Eastern Suffolk BOCES

No. 276: John Kominicki remembered and Island manufacturing re-imagined, with just two minutes left until the apocalypse

Happy Friday, everyone: And welcome to another well-earned weekend. Tribute To A Friend Friends and colleagues of Innovate Long Island founder John Kominicki are invited to a memorial remembrance on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. We will talk, share stories and celebrate his life. Friends may remember that John liked to dress casually, and had a couple of sartorial preferences: a silk pocket square stuffed…


In tiny houses, big hopes for LI’s manufacturing future

By GREGORY ZELLER // Educators, lawmakers and commercial interests gathered Monday for a unique technology demonstration stretching from Bellport to Puerto Rico – and to learn firsthand about an ambitious effort to reshape Long Island’s manufacturing landscape. Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY 1) begged off due to the federal government shutdown, but an impressive audience – representing state and town legislators and departments, Stony Brook University, the U.S. Green Building Council, the United Way of Long…


Debrief: Ken White eyes tomorrow’s workforce, today

When last we chatted up Ken White, the manager of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Office of Educational Programs was jazzed about the progress the then-three-year-old Long Island STEM Hub was making on its mission to educate a high-tech next-gen workforce. Launched in 2012 as part of the community-driven Empire State STEM Learning Network, the science/technology/engineering/mathematics program – managed by BNL and the Northwell Health system – has hit its stride in the last two years, according…


Small step toward big future for Tiny Houses

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Tiny House File comes big things, with more than a dozen adult learners completing the first Eastern Suffolk BOCES carpentry class dedicated to the diminutive-dwelling movement. With a little help from Riverhead-based sustainable-housing expert Hunter Shelters and Selden-based business-development services provider Dynamic Supplier Alignment, the educational cooperative of 51 Long Island school districts recently wrapped the first semester of an Adult Education Carpentry Program designed specifically to teach participants…


Brain drain? Put a cork in it

By GREGORY ZELLER // Don’t whine when you can wine. That was one of the big ideas Wednesday, when a select group of educators, hospitality professionals and economic-development experts – each with a particular interest in addressing Long Island’s infamous “brain drain” – toured several East End winemaking facilities. Arranged by the Long Island regional office of the Workforce Development Institute, the field trip was designed to help insiders understand the workforce needs and career…


Building a better economy, one tiny house at a time

By GREGORY ZELLER // Education and industry are once again joining forces, this time to ensure Long Island has the workforce it needs to capitalize on a burgeoning national industry. As the environmentally friendly Tiny House Movement builds momentum, an arrangement between Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Selden business-development services provider Dynamic Supplier Alignment and Riverhead sustainable-housing expert Hunter Shelters will school BOCES brains on the science of going small. The educational cooperative of 51 Suffolk County…


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…