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Student Life Archives - Niagara County Community College

Orientation

A new back to school routine at NCCC

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As of Monday, August 31, the fall semester is back in full swing at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) and the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI), though it looks a bit different than past semesters.  COVID-19 forced the College to switch to a fully remote format in March, but the facilities personnel have been working for months to prepare both campuses for the safe return of students.  This means limiting access to buildings through one access point, allowing for tracking of entrants for contact tracing purposes, and the completion of daily health screenings.

For new students, orientation was experienced virtually for some, and for others, it meant wearing masks and sitting six feet apart in line with the mandates from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.  In science and culinary labs, individual stations have been created using plexiglass barriers to allow for maximum safety while still allowing full access to the tools and equipment needed to effectively learn.  The campus is visibly vibrant with students walking the halls, though they are wearing masks and eating pre-wrapped meals in the snack bar.

Student Life is still making the most of the “new normal” and offering a full calendar of COVID-friendly socially distanced events on campus and virtual activities for the student body to enjoy.  Welcome week activities included a drive-in movie in one of the campus parking lots and continued with online Trivia, a chalk festival where students showed off their artistic abilities outdoors, and a Chicken Wing Festival where Student Life treated students to lunch outdoors.

Heather Trumble, a Technical Assistant in Student Life notes the importance of these experiences in helping students feel more connected and to build lasting relationships.  “So far the students have been very positive and have been happy to see that there are options both in-person and virtually.  We still have clubs, social activities, and even some community service opportunities for them at this time.”  Trumble also mentions the “Taste of Fallfest” event that is planned in the coming weeks, which is a smaller version of the typical fall activities they offer for the campus community.  While the pandemic may have adjusted the college experience for some, it is not dampening the spirits of students or the opportunities for meaningful engagement and networking outside of the classroom.


Media Contact Information

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

JCPenney Virtual Suit-Up Event

Dress for Success With Niagara County Community College and JCPenney

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The Niagara County Community College Alumni Association, the NCCC Career & Transitional Services Office, and Student Life are teaming up with JCPenney to help you find everything you need for your next job interview or current position during their virtual Suit-Up event. During the virtual shopping event, attendees will receive a 30% discount on all career apparel items including suits, dresses, sport coats, dress pants, shoes, and more! Discounts will also be included on Sephora and Salon products.

Attendees can shop the sale between September 18, 2020 – September 20, 2020. NCCC alumni, students, employees, friends of the College, and guests are invited to attend this virtual event. For more information on how to receive your 30% discount code, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/alumni/jcp/.

For any NCCC students with questions on this event, please contact Casey Button from the Career & Transitional Services Office. Her phone number is 716-614-5957 and her email is cbutton@niagaracc.suny.edu. For all other questions from alumni and friends of NCCC, please contact the Alumni Office at 716-614-5910 or alumni@niagaracc.suny.edu.


Media Contact Information

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

NCCC Food Pantry

NCCC Food Pantry stocked for spring semester

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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 keep 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 mcole@niagaracc.suny.edu