The University at Albany unveiled a new $64 million School of Business building Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. The new 96,000-square-foot complex is designed to include commercialization and entrepreneurship for business students.
The building includes a trading room equipped with Bloomberg terminals, 24 classrooms outfitted with the latest in technology and countless meeting and study spaces. UAlbany also announced that it would become just the third school nationally to offer a bachelor’s degree in digital forensics, a key field in the burgeoning cybersecurity industry.
UAlbany’s master’s in business administration program is ranked No. 1 nationally for job placement, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Elizabeth Ling, the director of Education Reform Now, spells out the reasons why the group supports the immediate implementation of the Common Core curriculum standards in New York in an op-ed in the Albany Times Union Ling says “rigorous academic standards are essential to creating an educated workforce and ensuring New York’s long-term economic competitiveness.” Ling’s group is circulating an Open Letter in support of the Common Core that has been signed by a number of business leaders including Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.
A pre-business start-up planning workshop, STARTING and MANAGING YOUR BUSINESS, will be held Wednesday, July 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at The Buffalo Main Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203.
The workshop is sponsored by the SBA, SCORE and The Buffalo and Erie County Library. You will learn about business planning, marketing, market research, legal structures, insurance, taxes and more.
For reservations log on to BuffaloNiagara.Score.org. Registration is required. Current pricing is Veterans FREE and all others $30. If you would like the newest edition of the SCORE Business Plan Workbook, add $15.
In a win for New York schools, the Mexico, NY school system ranked in the top ten nationally for exemplary use of technology. The award was issued by the National School Boards Association and the Center for Digital Education and the Mexico school system was the only New York school to make the list. The Syracuse Post Standard has more on the award.
Preparing New York students for future careers is a priority for The Business Council. In early April, we partnered with the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the National Chamber Foundation to host an educational conference “Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity” that focused on career readiness for New York students.
Technology giant (and Business Council member) IBM, has those wonderful “Let’s Build a Smarter Planet” commercials running on television. IBM would now like to create a smarter Buffalo by helping people ages 16 to 24 to find jobs in the distressed city.
Jill Terreri of The Buffalo News wrote about the $400,000 IBM is donating to Buffalo in services through its “Smarter Cities” program. Buffalo was one of 100 cities worldwide chosen for the grant. “The city chose youth employment as the problem the IBM team would tackle,” wrote Terreri.
Click here to read more.
The New York State Small Business Center has a wide variety of seminars and classes being held at various locations around the state in May. Topics range from starting a business to bid proposals and debt financing.
Check out the full schedule online.
The Business Council has long been focused on workforce development in New York State. Many of our manufacturing members have told us they have difficulty finding high-skilled workers. David Robinson of The Buffalo News wrote that “nearly one of every three [Western New York] factory jobs [are] expected to come open within the next seven years.” With that in mind, writes Robinson, the Western New York Economic Development Council has “endorsed a plan to create a workforce training center that will help teach local workers the skills needed in today’s more advanced factory work.”
Click here to read about the center which is expected to open next year.
Did you know that “nearly half of all undergraduates in the United States arrive on campus needing remedial work before they can begin regular credit-bearing classes[?]” So wrote Tamar Lewin of The New York Times. That “early detour,” writes Lewin, can lead to heavy debt and a high drop-out rate. There are solutions, though. They’re online.
Click here to read Lewin’s report.
The Buffalo News outlines how MBA students at the University at Buffalo helped small businesses overcome barriers and challenges to exporting their products to Canada. Interested companies were paired with MBA students who conducted research for the company and helped them develop a plan for exporting their product.
Read more about this innovative program that helped small businesses while providing students with real world experience on The Buffalo News website.
The New York Post’s Michael Goodwin weighs in on Common Core standards in his latest column telling kids, and parents, they should not fear standardized testing and changing standards to cater to kids’ self esteem won’t help anyone.
Read the full post on The New York Post website.