Thursday, May 24, 2012

Kudos for the adult student balancing act

Three Finger Lakes Community College students received the Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education Adult Student Award in April:

Tami Cocuzzi of Macedon, a 2012 graduate with an associate degree in business administration, is continuing her education to complete an associate degree in graphic arts in December 2012. A mother of four and grandmother of 17, she was nominated by Trista Merrill, associate professor of English.

Tracy Fraser of Lyons, a mother of three, is pursing business administration and liberal arts and sciences degrees with a concentration in American Sign Language. Fraser works as a bus driver in the Lyons Central School District, holds an additional job at a McDonald’s restaurant and serves as PTA president in the Lyons district. She was nominated by Jessica Meissner, an adjunct faculty member in the developmental studies department.

Joseph Varga of Canandaigua is a 2012 graduate with associate degrees in environmental studies and natural resources conservation. Varga, a father, military veteran and the FLCC student trustee for the 2011-12 academic year, was nominated by Joe Delforte, the college’s controller.

Varga’s mother, Rosemary Varga of Rochester, received the same award in 2008 while working toward a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language with a minor in religion at the University of Rochester. She received her degree in 2009. Rosemary Varga works as a registered nurse on the high-risk labor and delivery unit of Strong Memorial Hospital.

The Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education (RACCE) Adult Student Award is given annually to part- or full-time adult students who have completed at least half the hours for degree requirements. They must also show success at balancing college study with other adult responsibilities such as family or job obligations.

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