LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) Foundation has provided grants totaling $219,424 to organizations within the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties) region for workforce and educational programs, including Genesee Community College.
Genesee Community College (GCC), the recipient of a $44,390 grant, will purchase new equipment to support lab and ‘hands on’ learning activities in its food processing educational programs.
“GCC’s newest degree, Food Processing Technology AAS, gives residents in our rural community an opportunity to secure well-paying jobs such as production and quality control supervisors and safety and storage technicians,” said Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, GCC’s dean of Math, Science and Career Education. “These are excellent careers in the burgeoning food tech industry which are also 100 percent made in America. Funds from the ECMC Foundation will help us purchase the state-of-the-art equipment necessary for this new program including refractometers, salt, moisture and lacticheck analyzers and ebulliometers.”
The recipients also include Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, Western New York Tech Academy, and the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation (GGLDC).
“These grants will not only improve the quality of our region’s many educational programs and services, but also provide both high school students and adults with the critical tools and training they need to be successful in the workforce,” said Tom Felton, President and Chairman of the GGLDC. “We look forward to working with the ECMC Foundation in disbursing the funding to these very worthy organizations.”
The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, received $100,000 of the grant to improve training programs for high school and adult students pursuing careers in-demand manufacturing fields, as well as purchase new machinery for its training facilities.
Western New York Tech Academy, an early college high school supporting grades 9-14, was awarded $61,710. The Academy will use the funds to enhance training programs for its at-risk students through the purchase of new workplace equipment and furniture for its classrooms.
Lastly, the GGLDC was awarded $13,324 to facilitate the coordination of the various activities of the grant recipients, including overseeing reporting requirements as stipulated in the agreement with the ECMC Foundation to monitor and track progress of each initiative.
ECMC Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles with a mission to provide investments that improve education, especially in underserved populations.