WE WATER: Engaging & supporting student success and achievement

Every day at GCC, our faculty and staff employ innovative and high-tech methods to share knowledge and information with students to further their learning and advancement. Pouring themselves into their work, faculty maximize the student experience and prepare them for their future far beyond the classroom. And, GCC students work hard, discovering the supportive environment GCC has built for them, and is known for. It is through this collaborative “watering” effort that true success and achievement is realized.

Watering the seeds of learning and growth goes beyond the classroom, labs and library. Our success would not be possible without the support of the Genesee Community College Foundation and the community of generous donors.

Through Foundation scholarships as well as capital support, students can attend College and are afforded life-altering opportunities. During the 2016-2017 year, more than $223,000 was awarded in academic scholarships and program support, benefitting hundreds of students.

It is through the constant engagement of our faculty, the personal touch of our success coaches, and the spirit of collaborative success that students and GCC thrive.

The Fashion Program Speaker Series brings special guests from all areas of the fashion world to share inspiring stories and expose students to extraordinary career opportunities.

Hélène Biandudi, host and producer of the PBS weekly news magazine show, Need to Know, on WXXI Television came to GCC to share her dynamic journey starting with a childhood fascination with the game Twenty Questions to a career that sheds light on issues affecting the under-served populations and connecting cultures and communities through the power of story. Students witnessed how their own experiences and skills can be transformed into rewarding and meaningful careers.

Every year, GCC hosts an important Veterans Day celebration. The 2016-2017 year featured a two-day event designed to help veterans of all ages, including active duty, reserve or separated veterans, as well as their families and friends, to meet potential employers and interact with numerous community agencies offering an array of services.

Collaborating with the Veterans Career and Community Fair, service providers in higher education, vocational training, healthcare, housing and transportation were all available. In addition, on the same day, GCC’s Faculty Connect Open House gave veterans and visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with professors about GCC’s many academic majors and career options. The celebration culminated with a Commemorative Honor Guard and Flag Raising Ceremony and included presentations by Timothy Palmer, Vietnam Veteran and GCC adjunct history professor; Keith McKinney, GCC student veteran; James Neider, U.S. Army veteran; and James Bagley, U.S. Army veteran and executive director of the Rochester American Red Cross.

The Wall of Honor displayed photos of veterans, and many participants signed a giant ‘Thank You’ board scribing their appreciation for the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families.

The annual Harvest Festival unites our community each autumn, encouraging students to pursue agribusiness careers and to enjoy a cornucopia of delicious delights, all with an underlying theme of health! High school students from all over the GLOW region came to GCC for an agribusiness day to explore many agribusiness career opportunities.

People buying produce at Harvest Fest

Before they left campus, they joined the campus community in sampling and purchasing locally produced products, such as maple syrup and freshly-grown fruits and vegetables, and they even enjoyed a petting zoo sponsored by the GCC Veterinary Technology Club. Festival attendees also had the opportunity to participate in the “New York Campus Crunch” where a number of colleges and universities simultaneously bite into an apple affirming a commitment to food that is healthy for people, the planet and for New York State’s economy.

For nearly 20 years, Discover the Stars has been a special occasion that gives scholarship recipients and their families, Foundation and Board of Trustee members and community leaders the opportunity to meet, chat and celebrate stories of success and career achievement. Discover the Stars also inspires the next generation of students.

Each year different guest speakers present heartwarming stories about GCC’s impact on their life’s journey.

  • Last year, Kathleen “Kitty” E. Maerten talked about her distinguished career in education as a principal, superintendent, board member and site administrator which started with a degree from Genesee in 1975.
  • Additionally, the family of the late Ann Reid, who taught music at GCC for many years, shared a moving video about Ann’s musical legacy and her dedication to her students.

The Fall Fest-Cougar Weekend is another annual event that brings together an array of students, alumni and friends to celebrate all things GCC at Homecoming. The “Cougar Crawl” on Friday night brings everyone into downtown Batavia for multiple stops at local establishments, and the fun continues on Saturday on campus for the annual “Rods and Rock” Car Cruise, “Cougar Den” for children, the Craft and Vendor fair, alumni baseball games and in 2016 a special ceremony recognized GCC’s Men’s Lacrosse team for their NJCAA National Championship. In all, more than 250 alumni attended Fall Fest.