GCC Offers Homeschooler Benefits

Genesee Community College welcomes homeschoolers with affordable and attractive options to earn the required 24 college credits to satisfy New York State High School Equivalency Diploma and gain credits toward a college degree.

Batavia, NY- Genesee Community College welcomes homeschoolers with affordable and attractive options to earn the required 24 college credits to satisfy New York State High School Equivalency Diploma and gain credits toward a college degree. Representatives from GCC will be available to discuss the college’s opportunities for homeschool students in the Exhibit Hall during the New York State LEAH (Loving Education at Home) Conference May 30 - June 1, 2013 at Rochester Riverside Convention Center. GCC also invites Homeschool parents to an Information Session at GCC’s Lima Campus, 7285 Gale Rd., Lima, NY 14485 on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 5 p.m.

Homeschool students under the age of 18 have the opportunity to register for specified courses at GCC through the Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) program at a reduced tuition rate. Courses include College Composition, Calculus and Statistics, Science, History, Psychology, Sociology, Sign Language and Foreign Languages. Classes are offered at all seven GCC locations and qualified students may be able to take some of the classes online through GCC’s eLearning program. Additionally, courses may be scheduled at the convenience of several homeschool families for a group of ten or more students.

More than 80 homeschool students attend GCC every semester. Most go on to pursue advanced degrees at four-year colleges or universities. GCC has transfer and/or joint admission agreements with schools across the country.

GCC works closely with homeschool students to make sure they are placed in appropriate classes. Students take an Ability to Benefit (ATB) exam before registration to make sure courses are intellectually appropriate. GCC also utilizes the Compass Placement Test.

Homeschool students enjoy all the benefits of GCC facilities including the Library, Fitness Center, computer labs, student clubs and organizations, Student Union, Genesee Center for the Arts, as well as the Transfer Center and the Career Center.

“The ACE program appreciates the contribution homeschooled students make to our college community,” Dan Snyder, ACE and Homeschool Student Specialist said. “We aim to help homeschooled students transition into the public college environment from the onset of the application right through to graduation at GCC, and also enable the possible transfer to a four-year college for a bachelor’s or higher degree.”

Snyder is happy to discuss opportunities with homeschooling families and help them determine how GCC can help meet their needs. Families may contact him at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6393, or via e-mail: desnyder@genesee.edu.

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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