New Alliance Offers New Opportunities for GCC Students

GESA wants to encourage international experience

Batavia, New York— Genesee Community College recently hosted visitors from higher education institutions in Australia and New Zealand who are partnering with GCC and seven other U.S. colleges in the Global Education Skills Alliance (GESA). GESA is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the United States. GCC’s participation in the alliance is part of its continuing effort to fulfill a key element of its mission statement: providing educational experiences which promote global citizenship.

GESA is an international not-for-profit educational consortium with members in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, which aims to offer life-changing opportunities for college students, as well as employees of regional businesses. Eight institutions have partnered in GESA. They include:
•Genesee Community College Batavia, NY
•Cayuga Community CollegeAuburn, NY
•Onondaga Community CollegeSyracuse, NY
•Richard Bland CollegePetersburg, VA
•Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of TechnologyChristchurch, New Zealand
•HolmesglenHolmesglen, Victoria, Australia
•Metropolitan South Institute of Tertiary and
Further Education (TAFE)Mansfield, Queensland, Australia
•Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFENambour, Queensland, Australia

GESA’s vision is to facilitate global education and training experiences through strategic alliances of member colleges and corporate sponsorships. These alliances allow a better understanding of world challenges and create study abroad connections, positive relationships, and authentic global learning exchanges. Participants will develop the ability to live and work effectively across international boundaries. GESA aims to make study abroad opportunities available to all those enrolled at member schools. GCC President Dr. James Sunser is a member of GESA’s Board of Directors.

Visitors from Australia and New Zealand participated in the launch of GESA’s website at GCC in mid-April. GESA President and CEO Mark Harris is a former State University of New York (SUNY) Australian-American Fulbright Scholar. Other visitors from the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in New Zealand included Lee McNicholl, Strategic Marketing Manager; Linda Reed, Communications and Events Manager, and John West, who oversees the Business Department.

Special activities recognizing the kickoff of this new alliance continued through April with the other U.S. based institutions. Learn more at GESA's website or social media network. GESA’s Twitter account is:, and GESA’s YouTube channel is:

For further information contact Richard Ensman Jr., Director of Development and External Affairs at 585-343-0055 x 6234 or email

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