Two Genesee Community College campus centers in Orleans County are celebrating the broad benefits of “College Today.” As the Albion Campus Center celebrates 10 years of College Today classes -- its newer sister institution, the Medina Campus Center is enjoying the achievements of its first College Today class. The success of the former leaves a truly positive forecast for the latter.
College Today classes are college credit courses offered to high school seniors in the college campus setting, and are part of Genesee Community College’s Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) program. High school students who enroll in College Today earn college credit and take advantage of a reduced tuition rate. To date, 865 registrations have been made in College Today classes at the Albion Campus Center in 53 course sections.
Currently in Albion’s spring 2010 semester, there are two sections of Sociology (SOC101), one section of Introduction to Visual Art (ART101) , one section of Introduction to Computers (CIS 102), and one section of Introduction to Psychology (PSY101) of College Today classes offered. Students come from Albion, Kendall and Holley schools, totaling 50 students. Local home schooled students also take advantage of College Today classes.
With the success of the College Today classes at the Albion Campus Center, the Medina Campus Center developed its first class of College Today courses. In the spring 2010 semester the Center opened its doors to 10 Royhart High School seniors who are enrolled in SPE108 (Public Speaking).
“The ACE programs are an ideal situation for high school students,” Ed Levinstein, associate dean of ACE programs at Genesee said. “The students are learning at the college level and earning college credit at a fraction of the cost of traditional college courses. Students who enroll in ACE programs find themselves a head of the game when they start their freshman year at college.”
More than 40 school districts participate in Genesee’s ACE programs. The entire ACE program consists of Advanced Studies, College Today, and College Tech Prep. Genesee Community College courses offered through the Advanced Studies Program are taught in the high schools by high school faculty who are approved by the College and College Tech Prep program incorporates both school and work-based instruction in a comprehensive and non-repetitive curriculum.
Students who participate in Genesee’s ACE program obtain a head start on their college career and are able to experience aspects of college life including class selection, registration, and utilizing college facilities. Additionally, ACE students pay a lower tuition rate than traditional students, typically one-third the cost of regular college tuition and will be afforded a Genesee Community College transcript detailing their completed coursework.
For more information about Genesee Community College’s Accelerated College Enrollment program, contact Edward Levinstein, associate dean of ACE programs at 585-343-0055x6300 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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A photograph of College Today students in SOC101 at the Albion Campus Center is available at http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Albion_College_Today.jpg
A photograph of Royhart High School students in SPE 108 at the Medina Campus Center is available at http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/medina_college_today.jpg