SUNY Orange Director of Educational Partnerships to Participate in County’s Leadership Program

PHOTO: Rosana Reyes-RoselloMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Rosana Reyes-Rosello, director of Educational Partnerships at SUNY Orange, has been selected to join the Leadership Orange Class of 2009, becoming the first College employee to participate in the county-wide leadership development program.

Now entering its 16th year, Leadership Orange is a 10-month leadership training program that includes individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Class participants receive training on topics important to Orange County residents and businesses including education, health and human services, communications, government and politics, the environment, culture and recreation, economic development, leadership development and the judicial system.

The training enables community members to better understand the many challenges facing Orange County while also preparing them to better serve their community. Leadership Orange is a private, non-partisan organization that relies on support from the business community to reach its goals. More than 330 men and women have graduated from the Leadership Orange program since its inception in 1993.

“One catalyst for the success and growth of any community is the strength of its overall educational system. We are excited about Rosana’s selection for this year’s Leadership Orange program because it will allow us to shape our educational programs and establish partnerships that will ensure the continued vitality of Orange County,” said Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “Thanks to Rosana’s energy, vision and creativity, the College has enhanced its existing partnerships and forged innovative new collaborative efforts. I’m sure she will demonstrate those same qualities throughout her participation in Leadership Orange.”

Now in her third year at SUNY Orange, Reyes-Rosello oversees the College’s community partnerships that span a broad spectrum of areas, with a focus on promoting the educational and economic vitality of the Hudson Valley by broadening the scope of available educational experiences for Orange County residents.

The Center for Youth Development, which includes the Liberty Partnership Program and the 21st Century Grants, addresses the academic needs of at-risk students from grades six through 12. The Community College in the High School program offers college courses to qualified students in the area’s high schools, saving students time and money while increasing their chances for academic success. She also is working to expand and enhance offerings at the College’s satellite locations at Monroe-Woodbury, Port Jervis and Warwick Valley high schools.

Additionally, Reyes-Rosello launched collaborative partnerships between high school teachers and SUNY Orange faculty members aimed at unifying curricula and academic expectations of high school and collegiate instructors. She has also centralized the College’s efforts toward improving its existing transfer articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities, including the completion of a comprehensive agreement between SUNY Orange and Mount Saint Mary College that was signed by the schools’ presidents in July.

Through the varied collaborations and partnerships managed by the College’s Office of Educational Partnerships, SUNY Orange has extended its educational focus to the entire Orange County community. This fall, the College began a video conferencing partnership with SUNY New Paltz’s bachelor of science and nursing program.

This past summer, the College offered its first SMART summer program for children (from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade), which offered occupational therapy to students who face sensory, physical, social and academic challenges.

Prior to arriving at SUNY Orange, Reyes-Rosello supervised the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) Program at Mount Saint Mary College. The program assists economically and academically challenged students earn a college degree by providing comprehensive academic and financial support.

Leadership Orange participants will convene later this month for their orientation. The intensive 10-month course will conclude in June 2009.

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Mike Albright
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