Register for spring

Jan.06, 2017

Valhalla classes begin January 17. Register now.

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Summer registration starts February 27

Jan.05, 2017

Summer registration begins February 27. Classes start May 15, May 22, June 26, and July 31.

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Spring message to students

Jan.04, 2017

Dr. Miles welcomes spring students to the college. welcome_back_sp2017 (0022)

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Dr. Miles on Governor’s free-tuition proposal

Jan.04, 2017

Statement by Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College:

As Westchester County’s largest educational institution, we support the plan to make college more affordable for those seeking relevant 21st Century skills to support themselves and their families. This proposal would help increase access to higher education throughout New York State and help students improve their lives in the future. As more students enter community colleges and complete their studies, they will be positioned to transition to four-year institutions and the workplace where there is a need to fill openings in growing fields such as healthcare, analytics, and information technology.

Removing the affordability barrier is one of the fundamental aspects of the community college “open door” access mission. Some people believe that since community colleges are priced affordably, there is no need for financial aid and other support for incoming students. This is not always the case. Many of our students need scholarships and state and federal financial aid in addition to loans. Directing new financial resources to talent development in New York is a necessary investment that will reap benefits locally, regionally, and nationally.

http://westfaironline.com/84581/cuomo-calls-for-free-suny-tuition-for-families-making-under-125k/

http://patch.com/new-york/pleasantville/free-college-tuition-good-idea-westchester-community-college-president

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Weather delay/closing information

Dec.15, 2016

Students should be aware of how to check delay and closing information, in the event of bad weather. For more details on our weather announcement policy, including where and when we post messages, please visit http://www.sunywcc.edu/about/weather-announcements/.

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The college signs transfer agreement with Lincoln University

Dec.08, 2016

Westchester Community College and Lincoln University of Pennsylvania signed an articulation agreement whereby students from the community college would be admitted with junior status and graduate from the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University within two years. The articulation signing ceremony was held on Lincoln University’s main campus on November 7.

Under this new partnership, a number of Westchester Community College Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees are now acceptable for transfer articulation to Bachelor degree programs at Lincoln University. This includes five majors in the College of Science and Technology and four in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Belinda S. Miles, president of Westchester Community College, says “We have created exciting new pathways for our graduates with this signing. The college has expanded our articulation agreement to include this HBCU (Historically Black Universities and Colleges) and our graduates will now be placed in the pipeline to a range of professional careers many of which are seeking qualified individuals to address the issue of underrepresented minorities.”

“This partnership provides a pathway to making a living,” says Richard Green, interim president of Lincoln University. “Lincoln provides a historic and cultural experience which Westchester students will develop and thrive.”

The partnership was several weeks in the making when Westchester Community College called upon Lincoln University to discuss a potential agreement. Lincoln University Provost Patricia Ramsey and a host of faculty and administrators traveled to Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York for a meeting, campus tour and an opportunity to learn first-hand about the SUNY school. What followed was a mutual desire to move quickly toward the articulation agreement. There is also opportunity for faculty of the community college to teach at Lincoln University. Discussions will continue to offer additional pathways between the institutions.

About Lincoln University

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University (PA) is the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The University combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society. Today Lincoln which enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,100 men and women, possesses an international  reputation for preparing and producing world-class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, The first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Lillian Fishburne, the first African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy; Langston Hughes, the noted poet; Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Gahan; and Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria. For more information call 484-365-8000 or visit www.lincoln.edu

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Dr. Miles’s editorial in the Journal News

Dec.06, 2016

President Miles wrote an editorial on the college’s recent report on middle skill jobs. Published by the Journal News/Lohud, it covered the need to expand educational opportunities for those seeking jobs requiring an education beyond a high school degree but less than a bachelors degree.

http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/11/21/prepare-people-middle-skill-jobs/93585260/

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Holiday Break

Dec.04, 2016

The entire college is closed from December 24 through January 2. The college will reopen on January 3. While the college is closed, you may still register for Spring classes online. The Spring 2017 session will begin on Tuesday, January 17.

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College partners with SUNY Stony Brook on federal grant to increase underrepresented minority students in STEM

Nov.28, 2016

Westchester Community College is receiving $100,000 ($20,000 per year for  five years) as a partner institution for a new $4 million five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant designed to increase the number of underrepresented minority (UREP) students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The grant coordinated by SUNY’s Stony Brook University supports the SUNY Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (SUNY LSAMP) program, a synergistic collaboration and alliance of fourteen SUNY schools with a diverse mix of academic strengths and capabilities.

Since 1996, SUNY LSAMP has been an instrumental program shaping STEM education and forging new opportunities for UREP students to pursue and succeed in STEM programs and degrees in New York State. Over the past twenty years, SUNY LSAMP has achieved an eleven-fold increase in STEM enrollment for minority students in comparison to the previous twenty years in the state. The program has also helped increase STEM bachelor’s degrees by almost 300 percent. During the past five years, the program has been a catalyst to helping to nearly double community college students transferring to four-year STEM undergraduate programs.

“Competition for talent in STEM occupations is high, and we offer a range of pathways into these fields. Our partnership with Stony Brook University expands the talent pipeline for underrepresented minorities sought by many employers,” says Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College.

As one of the partner schools in the SUNY LSAMP alliance, Westchester Community College will provide tutoring and mentorship resources to students, sponsor university visits to encourage transfer after graduation, and initiate various summer research projects. Stony Brook and the other SUNY schools will look to expand the alliance and create additional STEM curriculum opportunities for students. Over the next five years, the three primary goals of the project will be to meet the continuing challenge of preparing UREP students for a successful transition into STEM majors; provide experimental activities that lead to socialization into science; and promote systemic change by broadening participation in research.

“Our alliance will scale up programs that build our momentum to increase student recruitment and retention,” says David Ferguson, SUNY LSAMP Project Director. “We will also focus on improving STEM pathways from community colleges to four-year schools and creating a pipeline to produce global researchers and scholars.”

To date, SUNY LSAMP has taken leadership in STEM curricular reform on the SUNY campuses and has supported UREP STEM student needs. The effort has led to engagement among faculty, staff, administrators and heads of academic departments to create new infrastructures on campuses to enhance UREP students’ participation and pursuit of STEM higher education.

SUNY LSAMP has also received ten grants for NSF fellowships and support services for twelve LSAMP graduates through the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate program. The Bridge program has increased the UREP STEM doctoral pool by bringing in students from LSAMP programs around the country and supporting them in their first two years of SUNY graduate work and on to completion of their doctorates.

The NSF has supported the SUNY LSAMP program since its inception. This latest grant is the fifth stage of funding and will build upon and fine-tune the Fostering STEM Identity through Transitions (FIT) model that will conduct an in-depth theory driven examination of the pivotal experiences that lead to engagement, retention and over-all success of UREP STEM college students.

 

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FAFSA Fridays and Workshops

Nov.08, 2016

Financial Aid staff members will be available to assist students with the 2017-18 FAFSA application.

FAFSA Fridays

Drop in assistance will be held in The Gateway Center – Computer Lab, room 225

10:00 am -1:00 pm

November 11 and 18

December 2 and 9


FAFSA workshops

November 14 – December 19

Monday – Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Admin. Bldg., Room 120.

 

Questions?  go to  Studentaid.gov/FAFSA 

Want to do it yourself?  FAFSA.ed.gov

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