Tuition Grants and Scholarships are the Hot Topic

Info Session Targeted for Unemployed/ Students Interested inEngineering, Biotechnology and Computerized Drafting

Batavia, NY - Free tuition. Flexible class times. Great Careers. These are just the first three reasons why anyone considering a new career in engineering, biotechnology or computerized drafting should attend the Information Session at GCC in Batavia on November 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in T119 of the Conable Technology Building.

Students who qualify can earn an associate degree for free through the Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Project. In addition, the new GCC Scholarship covering the cost of the one credit, Engineering 100 course offered during GCC’s Spring 2013 semester provides another exciting opportunity to explore careers featuring solid salaries in the engineering industry. Both topics will be covered at the November 28th Information Session.

With the Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Project, GCC is among select schools now offering grants of up to $8,500 to cover tuition and other fees for students considering an engineering, biotechnology or computerized drafting career path. It is intended to serve as a pipeline connecting students interested in science with existing or emerging new manufacturing industries in the nine county Finger Lakes region. These jobs differ from traditional production or “unskilled labor” jobs because they require specialized skills, a higher level of training and offer a more flexible approach to creating products. The grants are available through Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, GLOW Workforce Investment Board, and Rochester Works! as a new state and federal initiative with the New York and U.S. Department of Labor.

As part of this pipeline, GCC is offering a new, one credit course, and those who apply and qualify can receive a $200 scholarship that covers the cost of tuition for this course. EGR 100, Introduction to Engineering examines the pathway of engineered products from concept and design to production and marketing. The class will be available for the first time during the spring 2013 semester, running March 17 through May 11 at the Batavia Campus. The eight week course will meet on Wednesdays from 1:25 – 3:25 p.m. in room D362. It will review engineering concepts in all disciplines including aerospace, architecture, biomedical, civil, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical and nuclear and include presentations by working engineers and visits to production facilities.

To apply for the EGR100 Scholarship go to and complete the online Foundation scholarship. In addition, a one-page essay reflecting on why the applicant is interested in the field of engineering and the Spring 2013 EGR 100 course is required, and should be sent to Ronald Schumacher, GCC’s instructor of Engineering at The Scholarship application deadline is February 19, 2013.

“This is a terrific program for anyone interested in launching an in-demand and profitable career,” said GCC Engineering instructor Ronald Schumacher. “An engineering background opens a lot of doors, and with the grants and scholarships offered by GCC, there’s no better time to take advantage of this opportunity!”

While the new, one credit EGR 100 course offered this spring gives students a great introduction to the engineering industry, it is not necessary to apply for the Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways grant. This grant covers tuition, books and fees for a two-year degree program in engineering, biotechnology or computerized drafting and design. The Pathways grant is open to those who meet the following criteria:

• At least 18 years of age
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• Unemployed

For further information or to sign up for the Information Session on November 28th contact Kelly Stone at 585-343-0055 x6215 or

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