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Individual participates in free webinar offered by the Niagara SBDC

Niagara SBDC to Offer Free Webinar on Financial Basics

By News Archive

July 20, 2021 

The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a free webinar, “Financial Basics for Small Businesses” on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The event will cover a variety of topics, including recording keeping basics, financial statements, inventory basics, and more.  A question and answer session will be included as well to assist participants in enhancing and understanding the financial picture of their business.

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.  Advisors from the Niagara SBDC are available to assist 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

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

Local Officials Pledge Support

Local Officials Pledge Support of Law Enforcement Academy Move to NCCC Campus

By News Archive

July 13, 2021

Today, a press conference was held to celebrate the return of the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy (NCLEA) to the Sanborn campus of Niagara County Community College (NCCC).  The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy will relocate to NCCC in August after a decade at Niagara University.  Several elected officials joined leaders from NCCC to pledge their support of local law enforcement and the Academy’s move.

The Academy, jointly operated by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the Niagara Falls Police Department, was previously located at NCCC from 1974 to 2011. The academy trains newly hired officers or those hoping to be hired by police agencies throughout Western New York.

NCCC President William J. Murabito said he is anticipating a collaborative program between the College and the Law Enforcement Academy to offer criminal justice students an opportunity to combine their college degrees with academy training. “As I see it, we can integrate the Academy experience, which is one semester, with a three-semester program outside the Academy; so, the student can come here, attend the Academy, graduate from the Academy, and leave here after two years with an Associate’s degree.  I believe with the addition of the Academy and their personnel on our campus, the NCCC criminal justice program will not only be one of the strongest in the region but also in the state.”

Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti praised the cooperation between all the entities involved and said the Academy plans to move into the new space at NCCC in early August so that the next class can begin in September.  Filicetti also mentioned that the Academy was pursuing funding from Senator Robert Ortt and the Niagara County Legislature for a new training facility built on the NCCC campus in the future. “This facility would allow training for our officers to a whole new level in the county,” Filicetti said.

Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt joined other local elected officials in praising the collaboration of the educational institutions with law enforcement leaders. “It is very important to be part of the solution; you are either part of the solution or part of the problem,” said Sen. Ortt. “It is important to let our future generations of students know that somebody needs to be the next police officer in Niagara Falls, in Lewiston, in North Tonawanda, in Niagara County.  And that we are sending a clear message, that it is an honorable profession, a noble profession, and that we in the community support those families who send their sons and daughters, husbands and wives, and brothers and sisters to become law enforcement officers.”

Local Officials Pledge Support

Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti speaks at the press conference held today about the move of the Law Enforcement Academy back to the NCCC campus.


Media Contact Information

Barbara DeSimone
Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: desimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

Alumnus Matthew Archambault reads through the new releases available at the Lewis Library.

NCCC Library Open to Niagara County Residents

By News Archive

June 24, 2021

The Lewis Library at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is more than an academic resource for registered students. All Niagara County residents are eligible for a free membership to the Lewis Library at the Sanborn Campus. Card-holding members have access to books, audiobooks, magazines, journals, newspapers, DVDs, and CDs. While within the Library, community members have access to computers and almost 100 research databases, such as Newsbank and Ancestry.  Check out newly released or classic books from virtually any genre, including fiction, biographies, children’s literature, poetry, cookbooks, and much more.

In addition, the Lewis Library is offering summer programming open to the public. The Noontime Knowledge series is a free, virtual event where attendees have the opportunity to enjoy lunch and learn about a new topic. Meetings are held every Wednesday at 12 p.m. through Zoom. Topics include: graphic design; accessing historic newspapers; how to make and save money online; and Google and internet research tips. In addition, book club chats are woven into the schedule, giving the community a chance to enjoy some leisurely reading and create new friendships.

Senior Scholars, Niagara County residents ages 60 and over, are also welcome to take an audited research methods class, LLC 161. This course is taught by Jean Linn, NCCC’s Librarian & Archivist who is also Lockport, New York’s Town Historian. In addition to traditional academic research, methods taught in this class can be used to develop local or family histories.

The Lewis Library is open during the summer from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Beginning in August, the library will be open on Fridays 8 a.m. – 4p.m. For more information, visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu/library or call 716-614-6780.

Alumnus Matthew Archambault reads through the new releases available at the Lewis Library.

Alumnus Matthew Archambault reads through the new releases available at the Lewis Library.


Media Contact Information

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

Jason Cafarella

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.


Media Contact Information

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

Robert Garris - Liberty

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.


Media Contact Information

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


Media Contact Information

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.


Media Contact Information

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

By News Archive

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


Media Contact Information

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.


Media Contact Information

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.


Media Contact Information

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