Welcome

Interim President, William J. Murabito, Ph.D.

Letter from the President

I am pleased to provide you with the Niagara County Community College Annual Report. Please read how NCCC students, faculty and staff have been a part of the NCCC community and beyond this past year.

As I write this, I am reminded about the May commencement ceremonies, as our students celebrated their graduation on the Sanborn campus for the first time in three years. It was a time to come together around our core educational mission and a reminder of the strong bonds and distinction that characterize the NCCC experience. It also serves as a reminder that by working together and supporting each other, NCCC’s future is bright.

As we move forward, I am confident that NCCC will continue to influence the social, cultural and economic well-being in our communities and beyond, while ensuring that our students have access to the best possible learning experience. NCCC is truly a remarkable institution.

Best regards,

President Murabito's signature

Wm. J. Murabito, Ph.D.
Interim President


Board of Trustees

2017-18

At a Glance

FALL 2017 ADMISSIONS PROFILE

5574

APPLICATIONS

2194

ACCEPTED FRESHMEN

673

ACCEPTED TRANSFERS

1123

REGISTERED FRESHMEN

493

REGISTERED TRANSFERS


MOST POPULAR PROGRAMS

Liberal Arts
Nursing
Criminal Justice

FALL 2017 ENROLLMENT

Enrollment data
Map of New York State

ALUMNI

Alumni data

2017-18 EMPLOYEES

employees
employees
Full, Part, Adjunct, Employees

STUDENT GENDER RATIO

Gender Ratio Percentage

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE

Student/Faculty Ratio

DEGREES AWARDED

2017-18

Degrees awarded data

FACILITIES

Facilities data

STUDENT COSTS

2017-18

Student costs

STUDENT LIFE

In the 2017-2018 Academic Year, Student Life offered over 88 events to NCCC students in an effort to create a more engaging campus culture.

Over 6,841 students participated in those campus activities, with event and program highlights including:

Breast Cancer Awareness
Giving Tree
Mid South Food Bank

  • Institutional Accreditation

    Institutional

    Accreditation

    Middle States Commission
    on Higher Education
    3624 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    (267) 284-5000

  • Baking and Pastry Arts

    Baking and

    Pastry Arts

    American Culinary Federation
    Education Foundation
    180 Center Place Way
    St. Augustine, FL 32095
    (904) 824-4468 | (800) 624-9458

  • Culinary Arts

    Culinary

    Arts

    American Culinary Federation
    Education Foundation
    180 Center Place Way
    St. Augustine, FL 32095
    (904) 824-4468 | (800) 624-9458

  • Medical Assistant

    Medical

    Assistant

    Medical Assisting
    Education Review Board
    20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
    Chicago, IL 60606
    (800) 228-2262
    and
    Commission on Accreditation
    of Allied Health Education Programs
    1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
    (727) 210-2350

  • Nursing Program

    Nursing

    Program

    Accreditation Commission
    for Education in Nursing
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    (404) 975-5000
    www.nlnac.org

  • Physical Therapy Assistant

    Physical Therapy

    Assistant

    Commission on Accreditation
    in Physical Therapy Education
    1111 North Fairfax Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
    (703) 684-2782 | (800) 999-2782

  • Radiologic Technology

    Radiologic

    Technology

    Joint Review Committee on Education
    in Radiologic Technology
    20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
    Chicago, IL 60606-3182
    (312) 704-5300

  • Surgical Technology

    Surgical

    Technology

    Accreditation Review Council
    on Education in Surgical
    Technology and Surgical Assisting
    6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
    Littleton, CO 80120
    (303) 694-9262
    and
    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 25400 US Hwy 19N, Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763 (727) 210-2350

Year in Review

NCCC seal

Search for new NCCC president

On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, representatives from SUNY attended the board of trustees meeting to kick off the search for a new college president. It is expected a new NCCC president will be selected by July 1, 2019.

NCCC digital sign

Increased funding from
Niagara County

For the first time in 11 years, NCCC received an increase in funding from Niagara County. At the June 19, 2018 meeting of the Niagara County Legislature, an increase of $100K was approved for the college, making the total contribution $8.971 million. President Murabito is hopeful this will lead the way to further expansion for the school.

Sheriff's Department with NCCC

Niagara County Sheriff’s Department provides additional security to campus

As part of a greater effort to update emergency safety plans, an agreement was signed with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department to provide an off-duty sheriff’s deputy to patrol campus. "You're not just getting a deputy sheriff, you're getting an entire sheriff's office," said Sheriff James Voutour. "When that guy steps foot on this campus, he has access to our investigators, our drug task force, our forensic lab, everything that goes with a police department he has access to."

Niagara University logo

Cooperative planning with Niagara University

In an effort to provide better service to students, NCCC and Niagara University have joined forces to provide student shuttle transportation, allowing students to visit various destinations across Niagara County. Beginning in the fall 2018 semester, the shuttle will be launched that will transport students between NCCC, the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Niagara University as well as several retail stops along Military Road.

Empire State College logo

Empire State College opens
office at NCCC

Empire State College opened an office on the NCCC Sanborn campus and at the Culinary Institute on August 1, 2018. SUNY Empire State College educates nearly 18,000 adult students in person, online, and through a blend of both, at more than 30 locations in New York. Together with one of the college's faculty mentors, each SUNY Empire student designs his or her own customized pathway to a college degree that accommodates his or her schedule and awards credit for prior college-level learning. We are excited to have this pathway for our students and alumni.

Bill Ross with Tripp

Bisons Superhero Night

NCCC sponsored Bisons Superhero Night at the ballpark on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Alumni, employees, and friends of NCCC joined in the fun. Tripp was on hand with other mascots and superheroes for pictures with the crowd, and William Ross, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees threw out the first pitch at the game.

The NCCC Alumni Association also sold tickets for the third year in a row for the game that night. Over 100 NCCC alumni along with their friends and family enjoyed watching the Buffalo Bisons take on the Toledo Mud Hens between home plate and first base. Tickets were $10 and included a $5 Bisons Bucks gift card good to use towards any snacks, drinks, or apparel.

NCCC Thundwerwolves at Peach Festival

Peach Festival Parade

NCCC participated in the 61st Annual Niagara County Peach Festival parade. The college was represented by students, athletes, faculty and staff on a float featuring the school mascot, Tripp.

NCCC Students at Thunderfest

Thunderfest

The Student Senate Programming Board at NCCC hosted the 2nd annual Thunderfest on Friday, April 27th to celebrate the end of the spring semester. The event featured a carnival, food trucks, and a live concert on campus. Over 550 students, faculty, staff and community members were in attendance.

Grand Buffet at NFCI

Grand Buffet

On Friday, March 23rd, Chef John Matwijkow’s Garde Manger class at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute showcased their skills by hosting a Grand Buffet. The event was open to the public, and funds raised benefitted the American Culinary Federation NFCI Scholarship Fund.

NCCC Retiree Reunion Reception

Retiree Reunion Reception

A retiree reception was held on December 6 with over eighty retirees in attendance. For many of the retirees, this was the first time many of them had returned to campus for an event. Many familiar faces were on hand to celebrate the season. Plans are in the works to make this an annual event.

NCCC Film & Animation Festival 2018

NCCC Film and
Animation Festival

On Saturday, May 5, 2018 Niagara County Community College (NCCC) held its 20th Anniversary Film and Animation Festival. The festival had 131 film submissions from 23 different countries entered into seven categories: animation, comedy, drama, documentary, horror, music video, and experimental. Winners hailed from France, Iran, Turkey, Australia, and multiple locations within the United States. Each category is judged by two professionals in their respective fields on the basis of creative and technical quality. Monetary prizes are awarded for the first place winner in each category, and an additional prize is given to the best local film.

PTK Thanksgiving Boxes

NCCC Lends a Helping Hand

Lending a helping hand during the holiday season is important to the members of the Practical Business Club and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at NCCC. Together both groups were able to collect enough donated items to create ten thanksgiving dinner baskets for families in need. Approximately twenty students participated this year logging over forty volunteer hours.

This is the second year thanksgiving items were collected and given to deserving families. As an advisor to both the business club and honor society, Professor Paul Ratka works with NCCC’s Child Development Center to identify families that could use some additional help during the holiday season. Once families are identified, students are sent a list of items needed to fill the baskets. This year baskets included a whole turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pie, and more! Each basket also included a small toy for children within the family.

Student Appreciation Lunch

Thanksgiving
Appreciation Lunch

President Murabito hosted the annual Thanksgiving appreciation lunch for students on November 16 on the Sanborn campus and November 17 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. The President, administrators and faculty leaders served turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and all the trimmings to students for a nominal fee. This annual event is a big hit with students at a busy time of year – not to mention a lot of fun for the volunteers!

NFCI digital signage

Interactive Digital Signage
at NFCI

NFCI added an interactive digital sign to the first floor atrium. This tool will allow visitors to gain insight into the rich history of NFCI, award winning chef instructors, academic programs, retail outlets, community education classes, local events and much more! The new sign allows you to control the content and user experience with a simple swipe or press of your finger.

NCCC's new corner sign

Corner Sign in Sanborn

A new sign was installed at the corner of Route 31 and Townline Road on the Sanborn campus to draw greater attention to NCCC at the busy intersection.

NCCC Physical Education majors volunteering

Girls in Sports

NCCC Physical Education Majors volunteered at the Girls in Sports event at the New Era field house. Over 250 girls, ages 6-12, from the Buffalo “closing the gap” schools participated in 8 different sports throughout the day along with speakers that advocated the positive benefits that sports can have on their lives. This event is sponsored by Mary Wilson (pictured with some of the NCCC Majors) who is a major advocate of youth sports.

Color guard

NCCC Veterans
Day Ceremony

NCCC hosted the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 9, 2017 on the Sanborn campus at the Veterans Memorial Park. This annual ceremony honors all veterans including NCCC students, faculty, staff, retirees and community members.

Interim President Dr. William Murabito offered opening remarks. The keynote speaker was Major Joseph Pulvino, Officer in Charge of the Emergency Medical Team at the 865th Combat Support Hospital at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Army veteran Collin O’Donnell, who is majoring in criminal justice at NCCC spoke on behalf of NCCC veteran students. Andrew LaPlante, a US Army veteran, majoring in liberal arts/math & science, served as master of ceremonies. Members of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Honor Guard, Posted the Colors, performed a Firing Party ritual and Flag Folding Ceremony. All attending veterans were asked to step forward to be recognized and honored.

Food Pantry photo

Food Pantry

Faculty and staff ramped up efforts to collect non-perishable food items for students in need at donation sites across campus. The food collected is stocked in the pantry in H building where students can access what they need. In 2017-2018, over 1,500 items were donated and 541 visits were made to the pantry.

Degree Works photo

Degree Works

SUNY Transfer Finder functionality within Degree Works went live in Spring 2018! This is a cooperative effort by SUNY to allow students to select up to 3 transfer institutions, filter their completed coursework through an online degree evaluation, and find the shortest pathway to completion for a particular major. This can also be used to look up coursework a student has taken at another SUNY college or look up course equivalencies across campuses.

State Star - Dinene Zaleski and Lynn Oswald

Small Business
Development Center

In May of 2018, Niagara SBDC Business Advisor Dinene Zaleski was named the New York Small Business Development Center (NYSBDC) State Star. She then represented the NYSBDC at the ASBDC National Conference in September. This well-deserved and very prestigious honor is given annually to only one advisor in each state. It recognized Dinene’s strong commitment to the Niagara Region and her outstanding counseling services. Dinene has worked with nearly 1,100 clients helping them create / save over 2,800 jobs and over $203 million in economic impact. She has been a proud part of the NCCC Community since 1987.

 

Supporters

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We thank you all for your generosity. We have attempted to recognize each gift from June 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 and regret any inadvertent omissions. Please contact the NCCC Foundation at (716) 614- 5910 should you notice a discrepancy.


Foundation Board

NCCC Foundation Board

Front Row: Maria Crea MD, David Karwick, David Bonnevie DDS, Jerry Wolfgang, Donna Bryk, and Christina Cerrone Pecoraro
Second Row: Jane Haenle, Vincent (Jimmy) Cancemi, Jack Kopczynski, Michael Hooper, Robert MacDonald, Ann Briody Petock, Lester Robinson III, Gina Virtuoso, David DiCamillo, Steven Sinclair, William Bevacqua, Fred Rickan, Jayne Schaber, Marc O’Hearn, and William Ross (Not all Foundation Board Members pictured)

Foundation Board Member List

Niagara County Legislature

  • Wm. Keith McNall
  • Clyde L. Burmaster
  • Randy R. Bradt
  • Dennis F. Virtuoso
  • Rebecca J. Wydysh
  • Mark J. Grozio
  • Owen T. Steed
  • Jason A. Zona
  • Kathryn L. Lance
  • Richard L. Andres Jr.
  • David E. Godfrey
  • Anthony J. Nemi
  • William J. Collins Sr.
  • John Syracuse
  • Michael A. Hill

Athletics

Matt Cross photo
  • Sophomore catcher Matt Cross was selected in the 19th round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics
  • Freshman Vinny Chiarenza, Cross and classmate Joe Kruszka were named NJCAA Division III All-Americans
  • NCCC finished as Region III runners-up after winning 40 games, including head coach Matt Clingersmith’s 400th career victory

Pictured: Matt Cross

Hogan Lang photo
  • Freshman Hogan Lang qualified individually and ultimately finished 50th at the NJCAA Division III Championships
  • Lang was the medalist as NCCC won the WNYAC Championship at its home tournament for the third consecutive year
  • Sophomore All-WNYAC players Vinny Falvo, Zach Fronckowiak, Cam Eddy and Hunter Harris helped NCCC to five tournament wins

Pictured: Hogan Lang

Mike Pollard photo
  • Sophomore 1,000-point scorer Donel Cathcart was named an NJCAA Division II second-team All-American
  • Cathcart (Youngstown State) and classmate LaTerrance Reed (Northwestern State) signed with NCAA Division I programs
  • Cathcart, Reed and freshman Najee Scott were All-Region choices on a team that won 21 games

Pictured: Mike Pollard

Neraelyn Trueheart photo
  • NCCC advanced to the regional championship for the third straight year, falling to National Champion Monroe CC
  • Sophomore scoring leaders Diamond Fedrick (UNC-Pembroke) and Nerae Truheart (Alderson Broaddus) earned scholarships
  • Fedrick, Trueheart and freshman Shilah Parker were All-Region selection for the 19-win Thunderwolves

Pictured: Neraelyn Trueheart

James DiLorenzo photo
  • Freshmen trio of Josh Horvath, Noah Meister and Tyler Van Buren were named second-team All-WNYAC
  • An overtime win over perennial power Mohawk Valley CC highlighted an otherwise rough season
  • David Hesch took over as head coach in 2018

Pictured: James DiLorenzo

Alexis Fyock photo
  • Freshman Alexis Fyock led the team with 22 points on her way to first-team All-WNYAC honors
  • Classmate Michelle Fiore and sophomore Cristina Catalano were second-team All-WNYAC picks
  • Former longtime NCAA Division I assistant David Hesch was named head coach for the 2018 season

Pictured: Alexis Fyock

Ana Bryer photo
  • NCCC won 13 regional games and advanced to the Region III semifinals for the second consecutive season
  • Sophomore captain Ana Bryer led the country in stolen bases (48) on her way to first-team All-Region honors
  • Pitcher Vicki Waugaman threw a no hitter against Finger Lakes CC and pitcher Bree Chambers had a no hitter against Mohawk Valley CC.

Pictured: Ana Bryer

Maddy Finn photo
  • Sophomore team captain Lauren Wills was named All-WNYAC for the second consecutive season
  • After a one-year hiatus, NCCC will once again host the Region III Championships in the fall 2018
  • Former head coach Joe Daigler, who led NCCC to a pair of regional titles, returns as an assistant in 2018

Pictured: Maddy Finn

Troy Keller photo
  • Sophomore 165-pounder Troy Keller, a University Buffalo signee, became the school’s fifth National Champion
  • Keller, a two-time NJCAA All-American and SUNY Scholar-Athlete award winner, set the program record for wins (90)
  • Classmate John Riena was also an NJCAA All-American for NCCC, which won its 21st Region III Championship

Pictured: Troy Keller

Financial Data

Future Plans

Construction of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Center

A new STEM Center building has been proposed on the Sanborn campus that will provide updated technology and expanded STEM laboratory spaces. It will impact all students in all degree programs as well as expand workforce development and increase the College’s competitive recruitment of students. Phase 2 of the project includes renovation of the existing space to allow for growth in the Nursing and Allied Health Programs. It is estimated the project will cost approximately $35 million. A steering committee has been established, and they are working to receive support from the local officials.

Niagara Falls Culinary Institute New Accelerated Program

Plans were approved by SUNY to offer a 16-month culinary degree program to accommodate students who want to finish their degree more quickly and enter the workforce. This model will now allow for the oversight of the restaurant and pastry shop at NF to return under the direction of the academic programs as it is at many culinary schools in NY and across the US and as it was here in Sanborn 7 years ago in the faculty dining room. This will put the students at the forefront and complete the student journey for the academic programs from beginning of their degree to completion allowing for the necessary skills to be introduced and practiced in the academic labs and then reinforced in the production style classes serving the public and college community.

Upgrading of Athletics Facilities

Although our athletic programs have experienced unprecedented success in recent years, our athletic facilities have fallen behind rival institutions. A task force spearheaded by Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Ross has been organized to review the athletic facility master plan, which was first presented in 2015. The plan calls for a turf complex for baseball, soccer and softball, upgrades to indoor facilities and locker rooms to meet SUNY mandates and NJCAA compliance as well as options to enhance, renovate and/or re-configure the current fitness center and pool. While meetings are ongoing, Ross has made it clear that the college’s top priority is a new STEM building.

Three Generations of Engineers

By Denyel Beiter, '07

The Voisinet family share more than DNA. They share a passion for engineering, design, and drafting. The three generations of engineers include Don (grandfather), Mark (father), and Brigette (daughter). They have gone from T-square to software in the classroom and nearly 50 years after Don began teaching at NCCC, the three continue to exhibit their talents in engineering throughout the Western New York community and beyond.

Don Voisinet photo

Don Voisinet

Prior to teaching at NCCC’s “Nabisco Tech” campus in Niagara Falls, Don graduated from the University at Buffalo and worked at General Motors’ Tonawanda plant designing patterns for the 396 Engine. In 1969, he became an Assistant Professor at NCCC. Two years later, he founded the Design and Drafting program. It did not take long before this track became a major success for students, achieving near 100% job placement for graduates.

Under Don’s leadership as Program Coordinator, he saw the future of design and drafting was going to be fully automated after he discovered some of the first CADD software. With the introduction of this tool in the early 1980’s, Don recognized that the usage of pencils, mylar, triangles, compasses, and perfect hand-written lettering would slowly come to an end. Don realized, “This [software] is the wave of the future. This is something that will make a difference.” He studied, researched, and soon found out he was ahead of the curve. Being involved with the inception of Computer Aided Drafting and Design software quickly catapulted him into a pioneer role in this new electronic version of engineering. He wrote some of the very first CADD textbooks and traveled the United States training thousands of college instructors and engineering firms on ways to incorporate the new found tools into their work. Don, a change agent and student advocate, also wrote grants and was able to procure many donations such as computers and software in order to train students on the latest technologies the industry would be using.

Mark Voisinet photo

Mark Voisinet, ‘87

Don’s son, Mark, a 1987 NCCC alumnus of the Design and Drafting program, now spearheads the Department as the Program Coordinator. His career path was launched upon graduating from NCCC when he worked on local engineering projects for major companies like Harrison Radiator (Delphi), Calspan, Praxair, Dupont, and Wilson Greatbatch. He also went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and a Master's of Science degree in Industrial Technology from SUNY Buffalo State.

His knowledge in design and drafting is only met by his passion for students. He continues in his father’s footsteps, helping graduates achieve near 100% job placement. “We teach our students real skill sets that are highly marketable and hirable. I regularly meet with local industry leaders in order for the program to stay cutting edge. On my watch, I want to stay true to the community college mission and serve our students. I also want to produce great leaders for the industry and make sure we have a program that is meeting the needs of local business.” With so many job openings in the engineering field throughout Western New York, Mark reports phone call after phone call from companies looking for graduates who are ready to enter the workforce.

“Our alumni are now leaders in the industry. We have CEOs, presidents, vice presidents, general managers, and project managers who have gone through our CADD program. Many graduates stay in the area because there are so many jobs.” Mark also reports that some students do decide to move, though. “Earning a State University of New York (SUNY) degree holds a lot of weight,” and some students follow job offers which take them around the country to places like NASA and SpaceX.

Mark also has his eyes set on the future of industry, just like Don did. He has been able to acquire three-dimensional (3D) printers and scanners, create a 3D lab, write a textbook, and train students in both design and drafting using the latest CADD software. “NCCC has a premiere program where students are trained how to design in addition to drafting. We give students a foundation which teaches them the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of design, we teach the engineering formulas and how to apply them, and we teach them how to design. They will leave the program knowing how to read and create project plans. Industry managers are able to trust our graduates with design work.” Mark went on to explain that the A.A.S. degree in CADD allows students to specialize in piping, architecture, civil design, electrical design or mechanical design. Furthermore, graduates could also work in procurement, sales, materials, and management because of the required classes in college writing and other liberal arts classes. Some even go on to become technology teachers and college professors. These courses compliment hands on experiences which create transferability and hire ability.

Brigette Voisinet photo

Brigette Voisinet, ‘17

Mark’s own daughter, Brigette, is the most recent Voisinet to step through the CADD program. She graduated in 2017 and is an example of the curriculum’s transferability and attainment. “After graduating, I transferred to Buffalo State College where I am now studying to earn my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.” Brigette now holds a secure internship at a local aerospace manufacturing company which she began while she was at NCCC.

“I loved my time at NCCC. I liked how the teachers got to know me and invested in what I was doing; they wanted me to succeed. I liked the professors who worked in the industry and knew exactly what I needed to know. Processes class was fun because our instructor was so excited and involved. The Mechanical Technology Design classes with my dad were great, too.

When asked what it was like taking classes from her dad, Brigette explained, “In the classroom, my dad kept it very professional; it was a professor-student relationship. I was never given special attention and it was all very equal. He would tell me, ‘Do your work and do it well.’ He told me stories about how my grandpa was like that with him. I always worked hard to make my dad proud.”

In correlation with her studies, Brigette has also found her voice within the engineering field as a women's advocate. She is often invited to her former all-girls high school to speak as a panelist about her experience in engineering. “In many of my college classes, I am the only girl. If you eliminate half of the population thinking they have no interest [in engineering], you are already decreasing the workforce. We need to get girls in this high paying field.

After finishing her schooling and gaining experience in the mechanical engineering industry, Brigette hopes to teach at NCCC in the future. If NCCC’s proposed $30 million STEM building can be constructed, she could be carrying her family’s torch through the next wave of engineering trends in the College’s brand new state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories.

“At the end of the day, it is about student outcomes. We are so proud when a student has accepted a job, especially within the region,” declares Mark. The new facilities, labs, and equipment will match the unrivaled educated graduates receive from NCCC.

To learn more about NCCC’s Computer Aided Drafting and Design program or the potential STEM building, please visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu/programs/cadd/.

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