On November 29, Westchester Community College and Mercy College alumni gathered together for a night of networking at Vintage in White Plains, NY.
Once again, M&T Bank grants the Westchester Community College Foundation $10,000 renewing their scholarship support. The M&T Bank Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in business curricula who demonstrate community involvement, academic achievement, and financial need. Since 2013, thirteen students have benefited from their generosity. This year another four students have been selected for the fall 2018 semester.
Frank Micalizzi, Regional President and Steve Cavazuti, VP for Government Banking presented the donation on behalf of M & T Bank. The WCC Foundation is grateful for M&T Bank’s loyal support.
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.
Thank you to the hundreds of people who attended the Fall Open House on Wednesday, November 14. The event gave potential students the opportunity to speak with faculty members and explore the academic and student life opportunities at Westchester Community College. We hope to see you on campus soon and please enjoy some of photos from this great event: http://www.sunywcc.edu/gallery/2018-fall-open-house/
Hundreds attended the Westchester Community College Foundation’s annual President’s Forum. Leading journalists, academics, and commentators joined WNYC’s Brian Lehrer in analyzing the state of the nation, post-midterm election. See our photo gallery here:
Biology Professor Margaret Eiden was honored at the recent YWCA Mover and Shaker ceremony. Her many local contributions resulted in the Westchester County Board of Legislators proclaiming October 18, 2018 as Dr. Margaret Eiden Day. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced that Dr. Eiden received the same honor on a statewide basis. Senator Shelley B. Mayer honored Dr. Eiden for exemplary service to New York State and the New York State Assembly recognized Dr. Eiden as an outstanding citizen. A Certificate of Achievement was presented to Dr. Eiden by Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey. Meanwhile, the city of White Plains awarded a Certificate of Recognition to the professor for her commitment to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. At the event, Instructor Toni D’Onofrio led a team from the college’s Culinary Arts Department which shared various delectable edibles with the members of the White Plains community who attended the event.
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.
Former White House spokesperson joins discussion on current political climate.
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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.