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Student Maurice Jackson views the new NCCC website

NCCC launches new website

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Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is busy preparing for the fall semester, which will include enhanced online offerings for students who prefer to stay at home to continue their studies.  In a time when online technology is increasingly important, NCCC is also planning to launch a brand new website on Saturday, August 1.  While the website has been in the works for over a year, the past few months have proven how important it is to provide updated, accessible content that is easy to navigate.

Features of the new website include more cohesive, consistent branding throughout with clearer paths to departmental information and campus resources.  More efficient navigation has been implemented to allow for audience-specific content to be accessed by current students, potential students, family members of students, faculty and staff, and community members.  Additionally, visitors to the site can enjoy one-click connectivity to NCCC social media pages and they can access a feedback form to provide input to assist in future improvements.

To celebrate the launch of the new site, an online scavenger hunt is planned starting on Monday, August 3, and running through Friday, August 7.  Participants in the scavenger hunt are entered to win an NCCC branded prize pack.  To find out more about the contest and view the new website, visit http://niagaracc.suny.edu/.


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

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SBDC offers free eCommerce webinar

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On Wednesday, July 29th, the Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present two live webinars focusing on eCommerce for small business success.  Attendees will learn how to capture first page rankings on Google, create effective landing pages that convert into sales, target customers with Google Ads, Google Shopping, and Google Local and explore online marketplaces including Amazon.  The webinar will explore a step-by-step eCommerce success story with Falconer Electronics, and a question and answer period will be provided.

Those interested in learning more may sign up to participate in one of two webinars to be held live via the links below:

9:00 a.m. session: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6477394931430441485

1:00 p.m. session: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1475120601375342349

This programming is provided free of charge through a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

The Niagara SBDC remains open remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting clients over the phone, via email, and in online meetings.  For more information on the webinars or how the Niagara SBDC can assist you, and to get details on the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund, call 716-210-2515 or visit http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/sbdc/


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

Niagara County Community College Postpones Annual Foundation Scholarship Gala

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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Niagara County Community College has decided to postpone their 30th Annual Foundation Scholarship Gala. The Gala, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, will now be held in spring 2021. No official date has been set at this time.

The NCCC Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to deserving students since its inception in 1987. We apologize for any inconvenience this postponement may have caused, but our guests, staff, students, and volunteers’ health and safety is our main priority. If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Deb Brewer, NCCC Foundation Director at found@niagaracc.suny.edu or call (716) 614-5910.

 


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

NCCC’s science lab (C-208)

NCCC Announces Plans for Fall Semester

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Niagara County Community College (NCCC) has announced plans for the fall semester which begins Aug. 31. The College will offer in-person, online, and hybrid classes, as well as face to face labs that require hands-on instruction such as culinary, CADD, health sciences, and other related courses. The announcement was made in conjunction with SUNY approving the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan for NCCC. The NCCC Reopening Plan was developed by a campus-wide committee comprised of faculty, staff, students, and administrators with guidance from community members trained in dealing with health crisis emergencies.  “The reopening of the NCCC Sanborn campus and the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute campus will be a measured and gradual approach to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff,” said President William J. Murabito in an email to the campus community.  “While we realize the situation may change in the future, we hope that this announcement will provide direction and guidance to all.”

One of NCCC’s science labs (C-208)

One of NCCC’s science labs (C-208) that has been outfitted with Lexan to create a “single occupancy” work area for each student in the lab. Beginning today, students returned to campus to take lab classes for the summer semester.

Student housing at NCCC will reopen for the fall 2020 semester with reduced occupancy, eliminating shared rooms, and making all rooms single-occupancy.  Any resident with suspected COVID infection will be quarantined in a COVID suite pending testing and confirmed results, as needed.

NCCC’s Reopening plan details enhanced measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including increasing disinfection and cleaning protocols, providing free hand sanitizer stations in every building, and maintaining social distancing guidelines.  Masks will be provided to every student, faculty, and staff member upon their return to campus. In accordance with guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and working with the Niagara County Health Department, testing and contact tracing protocols will also be in place for students, faculty, and staff members. Every person coming to campus will need to go through a screening process as well as pass through a free-standing infrared temperature screening device that has been purchased to provide maximum distance when screening is being conducted.

Some of the more thorough measures the College has taken to protect the students and staff are installing Lexan barriers in the labs and in the offices to create a physical barrier between students and staff.  These barriers have been installed in the College’s Science labs, the Culinary labs, and in high-traffic offices on campus.

The NCCC campus is currently open to the public for college business only.  Remote services for enrollment and advisement will also continue to be available.  Registration is now open for the fall semester. For more information about NCCC’s Reopening plan and how to enroll, visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu.


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

NCCC Board of Trustees Secretary Bonnie Sloma and Chairperson Gina Virtuoso

Virtuoso elected as Chairperson of the NCCC Board of Trustees

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At the board meeting on June 30th, Gina Virtuoso was elected as the chairperson of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustees, with William Ross being elected as vice chairperson, Jason Cafarella being elected as financial secretary and Bonnie Sloma retaining her position as secretary for another term.

Gina Virtuoso

Newly elected NCCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Gina Virtuoso

Chairperson Virtuoso will be replacing outgoing chairperson, William Ross who was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2005 by the Niagara County Legislature.  Ross served as chairperson for two consecutive terms, and received statewide recognition in 2019, receiving the Donald M. Mawhinney, Jr. Award for Trustee Leadership given by the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT).   Virtuoso will begin leading the board at a challenging time, with the development of many new policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of the campus community throughout the continually evolving COVID-19 pandemic.  Additionally, student recruitment will become an even greater focus with hopes that more students will choose to stay local during these times of uncertainty.  NCCC has adapted coursework for remote learning, and prepares to launch a hybrid plan of in-person and virtual learning options for students in the fall semester.

Chairperson Virtuoso previously served as vice chairperson, and was appointed to a 7 year term on the board in 2016 by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  She led the NCCC Middle States Accreditation Committee, and served as co-chairperson of the Presidential Search Committee.  Virtuoso has been a strong advocate for capital projects at NCCC, including the opening of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute in 2012, and the Learning Commons in 2018. Virtuoso is retired from the Occidental Chemical Corporation, where she worked for 20 years, holding the position of Senior Corporate Accountant, as well as other accounting positions. In 2019 Virtuoso received the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee Service by the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT).


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

The patio is open for business outside of Niagara Falls Culinary Institute’s Savor Restaurant.

Savor on the Street Offers Summertime Lunch Specials

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Niagara Falls Culinary Institute’s Savor Restaurant has the kitchen stocked and chefs ready to serve you from their patio on historic Old Falls Street. Calling this new way of operating, “Savor on the Street,” Assistant Vice President at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Josh Blumberg, invites you for take-out or patio dining under the Western New York sun. Blumberg welcomes patrons to “Dine on our patio for lunch with a delicious wine or cold beer. You can also take it to go.” With so many of our favorite summertime activities cancelled, one option that remains available is picnicking in our local parks. Blumberg suggests lunch to go and “Watching the roaring falls as you wonder ‘How did they make a sandwich this good?’”

Each week, Savor chefs will feature a staple barbecue item, house-made pickles, side, drink, and mouthwatering dessert from NFCI’s La Patisserie all for $10. A la carte items are also available. Savor on the Street is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11AM-3PM and Thursday through Saturday from 11AM-4PM. For weekly menu updates, please visit our website at http://nfculinary.org/savorstreet/.


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Denyel Beiter
Event Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

NCCC Graduate, Maritza Rivera poses with her family during diploma pick-up on Thursday, June 25th

Pick-up or delivery? NCCC creates new experience for graduates

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While the global pandemic has altered many aspects of the spring semester for students at Niagara County Community College (NCCC), the administration wanted to ensure graduates still received a proper acknowledgment of their accomplishments.  For many students, receiving a diploma is the ultimate symbol of years of hard work and dedication to their studies, and the staff at NCCC wanted to make the process as fun as possible under the circumstances.

NCCC Graduate, Maritza Rivera poses with her family during diploma pick-up on Thursday, June 25th

NCCC Graduate, Maritza Rivera poses with her family during diploma pick-up on Thursday, June 25th

After a bit of brainstorming, members of the commencement committee at the College decided that repurposing the campus shuttle for delivering diplomas was a unique way to bring a special moment to deserving graduates.  The Class of 2020 was excited to share the special moment with their families and some even dressed in their caps and gowns to receive their diplomas at their homes while NCCC staff cheered them on and took photos to commemorate the occasion.

Graduates also had the option to participate in a diploma pick-up on campus at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute or on the Sanborn Campus of NCCC.  At each location, graduates had an opportunity to get pictures with their families and some graduates were even able to pose for photos with NCCC President, William Murabito as they normally would at commencement.  “One of the advantages of being at a community college is that the staff and administration are very invested in the students, and they pushed to create these meaningful experiences for graduates despite the inability to have a traditional commencement ceremony,” said President Murabito.

At NCCC, many students balance their educational pursuits with job and family responsibilities at the same time, so the completion of degree and certificate programs comes with many sacrifices.  Graduates and their families made the most of the diploma delivery and pick-up experience, including the Rivera family.  Maritza Rivera arrived on campus with several members of her family, balloons and noisemakers, proving a formal commencement ceremony is not the only reason to celebrate.


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

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Niagara SBDC Hosting “PPP Forgiveness Review” Webinars on July 1st.

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On Wednesday July 1st, the Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and speaker Shieke Sharpe, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), will present two live webinars covering the recent changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. These webinars will also include an overview of the revised Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness application and the new short form. Ms. Sharpe will review both forms, step by step, and help you determine which form is right for your business. There will be time for Q & A.

Ms. Sharpe has over 12 years of experience in accounting and tax. She is a graduate of Canisius College with a Master’s degree in Forensic Accounting. She worked at Ernst and Young before starting her own business Shieke Sharpe Consulting.

Those interested in learning more may sign up to participate in one of two webinars to be held live via the links below:

9:00 a.m. session: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6873300480694537743

3:00 p.m. session: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/546209197169452559

The webinars are free of charge through a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

 

The Niagara SBDC remains open remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting clients over the phone, via email and in online meetings.  For more information on the webinars or how the Niagara SBDC can assist you, and to get details on the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund, call 716-210-2515 or visit http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/sbdc/


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

Meagan Swartz, 2017 NCCC Physical Therapist Assistant Graduate.

NCCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program Rewarding in Clinics and Community

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The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) paves the way for a rewarding career in the healthcare field. Physical Therapist Assistants play a vital role in helping patients who need to improve mobility, decrease pain, and increase their quality of life. NCCC PTA graduates help patients build strength after surgery, recover from injuries, manage chronic pain, and even improve pre-natal and post-partum health.

Meagan Swartz 2017 PTA Grad

Meagan Swartz 2017 PTA Grad

Meagan Swartz, a 2017 graduate of the program explains, “As a PTA, we see people in a vulnerable state following an injury, accident, or surgery. We help them physically by taking them through exercises and stretches or by using manual therapy like massages. We also help mentally, and emotionally by lending a listening ear, explaining things to them regarding their recovery, and helping them to understand the process. It makes a world of difference when you actually listen to someone’s concerns and help to clarify things for them in a way that they understand.” She adds, “Seeing your patients’ happiness and excitement when their pain has decreased or their strength has increased is the most rewarding part of the job.”

The desire to help others is crucial to being a PTA. Outside of the physical therapy world, Meagan is leading the charge in an “Adopt-a-Senior” program in both North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda. Creating an online platform where the community can “adopt” local high school seniors, Meagan has helped to coordinate relationships between local residents who shower seniors with contactless doorstep goodies as the pandemic halted their graduations and end of year celebrations. Meagan’s NCCC professors saw the impact she was making in the community and decided to embrace the same program for NCCC 2020 PTA graduates.

In addition to inspiring alumni, the program boasts experienced faculty with a strong interest in evidence-based practice and instruction. A 2019 American Physical Therapy Association’s Emerging Leader recipient, David Faccini ’94, sits on the NCCC faculty roster. He is one of many experienced instructors who is providing a rewarding academic journey to students. David explains, “NCCC has become one of the premier schools in WNY for Physical Therapy Assistant Education. I contribute this to the dedication, compassion, and professional work ethic of NCCC instructors. I have certainly applied these skills to my every day practice over the years which have helped to shape me into the PTA that I am today.”

Well-trained faculty and dedicated students have created an impressive 100% pass rate for the PTA licensure examination from 2011-2018. In addition, graduate employment rate was 100% of those who sought employment. The U.S. News and World Report states, “Physical Therapist Assistants rank #3 in Best Healthcare Support Jobs and #26 out of 100 Best Jobs” overall. NCCC’s PTA degree can be completed in as little as 20 months and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

The NCCC PTA program is part of the State University of New York Higher Education system which helps to keep tuition rates at a lower cost. Enrolled students can take advantage of the NYS Excelsior Scholarship program as well as a myriad of other scholarship opportunities available by the NCCC Foundation. Please visit

for more information.


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Denyel Beiter
Event Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

Gap Year

NCCC Offers Exploratory “Gap Year” Options

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While the pressure to attend a four-year college, trade school, or enter the workforce can weigh heavy on high school seniors, the option for a “gap year” may be an option that facilitates career exploration while moving forward with purpose. Bob McKeown, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management at Niagara County Community College is a strong supporter for prospective students who are on the fence between committing to a full course load and cautiously planning their path.

McKeown explains, “Typically a gap year is a semester or year that students use for experiential learning and exploring educational options. It’s typically taken after high school and before post-secondary school. However, it can be taken at any time throughout your college career. Students use this time to deepen their professional and personal awareness.” And, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter plans later into the year, more students are considering a gap year closer to home.

NCCC offers more than 60 programs and many ways to attend class. While NCCC’s Sanborn campus and Niagara Falls Culinary Institute are home to state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, athletic facilities, and student spaces during regular daytime hours, the College also offers evening class formats and online learning options. There is truly something for everyone.

Topics span a diverse spectrum of liberal arts courses, hands-on technical training, allied health classes, and specialized hospitality and culinary arts experiences at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. Students have the option to sample an array of subjects to find their passion without much of a cost to their time or their wallets. “NCCC is literally the ‘Smart Place to Start’ because students can earn credit online, continue to work their job, and save money simultaneously. This is also a good option for students who may be undecided. They can sign up for classes in several different academic majors, take some of the their core courses like English and Math, and then when they know the exact major they are interested in, they can switch into that specific program, complete the remaining required courses, and earn their degree,” says McKeown.

NCCC’s homegrown podcast, “Morning Thunder” recently discussed the idea of a gap year with Academic Center for Excellence host, Madison Ebsary. The riveting discussion focused on the value of earning credits online while exploring your options, saving money, and then transferring those credits to a four-year institution in the future. If you are interested in learning more about exploratory education and taking a gap year at NCCC, you can tune into Morning Thunder at http://niagaracc.suny.edu/morning-thunder/ to hear the full episode.

For those who are ready to begin their gap year, McKeown encourages future students to, “Apply to NCCC in order to get started. There is no application fee or obligation. Go to the NCCC Admissions page at http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/admissions/ and click on the “Apply Now” tab in the upper right-hand corner.” You are also encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see how much financial aid you would qualify for. NCCC Admissions counselors and Financial Aid representatives are happy to guide you through the application process and talk to you about your options.


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Denyel Beiter
Events Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu