GCC’s Spring Semester Offers New Courses and Tried and True Career Options

Register Now - Semester Begins January 19th

Batavia, NY- From courses in ceramics to cinema, American Sign Language to new communication technologies, as well as science, art and technology—GCC is ready to help students of all ages start the year off with new knowledge and career readiness. Register now for the spring semester! Classes begin Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

One of GCC’s newest courses is New Communication Technologies (COM120) taught by Valerie Bello, assistant professor of Communication and Media Arts who also oversees WGCC 90.7. The new course provides an historical and theoretical perspective on communication and information technologies, while examining the interconnection between technology, culture, economics and politics through a projects-based approach. The course runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and requires no prerequisites.  

In addition to new communication coursework, GCC also continues its new Food Processing Technology courses this spring. The introductory FPT 101 is offered 4 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, while FPT 102, Food Safety, Sanitation and Hazards will run Tuesdays from 4 - 6:45 p.m. to better accommodate students who may be working or juggling family care during the daytime. These courses are perfect for food technicians to advance their careers and explore specialty areas such as food safety, food storage and packaging, quality assurance, plant operations and other positions.  

Job opportunity predictions in computer and information technology continue to be “faster than average” through 2022. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook cites 17% growth in computer support specialists and a whopping 37% growth for information security analysts. GCC has nine degrees and certificates providing an excellent starting point for lifelong career success in information technology. To get started, this spring GCC has eight different sessions at different times for Intro to Computers (CIS102), as well as many other entry level courses in Web Publishing, Microcomputer Applications, Program and Problem Solving and Introduction to Second Life.

For those already in the field seeking to advance their career or for returning Info Tech students, GCC’s has numerous higher level courses such as Web Design and Implementation (CIS 204) that builds on Web Publishing (CIS 113) and moves students into large-scale site development and introduces advanced web technologies. CIS 204 focuses on site design issues, including scalability, maintenance and the integration of web technologies into the business or organizational context, while utilizing Perl, cascading style sheets (CSS), dynamic HTML, basic JavaScript and streaming media.

As new manufacturing jobs come to the area, GCC’s Engineering Blueprint Reading (EGR 117) provides an ideal introduction to the different methods of drawing, size and shape descriptions, industrial terms, symbol identification, abbreviations and visualization skills. The online course provides a perfect foundation to understand dimensional drawings, and requires no prerequisites.

No matter what industry or field, regardless of age and educational background, and irrespective of geography due to GCC’s many online courses and seven campus locations—this spring semester is the time to enroll in a course at GCC. The spring semester starts Tuesday, January 19, 2016. To review the class schedule which features hundreds of courses, go to: http://www.genesee.edu/courses/schedule/ 

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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