Westchester Community College and College Steps are partnering together to enhance the college experience for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This partnerships (singular “partnership”) aligns with the strategic plan of the college to improve student access, involvement, and success as well as College Steps plan to expand their services into New York State. Westchester Community College will be the 8th post-secondary institution that College Steps has partnered with.
College Steps is a non-profit that supports students living with social, communication, or learning challenges via individualized, college-based learning programs. It serves both high school transition students interested in a college primer experience prior to graduation as well as students already enrolled in college. The primary goal of College Steps is to prepare students for meaningful careers and autonomy after graduation. College Steps places a strong emphasis on self-advocacy, employment, and independent living skills.
Dr. Ruben Barato, Associate Dean of Student Life at Westchester Community College, has stated, “Partnering with College Steps will support the quality of our students’ academic experiences on campus and provide them with a stronger social support outside the classroom to improve their persistence and success.” Students will be paired with a peer mentor trained by College Steps and managed by an on-site Program Coordinator.
“We are very excited to be working with Westchester Community College and the surrounding high schools in Westchester County. Our research indicated that Westchester County would be an ideal match for our student-centered educational model,” noted Lauren Merritt, Executive Director of College Steps. “Our efforts will complement the existing work of WCC to attract additional talented students to Westchester Community College interested in our model of support. We look forward to working with the area’s families and local high schools to collaboratively build sustainable and long-term options for transition aged youth living with disabilities.”
To learn more about this exciting collaboration, please join us for our open house.
Date – March 29
Time – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location – Westchester Community College/ Student Center/ Events Room
All are welcome, students, parents, guardians, school district personnel, and advocates.
To learn more about College Steps you can visit their website at www.collegesteps.org.
Who are we?
Completion coaches are specialists who are very familiar with college resources. We help students connect to the resources/services they need to meet their targeted graduation date. We help students understand college policies, procedures, and encourage them to meet deadlines. We collaborate with curriculum chairs to refer students to academic, personal, financial, career, internship and other college resources. We refer students to faculty and counselors for academic advising and refer students to counselors if they need counseling. We work closely with the entire college to empower students and promote student success.
What do we do?
Completion Coaches are available to discuss the following:
Monday-Thursday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stop in and meet a Coach!
Library, Room G36 (Ground Floor)
User Experience/User Interaction, Digital Literacy, Design Thinking, Web Programming, Website Optimization, Mobile Applications Development, Multiplatform Marketing, and Mindful Entrepreneurship. This 48-hour non-credit certificate prepares graduates for working in interactive technologies. Students learn skills in PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, CSS, HTML 5, Interactive Design, Mobile App Development, and UX/UI Design. The Center also runs one-day workshops on 3D printing. Click here for more information on classes being offered starting in February.
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 email@example.com. 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.
WCC student Zionia Francis won $3,000 in an entrepreneur’s contest!
The MYB $$eed Tank Competition announced contest winners at a press conference held at the Mount Vernon Extension Center. Student Zionia Francis won $3,000 to support her business, Indie Inc., through which she sells unique handbags via internet marketing. Her goal is to start small by purchasing sewing machines and hiring workers to expand production all in Mount Vernon.
The competition was launched to seed economic growth through supporting entrepreneurship. The partnership of the Mount Vernon, Yonkers, and the Bronx Chambers of Commerce with Westchester Community College was created when local entrepreneur/Angel funder Derickson Lawrence, approached WCC about his desire to bring attention to and build on the business resources available in historically underserved communities.
Click on the following links to access media coverage of this exciting competition.
John Nonna has been named the chair of the Westchester Community College Board of Trustees. The Board appointed Nonna to this position with a unanimous vote at its meeting held earlier today. He has been a member of the Board since 2013. David Swope, who was named to the Board in 2011 and was appointed chair in 2013, will remain a member of the Board.
“I would like to thank Mr. Swope for his vision and for providing direction at the college during his tenure as chair,” says Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College. “I have worked together with Mr. Swope and the Board on leading the college to its new status as an Achieving the Dream member institution focused on increased levels of student success. We have also expanded K-12 partnerships in order to increase college readiness and achieved a successful reaccreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. I am looking forward to working with the new chair and the entire Board on our extensive, transformative goals for the institution.”
Nonna, a former member of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, is a practicing lawyer and managing partner of the New York office of Patton Boggs, a leading national law firm in the areas of public policy, litigation and business law. He has balanced a successful law practice with public service, including various roles in Pleasantville, New York, including mayor. In that position, he led the effort to bring affordable housing to seniors through a public private partnership, facilitated the establishment of the Jacob Burns Film Center, and fostered the revitalization of the Pleasantville business district.
He was the chair of the Board of Legislators Legislation Committee, shepherding in the passage of term limits, ethics reform, flood control law and the creation of the charter revision commission through the legislature.
In rotating out of the chair position, Swope looks back at several years of accomplishments. In particular, he helped lead the national search which resulted in the hiring of the third president in the college’s history. Dr. Miles, the first female and first African-American leader in the history of the institution, was named president in January 2015. Together with the Board and the college community, she has instituted new initiatives in support of student success.
Swope, a lifetime resident of Westchester, is the founder of Club Fit in Jefferson Valley and Briarcliff and is active in many community organizations.
In 1963, his family founded Teatown Lake Reservation with a gift of 190 acres to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Today, Teatown is the largest non-governmental preservation in the county with approximately 900 acres adjacent to Westchester County’s Shadow Lake Park, John Hand Park and Kitchawan Preserve. David is past Chairman and an honorary board member of Teatown.
In the event of a storm delay or closing, or a delay or closing for any other reason, the college communicates schedule change information in a variety of ways. http://www.sunywcc.edu/about/weather-announcements/
Students enrolled in courses at the Mount Vernon Extension Center for Fall 2016 MUST obtain a student ID card. Students are required to present their student ID card to security in order to enter the building, and are responsible to have their student ID on them at all times. Student must obtain a student ID card no later than September 15, 2016.