Corporation grant will give students more opportunities for paid internships,
on-the-job career training
Albany – State University of
New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that the Carnegie
Corporation has awarded the university system a $500,000 grant to support SUNY
Works, which will bring cooperative education to college campuses statewide.
As part of the program, SUNY
colleges throughout New York have established partnerships with local
businesses and employers to formally integrate academic coursework with paid,
on-the-job work experience in the students’ field of study. Current business partners
include: Global Foundries, General Electric, IBM, Motorola, and Chevron.
“With proven success in 27
countries and counting, cooperative education is heralded by many as one of the
most effective and unique academic programs of our time,” said Chancellor
Zimpher. “SUNY Works promises to have a positive, lasting effect on the way New
York’s public colleges and universities prepare students in all disciplines for
successful careers and meet the needs of New York’s workforce. We are deeply
grateful to Carnegie Corporation for this support.”
“SUNY’s leadership in
advancing cooperative education partnerships, leveraging public-private
partnerships, and fully engaging businesses to develop new educational delivery
models that will help meet the workforce needs of tomorrow is an asset to our
business operations and critically important to establishing a strong
foundation for a new economy,” said Emily Reilly, director of human resources,
“SUNY Works is changing the
way we deliver higher education across New York State, giving students a huge
advantage, not only by allowing them to earn an income during college, but also
by providing them with hands-on experience and training that nearly always
results in a job offer after graduation. This is an outstanding example of
SUNY’s systemness at work,” said SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for Community
Colleges and the Education Pipeline Johanna Duncan-Poitier.
Today, the majority of
college students—as many as 70 to 80 percent—work while enrolled in classes.
SUNY Works will provide those
students the opportunity to marry their need to generate income while enrolled
in college with work experience that will make them employable following
graduation. Seven out of every 10 co-op students are offered positions by the
employers for which they worked while enrolled in the program.
In April, nine SUNY campuses launched
cooperative education programs supported by a Lumina Foundation grant that have
attracted students and employers in many regions throughout New York State,
with six additional SUNY campuses set to be added this Spring. The
Carnegie Corporation grant will support and solidify the infrastructure
necessary for full scale up of SUNY Works across the system with a particular
focus on expanding to SUNY’s baccalaureate-degree granting colleges and
universities, over the next two years.
According to Carnegie
Corporation, their support for the initiative is driven in part by SUNY Works’
focus on addressing the rapid and dislocating change in educational
requirements, which has resulted in the skills and experiences—that once served
working adults well—being eclipsed by the enormous economic and technological
changes in the workplace, especially in the fields of science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM).
About Carnegie Corporation
of New York
Corporation of New York, which was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911
"to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and
understanding," is one of the oldest, largest and most influential of
American grantmaking foundations. The foundation makes grants to promote
international peace and to advance education and knowledge - primary concerns
to which founder Andrew Carnegie devoted the foundation.
About the State University
of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating nearly 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate
programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the globe. To
learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.