Batavia, NY- While any news regarding company layoffs and dismissals can be heartbreaking to employees, their families and the community at large, Orleans County residents have one bit of good news to consider. Genesee Community College Promise Plus program, which was expanded this year to include adult students who never attended college before, has also extended its application deadline to June 28, 2013. This program could be a perfect opportunity for any adult thinking about retraining or attending college to pursue a new career.
For the past five years, the Genesee Promise Plus (GPP) program has provided scholarships to summer courses offered at any of GCC’s seven locations to recent high school graduates located in the College’s service area. This year, the GPP summer scholarship program was expanded to include adults who have never attended college before. Through the GPP program, one summer GCC course is available tuition-free to eligible applicants, and it is not too late to apply.
GCC’s Summer Session II runs July 8 – August 10, 2013 and some of the classes offered at the Albion and Medina Campus Centers could be ideal opportunities for an adult student interested in starting a new career path. For example, if someone was interested in a healthcare career – Principals of Biology (BIO100) and Intro to Chemistry (CHE101) are both running this summer. For someone who is a bit nervous about reentering the classroom after years away, Gaining Power in College Reading (REA101), College Composition (ENG101) or Basic Math Skills (MAT091) are available. In addition, an array of dynamic and interesting topical courses are also available at both the Orleans County campus centers and at the Batavia Campus. Courses such as Public Speaking, Intro to Healthful Living, History of Rock and Roll, Intro to Digital Photography, and American Sign Language are among the many options.
“We were very saddened to learn of the pending layoffs at one of our community’s largest corporations and leading employers,” Jim Simon, associate dean of the Medina and Albion Campus Center said. “We want to assure everyone that GCC is ready to help our friends, neighbors and local families rebound from the challenges ahead. From free career counseling and academic advisement, to extending the GPP deadline, and our Turbo Thursdays - which offers extended office hours – we are available to help.”
The three distinct GPP scholarship opportunities include:
- Adults are eligible for scholarship funding to take one course in Summer Session 2 (July 8-August 10), and also the 1-credit College Success class for a maximum of four credit hours.
- High School Juniors (rising seniors) are eligible for scholarship funding to take one course during Summer Session 2 (July 8-August 10). They may also enroll in the 1-credit College Success class for a maximum of four credit hours.
- Graduating High School Seniors are eligible for scholarship funding to take one or two courses in Summer Session 2 up to eight credit hours.
Interested parties should discuss their unique situation and interests with the GCC academic advisor as soon as possible and submit the GPP application by Friday, June 28, 2013. In addition, they must complete a general GCC admission application, which is always FREE. Adults must submit a copy of their high school transcripts. For complete details about who is eligible and what is necessary to apply, please visit http://www.genesee.edu/gcc/promise/.
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