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Community Overdose Training program to take place May 11

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 15:00

The Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State will once again host a free “Community Overdose Training” event Wednesday, May 11 in the Pioneer Lounge at the Pioneer Center on the Alfred campus.

The event will include a training session for law enforcement from 8:30-10 a.m., and another session for community and human service organizations from 1-2:30 p.m. Attendees must preregister by April 15 by emailing ccet@alfredstate.edu or by calling 607-587-4015.

Administered by University Police Officer Jeff Wilcox, training will discuss the impact of opioid overdoses in New York State, and teach participants how to recognize one. Attendees will further learn the steps they should take if they encounter someone with an overdose, and also learn how to use a mucosal atomizer in an attempt to save the life of the person who overdosed. Free responder kits will be given out to human services agencies, as well.

The mission of the Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State is to advance economic development in the Southern Tier through the integration of vocational/occupational training, personal and career development, and organizational development.

Sport management students network with professionals at Binghamton career fair

Posted Date: Monday, March 14, 2016 - 13:45

students Samuel Volmy, of Lockport, left, and Justin Wallace, of Mount Vernon, speak with a representative from iHeart RadioA total of 22 sport management students were able to meet with more than 20 sports teams and organizations earlier this month at the Binghamton Senators Sports Marketing Career Fair.

Held March 4 at the Floyd L. Maines Arena in downtown Binghamton, the event featured representatives and hiring personnel from professional, minor league, and collegiate sports, as well as sports media. Organizations included Watkins Glen International, the American Hockey League, Minor League Baseball, iHeart Radio, Galaxy Communications, the State University of New York Athletic Conference, and more.

Alfred State was one of 15 schools that attended the career fair. Sport management students who participated were Matt McCarty (Schenectady), Takim Grant (Brooklyn), Joshua Ashley (Brooklyn), Kai Bowden (Freeport), David Briggs (Waverly), Nathan Coble (Angelica), Romario Demosthene (Brooklyn), Michael Fanton (Bolivar), Jason Gordon (South Hempstead), Janae Hamilton (Great Valley), January Harriet (New York City), Tatyana King (Queens Village), Ryan MacDonald (Johnson City), Osawaru Omorogbe-Akpata (Brooklyn), Carlisle Philip (Brooklyn), William Robinson (Jamaica, NY), Brandon Serkleski (Shinglehouse, PA), Zach Sodoma (Brockport), Allison Vargeson (Addison), Jake Vattimo (Geneseo), Samuel Volmy (Lockport), and Justin Wallace (Mount Vernon).

“The career fair provided a very unique opportunity for students to network and interview with many of the top sport industry professionals throughout upstate New York,” said John Lisec, assistant professor in the Business Department.

Serkleski said the career fair was a great starting point for students who are looking to make connections with employers.

“It was great to meet with professionals in our field and to be able to discuss potential opportunities for internships,” he said.

In photo: Sport management students Samuel Volmy, of Lockport, left, and Justin Wallace, of Mount Vernon, speak with a representative from iHeart Radio.

Alfred State showcases Automotive Trades Department at Motorama

Posted Date: Monday, March 14, 2016 - 13:45

The Alfred State Automotive Trades Department was able to get some terrific exposure recently at the 38th annual Motorama, held Feb. 20-21 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

Described as the nation’s largest all-indoor motorsports event, Motorama featured hundreds of authentic drag cars, late models, sprint cars, and more. The Alfred State display consisted of two automobiles worked on by students - a 2003 Honda Insight and a 2001 Volkswagen GTI – as well as information boards about vehicles the college used in competitions such as the Watkins Glen Green Grand Prix and the Great Race.

Working to make the display possible were motorsports technology students Alec Bray, Phoenix; Stephen Hansen, Franklinville; and Ryan Valle, New Windsor; as well as Sean Haggerty, instructor in the Automotive Trades Department; and Kent Johnson, chair of the Automotive Trades Department.

According to Haggerty, roughly 80,000 people attended Motorama, with about 60,000 of them being around the traditional college age range of 18 to 22 years old. Haggerty said attendees “loved” the Alfred State display.

“It was a great recruiting tool and our students loved being a part of it,” he said.

The Alfred State Automotive Trades Department’s mission is to provide instruction and practical, hands-on experience to students interested in a variety of automotive trades, including automotive service, autobody repair, truck and diesel service, and motorsports.

display at the 38th annual Motorama event

High schoolers compete in 27th annual SkillsUSA Regional Conference at Alfred State

Posted Date: Monday, March 14, 2016 - 13:30

high school student competes in the welding contest during the 27th annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills OlympicsMore than 900 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 27th annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics March 8 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 Kansas City, MO, in June. A postsecondary SkillsUSA state competition will also take place on the Wellsville campus on Saturday, March 26.

Skills tests ranged from criminal justice to TV/video production to precision machining. 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:

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

Advertising Design

Animal Careers

Auto Body Helper

Auto Service Basic

Auto Technology

Automated Manufacturing Technology

Carpenter's Assistant


Collision Repair

Commercial Baking

Computer Maintenance


Cosmetology Jr.

Cosmetology Sr.

CPR/First Aid

Criminal Justice

Crime Scene Investigation (Three-Person Teams)

Culinary Arts

Custom Painting & Graphics

Diesel Mechanics

Early Childhood

Electrical Construction & Wiring

Electronics Technology

Employment Application

Extemporaneous Speaking

Food Prep Assistant

Health Knowledge Bowl (Four-Person Teams)

Job Demo A

Job Demo Open

Job Interview


Nail Technician


Power Equipment Technology

Precision Heavy Equipment

Precision Machining

Prepared Speech

Quiz Bowl (Five-Person Teams)

Related Technical Math

Restaurant Services

Small Engines

Technical Drafting

T-Shirt Design

TV/Video Production


Honors Program students learn various methods of growing food

Posted Date: Monday, March 7, 2016 - 19:30

Members of the Honors Program met at the college greenhouse Feb. 24 with Sandy Dennison, marketing director of Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc., and Emily Rhoades, AmeriCorps VISTA representative, to learn about food production and growing practices in Western New York.

Dennison, a past Spirit of Service awardee and founding member of the Alfred Community Garden, told students, “Rural Western New York has so much land, yet many people are unfamiliar with growing and harvesting their own food, too often relying on expensive, highly processed food with low nutritive value.”

She also presented various methods of growing food available for people with limited space or experience in gardening. Rhoades then distributed organic seeds and soil and allotted each student space in the greenhouse for planting. Students were encouraged to take their plants and their knowledge of modern “victory garden” possibilities back to their homes at the semester’s end.

Honors Program members

In photo: Honors Program members from left to right, are, front row: Sarah Wojtowicz (interdisciplinary studies, Ellicottville), and Nicole Raymond (forensic science technology, Hinsdale), and back row: Austin Harvey (computer information systems, Cameron), Anthony Harvey (air conditioning and heating technology, Cameron), Jordan Seltzer (business administration, West Valley), Jacob Fassett (drafting/CAD, Cooperstown), Cole Smith (electrical construction and maintenance electrician, Collins), Justin King (electrical construction and maintenance electrician, Uniondale), Courtney Green (human services, Lisbon), Grant Tinker (electrical engineering technology, McGraw), and Molly Kase (architecture, Rochester).