Education

We Connect the Dots’ new STREAM of consciousness

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a “year of growth and great progress,” STEAM-powered Westbury nonprofit We Connect the Dots is already gearing up for a big 2018. Founder and Board Chairwoman Laurie Carey notes a 2017 filled with major advances for her five-year-old startup, a science-, mathematics-, engineering-, art- and math-focused 501(c)3 determined to level the technological playing field for underprivileged students. But as progressive as 2017 has been, according to the founder, the industries…

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Donors to minority students: Put that in your Pipeline

By GREGORY ZELLER // High-achieving high schoolers will enjoy another season of study at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, thanks to multiple donors. A legion of charitable groups has pumped some $85,000 into the school’s Medical Scholars Pipeline Program, which sows the seeds of future collegiate careers by exposing disadvantaged minority students to healthcare professions. Now in its eighth year, the MSPP has welcomed roughly 60 high school students into its 2017 class, hailing…


Billionaire machinist Haas backs FSC manufacturing

By GREGORY ZELLER // An educational foundation dedicated to fostering the next generation of Computerized Numerical Control-trained machinists has boosted Farmingdale State College, once again. The Gene Haas Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Farmingdale College Foundation, earmarked for scholarships for students in FSC’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology program. The Farmingdale College Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization that turns donations and other gifts into scholarships, grants and projects that benefit Farmingdale State students and staff. The Gene…


Sanford’s $5M gift ignites LIU entrepreneurship

BY GREGORY ZELLER // A $5 million grant from a distinguished philanthropist has Long Island University riding high atop the regional innovation wave. With a boost from celebrated entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford, LIU has cut the ribbon on the T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. The university officially celebrated the opening of Phase I of the project – covering 3,935 square feet of newly renovated space inside Bush-Brown Hall, adjacent to the LIU Post…


In Altice, LI robotics tourney lands a major backer

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’re looking for an innovative backer for your robotics competition, you can do worse than the country’s fourth-largest cable operator. And that’s just what School-Business Partnerships of Long Island gets in Altice USA, which has signed on as a lead sponsor for the 2017 SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics competition. Now in its 18th season, the donor-sponsored event pits teams of high school-aged students from across Long Island and…


FSC: How to (safely) earn a commercial drone license

By GREGORY ZELLER // As the nation’s skies clog with Unmanned Aerial Systems, the Federal Aviation Administration is ratcheting up its licensing protocols – and Farmingdale State College is ready for takeoff. The college has announced a new, six-week Remote Pilot Certification Program, starting April 15 at the Farmingdale State College Aviation Center. Meeting weekly for intensive three-hour sessions, the program prepares students for the FAA’s Part 107 licensing examination, which authorizes UAS operations for…


Schools mark first joint-admissions nursing class

Two collaborating regional medical programs will soon churn out more nurses, with students going in one school and coming out another. The Stony Brook University School of Nursing and Suffolk County Community College are slated to sign a deal Tuesday launching the Suffolk-Stony Brook Nursing First Program, which will see students automatically transfer between the two institutions. According to the memorandum of understanding to be signed by SCCC President Shaun McKay and Kenneth Kaushansky, Stony Brook…