GCC Announces New Math and Science Enrichment For Region's Gifted and Talented Students

Batavia, New York—Research suggests that gifted and talented students are more likely to reach their full potential if they are immersed in enriched curriculum that matches their aptitude rather than their age.

Batavia, New York—Research suggests that gifted and talented students are more likely to reach their full potential if they are immersed in enriched curriculum that matches their aptitude rather than their age. In order to assist the GLOW region in providing such opportunities, ACE Programs of Genesee Community College is pleased to announce a new program available to students demonstrating early signs of high potential in math and science.

The Math Science Preparatory program for students in 7th and 8th grade will be taught by full time GCC math and science faculty and expand upon the NYS math and science standards with content designed to prepare students for the academic rigor of college level science and mathematics. Students who successfully complete the two-year program will be eligible to participate in the Accelerated College Enrollment STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Enrichment Program at Genesee Community College including an option to complete an Associate (AS) Degree in Engineering Sciences within months of high school graduation.

Participating in any of the ACE Programs allows students to gain transferable college credit at a greatly reduced tuition rate (1/3 the regular in-state tuition charged by GCC). While ACE programs have always provided opportunities for exceptionally motivated students to achieve enough college credits to potentially earn an associate degree, the STEM enrichment program will be the first opportunity for high school students to pursue a specific AS degree through GCC. The goal of the preparatory program is to provide students with the opportunity to prepare for successful participation in this accelerated course of study.

Although there are many gifted and talented students who would benefit from this type of preparatory instruction, ACE can only select 48 participants for the first semester of Math Science Prep to ensure the highest quality experience for each student. All applicants must be nominated by a math or science teacher and approved by a school counselor or principal. Nominations must be submitted by March 15, 2012. Students will be invited to complete the application process after review of the nomination. The application deadline is March 30, 2012. Those accepted into the program will be notified by May 1 and activities will begin during the summer of 2012.

While ACE Programs office has shared this information with all area middle schools and is seeking nominations, parents and students are encouraged to be proactive and submit the nomination by contacting the ACE Programs office or their school counselor. Additionally, GCC will award two students one year scholarships to the program through the first annual GCC 6th grade Math/Science Scholar awards.

For more information contact: Karlyn M. Finucane, Program Specialist, ACE Programs (585) 343-0055 ext. 6320 or email kmfinucane@genesee.edu.

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