Morning Thunder – NCCC Podcast

Morning Thunder

“Morning Thunder” is a podcast meant to keep our NCCC students informed; brought to you by the Academic Center for Excellence. If you have suggestions for future podcast topics, please email us at

Podcast Descriptions

Episode 11 – Morning Thunder – NCCC’s New Web Page

Coordinator of Multimedia and Web Services, Corey Wright, talks to us about NCCC’s brand new web page debuting on August 1, 2020. NCCC Web Page:

Episode 10 – Morning Thunder – Niagara Falls Culinary Institute

Culinary Instructor, Chef Nathan Koscielski speaks with us about his journey to becoming a chef, the state-of-the-art facilities at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, and the new culinary cannabis course being offered in Spring 2021.

Episode 9 – Morning Thunder – Workforce Development

Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Workforce Development, Karen Kwandrans explains the mission behind the Workforce Development program at NCCC. Karen also speaks to us about the educational programming options for students and individualized training opportunities for Niagara County businesses. For more information on the Workforce Development program, click here:

Episode 8 – Morning Thunder – Veteran Services

Joseph Potalivo, Veteran Services & Financial Aid Technical Assistant, talks to us about the services available to Veterans/Military students; including assistance with navigating through the paperwork associated with the GI Bill. For more information or to contact Joe, please click on the following link:

Episode 7 – Morning Thunder – Course Modalities: An Overview

Lisa Dubuc, Coordinator of Online Learning, discusses the different modalities (or modes) in which courses will be offered at NCCC (ex. online, hybrid, blended, etc.). For more information, please visit Online Learning’s web page here:

Episode 6 – Morning Thunder – Exploring a Gap Year

Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management Bob McKeown speaks to us about the ways in which NCCC could help to fill a gap year. For more information, please visit NCCC’s Admissions page here:

Episode 5 – Morning Thunder – Biotechnology & COVID-19

NCCC instructor Dr. Estelle Steiner speaks to us about the biotechnology program and biotechnology’s role within the COVID-19 pandemic.

Episode 4 – Morning Thunder – Animal Management & “Tiger King”

Professor Aaron Cobaugh speaks to us about NCCC’s Animal Management program and his thoughts on Netflix’s documentary “Tiger King.”

Episode 3 – Morning Thunder – Prepping for Finals

Sandra Lynn Lytle, Adjunct ACE & English Instructor, talks to us about preparing for finals and test-taking strategies, while Nursing student Amanda Saunders provides a student’s perspective.

Episode 2 – Morning Thunder – Staying Safe & Well

Janelle Ventura, Mental Health Counselor from the Wellness Center, discusses student’s concerns and techniques for managing feelings of anxiety during this pandemic.

Episode 1 – Morning Thunder – Making the Grade

Sabrina Faso, Admissions, discuss choosing S or U Grades and the impact of those choices on a student’s transferability, GPA, and financial aid.

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