CANTON -- SUNY Canton's Canino School of Engineering Technology has added two new four-year degree programs starting in the fall.
The New York State Education Department and the State University of New York have approved the new additions to the Canino School of Engineering Technology: a bachelor's of technology degree in electrical technology and a bachelor's in civil and environmental technology. Students can begin courses in the fall 2010 semester.
The courses will prepare students for the in-demand, higher level technical positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of civil and electrical engineering related jobs will be among the areas of highest demand over the course of the next 10 years, while projections for environmental engineering related positions estimate significant growth as the field continues to expand.
“These degree programs not only meet the needs of our current and future students, but the needs of industry,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “High school graduates today are more interested in affordable four-year degree programs and gaining knowledge and a deeper understanding of the management aspect of these fields.”
Both curricula stem from SUNY Canton’s ABET-accredited civil engineering technology and electrical engineering technology associate degree programs. The new degrees will allow graduates from the current two-year programs to further their studies without having to transfer to distant or more expensive institutions.
The expectations for these programs are that 15 to 20 students will enroll in each major this upcoming fall, with enrollment growing as large as 50 for each program within five years.