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GCC To Honor ACE Students at Outstanding Scholars Awards Ceremony

May 27, 2014

Batavia, New York— The best and brightest regional high school students in Genesee Community College’s Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) Advanced Studies program will be recognized as Outstanding Scholars on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in the Stuart Steiner Theatre on the GCC campus at 7 p.m. The ceremony will recognize more than 100 semi-finalist honorees and 26 finalists for the award. Nearly 3,000 high school students throughout Western New York take advantage of GCC’s Advanced Studies program.

“For nearly two decades, GCC’s Advanced Studies classes have given high school students the chance to jump-start their college careers while saving their parents significant money in college tuition costs,” Ed Levinstein, associate dean of ACE Programs said. “Our Outstanding Scholars ceremony gives these enterprising young students and their families the opportunity to celebrate their significant achievements.”

The students were selected as semi-finalists in the five subject areas of mathematics, science, social science, foreign language, and English after being nominated by their teachers and counselors. A committee of academic professionals from Genesee Community College has selected the finalists, who will be announced during the ceremony.

This year’s Outstanding Scholars Award program features a keynote address by Robert Knipe, a lifelong advocate of higher education and community colleges, and GCC’s recently retired dean of learning technologies who served the College for 23 years. Knipe continues his work as an educational consultant, and serving several regional civic organizations including playing the French horn with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and the Batavia Concert Band.

GCC’s Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) Advanced Studies Program offers course offerings in high schools taught by GCC approved high school faculty. Courses follow same guidelines and learning objectives as those taught on the GCC campus. The ACE Advanced Studies Program is offered through nearly 40 Western New York school districts and BOCES centers.

College photographers will be on hand to take group and individual pictures of any ACE student (and their families) who would like to celebrate their academic success on Facebook and the ACE website.

For more information about the Advanced Studies program at Genesee Community College,

call 585-345-6801 or visit

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