Batavia, New York —Genesee Community College’s Batavia Campus and the College’s six campus centers were bustling this morning with the opening of the 2008-2009 academic year.
First-day enrollment totaled 4,098, up 1.6% from the 4,032 students enrolled on the first day of the 2007-2008 year. Enrollment will increase even further in the weeks ahead as the College begins courses in area high schools.
Quality and the economy seemed to be very much on the minds of incoming students this year, according to Dr. Virginia M. Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services. “Students understand why a college education is so important, and they want to receive an excellent education,” Dr. Taylor said. “Students are attracted to Genesee by our faculty, our small classes, and the technological resources available here. We have many students who have been accepted by other colleges, but they have made Genesee their number one choice.”
Economic conditions this year may also be playing a part in Genesee’s increased enrollment. More students are asking about job opportunities in their fields, Dr. Taylor said. “We have strong relationships with employers, and our career programs usually have strong internship and field work experiences,” she said. “So students who graduate from Genesee have an edge up in the job market, and their academic work at Genesee is easily transferable to other colleges and universities besides.”
As of this morning, Genesee’s enrollment included 97 students from 19 countries other than the United States. Students came from Belarus, Canada, China, Columbia, El Salvador, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Mali, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, and Venezuela.
Genesee Community College joined 21 other SUNY campuses across New York State by opening its doors to 150 Chinese students from the city of Chengdu in the Sichuan Province of western China, which was the site of a massive earthquake in May. The students will have the ability to continue their college studies for one year in the United States and then return to their homeland to help with the rebuilding effort. A photograph of President Stuart Steiner with the eight Chinese students who are enrolled at Genesee Community College is available at: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/GCC_Chinese_students.jpg
Two innovative new entrepreneurship programs also await students this year. New WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development) scholarships are giving up to 30 individuals who are thinking about starting their own businesses the opportunity to study entrepreneurship at no charge. These courses will be offered during evening hours in Albion, Batavia and Dansville starting the week of September 22. Scholarship applications are still being accepted. Interested students can come from all walks of life and business backgrounds and should go to www.genesee.edu/wee to apply or call 585-343-0055 x 6319. Seats are limited and the application deadline is September 10th.
The College’s business students are also having the opportunity to participate in a real-life entrepreneurial business venture by planning, manufacturing, and marketing specially developed apple syrup. They hope to make the new product available to the public in the coming weeks.
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