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It could be more than a year before a new president is in place at Monroe Community College, and the search for Anne Kress' successor may put the already tense relationship between faculty and college leadership to the test.

After a decade leading MCC, Kress is leaving to become president of Northern Virginia Community College.

Monroe Community College President Anne Kress has been selected as president of Northern Virginia Community College.

In a statement on the college's website, Kress called it "a genuine privilege to serve as MCC’s president over the past decade."

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Monroe Community College President Anne Kress is a finalist to lead Northern Virginia Community College.

According to the news release on that college’s website, Kress is one of three finalists. Northern Virginia Community College enrolls more than 75,000 at its six campuses and is the largest institution of higher education in Virginia.

Kress has been president at MCC since 2009, and she is also co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.

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A health- and education-focused summer camp at Monroe Community College now has funding to continue its operations.

The Greater Rochester Health Foundation announced a $1.3 million grant to the Be A Healthy Hero Summer Camp on Thursday.

“We are truly grateful,” said Anne Kress, president of Monroe Community College. “We would not be able to run the program this way – to include all the fun and learning that we do – without this support.”

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Throughout the State University of New York system, an estimated 35% to 45% of students don't have regular access to food.

As of December 2018, all SUNY universities and colleges have food pantries on campus, but a SUNY food insecurity task force is looking at other ideas to address the problem.

Among them, according to John Graham, association provost for student affairs, is a program called Single Stop.

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Monroe Community College's faculty union has expressed its lack of faith in the college's Board of Trustees by passing a no-confidence vote Wednesday.

It's the latest move in an ongoing dispute between faculty and college leaders. Last November, the union issued a vote of no-confidence in college President Anne Kress.

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Monroe Community College is exploring ways to help single mothers stay in school and get their degrees.

"They are a paradox,” said MCC research specialist Mary Ann DeMario.

She’s leading a six year research project that will examine why single moms enroll in college, but then drop out.

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Over the next six years, Monroe Community College hopes to have a better understanding of how to help single mothers stay in school and earn their degrees.

MCC is one of four community colleges chosen nationally to take part in an initiative with the nonprofit Education Design Lab.

Single mothers make up about 10 percent of MCC's student population. Fifty-four percent of MCC students who are parents of either gender drop out before they graduate.

Single mothers face some unique challenges, according to MCC research specialist Mary Ann DeMario.

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The union representing hundreds of professors, adjuncts, and non-teaching professionals at Monroe Community College has reached a tentative agreement with the college on a two-year contract.

Union members have been working without a contract since last August.  They're scheduled to vote on the tentative deal March 25.

MCC Faculty Association President Bethany Gizzi is happy about the pending agreement, but  says a settled contract only resolves a portion of the ongoing concerns faculty members have about college President Anne Kress.

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Two Monroe Community College alumni returned to the school on Monday to say they will be making a $4 million donation as part of a $50 million campaign to increase the number of scholarships available to MCC students.

Robin and Timothy Wentworth, now living in St. Louis, formerly of Rochester, were 1980 graduates of MCC. The gift from the Wentworths is the largest in the college’s history and will help provide full scholarships to 100 MCC students each year.

The gift exceeds the Wentworths’ previous gift of $2.25 million. MCC plans to name its arts building in their honor.

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