Batavia, New York – The Genesee Community College Foundation kicked off its Orleans County Campaign under the direction of chairwoman Cathy Joynt, retired principal at Oak Orchard Elementary School in Medina. “The future economic growth of Orleans County is dependent upon a productive and educated work force,” noted Ms. Joynt in a letter to county residents. “Donations to the GCC Scholarship Campaign will help ensure the growth of our region through an educated and knowledgeable work force—a gift that directly affects you and your neighbors.”
Ms. Joynt’s statement is underscored by a recent study that bears out the relationship between local educational resources and economic conditions. That study found that students who study close to home tend to remain in the region. Among GCC alumni, 70% choose to build their lives in the GLOW region (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties), and last fall, close to 1,100 Orleans County residents took classes at GCC, many of them at the Albion or Medina Campus Centers.
Volunteers working with Ms. Joynt to solicit contributions include educators Dr. Ada Grabowski, Mary Campbell, David Stacey, Trisha Stacey, and Kathleen Valley.
This year’s foundation fundraising campaign is spear-headed by GCC class of 1972 alumni Monica Hale Dawson of Shepard, Maxwell and Hale Insurance and Rick Henry of Clark Patterson and Lee.
The GCC Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing service and support to the college. Its 30-member board of directors includes local business and civic leaders, who help raise money to support student scholarships and grants.
Contributions for support for the College programs and students may be sent to the GCC Foundation, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. For more information contact the Foundation (585) 345-6809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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