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SUNY IMPACT FOUNDATION TO MATCH DONATIONS IN NIAGARA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND

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Relief Fund recipient

Relief Fund recipient

The Niagara County Community College Foundation Office has continued to work tirelessly to raise funds for our students who are struggling with financial hardships caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As of today, the NCCC Foundation has raised $15,000 to support 150 current students. Each student has received a $100 gift card to help purchase groceries, medicine, and other basic necessities.

This offering puts only a small dent in the mounting bills our students are facing due to unemployment and other hardships. Making even a small contribution can ensure that students do not have to choose between buying groceries for their families and maintaining the internet connection necessary to do their studies.

NCCC has now been provided with an incredible opportunity to double our donations and your impact to the Student Emergency Relief Fund! The SUNY Impact Foundation has promised to match dollar for dollar any gift made to the Relief Fund up to a total of $50,000 if made before July 1, 2020. Our goal is to maximize this match opportunity to provide as many students as possible relief from their financial struggles. Your support is crucial in ensuring successful outcomes for our students and they are counting on us!

Donations can be made online by visiting http://niagaracc.suny.edu/coronavirus/giving or checks can be made payable to the NCCC Foundation, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132. If you have any questions, please email Deb Brewer, NCCC Foundation Director, at found@niagaracc.suny.edu or call 716-438-6388.


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

Hospitality

NCCC TO OFFER PPE TRAINING FOR HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

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The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Workforce Development Department will offer online training targeting businesses involved in the reopening of the Hospitality sector. This awareness level training is geared for employees that will be returning to the workplace and may be responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of their work space. The objective of this course is to raise the awareness of COVID-19 with factual information and simple steps that employees can take to avoid spreading the disease within the workplace or at home. This interactive web-based training provides ample opportunity for students to engage in informative Q&A’s. This is an opportunity for a branding advantage as companies resume business back to full operation. “This is a great training for businesses who are unsure of the current standards and who want to be prepared with a plan for how to reopen”, according to Karen Kwandrans, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs.  “The instructors are all safety certified trainers and are up-to-date on regulatory changes issued by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).”

Presentations are industry specific and this set of courses will be focused on the hospitality industry. The online classes for the hospitality industry will be offered:
June 15, 2020 at 8am -10:30am or 1:00pm-3:30pm

The cost of training is $40 per person for a two-hour class. For more information, please call NCCC Workforce Development at (716) 614-6236 or visit the website www.niagaracc.suny.edu/wd/.


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

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President Murabito Sends Statement to NCCC Community On Death of George Floyd

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Niagara County Community College (NCCC) President Dr. William J. Murabito has issued a statement to employees and students about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and protests across the nation. His email letter reads as follows:

“Dear NCCC Community,

This past week, we witnessed another appalling act of violence against a person of color in the police officer’s involvement in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Our hearts go out to Mr. Floyd’s family and to the many others whose lives he touched. This incident has raised profound and troubling questions about violence and social inequity in our society — issues that are critical for us to explore, teach about, research, study, and find a way to comprehend in our individual lives.   Although this senseless act was committed halfway across the country it seems to have affected everyone, including our campus community.  It is a reminder to us all that these unfortunate events can happen in any city and community.  

While we all are experiencing pain, anger and frustration over this terrible incident, we must remember the importance of keeping protests peaceful so that we can communicate our thoughts effectively and gain awareness.  Destructive action only serves to detract from the issues at hand.  In the NCCC mission statement, one of our institutional learning outcomes is that “NCCC graduates should demonstrate global awareness, civic engagement, appreciation of differences and diversity, civility, ethics, and aesthetics.”  I am confident during these dark days, we will show our commitment to this core value, and support healing, meaningful action, and working together for a better tomorrow.”


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

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NCCC TO OFFER FREE WEBINAR ON TRAINING FOR RE-OPENING RESTAURANTS

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The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with Workforce Development will hold training for Western New York restaurants to help them prepare for reopening. The SBDC training will focus on restaurant businesses that will be reopening during the New York Phase-in process. Businesses will be responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of their operations as well as providing relevant Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and establishing proper social distancing. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is sponsoring is webinar – so there is no cost to participate.

The objective of this course is to provide accurate information relating to COVID-19 and simple steps that businesses can take to avoid spreading the disease within the workplace. This interactive web-based training provides opportunities for attendees to engage in informative Q&A’s.  “This is a great training for businesses who are unsure of the current standards and who want to prepare their plan for reopening their business”, states Lynn Oswald, Director of the NCCC SBDC.  The instructor is a safety certified trainer and is up-to-date on regulatory changes issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and New York State.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 9am -11:30am. The presentation will be repeated live later the same day from 1-3:30pm.  To register for the webinar and for more information, please call NCCC SBDC at 716-210-2515 or visit the website: http://www.niagarasbdc.org click on the “Training” tab for more details.


Media Contact Information

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

Spring 2020 Dean's List

NCCC Announces Spring Dean’s List

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A total of 819 students were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievements for the spring 2020 semester at Niagara County Community College.  Both full- and part-time students were honored for their scholastic successes by being named to 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 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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Barbara DeSimone
Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: desimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

Tayllor Clark, NCCC Student Senate President

NCCC hosts virtual commencement celebration for grads

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On Saturday May 23, 2020, Niagara County Community College (NCCC) hosted a virtual commencement celebration for the Class of 2020, recognizing over 900 graduates.  The pre-recorded video allowed graduates to submit a photo of themselves, future plans, and messages of appreciation to friends and family.  Additionally, the video included remarks from SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson, and NCCC President William Murabito.  “You have already made history by being the first class at Niagara County Community College to ever have a virtual commencement ceremony.  Now you can start the next part of your life knowing you are flexible, you can overcome challenges and you can thrive in the face of adversity,” said President Murabito.

As Student Senate President and recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, and the 2020 President’s Medallion honoree for involvement at NCCC, Tayllor Clark congratulated her peers noting she had made lifelong friends at NCCC and her studies at the College were just the beginning of her journey to a lifelong career.  While students were not physically able to be together to celebrate their accomplishments, a virtual watch party was held via Facebook so graduates, their friends and family could view the ceremony simultaneously and make comments in real-time.

The administration at NCCC is still hopeful that graduates will be able to celebrate in-person at a later date when social distancing and health restrictions are anticipated to loosen, but it was agreed that marking the end of the semester and all of the notable accomplishments of the Class of 2020 should be done virtually before students move on to four year institutions or careers in their field.  For anyone who missed the watch party, the video can be accessed online at http://niagaracc.suny.edu/commencement/.


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

Jerry Truesdell

NCCC Math Professor Publishes Virus-Related Textbook

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Niagara County Community College Mathematics Professor Jerry Truesdell has published a new textbook entitled, “The Mathematics of Virus Spread for Beginners.”  This 12-chapter, 100-page book uses pre-calculus fundamentals to illustrate models for virus spread, including the Susceptible, Infected, and Recovered (SIR) model. When classes at NCCC went virtual during the spring 2020 semester, the book was created to cover the last five units in his pre-calculus course. Truesdell shares, “We do a section on modeling with exponential functions, so I developed this as a substitute during the pandemic.”

In addition to the book being used in Truesdell’s classes, it is also being taught in a NCCC College Acceleration Program (CAP) course by Brother Joseph Wilkowski, PhD, at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.  CAP is a cooperative agreement of the State University of New York (SUNY) colleges and high schools. The program allows high school students to take college courses for both high school and college credit. Truesdell made copies of his book available for free for participating CAP partnerships. Wilkowski describes the book as, “A well-designed study of how an epidemiological model is created. Starting with the simple exponential model, the book progresses through more complicated, yet realistic ones and eventually develops a model that is surprisingly accurate. It is an excellent application of pre-calculus to the real world.”

With hope that students will learn more than pre-calculus theorems from his book, Truesdell also wants to inspire real-life application. He explains, “Students rarely get to do modeling with any degree of sophistication right out of high school.” Within the book, Truesdell breaks down advanced mathematical language and pairs his simplified version with the most culturally relevant topic of 2020: the pandemic. In addition to teaching his students the formulas needed to read and create these virus-related models and graphs, students are simultaneously learning scientific and epidemiological terms.

Along with other published and award-winning instructors, Truesdell is part of the faculty body bringing excellence in education to students at Niagara County Community College. Truesdell’s textbook, “The Mathematics of Virus Spread for Beginners” is expected to be available for purchase by early June through Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.


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

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NCCC TO OFFER FREE WEBINAR ON RE-OPENING FOR RETAIL AND SERVICE BUSINESSES

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The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with NCCC Workforce Development will hold a free online training workshop for Western New York businesses to help them prepare for reopening. The SBDC training will focus on retail and service businesses that will be reopening during the New York Phase-in process. Businesses will be responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of their operations as well as providing relevant Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and establishing proper social distancing. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is sponsoring this webinar – so there is no cost to participate.

The objective of this course is to provide accurate information relating to COVID-19 and simple steps that businesses can take to avoid spreading the disease within the workplace. This interactive web-based training provides opportunities for attendees to engage in informative Q&A’s.  “This is a great training for businesses who are unsure of the current standards and who want to prepare their plan for reopening their business”, states Lynn Oswald, Director of the NCCC SBDC. The instructor is a safety certified trainer and is up-to-date on regulatory changes issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and New York State.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 27 from 9am -11:30am. The presentation will be repeated later the same day from 1-3:30pm. You must register for the webinar by calling 716-210-2515.

NCCC Workforce Development is hosting a similar training program aimed at helping manufacturers. For a small fee, WNY manufacturers will receive expert instruction on re-opening issues specific to a production facility. Additional trainings will be announced in the near future for restaurant and hospitality operations.

For more information, please call NCCC SBDC at 716-210-2515 or visit the website: http://www.NiagaraSBDC.org


Media Contact Information

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

Healthcare professional wearing surgical mask

NCCC TO OFFER PPE TRAINING FOR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

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The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Workforce Development Department in conjunction with the NCCC Small Business Development Center will offer virtual training classes for businesses throughout Western New York to prepare for reopening. This awareness level training is geared for employees that will be returning to the workplace and may be responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of their workspace. The objective of this course is to raise the awareness of COVID-19 with information and simple steps that employees can take to avoid spreading the disease within the workplace or at home. This interactive web-based training provides many opportunities for students to engage in informative Q&A’s.   “This is a great training for businesses who are unsure of the current standards and who want to be prepared with a plan for how to reopen their business”, according to Karen Kwandrans, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. “The instructors are all safety certified trainers and are up-to-date on regulatory changes issued by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).”

Presentations are industry specific and the first set of courses will be focused on the manufacturing industry. The online classes for the manufacturing industry will be offered on the following days and times:

May 27th 8-10:30am
May 27th 1-3:30pm
May 28th 8-10:30am
May 28th 1-3:30pm

NCCC Workforce Development is committed to education and the advancement of our local economy. “I think it is important to keep the costs low for our area employers as they begin to reopen, so the cost of training is $40 per person for the two and half-hour class”, said Kwandrans.

Additional trainings will be announced in other areas including a training for the retail industry and the hospitality industry.  For more information, please call NCCC Workforce Development at 716-614-6236 or visit the website www.niagaracc.suny.edu/wd/.


Media Contact Information

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

Morning Thunder

NCCC to Launch “Morning Thunder” Podcast

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NCCC podcast co-host, Madison Ebsary, shows off her recording studio. Denise Prohaska virtually speaks with a guest on the latest episode of Morning Thunder.

NCCC podcast co-host, Madison Ebsary, shows off her recording studio. Denise Prohaska virtually speaks with a guest on the latest episode of Morning Thunder.

With social distancing measures taking place across the globe, Niagara County Community College seeks to safely connect students to faculty members in new ways. Zoom meetings, virtual classes, conference calls, and utilizing social media accounts are the new settings for academic and social encounters, but NCCC’s latest bridge to students comes in the form of a new podcast, “Morning Thunder.”

The founder and co-host of this creative podcast is NCCC Admissions Counselor, Denise Prohaska. Her co-host, Madison Ebsary, Coordinator of the Academic Center for Excellence, also brings a wealth of information and discussion topics to each episode.  In addition, while he may not have a lot to say, Tripp the Thunderwolf, NCCC’s beloved mascot, played an instrumental role in giving the podcast its unique name.

“Morning Thunder,” according to Ebsary, seeks to “Connect with NCCC students and provide a means of communication during this unique time in history.” She adds, “Our primary audience is our current NCCC students, but depending on the episode, we hope that employees, alumni, and the community will enjoy it, as well.”

Prohaska further explains, “This tool will allow us to remain current and in touch with our NCCC community.  We have such an amazing group of people on our staff who have expertise, experience, and knowledge to share.  Plus, with Madison as our interviewer, she brings out the best in our guests and creates a warm, open, inviting podcast. Our audience can listen to this information at any time or in any place.  ‘Morning Thunder’ will surely help all of us stay NCCC Strong.”

The range of topics are diverse and have already included a discussion with campus counselors about mental health practices, tips on prepping for finals with on-site academic coaches, and the impact of grades on students’ transferability and Financial Aid. Future episodes are currently being recorded and will include speaking to Program Coordinator, Aaron Cobaugh, about the Animal Management degree and his thoughts on the Netflix hit, “Tiger King.” Also in the works: a discussion about Workforce Development opportunities with Director Karen Kwandrans.

You can listen to “Morning Thunder” at your convenience by visiting the NCCC website at http://niagaracc.suny.edu/morning-thunder/ or by listening on the podcast platform, Spreaker, at https://www.spreaker.com/show/morning-thunder-nccc-podcast. The college community, especially students, are encouraged to email ace@niagaracc.suny.edu to pitch ideas about topics they’d like to hear.


Media Contact Information

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