Register now for Summer and Fall

Jun.23, 2015

Summer Session 2 starts June 29. There is still time to register for all summer and fall courses. Course schedules are available online through MyWCC. Click here to view classes offered.

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Achieving the Dream Reform Network

Jun.22, 2015

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Westchester Community College has joined fifteen other community colleges in joining the Achieving the Dream Reform Network which focuses on methods to increase student success and completion rates. Achieving the Dream today welcomed colleges from eight states with faculty, staff and administrators from those institutions participating in the 2015 Achieving the Dream Kickoff Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“To become an Achieving the Dream College, applicants must demonstrate an institution-wide commitment to spend at least three years working with Achieving the Dream experts to implement reforms designed to improve student success and completion rates on their campuses. Such a huge commitment to fundamentally rethink educational and student support is unusual and should be applauded because their work will result in a much larger, better educated, and productive workforce,” said Achieving the Dream President and CEO William E. Trueheart.

“Our new affiliation with Achieving the Dream, Inc. will give our institution a wonderful opportunity to build upon existing student success efforts. As a member of this network, our staff and administrators will be empowered to work together with the Achieving the Dream team on increasing our student engagement, learning, and completion outcomes,” says Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College.

By 2020, almost two thirds of all jobs will require education and training beyond high school, according to a report by Anthony P. Carnevale, Georgetown University Professor and Director of the University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. Recovery, Job Growth and Education Requirements through 2020, recently cited by Bill Gates and other education leaders, found that unless the US begins producing more college graduates, there will be a shortfall of 11 million skilled workers to fill those jobs.

The Achieving the Dream 2015 Cohort is joining a network of over 200 colleges that are working to preserve access and assure that their students, especially low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity.

At the 2015 Kickoff Institute, which began on June 23 and concludes on June 25, the sixteen colleges will work in teams with coaches to increase their data analytic capacity to inform decision-making; understand how guided pathways can improve the student experience; identify opportunities to improve teaching and learning; and understand equity challenges on campus.

The 2015 cohort represents the first colleges in the Network to begin using the new Institutional Improvement Model to advance student success. The Model, composed of the Institutional Capacity Framework and the Continuous Improvement Cycle, provides practical guidelines for maintaining focus on students’ needs and building momentum over time. Throughout the process, Achieving the Dream coachesoffer customized support, and numerous peer learning opportunities to accelerate the adoption and adaptation of evidence-based, high impact practices.

In addition to using the new model, the 2015 Cohort will benefit from Achieving the Dream’s agreement with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) in which colleges’ data on key student success outcome measures will be extracted from student data already being submitted to NSC. The change responds to requests by Achieving the Dream Institutions for a more streamlined data reporting structure.

“We are delighted to welcome the 2015 Cohort colleges into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network and congratulate them for taking this next step in operationalizing their commitment to improving student outcomes,” says Achieving the Dream Vice President for Community College Relations Cindy Lenhart.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams – working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – helps more than four million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

Westchester Community College, part of the State University of New York system, is the largest educational institution in Westchester County. It grants more than sixty associate degrees and certificates, with classes offered on the 218-acre main campus in Valhalla and at extension locations throughout the County of Westchester.

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Email Update

Jun.12, 2015

EMAIL ACCESS CHANGE

The college is no longer going to communicate with students using their personal email addresses; all communications will be through college-provided email addresses. We have eased into this policy over a two-year period, and we have used personal email addresses in the past.  We are no longer allowing the use of those addresses, so please be advised that all official college communications will go through your college email address.

If you have not yet activated your MyWCC account and have not set up your college email address, please click here for directions on How to Activate Your MyWCC Login.  The college expects each student to activate their MyWCC account and check their official emails on a frequent basis. Do not redirect your emails to another account; the college will not be responsible for emails sent to non-WCC email accounts. Email forwarding does not excuse students from the responsibilities associated with receiving and communicating via our official WCC email addresses.

For students who would like to have mobile phone or tablet access to their college email, please following the instructions by clicking on the How to Access our WCC Email link in MyWCC. The college maintains the right to access and examine college computer systems and networks and all information that is stored or transmitted through these systems and networks, including all email and all website visits. For more details on the college’s email policy, click here.

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Student wins Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Jun.11, 2015

Enjoy this video in which Westchester Community College President Belinda S. Miles surprises student Wellington Mackey with the news that he has won the nation’s largest scholarship for community college students. Mackey was selected to receive a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship; those scholarships are the largest awards given to two-year students. He is one of 85 community college scholars to receive the award for up to $40,000 per year. This is the ninth time that one of our students has won this prestigious honor. Wellington is now going on to Yale.

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Stories from Summer Students

Jun.03, 2015

Thousands of students attend Westchester Community College’s various summer sessions. Many students from other schools transfer affordable credits back to their home campuses. Click here to hear stories from students who attend summer classes at Westchester Community College.

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Interested in touring the main campus?

May.11, 2015

Our Spring Open House will be on May 19.  Click here for more information.

Meanwhile, we also offer campus tours! Students and their families are encouraged to visit Westchester Community College and participate in a campus tour. Come see our beautiful campus and student facilities. Learn more about the college, our programs, and our services. Our Admissions Ambassadors are eager to guide you around our campus and answer questions which you may have regarding classes, students and faculty.

An information session provided by an Admissions Counselor is included.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

Please contact the Office of Admissions at 914-606-6735.

For snow or related weather closings please contact 914-606-6900.

For high schools and organizations interested in scheduling a group tour for your students please contact the Office of Admissions and a representative will be in contact with you.

Spring/Summer 2015
Date  # of Tours Location  Begins  Ends
May
Thursday, May 7 1 Gateway Center – Room 110 Promptly at 3:00 pm Approximately 4:30 pm
June
June 2 1 Gateway Center – Room 110 Promptly at 3:00 pm Approximately 4:30 pm
June 4 1 Gateway Center – Room 110 Promptly at 3:00 pm Approximately 4:30 pm
June 25 1 Gateway Center – Room 110 Promptly at 3:00 pm Approximately 4:30 pm
July
July 7 1 Gateway Center – Room 110 Promptly at 3:00 pm Approximately 4:30 pm
July 23 1 Gateway Center – Room 110 Promptly at 3:00 pm Approximately 4:30 pm

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 914-606-6735. For snow or related weather closings please contact 914-606-6900. Information Session/Campus Tour dates begin in The Gateway Center, Room 110. Click for Maps & Directions.

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Dr. Miles WFAS Radio Interview

Apr.21, 2015

President Miles was introduced to the local community on WFAS Radio. http://www.sunywcc.edu/?p=19604

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We’re offering a rideshare service for students!

Apr.14, 2015

We’re offering a rideshare service for students! Take a look at our WCCRideshare.com site and start using it to post ride offers and requests. This free matching service is in response to a student survey in favor of a carpool program.Take a look at the site, start registering your information, and as more students enter rides, you can start saving money and help the environment by sharing rides. Don’t forget to change your information on rideshare. Update your account to reflect your new schedule for the spring semester.

Hundreds of students registered for the college’s first carpool program and we’re confident many of you will take advantage of this new resource, too. Find a friend who wants to share a ride, figure out the costs, and then save money and free up spaces in our busy parking lots. https://www.wccrideshare.com/

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Free tax preparation services for students and their families

Mar.04, 2015

Westchester Community College Single Stop

Single Stop offers free tax preparation on campus and year round service by appointment.  We currently offer tax filing for the current year and the previous two years.  Ask about the Low Income Taxpayer clinic (LITC)

Westchester Community College has partnered with Single Stop USA (www.singlestopusa.org) to offer “one stop shopping” for a comprehensive
variety of services to its students and their immediate family members.  Services include, but are not limited to the following:  public benefits screening and application assistance, health insurance enrollment, tax return preparation, one-on-one financial counseling, and legal services covering a wide range of civil problems–including eviction prevention, immigration and custody battles. All service is provided free of cost.

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