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Cafarella elected as Chairperson of the NCCC Board of Trustees

By News Archive

June 21, 2021

Newly elected NCCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Jason Cafarella

Newly elected NCCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Jason Cafarella

SANBORN, N.Y. – At the board meeting on June 15th, Jason Cafarella was elected as the chairperson of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustees, with Gina Virtuoso being elected as vice chairperson, Kevin Clark being elected as financial secretary and Bonnie Sloma retaining her position as secretary for another term.

Chairperson Cafarella will be replacing outgoing chairperson, Gina Virtuoso who was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009 by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.  Virtuoso served as chairperson for one term, and received statewide recognition in 2019 for receiving the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee Service given by the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT).   Cafarella will assume leadership of the board as COVID-19 restrictions ease, and more in-person classes and activities resume on campus.  The board will continue to make recruitment initiatives a priority and focus on several capital improvements on campus, including the renovation of a cafeteria, upgrades to athletic facilities and the creation of new welding facilities and an E-gaming center on campus.

Chairperson Cafarella previously served as financial secretary, and was appointed to the board in 2015 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.  A lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, Cafarella is an alumnus of Niagara County Community College, graduating in 1998.  He went on to complete his education at SUNY at Buffalo Law School, receiving his Juris Doctor in 2005.  Cafarella currently specializes in family and real estate law, and serves as primary counsel for the Niagara Falls Housing Authority and as a prosecutor for the Town of Niagara.  In addition, he is a full-time Fire Captain and has been employed by the Niagara Falls Fire Department since 2004.


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

Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Hosts Free Virtual Summer Camps for Middle and High School Students

By News Archive

June 17, 2021

Robert Garris shows collection of “kindness stones” created for the NCCC Liberty Kindness Rock Garden.

Robert Garris shows collection of “kindness stones” created for the NCCC Liberty Kindness Rock Garden.

Sanborn, N.Y. – Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is home to one of forty-seven highly successful Liberty Partnerships Programs throughout New York State. Sponsored by a Department of Education Grant, this program currently serves over 280 students in Niagara County. The Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program at NCCC provides year-round college and career planning, mentoring, leadership, service learning, community engagement, wellness, and social/emotional development to students.

During the month of May, students in the program worked on “kindness stones” with the goal of promoting random acts of kindness to recipients by painting and sharing inspirational rocks.  These painted rocks were decorated with inspirational messages, with some being added to the Liberty Kindness Rock Garden on campus at NCCC.  Liberty student Robert Garris was especially moved by the project, showing extra effort and dedication by making over 80 kindness stones.  “I think once I told him how much those rocks can change someone’s day around, especially when they are having a really bad day, he got more into it and understood the reason behind it,” said Robert’s mother Gina.

Community engagement is just one small part of how the Liberty Partnership Program enriches the lives of the youth participants.  The staff of the program helps to provide students and families a foundation for a successful and engaging school experience, through programs that assist them throughout middle and high school.  The ultimate goal is to transition participants into a successful college or career pathway.

This summer, Liberty Partnerships will be hosting free virtual summer camp, including a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camp, and reading camps for grades 5-12, as well as a self-paced career exploration camp for high school students.  While the camps themselves are being offered virtually, each one will include a field trip for participants.

The Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program at NCCC is now enrolling new students in grades 6 through 8 who reside within partner school districts of Niagara Falls, Lockport, and Niagara Wheatfield. Please contact Program Director, Jamie Reid, via email at jreid@niagaracc.suny.edu or by phone at (716) 614-6891 to reserve a spot for your student. This program is free and the educational rewards are many.


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

students talking in a classroom

NCCC Hosts Career Readiness Event for Youth

By News Archive

June 8, 2021

On June 16, 2021, Ready, Set, Career – A half-day career readiness seminar for out-of-school youth will be hosted by Niagara County Community College’s Workforce Development G.O.A.L.S program at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute from 10am-3pm.

The event will bring together Niagara County youth ages 17-24, and professionals in the fields of Business and Finance, Healthcare, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing and Trades. The purpose of the event is to identify student interest, values, and skills; help students gain insight into career interests and work preferences; explore careers of interest from home or at local worksites; find out what college majors lead to specific careers. Participation in the event is designed to provide G.O.A.L.S program participants with a paid work experience and assist employers with hiring needs to decrease unemployment in the area as we begin to recover from the economic effects of COVID-19.

To speak with the Grant Program Director, Rhonda Bivins-Talley regarding eligibility to enroll in the G.O.A.L.S program please call 716-614-6284 or 716-614-6236

To learn more about workforce certificate training visit the website at niagaracc.suny.edu/wd/

students talking in a classroom


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

Co-ed Kickball

Summer Camps Return to NCCC

By News Archive

June 7, 2021

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will offer its annual youth summer camps beginning in late June. Athletic and culinary summer camps will return alongside new, weekly-themed experiences facilitated by faculty, staff, and student leaders.

The new summer camps will take place each week during the month of July at the Sanborn Campus. Programs run Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for students who are 9 to 13-years-old. Weekly themes include Observing Nature (July 6 – 8); Movie and Film Week (July 6 – 8); Web Design and Development (July 12 – 15); Decades & Leadership (July 19 – 22); Health Career Exploration (July 19 – 22); Arts and Crafts (July 26 – 29); and International Week (July 26 – 29). Students will experience hands-on learning, games, and fun both inside and outdoors. The cost to attend is $150 per week/per camper for full days and $75 per week/per camper for half days. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch or may buy lunch from the snack bar. To register, please visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu/community/summer-day-camp or call NCCC Student Life at 716-614-6255.

Camp NCCC Thunderwolves athletic program will take place at the Sanborn campus and offers four camps to choose from: boys basketball, girls basketball, co-ed soccer, and co-ed general sports. The boys basketball camp is created for adolescents ages 7 to 16. It runs July 12 – 15 and August 2 – 5. The camp will increase player’s self-confidence, both on and off the court. The girls basketball camp will run July 26 – 29 for 7 to 16-year-olds. The week will focus heavily on offensive skills such as shooting, passing, and ball-handling. There will also be drills, contests, and competitions. Instruction will be provided by NCCC Head Coach Nate Beutel and his coaching staff. Co-ed Soccer will run from August 9 – 12 for ages 6 to 14. Campers will learn skills and tactics in a fun environment.  Instruction will be provided by NCCC head coach Kennet Fosuhene and his coaching staff. The co-ed athletic camps will take place July 19 – 22 for kids 6 to 14-years-old. This sports camp will cover soccer, basketball, football, kickball, handball, whiffle ball, capture the flag, floor hockey, and more! All camps run from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Camps are $150 per week/per camp with the exception of the girls basketball camp which is $80 per week/per camper. To register, visit www.ncccathletics.com/information/Camps

NCCC’s Culinary Camp will take place at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) for students who are ages 8 to 17-years-old. Culinary professionals will teach campers how to make breakfast and lunch recipes as well as food safety, healthful living, and kitchen operations. The camp takes place June 28 – August 6, but due to its popularity, it has already sold out. Look for more information during spring 2022 regarding culinary camps for next summer.

NCCC values the safety and health of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. In order to offer these enrichment opportunities, the College plans to follow the safety guidelines of the CDC, New York State, SUNY system, and Niagara County.

Co-ed Kickball

NCCC’s weekly summer camps will take place from late June through August.


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Denyel Beiter
Public Relations Assistant
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

Individual participates in free webinar offered by the Niagara SBDC

Small Business Development Center Takes Stock in Mental Health

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May 25, 2021 

The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present a free online workshop, “Take Stock of Your Mental Health” on Wednesday, June 9 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. The course will focus on protecting the mental health of small business owners and will be led by Dr. Erica Gergely, a licensed clinical psychologist with Stable Living, LLC.

The presentation will include practical tools for managing anxiety and stress, tips for sleep health, prioritization, reframing the work/life balance, building support networks, and mental health resources. To register for this free webinar, or to find out more about other services offered by the SBDC, visit www.niagarasbdc.org or call 716-210-2515. The Niagara SBDC remains open remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting clients over the phone, via email, and in online meetings.

About the Niagara SBDC

The Niagara SBDC provides management and technical assistance services including: business planning, development of marketing and global strategies, cash-flow projections, and financial analysis. The SBDC is staffed by knowledgeable, experienced professionals who can provide you with expert individualized counseling to help you grow your business. Administered by the State University of New York (SUNY), the Center specializes in free and confidential one-on-one counseling, dealing with small-business opportunities and problems. The SBDC provides services for every stage of your business as well as trainings and instructional programs targeted to the needs and interests of small business.

Individual participates in free webinar offered by the Niagara SBDC

Individual participates in free webinar offered by the Niagara SBDC


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

NFCI Chefs prepare freshly grilled summer food at Savor on the Street.

Savor on the Street Returns in Niagara Falls

By News Archive

May 18, 2021

Just in time for the warm weather this week, Savor Restaurant at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) will resume their “Savor on the Street” lunch menu featuring freshly grilled summer favorites.  Starting Wednesday, May 19th, visitors walking down Old Falls Street will smell burgers, barbecue chicken, hot dogs, Italian sausage, and lamb kafta being grilled to order.  For only $12, diners can enjoy a meal including a grilled sandwich option, salad, drink, and a cookie baked by the pastry chefs at La Patisserie for dessert. Beer and wine will also be offered for guests for an additional $6.

Savor is located at 28 Old Falls Street, just a short walk from Niagara Falls State Park. The outdoor patio is a great way to make the most of the Western New York summer days.  Savor on the Street will run Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May 19 – August 21.  For more information on the restaurant, visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/nfci/savor/

NFCI Chefs prepare freshly grilled summer food at Savor on the Street.

NFCI Chefs prepare freshly grilled summer food at Savor on the Street.


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

NCCC Spring 2021 Dean's List

NCCC Announces Spring 2021 Dean’s List and President’s List

By News Archive

May 17, 2021

A total of 629 students were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievements for the spring 2021 semester at Niagara County Community College (NCCC).  Both full-time and part-time students were honored for their scholastic successes by being named to either the Dean’s List or the Part-Time Honors List.

To be named to the College’s Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time with 12 or more credit hours and have achieved a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better. Students are ineligible if they have incomplete course work, a grade of S, U, W, or a grade below C.

To be eligible for the Part-Time Honors List, a student must be enrolled in six to 11 hours of course work and have a semester GPA of 3.5 or better. Students are ineligible if they have incomplete course work, a grade of S, U, W, or a grade below C.

New for this semester, students with a GPA of 4.0 were recognized through their addition to the President’s List.  143 students met the high standard to be included in this group.


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

(Left to Right) Arianna Morales and Miranda Fiore

Niagara County Community College Announces 2021 Student Awards

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May 14, 2021

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) hosted its annual Student Life Awards Night on May 5, 2021, doling out more than 50 awards to individuals who made outstanding contributions to the college community. This event took place virtually and can be viewed on Student Life’s website: www.niagaracc.suny.edu/studentlife. The annual award ceremony recognizes the academic and co-curricular accomplishments achieved by students, faculty, and staff. Some of the most prestigious awards and recipients include:

  • 2021 President’s Medallion Award, presented to Miranda Fiore and Arianna Morales, both of Niagara Falls.
  • 2021 SUNY Chancellor’s Award, presented to Allyson Knuutila-Clark of Lockport, Miranda Fiore and Arianna Morales.
  • The All New York Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa, presented to Aliyah Carroll of Tonawanda and Jordyn Fisher of Grand Island.
  • Club Member of the Year, presented to Jason Dittly of Lockport for his dedication to the Art Guild.
  • Club Officer of the Year, presented to Nathan Lee of Lockport for his leadership in the Gaming and Anime Club.
  • The Community Impact Award, presented to the NCCC Student Nurses Association.
  • Educational Opportunity Program Academic Achievement Award, recognized by the SUNY Provost and Office of Opportunity Programs, presented to: Carolina Candelaria of Amherst; Elaine Champagne-Lewis of Niagara Falls; Brianna Doxey of Lockport; Emily Kolek of Lockport; Neahsia Maye of Niagara Falls; Justin Mercado of Brooklyn; Alisha Rivers of Lockport; Victoria Skalski of Tonawanda; and Karen Walker of Niagara Falls.
  • Exemplary Student Involvement, presented to Allison Knuutila-Clark.
  • Program of the Year, present to the Campus Activities Board.
  • The Spirit of NCCC Award, presented to the 2020-2021 Student Trustee, Maurice Jackson of Niagara Falls.
  • Student Leader of Character Award, presented to Mikaysjiah Allen of Syracuse.
  • Student Organization of the Year, presented to the Gaming and Anime Club.
  • Thunderwolves Award, given posthumously in memory of NCCC Student, Chester Miles of Niagara Falls.
  • The Unsung Hero Award, presented to Conner Henner of North Tonawanda from the Veteran’s Association.
  • Volunteer and Service Award, presented to Elizabeth Enterline of Eden.

NCCC’s Office of Student Life hosts more than 80 social events for students on a yearly basis including leadership trainings, workshops, and community service projects. The Office supports more than 25 clubs, facilitating a space for students to explore mutual interests and academic fields. Student Life builds community outside of the classroom through promoting the well-being of the whole student and developing life-long leaders which enhance campus life and benefit the surrounding community.

(Left to Right) Arianna Morales and Miranda Fiore

(Left to Right) Arianna Morales and Miranda Fiore show their President’s Medallion Awards during NCCC’s Graduate Celebration.


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

Individual participates in free webinar offered by the Niagara SBDC

Niagara SBDC to Offer Free Legal Help for Your Business Webinar

By News Archive

May 13, 2021 

The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC), along with the Greater Lockport Development Corporation, Lumber City Development Corporation, and the Niagara County Center for Economic Development will host a “Legal Help for Your Business” webinar to strengthen new or existing businesses.  This workshop will be taught by Managing Attorney, John Donner, from the Small Business Legal Clinic at the Western New York Law Center. Topics include organizational structures, contracts, commercial leases, miscellaneous legal topics, and a Q & A session.

The live webinar will take place on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. There is no fee to attend and the workshop is open to the public. To register for this webinar, or to find out more about other services offered by the SBDC, visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu/sbdc or call 716-210-2515.  The Niagara SBDC remains open remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting clients over the phone, via email, and in online meetings.

 

Individual participates in free webinar offered by the Niagara SBDC

Individual participates in free webinar offered by the Niagara SBDC


Media Contact Information

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

Culinary Arts graduate, Lance Carter

NCCC Graduates Celebrate their Accomplishments at Special Event

By News Archive

May 12, 2021

The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) 57th Annual Commencement Ceremony was held in a virtual format on Friday, May 7th, but graduates were treated to a special celebration on campus Saturday, May 8th.  Less formal than a traditional ceremony, the “Graduate Celebration” on Saturday took place outside and allowed graduates to bring their family members and mingle with the faculty and administration at the college.

Those that took part in the event signed up for a specific timeframe in advance to control the number of people on campus at any one time, allowing for appropriate social distancing between guests.  The graduates were treated to various giveaways including a Class of 2021 t-shirt, cookies made by the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI), and a yard sign for proud families to display to recognize their graduate.  A DJ kept the event lively, and a large balloon selfie station was set up for the perfect photo opportunity.

The highlight of the event was when graduates had their moment to walk across a stage set up inside a tent full of cheering college trustees and college administrators, and President William Murabito presented each graduate with a diploma cover.  NCCC Board Chairperson Gina Virtuoso stated, “It was an honor to be able to see our students walk across the stage, and observe how proud and happy family members were to be a part of this special day.”

Nicole Pusateri, a non-traditional student who received a certificate in phlebotomy was excited to participate in the event on Saturday as a positive example to her four-year-old daughter.  “My advice to anyone looking to return back to school after being away for a lengthy time is that it is never too late to return back.  Hard work, commitment, and a positive attitude are all you need to succeed!”

Following the celebration, signs could be seen marking the homes of graduates in the area with the text, “Proud family of a NCCC grad lives here”.  In normal circumstances receiving a college degree is a source of great pride for graduates and their families, but considering the extra challenges the pandemic has brought this past year, graduates had an extra reason to celebrate.

Culinary Arts graduate, Lance Carter

Culinary Arts graduate, Lance Carter poses with family at the NCCC Graduate Celebration on Saturday, May 8th


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