Education

Three Island schools crack Money’s ‘Best’ ranks

Three Long Island institutions of higher learning are among the nation’s best bangs for your educational buck, according to a popular annual ranking. Applying 27 data points to 2,400 U.S. colleges and universities – including tuition rates, percentage of students earning grants and estimated salaries upon graduation, among others – Time Inc.’s Money Magazine came up with 711 entries for its Best Colleges for Your Money 2017 list. The list spotlighted 77 schools from across New…


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…


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….