Custom Programs

FREE cohort in their on-site classroom

Customized Graduate and Career Development Programs for Business and Non-Profit Organizations

Stony Brook University has a national reputation as a distinguished research institution, but we are also a leader in providing professional education and training. The School of Professional Development has helped thousands of individuals across the region achieve their career goals through our on-campus and online programs. We also collaborate with businesses and organizations to create customized on-site graduate and non-credit training opportunities designed to help organizations accomplish their strategic objectives.
Courses are can be delivered on-site, online, in one of Stony Brook University's campus locations, or in any combination.

Case Study

Our current partnership with Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) involves delivering both graduate and non-credit programs to FREE's team members on-site at their Bethpage offices and at Stony Brook Southampton. The award-winning collaboration is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of staff, increase retention, and fulfill FREE's mission of re-engineering itself to become a learning organization. In the video below Dr. Christopher Long, FREE's president, discusses how the collaboration has addressed FREE's strategic goals. It includes interviews with students who are currently participating in the customized graduate program.


The Team

Our team of experts will collaborate with you to create programs that are specific to your organization's immediate needs and long-term strategic goals.

Carolyn Jankowski

Carolyn Jankowski

Carolyn Jankowski is the Assistant Dean for Human Services programs, where she develops on-site graduate and career development training programs for non-profit organizations. Her career in higher education administration has been dedicated to institutional growth in areas of continuing education, lifelong learning, and enrollment, contributing her expertise in curriculum management, program development and systems design. She has also collaborated on SBU lifelong learning awards, including two $1 million endowments from the Bernard Osher Foundation and the Association for Continuing and Higher Education (ACHE) 2010 Older Adult Model Program. In her new role, she has received regional and national recognition with agency partner Family Residences and Essential Enterprises through the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) earning the Mid-Atlantic Region 2016 Engagement Award and the 2017 UPCEA National Engagement Award.

Carolyn donates her time to a number of human services organizations and has served on school district policy boards. She is currently the UPCEA Mid-Atlantic Region Treasurer. Carolyn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership from St. Joseph’s College and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University.

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Amy Margolies


Amy Margolies is the Assistant Director of the Career Development at the SPD. In this position, she is responsible for researches new programmatic opportunities. Amy develops, plans, and implements professional development and/or Corporate and Contract Training. Amy overseeing daily operations of the unit including program scheduling, registration, student completions, maintenance of our face-to-face and online programs/students and financial tracking.

She also serves as campus liaison for the Stony Brook Chapter of the International Educational Association of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK).

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and history and a Master of Professional Studies in human resource management – both degrees completed at Stony Brook University.

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Craig Markson


Dr. Craig Markson is an Assistant Dean, Director of the Teachers Professional Development Institute, and Acting Director of Stony Brook's Educational Leadership Program. He is responsible for establishing off-campus graduate programs that meet the professional development needs of in-service K-12 teachers. Dr. Markson serves on many school district policy boards as well as on the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Accreditation for Growth Council.

Dr. Markson earned his two master's degrees (history and human resource management) at Stony Brook University, and his EdD from Dowling College in Educational Administration, Leadership and Technology.

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