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NCCC TO OFFER FREE WEBINAR ON OSHA – WORKING TO STAY SAFE

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The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present Nick Donofrio, Compliance Assistance Specialist with the New York State Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA, to speak on the topic of “Working to Stay Safe,” on a free webinar on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, from 9:00 – 10:30 am.

The webinar’s goals are to present the fundamental OSHA requirements for all employers, OSHA compliance assistance, review the three parts of a basic safety program, and explain an OSHA inspection.

To register for the webinar and more information, please call NCCC SBDC at (716) 210-2515 or visit the website: http://www.NiagaraSBDC.org.


Media Contact Information

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

Day of Giving

NCCC Hosts Second Annual Day of Giving

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Niagara County Community College (NCCC) participated in its 2nd Annual Day of Giving on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Thunderwolves from all over – faculty, staff, alumni, and friends – came together to give back to NCCC raising $7,347 from 105 donors. Their donations were designated towards programs that support NCCC’s students and further the College mission. Areas that were included were the NCCC Annual Fund, Athletic Department, Honors Program, Horticulture Program, and English Department.

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 the NCCC Day of Giving is over, donations can still be made online to support the College 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.


Media Contact Information

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

Collin Lacki

NCCC student advocates for accessibility at SUNY campuses

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Collin Lacki is a sophomore at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) studying music in hopes of pursuing a career in music therapy one day.  He decided to enroll at NCCC because of the quality education he could receive at the College, while still getting a typical on-campus experience away from his home in Brocton, New York.  As a student with a disability, a quality education for Collin also meant receiving support through the Accessibility Services Office on campus.

As a blind student growing up in the small Chautauqua County Village of Brocton, Collin did not always have access to the resources he needed to set him up for academic success in elementary and high school.  “Many younger students with disabilities are not sure if they want to continue on to higher education because of all of the barriers they encounter,” says Collin.  He wants to push those students toward higher education and points to the commitment made by the State University of New York (SUNY) System in providing services and resources needed for students with disabilities to succeed.

Having years of experience advocating for his own needs has given Collin the confidence to take on a new challenge to help other students statewide.  He was recently selected to be a part of the newly formed SUNY Student Voices Action Committee to advise SUNY leadership on emerging, critical issues, and challenges facing students across the SUNY System.  He was chosen after receiving a nomination from Alissa Shugats-Cummings, Director of Career and Transitional Services at NCCC.

“I suggested Collin for a seat on the SUNY Student Voices Action Committee because during his time at NCCC I have seen him develop and demonstrate skills that make him a model not only for students with disabilities but for all SUNY students. He is a hard worker, a diligent student, a friend to all. We are proud to have him represent NCCC SUNY-wide,” says Alissa.  As one of 27 students statewide to participate in the committee, Collin is using his voice to ensure the topic of accessibility remains in the focus of SUNY administration, and he hopes his contributions will promote positive changes that improve the educational experience for all students.

Collin has high praise for Accessibility Services Coordinator Steve Burns and Alissa Shugats-Cummings, two employees who go out of their way to assist students through their roles in the Career and Transitional Services Department at NCCC.  This department is an umbrella for Accessibility Services, Career Services, Transfer Services, and the Student Resource Center.  “The staff makes the office what it is,” says Collin.  He is hopeful that through relationships he has established on campus and his new appointment to the SUNY-wide committee, he can continue to make a positive impact not only for himself but empower others as well.  Collin has advice for others with disabilities: “Don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself.  The only way you’ll get the help you need is by speaking up!”

The mission of Accessibility Services is to provide academic adjustments and appropriate support to students with disabilities in the most inclusive setting possible and to enhance student independence while promoting self-advocacy.  For more information on Accessibility Services at NCCC, visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/accessibility-services/ or call 716-614-6285.


Media Contact Information

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

Jesse Goldberg

Goldberg named Interim CIO at NCCC

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Niagara County Community College (NCCC) has appointed Jesse Goldberg as Interim Chief Information Officer.  Goldberg assumed this post effective Monday, November 9 in addition to his existing role as Director of Technical Services, which began in 2011.  His experience spans over twenty years in the field of information technology, having worked previously at the University at Buffalo and Kistler Instrument Corporation.  Goldberg is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo with a degree in Cultural Anthropology.


Media Contact Information

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

Students smile underneath their masks during the NCCC Workforce Development Drone Operator Class.

Take Flight with NCCC’s Drone Class

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The economic impact of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), commonly called drones, is expected to be at least $82 billion by 2025 according to The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Much of this growth comes from the application of drone technology to existing industries, as well as emerging businesses that will be created.

In response to this growth, Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is offering a comprehensive, non-credit bearing Drone Operator Training course. The class size of the course is small to comply with NCCC’s COVID-19 response plan and to offer a personal, interactive learning experience between the students and instructor. Participants can expect to learn within the classroom and practice hands-on drone operating experience within the large facilities at the Sanborn campus.

The course is taught by Corey Harmon, owner of Above Ground Level Aerial, LLC. Harmon explains there are many opportunities to gain employment once one has learned how to operate a drone. He states, “The UAS industry is starting to take off in commercial real estate, professional videos, commercials, resorts, law enforcement, emergency search and rescue, accident reconstruction, surveying, inspections, and the development of wind turbines and solar panels. Drones are even being used in agriculture to spray fields, detect crop health, survey the land, and observe thermal imagery.”

Harmon also expresses the importance of taking the class even if it’s just for recreational use as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates the use of UAS’s. The course will prepare students to take the FAA Part 107 UAS Pilot Exam. The course will topics such as: Advanced Safety Features, Video and Photography, Basic Mapping, Charts & Airspace, Drone Purchase Decision, Fixed Wing or MultiRotor, How to Fly, Insurance, Job Market, Payload, Safety Guidelines, Sensors, Typical Advanced Features, and Uses and Applications.

Students will be required to bring their own Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 Quadcopter, as well as batteries and a charger.  In addition to purchasing these items, the class fee is $750. The course will take place on Monday and Wednesday nights, November 30, 2020, through January 11, 2021, from 6PM to 9PM at NCCC, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn. The class will break from December 23 through December 30 for the holidays and will resume on January 4. To register, please visit the NCCC Workforce Development website at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/wd/drone/ or call their office at (716) 614-6236.

NCCC’s Workforce Development offers accelerated training, in-demand skills certification programs, and customized training solutions to meet your career objectives. The Workforce Development team also offers community classes and activities for personal enrichment. Training is the core of their business and NCCC’s Workforce Development department is ready to help you achieve your goals.


Media Contact Information

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

Winter Session

NCCC to Offer Classes for Winter Session

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Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will once again be offering an eleven-day winter session for students seeking another option for earning class credit.  Winter Intersession runs from January 4 – January 15, 2021.  The Winter Session is a perfect way to catch up on required courses, get ahead for the spring semester, or retake a course from the fall.  This is your chance to get back on track before the spring semester even begins.

The classes being offered include Human Resource Mgmt., Business Law, Small Business Mgmt., Intro to Computer Applications, Int Principles of Security, Adv First Aid & CPR, Intro to Philosophy, Elementary Spanish I, and Speech Communication.

Most of the courses offered are entirely online, allowing motivated students to study safely from home.  What’s more, credits easily transfer to most four-year colleges and universities.

To search the course offerings and to register, go to the NCCC Winter Intersession webpage: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/winter/.


Media Contact Information

Barbara M. DeSimone
Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-481-3775
Email: desimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

Individual participates in free webinar offered by the Niagara SBDC

Learn about the potential of LinkedIn with the
Niagara SBDC

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The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a free webinar titled, “Stop Ignoring LinkedIn’s Potential” on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, from 9:00-10:30 a.m.  This session will be moderated by speaker Curt Anderson, B2Btail founder, and e-commerce expert, and features a 1-hour live program followed by a question and answer period.

LinkedIn is an online employment service that aims to develop and nurture vibrant business relationships.  Participants in the webinar will learn how to create an inviting LinkedIn profile, effectively showcase experience and expertise, connect and engage with a specific target market, deliver valuable and impactful content.  The training is provided at no charge thanks to a grant provided by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

To register for this webinar, or find out more about other services offered by the SBDC, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/sbdc/ or call 716-210-2515.  The Niagara SBDC remains open remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting clients over the phone, via email, and in online meetings.


Media Contact Information

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

Veterans Day Ceremony

NCCC Veterans Day Celebration Pivots for Pandemic

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The 2020 Veterans Day Celebration at Niagara County Community College will transform from a traditional public ceremony to a multi-week campaign which will benefit Veterans within the Western New York community. To culminate the initiative, a powerful tribute video, airing Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 11 a.m. will be available to view on the College’s website at:  www.niagaracc.suny.edu.

Veterans Memorial Park

NCCC’s Veterans Memorial Park at the Sanborn Campus

Following the airing of the video on November 10, a socially distanced reception will take place from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. in the Veterans Services department, room B-100 at NCCC’s Sanborn Campus, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Light refreshments will be served and plenty of military comradery will be shared. Additionally, participants are encouraged to visit the NCCC’s Veterans Memorial Park to reflect on the contributions of US veterans. Please keep in mind that masks are required on all campus grounds.

The 2020 Veterans campaign was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coordinator of Veterans Services, Joseph Potalivo created a “COVID-proof plan” to ensure Veterans Day would be celebrated across the campus community. Potalivo, a veteran himself, envisioned an opportunity to encapsulate an all-encompassing method to thank our Service men and women. “Our message to veterans is a big ‘thank you,’ but not in a traditional way. Ours shows personal connections to those who serve or have served.” Guest speakers on the video include students who are veterans, faculty, staff, and even Chairperson of the NCCC Board of Trustees, Gina Virtuoso. Their stories include grandparents, parents, children, and friends who have served, personal stories of service, and the impact made on our country.

Throughout the month of November, NCCC’s Veteran Association will also host their annual Veterans Flag Tribute, this, year offering contributors to participate online. Donations are now being accepted via the Veteran’s webpage, replacing in-person cash donations, another step in keeping our campus community safe while still aiding veterans. For each donation, the Veterans Service department will dedicate a small flag in honor or in memory of a loved one who has served or is currently serving in the Armed Forces. Flags are donned with a name placard and will be on display throughout the month of November within the atrium of the Notar Administration Building. Flag tributes are $1 for one flag, $3 for four, or $5 for seven, though any amount is graciously accepted. Each donation directly benefits the Veterans Lounge, providing food, refreshments, and a place to relax for veteran students on the Sanborn campus. To donate online, please visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/veterans/.

In addition to the Veterans Day activities, NCCC continues to support their veteran community on a year-round basis through their unique programming. Potalivo explains, college employees “Put veterans’ needs before their own. Our campus is extremely veteran-friendly. We are all-encompassing and support each veteran on a one-on-one basis.” Whether students are active duty, have veteran status, or are a dependent of a veteran, NCCC helps each individual navigate their benefits, services, financial aid, student resources, and more. “We are a one-stop-shop for veteran students. We will see their journey here from start to finish. This department advocates for students and we have the ability to do that because we are a small, personal college where we have the opportunity to get to know our students,” says Potalivo.


Media Contact Information

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

Career and Transfer Fair

NCCC students receive Pathway Scholars Awards

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Fifty students at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) received SUNY Pathways Scholars Awards as part of the State University of New York (SUNY) initiative to assist high-performing students committed to completing their associate’s degree within two years and bachelor’s degree within four years.  These students received a $250 stipend in the fall semester, and will receive another $250 stipend after completion of the spring semester at NCCC.  Pathways Scholars will receive an additional $1,000 stipend upon completion of their associate’s degree and enrollment in a SUNY bachelor’s degree program.

In addition to the financial assistance received, Pathways Scholars receive academic counseling, career guidance, and a network of support services to keep them on track for success.  At NCCC, students have access to the Office of Career and Transitional Services, which helps them to determine transfer paths for programs on the SUNY transfer path list.  NCCC has established transfer articulation agreements with many colleges within SUNY, including Empire State College, SUNY College at Brockport, SUNY College at Buffalo, SUNY College at Fredonia, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Cobleskill, the University at Buffalo, and SUNY Upstate Medical University.  Students can take advantage of the lowest tuition rates in the region at NCCC and then seamlessly transfer their credits to other local four year institutions.


Media Contact Information

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

Day of Giving

Niagara County Community College To Host Second Annual Day of Giving

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Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will be participating in its second annual Day of Giving on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

This year, extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary generosity. Please consider donating to the NCCC Annual Fund to help us reach our goal of $20,000. This fund allows the NCCC Foundation to direct your gift to where the College needs it the most. Donations can also be designated to a specific area or program of the College. From student experiences to classroom equipment, your contribution will provide a lasting effect on our students’ futures.

On this day and leading up to it, NCCC will be taking gifts and pledges around the clock. Your support will have a profound impact on NCCC and will enable the College to continue its tradition of being the smart place to start.

Donations are being accepted now through December 1st online at http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/dayofgiving/ or checks can be made payable to the NCCC Foundation, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132. If you have any questions, please contact the NCCC Foundation Office at 716-614-5910 or alumni@niagaracc.suny.edu.


Media Contact Information

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