Applied Learning Partnerships and Media

D3/CONEX Digital LLC

The opening of the Nexus Center for Applied Learning signals an even deeper commitment to providing practical experience to students and to further engage corporations on Long Island—as D3 has already experienced. In an extraordinary act of generosity and gratitude for a thriving partnership, the company recently established the D3 Scholars Program with a major contribution to the Farmingdale College Foundation. The donation offers both the company and the College an opportunity to expand a mutually beneficial relationship. The D3 Scholars Program will award annual scholarships for tuition, fees, books and related expenses to students that meet the criteria, as well as consideration for paid internships with the company.

National Grid

Farmingdale State College is proud to offer numerous certificate programs in addition to the multitude of academic degrees we offer.  

Two years in the making, FSC has partnered with electricity and natural gas supplier National Grid in a ground-breaking program to train students for entry-level positions in the natural gas industry. 

In fact, the first class in the Natural Gas Technician Certificate Program has already graduated – and all 12 students are employed at National Grid. That's because students who successfully complete the program are guaranteed an interview with the company. "This program is the first of its kind and a prime example of the type of applied learning that leads to immediate employment, " said Professor Marj Issapour, director of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center. "It is a perfect collaboration between industry and academia." The RESC is responsible for the curriculum, while National Grid provides the training/teaching spaces and instructors. Students experience 90 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on practice for jobs that are so demanding that potential students must get clearance from their doctor and then pass a pre-entry physical assessment. An aptitude test is also required. All are prerequisites to working at National Grid. "We're really excited about this partnership," said Ken Daly, President of National Grid New York. "Our hope is that we can perfect it downstate and use it to bring new talent to our workforce. Then, the opportunity is to replicate it and bring the same program upstate."

Watch a video about the program here:


Sherwin-Williams is a world leader in the development, manufacture, distribution and sale of coatings and related products. As a Fortune 500 company, Sherwin-Williams offers a broad range of career opportunities, a longstanding tradition of promoting from within and a culture based on respect, integrity, inclusion, and teamwork. Sherwin-Williams is the sponsor of Sherwin-Williams Sales Competition 2020 SUNY Challenge applied learning entrepreneurship competition.



FSC students contemplate their project.

FSC students contemplate their project

The Amazon Design Challenge brought Amazon Design Leaders to Farmingdale State College to work with 20 students from eight disciplines in the Schools of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business, and Engineering Technology, in a competition awarding $10,000 in cash prizes.

Farmingdale State College Campus Times: "Student Entrepreneurs Win $10K for Environmentally Friendly App"

Farmingdale State College Campus Times: "Amazon Design Challenge Stirs Students' Creative Juices"

Farmingdale State College Campus Times: "Amazing Amazon Internship for Engineering Technology Student"


Group of students participants for the Innovation Challenge.

Innovation Challenge

FSC's School of Business and the Nexus Center for Applied Learning & Career Development sponsored the Innovation Challenge event, funded mostly by PSEG Long Island, which donated cash prizes. The energy giant also provided judges for the event. E-Fest – a national event that celebrates undergraduate student entrepreneurs – also donated prize money, and provided the Challenge topic.

The Innovation Challenge recruits teams competing to provide innovative solutions to urgent problems – 22 students representing six teams offered their solutions to the growing problem of waste management. Their answer to the problem had to be a model that reduced/reused/recycled/replaced waste; was a product and/or a service; and was created for markets such as households, schools, industry, etc.

EIX: "e-Fest 2019 Finalists Announced from 'Very Strong Field' of Teams"

Farmingdale State College Campus Times:  "Managing Waste the Goal of the Innovation Challenge"

Watch a video about the Innovation Challenge here:

School of Business Innovation Challenge

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*Special Thanks to FSC Media Relations Manager, Peter Crescenti

Students from Farmingdale State College who engage in Applied Learning Opportunities are often recognized outside of the college for their accomplishments.  

Featured Media

Farmingdale State College Campus Times

Other Media Outlets 

The SUNY Applied Learning Newsletter, The Umbrella

Last Modified 12/12/23