GCC's New Creative Problem Solving Course Provides Competitive Edge

As the information era shifts to the Age of Innovation, Genesee Community College has introduced a new elective to give students across all academic curricula a competitive edge in an ever-tighter job market.

Batavia, New York – As the information era shifts to the Age of Innovation, Genesee Community College has introduced a new elective to give students across all academic curricula a competitive edge in an ever-tighter job market. The new course, Creative Problem Solving (CPS190) blends interactive elements of deliberate creativity and innovation. The goal of the course is to recognize, understand and nurture each student’s creative potential while developing leadership skills and helping students navigate and thrive under all economic conditions. In the end, creative problem solving skills create better thinkers and global citizens with the power to drive needed change.

Through the 12-week course, students utilize the creative problem solving process in a prototype-based project individually blending the nuances of the creative person, the creative process, the creative product and the creative environment. CPS students will identify and explore a difficult problem or challenge, and then apply the CPS process to develop a workable prototype solution. At the culmination of the course, students present their identified problem and challenge, explain how the CPS process lead to their novel prototype resolution and make an oral presentation to fellow students and other interested parties.

The new course will be offered February 13 and run through May 12 at the Batavia Campus. It is open to students in all curriculum and academic programs.

“With Genesee Community College’s ongoing mission of prioritizing student success, this elective enhances job acquisition and job security after college by developing the students’ abilities to initiate and apply creative solutions to difficult problems that appear in the workplace or at home,” Lina LaMattina, director of Business Skills Training of The BEST Center said. “CPS190 is a new expression of GCC’s commitment to student success by integrating creativity across campus, promoting an atmosphere conducive to creative problem solving, and taking proactive measures to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century.”

Students interested in this spring’s undergraduate three-credit CPS190 course are encouraged to register quickly because seats are limited. The three credit course is also open to the general public. It will be taught by adjunct instructor, Michaelene Dawson and offered on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:25 to 3:15 p.m. at the Batavia Campus only. To apply for classes visit www.genesee.edu/Apply.

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