Genesee Community College Offers Agri-Business and Agri-History Course for High School Students

Through a new creative learning opportunity, high school students can earn six college credits while exploring local agricultural history, agribusiness, and agri-entrepreneurship. Genesee Community College and Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Genesee County are pleased to offer the "Growing Aware Institute" this academic year.

The new program features unique "hybrid" educational opportunities blending traditional classroom lessons with dynamic field experiences, team projects, online studies, and tours of local businesses, farms and industry. The Growing Aware Institute is partially funded by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Under the leadership of Genesee faculty members Mr. Garth Swanson (history) and Mrs. Barbara Shine (business) as well as Mrs. Pat LaPoint, the Cooperative Extension's agricultural educator and Mr. Rob LaPoint, web consultant, approximately 20 students will engage in two college-level linked courses. Entrepreneurship (BUS 105) and 20th Century American History (HIS 204) are SUNY accredited courses which will be intermingled with explorations into local agribusiness, agriculture, agri-history and agri-entrepreneurship.

Students will learn about and utilize cutting-edge technology, create a web business, develop leadership skills, and study agribusiness and agri-history from a regional, national and global perspective.

"We are very excited about this program and feel the students in our region will not only secure college credits transferable toward an associate or bachelor's degree, but they will also gain a wealth of critical information about our community," Mrs. Shine said. "We have field trips and team projects planned that engage the latest educational tools. These young adults will have an excellent introduction not only to the dynamic subject matter of agribusiness and history, but also embrace today's state-of-the-art teaching and learning techniques. If there is a better first step toward success in a collegiate environment-I'd like to know about it!"

The Growing Aware Institute will meet most Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM starting October 1, 2005 and running through mid-May, 2006. The program is limited to a total of 20 students and registration is now being accepted on a first come - first served basis. Another benefit of the program is that tuition for the course is approximately 60% less than the cost of the same courses offered at any SUNY college or university for regularly enrolled students.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Growing Aware Institute should attend the hands-on field event which is open to the public on Thursday, September 22, 2005 from 6:45 - 8:00 PM at the Genesee Community College's Computer Lab in room T104. Alternatively, please call Genesee Community College's ACE (Accelerated College Enrollment) program at 585-345-6801.