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NCCC Future Leaders engage in community service

By News Archive

November 19, 2019

As part of the Liberty Partnerships Future Leaders program at Niagara County Community College, students from Lockport High School and North Park Junior High School will be focusing their community service efforts on environmental improvements this year.  The high school students kicked off the yearlong project on October 21 with a community clean up.  Liberty Partnerships Students identified the overall need as well as a few key areas that would benefit from their efforts.  In addition to picking up litter, the project has prompted them to spread awareness about recycling and empower others to put garbage in its place.

As part of this project, students researched some alarming statistics:

  • Paper products make up 22% of the liter that is currently in the world
  • More than 250 million tons of trash is produced each year
  • An estimated 1.4 billion pounds of litter winds up in the oceans each year
  • Over 100,000 marine animals die every year from plastic entanglement and ingestion
  • New York produces about 14 million tons of trash a week
  • On average a New Yorker throws away about 25 pounds of trash a week

North Park Jr. High School students teamed up with Niagara Region Park Interpretive Program.  The Niagara Park Program identified the need for more bat boxes throughout the region.  A guest speaker attended the Liberty after school program on November 7 to introduce the students to the benefits of bats, facts surrounding the declining bat population, and what students can do to help.  Many residents do not realize that increasing the bat population will reduce the mosquito population and promote plant pollination.  Students will assemble bat boxes of their own to be installed at specific locations in Niagara County.

Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program at Niagara County Community College is sponsored by a New York State Department of Education Grant and currently serves over 300 students throughout Western New York.  The program supports youth throughout Niagara County with college and career pathway planning.  Liberty Partnerships assists students with life and social skills, mentoring, leadership, service learning, community service, wellness, and social/emotional development.

For more information on how your child can be a participant in the Niagara County Community College Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program, contact Jamie Reid or 716-614-6891

Gingerbread Wonderland

NFCI presents sweet holiday tradition of Gingerbread Wonderland for 8th year

By News Archive

November 12, 2019

The talented students and chefs of the baking and pastry arts program at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) have been working for months now planning and now building the life-size gingerbread village that is a part of Gingerbread Wonderland.  This colorful, edible masterpiece takes approximately 3,000 man-hours to complete and is comprised of 1,200 pounds of gingerbread, 2,400 pounds of royal icing, 400 pounds of edible decorations and tiles, and 100 pounds of fondant.  Last year’s creation was featured in Food and Wine’s list of “7 Magical Gingerbread Houses to See This Season” and this year promises to impress with a new design for guests to enjoy.

As if a giant gingerbread house wasn’t sweet enough, NFCI also offers a variety of holiday-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Starting Saturday, November 30th through Sunday, December 22, visitors can experience live entertainment, face painting, cookie decorating, crafts, and even visits with Santa Claus himself!  The hours are Fridays, from 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays, from Noon to 4 p.m.

For those who wish to view a variety of smaller gingerbread houses, entries in the annual competition sponsored by Delaware North can be viewed from Thursday, December 5th through Tuesday, December 10.  Those interested in other activities might enjoy an ice carving demonstration on Old Falls Street on Saturday, December 7 at 12:00 p.m. or the train show featured on Saturday, December 14-Sunday, December 15.  One of the final special events of the season at NFCI will be a magic show on Saturday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m.

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is located at 28 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY.  For more information on the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute’s Gingerbread Wonderland, visit

Daniel DiPirro

New Experience to Savor at NFCI

By News Archive

November 8, 2019

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) has always provided up-and-coming chefs with a hands-on learning environment to sharpen their skills in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts, and now these unique programs will provide even more opportunities for students to excel and stand out in their field.  New this fall, the retail outlets at NFCI have revised their approach by launching a completely academic model supported by Niagara County Community College.

This all-academic model means that chef instructors at NFCI will be incorporating rotations in the retail outlets as part of the curriculum for students.  The applied learning experience of preparing and serving food in an active restaurant right in the heart of a world-class tourist destination is a unique and valuable tool to ensure students are ready to be successful in a career right after graduation.  Those looking to accelerate the program may be interested in the new 16-month curriculum at NFCI, which allows students to graduate and get into their careers much sooner than a traditional 2-year program.

In addition to the student-run restaurant experience, the menu will be updated to a prix fixe format.  Guests will be able to enjoy a two-course lunch menu weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. including an appetizer and entrée.  A three-course dinner including an appetizer, entrée, and dessert will be served from Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Guests will be able to indulge in savory entrées and decadent desserts created by chef instructors and students, and can watch them refine their craft in an open view kitchen.

Like a good meal, cooking up these new developments at NFCI has taken time.  In an effort to prepare students for their new roles and provide the best dining experience for guests, the Savor schedule revolves around student class modules.  The restaurant will reopen for lunch and dinner service on Wednesday, November 13th.  While not required, it is recommended that guests make a reservation by calling 716-210-2580.  Rest assured that the quality of food and service will be the highest priority, and guests will be treated to an experience worth savoring.

For more information on the academic programs and retail outlets at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, visit

Veterans Day Ceremony

NCCC to hold Veterans Day Ceremony on November 8

By News Archive

November 7, 2019

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will host a Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 8 at 11:30 AM on the Sanborn campus.  The ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132.  The event is free and open to the public.

The annual ceremony will include keynote remarks by New York State Senator, Robert G. Ortt.  Ortt, who represents the 62nd District and sits on the Senate Committee for Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.  In addition to his political career, Ortt was enlisted in the New York Army National Guard and received the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge in recognition of his service.

Refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony in the Notar Administration Building lobby on the Sanborn campus.

About NCCC Veteran Services

Military Advance Education & Transition Magazine has awarded Niagara County Community College (NCCC) the designation of a Top Colleges for veterans in the 2018 rankings. The annual rankings factor in the results of comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement. For more information on the NCCC Veteran Services office please visit our website:

Live your best campus life

Niagara County Community College To Host First Ever Day of Giving

By News Archive

November 6, 2019

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will be participating in its first-ever “Day of Giving” on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

Day of Giving will be a one-day online campaign to benefit the students, faculty, staff, and community of NCCC. During those 24-hours, we’re asking everyone to show what NCCC means to you by making a charitable donation.

On this day, NCCC will be taking gifts and pledges around the clock. Your investment will make NCCC even stronger, more accessible, and more impactful. All NCCC employees, students, alumni, and community members are asked to participate.

For more information on NCCC’s Day of Giving, please visit or contact the NCCC Foundation Office by phone at 716-614-5911 or by email at

Digital Media

Lights! Cameras! Sales! presented by the Niagara SBDC

By News Archive

November 6, 2019

Learn how to create video content that tells your business story with the Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  This workshop, run by instructors Chris Wronski and Omeri Monroe will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in room C-161 at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132.  The interactive workshop is free to attend, but registration is required.

To register or to get additional details, call 716-210-2515 or email  Visit the NCCC Small Business Development Center website at for more information.

NCCC Massage Therapy student provides chair massage

One Hundred Percent of NCCC Massage Therapy Students Pass State Exam

By News Archive

October 29, 2019

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) has a great reputation for preparing its students in the Allied Health fields, and the Massage Therapy Program is just another example of that success.  A one-hundred-percent pass rate on the New York State Massage Therapy Examination was achieved by recent graduates of NCCC’s program this past August.

Due to the rising awareness of massage therapy benefits, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects an increase in the job outlook for massage therapists to increase by 22% between 2018-2028.  The average salary range in Niagara and Erie Counties is $43,473 – $56,146 per year.  Jobs are available in a wide variety of settings, including spas, clinics, physician’s offices, hotels, and fitness centers.  The NCCC Massage Therapy Program provides clinical experience through the massage clinic, as well as a variety of table and chair massage techniques that prepare students for placements after graduation.

For more information on Massage Therapy and other programs at NCCC, visit

Students preparing the stage for Into the Woods

NCCC theatre students to perform Into the Woods

By News Archive

October 25, 2019

The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) performing arts calendar kicks off this fall with the musical, Into the Woods on Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 p.m.  The story is a modern twist on classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales with familiar characters entwined together in a plot set to music by Stephen Sondheim.  The show will take place in the NCCC Arts & Media Theatre in Sanborn and runs through Sunday, November 17th.

Tickets for the musical are $5 for seniors and alumni and $10 for adults.  Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Performing Arts website:

Dr. Victor Anaya

Dr. Victor Anaya appointed NCCC VP of Finance and Information Technology

By News Archive

October 24, 2019

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) has appointed Dr. Victor Anaya as the Vice President of Finance and Information Technology.  Dr. Anaya previously worked as the Executive Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Bergen Community College in New Jersey.  He has an Educational Doctorate in Community College Leadership from National American University, a Master of Science Degree in Managerial and Operational Auditing from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from William Paterson College of New Jersey.

In his role at NCCC, Dr. Anaya will directly report to the President, advising in formulating overall plans, policies, and procedures for the achievement of the goals and purposes of the College as part of Executive Council.  His duties will include financial analysis, planning, and policy development, financial reporting, operating and capital budget preparation and control, auditing, accounting services and record keeping, payroll, grant accounting services, and reporting, inventory control, and risk management.  Dr. Anaya will also supervise the Chief Information Officer (CIO) ensuring the NCCC’s information technology needs are addressed and support the needs and priorities of the College.

Aerial photo of the College

NCCC Announces Finalists for Presidential Search

By News Archive

October 18, 2019

The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustees announced today that its presidential search committee has identified four finalists for the college presidency and will hold open public forums for each candidate next week.

The Niagara County Community College presidential finalists are:

Julia S. Ingersoll, J.D, D.M., is Executive Vice President at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA. She previously served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Legal Affairs at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Dr. Ingersoll earned a Doctorate of Management in College Policy and Administration at the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD: a Juris Doctorate from Villanova University in Radnor Township, PA; and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Boston University in Boston, MA.

Denise King, Ph.D., is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN. She previously served as Dean of Arts and Humanities at St. Charles Community College in St. Charles, MO. Dr. King earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Drama and Humanities at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA; and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Theater Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Johnny M. Moore, Ph.D., is President of Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont, WV. He previously served as Interim Vice President for Student Services at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant, TX.  Dr. Moore earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL; a Master of Science in Mathematics from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AK; and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AK.

William Murabito, Ph.D., is Interim President of Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, NY. He previously served as Interim President for Morrisville State College in Morrisville, NY. Dr. Murabito earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, IL; a Master of Science in Student Personnel and Guidance from the State University of New York at Albany in Albany, NY; and a Bachelor of Science from State University College at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY.

The candidates will be visiting the NCCC Sanborn campus from October 22 – 25.  The date that each candidate will visit NCCC is as follows: Moore, October 22; Murabito, October 23; King, October 24; and Ingersoll, October 25.  The community is invited to the open forums on each of those days from 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. in the Main Cafeteria, second Floor, G Building.  The College is located at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY.  Feedback forms will be distributed to all who attend and given to the NCCC Board of Trustees for review. The Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees will then interview the finalists and confidentially appoint a finalist subject to the approval of the State University Board of Trustees after receiving the recommendation of the SUNY Chancellor.

For more information on the public forums and to read the full bios of each candidate, please visit the NCCC Presidential Search webpage: