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NCCC President Challenges Massasoit Community College President to Friendly Wager for Buffalo Bills Playoff Game

By News Archive

January 12, 2022

Virtual meeting between Niagara County Community College President William J. Murabito and Massasoit Community College President Ray DiPasquale to discuss wager for the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots playoff game.

Virtual meeting between Niagara County Community College President William J. Murabito and Massasoit Community College President Ray DiPasquale to discuss wager for the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots playoff game.

Via a Zoom meeting on Wednesday morning, Niagara County Community College (NCCC) President, William J. Murabito challenged Massasoit Community College President, Ray DiPasquale to a friendly wager on the outcome of the playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots this Saturday, January 15.  Massasoit Community College is located deep in New England Patriots’ territory in Brockton, Massachusetts.  President DiPasquale logged into the virtual meeting wearing a Patriots hat with a custom background featuring the Patriots Super Bowl banners.  Not one to be outdone, President Murabito confidently sported a Buffalo Bills hat in support of the hometown team and made a wager of chocolate orange sponge candy handcrafted by students at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, a division of NCCC.

This Western New York specialty will be sent to Massasoit in the event the Bills lose on Saturday, though President Murabito taunted, “I don’t expect a need to send those to you.”  Amused by the comment, President DiPasquale gestured to the Patriots background behind him saying, “See those championship banners?”  Noting the confidence he had in the rookie quarterback of the Patriots, he offered gourmet chocolates created by students in the Massasoit culinary program as his part of the wager in the case a New England Patriots defeat on Saturday night.  Certain of a Buffalo Bills victory, President Murabito announced, “We are looking forward to those chocolates!”

One thing both presidents agreed upon is that it would be a great game between the two rival teams.  While the weather forecast is expected to be incredibly cold in Buffalo for the game, the sweet wager between the two colleges is just an example of the warmth of the fans behind each team.


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

Deans-Honors-Presidents List

NCCC Announces Fall 2021 Dean’s List

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January 5, 2022

A total of 634 students were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievements for the fall 2021 semester at Niagara County Community College.  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.

The President’s List for Academic Excellence recognizes matriculated students who are registered for a full-time course load of 12 or more credit hours and whose semester academic average is 4.0 with all earned grades of A.

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 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.


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

Assistant Professor Bridget Beilein teaches both in-person and online courses at NCCC

Earn 3 Credits in 12 Days at NCCC This Winter

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December 20, 2021

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) offers a variety of opportunities for students to earn college credits at a reasonable price, and winter session allows students to expedite their educational experience by taking an entire class in less than 2 weeks.  NCCC’s winter session runs from Tuesday, January 4 through Saturday, January 15, allowing students to earn 3 credits in just 12 days.

The major benefit of studying at NCCC is that classes are more affordable than nearly all other Western New York colleges, and credits can transfer easily to other institutions.  While students do have other options for winter classes, NCCC has both in-person and online courses offered at one of the lowest tuition rates in the region.

Seats are still available in nearly 30 general education and pre-requisite courses required for meeting program and degree requirements.  During the abbreviated intersession, students can receive credits in classes such as Music Appreciation, Spanish, Introduction to Sociology, Business, and more.

To learn more and to register for Winter Session at NCCC, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/reg/

Assistant Professor Bridget Beilein teaches both in-person and online courses at NCCC

Assistant Professor Bridget Beilein teaches both in-person and online courses at NCCC


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

NCCC Health Studies Program Coordinator, Lynn Brochu

NCCC Increases Online Learning Options

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December 16, 2021

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is responding to the growing need for flexible learning options through online degree and certificate programs, as well as HyFlex classes.  The trend to move towards remote learning options accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic and remains a strong solution for students who are unable to adhere to a traditional in-person class schedule.

HyFlex is a relatively new option at NCCC, providing students the highest level of flexibility, allowing them to choose between a variety of delivery modes.  Students can attend In-person on campus, attend class virtually, in real-time through Zoom, or complete the coursework 100% synchronously online.  Those enrolled in HyFlex can choose their preference and change the mode on how they attend from one class meeting to the next as needed.

The benefit of online and HyFlex options through NCCC is that classes are taught by faculty in accredited programs that easily transfer to other institutions within the State University of New York (SUNY) system.  While students enjoy the benefits of a remote learning environment on their schedule, they can also access a large variety of in-person resources such as advisement, tutoring, and the library on campus if they choose.

Currently, NCCC offers 13 programs and certificates completely online, with plans for more in the future.  Starting in January of 2022, Health Studies will be added to the list of online degree programs. Lynn Brochu, Program Coordinator states, “The Health Studies transfer program prepares students with the opportunity for careers in community-based wellness programs, government health agencies and corporate wellness to name a few.” Some of the courses in the program have the HyFlex option with more to be created in the next few years.  Brochu also has advice for those considering HyFlex: “For students who want the face-to-face interaction, the student who is an independent worker and the student that prefers ZOOM with online and classroom interaction, it provides the best of all learning opportunities for students.”

To learn more about online learning options at NCCC, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/onlinelearning/

NCCC Health Studies Program Coordinator, Lynn Brochu

NCCC Health Studies Program Coordinator, Lynn Brochu


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

Day of Giving

Niagara County Community College Hosted Third Annual Day of Giving

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December 6, 2021

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) participated in its 3rd Annual Day of Giving on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Thunderwolves from all over – faculty, staff, alumni, and friends – came together to give back to NCCC raising $8,063! Their donations were designated towards programs that support NCCC’s students and further the College’s mission. Areas that were included were the NCCC Annual Fund, Athletic Department, English Department, Henrietta G. Lewis Library, Honors Program, Student Scholarships, and Veterans Memorial Park.

The outpouring of support and enthusiasm for NCCC, especially during these unprecedented times, has been overwhelming. Thank you to all those who participated and made this day a success!

Although NCCC’s Day of Giving is over, donations can still be made online at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/dayofgiving. Your continued support allows NCCC to prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow’s world by inspiring creativity, responsibility, and leadership.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Alli Korta, NCCC Foundation Assistant Director, at akorta@niagaracc.suny.edu or 716-614-5910.

Day of Giving

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

Campus aerial photo

NCCC Board Approves Recognition of Native American Heritage Day

By News Archive

November 22, 2021

A resolution was approved by the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustees on Tuesday, November 16 recognizing the Friday prior to Thanksgiving as Native American Heritage Day.  This recognition was made possible through efforts of NCCC’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee.  Created in 2016, this group serves to actively engage the whole college community in recognizing the importance of belonging among stakeholders for assuring the success of all members of the college community, including students, staff, faculty and administration, in an ever-increasingly global environment.

Native American Heritage Day is traditionally celebrated on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but NCCC is typically closed that day.  Officials at NCCC wanted to ensure this important day received appropriate attention from the campus community, maximizing engagement from students and staff, so the recommendation was made to move this special designation to the Friday before Thanksgiving.

This year, the Native American Club is leading efforts during Native American Heritage Month this November to honor Indigenous People through educational events where attendees can learn about Native American history, the Haudenosaunee people and other tribes around the United States. On Friday, November 19, representatives from EDI and the Native American Club encouraged the campus community to wear orange or purple in recognition of Native American culture lost to assimilation.


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

Amateur division winner from the 2019 Gingerbread Competition at NFCI

Gingerbread Wonderland Returns to NFCI

By News Archive

November 19, 2021

Amateur division winner from the 2019 Gingerbread Competition at NFCI

Amateur division winner from the 2019 Gingerbread Competition at NFCI

Gingerbread Wonderland will be returning to the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) this December, with both in-person and take home fun for families.  While there will not be a life-sized gingerbread village, crafty bakers of all ages are invited to take part in the gingerbread competition.  Prizes include gift cards, community education classes at NFCI, dinner at Savor Restaurant and even scholarships for eligible high school and college students!

If pastry arts isn’t your style, families can also enjoy a magic show, balloon artistry, live music, and visits with Santa.  This year, take-home kits are available to pre-order online.  These kits include festive do-it-yourself crafts, delicious gingerbread cookies with supplies to decorate, coloring sheets with crayons, and letters to Santa!

The schedule for Gingerbread Wonderland this year is:

Saturday, December 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 5 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 11 from 11:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 12 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In addition to the holiday fun inside NFCI, Jingle Falls USA will also provide activities on Old Falls Street outside of the building on Saturdays.  Gingerbread Wonderland and Jingle Falls events are free and open to the public, with free parking provided by the City of Niagara Falls.  For more information on activities, and to purchase take-home kits, visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/nfci/gingerbread/

Gingerbread Wonderland will be returning to the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) this December, with both in-person and take home fun for families.  While there will not be a life-sized gingerbread village, crafty bakers of all ages are invited to take part in the gingerbread competition.  Prizes include gift cards, community education classes at NFCI, dinner at Savor Restaurant and even scholarships for eligible high school and college students!

If pastry arts isn’t your style, families can also enjoy a magic show, balloon artistry, live music, and visits with Santa.  This year, take-home kits are available to pre-order online.  These kits include festive do-it-yourself crafts, delicious gingerbread cookies with supplies to decorate, coloring sheets with crayons, and letters to Santa!

The schedule for Gingerbread Wonderland this year is:

Saturday, December 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 5 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 11 from 11:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 12 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In addition to the holiday fun inside NFCI, Jingle Falls USA will also provide activities on Old Falls Street outside of the building on Saturdays.  Gingerbread Wonderland and Jingle Falls events are free and open to the public, with free parking provided by the City of Niagara Falls.  For more information on activities, and to purchase take-home kits, visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/nfci/gingerbread/

Amateur division winner from the 2019 Gingerbread Competition at NFCI

Amateur division winner from the 2019 Gingerbread Competition at NFCI


Media Contact Information

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

Niagara Falls Flight Academy press conference

Niagara Falls Flight Academy to Partner With NCCC

By News Archive

November 17, 2021

With a substantial and increasing international demand for air travel and a present existing shortage of qualified aviation professionals, the worldwide need for pilots and technicians is immediate and rapidly growing.  Boeing’s recent “Pilot and Technician Outlook” report cited a need, between now and 2041, for more than 600,000 new pilots and 600,000 new maintenance technicians.

Well-paying aviation careers are available, yet qualified personnel are sparse.  While training is an option, many require life-altering commitment (such as the military) or are otherwise prohibitively expensive and inconvenient.  Rarer still are private academies that provide a unified approach to training, coupling aviation-focused training with academic rigor.   Niagara Falls Flight Academy (NFFA) and Niagara County Community College (NCCC) intend to solve this problem, offering a new, comprehensive program to help the industry fulfill its staffing needs.

NFFA, owned and operated by pilot-entrepreneur Joseph E. Wolfson, is on course to become one of the nation’s first comprehensive aviation training centers.   Wolfson was a pioneer in the electronic banking world as the founder of the Metroteller Network.  Headquartered in Niagara Falls, New York – home of joint civil/military airfield Niagara Falls International Airport – NFFA and NCCC intend to develop an affordable, “best in breed” complementary program, marrying pilot training, aircraft mechanics, and technician programs with a two-year academic degree.  NCCC provides NFFA with an accessible option for students to satisfy formal educational requirements, while NFFA will, among other things, utilize and provide the integrated Cessna Pilot Training Program that has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Together, NFFA and NCCC will offer students a modern, well-defined, fast-track to career placement in a growing industry.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of airline and commercial pilots is projected to grow 13 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

The Niagara Falls Flight Academy will have two phases – phase one will create a world-class flight training program. Phase II will start a new technical school to train airframe/power plant and avionics technicians. “Our top priority right now is to raise capital for the project and to look for investors that want to get in on the ground floor of this exciting opportunity,” said Wolfson.  “Our goal is to create a template for expansion in other parts of the United States.”

Wolfson has partnered with Niagara County Community College to provide a comprehensive program including two-year and certificate degrees and pilot and aviation technician training programs.  NCCC President Dr. William J. Murabito said the joint venture with the Niagara Falls Flight Academy is an excellent opportunity to prepare the next generation of pilots.  “We plan to work with our local high schools in the area to promote the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) aviation STEM curriculum.  The AOPA High School Aviation STEM curriculum is the first of its kind, offering students comprehensive four-year aviation study options that are aligned to Common Core State Standards,” Dr. Murabito said.  “AOPA has created these courses as part of two career and technical education (CTE) pathways.”  NCCC is currently working with the State University of New York and the New York State Department of Education to secure all necessary approvals for the degree program.

Wolfson stated that he is currently exploring sites for the new flight school with Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) officials at the Niagara Falls airport location.  It is anticipated the Niagara Falls Flight Academy will open its doors in Fall 2022.  For more information, please contact Joe Wolfson at 716-228-1547 or email contact@nfflightacademy.com

Niagara Falls Flight Academy press conference

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

Joshua Blumberg

NCCC’s AVP Joshua Blumberg Joins Destination Niagara USA Board

By News Archive

November 17, 2021

Joshua Blumberg

Joshua Blumberg, NCCC Assistant Vice President was recently named to Destination Niagara USA’s Board of Directors.

Joshua Blumberg, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) and manager of the college’s Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI), has been named to Destination Niagara USA’s Board of Directors. Blumberg brings a wealth of experience to the tourism organization, having both leadership and teaching experience in the hospitality and culinary industry for over 30 years.

Destination Niagara USA is the official Destination Marketing Organization for Niagara County, including the iconic Niagara Falls. Their mission is to expand the economic prosperity of the Niagara Falls USA communities by generating individual and group visitation.

Blumberg shares, “I am excited to serve on this board and look forward to being a part of the conversations that influence financial policies and governance in the city of Niagara Falls and beyond.”

About the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) is a division of Niagara County Community College. Students enrolled in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Hospitality programs gain hands-on experience at NFCI, located in the heart of one of North America’s biggest tourist destinations: Niagara Falls, New York. Our experienced faculty members teach students in state-of-the-art kitchens where they are trained in both classic and trending techniques. Our facilities are also home to Savor, an upscale restaurant where students from hospitality and culinary programs gain real-world experience serving lunch, dinner, and dessert courses. The public is also welcome to visit our culinary-themed Barnes & Noble bookstore and pastry shop, La Patisserie. Our Community Education program is also located at NFCI where the community is invited to participate in public cooking classes, youth camps, and workforce development training.

Joshua Blumberg, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) and manager of the college’s Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI), has been named to Destination Niagara USA’s Board of Directors. Blumberg brings a wealth of experience to the tourism organization, having both leadership and teaching experience in the hospitality and culinary industry for over 30 years.

Destination Niagara USA is the official Destination Marketing Organization for Niagara County, including the iconic Niagara Falls. Their mission is to expand the economic prosperity of the Niagara Falls USA communities by generating individual and group visitation.

Blumberg shares, “I am excited to serve on this board and look forward to being a part of the conversations that influence financial policies and governance in the city of Niagara Falls and beyond.”

About the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) is a division of Niagara County Community College. Students enrolled in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Hospitality programs gain hands-on experience at NFCI, located in the heart of one of North America’s biggest tourist destinations: Niagara Falls, New York. Our experienced faculty members teach students in state-of-the-art kitchens where they are trained in both classic and trending techniques. Our facilities are also home to Savor, an upscale restaurant where students from hospitality and culinary programs gain real-world experience serving lunch, dinner, and dessert courses. The public is also welcome to visit our culinary-themed Barnes & Noble bookstore and pastry shop, La Patisserie. Our Community Education program is also located at NFCI where the community is invited to participate in public cooking classes, youth camps, and workforce development training.

Joshua Blumberg

Joshua Blumberg, NCCC Assistant Vice President was recently named to Destination Niagara USA’s Board of Directors.


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

Paul D. Reid, CEO of Reid Petroleum Corp., Recipient of the NYCCT Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award

Reid Petroleum Corp. Receives Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award

By News Archive

November 9, 2021

Paul D. Reid, CEO of Reid Petroleum Corp., Recipient of the NYCCT Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award

Paul D. Reid, CEO of Reid Petroleum Corp.,
Recipient of the NYCCT Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award

Reid Petroleum Corp., a longtime supporter of Niagara County Community College (NCCC) received the Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award at the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT) Awards Dinner on Friday, November 5 in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The award is presented annually to recognize commitment to a local community college, aiding in innovation that helps distinguish the recipient community college from its peer institutions.

The founder of Reid Petroleum, J. Ward Reid was a stalwart supporter of education as a means of establishing a more prosperous life, and the importance of higher education was instilled in the rest of the family as well. Under the leadership of CEO Paul D. Reid, Reid Petroleum Corp. has been a dedicated advocate for NCCC, donating more than $200,000 to support educational initiatives at NCCC.  Since 2012, the organization has provided funding for scholarships that has opened the door for students to fund their educational and career goals.  In addition to the monetary support provided for scholarships, Reid Petroleum Corp. has provided funding for the Business Resource Center Program at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute and Paul D. Reid hosted a business workshop for the community to encourage small business development.

Paul describes NCCC as “THE” local college, and notes its tremendous benefit for the local community and the Western New York Region.  “With the rising costs of college tuition, not everyone has the ability to start at a 4 year institution, and NCCC provides a solid stepping stone for individuals to receive the education needed to succeed,” says Paul.  Moving forward, he envisions a continuing relationship with NCCC, aspiring to make the Business Program more viable to potential students through scholarships and establishing training to keep content current and relevant.

Paul D. Reid serves on the Old Fort Niagara Association’s Board of Directors, the Grigg-Lewis Foundation’s Board of Directors, and as a trustee for All Saint Parish in Lockport.  He is also affiliated with the Lockport Children’s Memorial Park Committee, the Lockport Community Band, and the World President’s Organization.

Reid Petroleum Corp., a longtime supporter of Niagara County Community College (NCCC) received the Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award at the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT) Awards Dinner on Friday, November 5 in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The award is presented annually to recognize commitment to a local community college, aiding in innovation that helps distinguish the recipient community college from its peer institutions.

The founder of Reid Petroleum, J. Ward Reid was a stalwart supporter of education as a means of establishing a more prosperous life, and the importance of higher education was instilled in the rest of the family as well. Under the leadership of CEO Paul D. Reid, Reid Petroleum Corp. has been a dedicated advocate for NCCC, donating more than $200,000 to support educational initiatives at NCCC.  Since 2012, the organization has provided funding for scholarships that has opened the door for students to fund their educational and career goals.  In addition to the monetary support provided for scholarships, Reid Petroleum Corp. has provided funding for the Business Resource Center Program at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute and Paul D. Reid hosted a business workshop for the community to encourage small business development.

Paul describes NCCC as “THE” local college, and notes its tremendous benefit for the local community and the Western New York Region.  “With the rising costs of college tuition, not everyone has the ability to start at a 4 year institution, and NCCC provides a solid stepping stone for individuals to receive the education needed to succeed,” says Paul.  Moving forward, he envisions a continuing relationship with NCCC, aspiring to make the Business Program more viable to potential students through scholarships and establishing training to keep content current and relevant.

Paul D. Reid serves on the Old Fort Niagara Association’s Board of Directors, the Grigg-Lewis Foundation’s Board of Directors, and as a trustee for All Saint Parish in Lockport.  He is also affiliated with the Lockport Children’s Memorial Park Committee, the Lockport Community Band, and the World President’s Organization.

Paul D. Reid, CEO of Reid Petroleum Corp., Recipient of the NYCCT Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award

Paul D. Reid, CEO of Reid Petroleum Corp.,
Recipient of the NYCCT Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award


Media Contact Information

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