Integrated Early Career & Transfer Engagement-OWL for Online Adult Learners

Awarded Grant: $6,624

Principal Investigator:

Robert Knipe, Genesee CC

The Online WNY Learning Alliance assists working adult students needing the flexibility of fully online degree options. OWL’s 6 member colleges provide holistic advisement to students from the outset of their college careers, which can include early exploration of post-degree options. This project will develop web-based orientation / training materials, and internal procedures, so that career and transfer exploration and assistance for online degree-seeking students occurs from day one of their college studies. This maximizes course alignment with goals, shortens time-to-completion, helps keep students in NY for career and/or baccalaureate degree opportunities, and contributes to regional workforce and economic development.

Co-PI’s and Key Partners:

OWL partner college Career & Transfer advisors and OWL partner college Concierges and online learning administrators:
Deborah Stayer Kelly, Corning Community College
Jayne Peaslee, Corning Community College
Colleen Gentry, Erie Community College
Martie Dixon, Erie Community College
Maureen Owens, Finger Lakes Community College
Larry Dugan, Finger Lakes Community College
Judie Littlejohn, Genesee Community College
Bob Knipe, Genesee Community College
Cori Dunagin, Jamestown Community College
Peggy VanKirk, Monroe Community College
Terry Keys, Monroe Community College

Reports and Resources:

  • Project website
  • Project outcomes report
  • One of the most significant outcomes of entire OWL partnership is the ongoing collaboration between areas of the colleges that rarely had the opportunity to share in the past. This was also the case with bringing together the career and transfer representatives. The grant provided the travel resources for these meetings which also include the campus concierges, who have the most interaction with the OWL students, and the OWL leadership team.
    Detailed project outcome report

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