Will support expansion of Education to Recovery program
Erie Community College has been awarded a $360,000 grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation to support the expansion of ECC’s Education to Recovery program, ECC President Jack Quinn announced Friday.
ECC partnered with Buffalo City Drug and Mental Health Courts and presiding Judge Robert Russell to establish the Education to Recovery program in 2001.
The Education to Recovery program provides individuals disabled by substance abuse and/or mental health problems with educational case management while they are participating in treatment. In addition to academic degree and vocational training programs designed to meet their individual needs, participants receive comprehensive support as they transition into higher education and ultimately employment in the Western New York community.
The two-year grant will also support ECC’s efforts to create a consortium to build collaboration among the courts, treatment facilities and higher education institutions as well as identify best practices.
“The Oishei Foundation is pleased to partner with ECC in this innovative program that builds support systems toward life improvement for people going through the problem-solving courts,” remarked Robert D. Gioia, president, The John R. Oishei Foundation.
Since its inception, more than 3,500 individuals have taken part in the program, Richard Washousky, ECC executive vice president for academic affairs, noted.
“This program has significantly benefited a group of people who would not necessarily have had access to an education had there not been a program like this in existence at ECC. The doors of the college are open to them,” Washousky said.
“On behalf of the ECC Board of Trustees, I would like to thank the Oishei Foundation for their generous gift to the college,” Quinn said. “The funding will go to supporting the Education to Recovery program, which has turned around the lives of countless numbers of participants. I would like to personally thank ECC Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard Washousky and Judge Robert Russell for their tireless efforts in making the Education to Recovery program a true ECC success story.”
The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.
Erie Community College meets the needs of a diverse student body and contributes to regional economic vitality by providing excellent, flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in a multi-campus environment committed to continuous improvement.