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Friday, June 9, 2017 - 2:50pm

Susan Frentz, a business teacher at Olean High School, was named the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year for the College Connections program recently.

Ms. Frentz teaches BUS 1220: College Keyboarding, BUS 1410: Accounting Fundamentals, and BUS 1510: Principals of Financial Accounting courses through JCC's College Connections program.

Each year College Connections recognizes a teacher who best exemplifies the core program standards. Ms. Frentz was chosen from among 213 program teachers from 40 partner high schools and BOCES centers.

“Not only do you find Sue Frentz’s students working hard in her classroom at the expected time, you will find them working during her lunch and her free periods on various assignments.” said Olean Senior High School principal Jeff Andreano, who along with teacher Christine Stavish, nominated Ms. Frentz for the award.

“She has spent her summers working on enhancing the curriculum so the college keyboarding course can be achievable for many of our high school students,” added Andreano. “Not only are dedication and skill characteristics that are present in Sue Frentz’s classroom, but the time that she gives to our students and time that she takes to prepare this curriculum is truly what all College Connections teachers should provide. Sue challenges her students, raises students’ expectations, and has had a significant amount of students that have continued their business education beyond high school.”

Ms. Frentz, who has been a teacher with the College Connections program since 2008, said, “I enjoy teaching College Connections courses because I like to be a part of the students' higher education pathway. I have had the pleasure of introducing students to accounting and have had several of these students continue their secondary education in the accounting and finance field. It always makes me proud to hear from these students when they graduate with an accounting or finance degree knowing that I played a role in their career.”

JCC has offered concurrent enrollment courses to qualified high school juniors and seniors through the College Connections program since 1998. The courses, offered during the high school day by JCC approved high school teachers, allow students to earn both high school and college credit. During the 2016-17 academic year College Connections offered 66 different credit courses in 40 area high schools, serving more than 2,000 students across the region.

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