Programs, Awards, Grants and Guests Highlight Fall Events for College Tech Prep

From financial literacy to DNA crime scene investigations, $1000 mini grants as well as Virtual Trade Fairs-College Tech Prep of Genesee Community College continuously provides a wide array of events and opportunities to help high school students across Western New York prepare for college and explore business and career options. As part of Genesee's ACE (Accelerated College Enrollment) program, the following list highlights the various events, academic, business and funding opportunities provided this fall by the Genesee Region College Tech Prep.

•Chad Foster, a well-known entrepreneur and co-author of "Financial Literary for Teens" will visit Genesee Community College's Batavia campus on Thursday, November 3, 2005. Foster is a former professional tennis player, developer of soft playgrounds for McDonald's, and host of his own television show, "Fly Fishing America," which appears on ESPN2. He is scheduled to speak at 9:30 AM in the Stuart Steiner Theatre to approximately 200 students from ten area high schools participating in the Virtual Enterprise program, and the Health and Legal Academies. Foster will speak again at approximately 1:00 PM in the Forum to general audiences in the College and local community. College Tech Prep students have been given a copy of his "Financial Literacy for Teens" book, which not only encourages teens to develop good financial habits-but through his dynamic and motivating writing style he also enables them to succeed.

•"Business of the Year" Award will be going to Attica Correctional Facility at New York State's College Tech Prep Conference in Saratoga Springs, November 6 - 8, 2005. As one of the business partners in the regional College Tech Prep consortium, Attica Correctional Facility is providing excellent opportunities for young adults to appreciate the vast range of career possibilities related to our nation's legal, law enforcement and correctional systems. In-depth tours of the correctional facility, job shadowing, review of case files, visits to trials and pre-trial motions, as well as numerous guest lectures to classrooms are among the services Attica has readily provided since the partnership began in September 2004.

•Mini-Grant application deadline is Wednesday, November 16, 2005. Representatives from the 20 schools that are part of the Genesee Region College Tech Prep Consortium are eligible to apply for Mini-grants up to $1000 designated for a wide range of different projects relating to health, legal, business, and information technology careers. Among the projects that have been supported in the past include summer computer camps, mock trials illustrating the judicial process, development of gift baskets featuring products and services from local businesses, and collaborative initiatives with Junior Achievement.

•"DNA Day" on Monday, November 28, 2005 will find approximately 65 Health Academy students engaged in mock crime scene investigation led by Maureen Leupold, Genesee Community College's biology instructor. The exercise will call upon the students' cell biology lessons and allow them to use real DNA analysis to solve a "who done it" crime mystery. In addition, students are given tours of the College's health and science laboratories, and during lunch they are engaged in a medical terminology competition covering over 250 words or phrases.

•Tenth Grade Opportunity Days on November 29 and 30, 2005 involves nearly 200 students from 20 high schools throughout the Genesee region coming to Genesee Community College's Batavia campus. Students are introduced to career opportunities in health, business, information technology, and the legal system. In addition to seeing the high-tech classrooms and labs, students are engaged in many team building exercises, and they talk with faculty, financial aid and admission advisors as well as students.

•The annual Virtual Trade Fair is scheduled for Thursday, December 1st at Genesee Community College's Batavia Campus in the Forum. In addition to the ten Genesee Region participating schools, Rochester area schools including Rochester City Schools, Rush/Henrietta, Honeoye Falls/Lima, and Pittsford/Mendon/Sutherland are also attending. The event allows the Virtual Enterprise students who have worked for weeks in developing a unique product or service to test their concepts and business plans against those created by their peers. Students work in teams to explore and expand their entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen starting with the inception of a business idea to developing a comprehensive business and marketing plan. They then showcase their new product or service at the Virtual Trade Fair and marketplace. Plaques are awarded in several categories.

•New and Developing College Tech Prep Programs:oOrleans / Niagara BOCES Legal Academy: In a collaborative effort with Orleans/Niagara BOCES and with support from Assemblyman Charles Nesbitt and Albion Mayor Ed Salvatore, a new Legal Careers Academy celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 7, 2005 in Albion's Visitor Center. By combining college coursework with hands-on experience in the legal field, students in the Legal Academy explore careers as adjudicators, investigators, dispatchers, forensic pathologists, social workers, paralegals, court clerks, correctional officers, and many others.

Future Educator's Academy (FEA) is in development with a pilot program located in Medina being launched in September 2006. Two FEA specialists from New Hampshire, Marcia Miller, who is a College Tech Prep director, and David Miller, a retired school principal, spoke to many interested program participants at Genesee Community College's Batavia campus on October 20, 2005. The Miller's experience in developing education curriculum and the steps to opening a FEA were key topics of discussion.

With these eight significant events involving hundreds of young adults and scores of caring professionals working in a wide spectrum of careers and industries, it is clear why the Genesee Region of College Tech Prep has been nationally recognized as a leader in the field of preparing young adults for the rigors of college and career exploration. In October 2004, the local College Tech Prep Health Academy featuring the partnership with Batavia's VA Hospital won the Exemplary Worksite Learning Award from the National Tech Prep Network. In addition, more high schools are recognizing the value of College Tech Prep as another new school joined the consortium this year, which now consists of 20 schools and three Career and Tech Centers from the four-county GLOW area.

For further information, please contact Debbie Dunlevy, director of College Tech Prep at Genesee Community College by calling 585-345-6801 or go to: