GCC Appoints Angela Tozer as Academic Success Coach

Tozer to Act as PIF Grant Advisor

Officials at Genesee Community College have named Angela Tozer of Rochester as a new Academic Success Coach. This appointment is a significant step in the college’s implementation of its Performance Improvement Fund (PIF) Grant, provided by the State University of New York (SUNY) to help build non-traditional student enrollment in community colleges and encourage bachelor’s degree completion.

The PIF for Building Non-traditional Student Enrollment Grant has been designed to pave an efficient transfer path from GCC and other community colleges for completion of an online bachelor’s degree at Alfred State College. GCC joins Erie, Finger Lakes, Jamestown and Monroe Community Colleges to partner with Alfred State in targeting non-traditional students for degree completion in Healthcare, Human Services and Technology Management, as well as Nursing and Construction Supervision.

Cross-functional teams of academic directors, staff and faculty are working together to examine how students interested in these programs at each community college can seamlessly transfer using new or current articulation agreements while leveraging the flexibility of online learning to benefit working or place-bound non-traditional students. Specific academic support geared toward the unique needs of this population and developing marketing plans to attract and engage students are among the many shared initiatives.  

“The grant provides resources to be dedicated to this very important initiative. Whether looking to start a new career or advance in an existing career, non-traditional students have a unique set of challenges,” Dr. Kathleen (Kate) Schiefen, GCC’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs said. “We hope to support these students and help ensure their long-term success by establishing clear pathways for advanced degrees through collaborative transfer agreements, while taking advantage of online conveniences and technology.”

As the newest GCC Academic Success Coach, Tozer will act as a PIF grant advisoror and transfer liaison for students looking to take their associate degree from GCC and transfer to Alfred State College specifically into Nursing, Healthcare Management, Human Services or Business and Technology Management.

Tozer joined Genesee Community College in 2015 as an academic advisor with the primary goal of coaching students toward their associate degree completion. She has coached countless students from early academic and career planning to reaching out to students who are struggling and help them find the support they need to overcome obstacles. Tozer has worked extensively with a variety of GCC departments including Admissions, Records, Financial Aid and more. Her collaborative efforts and experience prepared her well for the exciting challenges of being the PIF Academic Success Coach.

Prior to GCC, Tozer spend over 20 years as a private tutor and homeschool teacher working as an Independent Contractor in Rochester. During this time, Tozer gained invaluable experience in curriculum development, developing Math Ease (a program designed to increase student awareness of common mathematical errors), and she was instrumental in building a partnership with Rochester Colonial to provide students with hands-on contract estimate experience.

Tozer earned her Master of Science in Education from Walden University in 2006 and her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from SUNY Brockport in 1983. She currently holds certification as an IOWA Exam Tester from Bob Jones University.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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