GCC: Discover the Stars
Genesee Community College scholarship students will get to meet two past students and hear their success stories Monday. Students and their families will meet and greet at the Conable Technology Building at 5:00pm for the Discover the Stars banquet.
College almuni Joseph Bell and Ann Bell have been invited to "share their stories and experiences at Genesee that guided them on the road to success."
Joseph Bell graduated in 1979 and continued at Canisius College and the University of Buffalo, picking up his Bachelor's and a Master's along the way. He is now Vice President of process and product integrity at Moog Inc.in East Aurora.
Ann Bell first signed up for classes at GCC when she was a 57-year-old housewife.
Immediately after completing her first week of college Ann was diagnosed with bone cancer. She underwent major surgery but despite the hardship, Ann graduated with honors and was accepted to continue her education at SUNY Brockport. She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work and began her first professional job as director of the YWCA's domestic violence program.
From there, Ann took over as the executive director of the Genesee Region Independent Living Center in Batavia, where she worked for 16 years before recently retiring.