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Info session at GCC to focus on scholarships, grants to train for advanced manufacturing jobs

This information is from Genesee Community College:

Skilled workers are in great demand for good-paying advanced manufacturing jobs. Unlike traditional production or "unskilled labor" jobs, they require specialized skills, a higher level of training and offer a more flexible approach to creating products.

Anyone interested in a new career to meet this growing demand should attend an information session at Genesee Community College at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28. It will be held in T119 of the Conable Technology Building.

Find out about a new GCC scholarship for a one-credit class in engineering and also a new government grant that covers the costs of a two-year degree in engineering, biotechnology or computerized drafting.

"This is a terrific program for anyone interested in launching an in-demand and profitable career," said GCC Engineering instructor Ronald Schumacher. "An engineering background opens a lot of doors, and with the grants and scholarships offered by GCC, there's no better time to take advantage of this opportunity!"

The new GCC Scholarship covers the cost of the one-credit course, EGR 100 (Introduction to Engineering), which is be offering for the first time during the Spring 2013 semester.

Qualified applicants can receive a $200 scholarship that covers tuition for the eight-week course, which examines the pathway of engineered products from concept and design to production and marketing.

Engineering concepts in all disciplines will be reviewed -- including aerospace, architecture, biomedical, civil, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical and nuclear -- and there will be presentations by working engineers and visits to production facilities.

The class will be held from 1:25 to 3:25 p.m. on Wednesdays in room D362 from March 17 through May 11 at the Batavia campus.

To apply for the EGR100 Scholarship go to http://www.genesee.edu/offices/finaid/scholarships/ and complete the online Foundation scholarship.

In addition, a one-page essay is required that reflects on why the applicant is interested in the field of engineering and in the Spring 2013 EGR 100 course. It should be sent to Ronald Schumacher, GCC's instructor of Engineering at rschumacher@genesee.edu. The scholarship application deadline is Feb. 19.

Also at the upcoming information session students can find out if they qualify to earn an associate degree for free through the Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Project. It aims to connect students interested in science with existing or emerging new manufacturing industries in the nine-county Finger Lakes region.

GCC is among select colleges now offering Pathways Project grants of up to $8,500 to cover tuition, books and other fees for eligible students to earn a two-year degree in engineering, biotechnology or computerized drafting.

The grants are a new state and federal initiative of the New York and U.S. Department of Labor and are available through Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, GLOW Workforce Investment Board, and Rochester Works! It is open to those who meet the following criteria:

•     At least 18 years of age

•     High school diploma or G.E.D.

•     Unemployed

For further information or to sign up for the information session on Nov. 28, contact Kelly Stone at 343-0055, ext. 6215, or kmstone@genesee.edu.

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