GCC Takes Literacy Outreach Program to Allegany County Fair

Once again, the Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) at Genesee Community College is joining forces with Literacy West and CORE (Creating Opportunities for Rural Education) to promote literacy this week at the Allegany County Fair in Angelica, New York.

Angelica, NY-Once again, the Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) at Genesee Community College is joining forces with Literacy West and CORE (Creating Opportunities for Rural Education) to promote literacy this week at the Allegany County Fair in Angelica, New York.

AEOC is a six county, (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming), community-based educational assistance program that helps individuals begin, resume, or continue their education.
Volunteers staffing the booth at the fair will be distributing, free of charge, approximately 10,000 books donated by publishers such as McGraw Hill to instill a love of reading in children and young adults.

“This event is a direct way of promoting the value of education and raising the visibility of our organizations,” says GCC’s AEOC Director Marie Giardino. “Our theme, ‘Reading opens pathways to the world’ reflects our goal of improving the quality of life for the residents of Allegany County.”

The AEOC helps teens and adults interested in going to college or learning a trade, in earning a high school equivalency diploma (GED); in obtaining additional skills, training or retraining to become employable; and in securing the necessary assistance to pay for college or trade school. The friendly and knowledgeable staff also assists with applications for college admissions and financial aid, as well as referrals to connect with other post-secondary schools and programs for additional funding sources and community support for essentials such as transportation services and child care. For more information on AEOC and the resources it offers, visit http://www.genesee.edu/resources/aeoc/default.cfm.

The Literacy West and CORE collaboration consists of educators, human service providers, employment and training personnel, businesses and other professionals working together to address community challenges and build partnerships that raise awareness, promote educational services and expand employment opportunities to meet the changing needs of Allegany residents.

The three agencies have been raising literacy awareness at the Allegany County Fair for five years, and the AEOC booth has won a blue ribbon for best non-commercial display for two of the last three years. The fair is open daily from 10:00am-10:00pm until Saturday, July 21, 2012.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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