Dr. John Nader Shares the Positive Changes Being Made at Farmingdale State College at LIMBA Meeting
Dr. John Nader (center), President, Farmingdale State College, presented “Powered by Optimism” at the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting at the Clarion Hotel in Ronkonkoma on June 2. He is joined by (left to right) Ken Nevor, Member, LIMBA; Bill Miller, Treasurer, LIMBA; Steven Ferentinos, Student, Farmingdale State College and Intern, Gold Coast Bank; and Ernie Fazio, Chairman, LIMBA.
On June 2, Dr. John Nader, President, Farmingdale State College (FSC), was the guest speaker of the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting at the Clarion Hotel in Ronkonkoma. The name of the presentation was “Powered by Optimism,” which Dr. Nader described as the positive changes that the college has undergone this year and will see in the coming years.
Dr. Nader expounded on the college’s successful track record: 91% of graduates with a Bachelor’s degree are currently employed (83% of which are full-time employees), 74% found a job in a field related to their degree and 47% of students had a job waiting for them after graduation. FSC also boasts the second-highest enrollment of any four-year college on Long Island (next to Stony Brook University) and the most diverse campus in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, with 36% of the student body being minorities and foreign-born students. This fall, FSC will offer its first Master’s of Science degree in Technology Management — the only Master’s degree of its kind in the SUNY system — and a Bachelor’s degree in Interaction Design. In addition, FSC is the only SUNY college to offer a professional pilot degree.
In addressing the “brain drain,” Farmingdale State College hosts the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Diversity Summit in an effort for students to not only garner an interest in the fields of science and technology, but to work for a high-tech company here on Long Island. Each year, approximately 1,000 students from kindergarten to college meet with local high-tech businesses looking to fill their workplace demands. According to Dr. Nader, more than 90% of FSC graduates work on Long Island or the New York metropolitan area.
By the fall 2017 semester, he said, he expects to have 9,400 students enrolled for the coming academic year and is seeking to offer new Bachelor degrees in the following concentrations: Sustainable Energy Technology; Computer Security Technology; Geographic Information Systems; Criminal Justice, Police, Court and Corrections; and Nutrition Science. Other plans include the construction of a new building for the School of Applied Social Services. Completed projects include renovation of its library, Nold Hall Athletic Complex and Conklin Hall.
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