Generations of Success: The Harmer/Dargis Family

[caption id="attachment_1182" align="alignleft" width="300"] Edward Harmer, Douglas Dargis, Susan Dargis, and Kelsey Dargis have all gotten their start at Suffolk[/caption] To Edward Harmer, education has always been a priority for his family. As a first-generation U.S. citizen from Malta, Mr. Harmer chose Suffolk County Community College to further his career as an engineer at Brookhaven...

The Club Life: Pursuing a Passion in College

When it comes to living the full college experience, Suffolk County Community College offers something for everyone, from clubs to service organizations to athletics and more. In fact, the College has an Office of Student Affairs that promotes yearlong activities, including “Club Days” each fall and spring. Suffolk students can participate in upwards of 90 academic, cultural and...
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Student Spotlight: Daniel Pavacic – Setting the Stage for Success

As an academically strong senior at Chaminade High School, a well-regarded Catholic school in Mineola, New York, Daniel Pavacic knew that his fellow students were applying to many of the nation’s most recognized colleges and universities. Likewise, Dan was also planning for his future. “I wanted to go to Suffolk,” he says. “Both my brother and sister started at Suffolk and had great...

INFOGRAPHIC: Not So Typical

If you think that most college students are fresh out of high school, young, carefree and living at a university, you’re way behind the times.  About 9 in 10 college students today don’t fit that mold. More often, the typical college student is living off-campus, working and juggling college with real-life responsibilities. (click to enlarge) Source: U.S. Department of Education, National...
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Your Community College’s Veterans Services

Of all the counties in New York State, Suffolk County has the single largest population of returning veterans,” says Tom Ronayne, Director of Suffolk County’s Veterans Services Agency. In fact, New York State has the fifth largest population of veterans in the United States, with a total of 1.1 million. Of this population, more than 150,000 live on Long Island, with approximately 70 percent...

Sparking a Need for Certified Welders

When Ralph Bavaro smiles, he lights up the room. He radiates such an easygoing, affable presence that it’s hard not to grin with him. But, when he eases the mask down on his flame-laden welding helmet, his demeanor reflects the confidence of a person who literally knows how to light up a room. It’s almost as if he becomes a superhero of sorts who is about to test the mettle of his next...

What’s a Parent to Do?

When a son or daughter decides to go to college, parents often find themselves in a strange new situation. They are accustomed to being informed about student grades, very involved in making school-related decisions, and quite invested in the parent organizations. But college is different. The parents no longer receive direct school communication; the student does. Students may suddenly have...

The Cream Rises to the Top

Suffolk County Community College Alumnus Mike Romano, 22, executive pastry chef at Rare 650, a Scotto Brothers restaurant in Syosset, showed the world what he was made of when he became a ‘Sweet Genius’ on the Food Network show of the same name. We spoke with him and believe that he has a scrumptious future ahead of him. How did you get the idea to enter Sweet Genius?  A friend of mine...

Plan to Succeed

Good time management is key to reaching goals The transition into college can be tough — whether you are a recent high school graduate or a career changer. College students must learn to juggle many projects, assignments, and deadlines every week. But establishing strong time management skills will help you succeed as a student. The most important part of good time management is making it part...

Adult Learners: It’s Never Too Late To Become The Person You Truly Want To Be

You wake up every day to return to the same job you have been dragging yourself to for the past 10 years. However, you don’t see a way out. More sitting at a computer crunching numbers you don’t care about; or performing mind-numbing data entry; or completing work that, let’s face it, was fine a decade or so ago, but is starting to wear on you physically now. You’ve always been...

50 Years of Nursing

The nursing profession has witnessed many changes over the past 50 years. Empowered by technology, today’s nurses are not only delivering health care but are change agents in a team-based environment that exists within today’s complex health care system. “Nursing is the fastest growing occupation in the U.S., with a 22 percent increase in nursing jobs expected by 2018,” says Cheryl...

Physical Therapist Assistant Programs: Rewarding Careers that Help People Return to Function

Young or old, everyone has a job to do -- learning, growing, playing, working, caring for and interacting with others, are all among the “occupations” of life. Sometimes physical challenges prevent people from participating fully in the job of living: injury, stroke and illness can all play a role in making it difficult for people to perform everyday tasks or be as independent as they would...

Accredited Programs of Study

Prepare to enter the fast-paced world of BUSINESS with a degree from Suffolk. PROGRAMS IN BUSINESS Accounting Business Administration Business Administration Online Business: Marketing Business: Office Management Business: Retail Business Management Business Management Paralegal Studies From classical guitar to computer art to broadcasting, you can find the right fit for your interests in...
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Campus Conversations

Suffolk’s Video Library  Features Award-Winning Stories As the power of video messaging continues to grow, we invite you to visit our video library at www.sunysuffolk.edu/Videos for a range of compelling stories about students, alumni, active and retired faculty, and institutional events. The site conveniently categorizes the College’s YouTube videos into easy-to-navigate viewing categories...
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Come Out with Your Degrees Up! Criminal Justice Program Offers A Variety of Career Options

If you have a desire to help others and enjoy a job where something different happens every day, a career in criminal justice may be for you. Suffolk County Community College offers an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice to fulfill the needs of students with diverse career goals. The program also offers internships that are available to help students gain valuable on-the-job...
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New Student Success Center Changes Everything Engineering a More Efficient Student Experience

Suffolk County Community College students are often asked to step back from the familiar surroundings and attempt to look at the world differently in hopes of making new, positive changes. Recently, the College chose to do the same by assessing its routine practices in an effort to deliver student support services more efficiently. The result? Welcome to the new Student Success Center at the...

Brawn to Brains: Skills are the future of manufacturing

  You may have heard that manufacturing jobs are a thing of the past. While it’s true that old-fashioned assembly line jobs are dwindling, a new kind of manufacturing job is starved for skilled workers. Today, over 60 percent of manufacturing employees have at least some college education, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report. What’s more, a 2011 report from the...

The Honors College Unique Opportunities for Exceptional Students

What do you get when you surround yourself with a community of student scholars who seek to challenge themselves intellectually while, at the same time, building bonds of friendship that will endure throughout their college careers and into their professional lives? The answer, of course, is the Honors College at Suffolk. Offering a challenging and rewarding environment, Suffolk’s college-wide...

Scholarships: Making Higher Education Possible

According to the U.S. Department of Education, almost 65% of all undergraduates enrolled in college in the United States last year received some type of financial aid. In these economic times, this number isn’t surprising. It also underscores the importance of sourcing all available opportunities for financial support. A smart place to start is to search and apply for scholarships. While some...

Advice for Community College Success

Book author says reach out, make friends and find mentors Q. What made you decide to write Community College Success? I was a community college transfer student and after I finished my own degree, I worked in Student Life at a community college. I soon realized that successful students shared a common pattern. They all made friends with other students who supported them; they reached out to...

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BUSINESS Accounting Business Administration Business Management Information Processing Marketing Office Management Paralegal Studies Retail Business Management COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS Communication Studies Computer Art Graphic Design Interior Design Assistant Journalism Music Photographic Imaging Radio and Television Production Theatre Arts Visual Arts PROGRAMS IN...

Be inspired, not in debt!

Q: How can you avoid massive student loan debt AND get a great college education? A: Choose your community college! Everyone has heard the new figures on student loan debt, and they are mind-boggling. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, student loan debt in the United States is more than five times what it was a dozen years ago. What steps can you take to avoid this type of...

Awesome Sauce: The Gulturk Sisters Discover Their Careers

If twin sisters Meltem and Sinem Gulturk of Ronkonkoma, New York, look familiar, it’s easy to understand why. Chances are you’ve seen them — and heard their catchphrase “Awesome Sauce” — in the national TV commercial for Discover Card.  Both graduated from Suffolk in 2008 and share how their careers began and what their hopes are for the future. Why did you choose to start at...

Scholarships: Making Higher Education Possible

There is a common misconception that scholarships are for valedictorians or star athletes only. In reality, there are numerous types of scholarships available to students pursuing various programs, majors and career tracks, as well as open and unrestricted scholarships for the general student population. As a matter of fact, Suffolk County Community College offers more than 500 scholarship...
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Campus Conversations

  Science Project:New Building Coming Soon Suffolk will soon be unveiling a new Science and Technology Building on the Ammerman Campus in Selden. Slated to open in 2014, the 64,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility will include labs, lecture halls and classrooms.   Kennedy Center Applauds Suffolk  The enormous wellspring of talent within Suffolk’s theatre department has...

Suffolk: The Savvy Choice

More than half a decade after the economic recession hit, students are “savvier shoppers” than ever before, according to the Cooperative Institutional Research Program’s (CIRP) Freshmen Survey. The annual survey is administered through the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) and captures feedback from hundreds of thousands of students entering two- and four-year colleges across the...
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Help Fight the War on Drugs

Become a Chemical Dependency Counselor. Today, nearly one in 10 Americans has some type of alcohol or substance use disorder, a new federal government survey finds. But only a quarter of them get the treatment they need, researchers say. Though not everyone recognizes chemical dependency as a medical condition, it most definitely is a chronic, relapsing medical condition with devastating personal...
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Getting Your Foot in the Door

In an economy where job seekers significantly outnumber positions, distinguishing your credentials is essential. How can you stand out from the crowd? According to online résumé service TheLadders.net, job recruiters wade through thousands of profiles and résumés with a ruthless eye for clarity and concrete information. TheLadders tracked the eye movements of 30 professional recruiters...

Growing Up Without Going Away

More college students are choosing to live with their parents. The assumption that every college freshman moves into a tiny dorm room, leaving parents and old friends behind in one fell swoop isn’t all that accurate. In 2015, 41.5 percent of parents of a college student said their child will be living at home, according to a National Retail Federation survey. Quinn Favilla and her sister, Reed,...

Rise and Shine

Get an early start on college while still in high school. I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, “Early to bed, early to rise.” The same can be said for early college enrollment.  A recent study by the American Institutes for Research shows that high school students who take college courses early are more likely to graduate high school and attend college than their counterparts. Suffolk...
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Encore Careers

Find new fulfillment in midlife and beyond. So you’ve put 20, 30 or 40 years into your career. The spark that kept you going is waning and yet you may not be financially or emotionally ready for retirement. What are your options? In what has been called one of the most significant social trends of the new century and the biggest transformation of the American workforce, encore careers are an...

Flexible Scheduling Options at Suffolk

No matter what your situation, Suffolk will make college work for you.  Mix and match these scheduling options to fit your unique lifestyle. Blended The perfect balance — online and on campus. In many cases, you’ll meet in class only once a week. Traditional Immerse yourself in the familiar world of weekday classes. Online Experience a 100 percent interactive online learning experience...
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Accredited Programs of Study

BUSINESS and LEGAL STUDIES Accounting Business Administration Business Administration Online Business: Marketing Business: Office Management Business: Retail Business Management Business Management Paralegal Studies COMMUNICATIONS and THE ARTS Communication Studies Communications and Media Arts: Journalism Computer Art Design (Fashion): Interior Design Graphic Design Music Photographic...
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Studying Abroad: The World Awaits You

Today, we live in a global world. We are bombarded with competition from abroad, businesses are increasingly focusing on global markets and technology is driving us to a converging commonality. We must be prepared for this new landscape with a set of skills one can easily obtain while studying abroad. Studying in another country is not just an adventure, it’s a smart move that will help you...

Campus Conversations

The Suffolk Community College Foundation will honor the Frey family at its Gala. The Suffolk Community College Foundation will honor the Frey family of Belle Terre, New York, at the Salute to Excellence Gala being held at the Hilton Long Island in Huntington on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Dr. Robert J. Frey currently serves as the Secretary of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is a Research...

Suffolk Alumnus Keith Dinielli Wins Emmy for The Voice

Suffolk County Community College alumnus Keith Dinielli, class of 1990, recently won an Emmy as one of the producers for NBC’s The Voice in the Best Competition Reality Series category. Mr. Dinielli received his associate degree from Suffolk County Community College in Radio and Television Production. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from the Univerity of Southern California’s...

STEM Success Starts Here: Boost Career Prospects with a Foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Are you looking to position yourself for a wide range of career options that are both interesting and rewarding? If so, start by immersing yourself in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines right now. Why is a solid STEM education so important? Math and science are part of our everyday lives; we rely on these skills to analyze economic conditions, understand our...

Success Doesn’t Break for Summer

College students – you’ve worked hard all year long. Keep the momentum going by enrolling in summer semester courses at Suffolk County Community College. With summer courses, you can build on what you’ve learned and get yourself on the fast-track to graduation. If your educational plan is taking a little longer than you intended, adding a few summer courses can get you caught up. In fact,...
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Get Ahead of the Class: Complete college faster by starting in high school

If you could earn college credit at a reduced cost while you’re still in high school, why wouldn’t you? That’s exactly what Suffolk County Community College’s Excelsior Program allows students to do.  Hundreds of high school students from all over the region are already taking advantage of this program to jumpstart their college careers. In fact, dual or concurrent enrollment programs...
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Suffolk Student Recognized for Experiential Education

While attending Suffolk, Dana Mondello (class of 2013) interned with the Suffolk County Police Department and was later selected as a New York State Cooperative and Experiential Education Association (NYSCEEA) Student of the Year. This annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in, and contributions to, experiential education. Ms. Mondello was a Criminal Justice major with aspirations of...
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Optimizing Job Opportunities: Taking Advantage of Career Services

Beginning a career doesn’t happen by accident. Like most things worth having in life, it requires hard work and a plan that entails self assessment, exploring career options and conducting a strategic job search. At Suffolk County Community College, students never have to feel alone during this journey. That’s because the Career and Transfer Counseling Centers at Suffolk provide career and...
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Hospitality Management: A Passport to a Rewarding Career

“There are approximately 52,000 hotels and more than 1.7 billion hotel rooms in the U.S. alone,” says Gary Wood, Associate Professor for the Hotel and Resort Management program at Suffolk County Community College. “Even with the recent economic conditions that we’ve faced, now is a great time to get into this field. Both business and leisure travel are on the rebound – and somebody has...
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A Culinary Program Offering World-Class Flavor

With 28,000-square-feet of state-of-the-art culinary and baking labs, a stadium-style demonstration theater, a retail bakery serving the community and instructors who have earned reputations for creativity and craft, it’s easy to understand why Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center is widely recognized as the leading culinary instructional facility on Long...
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Transfer Is the Answer

Why making community college your first choice is a decision that is second to none Starting at Suffolk County Community College and then transferring to a four-year institution is a common strategy for students looking to earn a bachelor’s degree. Suffolk has many resources available to help students who are looking to transfer. Ease into the College Experience  With dedicated faculty and...
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Enhance Your Job Search Using Social Media

In today’s fast-paced society, traditional job application techniques aren’t enough to keep pace with new methods being used by social media-savvy applicants.  Social media platforms, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest, offer you – the job seeker – the ability to leverage the power of your connections to generate leads for employment, extend your...
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Six Keys to Succeeding in College

Start early. Perhaps the best way to prepare for success in college is to get started as early as possible with processes such as applying for aid, completing admission applications and taking a placement test. Plan ahead. To avoid stress and manage your workload, plan ahead for all of your assignments. Get a course syllabus (or outline) for each course, and read it carefully. There you will...
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The Two-Year Story: Best-Kept Secrets

Want to know a secret? Forty-five percent of the college students in the United States now attend two-year colleges. These schools are becoming increasingly popular for students with all kinds of goals. Okay, so that’s not really such a big secret. But you might be surprised to learn just how much two-year colleges have to offer prospective students. Everybody knows that community colleges are...
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BUSINESS Accounting Business Administration Business Management Information Processing Marketing Office Management Paralegal Studies Retail Business Management COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS Communication Studies Computer Art Graphic Design Interior Design Assistant Journalism Music Photographic Imaging Radio and Television Production Theatre Arts Visual Arts PROGRAMS IN...
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Veterinary Technology: Connecting a Passion for Animals with a Productive Career

  Does the fast pace of a medically-oriented, scientifically-grounded professional career — one targeted on the health care of animals and the welfare of people — speak to a passion in you?  If it does, then perhaps veterinary technology could be the best career choice on your horizon. Under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, veterinary technicians perform a broad spectrum of...
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  New Office for Sustainability Blossoms Under the leadership of Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, the College has developed a new Office for Sustainability Programs. Since 2000, the College has implemented over 50 green initiatives across its campus locations. This new office will focus on improving the College’s energy efficiency and environmental...
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