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FLCC gets major funding to expand programs: What’s new at Canandaigua’s community college?

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Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) has been granted a significant federal award to enhance distance learning and healthcare services across multiple counties. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $968,805 grant under its Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.

This initiative will furnish schools in Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, and Yates counties with advanced videoconferencing tools, facilitating college classes, telemedicine, and mental health and substance abuse counseling.

The project capitalizes on FLCC’s expertise in online education, aiming to extend its services in rural areas through partnerships with libraries, workforce offices, and other community sites. Brie Chupalio, FLCC’s Chief Advancement Officer, emphasized the project’s goal to bridge educational and healthcare gaps, especially in areas lacking broadband access and transportation. Several school districts, including Bloomfield, Dundee, Honeoye, and others, will be incorporated into FLCC’s distance learning network.

This network will allow for concurrent enrollment classes, satisfying both high school and college requirements, and facilitate remote class participation across districts. Moreover, the technology will be accessible to community members for telehealth services and various FLCC courses. The college plans to procure the necessary equipment in the new year, with installation targeted for mid-2024 and program commencement anticipated by fall 2024. Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes and FLACRA will also provide mental health and substance abuse prevention services as part of this comprehensive initiative.