Area High School Students Considered Full-Time Freshmen at Genesee Community College

College can be a big leap for some, but for more than 130 students at area high schools, it should be an easy transition. Those high school students are taking college courses with enough credits to be considered full-time freshmen at Genesee Community College. These students are getting a head start on their college careers and could potentially enter as sophomores, having completed their first year of college while still in high school.

Amberlyn Mosier is one such student. A senior at Kendall High School, Amberlyn decided to start taking advanced level courses after her high school guidance counselor told her about Genesee Community College’s program. She is currently taking courses in public speaking, health, algebra, English, and her favorite, psychology. Amberlyn says the classes are more challenging than her regular courses. She has applied to the New York State University at Buffalo and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field.

“By taking these courses now, while I’m still in high school, I’m able to get my general education requirements out of the way and will have more time to focus on classes related to my major,” Amberlyn said. “And it’s cheaper! I’m so glad that I participated in this program and I highly recommend it.”

Attica High School guidance counselors Julia Schrader and Marybeth Hardie are advocates for Genesee Community College’s Advanced Studies program. “I try to alert all of my top students to this excellent opportunity,” Ms. Hardie said. “The advanced English class in particular has gotten great feedback from prior students because it develops writing skills that they find essential for college-level work.”

The counselors’ enthusiasm for the Advanced Studies program has rubbed off on Attica’s students. The school has the highest participation rate of any school involved in the program, with 20 students enrolled this year.

“I think our success with this program comes from our teachers, who are doing a great job, and from the reputation the program has. We have older students who have had a good experience and pass that along to other students,” Ms. Hardie said.

More than forty school districts participate in Genesee Community College’s Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) programs, which consists of Advanced Studies, College Today, and College Tech Prep. Genesee Community College courses offered through the Advanced Studies Program are taught in the high schools by high school faculty who are approved by the College. The College Today classes were developed to give high school seniors an opportunity to pursue college credit-bearing classes in the campus setting. The College Tech Prep program incorporates both school and work-based instruction in a comprehensive and non-repetitive curriculum.

Students who participate in Genesee Community College’s ACE Program obtain a head start on their college career and are able to experience aspects of college life including class selection, registration, and utilizing college facilities. Additionally, ACE students pay a lower tuition rate than traditional students, typically one-third the cost of regular college tuition and will be afforded a Genesee Community College transcript detailing their completed coursework. The program challenges and motivates students with advanced coursework and provides quality instructors who have Genesee Community College adjunct status. In addition, the syllabi for advanced studies courses must be approved by College deans and instructors.

A typical course schedule for advanced studies students includes introductory courses in English, mathematics, foreign language, science, and history. Genesee Community College credits earned in these courses will transfer to SUNY colleges and most two/four year colleges and universities throughout the state and country if a student has earned a C or better in the course.

“Completion of Genesee Community College credit courses has given hundreds of students a head start on their college career,” said Kathy Lopes, Associate Dean of Accelerated College Enrollment Programs. She sees the program as having a positive effect on everyone involved. “Our program also strengthens ties between high school and college faculty,” she said.

For more information about Genesee Community College’s Accelerated College Enrollment program, contact Kathy Lopes at (585) 343-0055 x6540 or kclopes@genesee.edu
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