Batavia, New York —In just over five years of operation, Genesee Community College’s Medina Campus Center has attracted more than 6,000 course registrations from Medina-area students, Associate Dean James Simon said Monday at the College’s monthly Board of Trustees meeting. At the end of the 2011-2012 academic year, the Center had attracted a total of 5,913 registrations and this fall’s course activity puts the Center’s registrations well over 6,000.
The Board met at the Medina Campus Center, located on Maple Ridge Road (Route 31A) just outside the village for its October meeting.
Dean Simon told trustees that in the current (Fall 2012) semester, the Medina and Albion centers are serving 450 individual students. Forty-eight percent of current students are planning to transfer to baccalaureate colleges after graduating from Genesee, and 50% are planning to enter the workforce immediately after graduation. Three out of every four students are pursuing their education at GCC on a full-time basis.
The Medina Center usually offers between 40 and 50 courses each semester. Many courses are part of the College’s general education requirements and useful for students seeking a wide variety of degrees and certificates. Many Medina Campus Center students also register for online courses, and some students register for courses at the Albion Campus Center or Batavia Campus.
“We pride ourselves on being flexible in meeting student needs,” Dean Simon said. “We listen carefully to the needs of students who are seeking jobs and who wish to transfer, as well as to the workforce needs of local employers. And we put together a schedule of courses and supplemental services that help students meet their individual education goals.”
Dean Simon told trustees that the Campus Center spearheads a variety of student and community initiatives in addition to academic coursework. Current initiatives include wellness programs for students; participation in the new Oak Orchard Review, a new community-based literary publication; community art exhibits; history lectures and activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War; and community lectures.
At the October meeting, trustees heard from Medina High School teacher and Medina Campus Center adjunct instructor Karen L. Jones, who has taught at the Center since it opened in 2007. Mrs. Jones contrasted education at GCC with the “ivory tower” image of higher education held by many people. “Education here isn’t like that,” she told trustees. “We want to reach more people in our community, to connect with them, to help them reach their goals.” She emphasized that the Center’s faculty and staff are committed to helping younger students experience a seamless transition between high school and college.
Trustees also heard from student Abygail M. Anderson of Medina who started classes at Medina in Spring 2010, and is pursuing a degree in Humanities and Social Sciences. She lauded the faculty and staff for their efforts to help students. “On my first day here, my hands were shaking, but I thought ‘I can do this’.” Today, Ms. Anderson is a highly successful Genesee student and considering three transfer options to three SUNY baccalaureate colleges: Geneseo, Brockport and Plattsburgh. Ms. Anderson recounted the efforts of one of her instructors to resolve a technical problem with her application fee to the other SUNY colleges. “She went out of her way to help me, and that’s typical of all the faculty and staff here,” Ms. Anderson said.
Genesee Community College has six campus centers serving students throughout the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region. Besides the Medina location, centers are located in Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lima and Warsaw. Each center contains technologically-advanced classrooms, one or two computer labs, a distance learning room, study area, and staff offices. The Medina Campus Center has an innovative multi-disciplinary science lab.
In other business at its October meeting, the Board of Trustees:
•Welcomed new Student Trustee Samantha M. Vogt, of West Seneca. Ms. Vogt is pursuing a degree in Fashion Merchandising Management.
•Amended the College’s policy prohibiting the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages by students to include illegal drugs.
•Heard Trustees Laura J. Bohm and Benjamin J. Bonarigo provide brief reports on recent meetings of the New York Community College Trustees Association and the nationally-based Association of Community College Trustees. Ms. Bohm reported that a number of state officials met with community college trustees at the NYCCT meeting to discuss higher education issues, including Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy; SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher; New York State Assemblywoman Deborah J. Glick, chair of the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee; and H. Carl McCall, chair of the SUNY Board of Trustees. Mr. Bonarigo reported that the ACCT meeting featured workshops on student retention, safety, legal issues and other pressing concerns. “I had the chance to listen to people from community colleges,” he said. “We’re doing very well in comparison to many colleges around the country.”
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