Genesee Community College Board of Trustee's OK's Unique Supply Chain Management Degree Program

Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees approved a new Supply Chain Management degree program at its August meeting Monday evening. Students who complete the program will receive an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and be prepared to fill jobs in this rapidly growing field.

Batavia, New York - Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees approved a new Supply Chain Management degree program at its August meeting Monday evening. Students who complete the program will receive an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and be prepared to fill jobs in this rapidly growing field. The new program is believed to be the first of its kind in any New York State community college.

The new program must first be approved by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department. Assuming all approvals are received, the College plans to launch the program in August, 2013.

The Supply Chain Management degree program prepares students to plan and coordinate product shipping and distribution, inventory, scheduling, dispatching, purchasing, materials handling, packaging and logistics. Because logistics, distribution and transportation costs have risen extensively in recent years, many businesses are clamoring for specialists in this field, according to Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael S. Stoll. Graduates of the program will help manage product distribution for manufacturers, agri-business wholesalers, and other industries, as well as receiving, inventory, and shelving operations for businesses that purchase goods. “A good logistics person can make a big difference in the effectiveness of a business, so people trained in this field are in great demand,” he said.

Industry estimates suggest that job opportunities in the supply chain management field will increase by about 20 percent over the next 10 years, Mr. Stoll told trustees. With new agri-business facilities locating in Genesee County, local growth may be even higher. A confidential survey of regional business firms suggests that the College could place about 20 graduates in jobs right now, Mr. Stoll said.

Although the new degree program is intended to place students in jobs immediately after graduation from Genesee Community College, some transfer opportunities may be available. Mr. Stoll noted that programs in this field are offered at Niagara University, Binghamton University, SUNY Canton, and SUNY Plattsburgh, and Genesee graduates could continue their education at one of these colleges if they wish. Mr. Stoll also noted that graduate-level programs in this field are emerging.

“This is an exciting new program,” Mr. Stoll told trustees. “It will give our graduates preparation for very rewarding careers in Western New York. The program might be of special interest to students who wish to change careers or veterans returning from active military duty.”

Students enrolled in the program will complete courses in Business Logistics, Transportation and Distribution, Operations and Production, Purchasing, Inventory and Warehouse Management, International Transportation and Logistics, Strategic Supply Chain Management, other business and accounting courses, and general education courses including English, mathematics, economics, and several electives. As is the case with most of Genesee’s career programs, students will participate in a cooperative education experience at a local business, giving them “real-life” experience in the field. Mr. Stoll said that he anticipates many of the courses will be offered online.

Prospective students interested in any Genesee Community College program may contact the Office of Admissions at 716-345-6800.

In other business Monday evening, the Board of Trustees:

  • Observed a moment of silence in memory of Richard A. Tiede, longtime senior safety officer at Genesee Community College, who died August 2.
  • Approved a technical amendment to the Board’s policies, covering personnel appointment procedures.
  • Approved the granting of 135 degrees and certificates this month, subject to students’ satisfactorily completing their studies. The College anticipates awarding 71 Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees; 53 Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees; and 11 certificates.
  • Approved revisions that simplify the College’s schedule of parking violations fines. In the past, the College imposed a wide range of fines for obstructing traffic, careless parking, disobeying signs, and other violations. The new schedule imposes a standard fine of $25 for all violations, except parking in a “handicapped space,” which is $50. Parking remains free at the Batavia Campus and all campus centers.
  • Approved a revised schedule of fees for use of the College’s facilities by non-college groups. Fees are intended to cover the College’s costs, such as heating, light, and maintenance, said Kevin P. Hamilton, Vice President for Finance and Operations.
  • Heard Policy Committee Benjamin J. Bonarigo recommend the 2012-2013 meeting schedule that will be reflected in the Board’s By-Laws. Under the Committee’s proposal, the Board will continue to meet monthly, but will not hold a meeting in February. The Board plans to vote on the meeting schedule at its next meeting.
  • Heard Board Chair Maureen T. Marshall make committee assignments for the 2012-2013 year. The Buildings and Grounds Committee will be comprised of Donna M. Ferry (Chair), Laurie J. Miller, and Peter R. Call. The Personnel Committee will be comprised of Mrs. Miller (Chair), Laura J. Bohm, Ms. Ferry, Glenn R. Morton, and Melvin J. Wentland. The Policy Committee will be comprised of Benjamin J. Bonarigo (Chair), Mrs. Bohm, and Diane D. Torcello. The Finance Committee will be comprised of Mrs. Torcello (Chair), Mr. Call, and Mrs. Marshall. The Nominating Committee will be comprised of Mrs. Miller (Chair), Mr. Bonarigo, Mr. Call, and Ms. Ferry. Trustee Laura J. Bohm will serve as the Board’s representative to the Association of Community College Trustees, and Mrs. Bohm and Donna M. Ferry will serve as representatives to the New York Community College Trustees Association. Appointed to serve as trustee members of the Genesee Community College Foundation Board of Directors were Benjamin J. Bonarigo, Donna M. Ferry, Diane D. Torcello, and Melvin J. Wentland. Appointed to serve as trustee member of the Genesee Community College Association Board of Directors was Laurie J. Miller.
  • Heard Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia M. Taylor report that 3,886 students had enrolled for fall semester classes as of August 10, up 1% from the 3,848 students who had enrolled exactly one year earlier. President James M. Sunser told trustees that fall enrollment appears to be healthy, especially in light of the declining numbers of high school graduates across the state. Dr. Sunser noted that there is still time for individuals to enroll for the fall semester, which begins August 27, and that financial aid is still available for eligible students.
  • Heard President Sunser report on five new members of the College faculty:
    • Patricia H. Bigwood, Instructor of Sociology. Ms. Bigwood, a resident of LeRoy, has served as a member of the faculty of Brookline College (Arizona) and Southern New Hampshire University. She has also taught at Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College in Arizona. She holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Northern Arizona University.
    • Maxine A. Fearrington, Temporary Instructor of Nursing. Ms. Fearrington, a resident of Attica, has served as an adjunct clinical instructor at Genesee and has served as a member of the nursing staff of Strong Memorial Hospital. She holds an A.A.S. degree in Nursing from Genesee Community College, a B.S. degree from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and a M.S. degree in Nursing Education from Roberts Wesleyan College.
    • Beata E. Golec, Temporary Instructor of Music. Dr. Golec, a resident of Farmington, has taught at SUNY Geneseo, Eastman School of Music, and Nazareth College. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Frederyk Chopin Academy of Music in Poland, a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman School of Music.
    • Thomas C. Priester, Instructor of Transitional Studies. Mr. Priester, a resident of Rochester, has been a member of the staff of Finger Lakes Community College and Monroe Community College, and has taught developmental studies courses there. He holds a B.A. degree from SUNY Fredonia and a M.S. degree from the University at Buffalo. He is nearing completion of an Ed.D. degree from St. John Fisher College.
    • Joseph L. Ziolkowski, Instructor of Photography and Art History. Mr. Ziolkowski, a resident of Rochester, has served as a member of the faculty of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College, The Center for Creative Studies (Detroit), Barat College (Illinois). He holds a B.A. degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a M.F.A. degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a M.S.Ed. degree from Nazareth College of Rochester.

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