The college’s Collegium program for mature adults was featured in The New York Times. Congratulations!
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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.
Earn 3 credits in just 3 weeks! Wintersession classes will take place December 28 – January 16. Click here for more information.
Westchester Community College has received a $100,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to support the Center for Financial and Economic Education (“CFEE”) for the current 2015-2016 academic year. This grant will enable the CFEE to continue to offer a unique co-curricular program, the Money Smart Forum, which helps students build financial capability through financial coaching and education.
The Money Smart Forum was introduced as a pilot program last year and includes one-on-one financial coaching, financial education, and career readiness training. Students in the program work with a financial coach to improve their financial lives by incorporating practices such as budgeting, tracking expenses, saving money, building credit, and managing debt. The ultimate goal is to help students build healthy habits and make sound financial decisions so that they can complete a college degree and pursue career goals.
Last year, more than three hundred students took advantage of resources offered by the program including individual coaching, workshops and career training sessions. Renewed funding for the 2015-16 academic year will allow the program to involve more students and to help them continue to gain critical money skills.
“JPMorgan Chase has been a very significant partner in terms of supporting financial capability initiatives at Westchester Community College,” says Tere Wisell, the college’s Vice President and Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. “We are grateful for their continued generosity and for the important program that this grant funding makes possible. Financial coaching provides our students with the tools they need to make sound financial decisions that support their academic and personal success and have the power to transform their lives.”
“Across the country, too many people lack the tools and resources the need to manage their daily financial lives,” says Michael Haberman, Managing Director and head of the Northeast Region for Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase. “The Money Smart Forum provide these resources to the students of Westchester Community College, promoting financial stability and economic opportunity.”
Suzanne Matthews, Director of the CFEE, notes that “Westchester Community College is one of the few institutions in the country to offer customized financial coaching to students, and this type of service is increasingly considered an important leading edge practice in the financial education community. Feedback from last year overwhelmingly demonstrated that the program succeeded in helping participants to get control of their expenses, save on a regular basis, reduce debt, and build a framework for future financial security.”
Based in Valhalla, New York, Westchester Community College is the largest educational institution in Westchester and the fourth largest community college in the SUNY system, with 24,000 students enrolled in full-time and part-time credit courses, as well as Continuing Education programs. The college is the most accessible institution of higher education in Westchester County. The school serves as a pathway to economic advancement for students who seek a college degree as well as those who intend to go directly into the workforce after graduation.
The mission of Westchester Community College is to provide accessible, high quality and affordable education to meet the needs of our diverse community. We are committed to student success, academic excellence, workforce development, economic development and lifelong learning
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A coalition of business leaders in the chambers of commerce for Mount Vernon, Yonkers and the Bronx is partnering with Westchester Community College to create an invaluable competition and learning experience for early-stage business entrepreneurs. Initiated by Derickson Lawrence, CEO of MarketView Resources, this team has come together to launch the Mount Vernon/Yonkers/Bronx (MYB) $$eed Tank Competition.
Residents of these southern Westchester/northern New York City regions are invited to submit their applications online via the link below to be considered and evaluated.
Early-stage businesses must be able to demonstrate that their business models are “scalable and sustainable” and solve a particular problem.
“Westchester Community College has had extension centers in Mount Vernon and in Yonkers for years, supporting local business and economic development through courses, training and collaboration,” said Francine Carl, Director of the Mount Vernon Center.
“This competition extends the college’s opportunity to introduce local aspiring or new business people to the college’s Gateway to Entrepreneurship program where training and networking can move them to the next stage,” explained Eridania Camacho Quinn who is Director of the program.
“Our goal is to change the prospects for upward mobility,” said Lawrence, “but nurturing innovation and great ideas also help shape our future, and that’s why this partnership with WCC and the local chambers is so important.” Mr. Lawrence founded his company, MarketView Resources, in 2001. His company delivers banking products and payroll to large employers and their employee base across eight states.
Christopher Reim, a venture capitalist who launched his own firm, Innovate NY Fund LP, is a partner in this initiative and fully supports this type of program. “All of the net job growth in this country comes not just from small businesses, but from new businesses. There is a tremendous opportunity to accelerate new job creation in Yonkers, Mt Vernon and the Bronx – but that will only come by encouraging high growth, innovative businesses to locate and grow there. We need to form an innovation incubator that can foster more good businesses in our community.”
The winner will receive a prize of up to $10,000 and entrance into the WCC Gateway to Entrepreneurship program of workshops this spring. Runners up will also benefit through invitation to the workshops. The winner will also have the opportunity to present his or her business concept at the GROW Conference, an annual business event that will be held at the college on April 29th next year.
The local legislators and members of the business communities are enthused by this collaboration and injection of capital. Assemblyman Gary Pretlow whose district includes Mount Vernon and Yonkers believes “we need more of these opportunities to boost the local economy of the region.” And the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce is excited about the opportunity to work with the $$eed Tank and support
HENRY A. KISSINGER: Former United States Secretary of State, National Security Advisor, diplomat and political scientist, whose opinion continues to be sought by Presidents and world leaders. Prolific author of books on politics and international relations, Dr. Kissinger is currently founder and chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm.
WILLIAM J. BURNS: Former United States Deputy Secretary of State who holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, Career Ambassador. Dr. Burns was Ambassador to Russia and Jordan, and was Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. He speaks Russian, Arabic and French and is currently President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
LESTER CRYSTAL: Long time Executive Producer of the PBS NewsHour and former President of MacNeil Lehrer Productions was the moderator.
As a result of the late Labor Day this year, please note we have adjusted the fall calendar to account for the required number of hours required per course for the 15-week courses on the Valhalla campus that begin before 5:00 pm:
Join Westchester Community College community in reading, Double Take: A Memoir by Kevin Michael Connolly.
Kevin Conolly Presentation
Thursday – November 19, 2015
Talk at 11:00 AM
Academic Arts Theatre
2:00 pm Book signing Event in Student Center
Extension Centers will be live streaming the event.
Watch the event live by clicking here.
“When I moved to the USA, it was challenging at first but I am grateful for all the support I received from my family, friends, professors, and tutors. Here at Westchester Community College, I discovered more about myself and the value of extracurricular activities. My dream is to help my home country fight hunger and poverty in Africa. Through my group project with the college’s Katherine Davis Scholars Program, I gained more experience in addressing this issue.”
Kyria Aho, Westchester Community College co-valedictorian, 2015
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