Genesee Community College Announces 31 TOP (Technology Opportunity Pathway) Scholars

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the TOP (Technology Opportunity Pathway) scholars for the fall 2005 semester. These 31 students are enrolled full-time at Genesee Community College and have been granted up to $1000 in scholarship monies to be used for tuition, books, and other academic expenses. The scholarship is funded by a prestigious grant to Genesee from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship (CSEMS) division.

Each Genesee TOP Scholar is studying in one of the following targeted technology programs identified by the NSF as a key career opportunity: Computer Information Systems (CIS), Computer Systems & Networking (CSN), Drafting, Engineering Science, Multimedia, Liberal Arts Math & Science, and Individualized Studies with a focus on technology.

The NSF grant provides Genesee Community College with four years of funding to benefit students enrolled full-time in these technology programs. TOP scholars must take a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better, qualify for financial assistance (FAFSA), and present letters of recommendation from faculty in the program.

In order to meet the complete array of the TOP program's academic objectives, the scholars must have a faculty mentor, and engage in job shadowing opportunities and internships. Appropriate referrals to the College's various student support services are made to ensure academic success in each chosen technology program, assist with the continuation of college to the baccalaureate level if desired, and/or provide a smooth transition into the job market upon graduation.

"The TOP program is an excellent means of giving our technology students more than just financial support to help them in their academic goals," said Kenneth J. Mead, who teaches mathematics and computer information science at Genesee, and was also the principal investigator in securing the NSF grant. "We specifically designed the program to develop the important mentoring relationships that help students to the next step of their career success. Networking with industry leaders, job shadowing, internships, touring four-year colleges and universities, and attending related workshops and conferences are all part of the program."

The following table lists this fall's TOP Scholars:

First and Last NameProgram of StudyHome Town Alejandro Aragon Figueroa Individualized StudiesElbaRandy Braun Computer Information Systems CaledoniaAnthony Cali Engineering ScienceLeRoyDaniel Campbell Computer Systems & Networking ChurchvilleMichael CarwardineMultimedia ArkportMichael DixsonMath/ScienceOakfieldWesley Dolby Computer Systems & Networking CaledoniaTimothy Forrester Individualized StudiesGainesvilleLaura FruehaufMath/ScienceMedinaAndrew Fuller Computer Information System DansvilleKristofer George Individualized StudiesDelevanRene Guerreo Computer Systems & NetworkingElbaColleen HofmasterMath/ScienceBataviaApryl Kucinskas Computer Systems & Networking East AvonJoshua Ludwig Computer Systems & NetworkingAkronAdam Mapes Computer Information SystemsAlbionTonya Marciszewski Individualized StudiesHolleyJoseph McCrackenMath/ScienceAlbionMelissa MorganEngineering ScienceBataviaRobert Neaman Computer Repair Technology East BethanyNicholas OrntDraftingHolleyAnthony Sarkis Computer Systems & Networking North ChiliMitchell SeamonIndividualized StudiesRichfield SpringsEdward SmathersDraftingCastileNicholas SmithEngineering ScienceBataviaTimothy SmithEngineering ScienceHollandTorrey Sweet Computer Systems & Networking WarsawKareem TaylorMath/ScienceLeRoyKari WolskiMath/ScienceBarkerRyan YaworskiMath/ScienceRichfield SpringsMichael Wyse Computer Systems & Networkin Batavia

A group photograph of the TOP Scholars taken at a recent orientation meeting is located at: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/TOPscholars05.jpg

Seated in the front row, left to right: Rene Guerrero, Edward Smathers, Andrew Fuller, Apryl Kucinskas, Michael Carwardine, Timothy Forrester, Mitchell Seamon, Tonya Marciszewski. Seated in the middle row, left to right: Torrey Sweet, Randy Braun, Kari Wolski, Laura Fruehauf, Adam Mapes, Colleen Hofmaster, Ryan Yaworski, and Melissa Morgan. Seated in the back row, left to right: Anthony Sarkis, Wesley Dolby, Nicholas Smith, Timothy Smith, Anthony Cali, Joseph McCracken, Kareem Taylor.

Not pictured are: Alegandro Aragon-Figueroa, Daniel Campbell, Michael Dixson, Kristofer George, Joshua Ludwig, Robert Neaman, Nicholas Ornt, and Michael Wyse.

For further information on Genesee's TOP program go to: http://top.genesee.edu/index.php or call 585-345-6800 and speak to the Financial Aid advisor.

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