WILLIAMSVILLE—Representatives of Erie Community College joined area high school teachers, students and their families to mark the completion of ECC's “Summer College Experience” with their Advanced Manufacturing Summer Camp graduation on Friday, August 3rd inside the college's North Campus manufacturing wing.
“The goal of Erie Community College is to create a career pathway for students,” said Rick Washousky, ECC's EVP of Academic Affairs. “These summer programs are just another way we're creating those pathways for the community.”
The extensive summer program—which has joined college credit courses with collaborative ECC summer efforts as their BEAM, Auto Body Skills and Geek Squad camps—enrolled and educated 101 area students since they began on July 2nd. It’s ECC's ninth year of summer of camps and classes, and teachers from the Buffalo Public Schools, Lancaster, Alden, Amherst, Williamsville, Frontier, Clarence, and the Charter School for Applied Technologies were integral in recruiting their students for this year's interactive, career-focused schedule, full of opportunities to train students for the future.
“This school is bullish about training students for the workplace, and making sure they stay right here in Western New York,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “We're very proud of that.”
Honorary certificates were presented to each student in attendance for Friday's graduation ceremony. Speakers at the event included ECC President Jack Quinn, Rick Washousky (Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs) and Nathan Witkowski (Faculty Chair of ECC's Industrial Technology Department).