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MESSAGE FROM CEANY PRESIDENT

Welcome to the website of the Continuing Education Association of New York State. This has already been a roller-coaster of a year, as we have navigated the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic including lockdown, class cancellations and the abrupt transition from the traditional in-person classes to remote instruction. Many of our ambitions and plans for this year have had to be reconsidered or jettisoned. Now more than ever we value the support, encouragement and initiatives of our colleagues across the state. Our membership continues to grow, reaching an all-time high of more than 600, representing most of the 64 SUNY colleges and 22 CUNY colleges. There has never been a better time for sharing best practice and opportunities even as we manage fiscal constraints.

CEANY supports positive learning environments, equitable work places and thriving, inclusive communities and serves as an advocate for all postsecondary adult learners. CEANY unequivocally rejects expressions of racism, hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, supports racial and social justice and deplores these inequities that continue to disfigure our American society. Continuing Education and Workforce Development have never been more important to our country and our state. Our members are at the forefront of workforce development and training and post secondary education for adults and business development in NYS. CEANY is here for you! Our webinars, conferences and timely information are all shared on the web site, at webinars and through social media.

In the light of budget austerity and in some cases, the withdrawal of any funding for professional development, travel and conferences we have decided not to charge membership dues for 2020-21. All of our events will be remote and our workshop presenters and panelists have generously agreed to donate their skills and experience at no charge so the state-wide conference in November is also free.

Despite the losses and upheaval caused by the pandemic this is a time of opportunity for workforce development. We are reimagining health care training to include VR assessment and remote skills demonstration. A whole new model of apprenticeships is evolving, which includes on-the-job training. Experiential learning is connecting academic skills to employment.

You will have noticed some changes at CEANY. We completed the process of refreshing our logo to increase visibility and brand recognition, as well as our website, which has been rejuvenated and redesigned for easier use and increased functionality.

We want to hear from you! Do you have ideas for new professional development topics? Can you recommend webinar presenters or do you have a topic you’d relish sharing? We are always looking for people to serve on our committees, so please let us know if you find that appealing.

We hope to “see” you at our remote state-wide conference on November 5 & 6, 2020. Until then, stay safe and well!


Sincerely,

Jane MacKillop, PhD

President, CEANY

Dean, School of Continuing & Professional Studies, Lehman College, CUNY



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