Genesee Community College Scores Record Enrollment for Fall 2004 Semester

Genesee Community College has set another enrollment record. The Fall 2004 semester enrollment currently stands at 6,062, President Stuart Steiner reported to the Board of Trustees this evening. This is the first time that Genesee's enrollment has topped 6,000.

The College also broke its full-time enrollment record, with 2,939 full-time students currently studying at Genesee. Genesee Community College received a record number of 2,657 new applications for full-time study for this fall, of which 1,562 students actually enrolled.

Genesee's solid enrollment is pleasing and easy to understand, President Stuart Steiner told the Board of Trustees. "One of our greatest strengths is that we understand the higher education needs of people of all ages and backgrounds," he said. "Over the years we have worked consistently to build a record of academic excellence, to begin innovative programs, and to make college education as accessible as possible. Students and families find what they need at Genesee, at a very affordable cost. For increasing numbers of students, Genesee is becoming the college of first choice."

Genesee offers almost 60 degree and certificate programs, and students can attend classes at the Batavia Campus or at any of the College's five campus centers in Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lakeville or Warsaw. Students can also complete courses through the College's distance learning program.

Enrollment for the Spring 2005 semester should be strong as well, Dr. Steiner said. Already, 2,033 students have registered for spring classes.In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

  • Approved a technical amendment to last year's operating budget, entitling the College to receive an additional $11,265 in New York State aid.
  • Heard President Steiner report that Meryll Pentz will join the College's staff as International Admissions Advisor. Ms. Pentz, an Attica native, comes to Genesee from the University of Hartford where she has served in the Admissions and Financial Assistance offices. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Hartford. In addition to her admissions duties, she is serving as Assistant Coach of the Women's Volleyball Team.
  • Heard James M. Bucki, Sr., Director of Academic Computer Technology Programs, report that he has developed a new computer technology presentation for high school students. Designed to be incorporated into high school career days and class schedules, the presentation explains different technology-related careers and the educational paths that lead to career success. "Last week, I gave the presentation to a group of high school guidance counselors at our Lakeville Campus Center," Mr. Bucki said. "It was very well received and several counselors asked when I could come out to their schools to give the presentation. One counselor even admitted that she didn't understand the careers before my presentation."
  • Viewed a new video on the College's Respiratory Care program. Ronald M. Jacobs, Director of the Respiratory Care Program, told the Board that he planned to show the video in high schools and at career days throughout the region in the year ahead.
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