The Pipeline

Winter 2012

SCCC Hosts First-Ever L.I. Manufacturing Symposium

This past fall, Suffolk County Community College hosted the first-ever Long Island Manufacturing Symposium in the Health, Sports and Education Center on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood. Exhibitors at the symposium

Dr. McKay, stated, “In the midst of the current economic climate, the College’s role to help shape the region’s workforce has become more crucial than ever.” “Long Island’s manufacturing companies are critical to our region’s economic success. They are our job creators and our innovators. It’s a privilege to be able to be at this event to speak about solutions to create jobs and promote Long Island as a manufacturing hub,” said Congressman Steve Israel. William J. Lindsay, Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, declared, “Suffolk County make sure the College has the proper tools to train people. Jobs start with a trained workforce.” Symposium participants uncovered new supply chain opportunities, pursued business-to-business opportunities, and were able to speak with students from Long Island’s “First Robotics” organizations who demonstrated their prize-winning robots. Dafny Irizarry, Chairwoman of Suffolk County Community College’s Board of Trustees added, “Across the nation, community colleges are serving as the economic drivers within their regions for their industries. At Suffolk, we see the value of forming partnerships and linkages between SUNY, elected officials, educational institutions and businesses.” Manufacturing on Long Island represents upwards of 3,000 companies and currently accounts for more than 70,000 jobs. Plans are already underway for another symposium next year. Community College is a catalyst for jobs. The best thing we can do is

included over 60 manufacturing and manufacturing-related companies from across the region. They were addressed by Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President, SCCC; Dafny Irizarry, Chairwoman, SCCC Board of Trustees; Honorable Steve Israel, U.S. Representative for the 2nd District of New York; and Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York.

In addition, a panel discussion, moderated by Anne Shybunko-Moore, President of GSE Dynamics, Inc., included: Honorable William J. Lindsay, Presiding Officer, Suffolk County Legislature; Honorable Jon Cooper, Suffolk County Legislator for the 18th District; Honorable John M. Kennedy, Jr., Suffolk County Legislator for the 12th District; and John Lombardo, SCCC Associate Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development.

Exhibitors and attendees at the event were able to learn about innovative industry trends and emerging ways to fortify the manufacturing workforce. Other issues explored included public/private partnerships and low- cost or no cost regional resources that make employees more productive and manufacturers more profitable. From left, Hon William J Lindsay, Dafny Irizarry, Hon Steve Israel, Rudrawatee Nan Ramgoolam, Consul General for Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Nancy L Zimpher, Hon Jon Cooper, Dr Shaun L McKay

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