Dr. 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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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:
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.
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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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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.
Dr. Belinda S. Miles, president of Westchester Community College, has been named to the newly created National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Presidential Advisory Council. She is one of two representatives of the Northeast District. The new Council members will evaluate issues relating to athletics and back the organization’s mission to foster a national program of athletic participation in an environment that supports equitable opportunities consistent with the educational objectives of the 500+ member colleges.
“I am proud to represent the college on this Council,” says Dr. Miles, noting that the formation of the group was part of legislation that was passed by the association’s Board of Directors during its recent annual meetings. The Council will be comprised of twelve presidents with two members from each of the six regional districts. The members will be eligible for reelection following a three-year term.
Since 1938, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has served as the governing of two-year college athletics, offering athletic and academic opportunities to college students. The NJCAA is the second-largest national intercollegiate athletic association in the United States with member schools in 43 states. Each year, nearly 60,000 student-athletes compete in one of the 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and eight football bowl games. NJCAA Headquarters has been located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, since 1985. For more information visit njcaa.org.
Westchester Community College and the New Skills at Work-Lower Hudson Valley Stakeholder Collaborative are pleased to announce the release of CONNECTING TO PROMISING CAREERS Middle-Skill Jobs in the Lower Hudson Valley.
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