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Opinion

August 13, 2013

SUNY Delhi contributes much to region

In his recent guest commentary, Adrian Kuzminski said “our colleges do not interact productively with the community” and “produce few students with relevant local skills.” He overlooked the many ways the State University College of Technology at Delhi contributes to the economic, environmental and community development goals he articulates. I would like to share a few examples.

SUNY Delhi, Cobleskill and Morrisville have received a $15 million grant to site three biodigesters that will each generate 1 megawatt of electricity and create an economical avenue for the disposal of agricultural residuals and reduce waste for major food processing industries.

SUNY Delhi is leading a project that will allow Delhi’s wastewater treatment plant to meet the expansion needs of two local manufacturers.

Delhi is the leading source of area nurses — nearly 100 Otsego and Delaware County residents are enrolled in nursing programs.

Delhi’s Career and Business Development Office created customized programs to meet the needs of area employers, including Unison, Kraft, FrieslandCampina Domo and The Otesaga Hotel.

Delhi is one of the few New York colleges that offers certified photovoltaic instruction and specialized training programs to support local contractors and is a leader in wind energy training. Our service learning curriculum resulted in 13 classes and 1,600 of service last spring. Students completed an additional 23,400 hours of service, including the design of the Catskill Interpretive Center in Shandaken.

Delhi students have completed more than 400 hours volunteering for Saturday’s Bread over the last three years.

I am very proud of the contributions SUNY Delhi is making to sustainable economic development and the quality of life in the area. The college is a vital economic engine for our region and our commitment to service is making a difference in the communities in which we live.

Candace S. Vancko

Delhi

Vancko is president of SUNY Delhi.

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