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NCCC Small Business Development Center Receives Impact Award

By News Archive

December 9, 2020

Lynn Oswald, Director of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC), along with the rest of her team, has been selected as the recipient of the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Impact Niagara award. The award will be presented to the SBDC during a special event hosted by the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce and M&T Bank via Zoom on December 14 at 9:00 a.m. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

The Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce reports that Oswald and the SBDC staff have worked tirelessly through the COVID-19 pandemic, transitioning their services to an online format and continuing to provide one-on-one counseling as well as public workshops which focused on creating, operating, and growing small businesses. In addition, the NCCC SBDC staff facilitated information sessions covering COVID-19 related topics such as: safety protocols, New York State mandates, Federal Paycheck Protection Program, and re-opening training.

Oswald shares, “I’d like to thank the Niagara USA Chamber for recognizing the efforts of my team. We, at the Niagara SBDC, are proud of our collaboration with all the business resource partners in the County during the Covid-19 crisis. Since mid-March, the Niagara SBDC has assisted over 371 clients with 74 receiving disaster funding totaling over $16.6 million and saving/creating 1,609 jobs.”

SBDC Group Photo

Top Row L-R: Lynn Oswald, Val Hill, Bree Bacon
Second row L-R: Jack Dezik, Maureen Henderson, Deanna Alterio Brennen, Dinene Zaleski
Third row L-R: J Suzan Ben, Tom Bruss, Kelly Walck, Amy Stack

Following the award ceremony, Gary Keith, Vice President and Regional Economist for M&T Bank will discuss how current events will impact the future of the Western New York economy. Guest speakers Larry Mietus, founder of Speaking of Strategy, and Franklin Sciortino, Director of the US Small Business Administration, will be contributing to the online event as well.

To register, call (716) 285-9142 or e-mail ewoods@niagarachamer.org. The public is welcome to attend and those who are involved in any type of business, community leadership, or the local economy are encouraged to participate in this free event.

The Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce is a premier business advocacy organization which serves the interest of its members and the business community of Niagara County and beyond. This dynamic, non-profit organization is a voice for business which fosters leadership, advocates on behalf of its members, and promotes the greater Buffalo-Niagara region.


Media Contact Information

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

NCCC Thunderwolves

NCCC to Resume Intercollegiate Athletic Competition in February 2021

By News Archive

December 8, 2020

Niagara County Community College 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. To ensure a safe return to play, NCCC will continue to follow all federal, state, and local guidelines put forth in regards to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“Going off the success we have seen with mitigating risk during the fall semester, we feel as if we can move forward in providing a safe and worthwhile opportunity for our student-athletes,” NCCC Director of Athletics Amanda Haseley said.

According to Haseley, helpful tools in determining a return to play included: the New York State Supplemental Guidance for Athletics at Higher Education Institutions during the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency document, other local NCAA and USCAA schools successfully participating in multiple sports along with preseason scrimmages, practices and workouts held on NCCC’s campus throughout the fall semester.

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. Earlier in the year, the NJCAA Board of Regents voted that all 2020-21 NJCAA sports seasons (fall, winter, and spring) will not count towards student-athlete eligibility.


Media Contact Information

Nate Beutel
Sports Information Director
Phone: 716-614-6777
Email: nbeutel@niagaracc.suny.edu

NCCC unveils new EOP office and collaboration with Niagara Falls High School

By News Archive

December 8, 2020

While the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has been around since former New York State Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve started the program in 1967, it is relatively new to Niagara County Community College (NCCC).  The program started at NCCC in August of 2016 with the goal of providing academic workshops, tutoring, counseling, advisement, and financial assistance to historically under-served students who require additional academic support.

Currently, the NCCC EOP has funding through the State University of New York (SUNY) Office of Opportunity Programs to support 70 students.  As of Tuesday, November 17, EOP students have a brand new space to call home as NCCC cut the ribbon on a larger, more student-friendly office.  More important than the office is the people who run the program on campus.  As an NCCC Alumna and former EOP student herself, Angela Jackson, EOP Coordinator at NCCC has a valuable perspective when it comes to the population she serves.  “Being able to work at my alma mater is awesome in and of itself, however being a former EOP student and being able to oversee and help shape the new EOP at NCCC was a dream opportunity for me,” says Angela.

Not all high school students receive the guidance and support needed to pursue their goals in higher education, or may not feel they are “college material” according to Angela.  Because of her own experience, she recognizes the importance of having a presence in high school to illustrate possibilities firsthand.  As part of her duties, Angela will now spend one day a week on-site at Niagara Falls High School allowing her to have 1-on-1 time with students to share information about EOP and inform students on exactly what services may be available to them.

While COVID has transitioned many of the services typically offered on-campus to a virtual experience, EOP is still very active in making a positive impact in the lives of the students it serves.  Angela notes that colleague Ted Mallwitz, Academic Support Specialist is amazing at disarming students and creating a safe space for them while directing them to the appropriate resources needed to assist them in their academic journey.  When asked about the vision of the future of EOP at NCCC, Angela envisions the program doubling the population it serves and hopes to provide even more financial support for students.  “The program has survived 52 years; I hope we have another 52.”

The NCCC Educational Opportunity Program helps through mentorship, academic programs, financial assistance, counseling/advising, and other campus support services to those who are first-generation college students, and/or from low-income and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. The comprehensive program of support services includes advising, learning skills development, tutoring, and academic advisement.  For more information about the NCCC EOP Program, please call (716) 614-5977 or email: eop@niagaracc.suny.edu


Media Contact Information

Barbara M. DeSimone
Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-481-3775
Email: desimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

NCCC TO OFFER FREE WEBINAR ON OSHA – WORKING TO STAY SAFE

By News Archive

December 3, 2020

The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present Nick Donofrio, Compliance Assistance Specialist with the New York State Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA, to speak on the topic of “Working to Stay Safe,” on a free webinar on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, from 9:00 – 10:30 am.

The webinar’s goals are to present the fundamental OSHA requirements for all employers, OSHA compliance assistance, review the three parts of a basic safety program, and explain an OSHA inspection.

To register for the webinar and more information, please call NCCC SBDC at (716) 210-2515 or visit the website: http://www.NiagaraSBDC.org.


Media Contact Information

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

Day of Giving

NCCC Hosts Second Annual Day of Giving

By News Archive

December 2, 2020

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) participated in its 2nd Annual Day of Giving on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Thunderwolves from all over – faculty, staff, alumni, and friends – came together to give back to NCCC raising $7,347 from 105 donors. Their donations were designated towards programs that support NCCC’s students and further the College mission. Areas that were included were the NCCC Annual Fund, Athletic Department, Honors Program, Horticulture Program, and English Department.

The outpouring of support and enthusiasm for NCCC, especially during these unprecedented times, has been overwhelming. Thank you to all those who participated and made this day a success!

Although the NCCC Day of Giving is over, donations can still be made online to support the College at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/dayofgiving. Your continued support allows NCCC to prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow’s world by inspiring creativity, responsibility, and leadership.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Alli Korta, NCCC Foundation Assistant Director, at akorta@niagaracc.suny.edu or 716-614-5910.


Media Contact Information

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

Collin Lacki

NCCC student advocates for accessibility at SUNY campuses

By News Archive

November 30, 2020

Collin Lacki is a sophomore at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) studying music in hopes of pursuing a career in music therapy one day.  He decided to enroll at NCCC because of the quality education he could receive at the College, while still getting a typical on-campus experience away from his home in Brocton, New York.  As a student with a disability, a quality education for Collin also meant receiving support through the Accessibility Services Office on campus.

As a blind student growing up in the small Chautauqua County Village of Brocton, Collin did not always have access to the resources he needed to set him up for academic success in elementary and high school.  “Many younger students with disabilities are not sure if they want to continue on to higher education because of all of the barriers they encounter,” says Collin.  He wants to push those students toward higher education and points to the commitment made by the State University of New York (SUNY) System in providing services and resources needed for students with disabilities to succeed.

Having years of experience advocating for his own needs has given Collin the confidence to take on a new challenge to help other students statewide.  He was recently selected to be a part of the newly formed SUNY Student Voices Action Committee to advise SUNY leadership on emerging, critical issues, and challenges facing students across the SUNY System.  He was chosen after receiving a nomination from Alissa Shugats-Cummings, Director of Career and Transitional Services at NCCC.

“I suggested Collin for a seat on the SUNY Student Voices Action Committee because during his time at NCCC I have seen him develop and demonstrate skills that make him a model not only for students with disabilities but for all SUNY students. He is a hard worker, a diligent student, a friend to all. We are proud to have him represent NCCC SUNY-wide,” says Alissa.  As one of 27 students statewide to participate in the committee, Collin is using his voice to ensure the topic of accessibility remains in the focus of SUNY administration, and he hopes his contributions will promote positive changes that improve the educational experience for all students.

Collin has high praise for Accessibility Services Coordinator Steve Burns and Alissa Shugats-Cummings, two employees who go out of their way to assist students through their roles in the Career and Transitional Services Department at NCCC.  This department is an umbrella for Accessibility Services, Career Services, Transfer Services, and the Student Resource Center.  “The staff makes the office what it is,” says Collin.  He is hopeful that through relationships he has established on campus and his new appointment to the SUNY-wide committee, he can continue to make a positive impact not only for himself but empower others as well.  Collin has advice for others with disabilities: “Don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself.  The only way you’ll get the help you need is by speaking up!”

The mission of Accessibility Services is to provide academic adjustments and appropriate support to students with disabilities in the most inclusive setting possible and to enhance student independence while promoting self-advocacy.  For more information on Accessibility Services at NCCC, visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/accessibility-services/ or call 716-614-6285.


Media Contact Information

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

Jesse Goldberg

Goldberg named Interim CIO at NCCC

By News Archive

November 24, 2020

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) has appointed Jesse Goldberg as Interim Chief Information Officer.  Goldberg assumed this post-effective Monday, November 9 in addition to his existing role as Director of Technical Services, which began in 2011.  His experience spans over twenty years in the field of information technology, having worked previously at the University at Buffalo and Kistler Instrument Corporation.  Goldberg is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo with a degree in Cultural Anthropology.


Media Contact Information

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

Students smile underneath their masks during the NCCC Workforce Development Drone Operator Class.

Take Flight with NCCC’s Drone Class

By News Archive

November 18, 2020

The economic impact of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), commonly called drones, is expected to be at least $82 billion by 2025 according to The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Much of this growth comes from the application of drone technology to existing industries, as well as emerging businesses that will be created.

In response to this growth, Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is offering a comprehensive, non-credit bearing Drone Operator Training course. The class size of the course is small to comply with NCCC’s COVID-19 response plan and to offer a personal, interactive learning experience between the students and instructor. Participants can expect to learn within the classroom and practice hands-on drone operating experience within the large facilities at the Sanborn campus.

The course is taught by Corey Harmon, owner of Above Ground Level Aerial, LLC. Harmon explains there are many opportunities to gain employment once one has learned how to operate a drone. He states, “The UAS industry is starting to take off in commercial real estate, professional videos, commercials, resorts, law enforcement, emergency search and rescue, accident reconstruction, surveying, inspections, and the development of wind turbines and solar panels. Drones are even being used in agriculture to spray fields, detect crop health, survey the land, and observe thermal imagery.”

Harmon also expresses the importance of taking the class even if it’s just for recreational use as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates the use of UAS’s. The course will prepare students to take the FAA Part 107 UAS Pilot Exam. The course will topics such as: Advanced Safety Features, Video and Photography, Basic Mapping, Charts & Airspace, Drone Purchase Decision, Fixed Wing or MultiRotor, How to Fly, Insurance, Job Market, Payload, Safety Guidelines, Sensors, Typical Advanced Features, and Uses and Applications.

Students will be required to bring their own Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 Quadcopter, as well as batteries and a charger.  In addition to purchasing these items, the class fee is $750. The course will take place on Monday and Wednesday nights, November 30, 2020, through January 11, 2021, from 6PM to 9PM at NCCC, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn. The class will break from December 23 through December 30 for the holidays and will resume on January 4. To register, please visit the NCCC Workforce Development website at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/wd/drone/ or call their office at (716) 614-6236.

NCCC’s Workforce Development offers accelerated training, in-demand skills certification programs, and customized training solutions to meet your career objectives. The Workforce Development team also offers community classes and activities for personal enrichment. Training is the core of their business and NCCC’s Workforce Development department is ready to help you achieve your goals.


Media Contact Information

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

Winter Session

NCCC to Offer Classes for Winter Session

By News Archive

November 16, 2020

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will once again be offering an eleven-day winter session for students seeking another option for earning class credit.  Winter Intersession runs from January 4 – January 15, 2021.  The Winter Session is a perfect way to catch up on required courses, get ahead for the spring semester, or retake a course from the fall.  This is your chance to get back on track before the spring semester even begins.

The classes being offered include Human Resource Mgmt., Business Law, Small Business Mgmt., Intro to Computer Applications, Int Principles of Security, Adv First Aid & CPR, Intro to Philosophy, Elementary Spanish I, and Speech Communication.

Most of the courses offered are entirely online, allowing motivated students to study safely from home.  What’s more, credits easily transfer to most four-year colleges and universities.

To search the course offerings and to register, go to the NCCC Winter Intersession webpage: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/winter/.


Media Contact Information

Barbara M. DeSimone
Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-481-3775
Email: desimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

Individual participates in free webinar offered by the Niagara SBDC

Learn about the potential of LinkedIn with the
Niagara SBDC

By News Archive

November 9, 2020

The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a free webinar titled, “Stop Ignoring LinkedIn’s Potential” on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, from 9:00-10:30 a.m.  This session will be moderated by speaker Curt Anderson, B2Btail founder, and e-commerce expert, and features a 1-hour live program followed by a question and answer period.

LinkedIn is an online employment service that aims to develop and nurture vibrant business relationships.  Participants in the webinar will learn how to create an inviting LinkedIn profile, effectively showcase experience and expertise, connect and engage with a specific target market, deliver valuable and impactful content.  The training is provided at no charge thanks to a grant provided by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

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.


Media Contact Information

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