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NCCC Takes Steps in Making Higher Education More Affordable
and Accessible

By News Archive

April 19, 2021

In an effort to reduce college-related expenses, Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is joining a SUNY-wide effort to offer low-cost and zero-cost instructional materials. By utilizing Open Education Resources (OER), students enrolled in courses with this option will have the ability to cut costs dramatically without sacrificing the quality of their education.

A low-cost OER course ensures materials will not exceed $50 for a given class. The zero-cost OER option facilitates access to free course materials, eliminating the necessity of purchasing textbooks and multimedia components. In place of costly course-related supplies, OER allows students to utilize open licenses and public domain resources, which include rentable or downloadable textbooks, journals, articles, labs, lectures, videos, games, and other supporting materials. Resources will also be provided from the course instructor, NCCC’s Barnes & Noble retail shops, Henrietta G. Lewis Library at NCCC, SUNY, and additional vendors.

This initiative is available to all students, regardless of income. Its design is intended to make higher education more affordable. Additionally, Both NCCC and SUNY are making accessibility to these materials a priority. OER will feature adaptive technology for students with disabilities, facilitating new ways of accessible education for all.

This effort is beneficial to instructors as well, providing teaching resources and support. Instructors will have the ability to network with other faculty members to advance the impact of OER. They will also have access to professional development opportunities and can work directly with SUNY OER Services to integrate learning content into their curriculum. OER options give faculty members the freedom to curate a course methodically, allowing them to enrich students’ learning experience precisely.

The OER courses will be available during the summer and fall 2021 semesters in which students are currently registering. Courses which offer low-cost and zero cost materials are available across many disciplines, satisfying general education requirements as well as classes that are specific to an individual’s program. There are already more than 60 sections with OER planned for fall 2021 at NCCC. Students can search for low-cost and OER courses when registering for classes. To enroll, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/reg

NCCC students

NCCC is making it possible for students to learn through low cost and zero cost course materials, many of which are available online.


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Event Coordinator, Public Relations and Event Management
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Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

Arianna Morales, Allyson Knuutila-Clark, and Miranda Fiore, 2021 SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winners.

NCCC Students Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award

By News Archive

April 16, 2021

Three sophomores at Niagara County Community College have received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Miranda Fiore, Allyson (Ally) Knuutila-Clark, and Arianna (Ari) Morales have been recognized for their outstanding achievements in academics, campus involvement, and community service.

The trio of strong women share many attributes.  All three are Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Science majors and they are active members in numerous clubs, including NCCC’s Student Government Association (SGA). Miranda is the student event coordinator, Allyson is vice president, and Arianna is president of the SGA. In addition to planning and attending student events, they have played a vital role in representing NCCC’s student body to faculty, staff, and the SUNY system.

Miranda also serves as a student ambassador, an orientation leader, and has attended NCCC’s alternative spring break twice. This journey is for students who want to give back on their spring break, often times traveling hundreds of miles to complete community service projects. Miranda shares, “NCCC was the smart place to start for me because I met so many amazing people who wanted to help and support me and my journey. I also switched my major a few times and it led me to find what I wanted to do in a cost-effective, caring, and growing environment.”

Ally holds multiple leadership roles at NCCC. She is a member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, co-founder and co-president of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), is involved with the Campus Activity Board, and is the manager for the NCCC wrestling team. Ally is an exemplary student, earning top grades in her courses. She states, “My proudest accomplishment as an NCCC student was obtaining a 3.58 GPA the semester we were sent home because of the pandemic.”

Ari is a first-generation college student who credits her NCCC family, specifically, the Office of Student Life, for encouraging her to follow her dreams. Arianna is co-founder and co-president of the NSLS and she is the SUNY Student Assembly Community College Caucus chairwoman. Arianna is passionate about mental health awareness and equity in our education system.

Julia Pitman, Vice President of Student Services shared, “Ally, Ari, and Miranda are strong campus leaders here at NCCC. They are extremely invested in our campus community and represent the students well both locally and with the SUNY Student Association. I’m very proud that the three were chosen by SUNY to be honored as Students of Excellence. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a student within the SUNY system and all three are very deserving.”

Miranda, Allyson, and Arianna were recognized for their award on April 14 during a virtual SUNY ceremony. Their next big accomplishments will include successfully completing their final exams and earning their degrees this May.

Arianna Morales, Allyson Knuutila-Clark, and Miranda Fiore, 2021 SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winners.

(L to R) Arianna Morales, Allyson Knuutila-Clark, and Miranda Fiore, 2021 SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winners.


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Denyel Beiter
Event Coordinator, Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

Catherine Brown and Karen Kwandrans

Niagara County Legislature Appoints NCCC Employees
to Advisory Committees

By News Archive

April 15, 2021

At a meeting of the Niagara County Legislature on March 26, 2021, Catherine Brown, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) was appointed as a member of the Ad Hoc Mutual Self Insurance Advisory Committee.  This appointment will expire on March 10, 2022.  Brown has been at NCCC since 2015.

On March 23, 2021, the Niagara County Legislature approved the appointment of Karen Kwandrans to the Niagara County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee through December 31, 2021. Kwandrans has served as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Workforce Development at NCCC since 2018.

Catherine Brown and Karen Kwandrans

NCCC Employees Catherine Brown, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Karen Kwandrans, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Workforce Development


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Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

Josie DiVincenzo

NCCC Film & Animation Festival to Offer Three Free Workshops

By News Archive

April 9, 2021

Josie DiVincenzo

Television and Film Actor Josie DiVicenzo will teach a workshop titled “Auditioning for the Camera: More than Meets the Lens.”

Niagara County Community College’s 2021 Film & Animation Festival will be held on Saturday, May 1 from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm. This year’s festival is being held entirely online and features three Zoom workshops, led by industry professionals, which are free and open to the public. Sign up at www.bit.ly/ncccfilmfest. Enrollment is limited to the first 20 persons to register for each workshop.

Craig Lindberg, a professional makeup artist, will offer a class on “Special Effects Makeup for TV and Film.”  Lindberg’s television experience includes working on Saturday Night Live for 16 years, season six of The Walking Dead, and season ten of American Horror Stories. Other credits include the television series: Royal Pains, Person of Interest, Boardwalk Empire, Elementary, and many more. His film credits include Lincoln and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Craig will demonstrate the basic effects that all artists should know and a list of go-to products that no special effects artist should be without. He will also cover various makeup techniques including aging, trauma (bruises, scrapes, scars, decomposition, burns, etc.), working with hair, prosthetics, blood effects, and creating characters from a script. An open Q&A session with the instructor will follow at the end of the class.

Television and Film actor Josie DiVincenzo will offer a class entitled “Auditioning for the Camera: More than Meets the Lens.” Josie’s resume includes major roles in theater both in LA, Arkansas, and Buffalo, guest stars and series regulars on prime time TV (Friends, 24, CSI:NY, Beverly Hills, 90210, Weeds, and others) and roles in films, including Daredevil (with Ben Affleck), Marshall (with the late Chadwick Boseman), Bashira, (with Liam Aiken), Plan B (director Natalie Morales) – the last four films shot on location utilizing our great area of Western and Central NY. As a Professor in the Theatre and Fine Arts Dept. at Niagara University, she teaches On-Camera Acting and Shakespeare. She also holds private classes in Buffalo. Josie’s class will cover audition techniques, what to expect in the casting room, breaking the code of the script, learning the language of casting directors, how to create a real scene in two minutes, how to make a self-tape, and set life. There will be an open Q&A session with the instructor at the end of the class.

Rounding out the afternoon will be a class on “Hand-Drawn 2D Animation” by renowned animation artist Tony White. White is a British Academy Award-winning animation director, animator, author, educator and mentor. He has been responsible for animating over 200 TV Commercials, two TV Specials, several short films, and was responsible for the award-winning title sequence for The Pink Panther Strikes Again movie early in his career. Tony studied advanced animation techniques with some of the finest masters of the art form, specifically, Ken Harris (original lead animator of Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner, etc.), Art Babbit (original lead animator on Pinocchio, Fantasia, etc.) and Richard Williams (three-time Oscar winner and author of The Animator’s Survival Kit.

The NCCC Film & Animation Festival brings together filmmakers, animators, and enthusiasts from across Western New York and beyond. Highlight of the event is an international film competition, which presents $200 awards in a variety of categories including: Drama, Comedy, Animation, Documentary, Music Video, Horror, and Experimental. Judges for the contest include area filmmakers, animators, film actors, and other media professionals. More than $1,600 in prizes are given out, including three special “716” awards that go to the best high school student film, best college student film, and best overall film selected by attendees to the festival. This year’s award winners will be announced online and selected films will be viewable online on the NCCC Festival’s YouTube channel.

This year’s film festival received 387 submissions from more than 55 different countries, including China, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, Turkey, India, Poland, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Nigeria, Thailand, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. For more information, contact the NCCC Film and Animation Festival at: ncccfilmfestival@gmail.com

April 9, 2021

Niagara County Community College’s 2021 Film & Animation Festival will be held on Saturday, May 1 from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm. This year’s festival is being held entirely online and features three Zoom workshops, led by industry professionals, which are free and open to the public. Sign up at www.bit.ly/ncccfilmfest. Enrollment is limited to the first 20 persons to register for each workshop.

Craig Lindberg, a professional makeup artist, will offer a class on “Special Effects Makeup for TV and Film.”  Lindberg’s television experience includes working on Saturday Night Live for 16 years, season six of The Walking Dead, and season ten of American Horror Stories. Other credits include the television series: Royal Pains, Person of Interest, Boardwalk Empire, Elementary, and many more. His film credits include Lincoln and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Craig will demonstrate the basic effects that all artists should know and a list of go-to products that no special effects artist should be without. He will also cover various makeup techniques including aging, trauma (bruises, scrapes, scars, decomposition, burns, etc.), working with hair, prosthetics, blood effects, and creating characters from a script. An open Q&A session with the instructor will follow at the end of the class.

Television and Film actor Josie DiVincenzo will offer a class entitled “Auditioning for the Camera: More than Meets the Lens.” Josie’s resume includes major roles in theater both in LA, Arkansas, and Buffalo, guest stars and series regulars on prime time TV (Friends, 24, CSI:NY, Beverly Hills, 90210, Weeds, and others) and roles in films, including Daredevil (with Ben Affleck), Marshall (with the late Chadwick Boseman), Bashira, (with Liam Aiken), Plan B (director Natalie Morales) – the last four films shot on location utilizing our great area of Western and Central NY. As a Professor in the Theatre and Fine Arts Dept. at Niagara University, she teaches On-Camera Acting and Shakespeare. She also holds private classes in Buffalo. Josie’s class will cover audition techniques, what to expect in the casting room, breaking the code of the script, learning the language of casting directors, how to create a real scene in two minutes, how to make a self-tape, and set life. There will be an open Q&A session with the instructor at the end of the class.

Rounding out the afternoon will be a class on “Hand-Drawn 2D Animation” by renowned animation artist Tony White. White is a British Academy Award-winning animation director, animator, author, educator and mentor. He has been responsible for animating over 200 TV Commercials, two TV Specials, several short films, and was responsible for the award-winning title sequence for The Pink Panther Strikes Again movie early in his career. Tony studied advanced animation techniques with some of the finest masters of the art form, specifically, Ken Harris (original lead animator of Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner, etc.), Art Babbit (original lead animator on Pinocchio, Fantasia, etc.) and Richard Williams (three-time Oscar winner and author of The Animator’s Survival Kit.

The NCCC Film & Animation Festival brings together filmmakers, animators, and enthusiasts from across Western New York and beyond. Highlight of the event is an international film competition, which presents $200 awards in a variety of categories including: Drama, Comedy, Animation, Documentary, Music Video, Horror, and Experimental. Judges for the contest include area filmmakers, animators, film actors, and other media professionals. More than $1,600 in prizes are given out, including three special “716” awards that go to the best high school student film, best college student film, and best overall film selected by attendees to the festival. This year’s award winners will be announced online and selected films will be viewable online on the NCCC Festival’s YouTube channel.

This year’s film festival received 387 submissions from more than 55 different countries, including China, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, Turkey, India, Poland, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Nigeria, Thailand, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. For more information, contact the NCCC Film and Animation Festival at: ncccfilmfestival@gmail.com

Josie DiVincenzo

Television and Film Actor Josie DiVicenzo will teach a workshop titled “Auditioning for the Camera: More than Meets the Lens.”


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Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

Distinguished Alumni Wall - Facebook

NCCC Alumni Association Seeking Nominations for Annual Award

By News Archive

March 29, 2021

The Niagara County Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is bestowed to deserving alumni who exemplify educational achievements, career success, community involvement, and support to NCCC. The award will be presented at the NCCC Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Gala to be held on October 23, 2021. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the format of the 2021 Foundation Scholarship Gala is still to be determined.

The nominated individual must have completed 50 or more credit hours at NCCC, yet it is strongly recommended that she/he is a graduate. Nomination applications are available to download at http://niagaracc.suny.edu/alumni/awards or a hard copy can be requested. Applications can be submitted directly online or mailed to the NCCC Alumni Association, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn, NY 14132. All materials are due to the Alumni Office by May 5, 2021, to be eligible for consideration for the award.  If you have any questions, please contact Allison Korta in the Alumni Office at 716-614-5910 or via email at alumni@niagaracc.suny.edu.

Distinguished Alumni Wall

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Foundation Assistant Director
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Carolyn Cianciosa

Carolyn Cianciosa Memorial Scholarship
At Niagara County Community College

By News Archive

March 8, 2021

For more than 20 years, Carolyn Cianciosa was a faculty member at Niagara County Community College (NCCC). She had a critical role in establishing the Radiologic Technology (Rad Tech) program. Carolyn took pride in growing Rad Tech from 13 to 100 students before she retired in 2012. Sadly, Carolyn passed away on June 25, 2017.

To honor Carolyn’s memory, celebrate her 65th birthday, and carry on her legacy, her husband Robert Cianciosa established the Carolyn L. Cianciosa Memorial Scholarship at NCCC. Family and friends contributed to Carolyn’s scholarship recognizing that education and healthcare had always been an integral part of her life.

Students may apply for the Carolyn L. Cianciosa Memorial Scholarship and many other NCCC scholarships through the AwardSpring Scholarship System on NCCC’s website at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships/. The deadline to apply for fall 2021 scholarships is March 19, 2021.

If you would like more information about making a donation or establishing a scholarship, please contact Deb Brewer, NCCC Foundation Director at 716-614-5910 or email dbrewer@niagaracc.suny.edu.

Carolyn L. Cianciosa

Carolyn L. Cianciosa


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Foundation Assistant Director
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Email: akorta@niagaracc.suny.edu

Savor Restaurant: Culinary Classroom Now in Session

By News Archive

Savor Restaurant: Culinary Classroom
Now in Session

February 26, 2021 

student with gnocchi dish

Student Chef Sean Jones shows off a plate of House Made Ricotta Gnocchi from the Savor dinner menu.

The City of Niagara Falls is obviously known for the world-class tourist attraction of the falls themselves, but the downtown area of the city has plenty to offer for visitors and local residents alike.  Savor Restaurant within the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) is a premier destination for guests to enjoy a delicious meal with a unique experience.

Savor Restaurant is a hands-on culinary classroom for students studying culinary arts or hospitality at NFCI, giving them the background they need to hit the ground running in a career after graduation.  Guests of the restaurant get to see firsthand as chef instructors train students in the open kitchen while enjoying top-notch service from the attentive wait staff.  While the setting is certainly worth a visit in and of itself, the quality of the food at Savor will have you coming back for more.  The reasonably priced menu features a $15 prix fixe lunch or $25 prix fixe dinner that includes a starter, main dish and dessert.  All cuisine is made from scratch and guests can even enjoy selections from a full bar.

Beginning Friday, February 26th, Savor will be open for lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11a.m.-1:30p.m. and from 5:00p.m.-9:00p.m. for dinner.  Reservations can be made at the restaurant by calling (716) 210-2580 or by visiting nfculinary.org/savor

February 26, 2021

The City of Niagara Falls is obviously known for the world-class tourist attraction of the falls themselves, but the downtown area of the city has plenty to offer for visitors and local residents alike.  Savor Restaurant within the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) is a premier destination for guests to enjoy a delicious meal with a unique experience.

Savor Restaurant is a hands-on culinary classroom for students studying culinary arts or hospitality at NFCI, giving them the background they need to hit the ground running in a career after graduation.  Guests of the restaurant get to see firsthand as chef instructors train students in the open kitchen while enjoying top-notch service from the attentive wait staff.  While the setting is certainly worth a visit in and of itself, the quality of the food at Savor will have you coming back for more.  The reasonably priced menu features a $15 prix fixe lunch or $25 prix fixe dinner that includes a starter, main dish and dessert.  All cuisine is made from scratch and guests can even enjoy selections from a full bar.

Beginning Friday, February 26th, Savor will be open for lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11a.m.-1:30p.m. and from 5:00p.m.-9:00p.m. for dinner.  Reservations can be made at the restaurant by calling (716) 210-2580 or by visiting nfculinary.org/savor

student with gnocchi dish

Student Chef Sean Jones shows off a plate of House Made Ricotta Gnocchi from the Savor dinner menu.


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Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

Nathan Koscielski

NCCC Blazing a Trail in Culinary Cannabis Industry

By News Archive

NCCC Blazing a Trail
in Culinary Cannabis Industry

February 25, 2021 

The cannabis economy is growing and Niagara County Community College has answered the call to educate those who wish to enter the field. The College began offering a cannabis-focused curriculum through their Horticulture program in 2019. Now, they plan to grow their cannabis-infused lesson plans to their accomplished culinary arts program.

During a May 2020 curriculum meeting at Niagara County Community College, Chef Nathan Koscielski, a Certified Culinary Instructor at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute stated, “Many states are legalizing cannabis for recreational use. I want the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute and NCCC to be the gold standard when it comes to professional culinary cannabis education.” He added, “I understand that this is a controversial topic and there are stigmas, but I am approaching this from an educational perspective with a focus on safety as more chefs and culinarians enter this growing space.” His research, education, and presentation were widely accepted, and by January 2021, students were enrolled in the College’s first-ever culinary cannabis class.

Nathan Koscielski

NFCI Instructor, Chef Nathan Koscielski, poses with his Specialization Certificate in Culinary Cannabis and Edibles from the American Culinary Federation.

Speaking of firsts, Chef Koscielski was part of the inaugural Specialization Certificate in Culinary Cannabis and Edibles from the American Culinary Federation, making him one of the first 50 chefs in the United States to receive accreditation in culinary cannabis. Niagara County Community College is the only SUNY school to offer a culinary-centric cannabis course. The premier class is already a big hit; he proudly shares that class attendance has been at 100% since the beginning of the semester. His students are passionate, they share lively discussions, and are proud to be student pioneers of this fast-growing industry, state and nationwide.

The chef’s vision for cannabis-based cooking courses at NFCI is as vast as the cannabis industry is endless. “I cannot think of a single ingredient that could be used for savory and sweet dishes, beverages, and even retail,” explains Chef Koscielski. “There are so many different strains, each one with its unique flavor profile. The health benefits are bountiful and fluctuate depending on the variation. Cannabis is changing the foodservice industry. Those who have a growth mindset and can see it as an ingredient are going to thrive.”

The Culinary Cannabis and Edibles course does not yet include hands-on culinary training or sampling as New York State has not passed the legalization or regulation of recreational marijuana. Rather, this course focuses on educating student chefs about the proper handling of THC-based ingredients as well as non-THC ingredients, such as hemp and CBD (cannabinoids). The course covers terpenes, the primary reason cannabis strains smell and taste the way they do. Students learn how to determine which cannabis to choose based on the type of sweet or savory dish they would prepare. For example, Super Citrus Haze is tart, perfect for pairing with a light sugary dessert while a Sweet Pink Kush strain would complement seafood. Distinctive Sour Diesel cannabis will shine through even when paired with bold ingredients like rosemary and a variety of rich game meats.

The curriculum is also heavy in math and science covering topics such as: extraction, concentrates, dosing, plant anatomy, and the human endocannabinoid system. Business and retail topics in this course include cannabis shopping and storage. Students will also spend a considerable amount of time exploring careers in the culinary cannabis industry. This course is specifically designed to prepare students for the American Culinary Federation’s Specialization Certificate in Culinary Cannabis and Edibles exam.

The world is just at the dawning of cannabis opportunities on a grand scale. Chef Koscielski shares, “NCCC is at the forefront of it all. The future of our cannabis curriculum could attract students from across the nation.” He explains, “I would love for our students to stay in the Western New York region after they graduate, but some do move to other places. I want them to take this type of education with them if they decide to cook in states where recreational marijuana is legal.” He concluded, “The benefits of cannabis are undeniable when it comes to its medicinal properties and the effect on the economy.” This ingredient could play a major role not only in the lives of NCCC students’ but could also across our region in the horticulture, health, and culinary fields as well.


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Denyel Beiter
Event Coordinator, Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

Jordyn Bobzien

Niagara County Community College Announces Fall 2021 Scholarship Available

By News Archive

Niagara County Community College
Announces Fall 2021 Scholarship Available

February 24, 2021

The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Foundation is offering scholarships for incoming and current students for the fall 2021 semester.

The Distinguished Student Scholarship (DSS) awards are the most prestigious scholarships given to high school seniors in Niagara County. The DSS award is two years of tuition-free education at NCCC for students who exemplify superior academics, community service, a commitment to Niagara County, and plan to remain in the county upon graduation. Applications are due Friday, March 5, 2021.

Additional general scholarships are available for part-and full-time students who are incoming or currently enrolled in classes. Funds for these scholarships are donations from local businesses, individuals, foundations, memorial gifts, bequests, and revenue from the annual Scholarship Gala. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the NCCC Foundation awarded over $180,000 to more than 200 students. Applications for general scholarships are due March 19, 2021.

To apply for NCCC scholarships visit the scholarship webpage and apply online at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships. For more information, call the NCCC Financial Aid Office at 614-6205.


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Allison Korta
Foundation Assistant Director
Phone: 716-614-6231
Email: akorta@niagaracc.suny.edu

Chef Steiner with student

Shadow Day at NFCI Gives Potential Students Hands-On Experience

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Shadow Day at NFCI Gives Potential Students Hands-On Experience

February 22, 2021 

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) is known for giving its students a hands-on learning experience that prepares them for careers in hospitality, culinary arts, and baking and pastry arts.  A new initiative will now give potential students the opportunity to connect with current students and faculty, having a hands-on experience of their own through a shadow program.   This new program is the vision of Josh Blumberg, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at NFCI.  “The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is a world-class culinary and baking and pastry arts facility, with state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained and accredited chef instructors at community college prices.  It was obvious to the staff here that if potential students spend one day with us, they would see that value and quality for themselves.”

Chef Steiner with student

Award-winning Chef Instructor Scott Steiner trains former NFCI student Antonio LaBarbera in a culinary lab.

Currently, a majority of Shadow Day participants are high school juniors and seniors, but the actual makeup of students at NFCI includes a great deal of non-traditional students as well.  A typical shadow day lasts approximately four hours, allowing participants to view the action of a culinary or baking and pastry lab firsthand, interact with current students and connect with faculty.  Participants also meet with an advisor from the college one-on-one to learn about tuition costs, job placement opportunities, housing, and scholarship opportunities.  Before the shadow experience is over, participants are treated to a delicious meal in Savor Restaurant or La Patisserie Pastry Cafe, the student-run retail operations at NFCI.  The restaurant and pastry shop operations are part of the curriculum for students attending NFCI; one of the many ways the College prepares students for real-world experiences in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts or hospitality.  According to Sabrina Faso, Student Services Advisor, “about ninety-five percent of attendees decide that the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is a good fit for them after attending a shadow session.”

NFCI is a division of Niagara County Community College (NCCC).  For more information on Shadow Day at NFCI, visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/nfci/about/


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Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu