Use Financial Aid to rent textbooks

Sep.01, 2016

You can now rent textbooks with financial aid. Click here for more information.


IRS Warns of Back-to-School Scams

Sep.01, 2016

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:


  • Altering the caller ID on incoming phone calls in a “spoofing” attempt to make it seem like the IRS, the local police or another agency is calling
  • Imitating software providers to trick tax professionals–IR-2016-103
  • Demanding fake tax payments using iTunes gift cards–IR-2016-99
  • Soliciting W-2 information from payroll and human resources professionals–IR-2016-34
  • “Verifying” tax return information over the phone–IR-2016-40
  • Pretending to be from the tax preparation industry–IR-2016-28


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.

The IRS Will Never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.


If you get a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Search the web for telephone numbers scammers leave in your voicemail asking you to call back. Some of the phone numbers may be published online and linked to criminal activity.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page or call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
  • If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.

Cross Country Coming to Athletics!

Jul.27, 2016

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

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!



New Student Handbook

Jul.21, 2016

The new Student Handbook is now available online. Click here to view the latest version.


New Weekend Studies Program

Jul.17, 2016

Work towards your degree on the Weekend! The 7-week or 14-week credit courses are being offered on Saturday and Sunday.  Click here for more information.


Displaced Homemaker Training Program Reinstated

Jul.17, 2016

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. Miles named to NJCAA Advisory Council

Jul.15, 2016

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



New report on Middle-Skills jobs

May.22, 2016

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.

Click here for more information.




May.19, 2016

Need help with registration? Have questions about ordering transcripts?  Get personal assistance with our new service, RegChat!

A representative from the Registrar’s Office will be available online for live chats during the times listed below:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

During these times, a representative from the Registrar’s Office will be able to answer questions you may have on how to:

  • Register/drop/ withdraw from classes
  • Order official/unofficial transcripts
  • Request enrollment verifications
  • Apply for graduation
  • Change your address
  • Change your major
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