the New York City Pride March!

The Pride March gives all of us the opportunity to walk together in solidarity and to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

cartoon people marching in a LGBTQ pride parade.
View the parade route in the map above.

We hope that you will march with us on Sunday, June 25th at the biggest Pride celebration in the world! Please register below so that we can prepare for your attendance. Updates will follow with all of the exciting details! See you on June 25th!

Register now!

Registration deadline: June 22nd


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Suffolk Program Encourages Women Pursue Technology Related Careers

Eleven students – all female – worked on a real-life architectural project that provided them with work experience and hands-on architectural experience.

The four-day program at Suffolk County Community College, funded by a grant to encourage women to pursue technology-related careers, enabled students to prepare preliminary designs for a new, moderate-sized home in Mattituck.

The project demonstrated to the students the process architects typically go through in analyzing the site, researching local and state codes, and designing a building in multiple phases. The group also reviewed New York State’s education and work experience requirements related to obtaining an architectural professional license.

Source: Suffolk County Community College


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5/1/17 In Our Backyard Series

In Our Backyard

The Center for Social Justice and Human Understanding (CSJHU) recognizes that when incidents occur and issues arise in our surrounding communities, they impact the day to day lives of our Suffolk County Community College students.

Most recently, our college community has been deeply affected by the violent incidents and increase in gang activity within areas surrounding our campuses. In response to these incidents the CSJHU, in collaboration with the College Wide Office of Multicultural Affairs and College Campus Activities, would like to introduce a new and ongoing program entitled, “In Our Backyard”.

In Our Backyard is a forum created to offer a safe and supportive environment for our students to discuss and share their feelings, thoughts and concerns regarding these incidents as well as organized training to develop productive ways to respond through community advocacy and engagement.

The first in the series will take place College wide, on Monday, May 1st during common hour (11am – 12 pm) at the following locations on each campus.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact the CSJHU: (631) 451-4117.

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4/7/17 2nd Annual AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENT UNION Student Diversity Leadership Conference

AASU Diversity Conference Flyer 2017-4-7

Friday April 7, 2017

9:00AM to 3:00PM

Suffolk County Community College

Ammerman Campus, Babylon Student Center

533 College Road, Selden, NY 11727

Maria DeLongoria, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor of History, Medgar Evers College

Kaliah D. Greene, M.B.A. Asst. Dean, VP of Academic Affairs, St. Joseph’s College

Jarvis M. Watson, Ed.D. Asst. Dean for Multicultural Affairs, Stony Brook University

Conversations about Campus and Community Interaction from the Student Perspective:

  • Systemic privilege in America
  • Community Building: What role do community colleges and their students have in building diverse and inclusive communities?
  • Protesting in America, Then and Now: Does protesting still work?

Afternoon session will feature panel discussion with student organization leaders

Welcome back to members of the African Diaspora Alumni Network

See photos from 2016 Conference

ONLINE REGISTRATION


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3/30/17 Christopher Verga ’05 Civil Rights on Long Island by Historical Society of Islip Hamlet

civil_rights_on_liOn Thurs., March 30th, the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet will host Christopher Verga ’05, a local historian, writer and American history lecturer at Suffolk County Community College. Christopher’s works include his monthly column in Greater Bay Shore and his forthcoming book, “Bay Shore”. Christopher utilized images from local historical societies, private collections, and The African American Museum of Nassau County to author, “Civil Rights on Long Island”.

The interactive lecture will detail the historic race relations and struggles for equality across Long Island. These historical, sometimes overlooked, events paved the way for milestones, and complications in segregation.

The program will be held at the Islip Public Library, 71 Monell Ave, Islip, NY 11751 7-9 pm and is free and open to the public.

Books available for sale after the event, refreshments. For more info, 631-245-0675, www.isliphamlethistory.org

Register online

3/1/17 – “Moving Forward 2017”- Information Panel and Community Discussion

Moving Forward 2017

Be informed. Be engaged. Be empowered.

Moving Forward 2017 is a series of information and discussion panels to support SCCC community members in navigating current changes in US society from diverse perspectives.

Wed., Mar. 1st (11am-12:15pm)

Ammerman Library, Room 112

Open to all SCCC community members including students

Sponsored by TLC, SCCC Diversity Committee and Association of Latin American Students

Open to all SCCC community members, this information panel and discussion is geared specifically towards students; addressing questions, concerns and uncertainty they may have in regards to current shifts in the United States and elsewhere.

Presenters & Discussion Topics:

Dr. Patty Munsch-Eilbeck, College Assistant Dean for Student Engagement (Ammerman)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Immigration and Student Engagement

Christina Vargas, Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator

Title IX, Civil Rights and Educational Equality

Kevin McCoy, Professor of Library Services (Ammerman)

Civics 101

Dante Morelli, Associate Professor of Communication Studies & LGBTQ/Gay Straight Alliance Advisor (Ammerman Campus) // LGBTQ Issues

Deborah Provenzano ’88,  Professor of Library Services & LGBTQ/Gay Straight Alliance Advisor (Ammerman Campus) // LGBTQ Issues

Etsuko Donnelly, Associate Professor of Sociology & SCCC Global Connection Advisor (Ammerman) International students

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”

 –Kofi Annan

Questions Contact: Dawn Wing

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