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Rebekah Keaton and Maureen Winters with SUNY Chancellor’s Awards

Keaton and Winters Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Awards

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Keaton and Winters Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Awards

February 4, 2021 

A virtual recognition ceremony was held to honor faculty and staff at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) on Thursday, February 4th.  During the event, a special acknowledgment featured the recipients of the 2019-2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.  These annual awards are honors conferred to acknowledge and provide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence within the State University of New York (SUNY) system.   Dr. Rebekah Keaton was recognized for Excellence in Creative Activities and Maureen Winters was recognized for Excellence in Classified Service.

Dr. Keaton is currently an Associate Professor of English in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at NCCC.  She was nominated by a committee of her peers who noted her dedication to developing her craft as a complement to the scholarly and academic goals of the college community.  She has had nearly forty poems published in peer-reviewed publications, including prestigious journals including Arts in Buffalo, Blueline, Common Ground Review, New Plains Review, Slipstream, The Stonecast Review, A Harvard Review, and True Poet Magazine.  Dr. Keaton shares her talent at NCCC through presenting her work and by facilitating the inclusion of poetry in campus culture.  She served as a co-editor of the campus publication The Writer’s Review and coordinates On the Edge, an on-campus poetry series in which poets are invited to campus, attend selected classes, and give public readings.  In reference to his English Department colleague, Dr. Marc Pietrzykowski wrote, “I can think of no one better to be given a Chancellor’s Award in Creative Activities, as she embodies the role of teaching artist.”

After more than 30 years of dedicated service to NCCC, Maureen Winters, Stenographer in the Faculty Resource Center for Academic Excellence (FRCAE) was recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.  She was nominated for the award by former Professor Gail Tylec who noted Maureen’s extensive knowledge of the college operations, extraordinary organization skills, and willingness to learn new skills.

Her pleasant and efficient manner makes her an asset in her support staff position, and she is known to go above and beyond her duties to help others.  Maureen spends countless hours outside of her work schedule to coordinate a holiday giving event each year which raises over $1,500 to provide financial support to members of the NCCC community that have suffered hardships.  The receipt of the Chancellor’s Award coincided with Maureen’s retirement at the end of January.

Rebekah Keaton with SUNY Chancellor’s Award

Rebekah Keaton with SUNY Chancellor’s Award


Maureen Winters with SUNY Chancellor’s Award

Maureen Winters with SUNY Chancellor’s Award


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NCCC’s ACE Coordinator, Madison Ebsary (right), is pictured with the 2020-21 NCLCA Vice President, Michael Frizell.

NCCC Coordinator Receives Award

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NCCC Coordinator Receives Award

January 28, 2021 

Madison Ebsary, Coordinator of the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) at Niagara County Community College, has recently achieved Level 2 Certification as part of the National College Learning Center Association’s (NCLCA) Leadership Certification Program. She has been involved with the organization since 2017.

The certification is given to professionals in the learning assistance field and brings national recognition and credentials to those who meet the standards set forth by the organization. There are four levels within the certification program and Madison plans to obtain the third-ranking within the next two years.

Madison’s involvement with the NCLCA includes in-depth event organizing and decision making on behalf of the organization as well. She explains, “In 2018 I received the Karen Quinn Scholarship through NCLCA and was able to attend their institute for learning center professionals at the University of Cincinnati.  That same year I served on NCLCA’s conference planning committee when their annual conference came to Niagara Falls, NY. Through NCCC’s involvement with NCLCA, we were able to provide this training at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. At this time I also received certification as a Supplemental Instruction Supervisor through the University of Missouri-Kansas City.”

The knowledge which Madison has obtained through the Level 2 certification will be applied to further the mission of ACE: to provide students with learning support services that serve as a foundation for academic success, retention, and completion of educational goals. ACE is available to all registered NCCC students whether they are taking classes in-person or online. ACE is also available to high school juniors and seniors enrolled in NCCC’s College Accelerated Program (CAP). Madison adds, “ACE is one of the few higher education learning centers within the Western New York area that continues to offer face-to-face tutoring services while adhering to safe social distancing practices and guidelines set forth by the CDC.” Online services are also available.

With a passion for education, Madison states, “The best part of my job is working collaboratively with faculty and staff to provide our students with the best possible academic and student support services. Not only is NCCC ‘The smart place to start,’ it’s the smart place to be supported and thrive. As an alumna, I can truly say that coming to NCCC was one of the best decisions I ever made for my educational journey. I am grateful to be in a position in which I can help current and future Thunderwolves achieve academic success.”

NCCC’s ACE Coordinator, Madison Ebsary (right), is pictured with the 2020-21 NCLCA Vice President, Michael Frizell.

NCCC’s ACE Coordinator, Madison Ebsary (right), is pictured with the 2020-21 NCLCA Vice President, Michael Frizell.


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NCCC Nursing Student

NCCC Nursing Students Excel in Licensing Exams

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NCCC Nursing Students Excel
in Licensing Exams

January 25, 2021 

To become licensed as a Registered Nurse or Practical Nurse, students who graduate from a state-approved registered nursing (RN) or practical nursing (PN) program must pass the National Council License Examination (NCLEX).  Both of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) RN and PN programs have routinely received rates above the state and national averages for success in passing these exams.  In 2020, NCCC nursing grads achieved a 94.05% pass rate for the NCLEX-RN and a 100% pass rate was achieved for the NCLEX-PN.  These exams are given via a computer and include various types of questions to test the knowledge of a graduate nurse to perform in the clinical setting caring for patients. A student becomes licensed as an RN or PN by passing this exam after graduation.

When asked about the success of NCCC nursing graduates, Diane Pytlik-Flammia, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Nursing and Allied Health said, “The organization of our curriculum, dedication to student success, and preparation through our faculty teaching is what has provided this foundation for students to be successful on these licensure exams.” She also noted the 100% employment rates for graduates of NCCC’s nursing program.  “Many employers in the area reach out to us on a weekly basis wanting to recruit our students. We have a very good reputation in the area for producing well-prepared nurses.”

For more information on the NCCC nursing program, please visit:  https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/nah/

NCCC nursing student

NCCC nursing students receive clinical experience to prepare them for a career after graduation.


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Individual participates in free webinar offered by the Niagara SBDC

Free business start-up seminars presented by NCCC SBDC

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January 15, 2021

The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) along with the Small Business Administration will be hosting a “Business Start-Up Double Header” this month.  On Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., a webinar entitled “Finding the Right Idea” will be held to help attendees capitalize on their skills and resources to turn an idea into a viable business concept.  The second seminar, “Creating a Winning Business Plan” will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.  This webinar will focus on helping attendees create a strategic guide for their business.  Lenders require a business plan, making it an essential tool in a start-up venture.

To register for these webinars, 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 through the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting clients over the phone, via email, and in online meetings.


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NCCC Begins Spring Semester on January 19

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January 13, 2021

Niagara County Community College will begin the spring 2021 semester on January 19 at both the Sanborn campus and Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. Most classes will operate virtually through February 1 and a limited number of SUNY approved high-contact labs will take place in-person throughout the semester. As the pandemic continues, NCCC has elected to proceed with reduced in-person capacities in order to maintain a safe learning and working environment. The College will continue to follow all federal, state, SUNY, and local guidelines. Several measures will be in place for the spring semester in order to reduce density on campus and curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Classes:
Students can expect many of their courses to pivot to a flexible learning option. There are several types of instructional modalities and they include: online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face courses. The online courses are 100% virtual and flexible. Students can conveniently learn on their own schedule while also having access to their instructors and college resources. Hybrid courses combine online learning and in-person instruction. On-campus instruction or activity may be required for some of these courses. Blended courses are 100% online and require some or all of the online instruction to occur in real-time as scheduled. Every in-person meeting will guarantee classroom sizes which can facilitate physical distancing. Masks will be required for all who enter the campus.

Before teaching in an online or hybrid modality, faculty are trained and provided with abundant opportunities for professional growth in teaching in distance learning formats through NCCC’s departments of Online Learning and the Faculty Resource Center for Academic Excellence.

Returning to Campus:
Returning residents of NCCC’s Student Housing Village will be required to bring a hard copy of their negative COVID-19 test results taken within 72 hours of moving into the dorms. New residents will be required to bring a hard copy of their negative COVID-19 results taken within five days of moving into the dorms. All students, whether commuting or residing on campus, should refer to the Guidelines for Students on NCCC’s COVID-19 webpage for a full list of instructions prior to returning to campus.

Screening Procedures:
The College will continue the COVID-19 screening process for all who enter the premises. Individuals will be required to enter through the Learning Commons, have their temperature checked, and submit a health questionnaire upon arrival. Masks are required upon entering.

Student Services and Activities:
Faculty, staff, and student-centered departments will remain open and available from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Students are welcome to make appointments or visit various departments including Admissions, Career and Transitional Services, Cashier’s Office, Financial Aid, Henrietta G. Lewis Library, Records and Registration, Student Resource Center, Testing Center, and the Wellness Center to fulfill any need they may have as it pertains to their experience at NCCC.

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) will continue high-quality, professional tutoring services in both virtual and in-person sessions. Regardless of remote or on-campus learning, every NCCC student is welcome to utilize in-person ACE services. During the spring semester, ACE will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to tutoring services, students can utilize printers, computers, and web cameras for their online coursework. ACE’s online tutoring will begin on January 25 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and will run from Monday through Friday. STAR-NY tutoring, also available through ACE will begin on February 3 from 7 p.m. through midnight, operating Sunday through Thursday evenings.

Student activities will resume for the semester, though many will take place online. A limited number of in-person events for students will include cultural celebrations and awareness events, Wolf Pack Wake Up events, “Service with a Slice” community outreach, Taco Tuesdays, and Supermarket Sweep games.

NCCC plans to resume intercollegiate athletic competition in February 2021, beginning with its indoor sports of men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and wrestling. Spring sports, including baseball, golf, and softball, along with the traditional fall sports of men’s and women’s soccer, are on track to begin competition in March.

Academic Calendar Changes
NCCC has eliminated their traditional Spring Break recess. The semester will operate steadily through May 2021, ending one week earlier than originally planned. This will mitigate the risk of travel and exposure to the COVID-19 virus and will also move Commencement to May 8, 2021.

NCCC will implement Commencement plans in accordance with New York State, SUNY, and Niagara County Health Department guidance. The College will adjust the method of the celebration based upon the conditions at that time.

The faculty and staff of Niagara County Community College are looking forward to working with returning students and are excited to welcome the newest cohort of freshman, transfer, non-matriculated, and international students. The College will continue to communicate COVID-19 related news in a timely, transparent, and understandable manner. NCCC’s Campus Safety Monitor and Vice President of Administration, Wayne Lynch, states “We are committed to exceeding safety standards just as we are committed to educational excellence.”


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EOP Student

NCCC student honored with statewide award

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Elaine Champagne-Lewis

NCCC Student Elaine Champagne-Lewis, recipient of the 2020 Norman R. McConney, Jr. Award for EOP Student Excellence

January 12, 2021

On December 14, 2020, State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Dr. Jim Malatras hosted a virtual Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Honors Awards Ceremony recognizing the achievements of 45 students from 49 SUNY campuses statewide. Elaine Champagne-Lewis of Niagara County Community College (NCCC) was chosen to receive the 2020 Norman R. McConney, Jr. Award for EOP Student Excellence, which celebrates EOP students who have overcome significant obstacles in life to achieve their educational and personal goals.  The award is named after the late Norman McConney, one of the architects of the statewide EOP program and a champion of youth empowerment.  The EOP program provides academic support services, counseling, advisement and financial assistance to historically under-served students from low-income families in New York.

A mother of two, Elaine is a non-traditional student who was motivated to pursue a degree in human services after working several minimum wage jobs while trying to support her family.  “I struggled so much to get by, and I want to set an example for my kids,” says Elaine.  A friend encouraged her to look into studying at NCCC and Elaine worked with an advisor who helped her through the process of enrolling.  Once on campus, she saw that she met the qualifications for the EOP program and was accepted.  “The EOP workshops helped me to learn balance and self-care, to ask questions when I don’t understand things and connected me to appropriate resources when I needed help.”

Since enrolling at NCCC, Elaine has excelled.  “Elaine has consistently demonstrated the utmost commitment, perseverance, and resiliency in pursuing her academic goals. She has maintained a perfect GPA throughout two semesters of the pandemic while also working as a single mother to not only provide for her children, but help assist in their education as well. Her strength and dedication is an inspiration to me as her advisor and I believe her example can be an inspiration to others,” states Ted Mallwitz, the EOP Academic Support Specialist who nominated Elaine for the EOP Award for Student Excellence.

When asked if she had any advice for other non-traditional students in a similar circumstance, Elaine offered the following: “Ask questions and put in the effort, because it will pay off.  There are so many people ready and willing to help you if you just ask.  Going back to school feels like something you can’t do, but just put one foot in front of the other to make changes in your life.”  Elaine expects to finish her degree at NCCC in the fall of 2021 and plans to continue her education at Buffalo State College studying social work. She currently participates in an internship with a local substance abuse and mental health organization where she hopes to gain full-time employment after graduation.


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NCCC to Offer Course Examining Genealogical History

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January 12, 2021

Niagara County Community College is offering a topical course entitled, “United States History Since 1865,” during the spring 2021 semester. The class is rich in genealogical research and will connect historic benchmarks of our nation to the way our ancestors and communities were locally affected.

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NCCC students enrolled in the “United States History Since 1865” course will link their genealogical research to historical context.

Professor Don Fisher, who holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts degree from SUNY at Buffalo, will lead the class through an in-depth look at the political, social, and economic history of the US from the end of the Civil War to the present. Students will be given free access to Ancestry.com and a plethora of other references to navigate their specific family history spanning many decades. Students will learn how to uncover information through interviews, photographs, newspapers, and other historic documents and then apply their research to a written account about the way their family’s story was shaped by America’s past. Discussions will be centered on topics regarding immigration, social mobility, military service, and education amongst other subjects. In addition to the extraordinary research resources and paper, students can also expect to participate in the course through traditional exams and lectures. Dr. Fisher states, “Scholarly history isn’t just for scholars. Everyone today has the tools at their fingertips to understand their genealogy against the backdrop of broader historical patterns and issues. Anyone who completes the course and paper would not merely have a family tree, but a meaningful contextualized history of their family.”

This class is open to current students and to the public. Those who are interested in taking the class but not currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program are welcome to apply to Niagara County Community College as a non-matriculated student. Seats are still available during three different times:  9:30 – 10:45a.m.; 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., and 12:30 – 1:45 p.m., all on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 19 and concluding on May 6, 2021. Classes will meet virtually via Zoom in order to maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/spring/ for more information.


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Fall 2020 Dean's List

NCCC Announces Fall 2020
Dean’s List

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January 5, 2021

A total of 737 students were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievements for the fall 2020 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.

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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Delaney Adams

High School Students Get a Jumpstart on College at NCCC

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December 22, 2020

At a time when the pandemic has brought challenges for many in the academic realm, Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is improving access to higher education for high school students through the College Acceleration Program (CAP).  CAP allows students to take college courses at their own high school, following NCCC curriculum.  In essence, the dual-enrolled high school students are getting a head start on their college careers.

By participating in CAP, high school students can concurrently enroll to take college courses while receiving both high school and college credit.  As college costs and student debt is rising nationwide, the ability to save time and money through CAP classes while in high school is a huge advantage. According to former CAP student and current NCCC student Gabriela Bonura, “I would recommend high school students taking CAP classes because they are very affordable, and it does prepare you for the rigorous coursework when in college.”

The benefits of CAP are more than just financial savings, as high school students have an opportunity to lighten their course load when they do start college. This opens the door for students to explore more electives, earn a double major, complete an internship, or participate in a study abroad program.  The experience of earning college credit while still in high school helps to further prepare students for the expectations they will face and the culture of a college environment. “Taking college courses in the comfort of my high school has made for a great transitional period prior to college,” states Lockport High School Senior Delaney Adams.

Currently, there are participating high schools within Western New York offering college credits through NCCC CAP at a discounted rate of $79 per credit.  For the spring 2021 semester, a limited number of scholarships will be available to high school CAP students whose families faced financial hardships due to COVID-19.  To learn more about CAP, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/academics/highschool/


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Study Finds NCCC among Top NYS Community Colleges with High Employment Rates

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December 17, 2020

In a Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO) study conducted by the US Census Bureau, Niagara County Community College (NCCC) graduates have achieved a 76.8 percent employment rate five years after their graduation. That’s the second-highest 5-year, post-grad employment rate among community colleges in New York State. The study also revealed that the top-grossing jobs were from alumni who earned an Associate degree in allied health, engineering, and computer information related programs at NCCC.

Dr. William Murabito, President of Niagara County Community College, states, “I am proud of our graduates and honored to be leading an education- and workforce-driven institution which has made a significant impact in our local economy.”

The Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes data illustrates wages and employment flows for recent graduates of partner colleges and universities in Colorado, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. It includes graduates who are employed full-time on a yearly basis at the federal minimum wage and work three or more quarters in a calendar year.


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