The most affordable college in Westchester just got more affordable

The state’s free tuition program is now a reality. The application for free fall tuition is now available and is due by July 21. Click here for application. Individuals in households with incomes less than $100,000 may qualify for free tuition from Westchester Community College and all other SUNY schools starting this fall. Click below for details on how you can pursue your dream of college education…for free.


Summer registration continues

Summer registration began February 27. Classes start June 26 and July 31.

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Fall registration has begun

We instituted a new registration schedule for fall. Degree-seeking students with 48 credits or more were able to register as early as Monday, April 3. On April 6, degree-seeking students with 31+ credits began registering. Degree-seeking students with 30 credits or less began registering on April 10. New degree-seeking students started registering on April 17 (this includes first-time students and transfer students). On April 19, non-degree-seeking students and all others began the fall registration process.

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Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society receives national honors

graffAt the recent Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society national convention in Nashville, we came away with significant recognition. Student Ashleigh Riley won the Distinguished Officer award, Advisor Robin Graff won Distinguished Advisor, and the entire student team won the Distinguished Honors in Action Award.

Pictured here accepting the team award are Robin Graff, Michaela Rodican, Jessica Powell, Emily Ianuzzi, Jonathan Kimiadi, Iskra Hernandez, Steven Hyland (in back), Kevin Garcia, Ashleigh Riley, Rachele Hall (left to right).


Radiology professor and students star at state meeting

radiologicProfessor Hildy Oberstein shares news of her students receiving recognition at the New York State Society of Radiologic Sciences Annual State Meeting. The college team won first place in the academic bowl and third in the poster contest. The academic team was comprised of students Thomas Galeotti, Drew March, and Stephanie Santana. The poster contest participants were Teresa Migliore and Stephanie Santana. The Student Development Leadership Program winner was Yvonne Fontana, who was selected to attend the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Student Leadership Academy this month. Others attending the state meeting were students Nimatoulaye Barry, Raul Salazaar, Kadijatu Hassan, Ivelisse Giraldo and Clayon Morgan. Also, grads Nicole Robertson and Sara Fozard were honored and recognized for handling social media for the state organization. Professor Oberstein presenting the group’s President’s Lecture on the topic of mentoring.


New agreement with Touro/NY Medical Nursing Program


Westchester Community College, State University of New York, and Touro School of Health Sciences/New York Medical College (NYMC) have combined efforts and collaborated on a new pipeline from the associate’s degree to bachelor’s degree studies in nursing. An agreement between the two colleges was publicly signed on the Valhalla campus of Westchester Community College on Thursday, May 18.

Due to the new partnership, all of Westchester Community College’s graduates of the Associate’s of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Nursing with a grade point average of 2.5 or better will be given full consideration to the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program offered by Touro/NYMC.. New this coming fall 2017, Touro School of Health Sciences will deliver the RN to BSN program on the NYMC campus in Valhalla, New York.  NYMC is a member of the Touro College and University System.

This agreement ensures a smooth transfer experience for students and guarantees junior status for graduates of the A.A.S. degree in Nursing from Westchester Community College. In addition, students can transfer in up to 90 credits to Touro/NYMC, allowing them to take additional requirements at Westchester Community College while enrolled with Touro/NYMC. This generous transfer policy will keep the cost affordable for students.

“This partnership will help our graduates achieve a seamless transfer to Touro College” says Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College.  “Last week, we celebrated the college’s largest commencement ceremony with a record number of graduates, many of whom are going on to four-year colleges and universities. With this new agreement with Touro, we have created an exciting new pathway for our graduates. At next year’s commencement, we expect to be congratulating students who will be continuing their studies at Touro College.”

“From 1937 to 1962 NYMC graduated nurses from our Flower Fifth Avenue School of Nursing,” said Edward C. Halperin MD MA, Chancellor/CEO of NYMC and Provost for Biomedical Affairs of Touro. “We are proud to return to the education of nurses at NYMC as a member of the Touro family and in partnership with WCC.”

“The NYMC RN to BSN Program will prepare Registered Nurses for enhanced roles in nursing. By bridging academia and practice, the curriculum is focused on inter-professional education. The collaboration between the new program and NYMC will foster professional education with other students in healthcare professions,” said Sandra Russo, Chair and Director of Nursing at Touro School of Health Sciences.

“The articulation agreement between Westchester Community College and Touro College will increase access and opportunity for our community college students and clearly define pathways to success. This agreement will facilitate the completion of a bachelor’s degree in nursing for many of our students,” says Lynette DeBellis, R.N., M.A., Assistant Professor of Nursing, Chairperson Department of Nursing, Westchester Community College.

For more information on the program, please visit

The Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 29 branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please visit

New York Medical College

Founded in 1860, NYMC is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country with more than 1,400 students, 1,300 residents and clinical fellows, nearly 3,000 faculty members, and 19,000 living alumni. The college, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and Practice, a School of dental medicine and a School of nursing. NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities for students, residents, and practitioners. For more information, visit

Westchester Community College

Westchester Community College is the largest college in Westchester County, New York enrolling approximately 13,000 credit and an additional 13,000 non-credit students annually. The institution boasts more than sixty academic programs. The college has implemented a new academic organization to help guide students toward their degrees more quickly and more affordably. With student success in mind, Academic Affairs changed from Divisions to Schools with Guided Pathways to help students more easily navigate college systems, processes and degree requirements. The four Schools are Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business and Professional Careers; Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning; and Mathematics, Science, and Engineering. Each School offers “signature experiences” for students including special clinicals, mentorships, and internships. For details on the college, visit






College wins prestigous national award

The League for Innovation in the Community College has named Westchester Community College’s Coaching Connection Program as a 2017 Innovation of the Year winner. Established more than thirty years ago, the League’s Innovation of the Year competition was devised as a way to recognize significant innovations at member colleges.  These innovations reflect capstone achievements and the continuing renewal of the spirit of innovation and experimentation at some of the nation’s top community colleges. The award is designed to recognize faculty, staff, and administrators who have created and implemented innovative programs, practices, partnerships, policies, and activities that improve the institution’s ability to serve students and the community.

Westchester Community College is among 53 colleges named for this national competition in 2017.

The Coaching Connection Program provides a personal connection with students to support them through graduation and beyond. Through collaboration with curriculum chairs, faculty and staff, coaches provide targeted outreach to students in need of support services and make referrals to resources across campus while also following up with students to ensure they received individualized support.

Westchester Community College President Belinda Miles stated that, “The Coaching Connection initiative contributed to a 42% increase in our IPEDs graduation year in just two years. This award honors the dedication, commitment, and excellent work of our faculty and staff on behalf of student success at the college.”

In the last two years, Westchester Community College has graduated two of its largest classes since 1946. The college is growing its curriculum, reaching further into the communities to provide access to learning and opportunity, and is laser focused on providing excellent student-centered services.

“Our Coaching Connection Program is one of several initiatives that connect students with necessary services to help students make progress through the curriculum and graduate on time. We are committed to meeting students where there are and our goal is to be a true partner with our students as they fulfil their academic journeys here at the college” stated President Miles.

For more information on the award read here:



2017 International Voices


The 2017 edition of International Voices has been delivered to campus and will soon be distributed to various locations around campus.  Click here to view the latest edition of International Voices.

International Voices is an award winning annual publication of Westchester Community College students. The creative works showcased here represent some of the diverse experiences and perspectives of the Westchester Community College community. This diversity and inclusive spirit are at the core of the College mission, stemming from the belief that education should be accessible to all and that improving education levels brings benefits, both tangible and intangible, to the community at large.

If you would like to special order copies for display in your area or for distribution in your classes, please email at Please also join me in congratulating all of the wonderful students who contributed to this year’s issue. We really do have some amazing talent at Westchester Community College!

Kent Trickel, Associate Professor
English, Reading and ESL Department
Academic ESL Coordinator | Abeles Endowed Chair for Distance Learning | GTW S233D | (914) 606-8509


Play Library Jeopardy at New Student Orientation

Library Jeopardy

New Students will play “Library Jeopardy” during orientation, August 8-10.

Library Jeopardy is an informative and interactive game presented by Westchester Community College librarians to all new and transfer students during New Student Orientation, August 8-10! Modeled after the original television show, it provides a fun and innovative way to introduce students to all of the resources and services available at the Harold L. Drimmer Library.

Student team members collaborate to provide correct answers to questions in five different categories, all related to areas within the library, including How to Get Help, Locations in The Library, and How Do I?

Giveaways and prizes are included.

To sign up to attend New Student Orientation, please visit  All first-time, full-time students at WCC are required to attend. All other are strongly encouraged.  Questions about New Studetn Orientation should be directed to or 914-606-6731.




Westchester County Fatherhood Initiative Program


On June 1, 2017, representatives from Westchester Community College met with fathers participating in Westchester County’s Fatherhood Initiative program at the Family Services of Westchester office in Yonkers, New York. This Department of Social Services initiative works with unemployed and underemployed men to improve their job skills, hone their parenting skills, and help to ensure that the fathers are able to meet financial and personal responsibilities to their families. Westchester Community College President Belinda S. Miles, an avid supporter of this initiative, indicated that “Westchester Community College’s staff is well equipped, well informed, and ready to work with fathers seeking access to opportunity through education.”

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, and Commissioner of Social Services Kevin M. McGuire, addressed the fathers, both resolute in their support of this program with a commitment to scale the program. The fathers shared very personal life stories illustrating their struggles as well as their hope for a future with financial independence and closer ties to their families.

Danielle DiGrazia, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, spearheaded the presentation by Westchester Community College, which showcased the many educational opportunities available at the College. Asst. Dean DiGrazia was joined by Dr. Nicola Blake, Office of the President, Joanne Conway, Director of JobSTAR, Ginny Falcone, Financial Aid Counselor, Osahon Izevbizua, Westchester Educational Opportunity Center, Don Simmons, Black/Hispanic Male Initiative, and Donald Whitely, Admissions.

This partnership further builds on the college’s work in the community to extend access to educational opportunities through certifications, degree programs, or course and training refreshers. President Miles, who champions Workforce Development in the Hudson Valley Region, reiterated the college’s capacity to serve its mission of access and excellence. “The college is poised to grow these types of initiatives and looks forward to continued collaborations to support the educational needs of Westchester County residents in the future. We have a wide range of support services, financial aid resources, and industry partners focused on helping students achieve their goals. I invite individuals and agencies to learn more about the dynamic academic and workforce training programs available at Westchester Community College” stated President Miles.