Genesee Community College President Receives Albion School Board ‘Friend of Education' Award

The Albion School Board bestowed its “Friend of Education” Award on Genesee Community College President Stuart Steiner Monday evening, June 1, at the School Board’s regular monthly meeting.

The Friend of Education Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to education and the well-being of Albion School District students.

Albion School Superintendent Dr. Ada Grabowski cited the partnerships that Dr. Steiner established with the school district and other community groups as the reason the nine-member school board bestowed the award. he mentioned Dr. Steiner’s support of Genesee Community College’s Albion Campus Center, Genesee Promise Plus program, and the College’s new career coaching initiative as some of the reasons for the honor. The Genesee Promise Plus program gives area high school graduates the opportunity to attend up to two summer college courses through a scholarship at Genesee after graduation. Albion students were among the heaviest users of this scholarship program when the program was instituted last year. Under the career coaching initiative, the College will locate a career coach at the high school at least two days a week. The career coach will help students navigate the increasingly complicated financial aid application process, provide information about college opportunities, and help students identify career choices and pathways. This program is designed after a highly successful cooperative model implemented between community colleges and high schools in Virginia.

Dr. Steiner was one of the first college presidents in the northeastern United States to spearhead the establishment of campus centers – free-standing college facilities that offer college courses and a variety of student services to college students living in a local community. Genesee has six campus centers, located throughout its four-county service area, in Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Medina, Warsaw, and Lakeville (soon to be relocated to Lima).

By coincidence, the Albion School Board’s presentation to Dr. Steiner occurred exactly nineteen years to the day the Albion Campus Center opened its doors on West Avenue in Albion. The Albion Campus Center was Genesee’s first such center.

Dr. Steiner praised Dr. Grabowski and members of the Albion School Board for their ongoing efforts to seek excellence in service and opportunities for the students and parents they serve.

Dr. Steiner said that the Albion School Board’s Friend of Education Award carried special meaning. “The success of anything an educator does is measured by its impact on the lives of individual students,” Dr. Steiner said in reflecting on the award. “I am very proud of the work that I, and the faculty and staff of Genesee Community College, have done with students in the Albion School District.”