“Some students, upon seeing their favorite dog, go directly to the dog and stay there the entire time, petting it and talking with the handler. So many of them tell us they look forward to the dogs all semester, that it’s the best part of the semester,” Amie Acton said.
Many students are majoring in a program in which there are more employers ready to hire than there are available graduates.
To keep its students competitive in an evolving agricultural industry, Alfred State is diversifying its educational offerings.
Competing against seven other schools, Alfred State placed third in the design-build division in this year’s Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 Student Competition held last month in Albany.
Along the tour, students were connected with all phases of the creation of rail cars, from Web-based programming to live manufacturing.
Next summer, Alfred State alum Jeff Mahl will be covering the 13,000-plus-mile original 1908 Great Race route across three continents. His great-grandfather, George Schuster was the winner of the international competition.
Proposed programs include echocardiography (Associate in Applied Science), magnetic resonant imaging (certificate), computed tomography (certificate), and medical imaging sciences (Bachelor of Technology).
The Presidential Aspiring Leaders (PAL) Program was created recently for students who possess a strong work ethic, display commitment and dedication to their studies, are engaged in the community and the college, and are looking to strengthen their leadership skills.
Since the fall of 2014, Anthony, 49, has been enrolled as a full-time student at the college after losing his job as a mechanic due to a factory closing. He initially began in the air conditioning and heating technology program on the Wellsville campus and quickly excelled, becoming an Honors Program student and graduating in 2016 with a 4.0 GPA.
As of the time this article was written, 954 donors had contributed a total of $152,788 in cash and pledges, with donations still coming in online and through the mail. The funds that were not restricted to a certain area will be used to support the greatest needs of the college, primarily scholarships, new programming, updated technology, and athletic programs.