The message behind the Dec. 13 news story “Job struggles for educated LI millennials” is an important one.

As part of their mission, colleges should educate students for good-paying jobs that will contribute to the economy. Yet, it is also important to note that many colleges already do just that. A survey of the May 2015 graduating class from Farmingdale State College revealed that 90 percent were employed within six months of their graduation — and many had arranged their employment even before graduation.

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Academic programs that focus on the applied skills discussed in the article — engineering, architecture, health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math — are essential if the brain drain is to be reversed, and if Long Island’s economy is to remain vibrant.

John Nader, Farmingdale

Editor’s note:The writer is president of Farmingdale State College.