John Nonna named Chair of Board of Trustees

Jan.10, 2016

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.

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Pinning ceremony for December Nursing graduates

Jan.10, 2016

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Weather notification system

Jan.10, 2016

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/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mount Vernon Student ID Cards

Jan.10, 2016

All students taking classes at Mount Vernon this semester need their WCC ID card coded for Mount Vernon. To get your ID coded, bring your ID to one of following times at the Mount Vernon Extension Center:

Monday, February 8 11:30AM – 12:30PM Monday, February 15 11:30AM – 12:30PM
2:30PM – 4:00PM 2:30PM – 4:00PM
5:30PM – 7:30PM 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Tuesday, February 9 11:30AM – 12:30PM Tuesday, February 16 11:30AM – 12:30PM
2:30PM – 4:00PM 2:30PM – 4:00PM
5:30PM – 7:30PM 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Wednesday, February 10 11:30AM – 12:30PM Wednesday, February 17 11:30AM – 12:30PM
2:30PM – 4:00PM 2:30PM – 4:00PM
5:30PM – 7:30PM 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Thursday, February 11 11:30AM – 12:30PM Thursday, February 18 11:30AM – 12:30PM
2:30PM – 4:00PM 2:30PM – 4:00PM
5:30PM – 7:30PM 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Friday, February 12 10:00AM – 11:00AM Friday, February 19 10:00AM – 11:00AM
2:00PM – 3:00PM 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Saturday, February 13 10:00AM – 11:00AM Saturday, February 20 10:00AM – 11:00AM
2:00PM – 3:00PM 2:00PM – 3:00PM
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Spring class payments due immediately

Jan.09, 2016

Students registering for spring courses should be prepared to pay immediately. Here is a list of drop dates:  www.sunywcc.edu/student-services/bursars-office/

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The Peekskill Extension Center closed Wednesday, open Thursday

Jan.08, 2016

The Peekskill Extension Center, closed on Wednesday, January 20, will be open on Thursday, January 21.

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Collegium Program

Jan.03, 2016

The college’s Collegium program for mature adults was featured in The New York Times. Congratulations!

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/02/your-money/older-students-learn-for-the-sake-of-learning.html?_r=0

Click here for more information about Collegium.

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Wintersession

Dec.06, 2015

Earn 3 credits in just 3 weeks! Wintersession classes will take place December 28 – January 16. Click here for more information.

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JPMorgan Chase Funds CFFE with 100,000 GRANT

Dec.01, 2015

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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Mount Vernon Center is sponsoring a competition for entrepreneuers

Dec.01, 2015

See coverage on News 12

http://westchester.news12.com/news/mount-vernon-yonkers-bronx-entrepreneur-competition-offers-seed-money-1.11189999

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.

MYB $$eed Tank Application

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

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