Education

FSC tops Island schools in annual ‘Best Value’ rankings

By GREGORY ZELLER // A national hub for college applicants has ranked Farmingdale State College among the nation’s best schools for its price. Online aggregator Best Value Schools places FSC No. 29 on its new top-100 list of 2018’s Most Affordable Universities/Colleges in America. Among other qualities, Best Value Schools notes Farmingdale State’s “manicured” 380-acre campus, proximity to New York City, moderate enrollment and roughly 40 distinct academic programs – a “not overwhelming” selection reflecting…


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…


Jericho’s ‘Future Authors’ dish it out, with Canon’s help

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “valued nexus” between a Long Island School District and a global imaging supergiant has been energized in a surprisingly tasty way. Canon Solutions America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Melville-based Canon USA Inc., has brought its lauded Future Authors Project – a digital-learning experience that’s thrived for a decade in Florida’s Palm Beach County School District – to Nassau County’s Jericho School District. The arrival – marked by the publication…


11 Island instructors join New York’s ‘master’ ranks

By GREGORY ZELLER // The New York State Master Teacher Program has opened its books to welcome a host of new instructors, including 11 representing Long Island school districts. With a heavy focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the statewide professional network – which seeks to identify and reward the state’s best K-12 instructors – has added 214 additional “masters,” including 26 with STEM-content certifications and 14 others certified in “technology education,” covering a…


‘Sim baby’ lives as LIU Post opens care simulator

Championing an “experiential approach to educating the next generation of healthcare professionals,” Long Island University has raised the curtain on the Inter-Professional Learning Institute Simulation Laboratory. The LIU Post School of Health Professions and Nursing hosted a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 14 to officially open the state-of-the-art healthcare simulation lab, designed to promote collaborations between future nurses and other healthcare professionals – and prepare them “for roles in an increasingly complex and interdisciplinary healthcare environment,”…


State OKs Five Towns computer-graphics degrees

By GREGORY ZELLER // On a mission to replace “starving artists” with “valued artists,” digital innovator Paul Lipsky has reprogrammed the book on Interactive Computer Graphics. Like, literally: With the New York State Department of Education’s blessing, Dix Hills-based Five Towns College is introducing new two- and four-year Interactive Computer Graphics degree programs based on curricula written by Lipsky, an adjunct Hofstra University instructor and CEO of Plainview-based MindYolk Animation Studio. The new degree programs…


Eight Island schools ranked among top U.S. colleges

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island has plenty of big brains to drain. That’s according to U.S. News & World Report, which has issued its 2018 Best Colleges survey, a highly regarded rite of September that ranks some 1,800 United States-based colleges and universities based on school and student performance and a host of other critical metrics. As usual, Long Island posted a good-not-great performance on the annual higher-education report card – fairly strong, indicative…


A century later, new life for old FSC power plant

More than a century since it was built and years since it’s been anything more than a memory, a vintage Farmingdale State College structure is about to be reborn. College officials will mark the completion of a $12 million renovation of Conklin Hall, a circa-1914 building that housed the college’s original heating plant, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 5. The refurbished Conklin Hall will serve as the new home of the FSC student government,…


Salary workshops open students to negotiation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Heads up, campus-to-corporate recruiters: An innovative workshop will prepare NYIT students to better negotiate their starting salaries and benefits. The New York Institute of Technology has partnered with the American Association of University Women to bring a series of “Start Smart” sessions to NYIT’s Old Westbury Campus. The practicum is designed to provide students – women and men – with the knowledge they’ll need to go toe-to-toe in a compensation package…


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…