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Actress Josie DiVincenzo

NCCC accepting entries for 21st annual film festival

By News Archive

February 21, 2020

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will host its 21st Annual Film and Animation Festival on Saturday, May 9, 2020, in the Arts and Media Theatre on the college’s Sanborn campus.  The event brings together filmmakers and animation artists from Western New York and beyond the region as well.

The highlight of the event is an international film competition in which awards are given to filmmakers in a variety of categories.  A $200 prize is awarded to the best films in the following categories: Drama, Comedy, Animation, Documentary, Music Video, Horror, and Experimental.  Judges for the contest include filmmakers, animators, actors, musicians, and other industry professionals.  Three additional $100 prizes are awarded to local filmmakers in the “Best of 716” category: Best High School Student Film, Best College Student Film and Best of the Festival.

The event is sponsored by NCCC’s Digital Media Department, Animation Department, Communication Studies Department, along with the Digital Filmmakers Club and the NCCC’s Office of Student Life.  Admission to the festival is free, with food and refreshments available for purchase at the event.

The NCCC Film and Animation Festival is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Austin Air Systems of Buffalo.  To submit a film for consideration, visit:  The deadline for submission is Wednesday, April 1, 2020.  To find additional details on the event, visit

Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220

Pharmacy Technician training

Short term training for long term success at NCCC

By News Archive

February 14, 2020

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) now has additional opportunities for students looking to further their education and start a successful career.  The Gaining Occupational Academic and Leadership Skills (G.O.A.L.S.) Program funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant offers essential hands-on training and practical skills to people between the ages of 18-24 in the following programs: Hospitality, Machine Tool 1, Medical Billing, Pharmacy Technician, and Pre-Apprenticeship.  These training programs are shorter than a typical degree and certificate programs, with classes offered in the evenings.

The WIOA grant provides students the opportunity to receive tuition and textbook assistance, NFTA transportation, academic support, monetary incentives, counseling and career guidance, and guaranteed interviews upon completion of the course.  Additional benefits of the program include networking opportunities, job and college readiness training, credit for prior learning, and state certifications that lead to employment with higher wages and careers in high-demand occupations.

The first cohort of G.O.A.L.S. students currently in the Pharmacy Technician program is learning the skills necessary to become assistants to Pharmacists in a variety of settings including retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, the insurance industry, and the pharmaceutical sales industry.  Students complete 73 hours of instruction that prepare them for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.  The license obtained from this exam is required to work in 24 states and is recognized in all 50 states as the standard for providing higher wages and access to a wider array of careers in those states.

For more information on the G.O.A.L.S. Program at NCCC, visit  To get details on program eligibility, contact Rhonda Bivins-Talley, WIOA Grant Program Director at 716-614-6284 or via email at

Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220

Matt Clarcq

NCCC Faculty Keynote explores space

By News Archive

February 13, 2020

As part of the Faculty Keynote Series at Niagara County Community College (NCCC), Dr. Matthew Clarcq will present a lecture, “To the Moon and Back Again: The Space Race, Buffalo-Niagara and the Impossible Task”.  The event will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at 3 p.m. in room E-140 on the Sanborn campus, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road.  This talk will place the space race into the context of the 1950s and 1960s.  It will show how President Kennedy’s audacious timeline required remarkable teamwork and sacrifice, highlighting the critical contributions from the Buffalo-Niagara Region, and will try to explain why the moon landings did not lead to other manned space exploration.

Dr. Matthew Clarcq holds a B.A. in History from SUNY Geneseo and a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo.  He has taught at NCCC for 16 years and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.  He currently chairs the NCCC Student Showcase.

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is encouraged for all, but walk-ins are welcome.  For more information and to register, please visit:

NFCI Youth Camp Instructor Jesse Dejac

Culinary fun for chefs of all ages at NFCI

By News Archive

February 11, 2020

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) is a well-known spot for budding chefs to hone their culinary skills, and community education classes offer opportunities for even the youngest of kitchen connoisseurs.  In addition to traditional degree and certificate programs, NFCI offers a healthy list of one-time classes for the public to enjoy.

For adults, classes are offered in the evenings, each showcasing a different theme.  From scratch ravioli to cupcake decorating, the lineup of offerings is sure to please every palate.  Community education classes are popular for date nights, team-building exercises for companies, and for those who just enjoy cooking as a hobby.  Don’t see a class that suits you, or interested in setting up a culinary competition between your friends?  NFCI instructors are able to customize a private class to satisfy any appetite!

For those aged 8-17, NFCI offers multiple youth camps in the summer to educate and inspire young chefs.  Kids are able to explore food in a fun way both in a team and individually while using professional tools and techniques used by real chefs.  The best part is that students can even take home some of the food for their parents to try!

Registration for youth camps and adult community education classes is now open.  To see what’s cooking at NFCI and to reserve your spot, visit today!

Career & Transfer Fair

NCCC to host Career and Transfer Fair

By News Archive

February 10, 2020

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) welcomes the public to the annual Career and Transfer Fair on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Banquet Hall on the Sanborn campus.  Representatives from dozens of SUNY and private colleges will be in attendance in addition to area employers looking for interns and paid employees.

The event serves as a resource for students, graduates, and the community looking for information on full-time and part-time employment, internships, and transfer opportunities to four-year institutions.  The event is free and open to all.  For more information, contact Casey Button, NCCC Career and Transfer Services Advisor at or call the Career and Transitional Services Office at 716-614-6292.

SUNY's Got Your Back

SUNY’s Got Your Back with Niagara County Community College

By News Archive

February 6, 2020

The Niagara County Community College Wellness Center, the NCCC Alumni Association, Student Life, and Student Housing are partnering with SUNY’s Got Your Back to help stuff comfort bags for victims and survivors of violence.

Every day in New York, adults and children seek assistance from hospitals, rape crisis, and domestic violence shelters. Often they come in with little more than the clothes they are wearing. The money that shelters and other response organizations spend on personal care items is money that they are not spending on other crucial costs. Instead, SUNY’s Got Your Back and NCCC will fill these comfort bags with items such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, body wash, and so much more.

The event will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, from 11:00AM – 1:30PM inside the second-floor cafeteria of the Student Center at NCCC’s Sanborn Campus. NCCC is inviting all alumni, students, employees, and friends of the College along with their guests to volunteer their time to help stuff these comfort bags. NCCC has pledged to stuff 750 bags so we need your help! Any amount of time and effort is appreciated.

We are asking all volunteers to please let us know ahead of time if you are coming. You can sign-up online for your specific time or shift at

If you have any questions, please contact the Cheri Yager in the Wellness Center at or 716-614-6275 for more information.

Start-Up Café

Niagara SBDC presents Start-Up Café

By News Archive

February 5, 2020

The Small Business Development Center at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will be offering a Start-Up Café for those looking to start their own business. This interactive workshop will focus on identifying customers’ needs, analyzing profit potential, sharpening business leadership skills, and assist participants in making their idea a reality.

The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at NCCC, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn. There is no cost to attend, but individuals must register:

Registrations are also accepted by calling 716-210-2515 or via email at For more information on this workshop and other training offered by the Niagara Small Business Development Center, visit

Finding Refuge in Buffalo

NCCC exhibition explores refugee experience in Buffalo

By News Archive

February 4, 2020

The Dolce Valvo Art Center at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is pleased to host the exhibition, Finding Refuge in Buffalo, a celebration of Buffalo’s history as an immigration and refugee hub. The exhibition is a photo and essay collection by the University at Buffalo’s Director of Journalism, Jody K. Biehl, and internationally recognized photographer Brendan Bannon that touches on questions of home, belonging, culture, and what it means to be American.

The public is invited to join in a conversation with curator Jody K. Biehl and Rwandan refugee Rubens Mukunzi on Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. exploring the experiences of those seeking refuge in Buffalo. The project features 24 portraits and profiles of people from 13 different countries and stories that span multiple generations. From Italian, Polish and Irish immigrants in the 1900s to Burmese, Bhutanese, and Congolese today, the exhibit looks at how immigration continues to reshape our city.

The exhibition will be on display from February 10 through March 13, 2020. For more information on the Dolce Valvo Art Center and upcoming exhibitions, visit

NCCC Food Pantry

NCCC Food Pantry stocked for spring semester

By News Archive

January 21, 2020

Food insecurity has been targeted as an issue that affects nearly half of all college students and can be a barrier to academic success and even affect graduation outcomes.  A food pantry was established at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) in the fall of 2016 to address the growing needs of the student population, and the initiative continues to expand.

In the spring of 2019, Student Life and the NCCC Food Pantry partnered with Eat Smart NY from the Cornell Cooperative Extension who assisted by donating shelving, recipe cards, and nutritional posters, as well as with the organization of space to maximize healthy options for students.  On Thursday, January 16, the NCCC All College Meeting was held where employees brought in 164 donations of food and hygiene items to restock the pantry before the spring semester started on January 21.  The pantry is reliant on individual donations and currently has no corporate sponsor or support from outside organizations to supply items for students in need, so these donation drives are crucial to keeping the shelves stocked.

Right now the pantry provides roughly 500 items per semester to students, with cereal and breakfast items being most popular.  As far as goals for the future, “We would like to eventually get cold storage for basic needs like milk and butter and increase the stock of personal items such as shampoo, soap and feminine hygiene supplies,” says Molly Cole, Technical Assistant in Student Life.

For more information on the NCCC Food Pantry, contact Molly Cole at 716-614-6263 or by email at

John R. Oishei Child Development Center

Community invited to Read, Imagine, Draw at NCCC

By News Archive

January 17, 2020

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, members of the community are invited to attend a book house dedication event entitled, “Read, Imagine, Draw” at the Dolce Valvo Art Center at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) from 5-7:00 p.m.  As part of the event, free books from preschool level to adult will be available for attendees.  The event will also feature a reading of Where the Wild Things Are, a book by Maurice Sendak, and a craft station with activities that coincide with the story.  Artwork created by the students of the John R. Oishei Child Development Center will be on display in the Dolce Valvo Art Center from Monday, January 27 through Friday, January 31.

Participants in the Liberty Partnerships Future Leaders program at NCCC built the book house that will be donated to the John R. Oishei Child Development Center as part of the event.  The book house will allow the community to share and take out books free of charge and will be a permanent fixture on campus.

Future Leaders Liberty Partnership Program at NCCC is sponsored by a New York State Department of Education Grant and currently serves over 300 students throughout Western New York.  For more information on how your child can be a participant in the program, contact Jamie Reid or 716-614-6891