About the College
Mission and Goals, Values Statement, Freedom of Expression Statement
Westchester Community College is more than just the county’s largest educational institution. It is a living, breathing part of Westchester that goes beyond the influence of a typical college and affects the lives of all who enter its doors.
In 2018, the college outlined its Values Statement.
Freedom of Expression Statement
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The core principles of Westchester Community College are rooted in the ability to create avenues for intellectual pursuits which require open, free, and thoughtful debate. The strength of the institution is its ability to open
minds, regardless of the personal leanings of individuals in our community. To do that, we push our students and others out of their comfort zone and engage in respectful discourse. It is through these experiences that we challenge our own assumptions and beliefs and ultimately learn in a thoughtful way.
The institution is committed to the fostering of a campus climate that equitably supports the diversity inherent in our modern, pluralistic society. Our academic communities encourage critical inquiry and the free expression of diverse opinions for the creation of effective and inclusive learning environments. We call upon all members of our academic communities—faculty, staff, and students—to not only engage in, but to encourage, civil discourse. This will enable the exchange of ideas, however uncomfortable, thus furthering the crucial mission of public higher education to contribute to the greater good.
This policy, endorsed by the Westchester Community College Board of Trustees, is based on the Joint Statement on Civil Discourse and Campus Climate as adopted by the SUNY Faculty Council of Community Colleges and SUNY University Faculty Senate. For further information, please email email@example.com
Westchester Community College was founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in White Plains. In 1957, the County of Westchester bought the 360-acre John Hartford estate in Valhalla and designated 218 acres for the community college.
There are over 21,000 full- and part-time college credit students. Continuing education students bring the total number served by the college each year to more than 31,000. Precise statistics about the college’s enrollment history can be found in the Institutional, Research, Planning, and Effectiveness pages.
Westchester Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. www.msche.org
- The Addiction Counseling AAS degree and Addiction Counseling Certificate program are accredited by the NY State Office of Addiction Services and Supports ETP.
- The Paralegal Studies degree program is Approved by the American Bar Association.
- The Radiologic Technology A.A.S. degree program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
- The Respiratory Care A.A.S. degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC).
- The Veterinary Technology A.A.S. degree program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities. (AVMA-CVTEA)
- The AAS degree program in Dietetic Technician is no longer accepting students into the program. Effective June 15, 2021, the A.A.S. degree program in Dietetic Technician will not be accredited by ACEND.
- The A.A.S in nursing program at Westchester Community College at the Valhalla campus located in Valhalla, NY has received initial accredited by the Board of Commissioners of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The effective date for initial accreditation of the associate nursing program is May 24, 2017 with the next evaluation visit scheduled for spring 2025. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000
The Medical Coding program is accredited by AHIMA’s Professional Certificate Approval Program.
- The Paramedic A.A.S. degree and Certificate program are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
- The Health Information Technology A.A.S. is in candidacy status by CAHIIM-pending accreditation Fall 2023
Westchester Community College fosters an intentionally inclusive campus culture that celebrates and respects the diversity of the community while acknowledging the differences among the lived experiences of individuals. The college will promote equity, disseminate knowledge, and take visible actions to remove barriers to access and advancement that adversely affect individuals from marginalized communities.
Westchester Community College’s faculty and professional staff have received more SUNY Chancellors Awards for Excellence than any other community college in the system. More than 98% hold masters or doctorate degrees in their fields. Student/faculty ratio is 16.1:1.
Veteran Friendly Campus
The college, which opened in 1946 in order to train and educate veterans, welcomes those who have served our country. We are considered a “Veteran Friendly Campus” due to our extensive services for those who have spent time in the military.
The college offers more than 65 associate and certificate programs. We have three types of associate degrees in 36 subject areas: the Associate in Arts for students transferring to four-year institutions in the liberal arts; the Associate in Science for those transferring to four-year institutions for business, math, science or health careers; and the Associate in Applied Science for those preparing to seek immediate employment, change careers or transfer. In addition, certificate programs typically requiring between 15 to 33 credits are offered in approximately 20 career fields.
The Continuing Education Division (Workforce Development and Community Education) is the largest such unit in the entire SUNY system. It offers courses for people of all ages considering career choices or changes or personal development; customized training for businesses; innovative programming for older adults; an exciting arts and culture series open to the public.
Spring Semesters – January – May
Summer Session 1 – May – June
Summer Session 2 – June – July
Summer Online Session – July – August
Fall Semesters – September – December
Winter Session – December
Financial Aid is available to students who qualify. In addition, the Westchester Community College Foundation offers $1.6 million in scholarships annually. Nearly one third of Westchester Community College students receive some form of financial aid.
The Harold L. Drimmer Library / Learning Resource Center contains 198,000 volumes and 600 periodical titles, as well as more than 19 million searchable records and entries from 97 electronically-linked libraries.
Career & Transfer Center
The Career & Transfer Center helps students assess career options, plan career and curriculum, take steps toward transfer to a four-year college, prepare for job interviews, and locate and obtain jobs before and after graduation.
Virginia Marx Children’s Center at Westchester Community College (Valhalla campus) provides year-round, fully licensed and accredited care for children of students, faculty, staff and other working parents. Ages six weeks – five years.
Intercollegiate teams for men are Baseball, Soccer, Cross Country, Bowling, Golf, Basketball. Women’s intercollegiate teams include Softball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Bowling, Golf, Basketball. The Westchester Community College Fitness Center provides access to cardiovascular equipment, universal, nautilus, and light free weights, pool, and tennis courts. College athletics also include intramural sports and ESports.
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