Financial Education event featured CNBC’s Sharon Epperson

Mar.23, 2014

Make the most of your money. Westchester Community College aims to help area residents do just that when they hosted their fourth annual Financial Education Day on Saturday, March 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The conference, free and open to the public, took place in the Gateway Center on the college’s main campus at 75 Grasslands Road in Valhalla, NY. 

Financial Education Day is hosted by the college’s Center for Financial and Economic Education and the Westchester Community College Alumni Association. It offers participants the opportunity to attend workshops by some of the Hudson Valley’s leading financial experts. Partnering with the college to organize this event is the Westchester Financial Education Alliance, which includes the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, the Financial Planning Association of the Greater Hudson Valley, and GreenPath Debt Solutions. The Public Private Partnership for Aging Services of Westchester is also a partner organization.

Keynote speaker Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Commodities and Personal Finance Correspondent, will share her perspective on “Your Money, Your Future,” addressing financial issues that individuals confront on a daily basis. Presentations will also be made by speakers from such leading financial firms as Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Ameriprise Financial, and other Westchester-based financial firms. There will be more than twenty workshops on specific financial topics including planning for retirement, estate planning, investing basics, elder care, social security, insurance, managing credit and debt, paying for college, and starting a business. Private sessions with financial counselors will also be available.

Suzanne Matthews, director of the Center for Financial and Economic Education, said: “I’m pleased that this year’s program features several workshop tracks targeted to different demographic groups, particularly seniors, young adults and women. Financial Education Day offers something valuable for everyone—and perhaps most valuable of all is the accurate and unbiased financial information that attendees will receive.”

Sandford (Sandy) Wollman, director of Pro Bono and Public Awareness for the Financial Planning Association/Greater Hudson Valley, notes that the ongoing success of Financial Education Day lies in its collaborative nature. “It really does take a village,” he said. “The time and effort invested by our partner organizations make this event relevant and worthwhile to so many area residents—and that makes it good for the community as a whole.” Perhaps testament to that are the overwhelmingly positive reviews by attendees, such as this one from last year:  “Excellent, thank you! The event really got me motivated about being smarter with money and debt.”

The Center for Financial and Economic Education at Westchester Community College is generously funded by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

Financial Education Day is also made possible by the generosity of the Foundation for Financial Planning, Merrill Lynch, Key Private Bank, BNC Insurance and Risk Advisors, the Academic Federal Credit Union, College Planning 101, Maier Markey and Justic LLP, and J.D. Moschitto & Associates, Inc.

Advance reservations are strongly encouraged although walk-ins are welcome.

Individuals can register online: or by phone: 914-606-6559

For more information about Financial Education Day, contact Suzanne Matthews at



Transfer Fair to be held on April 1

Mar.22, 2014

The Transfer Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 1 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Student Center. Over 60 college and university representatives from across the country will be on campus to speak with students about transfer opportunities. Click here for a listing of all the colleges attending the Transfer Fair.


Still time to register for Spring

Mar.10, 2014

The Spring Fast Track classes in Yonkers and Port Chester begin March 24.

Registration for the summer sessions will begin on March 31. Take a look at the dates and deadlines for registering for summer classes.


Free Tax Preparation Services

Mar.07, 2014

Westchester Community College has partnered with Single Stop USA ( to offer “one stop shopping” for a comprehensive variety of services to its students and their immediate family members. Walk in times available along with appointments. Click here for more information.


Men’s basketball team moves on to nationals.

Mar.01, 2014

Our men’s basketball team is going to the national tournament. Thank you for your support at Saturday’s game. Wish them luck at the nationals in Kansas.



Still time to register for “Fast Track” classes

Feb.13, 2014

There is still time to register for “Fast Track” classes

The Fast Track Cycle 2 classes in Yonkers and Port Chester begin March 24.


Career Services Workshops

Feb.10, 2014

Career Services will be hosting a series of workshops to help students prepare for interviews, build their resume and search for jobs. Click here for more information about when these workshops will be offered.


Scholarships available

Feb.09, 2014

The WCCFT has established FOUR $1,500 scholarships to be awarded to three continuing students and one graduating student. The selection criteria for the recipient will include:

  • Well researched and documented (MLA)500 word essay on The Value of Unions in the Workplace (You may use case studies, statistics, history and your personal experiences). See the LibGuide for WCCFT Scholarships on the Library page/ Research Guides.
  • A minimum 2.5 grade point average shown by attached transcript (you must have 12 or more credits that may include developmental education credits).
  • A faculty recommendation.

This total package of three items is due by April 4, 2014 to Joanna Peters (LIB G41). Click here for application.


Our mission is to meet the needs of our community

Feb.07, 2014

Have you taken a look at the college’s mission statement lately? Our goal is to help students succeed…and more. Here is our mission statement:

Westchester Community College provides 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.


FYE Common Read Essay Contest Winners

Feb.06, 2014

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Common Read Essay Contest on My Beloved World. Essays, which were submitted in December, were read and judged by a panel of faculty members. Congratulations to all of the participants and especially to the following students.

First Place $200                 Ada Acosta

Second Place $100           Denis Galdamez

Third Place $50                  Melissa Harden