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The Lougheed Center for Applied Learning is the first integrated academic opportunity center of its kind in SUNY. Our formal mission is to provide coordinated experiential learning opportunities that broaden and integrate students' knowledge and skills, to foster self discovery for engaged and life-long academic, personal and career success.
“She’s always been there as a support system and has always given me guidance and advice about my next move. Without Krista, I wouldn’t have gone a lot of places.” Julissa Santana '20, of Krista LaVack, Director of International Education and Programs
Hands-On Community Activism
When the global pandemic took hold this spring, Waldy Perez ’20 & ’22 was in the middle of an internship with the American Red Cross. His work for the non-profit changed as social distancing became the new normal and instead of installing smoke detectors at residents’ homes and educating them about fire safety, he switched gears and started working at blood drives throughout St. Lawrence County.
Working Hard for Others
Serena Rockingster ’19 is determined to live a life of giving. A magna cum laude graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a minor in women’s and gender studies, Rockingster, of Brooklyn, sees herself as a professor and clinical psychologist far down the road of her future. Before arriving there, she wants to assist a substantial caseload of people by providing them tools to assuage their psychological and emotional distress.
Finding a Higher Octave Down Under
Jennifer Belisle ’20 has discovered the value of taking the plunge. When she first considered traveling to another hemisphere to be a student teacher and pass on her knowledge of music, Belisle came close to dismissing the possibility out of hand.
World Class Experiences
From working on the floor of the New York State Assembly to helping with hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Julissa Santana ’20 graduated from SUNY Potsdam with unrivaled hands-on experiences. When she was just 13 years old, Santana left her home in the Dominican Republic for a completely new beginning in New York City.
The Lougheed Center for Applied Learning (LoCAL) is named for Donald (Hon. ’54) and Kathryn Kofoed Lougheed ’54, who have pledged $5.25 million to support applied learning initiatives at SUNY Potsdam.
Hands-on Law Enforcement Training
The Law Enforcement Training Institute launched in the spring of 2017. Our instructors - retired Detective Sergeant Sonny Duquette and our Criminal Justice faculty members - teach our cadets not just the New York State mandated police training curriculum but additional units on sexual harassment, anti-racism in policing, community policing, and more.