Genesee Community College Board OK'S New Web Development Degree

Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees, at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening, approved a proposal for a new Web Development degree program. Students who complete the 62-credit program will receive an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

The program proposal will now be forwarded to the State University of New York, and later to the New York State Education Department, for final approvals. The College anticipates that the program will be up and running in the Fall 2007 semester.
The new degree program will prepare students for positions in the rapidly growing World Wide Web field. Students will learn how to develop strategic plans for Web sites; develop Web content; design Web pages; provide technical maintenance of Web sites; and set up e-commerce functions. Although graduates of the program may continue their education at baccalaureate colleges and universities, it is designed to give students the skills they need to join the workforce as web professionals immediately upon graduation from Genesee.

Students will complete courses in computer programming, Web publishing, photography, computer graphics, multi-media technology, Web design, and other technology courses. Like all Genesee students, Web Development degree students will complete a well-rounded general education program, including coursework in English Communications, business, social sciences, and natural science. All Web Development students will complete one “cooperative education” course, giving them work experience in an authentic work environment.

Web Development should be a popular degree program, according to Dr. Claudia Moore, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Most business organizations have a Web presence today,” Dr. Moore said. “Even businesses with longstanding Web sites constantly seek ways to make their Web sites more attractive to consumers, and to build more sales and marketing tools into their sites. The rise in the use of Web technology and the expanding technological capabilities of the Web create many new job opportunities for talented web developers.”

While salaries for Web developers can begin in the $25,000 to $30,000 range, the demand for these professionals can lead to rapid salary advancement. Experienced Web developers can earn salaries in the $50,000 to $60,000 range.

The Web Development degree program joins other technology-related degree programs at Genesee Community College. These include Computer Information Systems, Computer Systems and Network Technology, Computer Support and Operation, Digital Art and Computerized Drafting and Design. The College also offers certificates in Web Development and Computer Repair.

Students wishing to learn more about the new Web Development degree program may contact the College’s Admissions Office at 345-6800.

In other business Monday evening, the Board of Trustees:

• Approved the granting of 221 degrees and certificates in January, subject to students’ satisfactorily completing their course work. The College plans to grant four Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees; 120 Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees; 76 Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees; and 21 certificates.

• Appointed 336 community residents as members of Genesee Community College’s 23 community advisory councils for terms of one year. Members of the councils advise faculty and staff on curriculum issues, workforce needs, and other issues relating to academic programs and services. Members were appointed to the following advisory councils: Campus Center at Arcade; Campus Center at Dansville; Campus Center at Lakeville; Campus Center at Orleans; Campus Center at Warsaw; Advanced Studies and College Tech Prep; Athletics, Physical Education, and Sport Management; The BEST Center; Business Administration/Accounting; Computer Technology; Criminal Justice; Digital Art; Fashion Merchandise Management; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; L.I.F.E. (Life Increases Future Experiences); Nursing; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Office Technology; Paralegal Studies; Perkins III Grant; Physical Therapist Assistant; and Respiratory Care.

• Heard Dr. Claudia Moore, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, report that the faculty has completed a number of changes to the College’s nursing curriculum. Dr. Moore told trustees that she and Nursing Program Director Kathleen Hankel will present the changes to the Board of Trustees in the near future.

• Heard Dr. Virginia Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, report that 452 prospective full-time students and 211 prospective part-time students have applied for admission to Genesee during the Spring 2007 semester.

• Heard President Stuart Steiner report that Raymond Walker will join the College’s staff as Director of the new Rural Jail Postsecondary Transition grant program. Mr. Walker is a retired assistant principal of Batavia High School. He holds a B.A. degree from Roberts Wesleyan College and a M.S. degree from SUNY at Brockport.

• Heard President Steiner report that Renee M. Wilmoth will join the staff as Technical Specialist in the new Rural Jail Postsecondary Transition program. Ms. Wilmoth has worked in several job training and human service positions. She holds a B.A. degree from Temple University and a M.A. degree from West Virginia University.

• Heard President Steiner report that Debra Stancliff will join the staff as Technical Specialist for ACE (Accelerated College Enrollment) programs. Ms. Stancliff has worked as a counselor with the Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES and Phoenix Frontier, Inc. She holds a B.A. degree from Allegheny College and a M.S. degree from Canisius College.

• Heard Dr. Steiner report that the Board of Trustees honorary degree committee has prepared a proposal to create an honorary associate degree program at Genesee and award the first honorary associates degrees in May 2007. Under the proposal, members of the college community would nominate candidates for honorary associate degrees each year, and a trustee’s selection committee would recommend candidates for consideration by the full Board of Trustees. Under state legislation enacted last year, community colleges can now award honorary associate degrees on an annual basis.

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