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Joan Wolfgang Award

Former NCCC Trustee Joan Wolfgang Receives State Award Posthumously

By News Archive

September 29, 2022

Joan Wolfgang Award

NCCC Trustee Jerald I. Wolfgang (l) accepts the NYCCT award for Trustee Leadership on behalf of his late wife, former Trustee Joan Wolfgang, at the annual meeting held in Saratoga Springs, NY. Also attending the conference was NCCC President William Murabito (r).

Joan W. Wolfgang, former Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustee Chairperson, was honored this past weekend as the posthumous recipient of the Donald M. Mawhinney, Jr. Trustee Leadership Award at the annual meeting of the New York Community College Trustees (NTCCT), held in Saratoga Springs.  Wolfgang was appointed to the NCCC Board of Trustees by the Niagara County Legislature in 1982.   She served as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for three different terms during her tenure, which lasted twenty-six years.   She was the second-longest serving member of the NCCC Board of Trustees.   While serving on the NCCC Board of Trustees, Wolfgang was instrumental in bringing to fruition many of the college’s higher-profile projects, including state-of-the-art campus housing on the Sanborn campus.  Joan Wolfgang passed away in 2010, leaving a legacy of the lasting impact of service and leadership on her community and NCCC.

The Donald M. Mawhinney, Jr. Trustee Leadership Award is presented to a trustee who demonstrates a significant commitment to the community college mission through exceptional leadership, inspired vision, and outstanding professional contributions to support their local institution.

Joan W. Wolfgang, former Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustee Chairperson, was honored this past weekend as the posthumous recipient of the Donald M. Mawhinney, Jr. Trustee Leadership Award at the annual meeting of the New York Community College Trustees (NTCCT), held in Saratoga Springs.  Wolfgang was appointed to the NCCC Board of Trustees by the Niagara County Legislature in 1982.   She served as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for three different terms during her tenure, which lasted twenty-six years.   She was the second-longest serving member of the NCCC Board of Trustees.   While serving on the NCCC Board of Trustees, Wolfgang was instrumental in bringing to fruition many of the college’s higher-profile projects, including state-of-the-art campus housing on the Sanborn campus.  Joan Wolfgang passed away in 2010, leaving a legacy of the lasting impact of service and leadership on her community and NCCC.

The Donald M. Mawhinney, Jr. Trustee Leadership Award is presented to a trustee who demonstrates a significant commitment to the community college mission through exceptional leadership, inspired vision, and outstanding professional contributions to support their local institution.

 

 

Joan Wolfgang Award

NCCC Trustee Jerald I. Wolfgang (l) accepts the NYCCT award for Trustee Leadership on behalf of his late wife, former Trustee Joan Wolfgang, at the annual meeting held in Saratoga Springs, NY. Also attending the conference was NCCC President William Murabito (r).


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Barbara M. DeSimone
Asst. Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: DeSimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

Studetn Holding Football

NCCC Foundation’s Scholarship Gala Offers One-of-a-Kind Auction

By News Archive

September 27, 2022

Studetn Holding Football

NCCC Distinguished Student Scholarship Recipient, Evan O’Connor, shows off the Josh Allen signed football which will be auctioned off at the NCCC Foundation’s Scholarship Gala.

The NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala will return to an in-person event on October 22 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. To celebrate the College’s 60 Anniversary, this year’s fundraiser will be celebrated as a diamond anniversary themed gala. Organizers have planned a high-end auction full of unique items and priceless experiences to raise scholarship funds for students at Niagara County Community College (NCCC).

Top auction items include a signed Josh Allen Buffalo Bills football; dinner for ten at Chef’s Restaurant in the company of five Buffalo Sabres alumni; a Buffalo Bison’s suite with food and beverages; four tickets to a Buffalo Bills game; two tickets to a Toronto Raptors versus the Atlanta Hawks in Toronto; a Firth Jewelers’ 0.61 carat diamond; and even a unique dinner experience at Savor Restaurant’s chef’s table with big screen actor, William Fichtner. His success has led him to appear in many television series and blockbuster movies including: Prison Break, Mom, Armageddon, The Perfect Storm, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, The Longest Yard, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Independence Day: Resurgence.

Other auction items include private dinners and wine pairings at beloved restaurants such as Ilio DiPaolo’s, Hutch’s, Russell’s, and Webster’s Bistro. Adventure seekers will appreciate auction items featuring local experiences such as: passes for the ropes course, Ferris wheel, and wall climbing with food and beverages included at Buffalo RiverWorks; a generous Batavia Downs package; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra tickets; and Niagara Falls State Park passes to Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, the trolley, and a Top of the Falls restaurant credit.

The evening will include an unforgettable meal prepared by up-and-coming chefs within the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, tours of the European-inspired kitchens and laboratories, access to the auction and raffles, and the chance to celebrate the dedicated students of Niagara County Community College.

Tickets to the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala are $125 per person. Sponsorship opportunities, ticket sales, and additional information can be found online at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/foundation/gala.

The NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala will return to an in-person event on October 22 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. To celebrate the College’s 60 Anniversary, this year’s fundraiser will be celebrated as a diamond anniversary themed gala. Organizers have planned a high-end auction full of unique items and priceless experiences to raise scholarship funds for students at Niagara County Community College (NCCC).

Top auction items include a signed Josh Allen Buffalo Bills football; dinner for ten at Chef’s Restaurant in the company of five Buffalo Sabres alumni; a Buffalo Bison’s suite with food and beverages; four tickets to a Buffalo Bills game; two tickets to a Toronto Raptors versus the Atlanta Hawks in Toronto; a Firth Jewelers’ 0.61 carat diamond; and even a unique dinner experience at Savor Restaurant’s chef’s table with big screen actor, William Fichtner. His success has led him to appear in many television series and blockbuster movies including: Prison Break, Mom, Armageddon, The Perfect Storm, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, The Longest Yard, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Independence Day: Resurgence.

Other auction items include private dinners and wine pairings at beloved restaurants such as Ilio DiPaolo’s, Hutch’s, Russell’s, and Webster’s Bistro. Adventure seekers will appreciate auction items featuring local experiences such as: passes for the ropes course, Ferris wheel, and wall climbing with food and beverages included at Buffalo RiverWorks; a generous Batavia Downs package; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra tickets; and Niagara Falls State Park passes to Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, the trolley, and a Top of the Falls restaurant credit.

The evening will include an unforgettable meal prepared by up-and-coming chefs within the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, tours of the European-inspired kitchens and laboratories, access to the auction and raffles, and the chance to celebrate the dedicated students of Niagara County Community College.

Tickets to the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala are $125 per person. Sponsorship opportunities, ticket sales, and additional information can be found online at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/foundation/gala.

 

Studetn Holding Football

NCCC Distinguished Student Scholarship Recipient, Evan O’Connor, shows off the Josh Allen signed football which will be auctioned off at the NCCC Foundation’s Scholarship Gala.


Media Contact Information

Denyel Beiter
Public Relations & Events Management
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: Dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

NCCC Foundation to Recognize Distinguished Student Scholars at Annual Scholarship Gala

By News Archive

September 14, 2022

Distinguished Student Scholarship recipients will be showcased at the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Foundation Scholarship Diamond Gala on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. The 2022 Gala is unique as it is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the college, the first in-person Gala since 2019, and students from the last three years will be honored.

This award is the most prestigious scholarship offered by the NCCC Foundation to incoming Niagara County freshman. It provides two years of tuition-free education to deserving students. The individuals were selected based on their academic excellence, service to the community, and loyalty to Niagara County.

During the 2021-2022 academic year, almost $200,000 was awarded to nearly 200 deserving students. Please visit the NCCC website at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships for how to apply and a full listing of available scholarships. The deadline to apply for spring 2023 is Friday, October 21, 2022.

Scholarships are supported by the Annual NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala.  The event will be held at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) where Culinary and Baking & Pastry Arts students will prepare sweet and savory dishes from around the world under the direction of the faculty. To purchase tickets and make reservations, visit the NCCC Foundation website at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/foundation/gala/ or call the office at 716-614-5910.


Media Contact Information

Deb Brewer
Director of Foundations
Phone: 716-614-5911
Email: DBrewer@niagaracc.suny.edu

Amazon to Pay Tuition for its Employees Attending NCCC

By News Archive

September 12, 2022

Today, Niagara County Community College (NCCC) announced they had been selected as an education partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program, providing Amazon’s hourly employees the ability to pursue certificates and associate degrees in programs of their choosing at NCCC. The Amazon Career Choice program will provide an annual benefit covering tuition and select fees for all qualifying hourly employees accepted as students at NCCC.

“This partnership between Amazon and NCCC helps to remove one of the biggest barriers to continuing education—time and money,” said NCCC President William J. Murabito. “At NCCC, students can choose from over 50 high-quality programs and certificates. Our tuition is lower than many other area colleges, and several of our programs hold specialized accreditations. We offer flexible instructional methods to learn when it is convenient for you.”

Amazon’s Career Choice program is an education benefit that empowers employees to learn new skills for career success at Amazon or elsewhere. The program meets individual learners where they are on their education journey through various education and upskilling opportunities, including full college tuition, industry certifications designed to lead to in-demand jobs, and foundational skills such as English language proficiency and high school diplomas and GEDs. In the U.S., the company is investing $1.2 billion to upskill more than 300,000 employees by 2025 to help move them into higher-paying, in-demand jobs.

Amazon’s Career Choice program has a rigorous selection process for third-party partner educators, choosing partners focused on helping employees through their education programs, assisting them with job placements, and offering education that leads to career success.

“We’re looking forward to Niagara County Community College coming on board as an education partner for Career Choice, adding to the hundreds of best-in-class offerings available to our employees,” said Carley Graham Garcia, Amazon’s head of community affairs for Amazon in New York. “We’re committed to empowering our employees by providing them access to the education and training they need to grow their careers, whether that’s with us or elsewhere. We have intentionally created a partner network of third-party educators and employers committed to providing excellent education, job placement resources, and continuous improvements to the experience. More than 80,000 Amazon employees worldwide have already participated in Career Choice, and we’ve seen first-hand how it can transform their lives.”

Senator Robert G. Ortt

“By joining forces with our new Amazon partners, NCCC will be creating an opportunity for employees to further their educations at a quality higher learning institution while also allowing them to develop new skills for their future careers. This is a great example of how local businesses can help develop and empower their current workforces. It can also serve as a blueprint for future employers to reference when deciding if Niagara County is a location where they wish to establish operations. I applaud all parties involved in this agreement for working together to utilize this program for the benefit of both employers and employees.”

Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello

“Thank you, Amazon, for your vision to assist your employees in pursuing higher education, NCCC will be an excellent partner for Amazon’s Career Choice Program.  NCCC provides many career choices in their programming.  Amazon’s commitment to assist their employees and their host communities is greatly appreciated by all.”

Assemblyman Michael J. Norris

“Career opportunities and advancement is rooted in the fabric of the American dream and economy success. Amazon’s commitment to ensuring that its Career Choice Program is accessible to its employees in partnership with NCCC in furtherance of this overall goal will no doubt positively impact and enhance its workforce, their families and our Niagara County economy and community. This investment is indeed a key component in ensuring long-term and sustainable careers in our region for generations to come.”

Town of Niagara Supervisor Lee Wallace

“We are grateful for this partnership between Amazon and Niagara County Community College. The opportunities created through the Career Choice program will enable many of our residents to further their education while continuing to work and advance in their career, paving the way for greater economic prosperity in our communities. We appreciate Amazon expanding their commitment within Niagara County.”

For more information on Amazon’s Career Choice, visit https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/workplace/career-choice.

For more information on NCCC, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/.

NCCC is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides over 50 certificate and degree programs and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition. 


Media Contact Information

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

NCCC Named Top Performer for Recruitment of Students Pursuing Non-Traditional Degrees

By News Archive

August 18, 2022

For the first time in its history, Niagara County Community College (NCCC) was recognized as a top 10 performer among nearly 50 higher education institutions across New York State for retention and recruitment of students pursuing non-traditional fields of study.  NCCC was made aware of this honor by the Nontraditional Employment & Training (NET) Program for its excellence in supporting males pursuing degrees in Nursing and Allied Health programs.  The NET Program works in partnership with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to promote its mission of ending occupational gender domination, which limits economic growth and development, maintains gender inequality, and curtails workforce opportunities.

NCCC is proud to support all its students in their academic efforts and will continue to recruit and encourage those who belong to underrepresented populations within their fields.  Brian R. Michel, NCCC Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Economic Development, noted that this recognition reflects the successful partnership between NCCC and collaborative contributions by area industry.  “We would like to commend the hard work and effort put forth by Dr. Diane Pytlik-Flammia, NCCC Assistant Vice President, her team, and the NCCC Nursing and Allied Health students in achieving this accolade.”

 

NCCC is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides more than 50 certificate and degree programs and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.


Media Contact Information

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

NCCC Accepting Housing Applications; Waiving Administrative Fees

By News Archive

August 3, 2022

The Student Housing Village at Niagara County Community College is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. The $75 administrative fee is being waived for the month of August for new and returning residents. Our suites are going fast, so be sure to apply today at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/housing.

NCCC offers a unique residential experience for its students: single bedroom occupancy. These single rooms are attached to a shared living room, bathroom, and kitchen. The kitchen includes a refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher and dining space. The suites can accommodate two to five residents.

NCCC’s Student Housing Village also includes 24/7 on-site security, a mailroom, vending machines, coin operated laundry, and several community rooms for events or group study sessions.

A $200 refundable security deposit ($206 if using PayPal) is still required.

NCCC is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides more than 50 certificate and degree programs and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition


Media Contact Information

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

Melissa Moore

NCCC Instructor to Speak on a Panel to Discuss Public Health and Education in Cannabis

By News Archive

July 26, 2022

Melissa Moore

NCCC Horticulture Instructor Melissa Moore will share industry expertise on a cannabis panel at UB on Thursday, July 28.

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Horticulture Instructor Melissa Moore is lending her expertise to a panel discussion, “From Legacy to Legalization” at the University at Buffalo (UB) on Thursday, July 28.  This event features discussions and insights from industry professionals on the cannabis industry in New York State.

Moore, an instructor in cultivation at NCCC has a bachelor of arts in organismal biology and a master of science in sustainable engineering.  For nearly two decades she has participated in commercial agriculture of organic crops and cannabis inflorescence in Northern California.  In 2015, she formed Emerald Triangle Analytics, working in conjunction with Steep Hill Analytics in Berkeley, California to make testing more available for the public.  In 2020, she began teaching cannabis courses at NCCC, where she has developed 6 courses concentrating on cannabis cultivation and regulatory compliance.  This fall she will also teach a new course, Medical Applications of Cannabis.  NCCC offers flexible learning options where students can take courses both online and in-person.

At Thursday’s panel, Moore will cover the topic of public health of cannabis and education.    The event runs from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in room 147 of Diefendorf Hall on the South Campus of UB, and will feature more than a dozen experts in the community.  There is no fee to attend this event, and it is open to the public.  For more information and to register, visit https://rb.gy/tputbf

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Horticulture Instructor Melissa Moore is lending her expertise to a panel discussion, “From Legacy to Legalization” at the University at Buffalo (UB) on Thursday, July 28.  This event features discussions and insights from industry professionals on the cannabis industry in New York State.

Moore, an instructor in cultivation at NCCC has a bachelor of arts in organismal biology and a master of science in sustainable engineering.  For nearly two decades she has participated in commercial agriculture of organic crops and cannabis inflorescence in Northern California.  In 2015, she formed Emerald Triangle Analytics, working in conjunction with Steep Hill Analytics in Berkeley, California to make testing more available for the public.  In 2020, she began teaching cannabis courses at NCCC, where she has developed 6 courses concentrating on cannabis cultivation and regulatory compliance.  This fall she will also teach a new course, Medical Applications of Cannabis.  NCCC offers flexible learning options where students can take courses both online and in-person.

At Thursday’s panel, Moore will cover the topic of public health of cannabis and education.    The event runs from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in room 147 of Diefendorf Hall on the South Campus of UB, and will feature more than a dozen experts in the community.  There is no fee to attend this event, and it is open to the public.  For more information and to register, visit https://rb.gy/tputbf

 

Melissa Moore

NCCC Horticulture Instructor Melissa Moore will share industry expertise on a cannabis panel at UB on Thursday, July 28.


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: sharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

NCCC to Host Information Nights

By News Archive

July 6, 2022

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will host a series of division specific informational nights this month to introduce prospective students to the programs and services available at the college.  The events will consist of program presentations, classroom visits, and a campus tour.  Students will be able to check the status of their application or apply if they have not yet done so.  The information nights will run from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Monday, July 18 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Tuesday, July 19 Business and STEM
  • Wednesday, July 20 Nursing, Physical and Allied Health
  • Thursday, July 21 Hospitality, Baking & Culinary Arts*

The first three sessions will be held at Niagara County Community College, located at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn.  *The session on Thursday, July 21 for Hospitality, Baking and Culinary Arts will be held at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI), located at 28 Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls, NY.  For more details and to register, please visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/division-information-nights/


Media Contact Information

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

NCCC Announces Spring 2022 Dean’s List and President’s List

By News Archive

June 8, 2022

A total of 557 students were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievements for the spring 2022 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.

Students with a GPA of 4.0 were recognized through their addition to the President’s List.  104 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

Bison Tickets

Celebrate Summer with Discounted Buffalo Bisons Tickets

By News Archive

June 7, 2022

The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Alumni Association is partnering with the Buffalo Bisons this summer to offer discounted tickets to home games for the 2022 season.  A portion of each discounted ticket sold to Buffalo Bisons home games will benefit the NCCC Foundation/Alumni.

The discount is valid for all home games except the July 4, 2022, which is a special Independence Day celebration featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  To purchase tickets, visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/alumni/events/nccc-alumni-bisons-tickets/

The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Alumni Association is partnering with the Buffalo Bisons this summer to offer discounted tickets to home games for the 2022 season.  A portion of each discounted ticket sold to Buffalo Bisons home games will benefit the NCCC Foundation/Alumni.

The discount is valid for all home games except the July 4, 2022, which is a special Independence Day celebration featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  To purchase tickets, visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/alumni/events/nccc-alumni-bisons-tickets/


Media Contact Information

Deborah Brewer
Director of NCCC Alumni Association
Phone: 716-614-5911
Email: dbrewer@niagaracc.suny.edu