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Niagara County Community College Announces New Student Campus Pantry Campaign

By News Archive

August 12, 2021 

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will be relocating and expanding their existing Student Campus Pantry to accommodate new cold storage units. This upgraded area will make it possible to store more food and protein while combating food insecurity on campus.

Originally developed in Fall 2016, the NCCC Student Campus Pantry offers quality and nutritious emergency food to all NCCC students. It also works to raise awareness surrounding hunger issues and food insecurity, especially experienced by low-income college students. In addition, it encourages student engagement to foster a sense of community and service to peers on campus.

NCCC Student Life, in conjunction with the NCCC Foundation Office, is asking you to please donate to the Student Campus Pantry. Your donation will be utilized to purchase fresh foods such as; meat, dairy, vegetables, and fruit – along with providing the tools necessary to run a pantry with cold storage units. The funds will also offer additional benefits to students such as dietary accommodations, increased inventory, a safe space for Food Support Networks, and more.

Your donation of only $50 will feed an NCCC student 3 full meals per day for an entire week. You can also donate to feed a student for a month, a semester, or even a year! For more information or to donate, please visit Donations can also be made over the phone at 716-614-6255 or through the mail to: College Association of NCCC, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn, NY 14132.

In addition to monetary donations, the NCCC Student Campus Pantry can also accept non-perishable food items. The students would greatly appreciate any of the following: breakfast items such as pancake mix, granola bars, and cereal, gluten-free or vegan items, pasta and pasta sauce, and quick meals such as mac n’ cheese, canned soup, and ramen.

If you have any questions, please contact NCCC Student Life Technical Assistant, Molly Cole, at 716-614-6263 or

campus pantry

Media Contact Information

Allison Korta
Foundation Assistant Director
Phone: 716-614-5910

(Left to Right) Arianna Morales and Miranda Fiore

Niagara County Community College Announces 2021 Student Awards

By News Archive

May 14, 2021

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) hosted its annual Student Life Awards Night on May 5, 2021, doling out more than 50 awards to individuals who made outstanding contributions to the college community. This event took place virtually and can be viewed on Student Life’s website: The annual award ceremony recognizes the academic and co-curricular accomplishments achieved by students, faculty, and staff. Some of the most prestigious awards and recipients include:

  • 2021 President’s Medallion Award, presented to Miranda Fiore and Arianna Morales, both of Niagara Falls.
  • 2021 SUNY Chancellor’s Award, presented to Allyson Knuutila-Clark of Lockport, Miranda Fiore and Arianna Morales.
  • The All New York Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa, presented to Aliyah Carroll of Tonawanda and Jordyn Fisher of Grand Island.
  • Club Member of the Year, presented to Jason Dittly of Lockport for his dedication to the Art Guild.
  • Club Officer of the Year, presented to Nathan Lee of Lockport for his leadership in the Gaming and Anime Club.
  • The Community Impact Award, presented to the NCCC Student Nurses Association.
  • Educational Opportunity Program Academic Achievement Award, recognized by the SUNY Provost and Office of Opportunity Programs, presented to: Carolina Candelaria of Amherst; Elaine Champagne-Lewis of Niagara Falls; Brianna Doxey of Lockport; Emily Kolek of Lockport; Neahsia Maye of Niagara Falls; Justin Mercado of Brooklyn; Alisha Rivers of Lockport; Victoria Skalski of Tonawanda; and Karen Walker of Niagara Falls.
  • Exemplary Student Involvement, presented to Allison Knuutila-Clark.
  • Program of the Year, present to the Campus Activities Board.
  • The Spirit of NCCC Award, presented to the 2020-2021 Student Trustee, Maurice Jackson of Niagara Falls.
  • Student Leader of Character Award, presented to Mikaysjiah Allen of Syracuse.
  • Student Organization of the Year, presented to the Gaming and Anime Club.
  • Thunderwolves Award, given posthumously in memory of NCCC Student, Chester Miles of Niagara Falls.
  • The Unsung Hero Award, presented to Conner Henner of North Tonawanda from the Veteran’s Association.
  • Volunteer and Service Award, presented to Elizabeth Enterline of Eden.

NCCC’s Office of Student Life hosts more than 80 social events for students on a yearly basis including leadership trainings, workshops, and community service projects. The Office supports more than 25 clubs, facilitating a space for students to explore mutual interests and academic fields. Student Life builds community outside of the classroom through promoting the well-being of the whole student and developing life-long leaders which enhance campus life and benefit the surrounding community.

(Left to Right) Arianna Morales and Miranda Fiore

(Left to Right) Arianna Morales and Miranda Fiore show their President’s Medallion Awards during NCCC’s Graduate Celebration.

Media Contact Information

Denyel Beiter
Event Coordinator, Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5974


A new back to school routine at NCCC

By News Archive

September 3, 2020

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

JCPenney Virtual Suit-Up Event

Dress for Success With Niagara County Community College and JCPenney

By News Archive

September 2, 2020

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

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 For all other questions from alumni and friends of NCCC, please contact the Alumni Office at 716-614-5910 or

Media Contact Information

Allison Korta
Foundation Assistant Director
Phone: 716-614-6231

NCCC Food Pantry

NCCC Food Pantry stocked for spring semester

By News Archive

January 21, 2020

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 keeping 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