‘Late Start Classes' at Genesee's Arcade Campus Center Lead to Exciting New Careers

Courses Help With Unexpected Career Changes
The Spring 2009 semester has already started at most colleges, however, it’s not too late for ‘Late Start Classes’ at Genesee Community College’s Arcade Campus Center. Late Start classes begin February 17 for prospective students who may have missed the January 20th Spring 2009 semester start, or who may have unexpected career changes in just the last few weeks. There are currently four classes available for Late Start leading students toward new career paths.

With the impact of the economy on local businesses, many industrial and manufacturing plants have been forced to down-size or close their doors all together. Many of those employees have few options for alternative employment. Numerous workers are now turning to new careers, sometimes with the help of training funds offered in their lay-off packages or by a local unemployment office.

“Retraining funds are an excellent way to explore or start a new career path, but the funds often have limited use periods,” Deborah DiNoto, associate dean of the Arcade Campus Center said. “We hope every person who is looking at a lay-off will consider the opportunities that await them by getting a degree or immersing themselves in higher education.”

Four Arcade Campus Center classes that begin on February 17 and continue for 12 weeks until May 16 are:
  • Public Speaking (SPE108) – Tuesdays and Thursday, 10:50 AM - 12:45 PM
  • General Psychology (PSY101) – Fridays, 8:30 – 11:45 AM
  • 3D Design (ART127) – Fridays, 12:05 – 4:15 PM
  • Human Nutrition (BIO108) - Tuesdays and Thursday, 1:40 – 4:00 PM

Many of these courses are the foundation or building blocks to a new degree that can be earned completely at the Arcade Campus Center such as: Human Services, Office Technician, Teacher Education Transfer or a degree in Criminal Justice.

For example, PSY101: General Psychology is a requirement for the Human Services curriculum and still has many seats available. A Human Services degree can lead to many exciting job opportunities in the local communities. Numerous careers are available with a Human Services degree, such as:
  • Early Childhood Education Aide and Teacher Aide
  • Nursing Home Activity Aide
  • Social Work Aide
  • Special Education/Developmentally Disabled Child Care Aide
  • Social Services Youth Worker or Parent Aide
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse Program Aide: Rehabilitation and Prevention Program
  • Recreation Youth Worker
  • Mental Health Therapy Aide

There may be a limited window of opportunity for employees to take advantage of training funds from previous jobs and College officials advise individuals to check with the employer or the local Job Corp or Unemployment Office to investigate all available training funds and expiration dates for using these funds.

To apply online for classes at any Genesee Community College campus location, new students should go to http://www.genesee.edu/index.cfm/general/dspArticle/admissions.apply/def... or stop by the Arcade Center at 25 Edward Street in Arcade, NY or call 585-492-5265.