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December 12, 2009

Reporter's Notebook: Colleges are proud of students

Faculty at the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill seemed proud to tell of their students' successes. Two lists of some recent graduates show interesting opportunities with employers throughout the state and nation.

Bachelor of Wildlife Technology graduates of 2007 and 2008 reported securing jobs with the state Department of Environmental Conservation; Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Ducks Unlimited in North Dakota; and a National Wildlife Reserve in California.

The SUNY agriculture division reported that fisheries majors found jobs as a charter boat captain on Hilton Head, S.C.; an educator at Yellowstone National Park; a seafood manager and educator at a Wegman's grocery store; and in various positions with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

SUNY Cobleskill requires students earning bachelor's degrees to do internships, which helps in creating paths to careers, said Lisa Lopez, assistant director of career development.

``It's exciting to work with young people and create a vision for their future,'' she said.

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An Oneonta firm is among companies to receive funding for clean-energy projects, the governor announced Wednesday.

Ioxus Inc. was awarded $200,000 through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, a media release from Gov. David Paterson said.

The total award of $3 million to projects throughout the state will support the development of clean-energy technologies.

Ioxus Inc. manufactures ultracapacitors, which are high-efficiency electronic energy storage devices that can lower the peak-power requirements and extend the life of batteries. They also can be used to temporarily store energy from intermittent renewable energy sources.

The award will allow the company to launch its high-voltage device, accelerate sales growth and access new markets, the media release said.

Ioxus, previously called Renewable Energy Development Inc., is a growing business. The company had three employees last year. In September, officials said the firm had 16 employees, with more hires pending.

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