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Graduating students stand during the Stony Brook University School of Nursing commencement ceremony on Dec. 21, 2009. Photo Credit: Newsday file / Joel Cairo
Nursing students in good standing at Suffolk County Community College will have the opportunity to be admitted automatically into the competitive bachelor’s degree program at Stony Brook University because of a new partnership to begin this fall that aims to fast-track higher education for practicing nurses.
Officials from both schools are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding Tuesday at the Stony Brook campus.
The new program — called Suffolk-Stony Brook Nursing First — will be the first on Long Island to give students at a community college joint admission into a bachelor’s degree program. The partnership diversifies and accelerates nursing education attainment, advocates say, and answers the call by medical professionals to increase the number of registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees by 2020.
“Our colleagues at Suffolk do an outstanding job in preparing and diversifying our nursing workforce with the selection and training of future nurses,” said Lee Anne Xippolitos, dean of Stony Brook University School of Nursing. “However, with dramatic changes in an ever-changing health care landscape, the need to educate nurses who are skilled at the highest levels is necessary. This program provides the students with a wonderful bridge to that education.”
To gain admittance into SBU’s nursing school in their junior year, SCCC nursing students would need to maintain a 3.1 grade-point average, out of 4.0, and complete the associate in science degree. The initial class will consist of 65 students; and the Nursing First program will have its own admissions committee, Xippolitos said.
Entering Stony Brook’s traditional bachelor’s of nursing program is competitive. The school receives 1,200 to 1,400 applications, granting interviews to 400 of those, for 160 spots.
Students who choose SCCC for the first two years would save on tuition. For the 2016-17 academic year, SCCC’s tuition was $4,770; SBU’s tuition was $6,470.
A 2010 report by the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation called for nurses to achieve higher levels of education and training through the educational system and promotes seamless academic progression. “The Future of Nursing Report” points out that by 2020 the nation will need an additional 1 million nurses at the bedside to care for an aging population.
The report also recommends that 80 percent of the practicing nurses be educated at the baccalaureate level in order to continue to perform at the level needed as nursing practices advance along with medicine.
To practice as a registered nurse in New York, a person must be licensed and registered with the state Education Department, which is dependent upon successfully completing a licensing exam. A person with an associate degree is able to sit for the exam and work as an RN.
A bachelor’s degree in nursing is becoming a new employment requirement by hospitals on Long Island and New York City. Additionally, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which represents 800 nursing schools nationally, recognizes the bachelor of science degree in nursing as the minimum educational requirement for professional nursing practice.
SCCC President Shaun McKay said the partnership will facilitate upward educational and career mobility for his students.
“As a community college, Suffolk cannot be late in meeting the demands of our regional employers, because our mission directs us to be at the forefront in preparing the area’s workforce,” said McKay, who has been president since 2010. “We are a critical economic development engine and we must be particularly nimble.”
In 2016, 80 percent of SCCC’s students passed the state-registered nurse license exam; 95 percent of SBU’s students passed, according to SCCC and SBU officials. This data is reported on the state’s Office of the Professions website, which tracks the pass rates of first-time test-takers. The 2016 numbers were not yet available on the site.
The memorandum of understanding between SBU and SCCC’s nursing school will be in effect for three years. In the fall of 2020, faculty leaders will assess the program, they said.
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Matthew Moore,’09 MSW is the Executive Intern to the President at Stony Brook University and is serving as First-Vice President of the Long Island Latino Teachers Association. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University where he graduated cum laude, and was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Psi Chi International Honor Society. In 2011 Matthew was invited to join the national Phi Beta Kappa honor society, an honor that is only open to the top 10% of students in the nation. Matthew continued his education and earned a Master’s degree from Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare.
Upon completing his graduate degree, Matthew worked as Senior Research Analyst for the State University of New York Research foundation on a federally-sponsored fatherhood initiative program. Shortly after that he served as Program Director for the EAC Network, Inc. District Attorney’s Pre-Plea Community Service Program.
As a first-generation college graduate and well-accomplished scholar, Matthew understands how complex and intimidating the US higher education system can be for aspiring students. With this reality in mind, Matthew has a personal conviction to inspire every young scholar he encounters that “it is possible.” Despite his humble beginnings in a single-parent, fatherless household, Matthew has overcome many personal and social challenges and has galvanized his dreams into a prolific career.
Matthew has several years of experience in the field of education in a variety of settings and has influenced the lives of many young people. He’s served as a lead instructor in New York State’s first university-sponsored Freedom School which provides reading and self-esteem enrichment for children from economically challenged communities. He’s taught seminar courses for new college students, counseled, mentored, advised and even coached many young people. Matthew currently speaks in schools, churches, and conferences both local and international.
Matthew enjoys playing basketball, traveling internationally, and spending time with his family. During the summer of 2014 he joined a team of dynamic young adults to conduct a massive outreach in Haiti. This was a “life-changing” experience, Matthew quotes.
He believes that with strong ambition, personal fortitude, and a stable support system, there is no limit to what anyone can accomplish.
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It Pays to Stay on Long Island. Innovative Suffolk Scholarship Program Offers Free Ride to Qualified Students.
|A scholarship program conceived by Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay in 2011 to halt Long Island’s “brain drain” by keeping talented, motivated students on Long Island and attending Long Island Colleges and Universities has awarded scholarships totaling approximately $640,000 annually to 31 Suffolk County Community College students. The program has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships to 110 Suffolk County Community College students since its inception, President McKay said.“The Stay on Long Island Initiative (SoLII) helps our graduates achieve their academic dreams by continuing their education at quality four-year colleges and universities right here in our region,” President McKay said.The initiative, McKay explained, provides full and partial-tuition scholarships to current Suffolk County Community College students who graduate and transfer to partnering four-year Long Island colleges that include: Adelphi University, Briarcliffe College, Dowling College, Farmingdale State College, Five Towns College, Hofstra University, LIU Post, LIU Riverhead, LIU Brentwood, New York Institute of Technology, The College at Old Westbury, St. John’s University, St. Joseph’s College and Stony Brook University. Molloy College in Rockville Center is expected to join the scholarship program shortly.
2014 SoLII Scholarship Recipients.
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STEM Students are Nation’s Future Innovators, Support President Obama’s Call to Empower America’s Students and Entrepreneurs.
Watch this video with alumni Helen Bagnato ’12, Oluwafemi Bamgbose ’09, Beatris Jiminez ’12, Cassandra Nyati ’14, Nicholas Patterson ’11, Long Phan ’11 & Heather Savage ’11
Suffolk County Community College is proud to support President Obama’s call to empower America’s students and entrepreneurs to invent the future in conjunction with the first-ever White House Maker Faire being held today announced College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.
Maker Faire features makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life.
President Obama is hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire today and meeting with students, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens who are using new tools and techniques to launch new businesses, learn vital skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and fuel the renaissance in American manufacturing.
“Since 2004, Suffolk County Community College has been one of the strongest pipelines of interns to Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. Suffolk County Community College is second only to Stony Brook University in total number of participants in BNL research programs, McKay said and added that the college’s impressive and long standing record in achieving these research internships includes strong Ivy League competitors such as MIT, Yale, Cornell and others.
- Since 2007, more than 100 Suffolk County Community College STEM scholars have been awarded competitive and paid research internships at DOE laboratories ranging from Brookhaven National Laboratory to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico.
- During the summer of 2013, Suffolk County Community College had four research intern scholars at Stony Brook University (the most of any school) who were awarded paid SUNY Chancellor’s Biomedical Education Pipeline Research internships.
- During summer, 2014 Suffolk County Community College has 18 STEM scholars engaged in research internships, including 9 at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the Science Undergraduate Research Internship and the Community College Research Internship programs.
“For more than a decade, Suffolk County Community College’s STEM programs have been integrating research opportunities into their curriculum,” said Suffolk County Community College Chemistry Professor and National Science Foundation Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Chair, Dr. Candice Foley. “With their strong STEM start at Suffolk County Community College, our STEM scholars are empowered to achieve their educational goals and aspirations,” Foley said.
Suffolk County Community College is one of a handful of community colleges nationally that have been awarded prestigious grants for STEM scholarships for its students. “Suffolk,” Dr. Foley said, “has had a decade of support from the National Science Foundation including two back to back grants for STEM scholarships totaling $1.2 million; quite an achievement for a community college.”
Dr. Foley cited examples of student work including designing solar powered solutions for the college’s emergency phone communications stands and said that STEM scholar alumni are creating a consortium of engineers to address sustainability solutions for their native country of Haiti.
“Our new STEM and Renewable Energy Building will provide our college and STEM scholars with the capability, in the spirit of the Maker Movement, to pursue innovative solutions which will impact our world and to become stewards for future generations,” Dr. Foley said.
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Posted on 23 May 2014
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—the first of its kind in the state community college system—moved closer to reality when the Suffolk County legislature appropriated funding for design and planning of the new facility on May 13. Fifty percent of the $19.5 million center’s funding comes from New York State.
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.
“Importantly, “McKay explained, “the second floor of the facility will serve as an incubator in conjunction with Stony Brook University, as well as space for cybersecurity educational and development opportunities.”
McKay said the new building will be sited next to the College’s Workforce and Development Center on the Michael J. Grant Campus.
The first day of the winter semester at Stony Brook University was bittersweet for Cutchogue mother Desiree Reese.
Nearly late for her 1 p.m. class on the third floor of Frey Hall, the newest building on campus, Ms. Reese found a seat toward the front of the room and took out a reusable bottle filled with water.
Although it was only the first day of class, Ms. Reese came prepared and placed textbooks, a folder and a notebook on her desk.
After settling in, Ms. Reese exhaled and smiled at her professor, Jennifer Carter. The philosophy and environment class then got underway.
At graduation this spring, Ms. Reese, 51, will be the oldest person in her class to earn a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
Being the oldest doesn’t bother her; she even considers it an “honor.”
“I’m very proud of that and not embarrassed about it at all,” she said. “If I inspire one middle-aged person to go back to school, I would be thrilled.”
After raising a family while working a variety of retail and clerical jobs — most of which didn’t require a college education — Ms. Reese decided to reinvent herself by attending college later in life.
The process was intimidating at first, she recalled in a recent interview, but she soon found her age working toward her advantage. Typing and using a computer was burdensome in the beginning, but she said she was able to connect more easily with her teachers because most of them were about her age. Her former teachers have said they found students gravitating toward Ms. Reese during class projects because she exudes strong leadership and organizational skills.
Ed Casey, distinguished professor of philosophy at Stony Brook, was Ms. Reese’s teacher last fall and said her comments and questions during class were inspiring to other students.
“She gave an outstanding report on her thoughts concerning women and nature and I noticed that all the students listened attentively and with respect,” he said. “Also, her poise and her life experience were valued assets to members of the class, including myself as teacher.”
Ms. Reese’s current journey began about four years ago, after she realized that she would become an empty nester when her youngest child, Tristan, now 17, graduated from Mattituck High School in 2014. Having been a mother for more than half of her adult life, she decided it was time to figure out her future.
She decided to return to school in 2010, while working part-time, and enrolled at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead. A week before her finals, however, Ms. Reese said her employer told her it wanted to fill her position full-time.
“They basically gave me an ultimatum to choose between my job to nowhere or an education with endless possibilities,” she said. “I chose school and have not looked back.”
She graduated two years later with high honors and several awards, scholarships and honor society memberships.
Ms. Reese attributes a lot of her college success to Peconic Landing, the Greenport life-care community, which awarded her $2,000 in Lifetime Learning scholarships, which she said covered almost half of her tuition at SCCC. The program is offered to non-traditional students or adult learners from the North Fork, she said.
“Besides the financial assistance, the award itself motivated me to continue my studies,” Ms. Reese said.
She hopes to attend Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare graduate program to study gerontology and palliative care and become a licensed clinical social worker, a career path she also attributes to Peconic Landing.
“I did work there for a short time in food service and I met so many interesting people,” she said. “I loved talking to them and asking them about their history.”
Her positive experience at Stony Brook has not only inspired her to pursue a career but also prompted Tristan to pick it as his first-choice college.
Tristan, who learned earlier this month that he has been accepted to Stony Brook, said he’s proud of his mom for going back to school.
“I’m glad she made the choice to do so,” he said. “It will be well worth it in the long run.”
Typing papers was one challenge for Ms. Reese when she returned to school. The other was getting over feeling intimidated because of her age. She soon adjusted to college life and met other professional women who also went back to school after their children got older.
Ms. Reese said her advice to others on the fence about going back to school later in life is to believe in themselves.
“This is why, at the age of 51, I feel that in many ways my life has only just begun,” she said. “I could not have made it this far without the love and support of my friends and family. I am not alone in thinking that it is never too late to follow your dream and that you are never too old to learn something new or reinvent yourself.”