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New $30M science, nursing building envisioned for SUNY Adirondack

At a recent meeting of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, SUNY Adirondack President Kristine Duffy explains an array of new programs that she and the college trustees would like to establish. The county officials approved the college submitting a grant application for up to $20 million to bankroll a new building, to accommodate programs in nursing, science, engineering and technology.

At a recent meeting of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, SUNY Adirondack President Kristine Duffy explains an array of new programs that she and the college trustees would like to establish. The county officials approved the college submitting a grant application for up to $20 million to bankroll a new building, to accommodate programs in nursing, science, engineering and technology. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Years from now, SUNY Adirondack will be reoriented toward preparing many more of its students toward careers in health care, technology and science, if the college’s new president, Kristine Duffy has her way.

Friday Nov. 15, Duffy gave a presentation to the Warren County Board of Supervisors that described a long-term objective of preparing SUNY Adirondack students for rewarding 21st-century careers through offering intensive courses. The course curriculum would be targeted to fulfill specific career opportunities locally.

She said the college’s officials were considering offering an array of new programs in health care management, information technology, advanced manufacturing, qqquality assurance, natural resources conservation, environmental research, food processing and distribution, cyber-security, entrepreneurship, as well as training for medical assistants.

To achieve this initiative, Duffy said the college’s administration and trustees were looking at constructing a new 70,000-square foot building to accommodate not only the new programs they’d like to launch, but existing programs in nursing, science and technology.

“Expanded space allows for growth as well as better accommodating our existing programs,” she said, noting that SUNY Adirondack now has about 250 students enrolled in its nursing programs.

She said the college was applying for a state SUNY 2020 grant that would provide up to $20 million to provide about two-thirds of the building’s construction cost.

The county supervisors passed a resolution in support of the college’s grant application.

Duffy estimated that the cost to launch the new array of programs would be about $200,000 annually, and these new educational offerings would attract students that are now going elsewhere for such targeted career preparation.

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