Issues: Higher Education

Albany Times-Union Op-Ed: Pathway through state's current job crisis

New York is in the midst of a middle-skills job crisis.

When you look at help-wanted listings across our state, the positions being advertised are for computer network specialists, electricians, machinists, welders and high-tech manufacturing workers. We often hear from employers who say many job applicants for skilled labor or high-tech positions lack the necessary skills to do the job. Additionally, we have a significant number of students who do not finish school, or who graduate without the skills to do well in college or the job market.

Providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation helps solve this problem, but time to act is ticking.

September 26, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: College & Career Readiness Fair

Visit with Colleges & Military Representatives and Learn about FAFSA

A panel discussion on Financial Aid and FAFSA Information lead by Katy Brown of Genesee Community College.

Learn how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, and work-study.

 

October 29, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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SUNY Brockport Opens New Liberal Arts Building

As a proud alum of the College at Brockport, I was excited to join President John Halstead and the SUNY Brockport community to cut the ribbon on the school's new Liberal Arts Building. This state of the art facility is the first new academic building at Brockport in 40 years, and will benefit all of the students at the college. 

To see more pictures from the ribbon cutting, click here.

September 23, 2014
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Seward, State Honor SUNY Oneonta A-D Ranieri

ONEONTA, 09/15/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented SUNY Oneonta Director of Athletics Tracey Ranieri with a New York State Legislative Resolution in honor of her recent selection as an Under Armour Division III Athletic Director of the Year.

“Tracey Ranieri’s commitment to academic and athletic excellence is unparalleled and her leadership has raised the bar for all SUNY Oneonta coaches and student-athletes,” said Senator Seward.  “Her dedication and talents are terrific assets for the greater Oneonta community and the entire SUNY system and I am extremely pleased to add a New York State Resolution to her trophy case.” 

September 15, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS HOLDS COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID AND APPLICATION SEMINAR FOR FAMILIES

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently held a college financial aid and application seminar to help parents and students learn about the college application process and the different types of financial aid which may be available to them.  The program was held at the Manhasset Library.

     Representatives from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), State University of New York (SUNY), SUNY Old Westbury, Farmingdale State College, Adelphi University, and Nassau Community College provided families tips about applying for college admission, how to apply for financial aid, and the different types of college financial aid and scholarships which are available. 

September 5, 2014
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Undergraduate Program

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

The Senate Undergraduate Session Assistants Program offers approximately 30 talented undergraduate students an opportunity to experience state government and the legislative process, through their participation in an on-site, academic enriching, and career building work experience. The Program runs about four months, beginning in early January and ending in late April.

August 26, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS TO PRESENT COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID AND APPLICATION SEMINAR FOR FAMILIES

“Navigating Your Way Through the College Application and Financial Aid Process” Program to be held at Manhasset Library on September 4th

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) will be sponsoring a program to help parents and students learn about the college application process and the different types of financial aid which may be available to them. The “Navigating Your Way Through the College Application and Financial Aid Process” program will take place on Thursday, September 4th at the Manhasset Library (30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset) beginning at 7 pm.

August 19, 2014
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College Financial Aid Workshop- Manhasset

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) will be sponsoring a program to help parents and students learn about the college application process and the different types of financial aid which may be available to them. The “Navigating Your Way Through the College Application and Financial Aid Process” program will take place on Thursday, September 4th at the Manhasset Library (30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset) beginning at 7 pm. 

September 4, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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SUNY Maritime to Build New Seamanship Center

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced a $1.5 million dollar state grant he secured that will go toward the building of a new state-of-the art Seamanship Center at SUNY Maritime. The exciting announcement came as hundreds of students arrived back at Maritime from the summer sea term session on the training ship Empire State VI on Monday morning.

The Seamanship Center will be constructed on existing available area on the basin, specifically on the deepwater college pier. The new center will include nearly 4,000 square feet of classroom space to support the Marine Transportation curriculum. In addition the space is expected to serve as an in-service training location for active mariners - including members of the NYPD and FDNY.

August 11, 2014
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Second Round of Public-Private Partnership to Prepare Students for High-Skill Jobs Announced: High School Students can Earn College Degrees at No Cost and be First-in-Line for Jobs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new round of funding available to continue the nationally recognized P-TECH model, which prepares students for highly-skilled jobs by bringing together public school districts, major employers, and institutions of higher education. Through partnerships created by this program, high school students study under an industry aligned curriculum, earn an associate degree at no cost to their families, and are first in line for jobs with participating companies upon graduation.

August 7, 2014
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Your Voice With Senator Griffo: Tax Relief, Common Core, Financial Windfall

Senator Griffo discusses the 2014 session, including tax relief initiatives, Common Core changes, highway and road funding, tuition assistance for college-bound New Yorkers and what to do with a $3 billion windfall from a bank settlement. Julia Lilkendey hosts.

July 30, 2014
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SJFC Breaks Ground on Integrated Sciences Building

I joined officials from St. John Fisher College to break ground on the new Integrated Science and Health Science building on campus. This new building will provide a state of the art learning facility for future nurses, pharmacists and other clinical professionals, giving them hands-on learning experience for life after college. 

July 8, 2014
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Senator Griffo Statement on Clarkson University Being Selected For START-UP Initiative

"Clarkson University continues to be a real teammate in our ongoing efforts to revitalize the north country economy.

"First, its Shipley Center for Innovation was picked as the hub for information and resources for new businesses in the north country.

"Now the college’s creative pitch has won the approval of the START-UP NY board and is sure to attract new businesses in the fields of nanoscience, web development and sustainable technology – just to name a few.

July 1, 2014
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Seward Serves Up Funding For SUNY Cortland

ONEONTA, 07/01/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that $2 million in capital funding he secured will be used for SUNY Cortland’s tennis court rehabilitation project.

“SUNY Cortland is a well known leader in physical education and first-class facilities play a key role in achieving that status,” said Senator Seward.  “This funding will help the school maintain the well-earned reputation and also provide recreation and fitness opportunities for students and community members.”

July 1, 2014
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Seward Plugs In Funding For SUNY Cobleskill Energy Savings Project

ONEONTA, 06/27/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that $2 million in capital funding he secured will be used for SUNY Cobleskill’s energy savings project.  

“SUNY Cobleskill offers innovative student programs on a campus that is continually evolving to meet changing needs,” said Senator Seward.  “This funding will help the school go even further by backing new green energy improvements that will lead to a more efficient, environmentally friendly campus – saving money and our natural resources.”

June 27, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Griffo Announces $3 Million for SUNY Potsdam

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that SUNY Potsdam will receive $3 million in capital funding to make improvements to its legendary Crane School of Music.

“The Crane School is home of the oldest music education program in the country, and its reputation is unparalleled among serious musical performers,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “The popularity of the programs offered has caused a need for space, so it’s important from both a safety and health standpoint for the university to meet student needs. I advocated for this funding in the Senate, and I’m pleased to be able to announce this award today.”

June 24, 2014
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Senate Passes Bills to Make College More Affordable

The New York State Senate today passed five bills, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), to make college more affordable for students and their families, while setting students up for success. These bills provide opportunities to help New York students thrive by increasing awards in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to equal the cost per semester of SUNY and CUNY tuition, alleviating student loan debt, giving access to free community college to eligible students, and providing targeted work-training programs. Senator LaValle said, “These bills go a long way in reaching the goals of accessible, quality, affordable education. We need to continue to pursue these types of measures today to better enable the students to compete in the world tomorrow.”

June 12, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Stronger "Campus Safety Act"

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a measure (S2753B), sponsored by Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-C, Halfmoon), that will assist victims of violent crimes and students who may have gone missing by r

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Three Griffo Sponsored Bills

ALBANY - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo was the lead sponsor of three bills that today passed the State Senate. 

June 10, 2014
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