Genesee's Warsaw Campus Awarded GLOW Workforce Investment Board Business of the Year

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the Warsaw Campus Center has been named Wyoming County Business of the Year by the GLOW Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The Warsaw Campus Center will be recognized at the Annual GLOW Workforce Investment Board Breakfast Meeting on December 11, 2009 at Terry Hills restaurant in Batavia. The Center was nominated by Wyoming County Community Action and Department of Labor for its commitment to educating and supporting the surrounding communities and for its economic impact on Wyoming County.

Genesee’s Warsaw Campus Center has been in the county since 1991, and in its current location, since 2002. The Center is located within the Wyoming County YMCA at 115 Linwood Avenue. Between staff, faculty, tutors and student workers, the organization employs approximately 50 people. The Center works closely with local organizations, and businesses, and enrolls about 300 students each semester. Student enrollment continues to grow with a 12% increase for the fall 2009 semester.

The Warsaw Campus Center also assists the unemployed population of Wyoming County. The Wyoming County Department of Labor and Wyoming County Community Action have collaborated closely with Genesee, and are currently working with students enrolling in New York’s 599 Program (which allows students to attend Genesee, with continued unemployment benefits, and without having to search for work). The Department of Labor office also houses the AEOC (Adult Education Opportunity Center) representative, which is a grant sponsored by Genesee. The AEOC rep encourages schooling and training for local residents, and helps them find financial assistance. In addition, Genesee staff members regularly speak to the unemployed at weekly meetings, encouraging them to pursue more education and training.

Not only does the Warsaw Campus Center help advise and educate the unemployed, the Center also coordinates with the College’s BEST Center (Business and Economic Skills Training), and often provides training to employees of local Wyoming County businesses. Local non-profit organizations also use the building (when available) free of charge to hold their meetings, and use the college’s technology.

“The Warsaw Campus Center has always had a strong community connection and we’re delighted to have been awarded this honor,” Patty Chaya, Associate Dean of the Warsaw Campus Center noted. “I know our graduates are encouraged to stay in Wyoming County and use the skills they have acquired to make our community a great place to live and work.”

For further information please contact Patty Chaya, Associate Dean of the Warsaw Campus Center at 585-786-3010.


Editor’s Note: A photograph of the Genesee Community College staff from the Warsaw Campus Center is located at:
Standing left to right, Patty Chaya, associate dean; Judy Passamonte, secretary; Vicky Aubert, associate. Seated: Donna Ramsey, associate and Jessica Hibbard, associate.