Education

For MindYolk and WDI, a true teaching moment

By GREGORY ZELLER // A multidimensional Long Island maker is rewriting the textbook on how to educate tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce – kinda literally, sorta. Paul Lipsky, CEO of Plainview-based MindYolk Animation Studio and founder of digital-creator community Long Island Visual Professionals, is about to hand in the most critical college project of his life: a complete curriculum leading to a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in interactive computer graphics, which he plans to deliver to…


LI districts score big in $44M Smart Schools round

Roughly $13 million in technology upgrades are coming to 11 Long Island school districts through the state’s $2 billion Smart Schools program – including the two largest individual awards doled out this funding round. Funds besting $12.88 million for Island schools are part of about $44 million spread over 65 Smart Schools Investment Plans announced this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, marking the latest funding round through the Smart Schools Bond Act approved by voters…


New Westbury connections key for STEAM startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // A STEAM-powered nonprofit determined to help educate the next generation of scientists and engineers is going where the action is. We Connect the Dots Inc. will now promote science, technology, engineering, arts and math education – and host its evolving schedule of pro-innovation networking events – at LaunchPad Westbury. The organization will take a single office large enough to accommodate four volunteer staffers, plus about 200 square feet of storage space,…


Sanders salutes Cuomo’s $163M free-tuition plan

Middle-class families will send their kids to New York City and State public colleges tuition-free, if Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets his way. Flanked by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), who made free tuition at all U.S. public colleges a cornerstone of his failed 2016 presidential campaign, Cuomo appeared Tuesday at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City to propose free tuition for eligible New Yorkers at State University of New York or City University of…


Dates set for Dowling College auction

Dowling’s Oakdale campus goes under the gavel in March as a bankruptcy court moves to liquidate the real estate holdings of the failed school, which crumbled under $54 million in debt earlier this year. The bidding date is March 27, with an auction to follow March 31, bankruptcy judge Robert E. Grossman announced. The sale includes the historic 25-acre waterfront estate of W.K. Vanderbilt. No dates have yet been set for the sale of the…


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…