SUNY Canton CREST Center Offers Free Professional Development Opportunities


The SUNY Canton Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center is offering a variety of free self-improvement and industry certification online programs for students and workers during stay-at-home initiatives.

The center began offering self-paced Ed2Go tutorial courses in April and has helped more than 50 people learn new skills during the pandemic. CREST Center director Arthur S. Garno said that participants can sign up for the classes through June 30.

Courses available include:

  • Creating Web Pages
  • Creating WordPress Websites
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
  • Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search
  • Keys to Effective Communication
  • Managing Customer Service
  • Marketing Your Business on the Internet
  • Personal Finance
  • Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring
  • Individual Excellence

“The website courses have been the most popular,” Garno said. “We’ve also seen a lot of interest in the supervision and budgeting options. The courses can help people who are in between jobs or looking for work.”

The self-paced online trainings typically take between two and three months to complete, depending on the subject. All courses are free and open to the public. For more information, or to sign up, please visit the free available listings on the Ed2Go website. Those interested can also contact Garno by email at

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.