Genesee Community College at Arcade Offers Reaching Educational Achievement Program

Program Assists Adult Learners Transition into College

Genesee Community College at Arcade will offer the Reaching Educational Achievement Program (REAP) a special educational opportunity for returning adult learners. This 16 week program will assist adults with the transition back to school, covering math, reading, writing, study skills and basic computer skills. Students will meet Mondays and Tuesdays February 1- May 25, 2010 from 6:00 pm -9:00 pm at the Arcade Campus Center. REAP is a non-credit course and allows students to focus on the concepts without the pressure of grades. The total cost for the REAP program is $50.

Through REAP and the Ability To Benefit program (ATB), students can enroll in Genesee Community College even if they do not have a high school diploma or a General Education Diploma (GED). Once a student has completed REAP, they will have the skills to score high enough on the placement test and be accepted into Genesee Community College. Once accepted into the College, students can earn their GED while earning their associate degree under the “24 hour credit” clause. This works by completing 24 credits in general education requirements which are required for all associate degrees. Through the ATB program, students may also receive financial aid, just as if they had a high school diploma or GED.

The instructors for this program are handpicked and have been teaching at the College for several years. They possess the knowledge that adult students will need to succeed and they know how to help students in the difficult areas, such as study skills or mathematics, to ensure that they understand the concepts. Class sizes are kept small so students will have one-on-one attention and time to ask questions. Students will not only enjoy Genesee’s finest faculty members, but also experience community college life, and what Genesee Community College has to offer.

“The REAP program fits the needs of so many adult learners who come through our campus center’s doors,” Deborah DiNoto, Associate Dean of the Arcade Campus Center said. “I hope that anyone who is even remotely considering college and has any hesitation about coming back to school will enroll in this program and explore their true potential.”

The REAP program is partly funded by New York State and there is an attendance policy. Students must maintain a 90 percent attendance rate. The class meets twice a week for three hours, with a different subject on each day. For example study skills on Monday, and writing on Tuesday. Genesee Community College will provide the text books (which will need to be returned at the end of the subject) as well as other materials needed for each class.

For further information or to enroll in the REAP program, please contact the Arcade Campus Center at 585-492-5265. The Arcade Campus Center is located at 25 Edward Street in Arcade.