It has been a year of evolution at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Marcy campus where the institution continues to advance its educational and research mission, bridging the minds of tomorrow with the technology of today in ways that prepare them for life and the workforce of the future.
When first-year students moved onto the campus in 2017, they came from across the United States and more than 20 countries and marked the largest incoming class in the institution’s history. Last year also marked the first time SUNY Poly has welcomed students under New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship initiative, a program that makes the cost to attend SUNY Poly more affordable for middle-class families and individuals. It covers the cost of tuition for qualifying students who are enrolled in a two- or four-year degree program at any of the state’s public colleges and university campuses.
One of the most rapidly growing programs at SUNY Poly was the Interactive Media and Game Design program, which welcomed its initial group of first-year students and continues to expand its enrollment size and curricular contributions to the institution. As a school of technology, SUNY Poly continues to use tech to reach more students than ever before, increasing the number of fully-online degree programs, which allows students to pursue their educational goals from anywhere in the state, country, or the world.
In 2018 SUNY Poly will offer a master’s degree in Computer Network & Security that can be obtained fully online. The institution will also launch its first fully online bachelor’s degree program this year with Health Management Information. These additions join the already popular slate of online graduate programs that includes master’s in Accountancy, masters in Information Design & Technology, masters in Nursing Education, master’s in business administration, and an advanced certificate in data analysis.
While 2017 saw Danfoss, one of the world’s leading suppliers of power electronics, begin setting up computer chip packaging operations in the Computer Chip Commercialization Center, better known as the Quad-C complex, it is only the beginning of a new era for the campus and the region, with high-paying, high-skilled jobs expected to be created at the company’s Marcy location in the years ahead.
The new year also welcomes the Central New York Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, hosted on the Marcy campus of SUNY Poly this March and expected to bring 2,500 high school students to the area, along with their families, mentors, and volunteers. Teams will compete against each other with robots they have designed and built themselves, putting Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) skills to use in a truly unique, hands-on experience.
In addition, the Center for Advanced Global Manufacturing is slated to open in Donovan Hall in 2018 after six years worth of design and construction. The 19,000-square-foot, $12 million facility will provide an advanced manufacturing center to the community for businesses and individuals alike.