Pulitzer Prize Winning Political Journalists to Address State of The Nation at Westchester Community College President’s Forum Event
Valhalla, NY, April 18, 2022 – The Westchester Community College Foundation will present the Lester M. Crystal President’s Forum held virtually on Tuesday, May 10th from 5:30 to 7:00PM. The President’s Forum is an annual event featuring a distinguished panel of journalists, political leaders, historians, and other prominent leaders who gather to engage in a balanced discussion on a current topic of political importance.
The theme of this year’s program is Where are We Now? Journalism, Social Media and the State of Democracy and it will feature a tribute to Lester Crystal by Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour. The panel will include leading experts in the fields of government and politics, media, foreign affairs, the economy and education, and it will be moderated by Brian Lehrer, host of The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC Radio’s daily call-in program.
Panelists scheduled to appear include:
- Jacqueline Alemany– Washington Post congressional correspondent and author
- Helene Cooper– Pentagon Correspondent, The New York Times
- Linda Greenhouse– Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
- Christina Greer– Associate Professor Political Science, Fordham University
- Hank Sheinkopf– Political strategist and speaker
- Bret Stephens– Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and Associate Editor, New York Times
The event was named this year to honor the late Lester Crystal for his contribution on behalf of Westchester Community College students. Crystal was the Executive Producer of the PBS NewsHour and former President of MacNeil Lehrer Productions. Past speakers have included President Clinton, Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, journalists Paul Krugman and Paul Gigot, and many others. Westchester Community College Foundation board members Betty Cotton and Evelyn Stock co-chair the event.
“We are honored to recognize Lester Crystal’s contribution on behalf of Westchester Community College students by naming this prestigious event in his memory” said Evelyn Stock. “ For many years, this event was moderated by Lester, a long- time Executive Producer of the PBS NewsHour and former President of MacNeil Lehrer Productions and a member of the WCC Foundation Board of Directors. We are deeply grateful for his leadership and support for our foundation, and we speak for the students who received support from the many sponsors and donors to our program.”
Sponsors of the Westchester Community Foundation Lester M. Crystal President’s Forum include JPMorgan Chase and Con Edison. Funds raised from this event will support the Foundation’s Scholarship and Program Fund. To reserve tickets or to sponsor this event visit www.sunywcc.edu/presidents-forum or for more information, contact Jessica Denaro, Director of Development, Annual Giving, Westchester Community College Foundation at 914-774-1608 email email@example.com.
Westchester Community College opens new facility to better provide holistic support for student success
Valhalla, NY, April 7, 2022 – Westchester Community College cut the ribbon on a new Mental Health Suite, designed specifically to give WCC students the extra help they need in order to succeed.
WCC’s Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services creates a campus environment that is safe, growth fostering, and prioritizes the psychological, social, and emotional well-being of our college community. Employing a holistic approach to mental health, the department offers confidential, individual and group mental health services to students.
Many Westchester Community College students face significant burdens – financial and academic concerns, food insecurity, homelessness, and the emotional turmoil these and other factors bring – that affect their mental health and, consequently, their academic success. The pandemic exacerbated these challenges through two years of uncertainty, loss and trauma.
A consortium of public and private sources has come together to create the new Mental Health Suite at WCC. Located adjacent to the Health Services office, this new facility provides a private and confidential space for students to seek support and wait for appointments, sends a clear message to the WCC community that student mental health is a priority, and acknowledges the clear link between mental health and academic success. Its proximity to the Health Services office highlights that mental health is just as important as physical health and creates a Health & Wellness Center for the College.
The Mental Health Suite is made possible with a gift from Susan Yubas and Michael Benenson, funds from the WCC Faculty Student Association, and other generous donors to the Westchester Community College Foundation
“This new Health and Wellness Center is an example of how we listen to what the college community tells us it needs – that it is important to care for the whole person – body AND mind,” said Susan Yubas. “This collaboration is an excellent example of WCC, the Foundation and the community of donors working together to increase and expand the outstanding quality of services needed to further the success of all WCC students.”
For more information on WCC’s Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services, visit www.sunywcc.edu/mentalhealth.
Valhalla, NY, February 28, 2022 – Westchester Community College (WCC) will receive an investment of $450,000 to continue its Money Smart Forum financial coaching program for another three years. This award is part of a $2.5 million grant from JPMorgan Chase to the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) to develop and launch similar financial coaching programs at selected community colleges. The success of the Money Smart Forum in improving student financial behavior and increasing persistence and graduation rates demonstrated the need for JPMorgan Chase to continue their commitment to the program, which it has funded since 2014, by replicating practices developed at WCC.
“Westchester Community College is committed to serving its students holistically, focusing on both their academic success as well as their personal success,” said Anthony Trimarchi, managing director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, and a leader of the firm’s Westchester and Hudson Valley Market Leadership Team. “The Money Smart Financial Coaching Program ensures students have the resources and skills needed to build wealth, manage their finances and best prepare for the future.”
Utilizing the WCC guidebook, Financial Capability through Financial Coaching, along with coaching and technical assistance, the Grant will serve more than 1,200 students at seven community colleges and one HBCU during a three-year period. Students will receive financial coaching which has shown to improve academic performance, reduce time to graduation and improve lifelong financial health.
“It is a testament to the strength of our program that WCC has been selected as the template upon which other schools can build their financial health programs,” said Dr. Belinda Miles, President of Westchester Community College. “Over 5,000 students at WCC have taken advantage of financial wellness programs, and we look forward to promoting economic advancement for thousands more of our students in the years to come.”
The RFP and grant opportunity will be open to community colleges who are committed to and able to recruit and deliver financial coaching to students, with priority given to those who serve predominantly first generation, historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students. Funds granted to the colleges will provide training, guidance, and technical support needed to hire staff, and to build a successful, sustainable program, with the assistance of the NCWE/WCC program support team. The
grant will assist recipient colleges in developing a long-term business plan to embed financial wellness into the college’s strategic and budget plans, and to sustain the initiative over time.
Dr. Darlene G. Miller, Executive Director of NCWE stated, “As a nonprofit committed to supporting practitioners and workforce leaders to deliver equity-conscious and impactful workforce education programs, we believe that financial wellness programming is critical to addressing financial security barriers for workforce education learners and will serve to mitigate gender and racial equity wealth gaps.”
The RFP will be available on March 1, 2022. More information about the RFP and the grant can be found at NCWE Projects and Initiatives – The National Council for Workforce Education. Details of the WCC Money Smart Financial Coaching Program are available at Financial Coaching – Westchester Community College (sunywcc.edu)
In Boon to Local Students and Regional Businesses, Westchester Community College and Purchase College Sign Transfer Agreement to Provide Seamless Pathway to Bachelor’s Degrees
Westchester Community College (WCC) and Purchase College, SUNY have signed a transfer articulation agreement to promote degree completion and facilitate the transfer process, enabling participating WCC students to matriculate into Purchase College with junior standing.
WCC students who graduate with a minimum GPA of 2.5 will be guaranteed admission into Purchase College and will be eligible for a $1,000 transfer scholarship good for up to two years, which will be offered on a first come first serve basis. WCC students who earn their Associate’s Degree in the following Liberal Arts and Sciences programs will have program to program articulation pathways available into the following Bachelor’s Degree programs at Purchase College: Anthropology, Biology, Economics, English, Psychology and Sociology. Currently, more than fifty WCC students transfer to Purchase College each year.
“WCC is committed to helping students succeed in their pursuit of academic and career goals,” said Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President of Westchester Community College. “This agreement with Purchase College provides our graduates with the opportunity to seamlessly transition to another high-quality SUNY institution where they can continue studies in their chosen field. Agreements such as this allow our graduates to maximize their investment in themselves and enter the local job market well-prepared to meet the needs of our regional economy.”
Purchase College President Milagros (Milly) Peña, PhD, said, “We’re pleased to announce this agreement with our close neighbor, Westchester Community College, with whom we’ve had a longstanding and fruitful relationship. Over the years, we’ve been proud to welcome students from WCC, to watch them thrive during their time at Purchase, and to witness their success as alumni. We look forward to making this path even more seamless and to providing additional funds and resources to support WCC students as they take the next step in their academic journey.”
Students interested in learning more about this transfer opportunity should visit SUNY Purchase Transfer Agreement – Westchester Community College
About Purchase College, SUNY
Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges, was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His aspiration for Purchase was to create a dynamic campus that combined conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, in order to inspire an appreciation for both intellectual and artistic talents in all students. Today, Purchase College, SUNY is a community of students, faculty, and friends where open-minded engagement with the creative process leads to a lifetime of intellectual growth and professional opportunity. For more information about the College, visit www.purchase.edu
Philippe Safire’s Create, a participatory event, at The Center for Digital Arts Gallery of the Peekskill Extension Center
New York, January 13, 2022.
The Center for the Digital Arts Gallery of the Peekskill Extension of Westchester Community College is presenting the work of Philippe Safire on view from February 1 through April 27, 2022. The opening reception will be on February 15, 2022 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, the public is welcome. Among the earliest records of art making are handprints outlined in color on cavern walls created by people thirty thousand years ago. We might consider these early cave paintings the “new media art” of prehistoric times. Inspired by these pieces, Philippe Safire designed a digital version in the form of a custom application displayed on a multi-touch screen. If the viewer puts their hand on the screen, an animation of colored pixels encircles the fingers and palm. Once the hand is removed, the outline continues sparkling before disappearing. Safire invites the public to collaborate in generating unique artwork. As part of the series, the exhibition also includes a set of lenticular prints, projected animation, an internet installation and social media component. Conceived as a participatory event, CREATE features hand prints created by participants — to enjoy within and beyond the gallery space. The exhibition explores the creative process and the ephemeral quality of the digital medium.
Philippe Safire is a French-Armenian artist living and working in New York City. Recent projects include SPELL, an award-winning short film that received international recognition, and nightcolors, a public art installation in Beacon, New York. His art has been exhibited at LACDA, Arts Westchester Gallery, REVERSE Gallery, Beacon Arts, Garrison Art Center, New York University, and the Center for the Digital Arts, among other places. Recent commissions include Beacon Arts and Arts Westchester. Safire’s work has been featured in VICE Magazine + Intel’s The Creators Project, The Ascent, Faena Sphere, ArtSlant, BX200 The Bronx Visual Artist Database, Make: Magazine, Manifeste des Arts Immersifs, and the Brooklyn Art Project.
For more information about Philippe Safire, please visit http://philippe-safire.net/create or @philippesafirestudio on INSTAGRAM. You may also contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-606-7300 for opening reception information and viewing hours. For more information about The Center for the Digital Arts Gallery, please visit www.sunywcc.edu/peekskill.
Contact: Dr. Sherry Mayo, Peekskill Extension, Westchester Community College
Gabrielle Fox, Program Administrator at Westchester Community College, has been named by 914Inc as one of this year’s top female leaders in Westchester County. Ms. Fox was honored today at the magazine’s 11th Annual Women in Business Awards.
Throughout Ms. Fox’s job responsibilities at Westchester Community College, service to the community is a significant theme. Among other duties, Ms. Fox serves as a liaison officer between the school and the Collegium for Lifelong Learning, a member organization closely associated with the college that offers educational opportunities to retirees and other senior members of the community.
In addition to her service at WCC, Ms. Fox is the founder and artistic director of Theatre Revolution, a company that assists local theater and performing companies in enhancing their profile and promoting their productions.
Theatre Revolution was founded by Ms. Fox in 2016 and was an outgrowth of her career as a playwright. Ms. Fox’s mother was an actress and singer, and she grew up in an atmosphere dominated by the arts.
Prior to the pandemic, Theatre Revolution began producing their own shows, and even founded the first women’s playwright festival in the Hudson Valley. Theatre Revolution’s objective is to promote diversity within each community they help develop, in the process promoting underrepresented voices.
Of the award, conferred at a recent luncheon at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel & Conference Center in Tarrytown, Ms. Fox says,
“I feel really grateful and lucky to be representing the arts in our community, and I am hoping it draws more attention to what a vibrant community of artists we have in this area. I am also grateful to be able to promote lifelong learning in my role at WCC. The wealth of arts and adult learning opportunities help Westchester County provide an enriching lifestyle for all of its residents.”
WCC to Offer Short-Term Workforce Training in New White Plains Center with Major Funding from JPMorgan Chase
Westchester Community College to Offer Short-Term Workforce Training in New White Plains Center with Major Funding from JPMorgan Chase
White Plains – November 30, 2021. Westchester Community College (WCC) began operations at the White Plains Education & Training Center (WPETC) this month to provide a convenient and state-of-the-art location for those looking to re-enter or upskill in the workforce. Centrally located within the White Plains Brookfield Commons residential housing complex, the community celebrated the official reopening of the facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 10, 2021. WCC is partnering with a network of organizations and companies to deliver short-term training tailored to the needs of area employers.
WPETC will provide pathways to employment and advancement for the residents of Westchester and the region. Under the auspices of the Division of Workforce Development and Community Education, the White Plains Center will focus on in-demand middle skill careers, short-term training for those jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than an associate degree.
“This project has been close to my heart since the start” said Tom Roach, Mayor of White Plains. “As a key education and workforce training partner, Westchester Community College is poised to provide critical training in key industries in the Lower Hudson Valley, including healthcare, IT, construction and more, for the residents of White Plains and Westchester County.”
“It is our goal to work with local employers to create innovative programs that will deliver a workforce trained to meet the needs of our region’s 21st Century economy,” said Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President of Westchester Community College. “The White Plains Education and Training Center provides flexible schedules; programs taught by leading experts in the region and hands-on experience to give employees and career seekers the tools to advance economically.”
WPETC has been funded through the generous support of the Westchester Community Foundation and a $400,000 investment from JPMorgan to support the Center’s on-going training programs.
“Westchester Community College is an anchor institution in the community, connecting people to education, jobs and opportunity,” said Rafia Zahir-Uddin, vice president, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase.
“We are investing in the White Plains Education & Training Center to help local residents access the training and skills needed to compete for in-demand, well-paying jobs.”
Scholarships are also available for many of these programs for students who qualify. Learn more at https://www.sunywcc.edu/continuing-ed/workforce-development-scholarships/
For more information about programs and services at the White Plains Education and Training Center call 914-606-7558 or email email@example.com.
Ten WCC Students Transition to Prestigious Universities with $50,000 Scholarships in WCC/The PepsiCo Foundation Partnership
Last updated on December 7th, 2021 at 10:44 am
Ten Westchester Community College Students Transition to Prestigious Universities with $50,000 Scholarships in WCC/The PepsiCo Foundation Partnership
Ten students from Westchester Community College (WCC) have been selected to receive a S.M.I.L.E. Scholarship from PepsiCo and its philanthropic arm, The PepsiCo Foundation. This new scholarship is part of PepsiCo’s $40 million Community College Program – established to address the issue of minority under representation in high-demand fields.
The PepsiCo Foundation’s community college program includes two types of scholarships – Uplift Scholarships for students seeking two-year associate degrees or trade certificates and S.M.I.L.E (Success Matters in Life & Education) scholarships for community college graduates transitioning to four-year colleges. Of the 13 community college selected to partner with The PepsiCo Foundation on this vital initiative, Westchester Community College is one of only three community colleges to partner with the organization for both opportunities specifically for Black and Hispanic students.
Over five years, The PepsiCo Foundation S.M.I.L.E. Scholarship (Success Matters in Life & Education) will award two-year scholarships of up to $25,000 per year ($50,000 total) to Black and Hispanic WCC students. Each scholar will also be assigned a professional mentor from PepsiCo to provide guidance and support along their educational journey, and financial literacy courses. To qualify, students must be transitioning to complete their Bachelor’s degree in a business or STEM field in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. PepsiCo recently announced the first 10 WCC 2021 graduates to be selected as S.M.I.L.E. Scholarship recipients. The scholars and their current schools are:
- Juliette Pacheco – Lehman College
- Thabo Ngwenya – Columbia University
- Aniya Matthews – Binghamton University
- James Gibbs – Fordham University
- Sarah Murdock – Binghamton University
- Susan Sanchez – SUNY Polytechnic
- Hugo Bravo – Baruch College
- Tiffany Patton – Baruch College
- Pamela Morales – Baruch College
- Jorge Zhiminaicela – SUNY Polytechnic
To learn more about this opportunity, please visit: https://www.sunywcc.edu/admissions/scholarships/pepsico-foundation-smile/
”The S.M.I.L.E. Scholarship reflects a shared commitment to diversity and access by Westchester Community College and PepsiCo,” said Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President of Westchester Community College. “This generous scholarship provides our students with a life-changing opportunity to pursue their goals and reach their full potential. The students selected for this meaningful scholarship have distinguished themselves through their perseverance and accomplishments, and are illustrative of the thousands of students who begin their higher education journey at WCC before advancing to four-year institutions and high-demand careers.”
“Black and Hispanic students are facing an unprecedented educational crisis as enrollment rates continue to decline and dropout rates increase, often because of financial needs outside of tuition. Students need more than scholarships – they need support to stay in school, finish their degrees and access the job market,” said C.D. Glin, Global Head of Philanthropy, PepsiCo & Vice President, The PepsiCo Foundation. “We launched this program to help students address the most critical barriers to their education and economic success, and we’re proud to announce today that we’re bringing more students in and helping them on their academic journey.”
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $70 billion in net revenue in 2020, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana, and SodaStream. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of our business strategy and brands. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.
About The PepsiCo Foundation
Established in 1962, The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, invests in the essential elements of a sustainable food system with a mission to support thriving communities. Working with non-profits and experts around the globe, we’re focused on helping communities obtain access to food security, safe water and economic opportunity. We strive for tangible impact in the places where we live and work—collaborating with industry peers, local and international organizations, and our employees to affect large-scale change on the issues that matter to us and are of global importance. Learn more at www.pepsico.com/sustainability/philanthropy.
October 22, 2021
Westchester Community College welcomed a new cohort of 18 students into its Honors College for the fall 2021 semester. This is the fifth entering cohort since the Honors College founding in 2017. These ambitious scholars are pursuing SUNY and NYSDE approved honors-designated degrees in one of two curricula: Liberal Arts and Sciences: Social Science, or Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities. Honors College students are chosen following a rigorous selection process, including extensive applications, recommendations and interviews.
Accepted students receive guaranteed tuition coverage and substantial textbook stipends from the WCC Foundation thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. They will have to fulfill at least 40% of their program requirements at the honors level and maintain a 3.5 GPA to graduate with an honors-designated associate degree. These student scholars also have access to specialized co-curricular programming, including the study abroad program offered in partnership with Cambridge University, the Philosophia Honors Society, student conferences and symposia, student publications, and internships.
“As a first-generation American and a first-generation high-school student, I worked very hard not only to achieve personal excellence but also to be a role model to my younger family members,” said Denise Quituisaca, graduate of Peekskill High School. “Due to my financial status, I was worried that I would not be able to extend my education beyond high school. The WCC Honors College has opened a door for me to continue my studies, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude.”
“Westchester Community College is an institution where those with a passion to improve and achieve can find the resources and instruction needed to reach their goals,” said WCC President Dr. Belinda Miles. “Students from all walks of life, with a diverse array of needs and interests, seek their opportunity on our campus. Our most recent Honors College students are not just an elite cohort; they exemplify the spirit of all our students. From the student whose life goal is to help teens in need of mental assistance because she was told that adolescents like her shouldn’t have any mental issues to the immigrant student who plans to become a lawyer and advocate for human rights, WCC will be preparing a new generation of change-makers whose vision and devotion will help make our region – and our nation – a better place.”
“We are proud of the opportunities we offer our high-achieving students, such as those in our Honors College. WCC offers these students a tremendous foundation for pursuing their academic goals at such four-year institutions as Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia, Williams, NYU, Sarah Lawrence, as well as SUNY campuses and local colleges.”
Honors College Class of 2023 Cohort:
Liberal Arts and Sciences: Social Science A.A., Honors Concentration
- Arianna Roberts, graduate of Nutley High School, Nutley, NJ
- Thomas Browne, graduate of Pleasantville High School, Pleasantville, NY
- Razan Mustafa, graduate of Harrison High School, Harrison, NY
- Deborah Correia, graduate of Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
- Nicholas Derubeis, graduate of Valhalla High School, Valhalla, NY
- Daniela Bloom, graduate of Peekskill High School, Peekskill, NY
- Olivia Toth, graduate of Putnam Valley High School, Putnam Valley, NY
- Maria Lozada Irenes, graduate of Yonkers Middle High School, Yonkers, NY
- Jessica Yuqui, graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School, Sleepy Hollow, NY
- Steve Lojano, graduate of Ossining High School, Ossining, NY
- Wendy Salcedo, graduate of Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
- Nancy Rodriguez, graduate of Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
- Marcos Fernandez Suero, graduate of Carmel High School, Carmel, NY
- Emily Duche, graduate of Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
- Jason Tamay, graduate of Ossining High School, Ossining, NY
- Denise, Quituisaca, graduate of Peekskill High School, Peekskill, NY
- Genesis Samaniego, graduate of New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, NY
Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities A.A., Honors Concentration
- David Wilsea, graduate of Karafin School, Mount Kisco, NY
Westchester Community College maintains a near-zero COVID positivity rate with all on-campus students and employees either fully vaccinated or testing weekly
Vaccination rates reach 97% for employees and students alongside evidence-based health and safety protocols and extensive community outreach
Spring semester registration begins October 25 with expanded in-person courses available
Westchester Community College announced that it has reached a COVID-19 vaccination rate of 97% among its undergraduate students taking in-person classes and 97% among its on-site employees. The exceptional cooperation by WCC’s students and employees follows an aggressive outreach program that included a persistent communications campaign, convenient vaccination drives, and information sessions featuring Westchester County Department of Health officials. As a result of enhanced health safety protocols, the COVID positivity rate at WCC has remained at or below 0.5% during the fall semester, well below the state average range of 2.4% to 3.3% during the same period.
WCC allows medical and religious exemptions, and anyone who comes to campus without being vaccinated must participate in a weekly COVID-19 testing regimen at Westchester Medical Center. Everyone indoors while on college property must wear a mask and practice social distancing whenever practicable.
Expanding access to in-person classes is critical for students in courses where hands-on lab work is crucial to the learning process. Being on campus can be a valuable component of the college experience, helping new students acclimate and connect with their peers. For students who prefer not to be on campus, WCC also offers a wide selection of synchronous courses remotely. All online courses are held to the same high academic standards that exist for in-person courses. Registration for the Spring 2022 semester begins October 25. Information on the Spring 2022 semester is available at www.sunywcc.edu/spring.
Students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption in order to register for in-person courses. Information on WCC’s COVID safety protocols is available at www.sunywcc.edu/COVID.
“I was somewhat hesitant with going back onto campus in the beginning. I didn’t know what it was going to be like or what safety protocols would be in place due to the pandemic,” said Melissa Brown, Westchester Community College student. “I have been back on campus since the very beginning of the semester and am pleasantly surprised with how everything is being run. The classes are much smaller, but the learning I am able to obtain is much greater. I am mournful about the commute, but there is truly nothing that can replace in person classes, learning, personal connections and the hands-on experiences I am able to obtain are extremely beneficial. “
“With Westchester County being the original epicenter of the pandemic in New York State, Westchester Community College has been confronting this public health crisis and its life-threatening effects from the start. Vaccines and protocols to protect our health are helping us confidently return to more familiar in-person educational environments,” said Dr. Belinda Miles, Westchester Community College President. “The evidence is showing that our collective actions are working. We thank our colleagues at the State University of New York, Westchester County, Westchester Medical Center, and other partners for their tenacity and expert guidance. We especially thank our students, faculty, and staff for fostering a community of care that creates safe spaces for teaching and learning.”