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Earn 3 Credits in 12 Days at NCCC Winter Session

By News Archive

January 5, 2023

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) offers a variety of opportunities for students to earn college credits at a reasonable price, and winter session allows students to expedite their educational experience by taking an entire class in less than 2 weeks.  NCCC’s winter session runs from Tuesday, January 3, 2022 through Saturday, January 14, 2023 allowing students to earn 3 credits in just 12 days.

The major benefit of studying at NCCC is that classes are more affordable than nearly all other Western New York colleges, and credits can transfer easily to other institutions.  While students do have other options for winter classes, NCCC has both in-person and online courses offered at one of the lowest tuition rates in the region.

Seats are still available in nearly 30 general education and pre-requisite courses required for meeting program and degree requirements.  During the abbreviated intersession, students can receive credits in classes such as Music Appreciation, Spanish, Introduction to Sociology, Business, and more.

To learn more and to register for Winter Session at NCCC, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/reg/

NCCC winter exterior photo


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Gemma Fournier

NCCC Professor Named President of National Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Board

By News Archive

November 3, 2022

Gemma Fournier

Gemma Fournier, NCCC Surgical Technology Coordinator and Professor.

Gemma Fournier, Surgical Technology Program Coordinator and Professor at Niagara County Community College (NCCC), was recently named the President of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

The NBSTSA is the certifying agency for surgical technologists in the United Stated. This organization is responsible for all decisions regarding certification– from determining eligibility to maintaining, denying, granting and renewing the designation. Ms. Fournier was first appointed to the NBSTSA in 2018.

Beginning her career as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in 1989 at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Ms. Fournier went on to begin her teaching career at NCCC in 1995. She has been a member of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) for the past 29 years and is a New York State Registered Nurse and a member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). At the State level, she served on the Association of Surgical Technologists New York Assembly Board (NYAST) as President, Vice-President, Secretary, Director and delegate for 10 years.

Ms. Fournier earned her Associate in Applied Sciences/Surgical Technology degree from NCCC, Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Niagara University, and her Masters in Nursing from University of Phoenix. In May 2012, she received the Fellows of the Association of Surgical Technologists (FAST) Award, followed by the Association of Surgical Technologists Didactic Educators Award and State of New York (SUNY) Chancellors Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013.

NCCC’s Surgical Technology program is a two-year program which offers specialized Surgical Technology lectures, well-rounded general education courses, and hands-on experience at clinical sites such as the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Catholic Health System, Kaleida Health System, and ECMC. NCCC graduates are employed throughout Buffalo/Niagara area hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. The class of 2022 achieved 86% job placement upon completion of NCCC’s Surgical Technology AAS degree.

Gemma Fournier, Surgical Technology Program Coordinator and Professor at Niagara County Community College (NCCC), was recently named the President of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

The NBSTSA is the certifying agency for surgical technologists in the United Stated. This organization is responsible for all decisions regarding certification– from determining eligibility to maintaining, denying, granting and renewing the designation. Ms. Fournier was first appointed to the NBSTSA in 2018.

Beginning her career as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in 1989 at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Ms. Fournier went on to begin her teaching career at NCCC in 1995. She has been a member of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) for the past 29 years and is a New York State Registered Nurse and a member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). At the State level, she served on the Association of Surgical Technologists New York Assembly Board (NYAST) as President, Vice-President, Secretary, Director and delegate for 10 years.

Ms. Fournier earned her Associate in Applied Sciences/Surgical Technology degree from NCCC, Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Niagara University, and her Masters in Nursing from University of Phoenix. In May 2012, she received the Fellows of the Association of Surgical Technologists (FAST) Award, followed by the Association of Surgical Technologists Didactic Educators Award and State of New York (SUNY) Chancellors Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013.

NCCC’s Surgical Technology program is a two-year program which offers specialized Surgical Technology lectures, well-rounded general education courses, and hands-on experience at clinical sites such as the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Catholic Health System, Kaleida Health System, and ECMC. NCCC graduates are employed throughout Buffalo/Niagara area hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. The class of 2022 achieved 86% job placement upon completion of NCCC’s Surgical Technology AAS degree.

 

 

 

Gemma Fournier

Gemma Fournier, NCCC Surgical Technology Coordinator and Professor.


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Barbara M. DeSimone
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Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: DeSimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

Amazon to Pay Tuition for its Employees Attending NCCC

By News Archive

September 12, 2022

Today, Niagara County Community College (NCCC) announced they had been selected as an education partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program, providing Amazon’s hourly employees the ability to pursue certificates and associate degrees in programs of their choosing at NCCC. The Amazon Career Choice program will provide an annual benefit covering tuition and select fees for all qualifying hourly employees accepted as students at NCCC.

“This partnership between Amazon and NCCC helps to remove one of the biggest barriers to continuing education—time and money,” said NCCC President William J. Murabito. “At NCCC, students can choose from over 50 high-quality programs and certificates. Our tuition is lower than many other area colleges, and several of our programs hold specialized accreditations. We offer flexible instructional methods to learn when it is convenient for you.”

Amazon’s Career Choice program is an education benefit that empowers employees to learn new skills for career success at Amazon or elsewhere. The program meets individual learners where they are on their education journey through various education and upskilling opportunities, including full college tuition, industry certifications designed to lead to in-demand jobs, and foundational skills such as English language proficiency and high school diplomas and GEDs. In the U.S., the company is investing $1.2 billion to upskill more than 300,000 employees by 2025 to help move them into higher-paying, in-demand jobs.

Amazon’s Career Choice program has a rigorous selection process for third-party partner educators, choosing partners focused on helping employees through their education programs, assisting them with job placements, and offering education that leads to career success.

“We’re looking forward to Niagara County Community College coming on board as an education partner for Career Choice, adding to the hundreds of best-in-class offerings available to our employees,” said Carley Graham Garcia, Amazon’s head of community affairs for Amazon in New York. “We’re committed to empowering our employees by providing them access to the education and training they need to grow their careers, whether that’s with us or elsewhere. We have intentionally created a partner network of third-party educators and employers committed to providing excellent education, job placement resources, and continuous improvements to the experience. More than 80,000 Amazon employees worldwide have already participated in Career Choice, and we’ve seen first-hand how it can transform their lives.”

Senator Robert G. Ortt

“By joining forces with our new Amazon partners, NCCC will be creating an opportunity for employees to further their educations at a quality higher learning institution while also allowing them to develop new skills for their future careers. This is a great example of how local businesses can help develop and empower their current workforces. It can also serve as a blueprint for future employers to reference when deciding if Niagara County is a location where they wish to establish operations. I applaud all parties involved in this agreement for working together to utilize this program for the benefit of both employers and employees.”

Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello

“Thank you, Amazon, for your vision to assist your employees in pursuing higher education, NCCC will be an excellent partner for Amazon’s Career Choice Program.  NCCC provides many career choices in their programming.  Amazon’s commitment to assist their employees and their host communities is greatly appreciated by all.”

Assemblyman Michael J. Norris

“Career opportunities and advancement is rooted in the fabric of the American dream and economy success. Amazon’s commitment to ensuring that its Career Choice Program is accessible to its employees in partnership with NCCC in furtherance of this overall goal will no doubt positively impact and enhance its workforce, their families and our Niagara County economy and community. This investment is indeed a key component in ensuring long-term and sustainable careers in our region for generations to come.”

Town of Niagara Supervisor Lee Wallace

“We are grateful for this partnership between Amazon and Niagara County Community College. The opportunities created through the Career Choice program will enable many of our residents to further their education while continuing to work and advance in their career, paving the way for greater economic prosperity in our communities. We appreciate Amazon expanding their commitment within Niagara County.”

For more information on Amazon’s Career Choice, visit https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/workplace/career-choice.

For more information on NCCC, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/.

NCCC is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides over 50 certificate and degree programs and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition. 


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Barbara DeSimone
Director of Public Relations
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: DeSimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

NCCC Named Top Performer for Recruitment of Students Pursuing Non-Traditional Degrees

By News Archive

August 18, 2022

For the first time in its history, Niagara County Community College (NCCC) was recognized as a top 10 performer among nearly 50 higher education institutions across New York State for retention and recruitment of students pursuing non-traditional fields of study.  NCCC was made aware of this honor by the Nontraditional Employment & Training (NET) Program for its excellence in supporting males pursuing degrees in Nursing and Allied Health programs.  The NET Program works in partnership with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to promote its mission of ending occupational gender domination, which limits economic growth and development, maintains gender inequality, and curtails workforce opportunities.

NCCC is proud to support all its students in their academic efforts and will continue to recruit and encourage those who belong to underrepresented populations within their fields.  Brian R. Michel, NCCC Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Economic Development, noted that this recognition reflects the successful partnership between NCCC and collaborative contributions by area industry.  “We would like to commend the hard work and effort put forth by Dr. Diane Pytlik-Flammia, NCCC Assistant Vice President, her team, and the NCCC Nursing and Allied Health students in achieving this accolade.”

 

NCCC is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides more than 50 certificate and degree programs and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.


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Barbara DeSimone
Director of Public Relations
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: DeSimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

NCCC to Host Information Nights

By News Archive

July 6, 2022

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will host a series of division specific informational nights this month to introduce prospective students to the programs and services available at the college.  The events will consist of program presentations, classroom visits, and a campus tour.  Students will be able to check the status of their application or apply if they have not yet done so.  The information nights will run from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Monday, July 18 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Tuesday, July 19 Business and STEM
  • Wednesday, July 20 Nursing, Physical and Allied Health
  • Thursday, July 21 Hospitality, Baking & Culinary Arts*

The first three sessions will be held at Niagara County Community College, located at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn.  *The session on Thursday, July 21 for Hospitality, Baking and Culinary Arts will be held at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI), located at 28 Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls, NY.  For more details and to register, please visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/division-information-nights/


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

NCCC Announces Spring 2022 Dean’s List and President’s List

By News Archive

June 8, 2022

A total of 557 students were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievements for the spring 2022 semester at Niagara County Community College (NCCC).  Both full-time and part-time students were honored for their scholastic successes by being named to either the Dean’s List or the Part-Time Honors list.

To be named to the College’s Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time with 12 or more credit hours and have achieved a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better. Students are ineligible if they have incomplete course work, a grade of S, U, W or a grade below C.

To be eligible for the Part-Time Honors list, a student must be enrolled in six to 11 hours of course work and have a semester GPA of 3.5 or better. Students are ineligible if they have incomplete course work, a grade of S, U, W or a grade below C.

Students with a GPA of 4.0 were recognized through their addition to the President’s List.  104 students met the high standard to be included in this group.


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

NCCC students presenting their projects

NCCC Hosts Student Showcase During Spring Open House

By News Archive

April 14, 2022

NCCC students presenting their projects

NCCC welcomes the public to a Student Showcase on Thursday, April 21 in conjunction with the College’s Spring Open House.

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will host a Student Showcase on Thursday, April 21 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.  This event gives students of the College an opportunity to display and explain a project connected to a classroom experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  Students present their work as either a poster project, table project, art exhibition, or performance.

This year the Student Showcase features projects in welding technology, animal training, curing meat, alternative birthing methods, the history of warships, and many more.  Cash prizes are given to the winning entries, with a grand prize of $1000.  Funds for the prizes are raised through donations made by faculty and staff, and winning projects are determined by a panel of judges comprised of NCCC staff members and emeritus faculty.  Judges review each project using a rubric assessing project appearance, content quality and presentation style.  “What I enjoy most is seeing the extremely high quality of the student’s work and their universal enthusiasm showing it off,” says Dr. Matthew Clarcq, History Professor and Coordinator of the Student Showcase.

The event will be held on the second floor of the Learning Commons during NCCC’s Spring Open House, and attendees will have an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award, with a prize of $250.  For more information on the Student Showcase, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/showcase/

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will host a Student Showcase on Thursday, April 21 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.  This event gives students of the College an opportunity to display and explain a project connected to a classroom experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  Students present their work as either a poster project, table project, art exhibition, or performance.

This year the Student Showcase features projects in welding technology, animal training, curing meat, alternative birthing methods, the history of warships, and many more.  Cash prizes are given to the winning entries, with a grand prize of $1000.  Funds for the prizes are raised through donations made by faculty and staff, and winning projects are determined by a panel of judges comprised of NCCC staff members and emeritus faculty.  Judges review each project using a rubric assessing project appearance, content quality and presentation style.  “What I enjoy most is seeing the extremely high quality of the student’s work and their universal enthusiasm showing it off,” says Dr. Matthew Clarcq, History Professor and Coordinator of the Student Showcase.

The event will be held on the second floor of the Learning Commons during NCCC’s Spring Open House, and attendees will have an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award, with a prize of $250.  For more information on the Student Showcase, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/showcase/

 

NCCC students presenting their projects

NCCC welcomes the public to a Student Showcase on Thursday, April 21 in conjunction with the College’s Spring Open House.


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Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: sharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

Dr. Carol Jamieson Award Recipients

NCCC Faculty Members Presented Prestigious Award

By News Archive

January 24, 2022

Carol Jamieson Award 2022

Ms. Carolyn Stanko and Dr. Matthew Clarcq, recipients of the Dr. Carol Jamieson Award at Niagara County Community College.

Faculty members Dr. Matthew Clarcq and Ms. Carolyn Stanko recently accepted the Dr. Carol Jamieson Award at Niagara County Community College. This honor recognizes faculty members who exemplify the traits of the late Dr. Jamieson, who was best described as “A veteran academician with in-depth historical perspective and acute foresight, a can-do attitude, ever-present resilience, and willingness to serve as a mentor to many.”

Dr. Matthew Clarcq has been a faculty member since 2004. He is a Professor who teaches History, coordinates the Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities and Social Science program, and serves as the Vice President of the NCCC Faculty Senate. Dr. Clarcq received the State University Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2011-12. His teaching inspires students in and out of the classroom. He cultivates many opportunities for students to shine, including the development of the annual Student Showcase. For many years, he led the Instructional Resource Committee (IRC) awarding grants, supporting robust lessons, projects, and research, directly benefiting the student experience. He has been featured as the keynote for many series across campus and created the faculty lecture series, “Building a Bridge to the Liberal Arts.”

Ms. Carolyn Stanko, the coordinator for the Horticulture program and co-coordinator of the biology program, has been with the College since 2007. Known for her hospitable, communicative, and quality relationships with adjunct faculty members, Carolyn was also recognized for her forward-thinking towards cannabis education. She created a new curriculum before its legalization in New York State and had an action plan ready when the plant was written into legislation. She is in constant contact with leaders in the local horticulture community, connecting students to internships and learning the latest and greatest lessons in the field to teach her classes. Ms. Stanko has increased enrollment within the Horticulture program despite the nationwide trend of dwindling college applications. Students within this program gain classroom as well as hands-on experience in the campus’ greenhouse, design arrangements for the College’s annual gala, and participate in the annual WNY Plantasia Garden and Landscape Show.

Dr. William Murabito, President of NCCC describes the two recipients as “A joy to work with” and that “They add quality and professionalism to our staff.”

Faculty members Dr. Matthew Clarcq and Ms. Carolyn Stanko recently accepted the Dr. Carol Jamieson Award at Niagara County Community College. This honor recognizes faculty members who exemplify the traits of the late Dr. Jamieson, who was best described as “A veteran academician with in-depth historical perspective and acute foresight, a can-do attitude, ever-present resilience, and willingness to serve as a mentor to many.”

Dr. Matthew Clarcq has been a faculty member since 2004. He is a Professor who teaches History, coordinates the Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities and Social Science program, and serves as the Vice President of the NCCC Faculty Senate. Dr. Clarcq received the State University Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2011-12. His teaching inspires students in and out of the classroom. He cultivates many opportunities for students to shine, including the development of the annual Student Showcase. For many years, he led the Instructional Resource Committee (IRC) awarding grants, supporting robust lessons, projects, and research, directly benefiting the student experience. He has been featured as the keynote for many series across campus and created the faculty lecture series, “Building a Bridge to the Liberal Arts.”

Ms. Carolyn Stanko, the coordinator for the Horticulture program and co-coordinator of the biology program, has been with the College since 2007. Known for her hospitable, communicative, and quality relationships with adjunct faculty members, Carolyn was also recognized for her forward-thinking towards cannabis education. She created a new curriculum before its legalization in New York State and had an action plan ready when the plant was written into legislation. She is in constant contact with leaders in the local horticulture community, connecting students to internships and learning the latest and greatest lessons in the field to teach her classes. Ms. Stanko has increased enrollment within the Horticulture program despite the nationwide trend of dwindling college applications. Students within this program gain classroom as well as hands-on experience in the campus’ greenhouse, design arrangements for the College’s annual gala, and participate in the annual WNY Plantasia Garden and Landscape Show.

Dr. William Murabito, President of NCCC describes the two recipients as “A joy to work with” and that “They add quality and professionalism to our staff.”

Carol Jamieson Award 2022

Ms. Carolyn Stanko and Dr. Matthew Clarcq, recipients of the Dr. Carol Jamieson Award at Niagara County Community College.


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Denyel Beiter
Public Relations Assistant
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

Deans-Honors-Presidents List

NCCC Announces Fall 2021 Dean’s List

By News Archive

January 5, 2022

A total of 634 students were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievements for the fall 2021 semester at Niagara County Community College.  Both full-time and part-time students were honored for their scholastic successes by being named to either the Dean’s List or the Part-Time Honors List.

The President’s List for Academic Excellence recognizes matriculated students who are registered for a full-time course load of 12 or more credit hours and whose semester academic average is 4.0 with all earned grades of A.

To be named to the College’s Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time with 12 or more credit hours and have achieved a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better. Students are ineligible if they have incomplete course work, a grade of S, U, W, or a grade below C.

To be eligible for the Part-Time Honors List, a student must be enrolled in six to 11 hours of course work and have a semester GPA of 3.5 or better. Students are ineligible if they have incomplete course work, a grade of S, U, W, or a grade below C.


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

Assistant Professor Bridget Beilein teaches both in-person and online courses at NCCC

Earn 3 Credits in 12 Days at NCCC This Winter

By News Archive

December 20, 2021

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) offers a variety of opportunities for students to earn college credits at a reasonable price, and winter session allows students to expedite their educational experience by taking an entire class in less than 2 weeks.  NCCC’s winter session runs from Tuesday, January 4 through Saturday, January 15, allowing students to earn 3 credits in just 12 days.

The major benefit of studying at NCCC is that classes are more affordable than nearly all other Western New York colleges, and credits can transfer easily to other institutions.  While students do have other options for winter classes, NCCC has both in-person and online courses offered at one of the lowest tuition rates in the region.

Seats are still available in nearly 30 general education and pre-requisite courses required for meeting program and degree requirements.  During the abbreviated intersession, students can receive credits in classes such as Music Appreciation, Spanish, Introduction to Sociology, Business, and more.

To learn more and to register for Winter Session at NCCC, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/reg/

Assistant Professor Bridget Beilein teaches both in-person and online courses at NCCC

Assistant Professor Bridget Beilein teaches both in-person and online courses at NCCC


Media Contact Information

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