Education and Outreach

Economic Development and Education in the Southern Tier
The Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State actively advances economic development in the Southern Tier through the integration of vocational/occupational education, training, personal and career development, and organizational development.

Alfred Community Garden
Only three new projects in the State of New York earned a coveted AmeriCorps VISTA grant for Nov. 2013 to Nov. 2014. And Alfred State, in collaboration with Literacy West NY, Inc. and Alfred Community Garden, was one of the fortunate recipients. They plan to create an integrated, community-based gardening and nutritional literacy campaign that will help to address the interrelated challenges of poverty, food insecurity, and nutritional deficiency in the area.

Community Building and Renovation Projects
As part of the curriculum, building trades tasks its students with the construction and/or repair and renovation of dozens of buildings in local communities each year, including the Wellsville Montessori School, Alfred Bandstand, Alfred Methodist Church, Alfred Montessori School, Alfred Station Fire Department, Allegany County Museum in Belmont, Andover Historical Society, Andover Fire Hall, Andover Methodist Church, and many, many more.

Alfred State University Police
This fully accredited law enforcement agency patrols the campus and surrounding residence halls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers frequently respond to community emergencies and are often the first on scene. Two University Police Officers were recently honored for exemplary service to the community in the event of an apartment fire and bank robbery.

Box of Books Library
In 1985 the Village of Alfred gave $20,000 toward an addition to the local library. Thanks to community fundraising efforts, the donation of time and labor on the part of Alfred State’s Building Trades students, and numerous volunteers, the addition was opened on April 21, 1988. Alfred State continues to work with the library on fundraising projects and book sales, particularly during the biannual service days.

In 2013, Alfred State was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, one of the highest honors a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, servicelearning, and civic engagement.

The college has been named one of 70 colleges and universities in the nation as a Lead Institution by NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession, for its commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement.