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Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Hosts Summer Camps at NCCC

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Niagara County Community College is home to one of forty-seven highly successful Liberty Partnerships Programs throughout New York State. Sponsored by a Department of Education Grant, this program currently serves over 280 students in Niagara County. The Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program at NCCC provides year-round college and career planning, mentoring, leadership, service-learning, community engagement, wellness, and social/emotional development to students.

Despite the global pandemic, the Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships at NCCC safely hosted two virtual summer camps for 40 students. The first camp, designed for teenagers, was a collaborative effort between the Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program at NCCC and the University of Buffalo. Students in grades 9-12 had the opportunity to join the inaugural virtual camp, “Connect 2020: Career Readiness Speaker Series.” The camp focused on helping students develop greater knowledge of career options as they prepare to enter college or the workforce. Students were captivated as they were introduced to numerous guest speakers, including a senior research scientist based in China, a retired local chief of police, and the Director of Economic Development for Erie County. Breakout sessions focused on resiliency, goals, and the effect the pandemic has on their lives. Building relationships with their peers, instructors, and presenters empowered students with both technology and leadership skills to strategically embark on their career paths.

The second camp was created for students in grades 5 through 8 and focused on strengthening literacy. Each student received a care package that included two books, planned activities, and exclusive Liberty Partnerships apparel. Students met weekly via Zoom to participate in roundtable discussions, connect with their peers, and received one-on-one conferencing with their camp facilitators.

The Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program at NCCC is now enrolling new students in grades 6 through 8 who reside within partner school districts of Niagara Falls, Lockport, and Niagara Wheatfield. Please contact Program Director, Jamie Reid, via email at jreid@niagaracc.suny.edu or by phone at (716) 614-6891 to reserve a spot for your student. This program is free and the educational rewards are many.


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

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Niagara County Community College Selected for FAA Training Program

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Today Niagara County Community College announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had selected its Drone Operator Training Program for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate Training Program or the UAS-CTI.

“Offering coveted FAA-accredited drone operator training represents a significant step forward in our campus workforce training initiatives. Through this new partnership, the program will be taken to new heights as participants graduate with industry-recognized credentialing embodying the gold-standard in unmanned aviation of tomorrow.” Karen Kwandrans, Ed.D. AVP, Workforce Development.

The FAA’s UAS-CTI program recognizes institutions that prepare students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. To qualify for the initiative, schools must offer a bachelor’s or associate degree in UAS or a degree with a minor, concentration, or certificate in UAS. Schools must provide curriculum covering various aspects of UAS training, including hands-on flight practice, maintenance, uses, applications, privacy concerns, safety, and federal policies concerning UAS.

“Partnering with FAA in Unmanned Aircraft Systems represents the latest in an ongoing effort to position the College at the forefront in aerospace education. We are pleased to be a sole center of excellence in providing this credential for nearly the entire northeastern United States.” – William Murabito, Ph.D. President, Niagara County Community College.

Niagara County Community College (NCCC), founded in 1962, is a two-year institution of higher education accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is the only public institution of post-secondary education in Niagara County. NCCC seeks to provide the people of Niagara County and the surrounding area with high quality, affordable education in diverse areas of the curriculum. The institution’s 50 degree and certificate programs are designed to enable its graduates to transfer to four-year degree programs or enter the workforce with skills that will enhance their career opportunities and contribute to the growth of the local economy. The current overall student enrollment at NCCC is 4,981 students.


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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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SBDC Hosts Free Webinar To Assist With Video Marketing

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The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday, August 20th at 9:00 a.m. titled “Lights! Cameras! Sales!”  This interactive session will provide clients with information on the importance of video and illustrate ways to create engaging content that translates into increased sales.  According to polls done by video company Wyzowl, 74% of people who see a product in action via a demo video will buy it.

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.


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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 County Community College Foundation to Recognize Distinguished Student Scholars

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The NCCC Foundation has awarded six new Distinguished Student Scholarship recipients for 2020. This award is the most prestigious scholarship offered by the NCCC Foundation to incoming freshmen. It provides two years of tuition-free education to deserving students. The individuals were selected based on their academic excellence, service to the community, and dedication to Niagara County.

“I am honored to receive this scholarship,” says Daniel, a 2020 Distinguished Student Scholarship recipient. He continues on to say, “attending NCCC is a dream come true and I can’t wait to give back to Niagara County with my future career in technology.” Katelyn, another recipient states, “thank you to the generous donors who made this scholarship and opportunity to attend NCCC possible.”

This year’s recipients include Elijah Alker (Lewiston-Porter), Jordyn Bobzien (Royalton-Hartland), Daniel Burns (North Tonawanda), Angelina Emmons (Lockport), Katelyn Hurst (Lewiston-Porter), and Ashley Kopacz (Lockport).

The 2020 Distinguished Student Scholarship recipients will be showcased at the annual NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the Gala, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2020, at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, has been postponed until spring 2021. No official date has been set at this time.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, over $175,000 was awarded to nearly 200 deserving students. Please visit the NCCC website at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships for a full listing of available scholarships. The deadline to apply for spring 2020 is Friday, October 16, 2020.

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Deb Brewer, NCCC Foundation Director at found@niagaracc.suny.edu, call 716-614-5910, or visit http://niagaracc.suny.edu/foundation/.


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

Retired NCCC Professor Gail Tylec

NCCC’s Tylec receives statewide recognition

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Professor Gail Tylec has shown dedication to Niagara County Community College (NCCC) since she graduated from the institution in 1980 with her Associate in Arts Degree.  She was hired by the College not long after in 1988 when she began a career spanning 32 years.  Tylec retired this summer from her role as a Professor of Dietetic Studies, for which she was recently recognized by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Inc. (NYS AHPERD).

In July Tylec was selected as the Western Zone’s Higher Education Teacher of the Year by the NYS AHPERD.  She received this award based upon a nomination from a colleague who noted her extraordinary teaching ability and the impact on students and staff alike.  The award highlights Tylec’s commitment to providing a quality and comprehensive physical and health education program that enables students to engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles.  Following this recognition, Tylec will present her innovative ideas through the organizational newsletter and presentations at regional events.


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

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