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Workforce Development

Community Academy

A premier public engagement speaker series brought to you by SUNY Niagara Workforce Development.

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Healthy Cooking

Eating Healthy and Hating Washing Dishes: Sheet Pan Meals for your family!
Wednesday, November 9, 6:00-8:00pm | Cost: $10.00 | Location: NFCI

In this 2-hour class, you’ll be able to learn from Chef Emily Lonigan on how to maximize flavor and nutrients while cutting down on the time you’re spending washing dishes! With easily customizable recipes and techniques, you’ll be able to have dinner on the table in no time! You’ll be able to try out your new skills with a Roasted Vegetable Sheet Pan Chili with Cheddar Cornbread Biscuits!

Healthy Mind and Body

Good Lifestyle Habits to Improve Your Overall Physical and Mental Health
Wednesday, November 16, 6:00-8:00pm | Cost: $10.00 | | Location: Virtual

If you are feeling physically or mentally depleted take advantage of this opportunity! Dr. Kalpesh Desai, Pharmacist and Professor with UB and instructor with SUNY Niagara’s Workforce Development office, will walk you through strategies to improve your mind and body through research and lifestyle tips. He will discuss ways to keep your mind active to decrease dementia, improving your diet through Mediterranean and plant-based plans, tips to improve sleep, quit smoking, exercise options, strategies to relieve depression and anxiety along with techniques to reduce everyday stress.


Cryptocurrency and It’s Impact on Industry: What Is It and How Can It Affect Us + Some Investment Tips
Wednesday, November 30, 6:00-8:00pm | Cost: $10.00 | | Location: Sanborn Campus

Tim Rainey, will navigate us on the basics: What is cryptocurrency and How does it operate in modern industry.  Tim has five years of experience building and operating an industrial scale bitcoin mining facility and has an intimate understanding of how it touches an array of modern industries and everyday life.  From industries like finance, insurance, engineering, and energy, the cryptocurrency industry has touched many seemingly unrelated industries. He will educate on the technical topics of understanding what cryptocurrency is, how it works and what are its implications for industry and everyday life.  In conjunction, Joel Erway, a local business owner and investor will speak on the basics of investing with cryptocurrency.

Travel and Social Media

Basic Travel Hacks and Tips on How to Use Social Media to Help Plan your Next Trip!
Wednesday, December 7, 6:00-8:00pm | Cost: $10.00 | Location: Sanborn Campus

Bridget Beilein, Professor of World Languages, will present her best travel hacks and tips based on her experience and the use of the ever-popular social media platform, TikTok. Bridget will discuss the must-know basics of traveling such as when and how to get a passport, what to pack, navigating an airport, dealing with delays and cancellations, best times to travel and how to stay safe while abroad. Along with how social media can help you plan your itinerary and even your next destination.  Bridget will outline her best hacks when it comes to food, language, dealing with jetlag, and even how to travel with kids. As a recent grant recipient, Bridget traveled to Amsterdam and Spain this past summer documenting her travels on TikTok.  She comes prepared to share with you how to turn a trip into a positive adventure and experience.


Bee Facts and Fun: My Experience in Beekeeping and Do-It-Yourself ‘Bee’ Projects
Wednesday, December 14, 6:00-8:00pm | Cost: $10.00 | Location: Sanborn Campus

Tara Hahn is a New York State Delegate of the American Beekeeping Federation and owns Hahn’s Honeybee Haven, which is a bee rescue located in Newfane. They currently have 65 hives located in eight different bee yards in Niagara County.  Tara will share fun facts about bees, hive management and inspection, benefits of raw honey, and the troubles bee populations face and how we can help.  Hahn’s Honeybee Haven is made up of rescue cutouts or local swarm recoveries that are evaluated and treated then placed on local farms for pollination.  Tara will also touch on do it yourself projects for discarded beeswax such as candles and luminaries.


Maryjo Erway, Program Administrator
Phone: 716-614-6472
Location: SUNY Niagara
Office of Workforce Development,
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn, NY 14132