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Starting in the Fall of 2016, the college is implementing a new academic organization to help guide students toward their degrees more quickly and more affordably. With student success in mind, Academic Affairs will change from Divisions to Schools with Guided Pathways to help students more easily navigate college systems, processes and degree requirements.
The four Schools are:
In addition, there will be an academic support unit: the Center for Learning Resources, Library, Media and Instructional Technology.
Through the new Schools, students will be introduced to a specific academic pathway based on their interest. Together with counselors, advisors and faculty, students will receive guidance on completing their program of study through the guided pathways model. Research on guided pathways suggests that an intentional and focused curriculum has the potential to contain costs while improving student outcomes. The guided pathways approach helps students move through the general education requirements while focusing on specific certificate or degree requirements.
This model is based on research suggesting that community colleges have been operating under a “cafeteria” model that was appropriate to their primary mission in the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, which was to dramatically expand access to higher education—a mission they fulfilled beyond expectation. According to Redesigning America’s community colleges: A clearer path to student success, (by T.R. Bailey, S.S. Jaggers and D. Jenkins), the new guided pathways redesign is a framework that helps students choose, enter, and complete a program of study aligned with their goals for employment and further education. The guided pathways process starts with student end goals for careers or further education in mind and “backward maps” programs and supports to ensure that students are prepared to thrive in employment and education at the next level.
COMMENCEMENT DAY INFORMATION
The Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the County Center, located at 198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY. Graduates should plan to arrive at the County Center between 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Upon arrival, graduates should proceed to the lower level of the building. Graduation procession will begin promptly at 5:45 pm. Admission into the County Center for guests (non-graduates) will only be given to those with a Graduation Guest Ticket. Due to the limited parking and increased traffic in the area of the County Center, please include extra time in your travel plans in order to arrive safely and on time for the Ceremony. Parking is not free at the County Center and all graduates and their guests will have to pay a nominal fee. If you have any questions or concerns about the Graduation Ceremony, please contact the Department of Student Involvement or at (914) 606-6731 or visit us in the Student Center, Room 103.
For any friends or family members that are not able to join you at graduation, they can watch the whole ceremony online! The graduation ceremony will be live streaming starting at 5:45 pm on Thursday, May 19. Just click on the following link to watch. http://www.sunywcc.edu/gradlive
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
4:30 pm – 6:00 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.
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Need help filling out FAFSA and TAP applications? Financial Aid counselors will be available Monday, April 18 – Thursday, April 21 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm in the Student Center Lobby. Just stop by, no appointments necessary.
Beginning May 2016 all diplomas and certificates of graduates will be mailed directly from our vendor to the home address listed in your student center in MYWCC.
Please be sure to verify your address on file is correct to assure receipt of your diploma/certificate. Verify or make changes BEFORE May 1, 2016.
It is with deep sadness that Westchester Community College and the WCC Foundation mourn the passing of long-time Foundation Board member and friend Jerome Siegel. Jerry passed away on March 25, 2016, just two months shy of his 99th birthday, at his beloved home in the Dominican Republic.
Together with his late wife Ruth, Jerry believed deeply in the transformative power of education. He joined the Foundation board in 1994, and for nearly twenty-five years was an active and involved member, serving on the Foundation’s Student Focus Committee.
In 2002 he established the Ruth & Jerome Siegel Scholarships which have awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships to help hundreds of WCC students achieve their dream of a college education.
He also contributed generously to the construction of the College’s Gateway Center, for which the Siegel Café is named in his honor.
Jerry also leant his support to several community organizations including White Plains Hospital Center, Columbian Presbyterian Medical Center, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of NYC, an organization with which he was helping the College develop a partnership.
We are honored by this incredible legacy that has allowed so many students to pursue their dreams of higher education.
Our most recent cohort of Medical Administrative Assistant students passed their certifying exam at 100% pass rate! This non-credit program, (Perkins funded) has been very successful. To date we have offered three cohorts on campus. In addition, the EOC has also offered the MAA credential to qualified clients. The program culminates with the administration of the CMAA certifying exam on campus and the majority of completers are taking and passing the exam. Please join us in congratulating these hard working students!
Eridania Camacho, director of the college’s Gateway to Entrepreneurship program, has been featured in 914Inc. magazine. She was included on The It List: 50 Names You Need To Know To Do Business In Westchester.
We have a number of colleges and universities visiting us this month. If you are preparing to transfer, stop by and make a connection. Click here to view the list of visiting institutions.