Higher Ed


Wed September 24, 2014
Higher Ed

Schumer pushing for more high-skilled training

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 2:56 pm

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)
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Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing for federal grants to create a new training program to ease the shortage of high-skilled jobs in central New York.

If the $15 million federal grant comes through, Onondaga Community College will be able to partner with local businesses and place graduates in a job and train local residents in the growing field of mechatronics.

Mechatronics requires students to be skilled in engineering, mechanics, electronics and other technical skills. Potential jobs in the field range from maintenance and repair workers, to industrial machinery mechanics.

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Mon September 8, 2014

Literacy tutoring goes mobile and other notes on Literacy Day

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 5:17 pm

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The level of adult illiteracy in Onondaga County has held steady at just above the national average for the past several years. Nearly 1-in-5 adults in central New York can’t read and write beyond an elementary school level.

But it’s not all immigrants taking up English as a second language. There are just has many adults who graduated high school but could never read as well as they should.

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Wed September 3, 2014
Higher Ed

Ground broken on $70 million BU tech complex to foster interdisciplinary research

Credit Monica Sandreczki/WSKG


Binghamton University is in the first stages of constructing the new home to its physics and chemistry departments. But it’s more than Bunsen burners and good ventilation.

Case and point: Wei Zhao. She’s in year three of a PhD program in chemistry. At the groundbreaking event for the Innovative Technologies Complex last week, Zhao explained she’s doing research that could one day change the way cell phones are made.

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Fri August 8, 2014
Higher Ed

School funding advocates say budget surplus should go to schools

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 7:31 am

Billy Easton, with Alliance for Quality Education, explains report showing schools are underfunded by billions of dollars
Karen DeWitt/WRVO News

Education funding advocates say they have a use for the recently announced $4.2 billion state surplus. They say schools in New York, particularly the state’s poorest schools, could really use the money.

The Alliance for Quality Education’s Billy Easton says New York has fallen far behind in carrying out an order issued eight years ago form the state’s highest court saying schools, particularly the poorest districts,  deserve billions of dollars more in state funding each year.

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Wed June 25, 2014
Higher Ed

New program seeks to prepare students for manufacturing careers

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 3:53 pm

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy.

A new program has been created to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing. Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was in Buffalo Wednesday to announce the plan to create an advanced manufacturing early college program at Burgard High School.

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