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Letter: Career preparation is key for colleges

John S. Nader, President of Farmingdale State College,

John S. Nader, President of Farmingdale State College, speaks at the college in Farmingdale, Aug. 25 2016 Credit: Ed Betz

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.

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.