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WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE RECEIVES LARGEST FEDERAL GRANT IN ITS HISTORY; $2.7 MILLION TO TRANSFORM STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Westchester Community College has received the largest federal grant in its history with $2.7 million (over five years) directed toward supporting students in their efforts to succeed academically and move on to careers and further education. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, made the announcement on October 3, 2018. The federal grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program.
“This historic grant provides much needed resources to transform the student experience to meet the real needs of today’s learners. With this tremendous award for Caminos al Exito (Pathways to Success), we will be able to scale effective high-impact, evidence-based practices to support all students, expand academic support, modernize our approach to counseling and advising, and get students to the credentials they need for the future,” says Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College.
The grant to fund the Caminos al Exito (Pathways to Success) Program will empower our faculty and staff to support students who seek to complete their academic programs and transfer to four-year institutions or start their careers after graduation.
The grant will enable the college to:
- Redesign the college experience, moving students from access to completion or transfer.
- Create an Office of First Year Students providing new students with a strong start, enabling them to accelerate their progress toward graduation.
- Put students into pathways based upon individual career or transfer interests.
- Infuse the latest technology thereby creating high-performing and efficient systems supporting student success.
In addition to funding new initiatives, the grant will also empower faculty, staff and administrators to leverage and build upon our innovative and high impact work already underway.
The grant will assist the college as a best-in-class, high-performing higher education institution meeting the demands of the 21st century workforce. This record-breaking grant follows several significant recent investments including public and private grants: Laura and John Arnold Foundation funding for replicating CUNY’s ASAP Program for student completion; CCAMPIS support for student-parents; National Science Foundation grants for STEM students; nearly $1 million from a private donor for technology advancements; and the Westchester Community College Foundation’s recent doubling of scholarship support to $2 million annually. The Department of Education grant will help the college bring several of these efforts to scale in addition to funding new programs.
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In a recent article on the City and State New York magazine website, President Dr. Belinda S. Miles made the top ten in a list of the most influential people in Westchester:
Listed as #9: President, Westchester Community College
Belinda Miles is president of Westchester Community College, which serves more than 26,000 students in one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. Miles is deeply committed to student success and completion, having worked with faculty and staff to achieve a 42 percent increase in the community college’s three-year graduation rate and has overseen the largest graduating classes in its 72-year history. Since taking the reins of the SUNY school in 2015, her leadership has contributed to WCC being selected as a member of the Achieving the Dream network of community colleges committed to improved student outcomes and as one of two institutions selected nationally for a $1 million award in support of accelerated associate degree programs.
Miles is deeply involved in the community as well, serving on many boards, including The Business Council of Westchester and the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board. Miles has been described as a great motivator who gets results. She is a highly regarded regional and national presenter on a range of topics, including community colleges as a disruptive innovation in academia that fosters an equitable and inclusive democracy.
Students had a blast showing their Viking pride, playing games, and making their own Chester the Viking mascot plushes on Blue and Gold Day. More photos: www.sunywcc.edu/gallery/blue-gold-day-2018/
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If so, you may be interested in Westchester Community College’s Workforce Development and Community Education certificate or licensing programs:
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Ka-pow! . . . Patrons may browse these books next to the Paperback Collection, or search for individual titles in the Library Catalog: Collection Graphic Novels, 1st Floor. See a growing list here.
And, for the uninitiated, we now present a primer on the world of sequential fiction/non-fiction . . .
Manga, Comics, or Graphic Novels?
You may use the Japanese term manga interchangeably with the American term graphic novel. Manga is typically published in series, which may include many volumes to tell a complete story. A majority of English translations of manga carry over the original artwork, only replacing the words.
Isn’t this “kid stuff”?
Not necessarily. The themes in graphic novels can be highly sophisticated, portraying complex historical events and philosophical ideas. They also employ literary devices like allusion, satire, understatement, hyperbole, etc. . . .
Should I read a graphic novel or a regular one?
Both are recommended! Each genre has its own unique qualities. The visual aspects of storytelling, including time and motion, story closure (the idea that a reader fills in unspoken blanks), and the psychology of line styles and color make graphic novels appealing as a hybrid format.
Who drew the first graphic novel?
Shrugs . . . maybe it was the Egyptians and their hieroglyphs?
For information or to make title suggestions, please contact Librarian Josh Weber at email@example.com; x6819.
Kraska, Jake. “The Psychology of Comic Books: Why We Worship Superheroes.” Lateral Magazine, 3 Aug. 2015.
McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics. William Morrow, 1994.
Mitchell, W. J. T., de Almeida, Eduardo, and Reynolds, Rebecca. “Theories of Media Glossary: ‘Graphic Novel,‘” University of Chicago. Feb. 2004.
Osicki, Jody. “Sequential Art Proliferates: Spotlight on Graphic Novels.” Library Journal, Library Journal , 19 June 2018.
Thomas, Grant. “Thinking Inside the Boxes: The Importance of Comic Books and Graphic Novels in Visual Arts Education.” Visual Arts Research, vol. 38, no. 1, 2012, p. 64+. Academic OneFile.
President Miles took part in a roundtable discussion on college affordability and accessibility held at Pace University in Plesantville, NY on Thursday, August 30, 2018. College and graduate school students joined administrators from various schools and Congresswoman Nita Lowey for a discussion that included the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act.
More about this gathering on Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s website.
Photos from the roundtable session: