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Grant Will Fight Drug Addiction

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Suffolk County Community College has a new weapon in the fight against Long Island’s rising heroin addiction and chemical dependency epidemic.

The college was the sole New York State program and one of 18 programs nationally to be awarded a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Paraprofessionals  grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

The three-year award totaling $847,059 will provide support for tuition and books for 120 students each year who are enrolled in the College’s Chemical Dependency Counseling program on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood. The grant will also support career development and job placement services for students.

Kathleen Ayers-Lanzillotta, Suffolk’s CDC Program coordinator, who will serve as project director, said the grant will expand the college’s capacity to train certified behavioral health paraprofessionals and will increase the capacity of the Chemical Dependency Counseling certificate and associate degree program by 71 percent, to 120 students each year. No other Long Island community college program offers this training to the region’s more than 2.8 million residents.

“This grant,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, “comes to us at a time when we’ve seen a record number of heroin deaths on Long Island and drug abuse, sadly, continues to rise. This federal award will allow Suffolk County Community College to train and certify compassionate professionals who will help Long Islanders fight the scourge of chemical and drug dependency.”

Recruitment efforts will target high school graduates, veterans, individuals in recovery, unemployed and dislocated workers and workers who are entering the workforce or are transitioning to a new job or career.

The program will partner with community organizations to recruit participants and to provide field experiences and job placement services to prepare graduates to meet the growing demand for credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselors to serve at-risk children, adolescents, transitional-age youth and their families on Long Island.

Stefanik Shows with SCCC Staff

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John Stefanik of Sag Harbor is currently exhibiting his black and white photographs in a group show at the Elizabeth Fox Overton Gallery in the Riverhead Free Public Library.

The show, which includes eight other artists who teach or work at the Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus, is running until July 25. The other artists included in the exhibit are Jeannette Fischer, H. Alan Feit, Margery Gosnell-Oua, Cheryl Dons kind, JoAnn Dumas, Dawn Lee Di Peri, and Meredith Starr. It was curated by Chris Vivas.

The library is located at Osborne Avenue, with the main entrance on 330 Court Street. For more information, call (631) 727-3228.

Renewable Energy STEM Center Earns Funding

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A two-story, 33,792- square-foot Renewable Energy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center on the Suffolk County Community College Michael J. Grant, Brentwood campus—the first of its kind in the state community college system—moved closer to reality when the Suffolk County legislature appropriated funding for design and planning of the new facility on May 13. Fifty percent of the $19.5 million center’s funding comes from New York State.

The new facility will house laboratories and classrooms to teach installation, maintenance and repair of solar, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal and other green power technologies, according to Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay who said plans call for the building to be solar-powered with geothermal heating and would contain a prototype solar house on rails that could be used indoors or rolled outside to test various renewable energy materials.

“Importantly, “McKay explained, “the second floor of the facility will serve as an incubator in conjunction with Stony Brook University, as well as space for cybersecurity educational and development opportunities.”

McKay said the new building will be sited next to the College’s Workforce and Development Center on the Michael J. Grant Campus.