Sister Marcella Marie Garus, President of Villa Maria College, joined representatives from the City of Buffalo, M&T Bank, University at Buffalo, and members of the community, on Bailey Avenue for the kickoff event of the Bailey Avenue Business Association on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Villa Maria College has joined in partnership with the Bailey Avenue Business Association to offer additional opportunities to students and the community, reaffirming the college’s commitment to the city of Buffalo and to the East Side.
Noting the transformations taking place throughout the Greater Buffalo area, Sister Garus said in a written statement that the Bailey Avenue Business Association “with the help of strong and committed partners, will help to spur positive social, cultural, and economic change in Buffalo.“ Through the recently launched four-year Business Administration program, Villa Maria students will collaborate with many of the businesses that make up the Bailey Avenue Business Association. Coupling this alongside the partnership with Say Yes to Education, Villa Maria can allow an unlimited number of Buffalo Public School students to attend the college, granting them access to the education and experience that will help them succeed after graduation.
The partnership between the college and the BABA will also facilitate other opportunities to students and the community including additional internships, service learning projects, and workforce development workshops.