March 2018

Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. continues support of students through work-grant program

Posted Date: Monday, March 5, 2018 - 09:45

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., annually provides $10,000 to Alfred State students through its work-grant program, allowing students who are ineligible for Federal College Work-Study funds to find employment on campus. The grant is renewable on an annual basis.

Additionally, departments within Alfred State can request student workers with specific skills and the work-grant coordinator attempts to meet those needs with appropriate student assistance.

Students funded through the Ed Foundation to work in specific areas on campus are considered “regular” employees of the college and are expected to maintain the level of professionalism required of their colleagues.

Currently for the 2017-2018 award year, three students were able to find employment with the offices of Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX; Health and Wellness Services; and International Affairs through the work-grant program. The program provides students with employment opportunities, and campus offices with student personnel who have specialized talents. 

The program is administered through the Student Records and Financial Services Office.

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., is a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State dedicated to improving the college community through the support of educational programs. The activities pursued by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., are governed by a board of directors made up of representatives from each of the following groups: alumni, College Council, faculty and staff, and friends of the college.

The Foundation provides monetary support to enhance learning opportunities for students through scholarships, work grants, and community service projects. The Ed Foundation also funds the Building Trades programs’ hands-on home construction projects.

Additionally, the Foundation owns and maintains the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville. The 22-acre parcel consists of more than 20 buildings with nearly 800 students enrolled in 15 programs. The programs, which stress “learning by doing,” incorporate traditional classroom experience with comprehensive “on-the-job” laboratory experiences.

Since 1966, the Foundation has invested more than $8 million in improvements on the campus.

ASC students meet with employers at nursing, medical career fair

Posted Date: Monday, March 5, 2018 - 15:45

Enabling students in its health-focused programs to connect with potential employers from throughout western New York and Pennsylvania, Alfred State College (ASC) recently held a nursing and medical-related career fair in the lobby of its Physical and Health Sciences Building.

Elaine Morsman, director of the Career Development Center at Alfred State, noted that the demand for employees in these fields is stronger than ever, and that ASC is well-suited to help meet that demand.

“Employers came from Buffalo, Rochester, Bath, and Pennsylvania, as well as local facilities to recruit our talented students in nursing and other medical-related career paths,” she said. “When we informally surveyed the recruiters at last year’s fair, we found that nine agencies had the potential to hire 100-plus students.”

student speaking with an employer at career fair
A representative from the University of Rochester School of Nursing meets
with an Alfred State student during the college’s recent nursing and
medical-related career fair.

Students found the event to be particularly helpful for their career search, as this occasion provided an opportunity for them to focus their search and accommodate their busy schedules.

Taylor Dechow, a nursing major from Randolph, said, “I like that they have a career fair separate for nursing. Instead of me wandering around looking for tables that say ‘nursing’ or ‘hospital’ on them, I know they’re all right here. It’s way less stressful to just go from table to table, hand in your résumé, and already know what you’re there for.”

In addition to convenience, the career fair also provided students with an opportunity to meet with employers they are interested in working for once they graduate. Dorothy Nicoll, a nursing major from Le Roy, had her eye on Highland Hospital, where her cousin is employed and her mother recently received care from an excellent nursing staff.

Overall, more than 30 students enrolled in the two- and four-year RN and medical-related programs (e.g. radiology technology) met with employers from western New York and Pennsylvania.

Employers who participated in the career fair included Bath Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Catholic Health System (résumé collection only), Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Elderwood at Hornell, Guthrie Healthcare System (résumé collection only), Highland Hospital, Rochester Regional Health (résumé collection only), St. James Mercy Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center, University of Rochester School of Nursing, and Wellness G.I.F.T.S. Inc.

ASC partnership with Monroe Tractor going strong

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 08:45

As a result of valued partnerships with a number of companies and organizations, Alfred State College (ASC) is able to provide unique hands-on learning experiences and real-world equipment that can help turn students into job-ready workers once they graduate.

student operating a piece of heavy equipment to move large stones
Students utilize a piece of equipment leased by Monroe Tractor to
construct the tubing hill on campus last year.

Such is the case with ASC’s heavy equipment operations program, which is enjoying a second yearlong lease agreement with Monroe Tractor. The company has continued a partnership with the School of Applied Technology in Wellsville to provide the use of three new pieces of construction equipment to heavy equipment operations students. The partnership offers real-world experience, exposing students to industry trends through use of the latest technology in construction equipment.

In the last two years, students have benefited immensely by the use of these pieces, according to Jack Jones, chair of the Building Trades Department. Last year, four pieces were leased. This year, Monroe Tractor has leased a skid-steer, a backhoe, and an excavator at greatly discounted rates.

“The Building Trades Department is grateful to be able to use the latest industry technology to prepare students for work in the industry,” said Jones. “It's fantastic to partner with companies who contribute to the education of our future workforce in such tangible ways.”

Last year, the equipment was used for on-campus projects, such as the creation of the snow tubing hill. This included final lighting installation, as well as grading and expansion. Additionally, the equipment was used for the Meservey Hill House 54 project, and will soon be used for the construction of House 55.

The equipment was also used for a river access improvement project in Genesee, PA. Overall, about 80 heavy equipment operations and 40 truck and diesel students gain exposure to the equipment in these applications and in multiple practice labs, according to Building Trades Professor Mark Payne.

“This partnership is a wonderful opportunity to expose students to the latest technology and train them on equipment available in their hometown,” Payne said. “Monroe Tractor has been a very gracious partner and we hope to continue that relationship in the future.”

ASC student named NYS Ag Society Ambassador

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 11:15

Alfred State agricultural technology student Andrew Richards, of Silver Springs, recently represented the college as a 2018 Ambassador at the 185th New York State Agricultural Society Annual Meeting and Forum in Syracuse.

According to the society’s website, the Ambassador Scholarship program provides professional development opportunities each year to 15 young adults interested in agriculture. The scholarship covers all expenses for attending the annual forum and a yearlong membership in the society.

The forum attracts hundreds of attendees and dozens of exhibitors. Alfred State was among several State University of New York (SUNY) campuses that participated in the forum as exhibitors.

“I wanted to apply for the NYS Ag Society Forum because I thought it looked like a good learning experience,” said Richards. “I got to meet a lot of different people in agriculture and even managed to get an internship with the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University.”

As an Ambassador, Richards was paired with a mentor to enhance his experience at the forum and overall understanding of New York agriculture. Richards said his mentor introduced him to different people and helped familiarize him with the forum, which offered a valuable opportunity to network and engage with business professionals in agriculture. This year, the forum brought in over 470 attendees, according to the event webpage.

Speaking about his field, Richards noted, “Agricultural technology is a very important tool to help improve agriculture and sustainability. More technology is being utilized on farms now than ever before and I believe it is the path agriculture will continue to take to keep up with the growing population.”

several people standing
Alfred State student Andrew Richards, back row, farthest on the right, was a 2018 Ambassador
at the 185th New York State Agricultural Society Annual Meeting and Forum in Syracuse.

Engine donation provides excellent hands-on learning opportunity

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 15:00

Thanks to Utica General Peterbilt, students in Alfred State College’s heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician program now have the opportunity to gain some valuable applied learning experience working on a PACCAR MX-13 engine.

According to a spec sheet on the PACCAR MX-13 on Peterbilt’s website, the engine has a 405-510-horsepower range, is built for durability, has an excellent fuel economy, and will require a low cost of routine maintenance throughout its life. The lightweight MX is the most common engine found in Utica General’s trucks, whether they are over-the-road vehicles, or vocational models.

The company donated a PACCAR engine to the Alfred State program in the fall semester, and Joe Morrison, a fleet service manager at Utica General Peterbilt, recently visited ASC’s School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville to provide students with training on the engine. Speaking to three different classes, Morrison covered everything from repairs, to maintenance intervals, to conducting a parts search, and more.

“There are quite a few people at the dealership who were involved in this donation and making it happen and it’s great,” said Morrison. “They see the benefit of Alfred State having this engine and it’s just a great learning tool for the students.”

One of the Utica General employees who made the donation possible was Kevin Molinari, who graduated from Alfred State’s automotive service technician program in 1995 and ASC’s heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician program in 1996. Molinari, who is now a sales manager at Utica General’s Rochester dealership, said he felt it was important to ensure that current students are working on the latest technology in the field.

“It was important to me as an alumnus to get the students the newest technology possible so that they are prepared when they come out into the field and have some knowledge of what’s actually being used out in the field,” he said. “I think the engine is a great asset to the school, and hopefully the students will get a lot of use and knowledge out of it.”

six people standing around a large engine
Pictured along with a PACCAR MX-13 engine that Utica General Peterbilt donated to Alfred
State College, from left to right, are Alfred State Automotive Chair Eric Wilmot; heavy
equipment, truck and diesel technician majors Paul McCormick (Andover), Nicholas Stilson
(Scio), and Michael Felts (Ballston Lake); Utica General Peterbilt Fleet Service Manager Joe
Morrison; and Alfred State Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Danielle White.

Utica General Peterbilt has five locations throughout New York State in Utica, Albany, Rochester, Syracuse, and Newburgh. As the description on its website states, the company is “your complete resource for trucks, parts, service, and more.” Utica General has been serving upstate New York for almost 30 years, and sells and services the full line of Peterbilt trucks.

Eric Wilmot, Alfred State Automotive Trades Department chair and coordinator of the heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician major, said the donation is huge for the program.

“It exposes our students to the latest technology and things that they wouldn’t normally be exposed to until, typically, they’d be in the field,” he said. “In addition to the donation of the engine, Joe coming down and spending a full day with us teaching students how to navigate their training and reference material is a great benefit to us. I’m grateful to him, Kevin Molinari, and everyone at Utica General Peterbilt for making this donation happen.”

Seafood buffet at Refinery Restaurant March 29

Posted Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:15

The Culinary Arts Department will present a seafood buffet from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at The Refinery Restaurant in the Culinary Arts Building on the Wellsville campus.

The menu will include Caribbean conch chowder, clams, oysters, mussels, calamari, crab stuffed mushrooms, smoked salmon, crab legs, shrimp, fried fresh cod, and more. The cost is $24 for adults and $10 for children under 10.

Proceeds will benefit culinary student scholarships. The event is open to the public, and no reservations will be taken. Questions may be directed to 607-587-3170.

High schoolers compete in 29th annual SkillsUSA Regional Conference at Alfred State

Posted Date: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 11:15

More than 950 high school students from Region I Board of Cooperative Education and Services (BOCES) districts, encompassing Western New York and the Southern Tier, competed in the 29th annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics March 6 at Alfred State.

The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level in Syracuse in April, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Louisville, KY, in June. A postsecondary SkillsUSA state competition will also take place on the Wellsville campus on Saturday, March 24.

Skills tests ranged from criminal justice to TV/video production to public speaking. Alfred State faculty, staff, and students were heavily involved in the design, implementation, and judging of many of the contests. Many of the high school students were exposed to a college campus for the first time.

Contestants from the following schools attended:

Burgard Vocational High School (Buffalo); Genesee Valley (Batavia); Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont; Lake Shore/ Carrier Educational Center (Angola); Charles G May Career-Tech Center (Mt. Morris); Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); Edison Tech and Occupational High School (Rochester); Eastern Monroe Career Center (EMCC) (Fairport); Ellicottville CTE Center; Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center (Stanley); GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Harkness Career and Technical Center (Cheektowaga); Hewes Educational Center (Ashville); Kenton Career and Technical Education Center (Tonawanda); LoGuidice Center (Fredonia); Niagara (Sanborn); Olean CTE Center; Orleans Career and Technical Education Center (Medina); WD Ormsby Educational Center (East Aurora); Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Wayne Technical and Career Center (Williamson); WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center (Spencerport); and GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell).

An awards ceremony honored the following winners:

Action Skills

  • Kayla DeJesus, WEMOCO, 1st
  • Hannah Lucas, EMCC, 2nd
  • Maggie Jones, LoGuidice, 3rd

Advertising Design

  • Madison Garrigues, GST Wildwood, 1st
  • Samantha Moore, Niagara, 2nd
  • Dylan Ector, GST Bush, 3rd

Animal Careers

  • Emily Pfalzer, Kenton, 1st
  • Arthur Ingram, Wayne, 2nd
  • Karlie Swanson, Hewes, 3rd

Auto Body Helper

  • Simon VanHoover, Wayne, and Aaron Knight, GST Wildwood, tied for 1st
  • Blake Calaman, GST Coopers, 2nd

Auto Service

  • Jacob Gittans, GST Coopers, 1st
  • Luxman Sundas, Edison, 2nd
  • Lyle Boundy, GV Batavia, 3rd

Auto Technology

  • Tyler White, WEMOCO, 1st
  • Bradley Powers, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • Raymond Gorski, Orleans, 3rd

Carpenter's Assistant

  • Ethan Huette, GST Wildwood, 1st
  • Patrick Bohrer, GST Bush, 2nd
  • Kirt Menzi, GST Bush, 3rd


  • Owen Haines, Harkness, 1st
  • Evan Wood, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • Ryan Schleef, Harkness, 3rd

Collision Repair

  • Darren Andrzejewski, WD Ormsby, 1st
  • Max Northern, Harkness, 2nd
  • Logan Windnagle, GST Coopers, 3rd

Commercial Baking

  • Alora Tulip, Niagara, 1st
  • Destiny Brumfield, WEMOCO, 2nd
  • Megan Kelly, Harkness, 3rd

Computer Maintenance

  • Hunter Button, GST Wildwood, 1st
  • Kolton Hawkins, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • Nathaniel Carlin, GST Coopers, 3rd

Cosmetology Jr.

  • Hannah Cassoni, Ellicottville, 1st
  • Elizabeth Kowalski, GV Batavia, 2nd
  • Lindsy Cali, EMCC, 3rd

Cosmetology Sr.

  • Ghadeer Aziz, EMCC, 1st
  • Grace Palazzo, EMCC, 2nd
  • Shianna Brisson, WEMOCO, 3rd

CPR/First Aid

  • Ryan Povio, EMCC, 1st
  • Edwin Munoz, EMCC, 2nd
  • Sarah Priester, Hewes, 3rd

Criminal Justice

  • Tommy Hall, Olean, 1st
  • Chandler Heary, Orleans, 2nd
  • Nicholas Woodward, Niagara, 3rd

Crime Scene Investigation (Three-Person Teams)

  • Niagara, 1st
  • CG May, 2nd
  • WD Ormsby, 3rd

Culinary Arts

  • Lillian Wakelam, Niagara, 1st
  • Lauren Cybul, EMCC, 2nd
  • Aurora Warchocki, WD Ormsby, 3rd

Custom Painting

  • Michelle Pellett, GST Wildwood, 1st
  • Julia Burgard, WD Ormsby, 2nd
  • Scott Bollin-Shugarts, GV Batavia, 3rd

Diesel Mechanics

  • Trevor Hulse, GST Wildwood, 1st
  • Dominic Gerardi, WD Ormsby, 2nd
  • Cheyanna Gentry, Niagara, 3rd

Early Childhood

  • Katherine Mitchell, Ellicottville, and Skyler Christopher, Orleans, tied for 1st
  • Raelyn Clark, Ellicottville, 2nd

Electrical Construction & Wiring

  • Brandon Meek, Harkness, 1st
  • Gavin Bathgate, EMCC, 2nd
  • Zack Maier, WEMOCO, 3rd

Electronics Technology

  • Benjamin Bowman, GV Batavia, 1st
  • Simon Mazur, Harkness, 2nd
  • Steven Lyness, GV Batavia, 3rd

Employment Application

  • Emalee Yacono, EMCC, 1st
  • Latavia Ward, Niagara, 2nd
  • Trinity Grist, GST Coopers, 3rd


  • Alexis Stratton, Orleans, 1st
  • Haley Conte, GV Batavia, 2nd
  • Skyler Cady, GST Wildwood, 3rd

Extemporaneous Speech

  • Veronica Orton, Orleans, 1st
  • Morgan Fitch, EMCC, 2nd
  • Hunter McLean, WEMOCO, 3rd

Food Prep Assistant

  • Chris Hoadley, EMCC, 1st
  • Destiny Counterman, GST Coopers, 2nd
  • Leah Clause, Niagara, 3rd

Health Knowledge Bowl (Four-Person Teams)

  • Orleans, 1st
  • Potter, 2nd
  • Niagara, 3rd

Job Demo A

  • Logan Blazejewski, Niagara, 1st
  • Taylor Fawley, Potter, 2nd
  • Abigail Smith, Hewes, 3rd

Job Demo Open

  • Danielle Kozma, Orleans, 1st
  • Skylar Hamlin, WEMOCO, 2nd
  • Lauren Quagliana, LoGuidice, 3rd

Job Interview

  • Mercedez Roy, Finger Lakes, 1st
  • Sophia Barone, EMCC, 2nd
  • RayLynn Chraston, Orleans, 3rd


  • Garrett Delves, EMCC, 1st
  • Zachary Waters, Orleans, 2nd
  • Katarina Minichello, GST Bush, 3rd

Nail Technician

  • Karrigan Rotella, Niagara, and Jordan Tweed, Model, 1st
  • Kevin Colon, EMCC, and Lindsay Hess, Model, 2nd
  • Bailey Spence, WD Ormsby, and Rachel Greene, Model, 3rd


  • Courtney Brisky, Olean, 1st
  • Alexandra Whittall, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • Faith Chalmers, EMCC, 3rd

Power Equipment

  • Austin Zwelling, Niagara, 1st
  • Samuel Kellogg, Ellicottville, 2nd
  • Jacob Glosser, GST Coopers, 3rd

Precision Heavy Equipment

  • Cooper Fournier, Niagara, 1st
  • Matt Smith, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • Josh Lein, WEMOCO, 3rd

Prepared Speech

  • Jazmine Taft, GST Coopers, 1st
  • Catherine Fleischhut, Orleans, 2nd
  • Duncan Metlak, Niagara, 3rd

Quiz Bowl (Five-Person Teams)

  • GST Wildwood, 1st
  • EMCC, 2nd
  • WEMOCO, 3rd

Related Technical Math

  • Ryan Neuner, Harkness, 1st
  • Zachary Mantisi, Finger Lakes, 2nd
  • Claudia Basabakwinshi, GST Coopers, 3rd

Restaurant Services

  • Reanna Hewitt, Niagara, 1st
  • Mackenzie Toponak, Niagara, 2nd
  • Paige Bernhardt, Hewes, 3rd

Small Engines

  • Robert Wilcox, Niagara, 1st
  • Adam Wagner, Niagara, 2nd
  • Cameron Chardeen, Wayne, 3rd

Technical Drafting

  • Nick Ball, WD Ormsby, 1st
  • Leon Thompson II, Orleans, 2nd
  • Johnathan Jones, Wayne, 3rd

T-Shirt Design

  • Collin Hanrahan, GST Coopers, 1st
  • Phoenix Knapp, GST Coopers, 2nd
  • Sierra Mitchell, GST Wildwood, 3rd

TV/Video Production

  • Sage Wray and Joseph Hartigan, GST Bush, 1st
  • Troy Colvin-Wix and Dennis Pierce, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • Eva Bobek and Jenna Harper, Harkness, 3rd


  • Adam Moroz, EMCC, 1st
  • Samuel Lammes, WEMOCO, 2nd
  • Zachery Thurston, GST Wildwood, 3rd

Governor Cuomo Announces Grand Opening of Burgard High School's Advanced Manufacturing Labs

Posted Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 09:45

Reprinted with permission from Laura Magee, public affairs specialist at Empire State Development

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art Welding Lab, and renovations of the existing Machine Tool Lab and Auto Lab at Burgard High School in Buffalo. The $3.2 million Buffalo Billion initiative lead by Alfred State College provides the high-tech tools students need to train for careers in welding, automotive and other cutting-edge careers.

"Education is the first step of workforce development, and New York will continue to equip our young people with the necessary tools and training for future success," Cuomo said. "This project will create a hands-on learning experience that will prepare students for college and the advanced manufacturing employment pipeline, and will continue the economic progress we've made in western New York."

"During my tour of Burgard High School last year at the beginning of construction, I met students who now have career options available to them based on the real skills they were learning in school," said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. "Investments in the high-tech industry are preparing students for good paying jobs of the future, helping to meet workforce demand and close the skills gap. This project is another effort as part of the Buffalo Billion moving western New York's economy forward."

The rehabilitation of the existing building has been completed along with extensive upgrades and new equipment in the Auto, Welding, and Machine Tool labs at Burgard High School. The Machine Tool Lab has been outfitted with state-of-the-art lathes, drills, pressers and grinders. The Auto Lab now has new drops and lifts for the automobiles. Burgard has also added equipment in a new second welding lab. The total project cost of the Machine Tool Lab, Welding Lab and Auto Lab equipment addition is $800,000 of the $3.2 million in Buffalo Billion funding.

The students of Burgard High School took an active role in the renovations, working alongside the construction workers to create the welding stations.

"During the last few years Buffalo has seen a turnaround in the number of young people who are choosing to stay and build their careers in WNY," said Howard Zemsky, Empire State Development president, CEO, and commissioner. "At Burgard High School's advanced manufacturing lab, students will learn new skills that will eventually help them fill in-demand jobs and contribute to building a workforce for the region's advanced manufacturing industry."

Sen. Tim Kennedy said, "As Buffalo continues to make investments in advanced manufacturing, the city's schools need simultaneous support, so that they can arm their students with the type of training and skills they need to pursue fulfilling careers. Today's grand opening is once again proof that New York is delivering for our future generations, and that Governor Cuomo is committed to Buffalo's long-term economic growth."

Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes said, "Burgard's expansion is a wonderful announcement. The fact that students gained experience by playing a role in the construction process is even better. This is a great example of strengthening the foundation for our future workforce and economy by giving everyone the necessary tools and skill sets to be successful."

Mayor Byron W. Brown said, "Today's announcement is another step in the right direction to prepare our youth for jobs of the future. I'm very pleased that students at Burgard High School will now benefit from a new state-of-the-art Welding Lab, and renovations to the Machine Tool Lab and Auto Lab. I thank Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul for investing in our young people with $3.2 million, part of the Buffalo Billion initiative. Buffalo's students will now have access to high-tech tools, which will prepare them for high paying careers."

Craig R. Clark, vice president of Economic Development at Alfred State College said, "Working with the great students and faculty at Burgard to change lives through preparing students in the skilled trades is making a difference and something we see as our mission"

Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said, "The true beauty of this project is that it fully engaged students from beginning to end; they were involved in the set-up of the new lab, and used their welding skills to fabricate the booths. Better still, due to the success of the Advanced Manufacturing Program with Alfred State, this second welding lab was added to increase capacity while simulating actual fabrication labs used in the industry. I want to thank Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Sen. Tim Kennedy, Alfred State, and the Buffalo Billion for their support of this initiative.  All of the labs here: Welding, CAD/CAM, Auto, and Machine Tool, have been updated for maximum learning with state-of the art tools and software so that our students will be ready to step up and meet industry needs.  Our students will be part of the economic engine that helps rebuild America."

Stephen Tucker, president and CEO of Northland Workforce Training Center said, "Burgard's new state of the art advanced manufacturing labs provide students with the opportunity to gain 21st century technical skills which are critical for their individual success and the overall quality of the labor pool in Western New York. These students will be prepared to enter directly into the workforce or continue their education at the Northland Workforce Training Center. 

It is predicted that more than 20,000 advanced manufacturing jobs in welding, auto tech, and advanced machine tool technology will be available in the Buffalo-Niagara area by 2020 due to retirement and industry growth. Burgard High School students have the opportunity to prepare for these high-tech jobs by enrolling in the Advanced Manufacturing Program, in partnership with Alfred State College, Say Yes Buffalo and Dream It Do It Western NY.

This includes an opportunity for students to take college-level courses in high school and obtain an associate degree from Alfred State College after one additional year of college following their high school graduation. This spring, the first round of students from this program that began in 2014 will graduate and have the opportunity to move forward with their education at Alfred State. The Advanced Manufacturing Program at Burgard continues to grow, with 30 juniors continuing on for their second year in the program and 45 sophomores beginning their first year. About 45 of the freshmen who began in the fall of 2017 will be selected into the Advanced Manufacturing Program their sophomore year in the fall of 2018.

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ASC’s Van Valen wins national championship, Mattison finishes 5th

Posted Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:45

Alfred State College (ASC) is now home to a new national champion after another powerful performance by wrestler George (Ian) Van Valen, a construction management major from Ithaca.

Teammate Ryan Mattison, left, and George (Ian) Van Valen, right
Wrestler George (Ian) Van Valen, right,
took home the 184-pound national title at
the 2018 NCWA Championships in Allen,
TX, on March 10. Teammate Ryan Mattison
earned an impressive fifth-place finish
nationally in the heavyweight bracket.

Van Valen capped an amazing career at ASC by becoming the 184-pound national title winner at the 2018 NCWA Championships in Allen, TX, on March 10. Teammate Ryan Mattison, a construction management major from Brockport, earned an impressive fifth-place finish nationally in the heavyweight bracket.

Van Valen squared off with the No. 3 seed Jerron Thomas from Mott Community College in the championship match of 184 pounds. He jumped out to an 8-1 lead after the first period, and after an early escape in the second period, he took full control of the match and raced to a 16-1 tech fall victory. He finished the tournament with a 5-0 record, and outscored his opponents 74-2. For his dominating performance, Van Valen was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament.

This is the third time Van Valen has earned NCWA All-American honors. He finished fourth in 2016 and second in 2017. He finishes the season 42-1 on the year, and is 81-8 during the last two seasons.

Mattison entered the day on Saturday guaranteed a spot in the top eight of the heavyweight bracket. He started the day off with a pin of Austin Wells (Middle Tennessee State) in 4:12 to advance to the consolation semifinals. In his next match, he was downed by Donavan Lozada (Springfield Tech) but he was able to rebound to earn a tight 3-2 decision over Dominick Johnson (Liberty) in the fifth-place match.

In the fifth-place match, neither wrestler scored in the first period. Mattison started the second period on top, but Johnson took a 1-0 lead with an escape. Mattison responded with the only takedown of the match before Johnson tied it in the late moments of the second with another escape.

Early in the third period, Mattison escaped the hold of Johnson and he was able to hold the lead the rest of the way to claim fifth place. For the tournament, he finished 5-2 and he finishes 24-16 on the year.

The Pioneers finished the three-day tournament with 73 points to earn 11th place out of the 79 teams that competed.

STEM Education Summer Institute to be held at Alfred State College July 29-31

Posted Date: Friday, March 16, 2018 - 10:00

Educators from all levels will once again be gathering at Alfred State College for the annual STEM Education Summer Institute.

Taking place July 29-31, the institute is hosted by the New York State STEM Education Collaborative, and provides a way for kindergarten-through-college-level educators to learn new techniques for engaging students of all ages in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.

Presentations, workshops, panelists, and roundtable discussions will help share ideas on how to spark interest in the STEM curriculum through classroom projects, afterschool activities, and even gaming. This year’s theme is “Innovate to Integrate – Cultivating Tomorrow’s Problem Solvers.” The full conference provides 18 Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) certified professional development hours.

Dr. Craig Clark, vice president for Economic Development at Alfred State and conference co-chair, said, “The STEM Summer Institute is a great opportunity to share, learn, and collaborate on STEM programs and projects on the Alfred State College campus, which is focused on STEM programs and careers.”

Serving as the keynote speakers this year are:

  • Dr. Donald Duggan Haas, director of Teacher Programming at the Paleontological Research Institute. Haas has served on the New York State Science Leadership Team for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and as chair of the Geological Society of America’s Geoscience Division.
  • John Kent, vice president of Worldwide Program Management at Global Foundries, a full-service semiconductor design, development, fabrication, and innovation company. Kent is a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering and of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).
  • Dr. Clint Ballinger, CEO of SelfArray and Evident Technologies. Ballinger has launched products in multiple market verticals, from LEDS, to biotech, to military, to energy. He holds a PhD in nuclear engineering.

The event will feature more than 50 cutting-edge presentations related to STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics). Presenters are invited to submit proposals until March 23.

The institute will also present the Margaret Ashida Awards, named in honor of a woman who created a wave of change by her tireless efforts to create connections between business/industry and STEM educational leaders in colleges and the K-12 sector throughout the US.

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