A chorus of senior citizens, including centenarian Joe Bader, recently visited a music studio at the FLCC main campus to record an album. Click here to read about the project and click here to check out a “Bright Spot” feature on Rochester’s Channel 13WHAM news.
FLCC hosts free start-up classes for teens
At 18, Linden Drake started a jewelry making and repair business, Get Juled, complete with a website featuring her own designs.
She had enjoyed making gifts for family and friends for several years, but she may not have ever taken it to the next level without a push from her mom to take a class in entrepreneurship for teenagers. Called the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), it was offered by the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce at FLCC a few years ago.
“This is one of the top things I thank my parents for, making me do YEA!” said Linden. Now 23 and an FLCC graduate, she works as an internal auditor for the Manning and Napier investment firm and runs Get Juled on the side. “I don’t know where I would be at this point in my life had I not done that program.”
“I really didn’t give her a lot of choice,” laughed her mom, Caroline Baker-Drake, an adjunct instructor in social sciences.
YEA! gave Linden more than the confidence and know-how to start a business, she said. It helped her make important decisions about college and her career.
YEA! is a national program offered in partnership with community organizations and schools. A new class will start in mid-October at the FLCC main campus (learn more here).
Over 24 Saturday morning sessions, instructors will take students in grades 6 through 12 step-by-step through a business plan, from concept development to marketing to the regulatory process, such as filing for a DBA. A donation by the Key Bank Foundation covers the full $995 tuition for all students accepted.
To learn more about the program, and Linden’s experience, click here.
Pass it on: Exams may result in college credit
Mackenzie Pearl arrived at the main campus on the morning of May 31 and walked out a few hours later three credits closer to her bachelor’s degree.
While her mother, Linda, waited, Mackenzie took – and passed – a Dantes Standardized Subject Test, or DSST in Foundations of Education. FLCC is one of about 16 sites north of New York City that offers Internet-based DSST exams.
The credits count toward the core courses in a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Liberty University. Liberty is a brick-and-mortar school in Lynchburg, Va., that also offers online classes and accepts transfer credits and competency-based assessments, such as the DSST or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests offered by The College Board. Once Mackenzie has a few more courses completed, she will officially enroll at Liberty and finish her degree online.
Through online courses and exams, Mackenzie, 18, has accumulated more than 60 credits toward her four-year degree with no loans and a manageable pay-as-you-go budget. “It’s been financially very doable,” Linda said.
The concept behind DSST and other competency-based assessments is that students should not be bound by semesters if they can master material more quickly or if they have gained background knowledge through experience. The tests are $150 each, a fraction of the cost of standard college courses. FLCC offers about three dozen exams from Introduction to Law Enforcement to Human Resource Management.
Know someone who might be interested? Help us spread the word: More information is available at flcc.edu/dsst. At FLCC, the exams are administered by the Professional Development and Continuing Education Office. Contact Tim Rifenberg for more information.
Harnessing the power of mushrooms
From left to right are Madeline VanGorden of Palmyra-Macedon High School, Robbie Abel of Marcus Whitman, and Becca Braddon of Canandaigua Academy. They were among the 17 participants in the second annual Bioman Academy at FLCC.
A group of high schoolers visiting the main campus huddled around stations in a biotech laboratory in lab coats, carefully dissecting bits of various types of mushrooms. Carefully, they placed pieces into small white bowls and, using a pestle, ground them to a puree that later went into a centrifuge.
It was part of an experiment in the process of developing bioethanol from mushrooms. Under the guidance of FLCC faculty and staff, the students had been tasked with optimizing the production of glucose from enzymes they extracted from various types of mushrooms.
It was also one of several research projects conducted by the students during a three-day camp held at the main campus recently. Read more about it here.
Health care program’s first grads honored
Graduates of the new CNA to LPN Program included, from left to right, Joaquin Yawn, Aminata Yatabarry, and Wittnie Strong. Click here to see more photos.
A ceremony at FLCC on Aug. 2 celebrated the first graduates of a new training program to provide advancement for entry-level health care workers.
The 21 graduates completed a program that allowed them to take classes to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs) while maintaining an income to support themselves and their families. All began as certified nurse assistants (CNAs) and took classes for 20 hours a week over the last year while working for 20 hours.
The CNA to LPN Program is facilitated by FLCC in partnership with the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center at SUNY Brockport, Rochester Regional Health, RochesterWorks!, and Finger Lakes Works.
One of the graduates, Kim Potter of Marion, has worked as a nurse assistant for 33 years. “This program has taken me out of my comfort zone and taught me first-hand about how to adapt to change,” she said. “Because of this experience, I now feel as though I am looking at the patients with a new pair of eyes. This opportunity has given me the chance to become the nurse I was meant to be.”
Marcy Lynch, FLCC’s director of workforce development, explained that the CNA to LPN class is different from other training programs because the students go to school part-time and work part-time while receiving a stipend to cover what would otherwise be lost wages.
“Many of these students would not have otherwise had the opportunity to advance in the field because of lost wages, the cost of tuition and family obligations,” explained Lynch. “This collaboration is transforming lives, and is a crucial step toward meeting the growing demand for health care workers at all levels.”
Prospective and returning students, take note: Fall semester classes begin Sept. 4 and the application deadline is Aug. 24. Information about the application and registration process can be found here, along with contact information for the One Stop Center at the main campus. Admissions information meetings and campus tours are offered throughout the summer.
Free concerts this weekend: The Finger Lakes Chorale will give summer concerts of patriotic music at 3 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 12 in the FLCC Student Center Auditorium. The concerts are open to all and free, with donations accepted for student scholarships. Click here to read more. New voices are always welcome to join the chorale, call (585) 396-0027.
Keuka at FLCC this fall: Keuka College will offer its bachelor’s in organizational management at the main campus starting Sept. 4. Classes meet one night per week from 6 to 10 p.m. and the deadline for enrollment is Aug. 1. Keuka College offers several bachelor’s and master’s degrees that can be taken at FLCC as part of its Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP). Not all programs are offered every term. More information is available here.
Professional Development and Continuing Education
Dantes Standardized Subject Tests offer people with specialized knowledge a chance to get college credit for what they already know at a fraction of the cost of a college course. For more information, visit www.flcc.edu/dsst. For questions, call (585) 785-1660 or email email@example.com.
Child Development Associate (CDA) certification prepares people for work in preschools and is required for positions in daycare centers. Scholarship funding to participate in this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). For more information or to apply for a scholarship, visit www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu. You may also contact EIP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (800) 295-9616 or (518) 442-6575. For information on upcoming class dates, contact Andréa Badger at (585) 785-1906 or Andrea.Badger@flcc.edu.
Customized Training: Businesses and county workforce development offices can receive customized training for current and potential employees. Courses are designed to the organization’s specifications and needs. For information, call (585) 785-1906 or email email@example.com. For examples, click here.
Certified Nurse Assistant training begins Aug. 20 in Rochester and Sept. 20 in Clifton Springs. Prospective students must attend an orientation session, held the first Wednesday of each month, before enrolling. For information, call (585) 785-1660 and click here.
Home Health Aide classes are offered throughout the year. Prospective students must attend an orientation session before enrolling. To sign up or for more information, call (585) 785-1660 or click here.
Mechatronic technology is a 12-week program that runs weekdays at the FLCC Victor Campus Center. Students learn the mechanical and electrical fundamentals common to many high-tech manufacturers in the Rochester area. A required orientation for the next class, to begin in September, will be held at 9 a.m. on Aug. 16 at the FLCC Victor Campus Center. To register or for more information, call (585) 785-1906 or email to Andrea.Badger@flcc.edu.
Advanced manufacturing machinist is a six-month program in which students learn how to use machine tools to make precision components in aerospace, medical, automotive and other industries. An orientation session is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 9 a.m. at G.W. Lisk Co., 39 Pearl St. in Clifton Springs. Classes run Sept. 10 to March 15. Register for the session online here. For more information, call the FLCC Professional Development and Continuing Education Office at (585) 785-1906 or email Andrea.Badger@flcc.edu.
Online Training: FLCC’s Professional Development and Continuing Education office has partnered with nationally-recognized providers to offer up-to-date and in-demand courses in a convenient online format. Providers include Career WebSchool, Ed2Go, Gatlin Education Services, and eLearning. For more information, click here.
Notary Public prep course: The College occasionally offers a prep course to become a Notary Public. Those who would like to be contacted when the next is scheduled should call (585) 785-1906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.