WE REPEAT: Every day at GCC is an opportunity to learn, to grow, to make an impact – not only for our students, staff, and faculty, but for our community and our future. We know a critical part of that process is reflection and assessment. By intentionally taking some time to evaluate our harvest, the results we’ve achieved and sharing our findings with each other, we can make improvements and maximize the experiences for everyone.

Reflection and Assessment

Early in the 2017-2018 academic year, GCC embraced a valuable process we repeat every five years – the development of a Strategic Plan. This new plan creates the framework that guides everything we do from 2018 through 2023. While GCC continuously evaluates itself against numerous measurements, this planning process brought new opportunities to realign the College’s institutional priorities with the ever-changing environment of higher education as well as the complex economic demands of the communities we serve. We examined our efforts against the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan and shared our findings in a series of meetings and forums involving the community. We established an online forum to gather input and guide the strategic planning process making it more collaborative than ever. Through the hard work, long hours, and tireless efforts of the 32-member steering committee and its co-chairs (recently named) Dean of Human Communications and Behavior, Timothy P. Tomczak and Dean of Distributed Learning, Craig Lamb Ph.D., a draft was compiled that took into account more than 1,000 ideas and recommendations from more than 500 surveys.

Framing Our Future” became the theme of the new 2018 – 2013 Strategic Plan which features revised Mission and Vision Statements and five major Priorities reinforced by Core Objectives impacting all departments. These have already become the new road map by which each unit measures its success in tri-annual reports and also develops annual goals. To view the Strategic Plan in its entirety, click here.

Applying New Learning

It is through constant analysis, refinement and re-application that we grow, not only to new heights but to strengthen our roots. At GCC, we believe that even the learning process warrants constant evaluation and curriculum is sometimes found way outside of the classroom and even off-campus. Credit for Prior Learning is an invaluable educational asset critical to many of our non-sequential students (students who have taken “gap” years or breaks between semesters). Credit for Prior Learning officially recognizes work experience and non-college learning as a potential educational equivalent to what is learned in a college classroom. The program affords individuals the opportunity to demonstrate that knowledge through one of several mechanisms under which college credits may be awarded: Standardized Examinations, which uses scores from Advanced Placement exams; Non-College Sponsored Learning programs, which use various certificates awarded upon completion of such programs; and Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), which require a student to work closely with an assigned professor to create a portfolio that documents the prior learning.

Matt Hobart with GCC Professor Bucki

GCC student Matthew Hobart of Albion, NY provides an excellent illustration for PLA having earned 31 credits of prior learning toward his Associate Degree in Computer Systems and Network Technologies! Learn more about Matt’s story.

With the statistics below we illustrate the 2017-2018 academic year, but the numbers ring hollow against the stories of success harvested this year.

Associate in Arts 13Awarded
Associate in Science 388Awarded
Associate in Applied Science 395Awarded
Certificate 35Awarded

Gender

  • Male
  • Female

Students Home Area

  • Genesee
  • Livingston
  • Orleans
  • Wyoming
  • Other NYS Counties
  • International
  • Other States

The Best Center

Students

  • Training (Contract training and grants)
  • Workforce Development (Open Enrollment)
  • Personal Development (Open enrollment)
  • Online

Courses

  • Training (Contract training and grants)
  • Workforce Development (Open Enrollment)
  • Personal Development (Open enrollment)
  • Online

In 2017-2018, The BEST Center served approximately 200 groups (companies, organizations, agencies, etc.).

Business/Workforce Development 1926Awarded
Driving Programs 1207Awarded
Safety Training 1081Awarded
Precision Agriculture 199Awarded
Medical/Healthcare 55Awarded

Highlights:

Teacher Assistant Day

  • The Attica, Elba and Warsaw Central School Districts participated in “Teacher Assistant Day” on October 6, 2017. The morning workshop focused on the clear procedures and expectations to increase student attention and engagement.  It also focused on intervention strategies to decrease student behavior problems.  The afternoon workshop explored effective communication skills needed for how to adapt to a particular student behavioral situation, whether the situation was calm or in a state of crisis.  The day’s workshop included a total of 52 participants from the three schools listed above.

LEAN Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training

  • As part of 2017-2018 SUNY Workforce Development Training Grant, four companies participated in a 3-Day LEAN Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training event. The four companies were: Associated Brands, Baxter Electric, Inc., Claims Recovery Services, LLC of Orleans County and Prestolite Electric, Inc. of Wyoming County. A total of 58 participants learned about the seven types of waste, major contributors of process efficiencies and how Six Sigma concepts were applied to operational and shop floor processes of continuous improvement initatives.

Training Grants for Community Colleges

  • The BEST Center was awarded four grants in which project funding totaled ­­­­­­­­­­­­­$615,980.
  • 945 employees from 11 companies participated in the SUNY Workforce Development Training Grant with six training projects, including LEAN manufacturing and leadership development in 65 training courses.
  • 1,081 employees from 15 companies participated in the NYS DOL Hazard Abatement (Safety) Grant in 83 training courses.
  • The BEST Center again provided administrative support and management for the Genesee and Livingston counties’ Employee Development Programs.

“America’s Promise” or “NY INSPIRE” Grant

  • In the second year of this grant, 17 students were awarded scholarships to cover non-credit, healthcare courses for Phlebotomy Technician, Clinical Medical Assistant and Medical Billing & Coding. 16 students passed their courses for a 94% success rate. This program partnered with the GLOW Workforce Development Board to provide assessments, case management, and job-placement assistance. The grant also serves academic students.

Precision Agriculture Initiative

  •  February 2018 – The second Precision Agriculture Workshop was held for 75 growers, producers and others focusing on improving the economics of agriculture on farms and operations.
  • May 2018 – The third Precision Agricultural Day was held for 124 ninth graders and teachers from GLOW schools focusing on exploring technical careers in agriculture. See more

Mechatronics

  • In September 2018, our first Mechatronics Phase 3 course was offered. This 136-hour course is the capstone for the other two phases and simulates a full manufacturing production line which utilizes mechatronics.
Precision Agriculture Workshop Presenters (back row left to right) James Harden and Bruce Wright, SUNY Cobleskill Ag Engineering; Bob Stewart, Keynote Speaker, Stewart Farms Partnership; Josh Johnson, Agri Air Solutions/Agri-Advantage; Aaron Breimer, Veritas Farm Business Management (front row left to right) John Wagner, AgRePlan, LLC; Stephen Redmond, Redmond Agronomic Services, Inc.; Dale Bartholomew, Emcee, GROWMARK FS, LLC
Precision Agriculture Workshop Presenters (back row left to right) James Harden and Bruce Wright, SUNY Cobleskill Ag Engineering; Bob Stewart, Keynote Speaker, Stewart Farms Partnership; Josh Johnson, Agri Air Solutions/Agri-Advantage; Aaron Breimer, Veritas Farm Business Management (front row left to right) John Wagner, AgRePlan, LLC; Stephen Redmond, Redmond Agronomic Services, Inc.; Dale Bartholomew, Emcee, GROWMARK FS, LLC