4 April 2017

Business Leaders Are Wealth of Information for Students

By Dr. Michael Roggow, Dean of the Division of Business, Criminal Justice and Law

His eyes moved quickly to keep up with the stream of figures as they darted across the plasma screen. 


“What does ‘XON’ stand for?” first year SCCC business student Terrell Bell asked Ken Countermine, a vice president of TD Bank and SUNY SCCC Foundation Board member. “Exxon Mobile,” replied Countermine, as the two stood together reading Bloomberg’s Stock Market ticker, the newest addition to SCCC’s Business Center, located in Room 240 of Elston Hall. 


A group of students gathered in the Business Center last Tuesday to present their business plans to community business leaders who provided their advice and guidance to students.

"Our students have been working on their plans all semester,” said Professor Matt Farron, who teaches a course in Business Plan Development and mentored the students in partnership with the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce. 

Farron added that next month, the students will present their plans to a group of Albany area professionals who will critique them in a fashion similar to that of ABC’s Shark Tank.


In the Business Center, another student, Mae Lynn Estrada, shared her plan for jump-starting her cleaning business, while Steve Ram, who will soon graduate from the program, discussed his plan to launch a transportation business while continuing his education at a selective four-year college. 


“I’ve sent applications to Syracuse University, NYU, Cornell, Union, and some Ivy League colleges,” said Ram, who will graduate with academic distinction. He said discovering so many opportunities has made it difficult for him to decide whether to transfer to a four-year school or pursue his business venture immediately after graduation from SUNY SCCC. 


“SUNY SCCC’s business students are exposed to a range of experiences that are making them increasingly attractive to local business leaders and the four-year colleges alike,” said Rick D’Errico of Transfinder. 


A critical supporter of the College’s business program, D’Errico has assisted students in honing their business plans and has supported faculty to advance the program. 


“Ken Countermine, Rick D’Errico and so many others in the community have generously given their time and energy to help our students position themselves for competitive advantage in the job market,” said Dr. Michael Roggow, Dean of the Division of Business, Criminal Justice and Law. “Community leaders play a pivotal role in preparing our students for employment, and I am pleased that so many have recently begun partnering with us as we strive to make the business program more cutting-edge."


“The interaction with the business community helps students better understand the expectations of employers,” said Dr. Penny Haynes, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “This creates a more seamless transition into employment, which benefits both our graduates and their employers.”