Genesee Community College student, Bobby Guzik, is not your average college student. He has just completed a Computer Support and Operations A.A.S. degree in May 2010 and has decided to continue on at Genesee and earn another degree in Computer Systems and Network Technologies. Bobby is doing all of this without the use of sight- he was born blind and relies on a screen reader to assist him with his computer and school work.
Bobby is a 2008 graduate from Medina High School and decided to go to Genesee Community College after comparing computer science classes at other colleges. “I knew a lot of people who went to GCC,” Bobby said. “Plus they had better technology and better computer classes.”
Bobby uses a screen reader that allows him to use any computer that he comes in contact with. The screen reader reads what a sighted person would see on the screen and speaks it. He uses a regular keyboard that a sighted person would use because he knows how to type very well. He began his classes at the Medina Campus Center and takes most of his classes at the Batavia Campus.
Medina Campus Center associate, Charmayne Bloom knew Bobby before he started at Genesee. “I first met Bobby at Oak Orchard Elementary School in the Medina School District,” Charmayne said. “I was a teacher assistant and Bobby a student. Although I didn’t have daily contact with Bobby I did watch him progress year to year. Now that I have the pleasure of being Bobby’s academic advisor for GCC at Medina, I see much more of him and I’m impressed by what I see.
“He has a sound grasp on his academic goals and takes full responsibility for attaining these goals. He has always been prepared for our appointments having already developed a list of his next semester classes. I’m grateful to have had this opportunity to assist this remarkable young man,” Charmayne stated.
Bobby, 20, lives in Medina, NY with his mother Laura Guzik and his grandmother Grace Guzik. His mother and grandmother help him with transportation and sit in during advisement appointments. Bobby is very involved on campus where he is a member of the Student Government association, has been named Volunteer of the Month by Student Activities and he has been named to the President’s list.
“My favorite part of going to Genesee Community College is how well the teachers have gotten to know me,” Bobby said. “Some teachers in the Computer Science program I’ve had in back to back classes. We’ve developed a relationship and I appreciate that they know me as a name and not a number.”
Bobby’s future plans include finding a local job in computers or in tech support. He ultimately would love to have a job where he can make people’s lives easier with the use of computers.
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A photograph of Bobby Guzik is available at: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Bobby_Guzik.jpg