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Applied Learning Partnerships and Media

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:


FSC has partnered with Tesla to offer students training and career opportunities:

Libn.com:   "Tesla to open new service center in Smithtown" - March 16, 2018

Smithtown Patch: "Tesla To Open New Service Center In Smithtown" - March 16, 2018

Newsday: "Tesla site in Smithtown will be a service center, officials said" - March 16, 2018

Farmingdale State College Campus Times: "Tesla Hires FSC Student, Alumnus" - January 9, 2018

SUNY Blog: "A New Opportunity for Students to Get In the Fast Lane from Classroom to Jobs" - November 14, 2017

Farmingdale State College Campus Times: "Tesla Going All Out for FSC Students" - October 30, 2017 

Newsday: "Tesla, Farmingdale State announce student job training plan" - August 30, 2017


Students at Amazon Design Challenge

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" - May 13, 2019

Farmingdale State College Campus Times: "Amazon Design Challenge Stirs Students' Creative Juices" - November 12, 2018

Farmingdale State College Campus Times: "Amazing Amazon Internship for Engineering Technology Student" - March 11, 2019


Innovation Challenge Participants

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"  - March, 2019

Farmingdale State College Campus Times:  "Managing Waste the Goal of the Innovation Challenge" – November 12, 2018

Watch a video about the Innovation Challenge here:

School of Business Innovation Challenge

SUNY Blog Highlights

*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.  

Many of our students have been highlighted on the SUNY blog.

Featured Media

Farmingdale State College Campus Times

Other Media Outlets 

The SUNY Applied Learning Newsletter, The Umbrella