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Discover Yourself at FLCC

“I first came alive at FLCC. My passion for education began there,and it led to many different places, including the summit of the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest,” says Kevin Flynn, who loves a challenge both in his career and as an accomplished mountain climber.

Kevin Flynn, '79
Partner at Martino Flynn, LLC, an award-winning marketing communications firm; bachelor's in environmental education and master's in communications, Cornell University; FLCC's 2006 Distinguished Alumni.

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Opportunities for Growth

Entrepreneur and environmentalist Laurie Broccolo knows the business of growing and about growing a business. Broccolo credits her FLCC education as a springboard for her successful company, Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care, Inc. A solid supporter of the College, Broccolo has mentored many FLCC students and graduates. In 1999 she established a scholarship at FLCC that includes a paid internship for one student annually. She also employs 11 FLCC grads because she is confident in the quality of their education.

Laurie VerSchneider Broccolo '78
A.A.S. Ornamental Horticulture, FLCC; Owner, Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care, Inc.; FLCC's Outstanding Horticulture Alumni Achievement Award, 1989

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College has Robust Community Support

Although Michael Miller's position as Vice President of Global Security at Global Crossing is demanding, he still finds time to give back to the community as a volunteer. Miller is a long-time supporter of FLCC. He has served two three-year terms on the College's Alumni Council as president and vice president. He currently serves as the treasurer for the FLCC Foundation.

Michael Miller, '89
A.A.S. Accounting, FLCC; B.S. Accounting, St. John Fisher College; Master's Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University; Vice President of Global Security at Global Crossing.

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Finding Your Major

“The small school atmosphere opens the door to meeting people with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. FLCC can prepare you for a huge range of majors.”

Eric Williams, Spring '07
A.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences, with an area of study in Humanities

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Earn Credits Your Way

"FLCC's part time programs make it possible for me to pursue a degree with classes that are scheduled around my full-time job. There’s real flexibility with the times and locations of classes, and I appreciate that the program is structured in a way that guarantees my classes."

Denise Fiacco, '09
A.A.S. degree with a focus in Paralegal

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Keeping the Books

Michael Miller has always had an affinity for numbers, so a career in accounting seemed like a logical choice. At FLCC he was able to explore different options, and ultimately he decided that the accounting program was a good fit. Today, even with a demanding career, he still finds time to serve on various FLCC committees.

Michael Miller, '89
A.A.S. Accounting, FLCC; B.S. Accounting, St. John Fisher College; Master's Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University; Vice President of Global Security at Global Crossing.

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Detailed Designs

“I enjoy the program because I work on the same type of equipment and use similar software that I'll be using in the workforce. I appreciate the small class sizes at FLCC, which allows more one-on-one time with professors.”

Tyson Hemenway, Spring '07
Hemenway plans to transfer to Alfred State College to pursue a bachelor's degree in Architectural Technology.

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Real-world Experience

“I appreciate the hands-on clinical experience the Athletic Training program offers. It effectively combines theory through the lectures and valuable real-world experience. FLCC has provided a cost-effective way for me to figure out my career path.”

Bill Petrie, Spring '07
Petrie plans to transfer to SUNY Cortland to continue his studies in Athletic Training.

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Biotech Grads in Demand

Great classes and outstanding field experiences - including ecosystems research on the island of Montserrat - prepared Allison Milliman to excel in her studies after FLCC. Allison won a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Science Scholarship, earned a Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology from Rochester Institute of Technology, and has plans for a Ph. D. in molecular genetics. She currently works in pharmaceutical research at Bristol Myers Squib.

Allison Milliman '04

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Growth Potential

“FLCC made me a better student and a better citizen.The small classes, friendly staff and active student government allowed me to take risks, test new ideas and grow within and outside the College."

Ethan Fogg, '00
A.S. Business Administration, FLCC; Bachelor's degree, Cornell University College of International Labor Relations; Currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Administration, SUNY Brockport; Director of Community Relations at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic.

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“I like being in the middle of the action, whether it's running FLTV (a public access television channel) or editing footage for a five-minute video project. The hands-on experience is invaluable. I also appreciate FLCC professors' willingness to help students academically and to give advice.”

Robert Stobie, Spring '08

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Technology Training

“FLCC professors are great motivators and keep the classes interesting. The Computer Science department has definitely helped to make my transition as a returning student go smoothly.”

Marsha VerPlank, Spring '09
VerPlank plans to pursue Microsoft Office Certification to become a trainer for the software.

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Amazing Teachers, Field Experience

“FLCC has amazing teachers who care about the students. The cooperative education program, where students work in the field with a local agency or department, provides vital real-world experience.”

Anthony Pluretti, Spring '07
Pluretti has joined the U.S. Marine Corps. and plans to obtain a federal position in criminal justice.

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Theory and Practicality Combined

“At FLCC, I've found that the practical knowledge is reinforced by theory, providing me with a solid engineering science foundation. I enjoy the small class sizes and approachable staff.”

Michael Mendat, '07
An adult student, Mendat has received four scholarships, maintains a 4.0 GPA, and has served on FLCC's Alumni Council, Student Senate, Academic Senate and the Academic Grievance and Disciplinary Board. He's a Phi Theta Kappa member and has been a member of the NYS Math League Team for three semesters.

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Experience in the Field

“I like the availability of different courses with travel opportunities, and the field experiences and time spent learning outdoors were great. I also enjoyed participating on FLCC's co-ed Woodsmen team.”

Nicole Rivet, Spring '07

“FLCC really is the RIGHT place to start! The teachers and staff are truly first class-they make sure that each and every student has the knowledge and skills to take their education to the next milestone. In my degree program, students are able to take the concepts they learned in the classroom and apply that information in the great outdoors.”

Wesley O'Connor, Spring '07
Environmental Studies, FLCC.

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Fine Tuning a Career Path

“FLCC's Fine Arts program provided a great knowledge and skills base - I took drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and design. My professors gave me a taste of the arts in every discipline and provided ideas on pursuing my career path beyond FLCC.”

Hilary Batzel, '99
Fine Arts, FLCC; B.F.A., SUNY Fredonia; M.F.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; plans to open an art shop/gallery.

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Succeeding in College

“I appreciate the numerous resources that are available at FLCC, including computer labs, tutoring and the Write Place, where I can get assistance on my writing projects.” The wealth of support services at FLCC ensure that students succeed in college.

Melinda Privitera, Spring '08
Physical Education Studies, FLCC.

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Freedom to Grow

“The faculty in FLCC's graphic design program is great - you learn from their professional experience. The program is challenging while allowing you freedom to grow.”

Ann Tan,'03
A.A.S. Graphic Arts and Advertising Technology, FLCC; A.A.S. Communication Design and B.F.A. Graphic Design, Fashion Institute of Technology; Graphic Designer at U.S. Games Systems, Inc. in Stamford, CT.

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Students in FLCC's Hotel and Resort Management program can prepare for a successful career in this vibrant industry, locally and nationally. It provides student-tailored internships and includes field trips that help broaden their experience.

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Career Taste in Nutrition

“I like the hands-on experience I'm getting in FLCC's science labs. My program has allowed me to explore different areas related to nutrition. For example, I didn't realize how much organic chemistry was related to nutrition.”

Melissa Yoffee, Spring '07
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences with an area of study in Human Nutrition and Food, FLCC. Yoffee plans to pursue a degree in Dietetics with the goal of becoming a Registered Dietician.

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Building a Career Foundation

“My education at FLCC marked a turning point in my life's direction and set me on the course that led me to where I am today. The field of school psychology offers exciting challenges at every level.”

Suzanne Bamonto Graney, '91
A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences with an area of study in Human Services, FLCC; B.A. Psychology, SUNY Geneseo; Ph.D. School Psychology, University of Oregon; Assistant Professor of school psychology at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Exploring New Horizons

“FLCC has provided opportunities for me to explore new horizons. It is a well-rounded educational experience.”

Aaron Carnell, Spring '07
In addition to his studies, Carnell served on FLCC Foundation Board of Directors; Technology Coordinator at Henrietta Campus of Bryant & Stratton College.

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Extending Degree Options

“The College is small enough where each student or employee is within 'two-degrees' (handshakes) of one another, yet can afford freedom to explore interrelationships between various streams of human knowledge, in small classes of students with varied backgrounds. The Liberal Arts and Sciences degree, with appropriate elective courses and upon transfer to universities, opens a host of options, including applied physics, biochemistry, pharmacy, and physical therapy.”

Dr. Prashanta (Sam) Samanta
Physics Professor, Chairperson of FLCC's Department of Science and Technology; SUNY Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1998.

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Gaining Business Skills

“I earned my first associate's degree from FLCC in Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care. Small class sizes and personal instruction made FLCC the clear choice for a second associate's degree in Marketing. I plan to combine the knowledge and experience I've gained at FLCC to open my own business.”

Bryan Hunt, '06
A.A.S. Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care, FLCC; A.A.S. Marketing, Spring '08, FLCC.

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“Working as a tutor in FLCC's Math Center has helped to build my confidence as well as boost my grades in my classes. Using the Math Center has enhanced my study skills and provided me with a vast network. I enjoy the College's relaxed atmosphere and the quality of academic support facilities.”

Ken Michels, Spring '08
Upon graduation, Michels plans to transfer to Rochester Institute of Technology to obtain a bachelor's degree and pursue an engineering technology position that will compliment his 20-years experience in manufacturing/fabrication as a welder.

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Designing a Future

“FLCC's faculty was supportive, encouraging and available. At FLCC you're not just a number - you're the future.”

Colleen Culhane,'97
A.A.S. Mechanical Design and Drafting, FLCC; Aerospace Valve Designer, G.W. Lisk, Co., Inc.

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Musical Endeavors

“I love the freedom to play music and be myself. FLCC's music program is also helping me to become a well-rounded person.”

Nigel Darrah, '08

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Working with Industry Technology

“I get to work with the same cutting-edge technology and gear that I will work with after graduating. FLCC also has a great community of friendly and outgoing people.” The program is housed in two state-of-the-art facilities, both with Focusrite Control 24 consoles and ProTools. An extensive array of outboard gear includes preamps by Focusrite, Universal Audio, and Groove Tubes.

Daniel Wameling, Spring '07

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Following his Passion

A $600 scholarship was the seed that helped Chris Lowie pursue his passion for fishing and water resources at FLCC. He's held various state and federal positions during his career, and today is Deputy Refuge Manager for Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, where he manages biology, visitor services, and maintenance programs as well as budget and land acquisition operations.

Chris Lowie, '88
A.A.S. Natural Resources Conservation, FLCC; B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences, SUNY Brockport.

Diverse Employment Opportunities

“FLCC prepared me for advancement in my career field and transition into a bachelor's degree program.” FLCC is one of the most successful New York colleges in placing its graduates in a range of highly competitive conservation programs.”

Pat (P.J.) Emerick '98
A.A.S. Natural Conservation degree and Certificate in Outdoor Recreation, FLCC; Bachelor's of Technology in Environmental Studies, SUNY Cobleskill; Watershed Conservation Specialist, CPESC (Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control), Cayuga County Conservation District.

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Protecting the Environment

“The professors and the atmosphere provided at FLCC are motivating for students,” says Bradley Lunkenheimer, who plans to attend SUNY Cobleskill to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management. FLCC's Natural Resource Conservation: Law Enforcement program prepares graduates to work in a variety of positions, including fish and wildlife agents, park rangers and police, and marine recreational vehicle officers.

Bradley Lunkenheimer, Spring '07

“I enjoy the small, close-knit classes and the in-field experiences that FLCC's Natural Resource Conservation: Law Enforcement program provides. The professors relay information in an easy-to-understand way and they are always willing to work with students.”

Nathaniel Mead, May '01
Natural Resource Conservation: Law Enforcement, FLCC; B.S. Criminal Justice, Hilbert College; Environmental Conservation Officer, New York State Conservation Police

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Hands-on Clinical Experience

“I have enjoyed working with patients from the very beginning of the Nursing program at FLCC. Nursing students become close to one another - it's almost like a family. The small class sizes and experienced nursing instructors contribute to the program's value.”

Erica Verdehem, Spring '07
Verdehem plans to attend Upstate Medical University in Syracuse to pursue bachelor's and master's degrees in Nursing.

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Program Flexibility is a Bonus

“I like the flexibility of FLCC's Office Technology program-you can make your school schedule around what's going on in your life. I like the opportunities to work independently, as well as working with teachers to improve my communication and computer skills.”

Kassie Robertson, Spring '07

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Enriching Learning Environment

“The atmosphere at FLCC is enriching - both faculty and students have a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds, which contributes to a positive overall learning experience.”

Melissa Townsend, '07

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Learning the Laws

“Earning a degree at FLCC provided me with the knowledge and confidence to get ahead.”

Katherine Denosky, '00
A.A.S. Paralegal, FLCC; Paralegal Office Manager, Mary Walpole-Lightsey and Jones, PLLP.

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Ample Opportunities in Physical Education Studies

“FLCC's program introduced me to my career and gave me the opportunity to be successful. The faculty was committed to helping us reach our goals and succeed.”

Chris Daly, '90
A.S. Physical Education Studies, FLCC; B.S. Physical Education and Master's in Education, SUNY Brockport; Senior High Physical Education Teacher and Sotfball Coach, Churchville-Chili High School; Football Coach, Batavia Central Schools; Assistant Director, Rochester Edge Girl's Hockey; Girl's Basketball Official in Central and Western New York.

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Great Courses, Enthusiastic Teachers

“I like the College's friendly atmosphere and its enthusiastic teachers. My degree program is great because I love history, and the classes are very detailed and thorough. I also like the flexibility I have in choosing my classes at FLCC.”

Darren Moran, '08
A.A. Liberal Arts & Science, with an area of study in Social Science, FLCC; upon graduation, Moran plans to continue his studies at SUNY Oswego, majoring in Modern History. His ultimate goal is to obtain his doctorate in History.

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Phenomenal Program

“The Sports and Tourism Studies degree program was phenomenal. The professors went over the top to make my two years at FLCC go as smoothly as possible. The availability of student services at FLCC is amazing.”

Steve McGuire, Spring '07
A.S. in Sports and Tourism Studies, McGuire plans to attend Niagara University.

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Playing the Part

“I really enjoy the spring and fall theatre trips, like the Stratford Festival, because they help broaden my college experience at FLCC.” She also benefits from participating in the college's various theatre productions and clubs.

Sarah Lootens, Spring '07

“As a theatre major at FLCC, I loved taking the children's theatre class. I like the hands-on learning and building sets for main stage productions.”

Emily Chard, Spring '08
Theatre Arts, FLCC

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Making a Smooth Transition to Workforce

“My experience at FLCC was fabulous. When it was time to take the NY State boards, there were no surprises. FLCC had totally prepared me for the exam. The courses in anatomy and kinesiology prepared me for a career in a medical setting.”

Julie Hobart, '03
A.A.S. Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care, FLCC; Licensed Massage Therapist, The Springs, a Department of Clifton Springs Hospital.

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Accessible Campus, Small Class Size

“The size of FLCC's campus and classes really allows students to find everything easily and learn at their own pace. Professors are always available and willing to help.”

Jamie Beckens, Spring '07
Tourism Management

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Flexible Scheduling, Great Locations

“I was able to apply the skills I learned in FLCC's Certified Nursing Assistant program in my private business, where I work with senior citizens in their time of need. The continuing education courses offered a variety of great locations and times that worked around my schedule.”

Laurie Tornow

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Educational Access

“The teachers at FLCC are understanding and available when you need extra help. I enjoy the program because it allows me to take classes in a variety of majors.”

Briana Scott, Spring '07
A.A. Liberal Arts & Humanities, FLCC; plans to continue her studies after graduation to obtain a bachelor's degree.

Putting Higher Education Within Reach

“As a single parent, I value EOP's help. FLCC has made me feel welcomed and also has provided me with supplies and tutoring services. I hope to eventually work for a sports team, and a college degree will improve my chance of reaching that goal.”

Scott DeGroff
A.S. Sports and Tourism Studies

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Thriving Online

“As a single mom who works part-time and is a full-time student at FLCC, the flexibility of online courses has been a big plus.”

Marsha VerPlank, Spring '09
Computer Science/Information Technology

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Getting a Jumpstart on College

“FLCC's Gemini program allowed me to become comfortable with college-level tasks while still attending my local high school. I sampled different courses, which helped me decide on a college major. It was a cost-effective way to obtain college experience and credits. By the time I graduated from high school, I had received the equivalent of one semester at college. I think everyone in high school should take advantage of FLCC's Gemini program.”

Elizabeth Woodard, Spring '07
A.S. Communications, FLCC; Woodard plans to attend SUNY Brockport or Ithaca College to obtain a bachelor's degree.

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Getting a Jumpstart on College

“I took Gemini history classes during my junior and senior years in high school. Not only did I save money, but also time. It's a very convenient way to earn college credits through FLCC and get ahead in your college career.”

Becky Mills, '07
Vice president of Student Corporation, Student Senate, Theatre club treasurer, Phi Theta Kappa; Mills plans to attend SUNY Fredonia to pursue a bachelor's degree in History.

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Confidence to Continue!

“I was a little unsure about college, so I decided to take a class or two at FLCC. The classes are small, and the personalized experiences definitely made me feel like a person, not just a number. FLCC has given me the confidence to continue my education!”

Sara Paddock
FLCC English Courses

We'd love to meet you

“Visiting the campus is a great way to experience the College firsthand, and the Admissions Office can help you discover FLCC's many options and opportunities by tailoring a personal campus visit to your needs and interests.”

Bonnie Ritts, Director of Admissions

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Top-ranked Athletic Program

“Student athletes are the main focus of FLCC's athletic program, and we support our athletes both in and out of the athletic arena. By developing qualities such as dedication, determination, perseverance, and integrity, we foster future success for our students.”

Robert Lowden, Director of Athletics, FLCC

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Women's Basketball

“The sports teams are like family, and everyone is very close. After I graduate from FLCC, I plan to attend SUNY Brockport to continue working toward my bachelor's degree in Physical Education, play basketball and also get a degree in coaching.”

Lindsay Frank, A.S. Physical Education Studies, Spring '07

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Awesome Teammates

“The Lacrosse program at FLCC is great! I've enjoyed meeting other teammates-they're awesome! We've really come together as a team.”

Josh Herendeen, '08

“I made a lot of friends as a member of FLCC's Men's Lacrosse team. The staff is on a first-name basis and my degree program, Natural Resources Conservation, has been fun and interesting.” Many student athletes find that being a member of a team helps them to balance school work and studies with physical activity and the social aspects of college life.

Matthew Lilly, Spring '07

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Men's Soccer

“I'm impressed at how competitive the soccer games are at FLCC. The speed of play is quite challenging.”

Mike Smith, Spring '07
Member of Men's Soccer team who also is pursuing an A.A.S. in Ornamental Horticulture.

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“One of my favorite things about FLCC is being on the softball team. Playing on a sports team as a Physical Education major is helping me prepare for a future in coaching.”

Patti Ferner, '07

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Keeping in Shape

“I ran track in high school, so now it will be fun to see what it's like in college at FLCC. This will be a great opportunity to run both cross country and track. It also will encourage me to stay in shape throughout the year and into my career as a police officer.”

Clark Schroeder, '08
A.A.S. Criminal Justice, FLCC.

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A Winning Edge

Andrea Robarge, '89, always has had a competitive spirit, so it was no surprise when this former member of the FLCC co-ed Woodsmen's Team began making a name for herself on the competitive lumberjack circuit. Robarge participated on FLCC's woodsmen team from 1987-90, participating in sawing and chopping events. By 2002, she was among the top six female lumberjacks in America. In 2003, Robarge was a member of the USA Lumberjills Relay that took first place in the relay team event at the Southern Hemisphere Challenge in New Zealand.

Andrea Robarge, '89
A.A.S. Natural Resources Conservation, FLCC; inducted into FLCC's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003

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Discover Yourself at FLCC

“I first came alive at FLCC. My passion for education began there, and it led to many different places, including the summit of the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest,” says Kevin Flynn, who loves a challenge both in his career and as an accomplished mountain climber.

Kevin Flynn, '79
Partner at Martino Flynn, LLC, an award-winning marketing communications firm; bachelor's in environmental education and master's in communications, Cornell University; FLCC's 2006 Distinguished Alumni.

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Friendly Environment

“I love the small class sizes and the friendly environment at FLCC. All of the professors know your name and really care about your success.”

Lauryn Recchia, Spring '08
A.A. Liberal Arts & Sciences; after graduation, Recchia plans to transfer to Niagara University to continue studies in English education.

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Individualized Attention

“The College's atmosphere is great. FLCC's classes are small, which allows for more individual attention from teachers.”

Jessica Silvernail, Spring '07
A.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences with an area of study in Biology, Silvernail plans to continue her studies at SUNY Geneseo.

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Accessible Campus, Small Class Size

“The size of FLCC's campus and classes really allows students to find everything easily and learn at their own pace. Professors are always available and willing to help.”

Jaime Beckens, Spring '07
Tourism Management

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Honors Program Provides Creative Self-Expression

“The Honors program at FLCC provides me with opportunities to meet new people and share learning experiences. It has helped me to look outside the box and reach deeper inside myself, whether writing, playing music or painting. It's been exciting!”

Lindsay Betts, Spring '07
Graphic Design & Fine Arts

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Campus Center Provides Convenience

“Going to FLCC's Wayne County Campus Center has made going to college so convenient for me. It's only 10 minutes from where I work, which allows me to work 25 to 30 hours a week. The students have one-on-one relationships with their professors and classmates.”

Katrina Penders,'08
Business Administration, FLCC.

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