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.
Westchester Community College and College Steps are partnering together to enhance the college experience for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This partnerships (singular “partnership”) aligns with the strategic plan of the college to improve student access, involvement, and success as well as College Steps plan to expand their services into New York State. Westchester Community College will be the 8th post-secondary institution that College Steps has partnered with.
College Steps is a non-profit that supports students living with social, communication, or learning challenges via individualized, college-based learning programs. It serves both high school transition students interested in a college primer experience prior to graduation as well as students already enrolled in college. The primary goal of College Steps is to prepare students for meaningful careers and autonomy after graduation. College Steps places a strong emphasis on self-advocacy, employment, and independent living skills.
Dr. Ruben Barato, Associate Dean of Student Life at Westchester Community College, has stated, “Partnering with College Steps will support the quality of our students’ academic experiences on campus and provide them with a stronger social support outside the classroom to improve their persistence and success.” Students will be paired with a peer mentor trained by College Steps and managed by an on-site Program Coordinator.
“We are very excited to be working with Westchester Community College and the surrounding high schools in Westchester County. Our research indicated that Westchester County would be an ideal match for our student-centered educational model,” noted Lauren Merritt, Executive Director of College Steps. “Our efforts will complement the existing work of WCC to attract additional talented students to Westchester Community College interested in our model of support. We look forward to working with the area’s families and local high schools to collaboratively build sustainable and long-term options for transition aged youth living with disabilities.”
To learn more about this exciting collaboration, please join us for our open house.
Date – March 29
Time – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location – Westchester Community College/ Student Center/ Events Room
All are welcome, students, parents, guardians, school district personnel, and advocates.
To learn more about College Steps you can visit their website at www.collegesteps.org.
Who are we?
Completion coaches are specialists who are very familiar with college resources. We help students connect to the resources/services they need to meet their targeted graduation date. We help students understand college policies, procedures, and encourage them to meet deadlines. We collaborate with curriculum chairs to refer students to academic, personal, financial, career, internship and other college resources. We refer students to faculty and counselors for academic advising and refer students to counselors if they need counseling. We work closely with the entire college to empower students and promote student success.
What do we do?
Completion Coaches are available to discuss the following:
Monday-Thursday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stop in and meet a Coach!
Library, Room G36 (Ground Floor)
User Experience/User Interaction, Digital Literacy, Design Thinking, Web Programming, Website Optimization, Mobile Applications Development, Multiplatform Marketing, and Mindful Entrepreneurship. This 48-hour non-credit certificate prepares graduates for working in interactive technologies. Students learn skills in PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, CSS, HTML 5, Interactive Design, Mobile App Development, and UX/UI Design. The Center also runs one-day workshops on 3D printing. Click here for more information on classes being offered starting in February.
DegreeWorks is a web-based advising tool to help students, faculty and counselors track a student’s completion of academic program requirements, determine course selections, track progress toward graduation, and use “what-if” scenarios to see how courses already taken would apply to a different major. DegreeWorks is user-friendly, has helpful visual cues for completion and can even be accessed from smart phones.
The use of DegreeWorks is part of larger State University of New York initiative so that “every student will have fundamental degree planning services at every institution with the ability online for students considering transfer to assess degree progress at other SUNY institutions” (SUNY Degree Planning Initiative). The college has been working on this implementation for almost one year is has held training sessions for Deans, Chairs, faculty, staff, student leaders, and students. Training sessions will be ongoing through the spring 2015 semester.
To access DegreeWorks go to www.sunywcc.edu/degreeworks; specific questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that DegreeWorks will show full degree audits for students who matriculated into a Westchester Community College degree program plans from fall 2013 on.
WCC student Zionia Francis won $3,000 in an entrepreneur’s contest!
The MYB $$eed Tank Competition announced contest winners at a press conference held at the Mount Vernon Extension Center. Student Zionia Francis won $3,000 to support her business, Indie Inc., through which she sells unique handbags via internet marketing. Her goal is to start small by purchasing sewing machines and hiring workers to expand production all in Mount Vernon.
The competition was launched to seed economic growth through supporting entrepreneurship. The partnership of the Mount Vernon, Yonkers, and the Bronx Chambers of Commerce with Westchester Community College was created when local entrepreneur/Angel funder Derickson Lawrence, approached WCC about his desire to bring attention to and build on the business resources available in historically underserved communities.
Click on the following links to access media coverage of this exciting competition.