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Long Island Celebrates National Manufacturing Day at Suffolk!

Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay was joined by a host of state and  local officials, labor leaders, students and  manufacturing CEO’s, Economic Development officials, and students to celebrate National Manufacturing Day and recognizing successful CEO’s and creative entrepreneurs –  called makers – by highlighting the creative nature of the manufacturing , as well as the many rewards and opportunities available to those committed to operating on Long Island, such as a young and diverse pool of talent. The event was sponsored by The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) and hosted by our college at the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood at the Workforce Development Technology Center.


 “Community colleges have been at the forefront of helping to redefine manufacturing in the 21st century.  We are certainly hopeful that the event and video will serve to inspire a new group of creative entrepreneurs—known as makers—to view manufacturing from a different perspective, ultimately leading some to consider launching manufacturing careers and startups.  At Suffolk, we are focusing on new technologies that can empower students and support entrepreneurship.  By emphasizing the connection between the College and career pathways, we are confident that skilled workers will be able to stay on Long Island and be able to afford to live here and raise a family,” said Dr. McKay.


During this event WDI and its partners unveiled, "Millennials in Manufacturing," a video highlighting several of those Long Island Maker companies, their CEO’s and millennial professionals.  The event also featured a panel discussion exploring the evolution of the local industry, the rewards and challenges of operating a manufacturing business on Long Island, the new trend of millennials looking to work locally and the career paths that are enabling them to innovate, contribute to business growth, and advance professionally.



Photo: l to r: NYS Senator Jack Martins, College Board of Trustees member Anne Shybunko Moore, Trustee Paul Pontieri, Jr., HVAC student Martin Lane, NYS Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. Board of Trustees Chair Theresa Sanders also attended the event.