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The White House has honored White Plains resident Teresita Wisell, a Westchester Community College administrator, for her role as a “Champion of Change” for promoting citizenship in the workplace. Wisell was recognized at a ceremony at the White House yesterday.
“It is such an honor for me to receive this White House Champion of Change Award on behalf of the work that we do at Westchester Community College to support citizenship education of our employees, students and their families,” she says. “Community colleges have the power to positively impact the lives of thousands of individuals on a daily basis in a variety of ways. It is a privilege for us to be part of the National Immigration Forum’s New American Workforce project and play a part in the pathway to citizenship for so many of our local residents.”
Wisell is Vice President and Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Westchester Community College. In that role, she oversees the Gateway Center, a facility opened in 2010 to expand educational programs and services to the local community. Among other offerings and resources, the facility hosts English language classes, entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs, and citizenship and civic education. Since 2011, the college has offered free civics education to over 250 residents of the county. Of those participating, 60% have applied for citizenship, and 96% of those who have applied have been naturalized.
She was among five “New American Workforce” Partners for Promoting Citizenship in the Workplace individuals honored at the ceremony. Westchester Community College Welcome Center Director Eileen McKee, was instrumental in helping to coordinate the citizenship education program with Wisell.
project of the National Immigration Forum, New American Workforce (formerly known as The Bethlehem Project) works with businesses to assist eligible immigrant employees with the citizenship process in seven cities with high concentrations of legal permanent residents: Los Angeles; San Diego; San Jose; New York City; Miami; Washington, D.C.; and Houston.
According to the White House, “These champions have strengthened their businesses and the American workforce by helping eligible immigrants navigate the naturalization application process. These champions recognize that citizenship is an asset for businesses, workers and their families, strengthening our overall economy.” The program featured remarks from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.
New American Workforce is made possible in partnership with New Americans Campaign, The Knight Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Irvine Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The Transfer Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 29 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Physical Education Building. More than 100 college and university representatives from across the country will be on campus to speak with students about transfer opportunities. Click here for the list of college’s attending the Transfer Fair.
Our annual Fall Open House will be held on Tuesday, November 18 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Visit academic and student services tables, participate in a campus tour and information session. Speak with faculty, staff and students about academic programs, student services and career and transfer opportunities. Click here for more information.
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. 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/
The book selection for 2014-2015 is Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong. The college community will be reading this book about the author’s rise from his youth as a barefoot “Lost Boy” of the Sudan to his successes as a U.S. Olympian.
In tandem with our reading of Running for My Life, we are holding a one-mile run/walk/roll on Thursday, November 6. Benefits go to the Foundation Scholarship Fund for Student Veterans. The event will start here at the college at the gym at 4:00 p.m. For details, visitwww.mysunywcc.org/fye
Students, faculty and their classes, and staff members are all invited to a special presentation by the author himself on November 13.
Paul Krugman, 2008 Nobel Prize winner for Economics, New York Times columnist, and professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will speak to members of the college community on Friday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m. Krugman will discuss “Poverty: Misconceptions and Realities.”
Academic Arts Building Theatre
Parking available in lot # 4
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1:00 P.M.
Smoked lately? Interested in getting paid for a study whether you quit smoking or not? The University of Rochester is offering our students up to $45 to participate in a new study. Click here for more information. https://redcap.urmc.rochester.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=uzInNVMiT9
You may still add Late Start extension center classes to your fall schedule. https://mywcc.sunywcc.edu/