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Niagara Small Business Development Center

Entrepreneur Series at SUNY Niagara SBDC

By News Archive

March 5, 2020

For those looking to enhance their business skills or strengthen an existing business, the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Niagara will be offering an Entrepreneur Series this spring.  The event is presented in collaboration with community partners from the Greater Lockport Development Center, the Niagara County Center for Economic Development, and the Lumber City Development Corporation.

The series kicks off on Wednesday, March 25th, and runs every Wednesday until May 20th from 6-9:00 p.m. in room C-161 on the Sanborn Campus of SUNY Niagara located at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road.  The topics covered include: Entrepreneurship, Social Media for Small Business, Budget and Recordkeeping, Marketing for Small Business, Human Resource Management, Understanding your Financial Picture, Business Owner’s Insurance, Taxes and the Small Business, and Leadership: Employee and Self-Motivation.  A certificate is provided upon the completion of all 9 classes.

There is no cost to attend, but individuals must register by calling 716-210-2515 or via email at sbdc@niagaracc.suny.edu. For more information on these workshops and other training offered by the Niagara Small Business Development Center, visit niagarasbdc.org/


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

Aerial photo of the College

High marks for SUNY Niagara’s Radiologic Technology program

By News Archive

March 3, 2020

The Radiologic Technology program at SUNY Niagara has a rigorous curriculum, preparing students for the clinical competence, critical thinking skills, communication skills and professionalism necessary to thrive in the field.  Radiologic Technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations on patients in healthcare facilities and in hospitals.  The program at SUNY Niagara is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and graduates are eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. The ARRT is the world’s largest organization offering credentials in medical imaging, interventional procedures and radiation therapy.

Recently, representatives of the Radiologic Technology program at SUNY Niagara received the results of the national board exam administered by the ARRT, and it was determined that graduates from 2019 achieved a 93% pass rate.  This is higher than the national average of 89% and the best results achieved by SUNY Niagara graduates in years.  In order to work in New York State, graduates must pass the exam to receive a New York State license, and most other states also require ARRT certification and registration in order to obtain employment in the field.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 9% growth rate in this field through 2028, which is faster than average.  Typically entry-level positions in Radiologic Technology require an Associate’s degree, with median pay at $61,240.  For more information on the Radiologic Technology program at SUNY Niagara, visit: http://niagaracc.suny.edu/programs/radt

Alexander Dispence

SUNY Niagara Alumnus to Compete in WNY’s Taste of Education Iron Chef Champions Competition

By News Archive

February 28, 2020

SUNY Niagara Alumnus Alexander Dispence will compete in this year’s WNY Taste of Education Iron Chef Champions Competition on Tuesday, March 10th at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Three previous winners of the Iron Chef Competition will compete to be named the best-of-the-best!

Growing up, Alex said that food has always been a big part of his life. “I loved watching Food Network and especially Iron Chef America,” he said. “It was so amazing to see what everyday food items can be transformed into!” From there, Alex began working in the food industry in 2009. “I knew that this was my passion,” he said, “and that I was willing to work hard to be successful in it.”

In order to achieve his goals, Alex recognized that he needed to receive an education. “I toured SUNY Niagara and NFCI and was so impressed with all that they had to offer their students! I was excited to be a part of it.” Alex graduated from the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute with his degree in Culinary Arts in 2013 and to this day continues to thank his instructors for the impact they had on him. “There were so many instructors from NFCI who became mentors to me that I can’t name them all; I am so thankful for all the positive influence they had on me. While I’m cooking, I think about how I want to make them proud so I try to prepare the best dish possible every time.”

Upon graduation, Alex has worked in some of America’s most prestigious clubs and resorts such as the Greenbrier in White Sulpher Springs, WV as well as The Vintage Club in Indian Wells, CA and Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester. He even worked as a live-in private chef in the Hamptons and Manhattan. Currently, Alex is the Executive Chef at Byrncliff Golf Resort & Banquets. When asked how it feels to have achieved so much success already, Alex continues to stay humble. “I am honored to have been selected to compete in this year’s competition and to make it to this point in my career. It’s important to me that I always keep growing so that I can continue to make my family, friends, peers, and mentors proud of me.”

To watch Alex compete in this year’s competition or for more information on the event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-education-tickets-91254323137.


Media Contact Information

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

Niagara Falls Culinary Institute

SUNY Niagara welcomes community leaders to annual event

By News Archive

February 26, 2020

SUNY Niagara will welcome community representatives from business, education, religious groups, non-profit organizations, and legislative leaders to a luncheon at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) on Thursday, March 12th. This event will feature presentations from various areas of the college, highlighting SUNY and college advocacy initiatives, as well as developments at SUNY Niagara. Updates from Academic Affairs, Workforce Development, the Niagara Small Business Development Center, Grants, and a Strategic Plan overview will be presented by faculty and staff of SUNY Niagara.

In addition to college representatives, attendees will hear from Katie and Nick Graves of Craft Coffee House in Pendleton. The couple, both SUNY Niagara graduates, will share their experience as former students and now community partners. The Leadership Luncheon is the third annual event of this nature, an initiative that started under President William J. Murabito, Ph.D.


Media Contact Information

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

Actress Josie DiVincenzo

SUNY Niagara accepting entries for 21st annual film festival

By News Archive

February 21, 2020

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

The SUNY Niagara Film and Animation Festival is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Austin Air Systems of Buffalo.  To submit a film for consideration, visit:  https://filmfreeway.com/SUNY NiagaraFilmFestival.  The deadline for submission is Wednesday, April 1, 2020.  To find additional details on the event, visit http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/ncccfilmfestival/


Media Contact Information

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

Pharmacy Technician training

Short term training for long term success at SUNY Niagara

By News Archive

February 14, 2020

SUNY Niagara 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 SUNY Niagara, visit niagaracc.suny.edu/wd.  To get details on program eligibility, contact Rhonda Bivins-Talley, WIOA Grant Program Director at 716-614-6284 or via email at rbivins-talley@niagaracc.suny.edu.


Media Contact Information

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

Matt Clarcq

SUNY Niagara Faculty Keynote explores space

By News Archive

February 13, 2020

As part of the Faculty Keynote Series at SUNY Niagara, 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 SUNY Niagara for 16 years and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.  He currently chairs the SUNY Niagara 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: http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/frcae/space-race.php

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 nfculinary.org today!

Career & Transfer Fair

SUNY Niagara to host Career and Transfer Fair

By News Archive

February 10, 2020

SUNY Niagara 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, SUNY Niagara Career and Transfer Services Advisor at cbutton@niagaracc.suny.edu or call the Career and Transitional Services Office at 716-614-6292.

SUNY's Got Your Back

SUNY’s Got Your Back with SUNY Niagara

By News Archive

February 6, 2020

The SUNY Niagara Wellness Center, the SUNY Niagara 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 SUNY Niagara 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 SUNY Niagara’s Sanborn Campus. SUNY Niagara 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. SUNY Niagara 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 http://niagaracc.suny.edu/alumni/got-your-back.

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