Founded in 1966, Genesee Community College (GCC) is the product of a grassroots movement that culminated in a public referendum supporting the creation of a community college. The resulting institution has exceeded the most optimistic predictions of its early proponents. From its beginning in a converted department store with 367 students, GCC, part of the State University of New York, has grown to over 7,000 students studying in more than 60 different programs. The college is spread over four rural counties in Western New York. The main campus in Batavia and six satellite sites, plus distance learning opportunities, serve citizens living within a 2,400-square-mile service area. The GCC student body also includes students from elsewhere in New York State, out of state, and several other nations. Currently, there are over 150 international students. Committed to the dual goals of ready access and student success, the 50-year history of GCC is a story of dynamic achievement through innovative programs, workforce development, and community involvement.