Arcade, New York — The Arcade Campus Center of Genesee Community College is helping adults get on the right track for their education with “Catch the Train to Education,” an event aimed at assisting adult learners learn about earning their General Education Diploma (GED), attending college or upgrading their job skills. Catch the Train to Education will take place at 5:00pm on Wednesday July 13, 2011 at the Arcade Campus and continue on the Arcade and Attica Railroad. The event will take participants on a train ride from Arcade to Curriers and back all while learning about the educational opportunities for adult students at Genesee Community College.
The evening will begin at the Arcade Campus Center where participants will be welcomed with giveaways and ice cream sundaes. The Center will be open for tours as well. Throughout the evening, participants will take part in a scavenger hunt with prizes. At 5:45pm everyone will proceed to the Arcade and Attica Railroad for the train ride.
Each railroad car will cover a different topic for adult learners (any student aged 19 and up). One will focus on earning a GED and career-vocational opportunities, the next will be a career workshop presented by a representative from Monster.com and the last car will be for participants interested in college and finding out more about financial aid. Participants may switch cars to learn about more than one topic when the train turns around at the Curriers depot.
“Our premise is that Wyoming County is one of the hardest hit areas in relation to individuals not completing their education at the high school and the college levels. This has a direct impact on the economic level of the county and we would like to take some steps that would have a positive impact on changing this for the better,” Marie Giardino director of the Adult Educational Opportunity Center at Genesee said. “By encouraging more people to return to school to complete their education, Wyoming County will have a better prepared workforce and this can have a positive impact on the standard of living.”
The Catch the Train to Education event is funded by a GCC President’s Innovation Award (PIA). The PIA Program provides funding for innovative activities and projects that promote community involvement in the life of Genesee Community College, or stimulate student and community pride in the College, or help establish pilot programs or initiatives with the potential for positive, long-term impact on the College. The Catch the Train to Education hopes to identify adult students and help them to overcome their resistance to returning to school.
“The idea of providing the information while on a train ride can produce several results,” Giardino noted. “It can relate educational information with something that’s fun and it can bring a variety of people together that are in the same situation so that they can begin to see that there are others facing the same questions and challenges. Hopefully while reducing the barriers, we are helping to create the incentives for continuing with their education.”
The Arcade Campus Center will also offer the Reaching Educational Achievement Program (REAP). 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 30- December 15, 2011 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.
To register for the Catch the Train to Education event or the REAP program, contact the Arcade Campus Center at 585-492-5265. The Arcade Campus Center is located at 25 Edward Street in Arcade.
For further information please contact Marie Giardino in the Adult Educational Opportunity Center at 585-343-0055 x6285.
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