GCC Online Learning Options Increase

College Offers Value for Learners of All Ages

Batavia, New York - Genesee Community College is pleased to announce that more than three dozen of its programs have been given the Distance Education designation from the New York State Education Department. This designation is awarded when 50 percent or more of a program’s coursework is available online. GCC now has 40 programs with at least 50 percent of their courses available through online learning.

“We’re excited to grow our online offerings for students,” said Craig Lamb, dean of Distributed Learning at GCC. “Many learners are leaning toward educational options that remove many of the time and place constraints found in higher education. This is especially true for individuals juggling important responsibilities in their lives.”

The convenience of learning online, along with GCC’s affordability, makes the College an attractive option for a variety of populations:
•Working adults who have schedules that make returning to college a challenge
•Individuals with family and community commitments who need flexible study options
•Individuals looking to advance in their career or to transfer who are unable to engage in an on-site educational experience.

“GCC’s online courses are of the same high quality as our on-site courses,” said Lamb. “The majority of our online offerings are taught by our full-time GCC faculty. Additionally, our online courses cost a fraction of what for-profit online education providers charge.”

GCC offers 15 degrees and certificates that can be earned fully online including Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Supply Chain Management. “These are rigorous programs that lead to career advancement and transfer into Bachelor’s Degree programs,” said Lamb. Additionally, there are ten degree and certificate options with 75 percent of the coursework available online and 15 degrees and certificates with half the coursework available online.

Students interested in exploring online learning options can visit the Online Learning page of GCC’s website at http://www.genesee.edu/online. There they can easily see all of the programs the College offers and how much of each one can be completed online.

For more information, contact GCC’s Office of Online Learning at (585) 345-6969 or online@genesee.edu.

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