Congratulations Graduates!

May.28, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 graduates! Here are a few pictures from the ceremony and our video.


Distinguished Professor – Dr. Lori Maida

May.27, 2014

In recognition of exceptional faculty merit, the SUNY Board of Trustees designates leading faculty members as Distinguished Professors. Please congratulate our own Dr. Lori Maida on this honor. See this Westchester Community College Sociology Professor at 2:34 on the video.


E.A.T. (Education Arts Technology)

May.13, 2014

We worked with ArtsWestchester to put together an exhibition and forum. The E.A.T. (Education Arts Technology) Forum was held on Tuesday, May 20 at the Arts Exchange of ArtsWestchester. 


Alumni Weekend

May.03, 2014

Please join us as Westchester Community College’s presents its Alumni Weekend!  The college’s Alumni Council has planned a fun, educational and community spirited event that promises to provide something for everyone to enjoy.

  • The weekend tees off on Friday, June 6 with Divots for Dollars – a golf outing to raise money for Westchester Community College Athletics and the first Foundation-sponsored Athletic Scholarships.  If golf is not your thing, join us for dinner after the event.

  • Saturday, June 7  features more than 20 workshops to satisfy the most demanding person.  From Tai Chi to Wine Tasting and Sea Turtles to Salsa Dancing, you’ll find a reason to join us. Children are welcome as our Arts students host an Arts and Crafts Workshop and our renowned dance company hosts Danceworks for Children.  Take a break at lunch time and enjoy the campus with a barbecue prepared by the the Great American Barbecue Company.

Check out the website (, click on the links, and chose how you would like to spend the weekend with us – like we said, there’s something for everyone over the entire Alumni Weekend!


Grant received by College’s Consortium for Immigrant Education

May.01, 2014

The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE), a national network of community colleges based at Westchester Community College, has been awarded a highly coveted $125,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation.

This general operating grant to CCCIE will allow the organization to engage in an 18-month strategic planning process to help build CCCIE capacity, determine its core organizational priorities, integrate CCCIE’s expertise and work on immigrant education issues into broader national reform initiatives supporting the national college completion agenda. The grant period will culminate in a five-year strategic plan to guide CCCIE’s future growth and progress toward advancing college success for immigrant students.

CCCIE is focused on increasing educational opportunities for immigrant students, and as part of its planning process under this new grant, will engage in various activities such as strengthening its infrastructure through exploration of diversified funding and revenue streams, solidifying its collaboration with existing partners, and aligning its work with other national network organizations focused on college success and workforce development initiatives.

The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, work in the environment, health, human services and community development efforts in Detroit. Fostering greater access to and success in postsecondary education for low-income, minority and first-generation college students is the focus of Kresge’s education grantmaking.

This particular grant will be administered through the Westchester Community College Foundation.

Immigrants and their children are vital to the future of the American workforce, yet many face challenges in attaining a postsecondary education and entering careers in this country. The nation’s 1,200 community colleges play an integral role in the linguistic, civic, and economic integration of our country’s immigrants and are among the largest providers of English as a Second Language instruction in many states and communities, including Westchester County.

However, across the country, college completion rates for the immigrant student population are lower than for the general population. “The Kresge Foundation grant offers CCCIE a major opportunity to strengthen its capacity to help community colleges serve a fast-growing immigrant population, as well as engage with other national reform networks focused on college completion and skills enhancement. With this grant, the impact of CCCIE’s work will be far reaching,” said Teresita B. Wisell, Executive Director of CCCIE and Associate Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Westchester Community College.

Established in 2008, with major and continued support from the J.M. Kaplan Fund, CCCIE ( is committed to strengthening and expanding programs and services for immigrant students and leveraging the special role community colleges play in the immigrant integration and education ecosystem. CCCIE is a national initiative led by Westchester Community College, an institution committed to serving a county where one in four residents is foreign born.

“The opportunity to lead CCCIE has been very important to Westchester Community College and to our Foundation and affirms our strong dedication to immigrant education in our community and nationally. This generous grant from The Kresge Foundation will allow Westchester Community College to continue its support of CCCIE and the important work it is doing to raise immigrant education on the national agenda,” said David Swope, Chairman  of the Board of Trustees of Westchester Community College. “We are grateful to The Kresge Foundation for its support and recognition of the important role that community colleges working together can play nationally in advancing immigrant student success.”

CCCIE is guided by a Blue Ribbon Panel that includes community colleges—both urban and rural—from a dozen different states, representing traditional gateway destinations as well as newer destination states. CCCIE’s major activities include action-based research and exchange of promising practices, thought leadership through conference planning and presentations, technical assistance to community colleges and other key stakeholders, and strategic partnerships to expand its policy reach and influence the field of immigrant education.

The CCCIE host college, Westchester Community College, offers integrated programs and services for immigrant and U.S. born students, such as a welcome center to help new students navigate the campus; the English Language Institute, serving 5,000 ESL students annually; comprehensive student support services; and community-based and employer partnerships that support workforce advancement.

For more information on CCCIE, visit Click here for a complete list of CCCIE’s Blue Ribbon Panel members.


Spring Open House will be held on May 20

May.01, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Visit academic and student services tables, participate in a campus tour and information session. Speak with faculty, staff and students about academic programs, student services and career and transfer opportunities.

Click here for more information.


Foundation will hold annual fundraiser on May 7

Apr.26, 2014

The Westchester Community College Foundation’s annual fundraiser is May 7. We will celebrate President Joseph Hankin and Board of Trustees Chair David Swope at Tappan Hill, raising thousands of dollars toward student scholarships.


Foundation pays tribute to four donors

Apr.10, 2014

While the spring is typically a time of renewal, this season has been a time of loss and remembrance.  Four exceptional individuals, known for their kindness and generosity to the college and our students, recently passed away.

Please join us in honoring their good works as we celebrate their lives.

lanza1Mrs. Patricia Lanza, a great friend and supporter of the college, passed away on April 4, 2014. Through her generosity, Mrs. Lanza established the Lanza Family Personal Development & Special Incentive Awards. These awards have been made to continuing students who demonstrate merit and need, and who succeed in college in spite of significant personal challenges. Over 100 students have benefited from these awards. Additionally, Mrs. Lanza created several other awards through the Westchester County Women’s Hall of Fame that were specifically for women veterans who were attending Westchester Community College.

Mrs. Lanza’s kindness touched thousands of lives, here and across the world – she wanted opportunities to be available to everyone regardless of economic status.  In addition to education, her other passions included feeding the hungry, providing for the homeless, and medical research. She was an extraordinary person – she loved life, loved helping people, loved “her students,” and gave generously and selflessly from the bottom of her heart. We are honored to have been able to call her a friend.




Foundation Board member Bob Kirsch passed away on Friday, April 11. Bob joined the Board in 2004 and was truly an unwavering and eloquent advocate for Westchester Community College. He and his wife Abby established the Abigail Kirsch Food Services Scholarships, which are presented to students in the restaurant management program who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, service, and economic need. Over the years, the Kirsch’s have also employed several students.

Bob was also a wonderful business partner to the college. He never hesitated to associate the reputation of the outstanding company he built with his wife—Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships—with numerous college events, making them nothing short of first class.

The family has asked that memorial gifts be directed to the Westchester Community College Foundation.  Donations in memory of Bob will go toward building a permanent endowment fund for the Kirsch Food Services Scholarships.




Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) Rice, long-time friend and supporter of our students, passed away on Wednesday, April 16.   We are honored to have been able to call Peggy our friend for so many years.   Peg was an early supporter of the college’s Virginia Marx Children’s Center.  She was also an advocate for our students through the creation of the Rice Family Foundation Scholarships.  These awards have made an extraordinary contribution to the lives of hundreds of our students entering the nursing and technology fields.  Since the awarding of the first group of Rice Family Scholarships in the 1989/90 academic year, the dreams of over 500 students have been realized through Peg’s generosity.



Foundation Board member Robert (Bob) Beshar passed away on Wednesday, April 16.  Bob joined the Board in 1993.  He gave generously to the Gateway Campaign and our Radiologic Technology Programs.  He was instrumental in the development of the Foundation’s very successful Celebrity Salons series, and hosted many in his historic home, The Stone House, in Somers.  He loved writing letters with new ideas and sending congratulatory messages to the college president on the institution’s many achievements.
We are sincerely grateful for all of his contributions over many years of service.


Financial Aid Advising Week

Apr.05, 2014

At your convenience

No Appointment Necessary

Counselors Will Be Available to:

Answer Questions

Resolve Issues

Check Status

And Much More

Don’t miss it 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, 4/22 Student Center
Wednesday, 4/23 Classroom Building
Thursday, 4/24 Gateway Center
Monday, 4/28 Library
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Monday, 4/28 Cross County Extension
Tuesday, 4/29 Mt. Vernon Extension
Wednesday, 4/30 Ossining Extension
Wednesday, 4/30 Peekskill Extension

Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran at May 2 GROW Conference

Apr.02, 2014

Real Estate Mogul and ‘Shark Tank’ Celebrity Barbara Corcoran to Speak at

The Business Council of Westchester’s KeyBank Speaker Series

Kicking off Westchester Community College’s Second Annual GROW Conference

Conference will inspire, empower entrepreneurs and business owners across the Hudson Valley


Barbara Corcoran – one of the country’s most esteemed and revered businesswomen – will kick off this year’s Westchester Community College – Gateway to Entrepreneurship’s GROW Conference as keynote speaker at the Business Council of Westchester’s KeyBank Speaker Series breakfast. “GROW 2.0” is the largest gathering in the region of business owners and professionals for a day-long series on resources and training for small businesses,  slated for Friday, May 2 at The Gateway Center, Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY and will unite local professionals through networking, mentoring, business development and strategy. 

Business Council of Westchester’s KeyBank Speaker Series

Corcoran will speak at the Business Council of Westchester’s KeyBank Speaker Series from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. at Academic Arts Building auditorium, Westchester Community College.  Her personal saga dovetails with GROW 2.0’s chief philosophy that entrepreneurs and small businesses owners – especially in the bustling New York metro area – have the ability to create game-changing companies and products.  With a $1,000 loan in her early 20s, Corcoran launched her real estate empire which she eventually sold for $66 million. She has since asserted herself as a preeminent business expert, author and a “shark” on the hit ABC television show “Shark Tank.”

“This marks the thirteenth consecutive year that KeyBank and the Business Council of Westchester have partnered to provide Westchester County businesses with access to some of the most engaging, accomplished and respected newsmakers in our region and beyond,” said Ruth Mahoney, president, Hudson Valley/Metro NY Market, KeyBank. “We are passionate to be a part of the expanded format and to have Barbara kick-off Gateway to Entrepreneurship Annual GROW Conference, allowing a wider audience to be able to hear Barbara’s inspiring story.”

“We’re excited to have Barbara Corcoran share her insights on building a thriving business in today’s marketplace,” said Dr. Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester. “Innovation and entrepreneurship are hallmarks of Westchester’s business community and Barbara embodies each of those qualities. We are extremely grateful to KeyBank for their continued support of this highly-regarded series.”

“We are thrilled to partner with KeyBank and The Business Council of Westchester to host this breakthrough day-long event.  We can’t think of a better way to kick-off Grow 2.0 than to have Barbara Corcoran as our keynote,” said Eridania Camacho, Director of Gateway to Entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurs and business owners have an opportunity to register for one or both events.   To register for the Business Council of Westchester’s KeyBank Speaker Series breakfast, please visit To register for the Grow 2.0 Conference, visit us at Tickets to attend the all-day event, including the Business Council of Westchester’s KeyBank Speaker Series breakfast, are $100 per person. Tickets to attend the breakfast are $65 per person; to attend only the Grow 2.0 conference workshops, tickets are $50 per person. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the keynote commencing at 8:15 a.m.

GROW 2.0 Info Sessions

Following Corcoran’s keynote is a full day of GROW 2.0 programming. From 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., attendees will have access to a slate of workshops centered on driving revenue, teambuilding, increasing profitability, expanding networks, and more. The sessions include: Ready, Set, Go! What to Consider Before You Start Your Small Business; Show Me the Money; Let’s Get Social: Social Media as a Business Growth Tool; Location, Location, Location: From Site Selection to Regulatory Requirements; and The Unfair Advantage: Driving Sales for Business Growth.

“Recognizing the important role that Westchester Community College plays in the County as an engine for economic development, we are proud to bring you the Grow Conference again this year,” said Dr. John Flynn, Interim President of Westchester Community College.

“GROW 2.0 offers the region’s most talented small business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to expand their horizons,” said Grow 2.0 co-chair Chris Jones, CFO of Durante Rentals. “It’s a gathering of the region’s best and brightest,” added co-chair Kim Jacobs, Executive Director of Community Capital New York.

The GROW 2.0 Conference will take place Friday, May 2, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Gateway Center, Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY.

Barbara Corcoran.  

About GROW 2.0:  The annual GROW Conference is Westchester Community College’s Gateway to Entrepreneurship’s signature event and is a breakthrough business conference that inspires and empowers entrepreneurs and business owners across the Hudson Valley. The full-day forum offers the nuts and bolts of starting and growing your business and maximizing success, with a focus on networking, mentoring, business development and driving revenue. Attendees are able to tap into a network of like-minded business leaders, potential partners and resources, and hear from marquee-name professionals and innovators from Westchester and beyond. GROW 2.0 sponsors include G2E, the Westchester County Office of Economic Development, The Business Council of Westchester, Community Capital New York, Durante Rentals and Co-Communications. To register for the Grow 2.0 Conference, visit us at

Gateway to Entrepreneurship G2E is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurial education in the community. Through its collaborations with partners in both the public and private sectors, G2E is a resource hub for entrepreneurial development at all stages, facilitating programs that respond to entrepreneurs’ needs and contribute to a vibrant local economy. For more information, email us at

About the Business Council of Westchester: The County’s largest and most influential business membership organization, The Business Council of Westchester is committed to helping businesses market, learn, advocate and grow. In addition, The Business Council of Westchester is actively involved in reviewing federal, state and county legislation and regulations in order to assess the potential impact on the business community and to influence the outcomes through advocacy when the business community’s interests may be affected. It also acts as an information resource for the business community and government leaders at all levels.

About KeyBank (KeyCorp): KeyCorp traces its roots back more than 180 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, Key has assets of approximately $92.9 billion. The eight-county Hudson Valley/Metro NY Market has 57 branches, 80 ATMs and nearly 400 employees. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals, small and medium sized businesses in 12 states under the name of KeyBank N.A. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name.  For more information, visit Keybank is member FDIC.