Education

LIREDC takes victory lap around Adelphi’s Nexus

The Long Island Regional Development Council brought home “only” $62 million in state economic-development funds in the 2016 REDC competition, but it can lick its wounds while watching its six-year, half-billion-dollar haul do its work. That includes an LIREDC-backed project that came to fruition this week on Adelphi University’s Garden City campus, where the school officially cut the ribbon on its state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot Nexus Building. The $76 million centerpiece of Adelphi’s grounds – which houses…


Savvy Hires, Northwell building autism ‘pipeline’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A startup recruiting firm with modernized methods for matching talent and opportunity has made significant headway on a potentially enormous – and socially conscious – vertical. Westbury-based Savvy Hires, launched in July by entrepreneur Felicia Fleitman, will partner with two well-known corporations – including New York State’s largest private employer – to create unique internship programs for autistic students through Adelphi University’s Bridges to Adelphi program. In concert with the school,…


Apprentices, TEDx Talk to highlight Adelphi thinkers

By GREGORY ZELLER // Young minds will shine in two upcoming Adelphi University events – one a regional stage for entrepreneurial thinkers, the other a national platform for society’s biggest issues. On Nov. 4, business-focused brains from the Ezra Academy in Forest Hills will join students from 26 Long Island high schools for the 2016 Adelphi Apprentice Challenge, an annual competition mashing together student teams in a fast-paced race to design a winning marketing strategy….


NY certifies Teq’s online professional development

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York is turning to Teq to keep the state’s teachers up-to-speed on their professional development. The Huntington Station-based education-tech distributor has been selected by the New York Department of Education to provide online Continuing Teacher and Leader Education courses required to maintain state teaching certifications. Educators can now choose to attend on-site professional-development classes or complete Teq’s online courses. State statutes require teachers to complete 100 hours of continuing-ed classes every…


Wheeling, dealing toward LI’s energy future

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Selden-based supply-chain specialist and Eastern Suffolk BOCES are plowing innovative pathways toward good jobs in burgeoning alternative-energy fields. Dynamic Supplier Alignment is teaming with the education cooperative – which provides leadership, instruction, management and other cost-effective shared services to 51 Long Island school districts – to both promote regional alternative-energy initiatives and prepare a workforce to execute them. With equal attention paid to both startups and sustainability, DSA has a history of…


SBU hitting its STRIDE, with NSF’s help

With Big Data piling up at an almost incalculable rate, a seven-figure National Science Foundation grant will help prepare Stony Brook University’s next generation of scientists for complex decision-making scenarios. A $3 million NSF Research Traineeship grant, awarded to SBU’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science, will benefit students across a wide range of departments and disciplines, SBU said this week, including those studying mathematics, biomedical informatics, computer science and ecology, among other subjects, as well…


The Girl With the Forensic-Analysis Tattoo

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s “doctor,” not “girl,” thank you, and of her four tattoos – plus a fifth on the way – none is a dragon. But while Michelle Miranda has little in common with Stieg Larrson’s international best-selling crime novel “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” she has written the book – literally – on the overlooked value of tattoos to crime-scene investigators. The associate Farmingdale State College professor is the author of “Forensic…


Survey: No brain drain at Farmingdale State

Brain drain? Not at Farmingdale State College. The State University of New York school is trumpeting a recent survey of alumni that shows 90 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients are employed within six months of graduation – and nearly three quarters of those employed persons, 74 percent, work on Long Island. The literal-named Six Months After Graduation Survey was completed by 58 percent of the combined members of the classes of August 2014, December 2014…


Hofstra’s new approach to mechatronic mastery

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative Hofstra University certificate program is speeding professional engineers toward the multidisciplinary systems expertise required by 21st century dynamics. By focusing on mechatronics – the crossroads of mechanical, electronic, computerized and control systems – the new certificate program serves two masters, notes creator Kevin Craig, a Hofstra mechanical engineering professor who directs the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Center for Innovation. Not only does the program save practicing engineers…


Record grant for Suffolk Community College

That’s one for the books at Suffolk County Community College, where a U.S. Department of Labor job-training grant has set a new funding high-water mark. It’s actually 2,949,237 for the books, with the Labor Department’s nearly $3 million stipend – earmarked for cybersecurity, manufacturing and health-IT training and credentialing – standing alone as the single-largest grant in school history, SCCC announced this week. The RESTORE grant – for the Labor Department’s Resources and Education that…


More LI funding through $2B Smart Schools effort

Three more Long Island school districts will receive funding for technology upgrades through Albany’s Smart Schools program. A total of roughly $2 million will be funneled to the East Moriches, Island Trees and Manhasset school districts in the latest round of funding through Smart Schools, a $2 billion effort to close the so-called technology and broadband-access “digital divide” between school districts that are less and more affluent. All told, approximately $38.6 million is being doled…


Ex-Briarcliffe College prez gets technical at TCI

The Manhattan-based TCI College of Technology has tapped a longtime Long Island college administrator to be its new president. Bethpage resident George Santiago Jr. is TCI’s new president and CEO, according to an announcement Thursday by the college’s Board of Directors. Santiago, who also fills a seat on the board, assumed the office in late May. The new president joins TCI after a decade as president and CEO of Briarcliffe College, a business- and healthcare-focused…


Giving high school inventors the business

By GREGORY ZELLER // A sensor-filled table to assist the autistic, an innovative method to save subway stations from storm-surge flooding … no doubt about it, these students were thinking big. Creative teams from Commack High School’s groundbreaking Science Research Program brought their brains, and their hearts, to this week’s meeting of the Suffolk County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club. The annual visit gave the young thinkers a chance to showcase their next-level ideas and inventions,…


State Senate OKs workforce package

The New York State Senate has approved a comprehensive workforce-development package designed to train workers for in-demand, new-economy skills. Stemming from the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development, the legislation – six bills in all – would close the skills gap by improving connections between prospective employees and employers seeking skilled workers. Among the Senate legislation approved this week is a bill that would require the New York Department of Labor to collect forward-facing job…


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NYIT cybersecurity center gets fed cred

By GREGORY ZELLER // The New York Institute of Technology, which boasts campuses in New York City and Old Westbury and is developing a new Cyber Defense Research Facility in Bethpage, has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The designation, which extends through the 2021 academic year, “will contribute to Long Island’s innovation landscape and further strengthen Long…