Demetrice Garcia is a mom to seven
children, ranging in age from 20 to just seven months and she works part-time
in the emergency department of a local hospital.
That’s plenty to juggle. For Garcia,
there’s more: She’s also enrolled full-time as a biotechnology major at Finger
Lakes Community College.
Garcia says she wouldn’t be able to pursue
her dream of earning a degree if it weren’t for the support she has received
from her employer, family and friends. Her perseverance has been recognized at
FLCC with another measure of relief: she was recently awarded the Fred and Mary
Jennejahn Memorial Scholarship.
The $1,000 award was created by FLCC
mathematics professor Bryan Ingham and his wife, Christine, in honor of his
grandparents. Fred was a WWII veteran, Rotarian and volunteer firefighter,
while his wife was a longtime middle school math teacher.
FLCC scholarships advance Objective 1 by fostering self-advocacy and improving retention by removing financial barriers.
Finger Lakes Community College student Khadija Muhammadi of
Rochester has received the 2019 Norman R. McConney Jr. Award, an honor that
recognizes excellence among participants in the State University of New York
Educational Opportunity Program.
SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson congratulated Muhammadi and
other students from across New York at a ceremony on Oct. 17 at the SUNY Global
Center in Manhattan.
The award bears the name of the late Norman McConney, one of
the architects of the statewide Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), which
provides financial assistance and support to those who face obstacles in
achieving their educational and personal goals.
Muhammadi immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan in 2015 to
live with two sisters while finishing high school in Irondequoit. Her parents
and brother remain in her home country; she keeps in touch via Skype.
The Educational Opportunity Program supports Objective 2 by providing support to students from underserved populations.
Finger Lakes Community College will receive $1.14 million in National Science Foundation funding to take part in a national effort to strengthen biotechnology education and encourage more youth to pursue careers in the field.
is the home base for the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative
(CCURI), which promotes the teaching of science through research. The National
Science Foundation has previously awarded FLCC $5.8 million to develop and
share its approach with community colleges across the country.
this recent award, the National Science Foundation has granted $7.5 million to
Austin Community College in Texas to lead the project. ACC will create the
InnovATEBIO National Biotechnology Education Center to consolidate several
biotech education projects into a national network. This network will share
best practices and expand undergraduate research in biotechnology.
a collaborator in the project, FLCC will provide training in the use of
research to teach biotechnology concepts and skills.
grant is a testament to FLCC’s role as a national leader in the expansion of
research opportunities for undergraduate students,” said FLCC President Robert
Nye. “I congratulate our faculty and staff, led by Professor James Hewlett.”
CCURI supports Objective 4 by providing opportunities for applied learning in scientific research.
Finger Lakes Community College is part of a small group of institutions working with Case Western Reserve University to pilot an emerging technology called mixed reality and evaluate its ability to help students learn human anatomy.
Last fall, students in FLCC anatomy and physiology classes began using Microsoft HoloLens with the HoloAnatomy program that Case Western Reserve developed to view three-dimensional images of human organs individually or as part of body systems.
The university’s software allows the HoloLens to project a holographic image that everyone wearing the visors – students and their instructor – can see. The instructor can rotate the image, zoom in on a particular section or zoom out to show the entire class how systems function and interconnect.
FLCC joined the project after Christine Parker, associate professor of biology, learned about the HoloLens technology and the program for teaching anatomy, which Case Western Reserve was working to develop as part of the university’s Health Education Campus project with Cleveland Clinic.
The FLCC Forward strategic plan calls on the college to explore new ideas in technology, leadership, learning and professional development to foster greater student engagement.