New Solar Manufacturing Course Offered at GCC in January

Spring Semester Begins January 17 with Hundreds of Courses Available

Batavia, NY- With courses spanning the fields of accounting to veterinary technology, criminal justice to communications, sports management to supply chain management, healthcare to human services-- and many more, the spring 2017 semester at Genesee Community College offers something for everyone! Register now to ensure your seat! Classes begin Tuesday, January 17, 2017.


One of GCC’s newest courses is Introduction to Solar Manufacturing (CHE193) taught by Dr. Brian Fraser, assistant professor of chemistry. The new course provides overview of the solar manufacturing industry including the latest technology, production and the growing market for the newest high tech industry that promises to bring hundreds of new jobs to Western New York. Students will understand where and how the new local companies, Solar City and 1366 Technologies, fit within the solar industry and landscape. Through this course, students can explore if this may be a new career opportunity for them, and if so, the best pathway to pursue it.


“Anyone interested in solar energy and science will find this course very helpful. There will be enough information to help students appreciate careers in nanotechnology and other sciences, and understand the emerging developments in the solar industry. It is also a great general education elective with a focus on the future,” Fraser said. “The hybrid format of the course also provides some flexibility with in-class and online requirements.”


There is no prerequisite for CHE193, which meets Wednesdays from 1:25 – 2:45 p.m. at the Batavia campus starting January 17 and running through May 13. Additionally, Professor Fraser will use a variety of freely accessible resources that include up-to-date information, rather than requiring purchase of a textbook.


GCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, including over 15 degrees that can be completed 100% online. Most degree and certificate programs feature online or hybrid courses and at least 50% of each program can be completed online without attending class at a campus center location. In addition, every course in GCC’s Computer Information and Networking Technology program offers at least one section that uses the 360 degree learning model enabling students to learn anytime, anywhere and on any device. The instructors in these courses deliver two-way, interactive instruction in the classroom and/or online through personal computers, laptops, tablets and other smart communication devices. All course material is recorded and stored in the cloud allowing students to review and revisit a class lecture for clarification.


“Without a doubt, GCC remains at the cutting edge of new teaching and learning opportunities,” Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado (Dr. RAM), dean of Math, Science and Career Education said. “We hope anyone who is even remotely considering college education will contact us soon. There are so many great and affordable options.”


No matter what industry or field, regardless of age and educational background, and irrespective of geography due to GCC’s many online courses and seven campus locations—this spring semester is the time to enroll in a course at GCC. The spring semester starts Tuesday, January 17, 2017. To review the class schedule which features hundreds of courses, go to: 


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