Message from Dr. Belinda S. Miles – Applied Learning
August 17, 2018
The stage is set for new advancements in applied learning during the upcoming academic year.
- We kick off the semester with civic education on Constitution Day, September 17. Dean Ron Bloom, Profs. Anne D’Orazio, Patti Sehulster, and Rosemarie Serrano, Associate Dean Tiffany Hamilton, and others have been planning a program that will include performances of music from the Broadway hit musical Hamilton. Many thanks for the team’s commitment to be ready for the third week of classes.
- Twenty students have enrolled in this fall’s Ossining Health Advantage, which offers an experiential, work-based curriculum across three linked classes in college success, writing and research, and an overview of health careers. This was a collective effort between the School of Health Careers, Technology, and Applied Learning and the Ossining Extension Center Director Nicole Joseph.
- For 2018-2019, the Center for Applied Learning was awarded a small planning grant from SUNY to bring faculty together and evaluate integration of service learning with academic curricula.
SUNY is interested in applying for an apprenticeship grant through the U.S. Department of Labor, which announced $150 million in available funding. SUNY’s focus areas might include advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, and/or healthcare. There is a lot of recent attention on apprenticeships in community colleges, which are logical places for such programming given our long-term success in career and technical education (CTE). This invites a new discussion. Should we expand apprenticeships by combining efforts already underway in CTE programs and the Center for Applied Learning? Which industry partners are best poised for participation? What infrastructure could best support such efforts?
We close this week with special thanks to the Office of Student Involvement and Orientation Leaders who ran four exceptional new student orientations. Early indicators show that we may have set an attendance record!
Dr. Belinda S. Miles