Monthly Archives: August 2011

ACE Programs Provide Valuable Head Start for Ambitious Educational Careers

74% of Students entering 4-Year Colleges and Universities have goals well beyond Graduation.

As the academic year gets underway for the GLOW region High Schools, many students will be making important decisions that will affect the next decade or so of their lives.  If this sounds intense, it is!  Research suggests that over 70% of new college entrants plan to complete 6 or more years of study before entering the workforce.  Many of these students have economic factors in mind as they make this decision citing the ultimate goals of obtaining a higher quality job and earning higher wages as key reasons they are dedicating time, effort, and financial resources to this endeavor. 
When a High School student makes the decision to enroll for college credit through the Advanced Studies, College Today, and College Tech Prep Academies they are making major strides toward goals they may not realize until 8 to 10 years from now.  It is exciting to note that many students who take advantage of the Accelerated College Enrollment Programs leave their High School graduations already a full semester to full academic year ahead of their peers saving time and money as they travel down the sometimes lengthy higher education experience. 

As a student, parent of a student, or even just someone who knows a High School Junior or Senior planning to attend college in the future –  taking a look ahead toward all future goals can help you make the decisions today that will make the biggest contributions to your success.  As Accelerated Enrollment Program Specialists visit your school districts this fall they will provide information to each student enrolled in a college credit eligible High School Course regarding the registration process and the cost savings associated with completing college credits during High School. 

To recieve more information about Accelerated College Enrollment Programs available to you or the High School Student in your life simply click this button

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To read the entire First Year Student Profile from the Chronicle of Higher Education visit:


Cathie Hogan Honored as NISOD Award Winner

Each year the ACE Programs honor one of our teachers with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) annual award. This award emphasizes the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. Cathie Hogan was an obvious choice to be recognized as our honoree this year.
Cathie has been teaching at Lyndonville High School for 36 years with 16 of those years featuring active involvement in ACE Programs through both our Advanced Studies and College Tech Prep Programs.   She has shared her instructional talents  and subject area knowledge by offering several GCC courses through ACE including Principals of Business, Personal Money Management and First Year Experience.  Thanks to all her extra efforts and many talents as an educator, Cathie has provided college credit opportunities to hundreds of students in Lyndonville High School, cumulatively saving them well over one hundred thousand dollars in college tuition costs.

Cathie Hogan was congratulated by Edward Levinstein, Associate Dean of ACE Programs, at the Adjunct Dinner after receiving her NISOD award.

Cathie is the type of teacher who is always looking for new ideas, programs and other means of enhancing her students’ education and experiences. She has high expectations of her students and motivates them to reach their potential while at the same time making her lessons engaging and interesting.

Cathie worked with College Tech Prep and the other Business instructors to develop the Virtual Enterprise program in the GLOW Region that began in September 2003. She has led Lyndonville High School’s Virtual Company, M3 (Movies, Music and More) ever since. As a direct result of Cathie’s leadership in the past 8 years her students have won numerous Virtual Enterprise awards in the Rochester Region. Her students have also worked hard to fundraise throughout 7 of the last 8 years so they could attend the International Trade Fair in New York City where they have also been honored with numerous awards.

Cathie is very deserving of the NISOD award for her dedication to her students and her profession, as well as the level of excellence in teaching that she has exhibited. There are many students from Lyndonville High School who are better citizens for having her as a teacher.

Congratulations from the entire ACE Program Team go out to Cathie and to the entire Lyndonville School District.

Academy Programs Welcome New Students, Invite More

Health Academy Students met at the GCC Main Campus to review the exciting program activities available to them during the 2011-12 academic year.

In preparation for the upcoming school year the Health, Legal and IT academy students and their parents attended orientations at GCC and Genesee Valley Educational Partnership in the last week.   After reviewing the outline of the year long program, students received instructions to register online for their college courses, and the IT and Legal Academy students were given their first assignment which is due the first day of school.

The Legal Academy provides students with a complete overview of professions available within the State and Federal Government's vast Legal System.

These programs are open to high school seniors with an 80 or above overall GPA who are looking for a challenge during their senior year.  Students will work on curriculum in their field of choice, earn 15-17 college credits, and participate in job shadows and internships in order to help determine their long term career goals.  

Students from the IT Academy met at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership to learn more about this high tech opportunity.

More information about the three different career academies can be found on the ACE Programs website:

Interested students may still apply.  Deadline is August 29th.  Contact Debbie Dunlevy at for details.

Community Connections Drive ACE Vision

Why am I passionate about ACE?  This question was posed to the entire ACE staff by our newest member, Karlyn Finucane as inspiration for some of our first blog posts.   In my opinion, it is a great question to lead off with since each of us can write volumes on the subject, and the question should lead us into many other interesting topics about ACE and concurrent enrollment in general.

If you are at all familiar with ACE, you might expect me to summon our statistics showing the thousands of high school students who participate, the tens of thousands of credit hours they earn and the millions in tuition they collectively save when they transfer credits to colleges throughout the country.  Certainly, there are many advantages and benefits of ACE that we continuously discuss with students, parents and school administrators.   All of us in ACE take great pride and personal satisfaction in our role and I would be remiss to not eventually discuss our impact in terms of numbers since they are truly staggering.  For most of us, the ability to help students in such a way is of course, part of what makes us passionate.  We will certainly discuss this in detail in a future blog post, but the greatest source of my passion for ACE stems more from aspects beyond the numbers.

Students recognized during the Outstanding Scholars Awards took a moment to join the "Faces of Ace" Campaign to highlight the diversity of academic fields pursued by ACE students.

As anyone who has worked within ACE will attest, this job provides exposure to many different sectors of our community.  This aspect of the job makes it not only interesting, but gives ACE the opportunity to help develop meaningful relationships and connections that benefit students and the community.  Nurturing these connections and relationships and watching them develop is the greatest source of my passion since ultimately, those connections are what result in the best opportunities for students.   Over time, ACE’s role has evolved into something more than providing college credit opportunities for students.  As wonderful as providing that opportunity is, we also have a role in influencing programmatic and regional improvements in education and the local economy.

One example is the Career Pathways in Biotechnology grant program that was a collaboration between ACE and the Genesee County Economic Development Center.  The grant provided funding for lab materials, field trips, teacher training and tuition toward credit bearing biology courses in several local districts.  The GCEDC and GCC’s goals were to increase awareness of biotechnology and life sciences opportunities for students with long term hopes to attract biotech and life science companies to Genesee County.  ACE continues its relationship with the GCEDC to develop additional opportunities for middle and high school students in the region.

Building Lego Robots was a highlight for many students during the MST Camp

ACE’s College Tech Prep Program, under the leadership of Deb Dunlevy, has successfully collaborated with BOCES, high school and college personnel to develop the Legal, Health and Information Technology Academies.  Dozens of students go through these academies annually and earn at least fifteen college credits while gaining real life exposure in their intended career.  Our hope is to have new academies developed in different disciplines with help from local districts, agencies and businesses.  Tech Prep has also facilitated events such as Tech Wars, Science Fairs, assisted the Genesee County Business Education Alliance with the Math Science and Technology summer camp and partnered with Batavia High School to fund the eventual construction of an educational windmill at GCC.

Although I could list dozens of more examples, I will end with this one that is a little closer to home. I mentioned before that ACE plays a role in positively influencing programmatic and regional improvements in education and the local economy.  A recent example of how GCC and ACE has influenced changes in our local education system is our partnerships with some districts to provide transitional courses in the high schools.  This fall, a few high schools  (we hope that number will grow as we realize some successes)  will provide transitional courses in reading, English and math for students who may not be considered “college ready” by the time they leave high school.  Many people argue that there is a disconnect between the New York State standards that each high school must concentrate on and what colleges expect from first year students.   Not all high school students, even after they have earned their diploma, have mastered what they need to know in order jump into college credit courses.  Offering transitional courses will help bridge and fill the gaps by connecting GCC and high school faculty to work on curricula to suit everyone’s needs and expectations.   If successful, we will limit the number of students who spend their first year of college (and financial aid) on transitional courses.

When GCC and high school faculty have been brought together in the past, it has proven to be beneficial to both.  I look forward to seeing them work together on this transitional course project.  Again, it is the connections we make that provide wonderful opportunities for all and help us obtain new and unique perspectives.  The sharing of ideas and thoughts about the discipline and teaching strategies often result in a new spark for both teachers that spread into the classroom.  Often I hear from college faculty that they learn as much about offering our courses from high school teachers as they have shared.

Every connection and relationship developed provides us with extra incentive to provide more opportunities.  The more connections we make, the better our chances are of developing something new, innovative and impactful for our students.