Community colleges provide individuals with the opportunity to earn a degree close to home. However, when an institution also offers online courses, it gives distance learners additional opportunities to obtain a postsecondary education while working full-time.
Recently, the Genesee Community College Foundation announced that it will begin offering a scholarship to individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the IT field. Residents of Livingston County will be eligible to study at any Genesee Community College (GCC) campus locations.
“From major Fortune 500 companies in practically all industries to smaller, local firms or nonprofit organizations with unique specialties – computers are essential to every successful business today,” said James Bucki, director of academic computer technology programs at GCC. “It is especially intriguing when a former student engages his or her entrepreneurial spirit and starts his or her own business.”
The school offers four certificates and five degrees in computer science-related fields. GCC also provides more than 100 online courses for distance learners who are working toward a degree from other regions of the country.
More than 4 million students nationwide were enrolled in internet-based classes during the 2008 academic year, according to a report by the Babson Survey Research Group and the Sloan Consortium.