Dr. Miles on Governor’s free-tuition proposal

Jan.03, 2017

Statement by Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College:

As Westchester County’s largest educational institution, we support the plan to make college more affordable for those seeking relevant 21st Century skills to support themselves and their families. This proposal would help increase access to higher education throughout New York State and help students improve their lives in the future. As more students enter community colleges and complete their studies, they will be positioned to transition to four-year institutions and the workplace where there is a need to fill openings in growing fields such as healthcare, analytics, and information technology.

Removing the affordability barrier is one of the fundamental aspects of the community college “open door” access mission. Some people believe that since community colleges are priced affordably, there is no need for financial aid and other support for incoming students. This is not always the case. Many of our students need scholarships and state and federal financial aid in addition to loans. Directing new financial resources to talent development in New York is a necessary investment that will reap benefits locally, regionally, and nationally.




Weather delay/closing information

Jan.03, 2017

Students should be aware of how to check delay and closing information, in the event of bad weather. For more details on our weather announcement policy, including where and when we post messages, please visit http://www.sunywcc.edu/about/weather-announcements/.


The college signs transfer agreement with Lincoln University

Dec.08, 2016

Westchester Community College and Lincoln University of Pennsylvania signed an articulation agreement whereby students from the community college would be admitted with junior status and graduate from the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University within two years. The articulation signing ceremony was held on Lincoln University’s main campus on November 7.

Under this new partnership, a number of Westchester Community College Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees are now acceptable for transfer articulation to Bachelor degree programs at Lincoln University. This includes five majors in the College of Science and Technology and four in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Belinda S. Miles, president of Westchester Community College, says “We have created exciting new pathways for our graduates with this signing. The college has expanded our articulation agreement to include this HBCU (Historically Black Universities and Colleges) and our graduates will now be placed in the pipeline to a range of professional careers many of which are seeking qualified individuals to address the issue of underrepresented minorities.”

“This partnership provides a pathway to making a living,” says Richard Green, interim president of Lincoln University. “Lincoln provides a historic and cultural experience which Westchester students will develop and thrive.”

The partnership was several weeks in the making when Westchester Community College called upon Lincoln University to discuss a potential agreement. Lincoln University Provost Patricia Ramsey and a host of faculty and administrators traveled to Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York for a meeting, campus tour and an opportunity to learn first-hand about the SUNY school. What followed was a mutual desire to move quickly toward the articulation agreement. There is also opportunity for faculty of the community college to teach at Lincoln University. Discussions will continue to offer additional pathways between the institutions.

About Lincoln University

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University (PA) is the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The University combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society. Today Lincoln which enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,100 men and women, possesses an international  reputation for preparing and producing world-class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, The first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Lillian Fishburne, the first African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy; Langston Hughes, the noted poet; Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Gahan; and Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria. For more information call 484-365-8000 or visit www.lincoln.edu


Dr. Miles’s editorial in the Journal News

Dec.06, 2016

President Miles wrote an editorial on the college’s recent report on middle skill jobs. Published by the Journal News/Lohud, it covered the need to expand educational opportunities for those seeking jobs requiring an education beyond a high school degree but less than a bachelors degree.



Holiday Break

Dec.04, 2016

The entire college is closed from December 24 through January 2. The college will reopen on January 3. While the college is closed, you may still register for Spring classes online. The Spring 2017 session will begin on Tuesday, January 17.


College partners with SUNY Stony Brook on federal grant to increase underrepresented minority students in STEM

Nov.28, 2016

Westchester Community College is receiving $100,000 ($20,000 per year for  five years) as a partner institution for a new $4 million five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant designed to increase the number of underrepresented minority (UREP) students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The grant coordinated by SUNY’s Stony Brook University supports the SUNY Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (SUNY LSAMP) program, a synergistic collaboration and alliance of fourteen SUNY schools with a diverse mix of academic strengths and capabilities.

Since 1996, SUNY LSAMP has been an instrumental program shaping STEM education and forging new opportunities for UREP students to pursue and succeed in STEM programs and degrees in New York State. Over the past twenty years, SUNY LSAMP has achieved an eleven-fold increase in STEM enrollment for minority students in comparison to the previous twenty years in the state. The program has also helped increase STEM bachelor’s degrees by almost 300 percent. During the past five years, the program has been a catalyst to helping to nearly double community college students transferring to four-year STEM undergraduate programs.

“Competition for talent in STEM occupations is high, and we offer a range of pathways into these fields. Our partnership with Stony Brook University expands the talent pipeline for underrepresented minorities sought by many employers,” says Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College.

As one of the partner schools in the SUNY LSAMP alliance, Westchester Community College will provide tutoring and mentorship resources to students, sponsor university visits to encourage transfer after graduation, and initiate various summer research projects. Stony Brook and the other SUNY schools will look to expand the alliance and create additional STEM curriculum opportunities for students. Over the next five years, the three primary goals of the project will be to meet the continuing challenge of preparing UREP students for a successful transition into STEM majors; provide experimental activities that lead to socialization into science; and promote systemic change by broadening participation in research.

“Our alliance will scale up programs that build our momentum to increase student recruitment and retention,” says David Ferguson, SUNY LSAMP Project Director. “We will also focus on improving STEM pathways from community colleges to four-year schools and creating a pipeline to produce global researchers and scholars.”

To date, SUNY LSAMP has taken leadership in STEM curricular reform on the SUNY campuses and has supported UREP STEM student needs. The effort has led to engagement among faculty, staff, administrators and heads of academic departments to create new infrastructures on campuses to enhance UREP students’ participation and pursuit of STEM higher education.

SUNY LSAMP has also received ten grants for NSF fellowships and support services for twelve LSAMP graduates through the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate program. The Bridge program has increased the UREP STEM doctoral pool by bringing in students from LSAMP programs around the country and supporting them in their first two years of SUNY graduate work and on to completion of their doctorates.

The NSF has supported the SUNY LSAMP program since its inception. This latest grant is the fifth stage of funding and will build upon and fine-tune the Fostering STEM Identity through Transitions (FIT) model that will conduct an in-depth theory driven examination of the pivotal experiences that lead to engagement, retention and over-all success of UREP STEM college students.



FAFSA Fridays and Workshops

Nov.08, 2016

Financial Aid staff members will be available to assist students with the 2017-18 FAFSA application.

FAFSA Fridays

Drop in assistance will be held in The Gateway Center – Computer Lab, room 225

10:00 am -1:00 pm

November 11 and 18

December 2 and 9

FAFSA workshops

November 14 – December 19

Monday – Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Admin. Bldg., Room 120.


Questions?  go to  Studentaid.gov/FAFSA 

Want to do it yourself?  FAFSA.ed.gov


Westchester Community College Promotes Faculty

Nov.08, 2016

Westchester Community College promoted the following faculty members at its recent Board of Trustees meeting. 

Promoted to Full Professor: 

Dr. Jody Reifenberg (resident of Hartsdale)

Dr. Jody Reifenberg has been a faculty member in the Chemistry Department for 12 years and has been Chairperson of the Department for the past 7 years. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Yale University and a M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Reifenberg is a member of the American Chemical Society and a Board Member of the Westchester Chemical Society. At Westchester Community College, she has been a Senator in the Faculty Senate and the co-chair of the Faculty Senate’s Academics Committee for the past 9 years. She has extensive experience conducting assessment studies for her Department and has served on many collegewide committees including the Strategic Planning Task Force, the General Education Task Force and numerous search & screen committees for administrators and faculty members. Dr. Reifenberg has been the Joseph & Sophia Abeles Endowed Chair for Chemistry since 2009. Other awards she received include the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the American Chemical Society’s Salute to Excellence Award.

Paul Robinson (Pleasantville)

Paul Robinson is an Associate Professor in the Physical Sciences Department at Westchester Community College. He teaches astronomy and physics courses. He is co-director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. He holds a Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching, and received the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence award of the League for Innovation in Community Colleges.  Paul was Co-Chair of the Monitoring Report with Laurel Senft. BS, Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics-Appalachian State University; MS, Astrophysics, University of Minnesota; MS, Science Education-Montana State University.

Sheela Whelan (Pleasantville)

Initial appointment was Fall 1990. Professor of Mathematics. She has been a leader to improve the mathematics developmental education program. She has been the ACE liaison for Mathematics for five years during which time the program expanded greatly. She has served on many Search & Screen committees and has demonstrated dedication to the math programs and students. She is co-coordinator for the High School Partnership which work with local area high school teachers to prepare students for college-level courses.  She has been Faculty Advisor to Math Club. Sheela was a core team member of the Achieving the Dream Committee. Awards include SUNY Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching and John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award, League for Innovation in the Community College. BS, Syracuse University; MA, Teaching, Manhattanville College.

Promoted to Associate Professor: 

Robert Barnes (Ridgefield, Connecticut)

Professor of Criminal Justice in Behavioral /Social Sciences; serves as Asst. Chair of department of behavioral & Social Sciences. Served on six Search & Screen Committees, having chaired two of them. Perkins Grant recipient for Criminal Justice curriculum; SUNY Chancellor’s Award Excellence in Teaching; NISOD Excellence Award winner. BA, Sociology, Ithaca College; MS, Criminal Justice, Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Iskra Hernandez (Bronxville)

Prof. Iskra D. Hernández. The Acting Director of the Center for Academic Counseling and Student Success is responsible for coordinating the daily operations of the office, supervising all the members of the unit, managing office coverage; developing, coordinating and assessing department initiatives and programmatic efforts, managing the department’s budget, and has oversite of all General Counseling for many students. Her work experience is complimented by the following higher education degrees:

  • Associates Degree in Applied Sciences from SUNY Delhi College
  • Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Binghamton University
  • Master of Arts in Student Affairs and Diversity SUNY Binghamton University

With 12 years of experience with counseling and higher education programing, Iskra has been involved with the following programs:

  • The GEAR UP program at Lehman College (CUNY)
  • The College Now program at The City College of New York (CCNY)
  • The EOP programs at SUNY College at Oneonta and Binghamton University.

She has also a co-advisor for Phi Theta Kappa and has advised other student organizations such as WEB and the OLPA program.

Beth Seelick (South Salem)

Professor in Learning Resources, Library, Media & Instructional Technology. Serves on various campus committees and is an advocate for the Library and the students. Developed Library module for Blackboard online certification; collaborated in library brochure design; served on Search & Screen Committees. Created an online guide for Black History Month; served on Library Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate General Education Committee. Created and managed an online interactive “Library Jeopardy” game presented at New and Transfer Student Orientation. Beth is active in professional organizations which include the American Library Association, Academic College and Research Libraries and Westchester Library Association. Recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship. BA, English, CUNY Queens College; MA, Library Science, St. John’s University.

Laurel Senft (Pleasantville)

Professor in department of Physical Sciences. Served on Faculty Senate; leadership in student extracurricular activities (Geology & Astronomy Club). Search & Screen committees and Advisory Committees; Faculty workshop organizer; service to the department the Division and the college. Laurel was Co-Chair of Monitoring Report with Paul Robinson. She received the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award –League for Innovation in the Community College; SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; and has earned certificates of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University. BS, Geological Sciences, Cornell University. MA & PhD, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Harvard University.


Thanksgiving Take Home Dinner

Nov.07, 2016

The Benefits Access Center is hosting its 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Take Home Dinner event on Monday, November 21. This wonderful new tradition is offered through a partnership between the Food Bank for Westchester and Shoprite. We are pleased to announce that ShopRite is donating 150 frozen turkeys and all of the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner to students in need.

Dinners will be distributed between 11 AM and 4 PM on a first-come basis, but an advance request must be submitted. In order to request a Take Home dinner, students can do either of the following.

  • Sign up online by clicking here.

Please help us to get this information to students who can benefit from this special event.

Did you know

The WCC Pantry, THE WCC FOOD BANK,  opened in October 2014, and through the strict guidelines of the Food Bank for Westchester, was up and running for a few months prior to the establishment of an official partnership. In March 2015, Westchester Community College became the first college in Westchester to partner with the Food Bank. Through the use of work-study students, the pantry is staffed on a regular basis with hours of operation from 11 AM to 1 PM daily. Students are most interested in pack-n-go lunches, snacks, and take home meals. Events have been coordinated on campus including a Dance-a-thon, healthy food demonstrations, and Thanksgiving Feasts. Through additional partnerships with local supermarkets and food pantries in the community we have been successfully able to expand our capacity. If you are interested in making a food donation to the college’s food bank, please contact Debra Santora.

If you are interested in learning more about the college’s Benefits Access Center, please click here.


Course Evaluations

Nov.07, 2016

The Course Evaluation Period is November 14 through December 5.
Please take a few minutes to complete your anonymous survey(s). Your feedback is important to your professors!

FIRST, ACCESS THE <mycourseval LINK: http://www.sunywcc.edu/courseval


1. Log into <mycourseval by entering your WCC user ID and password

2. You will see your list of available surveys. Then click on Take Survey

3. The survey will open and you’ll see all the available questions. Submit when finished

4. If more than one of your courses has been selected, you may continue on with the next survey or return to the <mycourseval link later.

HELP is available at: MyWCCHelpdesk@sunywcc.edu or call 914 606-5600.

Thank you for participating!