Three four-year programs at SUNY Canton get accredited

Jordan Edwards, Brooklyn, completes a circuit board for a radio in SUNY Canton’s electrical technology labs. Greg Kie

SUNY Canton announced Thursday that its youngest bachelor degree programs received accreditation by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. The programs, which received a full site review by accreditors last year, send graduates into fields where they can expect someday to earn around $80,000.

The college received the accreditation for programs in civil and environmental, electrical, and mechanical technology. All three — which began in 2010 — boast a 100 percent placement rate, according to a college news release. The accreditation is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2012.

“The four-year educational tracks were developed to build upon SUNY Canton’s strong, ABET-accredited associate degree programs,” said Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Students have advanced career mobility through our four-year programs.”

Students in civil and environmental technology at the college are afforded this mobility through the addition of advanced courses in structural design, practical industry skills and technology. According to Adrienne C. Rygel, program director and associate professor, the four-year program builds on the two-year civil engineering technology program.

“Students build upon their classes in the natural sciences to tackle real-life problems,” she said. [Read more…]