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CCC Counselor Honored

Friday, November 11, 2011

CFES Honors Clinton Community College Educator for

Efforts to Inspire Underserved Youth

ESSEX, NY – Clinton Community College Counselor Wendy Grossmann was honored during the 2011 CFES National Conference, November 4 and 5, in Burlington, VT, for her efforts in helping underserved students gain access to college and be successful there. Grossmann was presented with the Mario Peña Award in front of 420 CFES colleagues who had traveled from as far away as Hawaii to attend the yearly event.

The Mario Peña Award is given annually by CFES (College For Every Student) to exceptional educators who help the organization develop and expand school-college collaborations that increase college access and success for underserved youth.

Grossmann has been Clinton Community College’s liaison to CFES since the college established a partnership with CFES following the launch of the Adirondack Scholars Program in 2001. Since then she has hosted hundreds of CFES students on campus and provided financial aid and admissions information support that has inspired these students to see college as an attainable goal.

Calling the award “a huge honor,” Grossmann reflected on the first CFES planning workshop she attended. “When I saw the diversity of participants coming together from the schools and colleges, I was so motivated,” she recalled. “I thought, ‘This is where I want to be.’ The next day I went to the college president and asked to be appointed our permanent college liaison to CFES.”

The Adirondack Scholars Program currently involves nine central school districts around the region: AuSable Valley, Crown Point, Johnsburg, Northeastern Clinton, Northern Adirondack,Peru, Plattsburgh, Ticonderoga, and Willsboro.