Fall registration continues

Sep.13, 2016

There is still time to register for late start 7- and 12-week classes. Classes begin September 26 and October 31. A listing of fall classes is available on MyWCC.

For a list of class at the college’s extension locations, please go to www.sunywcc.edu/extensions

Click here for important information regarding the registration process, dates and deadlines for summer sessions.

Click here for the updated Academic Calendar.

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IRS Warns of Back-to-School Scams

Sep.12, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the “Federal Student Tax.”

People should be on the lookout for IRS impersonators calling students and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a fake “federal student tax.” If the person does not comply, the scammer becomes aggressive and threatens to report the student to the police to be arrested. As schools around the nation prepare to re-open, it is important for taxpayers to be particularly aware of this scheme going after students and parents.

“Although variations of the IRS impersonation scam continue year-round, they tend to peak when scammers find prime opportunities to strike”, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “As students and parents enter the new school year, they should remain alert to bogus calls, including those demanding fake tax payments from students.”

The IRS encourages college and school communities to share this information so that students, parents and their families are aware of these scams.

 

Scammers are constantly identifying new tactics to carry out their crimes in new and unsuspecting ways. This year, the IRS has seen scammers use a variety of schemes to fool taxpayers into paying money or giving up personal information. Some of these include:

 

  • Altering the caller ID on incoming phone calls in a “spoofing” attempt to make it seem like the IRS, the local police or another agency is calling
  • Imitating software providers to trick tax professionals–IR-2016-103
  • Demanding fake tax payments using iTunes gift cards–IR-2016-99
  • Soliciting W-2 information from payroll and human resources professionals–IR-2016-34
  • “Verifying” tax return information over the phone–IR-2016-40
  • Pretending to be from the tax preparation industry–IR-2016-28

 

If you receive an unexpected call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here are some of the telltale signs to help protect yourself.

The IRS Will Never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

 

If you get a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Search the web for telephone numbers scammers leave in your voicemail asking you to call back. Some of the phone numbers may be published online and linked to criminal activity.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page or call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
  • If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.
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Westchester Community Foundation Awards Major Grant

Sep.08, 2016

Westchester Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $100,000 from the Westchester Community Foundation/Wallace Westchester Fund.   This major grant is helping to support the College’s major initiatives in college readiness and persistence for Westchester County public high school students.

Piloted with the help of a grant from Westchester Community Foundation and an anonymous donor, WCC’s high school transitions program, StepUp, was designed with the premise that aligning high school to college curriculum and providing academic, social, and emotional support to 12th grade public high school students who are “on track to graduate but not college ready,” would decrease the need for remediation, encourage college enrollment, enhance persistence, and ultimately, provide an articulated pathway for students to successfully complete degrees and transfer in a timely manner.

This past academic year, WCC faculty worked with five public high schools to introduce special curricula in math and English language arts to selected 12th grade students.  Students who participated are showing an increased readiness to start college, and WCC will be welcoming its first cohort of students this fall.  The WCC StepUp program will be introduced into at least three new high schools annually.

The current grant from Westchester Community Foundation will enhance the program.  StepUp on Campus will allow us to begin to track the success of the first cohort of incoming students and develop new components to the program that will engage high school guidance counselors, ease transition to college, and provide support systems that enable students to persist and transfer.

Of the initiative, Laura Rossi, Executive Director of the Westchester Community Foundation, said “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Westchester Community College to improve the college success rates of students throughout Westchester. We know that, given the right supports, all students can thrive and build a secure future for themselves and their families.” 

WCF is a division of the New York Community Trust, one of the largest community foundations in the country, with assets of approximately $2.6 billion. 

Westchester Community College provides accessible, high quality and affordable education to meet the needs of our diverse community.  We are committed to student success, academic excellence, workforce development, economic development and lifelong learning.

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Emergency Aid Program

Sep.07, 2016

The new Westchester Community College Foundation Emergency Aid Program has been established to assist students who have unforeseen financial hardships that occur during the academic year and endanger their continued enrollment.

Emergency situations may include, but not limited to homelessness or sudden loss of housing, fire; eviction; overdue utility bills; theft of computer, books or clothing, temporary loss of job or income; victims of violence,  sudden loss of childcare; and other such situations.

Click here for more information about the program.

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ACE Fellow

Sep.01, 2016


ACE_HSDr. Belinda S. Miles, president of Westchester Community College, has announced that Dr. Nicola Blake will spend a full academic year at the college as a 2016-2017 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutional and leadership capacity in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration. Twenty-nine Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, will serve at colleges and universities across the nation including Yale University, Cornell University, Northeastern University, Vassar College, Swarthmore College, The Ohio State University, and University of Maryland College Park. Valencia College in Florida is the only other community college hosting an ACE Fellow in 2016-2017.

“Our selection as one of only two community colleges speaks to Westchester Community College’s growing national reputation among institutions dedicated to academic excellence and student success,” says Dr. Miles. “Dr. Blake will work collaboratively with faculty and staff on a range of special projects that will give her broad exposure to the transformative work the college does for its students.” Since Miles became president in January 2015, the college has graduated its two largest classes in school history.

Blake joined CUNY’s Guttman Community College in 2011 and was elected as the curriculum committee chair. She is currently faculty advisor to the provost, liberal arts and sciences program coordinator, and assistant professor in English at Guttman. Her accomplishments include spearheading a college-wide taskforce on the architecture of the second-year experience at Guttman, and through her almost two decades in higher education, she has participated in national and local grants focused on high-impact practices to improve writing at the post-secondary level. Blake is a Fulbright Specialist with internationally recognized expertise in curriculum and program development, assessment, and strategic planning. She is a New York State Board of Regents Accreditation Reviewer (NYSED) and she serves on the City University of New York (CUNY) Chancellor’s Strategic Planning Committee. Her special recognitions include an award for service learning from the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies. A CUNY alumna, Blake completed her doctorate in medieval literature at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

The prestigious ACE Fellows program will allow her to further build on years of experience as she positions herself to take on more senior roles in higher education. She plans to focus on student-centered strategic planning, advancement, and community partnership and engagement.

“Guided by my mentor and Guttman Community College President Scott Evenbeck, I was very intentional about choosing to spend the year at Westchester Community College under the leadership of President Miles,” says Blake. “She is a change agent dedicated to student success and access, and it is a great privilege to work under her leadership alongside the very talented faculty and staff at the college,” Blake adds.

“Selection as a host institution is a sign of the outstanding reputation and commitment to excellence at Westchester Community College, says Sherri Lind Hughes, director of the ACE Fellows Program. “An ACE Fellow chooses an institution not only for its rigorous academic environment, high quality efforts to educate students, but also its strong desire to invest in the future of higher education senior leadership as well,” she adds.

Blake’s mother, Viola Blake, 72, recently earned her associate degree in liberal arts from Westchester Community College. The elder Blake entered college after more than fifty years away from secondary school to successfully complete her academic program here. She is a testament to the range of students who pursue community college education, successfully complete programs, and fulfill their dreams.

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. For details on the college, visit www.sunywcc.edu.

Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program over the past five decades, with more than 80 percent of Fellows having served as senior leaders of colleges and universities. For more information on ACE, visit www.acenet.edu.

 

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Use Financial Aid to rent textbooks

Sep.01, 2016

You can now rent textbooks with financial aid. Click here for more information.

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Cross Country Coming to Athletics!

Jul.27, 2016

Athletics is adding a new sport this year! Beginning in the Fall of 2016, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country will be offered as Varsity sport! This is the first time since the 1970’s that Cross Country is a part of Athletics here on campus. We are looking for new members! If you are a FULL-TIME student and are interested in running for the Vikings please contact the office of Athletics: (914) 606-7895. You can also stop by the Physical Education Building and sign up in office #2 or directly contact Director of Athletics Mike Belfiore at Michael.Belfiore@sunywcc.edu.

The season opens up September 6th with preseason training offered in August. Interested students should contact Athletics ASAP! Qualified team members could be added throughout the month of September. Let’s Go Vikings!

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New Student Handbook

Jul.21, 2016

The new Student Handbook is now available online. Click here to view the latest version.

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New Weekend Studies Program

Jul.17, 2016

Work towards your degree on the Weekend! The 7-week or 14-week credit courses are being offered on Saturday and Sunday.  Click here for more information.

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Displaced Homemaker Training Program Reinstated

Jul.17, 2016

Westchester Community College has reinstated its Project Transition Program for Westchester/Putnam residents who are divorced, widowed, separated, or have a permanently disabled or unemployed spouse. The program, which was offered at the institution from 1987 to 2013, has received funding to continue in 2016 and 2017. The work skills training program funded by the New York State Department of Labor is currently offering classes to one cohort on the college’s Valhalla campus with another cohort starting in September at the college’s Mount Vernon Extension Center.

The eight-week Project Transition programs in Office Technology Training provide qualified students with the opportunity to learn current, marketable computer and office skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Students can also study QuickBooks and learn about resume writing, job search strategies and interviewing techniques. These skills prepare participants to return to the workforce. “We are excited to once again offer Project Transition, which provides valuable skills training to displaced homemakers, giving them opportunities for employment they may not otherwise have,” said Ann Rubenzahl, Assistant Dean of Workforce Development and Community Education, Westchester Community College. “Project Transition supports the mission of the college, which is committed to student success, lifelong learning and workforce development.”

The Office Technology Training Program classes of Project Transition are available at no cost to qualified applicants. Applicants must be able to type 25 words per minute and have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma. All applicants must provide proof of Displaced Homemaker status according to the New York State Department of Labor guidelines.  For information, program schedule and eligibility details, call 914-606-5628.

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