Education

With COVID reshaping IT, Syosset startups hit stride

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you thought the computer-savvy were in demand before the pandemic, better re-check those spreadsheets: Digitation has soared, and with it the need for skilled coders and programmers. This is brilliant news for We Connect the Dots and the Nebula Academy, the Syosset-based brainchildren of founder Laurie Carey on an ongoing mission to educate new generations of software specialists, in direct response to evolving workforce needs. Both We Connect (a nonprofit…

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Today, tomorrow meet in ULC, Science Center alliance

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative alliance will unite one of Long Island’s top robotics companies with a Riverhead nonprofit on a mission to prepare young learners for the 21st century workforce. Hauppauge-based ULC Robotics will share its industry expertise – including on-site classes, field trips to its bustling production facility and hands-on mentoring – with the Long Island Science Center, a registered 501(c)3 organization determined to bring science and technology opportunities to young Islanders….


Island ‘hub’ scores as New York Tech adds second PhD

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s another doctorate in the house at the New York Institute of Technology, which has announced its first-ever computer science PhD program. Starting in the Fall 2020 semester, the NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences will offer a Doctor of Philosophy program featuring “advanced, research-oriented education” in cybersecurity, data science, cloud computing and other critical computational fields. The new coursework is the second PhD offering for the Old Westbury- and…


SBU School of Health Tech finds ideal dean (at LIU)

By GREGORY ZELLER // A veteran of health-professions education has taken the reins at Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management. Stacy Jaffee Gropack, who became dean of the school Oct. 1, boasts more than three decades of instruction in the professional healthcare fields. She served most recently as associate dean of the School of Health Professions at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus and dean of the School of Health Professions and Nursing…


Same old story for SUNY Empire, in new Suffolk digs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s newest college is really nothing new. Empire State College, stepchild of the State University of New York system, is all grown up, thank you: The school has been helping students, particularly working professionals, earn accredited degrees since 1971, both in-person – at 30 statewide locations and seven international sites – and, increasingly, through distance-learning opportunities. But its 6.6-acre, $14 million Empire State College at Selden – that’s new, even…


Bold step has ambitious STEM startup thinking global

By GREGORY ZELLER // A muddled marketing message hasn’t stopped We Connect the Dots from changing lives across Long Island – but sharper marketing could carry its unique STEM-education formula around the world. That’s the thinking at the multifaceted educational organization, which has hired a professional marketing team to help scale its successful technology-training model across the United States and beyond. In September, We Connect the Dots joined forces with Raffa Social Capital Advisors, a…


Diversity is dapper as LI med students don white coats

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ve put them on – and, they’re off! The ninth-ever class at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell has donned its white coats and embarked on its four-year journey to professional medicine. The members of the Class of 2023 received their ceremonial coats Oct. 11 at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, symbolically beginning their medical educations. In reality, the 103 students have already begun their scholastic quests: While…