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Long Island Celebrates National Manufacturing Day at Suffolk County Community College!

Photo l to r: NYS Senator Jack Martins, College Board of Trustee member Anne Shybunko Moore, Trustee Paul Pontieri, Jr.; Suffolk County Community College HVAC student Martin Lane (Lindenhurst), NYS Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

Photo l to r: NYS Senator Jack Martins, College Board of Trustee member Anne Shybunko Moore, Trustee Paul Pontieri, Jr.; Suffolk County Community College HVAC student Martin Lane (Lindenhurst), NYS Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay was joined by a host of state and  local officials, labor leaders, students and  manufacturing CEO’s, Economic Development officials, and students to celebrate National Manufacturing Day and recognizing successful CEO’s and creative entrepreneurs –  called makers – by highlighting the creative nature of the manufacturing , as well as the many rewards and opportunities available to those committed to operating on Long Island, such as a young and diverse pool of talent. The event was sponsored by The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) and hosted by our college at the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood at the Workforce Development Technology Center.

“Community colleges have been at the forefront of helping to redefine manufacturing in the 21st century.  We are certainly hopeful that the event and video will serve to inspire a new group of creative entrepreneurs—known as makers—to view manufacturing from a different perspective, ultimately leading some to consider launching manufacturing careers and startups.  At Suffolk, we are focusing on new technologies that can empower students and support entrepreneurship.  By emphasizing the connection between the College and career pathways, we are confident that skilled workers will be able to stay on Long Island and be able to afford to live here and raise a family,” said Dr. McKay.

During this event WDI and its partners unveiled, “Millennials in Manufacturing,” a video highlighting several of those Long Island Maker companies, their CEO’s and millennial professionals.  The event also featured a panel discussion exploring the evolution of the local industry, the rewards and challenges of operating a manufacturing business on Long Island, the new trend of millennials looking to work locally and the career paths that are enabling them to innovate, contribute to business growth, and advance professionally.

Learn more about worforce programs at Suffolk County Community College: https://www.sunysuffolk.edu/workforce.asp

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Groundbreaking on First-of-its-Kind STEM Building in SUNY Community College System, at Suffolk

State and local elected officials, Suffolk County Community College students, faculty and administration will gather to celebrate the ground breaking of a  two-story, 33,792- square-foot Renewable Energy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center on the Suffolk County Community College Michael J. Grant, Brentwood campus that will be the first of its kind in the state community college system. Fifty percent of the $19.5 million center’s funding comes from New York State.

The ground breaking will take place on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 12 noon.

The new facility will house laboratories and classrooms to teach installation, maintenance and repair of solar, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal and other green power technologies, according to Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay who said plans call for the building to be solar-powered with geothermal heating and would contain a prototype solar house on rails that could be used indoors or rolled outside to test various renewable energy materials.

DATE:       Thursday September 17, 2015
TIME:         12 Noon
PLACE:      Suffolk County Community College
Michael J.Grant Campus
Brentwood, NY
Parking Lot #2 Next to the Workforce Development Training Center
Google Map:  https://goo.gl/C53djr   (40°47’57.8″N 73°16’32.0″W)

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Suffolk County Community College 2014-2015 Review of Accomplishments

TO:                 The College Community

FROM:            Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President

SUBJECT:     2014-2015 Review of Accomplishments Now Available Online

I am pleased to share with you that a copy of the 2014-2015 Review of Accomplishments for Suffolk County Community College is now available online. This document covers the period from June 2014 to July 2015 and captures the major achievements of the College, its faculty and its students during that time.  You will be able to access this document directly via a link found on the homepage of the College’s website, where you can then peruse it, page by page, on-line.  If you would like to view the accomplishments from prior years as well, simply go to the homepage, select “About SCCC” and then select “Office of the President.” From there you can select the annual summary of major achievements from prior years, dating back to 2010-2011.

Your individual efforts are the driving force behind the many successes chronicled in these pages.  We are able to transform lives thanks to the expertise found in our faculty and staff and the drive found within our students.  This is something to applaud and celebrate.

This legacy that you and I are called upon to build, touches every area of College life:

  • We have worked hard to provide excellent academic programs and appropriate student services;
  • We have secured funding to build new, state-of-the-art buildings on all three campuses;
  • We have worked with our Board and elected officials to try to keep tuition affordable;
  • We have enhanced our branding and messaging to communicate our institution’s value;
  • We have made great strides in philanthropy, which has enabled us to provide over $650,000 in student scholarships; and
  • We continue to attract and hire the best faculty and staff members to assist our students in achieving their personal and educational goals.

Having done all of this, we are seeing our efforts change individual lives in a positive manner, each and every day.  Thank you for your dedication to our mission and your contributions toward enhancing all we do.


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VIDEO: Ground Broken for New $28.2 Million Library on Suffolk County Community College’s Grant Campus

Ground was broken for a new $28.2 million, 74,198 square foot Learning Resource Center (LRC) and library on Suffolk County Community College’s Michael J. Grant Campus, Brentwood, today.

“The new Learning Resource Center will serve as a powerful symbol of the value that the College and its students bring to the vitality of our shared community,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay in his remarks to the gathered elected officials, students, staff, faculty members, administration, community members, labor leaders and members of the college’s board of trustees.

Funding for the building is shared equally between the County and New York State.

“Libraries are not only repositories of knowledge, but also of our aspirations,” said, Suffolk County Community College Board of Trustees Chairwoman Dafny Irrizary.  “The new Learning Resource Center will be a critical component of our college that will enable us to better serve our students and the communities surrounding our Michael J. Grant Campus.”

“I am pleased to see the progress of the new Learning Resource Center.  It’s important that we provide students with the means to further their academic studies and knowledge.  I know that this new building will be instrumental in assisting Suffolk Community College Students in their future endeavors,” said New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle.

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. stated, “The new library on the Brentwood Campus will be of tremendous value to the students and Suffolk County Community College community, as libraries so often serve as the heart of a college campus. We must provide the educational resources that will help our students learn, grow and succeed.”

“I congratulate Suffolk County Community College on the breaking of ground for a new library on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood,” said Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory. “This will be another valuable addition to the college, benefitting the college’s students, the college and the community.”

“A library is the heart and soul of every college,” said Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, who is a Ranking Member on the Committee on Higher Education. “This state-of-the-art library will provide students with the necessary tools and resources to continue on their career paths. I’m looking forward to the completion of this library that will serve thousands of students on Long Island for generations to come.”

I’d like to congratulate Suffolk County Community College’s Grant Campus on their new library,” said Legislator Sarah Anker, Chair of the Education and Information Technology Committee. “Our Suffolk students will benefit tremendously from this state-of-the-art building and its facilities.”

“It is with great personal pride that I offer my congratulations to President McKay and the Board of Trustees and members of the College community as they break ground at the Michael J. Grant campus for a new library!  Being a part of this project for the past eight years as a Legislator and now County Comptroller brings great satisfaction to me and illustrates how perseverance and dedication can provide sensational results when community and government work together for the benefit of this much loved institution and for all those future generations to come,” said Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy, Jr.

“The new library will be a tremendous benefit to the students of the Brentwood Campus and the surrounding community. It will serve as a beacon for study, research and enlightenment,” said Suffolk County legislator Thomas F. Barraga.

“The groundbreaking for the Grant Campus’ new library is yet another leap forward for Suffolk Community College,” said Legislator Kevin McCaffrey. “It only makes sense to have a state-of-the-art library on a campus that has seen such rapid growth and development in recent years.  I am excited for Suffolk Community College’s future, and I will remain committed to ensuring its continued success.”

”As Suffolk County Legislator for the 16th Legislative District, which is home to the Michael J. Grant Campus of Suffolk County Community College (SCCC), I am proud to offer my congratulations as you break ground for the new state-of-the art library,” Legislator Stern said.  “We are all very proud of Suffolk County Community College, which offers outstanding opportunities to its diverse student population.  A library is the heart of any learning institution and this beautiful new facility will surely be the heart of the Brentwood campus for many years to come.”

The building will become the new home to the library that is now located in the College’s Sagtikos Building. The library was not intended to be part of the Sagtikos complex, but was temporarily placed there in 1993 until an independent building could be constructed. The existing 15,520 square foot library is approximately half the size recommended by SUNY.

Ground breaking photo

Photo L to R: Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus Executive Dean James Keane, College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, Dick O’Kane, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk, Suffolk County Legislators: Monica Martinez, Sara Anker, Thomas F. Barraga, Robert Trotta and Leslie Kennedy, at right Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy, Jr.

The new LRC will house traditional library spaces and also include:

  • A 95 seat lecture hall
    • Classrooms
    • A writing center
    • A reading center
    • Computer labs
    • Tutoring rooms
    • Testing rooms
    • Offices
    • An information commons
    • A Board of Trustees room
    • A teaching and learning center
    • A photo/video studio
  • Photo/video labs and offices

Construction is expected to take approximately 18 months.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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President McKay Joins Rep. Steve Israel at Cyber College Partnership Kick-Off

Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) announced a new “Cyber College Partnership” between County Executives Bellone and Mangano, Long Island University (LIU), Nassau Community College and Suffolk Community College to develop Long Island into a national cyber security hub. The new initiative will focus on aligning curricula at Long Island community colleges and universities to address the growing demand for cyber security professionals throughout New York and the United States.

Long Island is home to more than a dozen colleges and universities. Fostering a close cooperation between these schools to educate the next generation of cyber security experts will help draw more industry leaders to Long Island. Providing a robust infrastructure across campus lines will also help provide students with more resources and programs to prepare for a successful career in the field.

Joining Rep. Israel and County Executives Bellone and Mangano are Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, President of Long Island University (LIU), Dr. Kenneth Saunders, Acting President of Nassau Community College and Dr. Shaun McKay, President of Suffolk County Community College.

“The cyber security sector will continue to grow rapidly as our world becomes more interconnected. We need to make sure we’re educating our students to fill these high-paying jobs, and that we’re keeping these jobs on Long Island,” said Rep. Steve Israel. “I applaud our county executives and college and university presidents for joining me in laying the groundwork to make Long Island the cyber security capital of America.”

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano stated, “This initiative brings together academia, employers and government to establish a curricula that creates job opportunities for graduates in growing technology industries, such as cyber security. Our cyber security program will assist in growing Nassau’s cyber security industry while providing graduates with well-paying job opportunities and developing tomorrow’s technology to protect our nation.”

“I applaud Congressman Israel’s initiative and efforts to enhance the cyber security and technology industries here on Long Island,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “Here in Suffolk County we recognize the importance to build a prosperous outlook for our future. We must become a region that can attract the highly skilled young adults that are necessary to build an innovation economy. This plan is part of our overall goal to reverse the brain drain and to keep our best and brightest students in our region.”

“By modest estimates, more than 200,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and the talent needed to fill those jobs has been hard to come by. Congressman, we are prepared to help fill those jobs and protect our state and nation. At Suffolk we are about to build a first-of- its-kind-in New York State Renewable Energy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center that will house a new cyber security educational and development center. Suffolk County Community College can and will produce students with the cyber skills needed to combat and prevent cyber based attacks and high technology crimes,” said Dr. Shaun L. McKay, president of Suffolk County Community College.

“It is an honor to join Rep. Steve Israel, our county executives, and our fellow higher education institutions in this pioneering cyber security partnership,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “LIU is committed to this crucial initiative and ensuring that our students will be prepared to take leading roles in the growing industry.”

Nassau Community College’s Acting President Dr. Kenneth Saunders said, “As the world is increasingly interconnected, everyone shares the responsibility of securing cyberspace. As the demand for cybersecurity professionals grows, teachers must have the tools necessary to prepare the future cybersecurity workforce.

Cybercrime is one of the greatest threats facing our nation from a security and economic perspective. Long Island is home to a growing cybersecurity industry. By offering programs at local academic institutions, Long Island can keep up with this emerging economic opportunity for the region. In 2014, the number of detected cyberattacks jumped by 48 percent from the previous year according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Last year, there was an estimated 42.8 million cyberattacks. That is about 117, 339 every day. This presents an opportunity for companies in need of assistance by cyber security professionals that can help them better protect their infrastructure.

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Radio Interview Dr. Shaun L. McKay President of Suffolk County Community College

“Ernestly Speaking With Dr. Shaun L. McKay President Suffolk County Community College by JVC Broadcasting – Hear the world’s sounds”

Dr. Shaun L. McKay President Suffolk County Community College

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Being Different On Long Island: Embracing Our Differences Week Programming

How are differences among people keeping our community from realizing its full potential?

The Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding, Inc., together with the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission and the Suffolk County Interfaith Anti-Bias Task Force, are initiating a series of conversations to identify the state of difference and the actions needed to overcome the obstacles to a fully inclusive society.

Beginning the week of October 20, 2014, there will be several panel discussions about these questions, each from their unique perspective.

The public is invited to attend these free sessions.

Location:          
Suffolk County Community College, Grant Campus in Brentwood

Session I:           
Embracing Our Differences reception featuring remarks by Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun McKay and a panel of artists including Patricia Lannes as moderator, and Robert Carter, Juan Lopez, and Chang-Jin Lee.
October 20 at 4 pm in the Van Nostrand Theatre, Sagtikos Arts and Science Building

Session II:          
A panel of members from the Multi Faith Forum will discuss how differences within and among religions have kept people apart, and how religion can become a force for positive change.  
October 21 from 11 am to 12:15 pm in room 105 of the Health, Sports and Education Building   

Session III:         
Unity Day program with a keynote address by James Banks, Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs at Suffolk County Community College, a panel discussion of student leaders, and a panel discussion of community leaders who are members of town Anti-Bias Task Forces.
October 24 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Van Nostrand Theatre,
Sagtikos Arts and Science Building

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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Trio to be Honored at Suffolk Community College Foundation Golf Classic Reception for Daring Rescue.

Two Suffolk County police officers and a Centereach good Samaritan who rescued a trapped, 23-year-old Holtsville woman from her burning Ford Focus after a November 21, 2013 crash will be honored by the Suffolk County Legislature’s Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory at an awards reception following the Suffolk Community College Foundation’s 31st Annual Golf Classic honoring Noel DiGerolamo, President of the Suffolk County Police BenevolDavid Vlacichent Association (PBA). The reception and awards ceremony will be Monday, August 25 at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack after completion of the golf classic. Suffolk County Fourth Precinct Police Officers David Vlacich and Bryan Boudreaux responding to call about a multi-vehicle car crash and fire at Route 25 and Moriches Rd. in Lake Grove arrived to find 23-year-old Stephanie McNamee unconscious and trapped in her burning, blue Ford Focus. A good Samaritan, David Ayala, 38, arrived moments before the police and was attempting to help the victim.

Working together, while the car continued to burn and potentially explode, the three freed the victim and carried her to safety. The victim recovered from her injuries.

“Officers Vlacich, Boudreaux and good Samaritan David Ayala will be commended for their quick and heroic actions by entering a burning vehicle and rescuing a trapped and unconscious victim,” said Suffolk County Community College president Dr. Shaun L. McKay. It is an honor to welcome them to our post event reception and celebration.”

“It is my pleasure to join President McKay in recognizing Suffolk County Police Officers Vlacich and Boudreaux for their heroism. Suffolk County is truly fortunate to have such members of our fine police force,” said Presiding Officer Gregory.

The proceeds from the Golf Classic will support needs-based and merit-based scholarships, emergency student loans and academic enrichment programs for Suffolk County Community College students.  The Suffolk Community College Foundation distributed more than $500,000 in scholarships to deserving students last year.

Those wishing to attend the post Golf Classic reception and awards ceremony may do so by buying tickets online at:  www.sunysuffolk.edu/golf or call the Suffolk Community College Foundation office at 631-451-4458.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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