Higher Ed

Higher education stories from across upstate New York.

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A math workshop designed in upstate New York has received 120-thousand-dollars grant to advance the   model nationally.

The Rochester Institute of Technology – or RIT’s - annual Summer Mathematics Institute Teachers’ Workshop aims to pass on strong stories about math in the real world to high school teachers.

Plan for newest SUNY campus stirs up some controversy

Jul 19, 2013

SUNY trustees have voted to split the University of Albany and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, to create the system's 65th SUNY campus. The founder of the college says the move will save SUNY money and help bring high tech jobs to New York state.

The plans is to have the new specialized college up and running in the 2014-2015 academic year, says Alain Kaloyeros, the school's CEO.

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Sen. Charles Schumer is trying to get the federal labor department to steer $23 million to New York's community colleges so they can set up a health care worker training program.

The State University of New York is applying for the grant. It's similar to one SUNY won last year for high-tech manufacturing.

Twenty-nine community college campuses are listed on the grant application. They would split the grant money. The schools would also partner with area hospitals.

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Making the decision to change careers and return to education can be daunting in a challenging job market. Western New York native Sabrina Cascucci left a stable job to go back to college at 38-years old to try and make an impact in the field of medical technology.

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A slew of recent lawsuits has put a spotlight on the issue of unpaid internships. Rulings from a federal court in New York have removed any ambiguity, saying that the majority of these positions are illegal. But, does the court’s decision reflect the reality of the marketplace?

Madelaine Britt, a second year journalism student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, says her unpaid experiences have been valuable and it would be a shame if other students didn’t get those opportunities.