“SUNY Works is about opportunity — for students to graduate truly job-ready, for faculty to extend their lessons outside the classroom and for employers to directly influence the workforce of the future,” Zimpher said in the release.
Barbara Ann Heegan, executive director of The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the SUNY Works program, which she said creates a “win-win for the employer and the college student” by producing a positive end result — a work-savvy graduate ready to enter the work force.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our businesses in Otsego County to incentivize our college graduates to live and work in Otsego County after graduation.” Heegan said in the release.
Anneleise Gilchrest, founder of Athelas Therapeutic Riding Inc. in Otego, said a benefit of the internship program is working with motivated college students who help with operations and clients. She said the connection also helps spread the word about the program and its mission to offer equine-assisted activities to individuals with physical, mental and emotional challenges in a caring, relaxed atmosphere.
Phase I of SUNY Works was launched in 2012 and included Stony Brook University and eight community colleges. Together, these nine campuses offer more than 300 co-op programs and more than 3,600 internships. Campuses launching SUNY Works as part of Phase II are SUNY Albany, SUNY Buffalo State, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Oswego and five community colleges.