(Long Island, NY) State and local elected officials, Suffolk County Community College students, faculty and administration gathered to celebrate the ground breaking of a two-story, 33,792- square-foot Renewable Energy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center on the Suffolk County Community College Michael J. Grant, Brentwood campus on September 17. the new building will be the first of its kind in the state’s community college system. Fifty percent of the $19.5 million center’s funding comes from New York State.
(L to R): NYS Assemblyman Andrew P. Raia, Suffolk Comptroller John M. Kennedy, Jr.; Dick O’Kane, Long Island Federation of Labor; Legislator Sarah Anker, Legislator Leslie Kennedy, Legislator Thomas Barraga, Suffolk County Community College Board of Trustees Chair Theresa Sanders, Suffolk County Community College Student Reporter Tara Hack, Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, Bianca Paul, STEM student scholar in geology; Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory; Legislators William Lindsay III, Kara Hahn and Monica Martinez; NYS Assemblyman Phil Ramos. Photo Credit: SCCC.
The new facility will house laboratories and classrooms to teach installation, maintenance and repair of solar, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal and other green power technologies, according to Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay who said plans call for the building to be solar-powered with geothermal heating.