|The SUNY Fredonia Vision Statement makes our commitment to service
in the region very clear, "Our service to our region will include an
increasing range of volunteer services and greater support for the
region's economic and educational development." SUNY Fredonia has a
long tradition of programming for the region, in the schools, for
economic development, and in assuring access to education for targeted
populations in the region.
In 2005, SUNY Fredonia was the recipient of a US Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) grant. COPC grants help colleges and universities apply their human, intellectual, and institutional resources to the challenge of revitalizing distressed communities. After three years of diligent, committed work, the community-university advisory committee, made up of a diverse group of energetic individuals, identified the true needs to be addressed in the City of Dunkirk and short and long term goals to be achieved through such a positive community-university partnership. Through community input, issues to be addressed were identified and a proposed plan of action included the following major categorical areas: Community Organizing (Outreach); Education/Cultural Development; Economic Development/Job Training; and Health. With offices set to open in the Sterns Building in downtown Dunkirk and a new Project Coordinator hired, momentum is building to positively impact citizen-identified areas of need in the City.
From the Fields to the Classrooms
The Migrant Educational Outreach Program (MEOP), formerly known as the Fredonia Tutorial Program, originated at SUNY Fredonia more than twenty years ago. Our program, known as the "grandfather" of MEOP, is directed by Lucy Johnson. The Fredonia MEOP provides educational services to migrant students and their families in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie counties and has been on the SUNY Fredonia campus for over thirty years. Preschool education, in-school tutoring, enrichment activities, ESL and GED classes are available. A supplemental program, the Experanza Homeless Outreach Plus Education, provides extra services for migrant students whose families become homeless.
Science and Technology for Native Students
The Seneca Nation/SUNY Fredonia Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) is a NYS Education Department-funded program aimed at increasing the number of Native American students who complete science and technology courses and enter those career fields. STEP provides academic support, computer workshops, PSAT and SAT preparation, tutoring, and field trips to students in grades seven through twelve in the Gowanda, Silver Creek, Lakeshore, and Salamanca school districts. STEP is dedicated to serving the individual interests of each enrolled member. A variety of experiences are offered to enhance students' discovery of various career opportunities in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, and health care. STEP encourages students to achieve their full potential in mathematics and science courses, and acts as an advocate for its participants when they enroll in institutions of higher education. STEP was originally designed and authored by Principal Investigator Daniel Dobey, Professor of Science Education in the College of Education, who remains active in the program. STEP is directed by Barbara Kennedy, Project Director.
Liberty Partnerships Program
The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) was created in August 1988 in response to the burgeoning dropout rate in New York State Schools. The program was designed to provide students with services to increase skills and motivation to complete high school and enter into higher education or the work force. LPP provides support services to students with the expectations of improving attendance and academic performance. LPP faculty also help students to learn and develop personal skills to cope with the stresses of life situations. LPP promotes a strong collaboration among local school districts, community agencies, organizations, and businesses to provide services for students, taking a case management approach to assisting students and their families.
Upward Bound (UBP) is one of the educational opportunity programs for low-income Americans referred to as the TRIO Programs originally established to ensure equal education opportunity regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. UBP, funded by the US Department of Education, fosters academic and life success by encouraging and empowering economically and academically disadvantaged high school students to complete high school and succeed in their pursuit of post secondary education. Established at SUNY Fredonia in 1989, UBP has continuously helped students in overcoming class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. The program serves students whose families meet the federal low-income guidelines and/or who have first generation college student status from seven target schools in Northern Chautauqua County. Upward Bound at SUNY Fredonia has been successfully funded during each grant competition cycle and is currently in the 2003 - 2007 funding period.
The Center for Regional Advancement (CRA), directed by Leonard Faulk, emeritus Professor of Political Science, is in its seventh year of providing university assistance to enhance the region's governance and development capacity. The Center has been involved in over 25 regional studies and consultations with several SUNY Fredonia CRA faculty fellows, and has received grants that total well over $1.25 million dollars. The Center is the major facilitator for the Chadwick Bay Champion Community; the City of Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission; and the Chautauqua Shared Services Committee. Major studies include regional policing; development of a comprehensive web-based demographic base for local governments; a youth center feasibility study for City of Dunkirk; G.I.S. studies of the Cherry Creek dredge and boundaries for the Northern Chautauqua County Empire Zone; performance based government in Chautauqua County and City of Jamestown (adopted); development of a Chadwick Bay regional water commission; a regional approach to funding of Jamestown Community College (adopted); and an analysis of a payment in lieu of taxes project for NRG in Dunkirk (adopted).
Volumes for the Library
Coordinated Collection Development Aid Program began nearly 30 years ago. New York State developed the Coordinated Collection Development (CCD) Program to improve the quality of regional library collections. Coordinated Collection Development aid is now a necessary component of the materials budgets of most college libraries, including the Daniel A. Reed Library. At the Reed Library, Coordinated Collection Development funds result in the purchase of approximately 100 titles each year. The project is administered by Randy Gadikian, Director of the Reed Library.