The Genesee Community College Foundation is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for Livingston County residents interested in securing well-paying jobs within the ever-growing industry of computer technology. Residents of Livingston County may study at any of Genesee’s seven campus locations, including Livingston County’s own Lima and Dansville Campus Centers.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in Computer Science are continuing to grow at a rapid pace and are expected to expand by 23 percent into the year 2018. In addition, the median annual wage of network and computer systems administrators was posted as $66,310 in 2008. (www.bls.gov)
Genesee Community College offers five Computer Science degrees and four Computer Science certificates including: Computer Information Systems, AS; Computer Support and Operations, AAS; Computer Systems and Network Technologies, AAS; Computerized Drafting and Design, AAS; and Web Design, AAS. The certificates include: Computer Repair, Computerized Drafting and Design, Help Desk Support, and Web Design. The College is recognized as having superior instruction and advanced technology at all seven campus locations. Students can take College classes at any campus, but must include computer courses within their program.
“This is an excellent opportunity for students looking for assistance to start or complete a degree that promises life-long career advancement,” said Monica Mattioli, associate dean of the Lima Campus Center. “There are so many career opportunities that require computer technology competency and with two campus centers in Livingston County, local residents don’t have to travel long distances to earn a college degree.”
Interested students residing in Livingston County may apply for the Livingston Scholarship program by downloading a traditional paper application from the website, completing the form, and sending it in or dropping it off at the one of the College’s seven locations. Alternatively, interested students can also use the online application that is also available on the College’s website. Applicants may apply for the computer technology scholarship and other scholarships for which he or she may be eligible according to the specific requirements posted at the Financial Aid/Scholarship webpage at: www.genesee.edu/financial/scholarships.
“When my students graduate with a degree from any of Genesee’s computer technology programs, it is always exciting to see where they secure jobs. From major Fortune 500 companies in practically all industries to smaller, local firms or nonprofit organizations with unique specialties – computers are essential to every successful business today,” James Bucki, director of Academic Computer Technology Programs at GCC. “It is especially intriguing when a former student engages his or her entrepreneurial spirit and starts his or her own business.”
The spring 2011 semester at Genesee starts Tuesday, January 18, 2011. There are nearly 100 courses offered this spring at the Lima and Dansville Campus Centers, and there are 116 online courses also offered by the College. It is not too late to register for classes. To apply for free go to: www.genesee.edu/apply. The Lima Campus Center is located at 7285 Gale Road in Lima and the Dansville Campus Center is located at 9221 Robert Hart Drive in Dansville.
The Genesee Community College Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing service and support to Genesee Community College. A thirty-member board of directors comprised of local business and civic leaders leads the board. The Foundation, formed in the mid-eighties to provide philanthropic support to the College, provided 536 scholarships to Genesee students last year totaling $284,184. For further information call 585-345-6809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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