Genesee Community College Enrollment Hits Another Record

Final enrollment figures for the Fall 2006 semester show 6,503 students attending Genesee Community College – the first time the College has broken the 6,500 mark. Enrollment is up from the 6,490 students enrolled during Fall 2005, President Stuart Steiner reported to the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting this evening.

Virginia Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, reported that the 1,460 full-time students entered Genesee this fall, up slightly from the 1,438 full-time students who entered last fall. Nine hundred nine part-time students entered Genesee this fall, up from the 827 part-time students who entered the College last fall.

A number of trends are driving increased enrollment, Dr. Steiner said. They include the affordability of a community college education, the wide variety of programs offered by Genesee, the College’s close-knit environment, and a reputation that extends across New York State and beyond.

“Community colleges represent an outstanding alternative for almost any student or family making higher education decisions,” Dr. Steiner said. “Community colleges in general, and Genesee Community College in particular, offer small classes, state-of-the-art technology, numerous transfer programs with baccalaureate colleges, and a very stimulating environment. With each passing year we are finding that more and more families are making Genesee their first choice for a college education.”

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

• Approved the transfer of 3.2 acres of land to the College Foundation for construction of additional student housing. The land transfer must now be considered by the Genesee County Legislature and the SUNY Board of Trustees.

• Heard President Steiner report that Kara Cutler will join the staff as a Technical Assistant/Academic Advisor. Ms. Cutler comes to Genesee from the New York State Unified Court System where she served as a Senior Court Office Assistant. Ms. Cutler holds B.A. and M.S. degrees from Canisius College.

• Heard Ramon Chaya, Director of The BEST Center and Barbara Dietrich, Small Business Counselor, report that the College’s Microenterprise program has served 271 individuals since its inception five years ago and that the Small Business Development Center, initiated just nine months ago, has already served 71 individuals. Collectively, their businesses have prepared or submitted $412,500 in small business loan applications, of which $67,000 has already been awarded.

“Starting and running a small business is the hardest thing anyone ever has to do, but it’s also the most rewarding,” Ms. Dietrich told trustees. “We talk with people about their hopes and dreams, and help them figure out if they’re the right person to start a business, and if so, how to make it happen.”

• Heard Meryll Pentz, International Student Admissions Advisor; Emily Merrill, International Student Coordinator; Karen Taylor, Associate Professor of English, and Rentaro Kawamota, a Genesee student from Japan, report on the group’s recent visit to the Japan College of Foreign Languages and several college fairs in Japan. Many Japanese students find Genesee to be especially attractive because of its affordability, variety of programs, housing, and environment, as well as the opportunity to practice their English skills on campus, Mr. Kawamota told trustees.