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ECC’s Wallace earns national recognition for RISE Program

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

BUFFALO—Erie Community College boasts legions of employees who’ve exhibited selfless dedication to expanding educational opportunities to students across western New York. Now, one has gained national recognition for such service.

Buffalo resident Nathan Wallace, assistant project coordinator for the college’s Readying Incoming Students for Excellence (RISE) Program, was honored for his programmatic work with an invitation to the education strategy-focused NextDev Challenge Convening this past May in Denver, Colorado. According to ECC President Jack Quinn, Wallace’s Challenge invitation is the latest example of the college’s nationally celebrated commitment to students in the community. 

“Mr. Wallace’s inclusion in this event is not only a testament to the work he’s done at ECC, but to the type of commitment found in our college’s faculty and staff,” said Quinn. “They’re always going the extra mile for students in our communities, so it’s wonderful to see them get recognized.”  

The RISE Program is a free college preparatory program offered at ECC that trains students in math and English, and offers a general college success workshop entitled, “ECC and You.” Students must take placement tests for the first two sections, but anyone may register for ECC and You. The goal of the NextDev Challenge is to examine opportunities for innovative developmental education strategies; to improve on student successes; and to replicate effective strategies through further initiatives.


Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.


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