Genesee to Offer 8 More Programs in 'Distance Learning' Format

Eight more academic programs at Genesee Community College will soon be offered through online and other forms of distance learning, the Board of Trustees heard this evening. Fourteen Genesee academic programs are already approved for distance delivery, including the popular General Studies and Business Administration degree programs.

The College has just submitted eight additional distance learning proposals to the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department. When approved, the College will offer more than fifty percent of courses in each program using online technology and other distance learning formats.

Additional programs to be offered in distance format include Alcohol and Substance Abuse (A.S.); Computer Information Systems (A.S.); Human Services (A.S. and A.A.S.); Sport Management Studies (A.S.); Fitness and Recreational Sports Management (A.A.S.); Early Childhood Education (Certificate); and Gerontology (Certificate).

Approval will be quick - probably within 30 to 60 days - according to Michael S. Stoll, Dean of Math, Science and Career Education. The proposals are being submitted as "fast track" requests following the State Education Department's "Institutional Capability Review" process. Under this process, completed more than a year ago, the State Education Department identified Genesee as having significant expertise and support services in distance learning. Because of the College's expertise, the State Education Department granted Genesee the right to expedited approval to offer existing academic programs in distance learning formats.

Distance learning gives students the opportunity to pursue academic degrees and certificates without attending conventional classroom courses. Students participate in online courses and discussion groups, or use videos and self-paced instructional resources to master course content. Students maintain close contact with their classmates and instructors through e-mail and other communications media. Genesee's distance courses use the same curricula as classroom courses, and they are taught by the same faculty members who teach in conventional classrooms, Dean Stoll noted.

By offering popular academic programs in distance learning formats, Genesee is able to reach out to students whose work or family commitments prevent them from attending conventional classes, according to Dean Stoll. "Technology gives us the ability to bring instruction to a broader range of students, and it gives students the ability to complete college courses from their homes," he said. "Distance learning is one of the best tools we have for expanding access to higher education."

The eight new programs to be offered in distance learning format include:

• Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies (Associate in Science degree) prepares students to work in health and human service agencies offering substance abuse and recovery programs.

• Computer Information Systems (Associate in Science degree) prepares students for careers in information technology.

• Human Services (Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees) prepare students to work in child and youth service agencies, social service agencies, rehabilitation centers, and other human services settings. The A.S. program is especially designed for students who wish to earn bachelor's degrees, while the A.A.S. program is geared for students wishing to pursue employment immediately after graduation.

• Sport Management Studies (Associate in Science degree) prepares students for careers in management and coordination of school-based athletic programs, fitness centers, sports teams, and other sports and leisure-time organizations.

• Fitness and Recreational Sports Management (Associate in Applied Science degree) prepares students to work as personal or corporate trainers, therapeutic recreation specialists, or in other careers providing fitness services.

• Early Childhood Education (Certificate) prepares students to work in child care centers and human services agencies serving young children. Many pursue Human Services degrees after completing the certificate.

• Gerontology (Certificate) prepares students to work in agencies serving elderly individuals. Many Gerontology graduates also pursue Human Services degrees.

Degree programs can be completed in two years of full-time study or a longer period of part-time study. Certificates can be completed in one year of full-time study or a longer period of part-time study.

Individuals interested in pursuing classroom-based study or distance learning in any of these fields may call the College's Admissions Office at 585 345-6800, or visit