2010-2011 Student Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2021  
2010-2011 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Workforce and Community Development

NCCC provides lifelong learning opportunities for everyone. Learn how these opportunities can benefit you.

The Division of Workforce and Community Development at Niagara County Community College is dedicated to providing programs that operate on the premise that learning never ends.

This goal is accomplished through departments such as Continuing Education, Workforce Training, Pre-Collegiate Programs, the Niagara Falls Extension Site, Learning Pathways, Corporate Training and the Small Business Development Center. As community needs change and grow, the NCCC Division of Workforce and Community Development will change and grow.

The Division of Workforce and Community Development has been very successful in working collaboratively with community agencies; school districts; and local, state and federal funding agencies to provide uniquely tailored programs that provide accessible educational opportunities in a barrier-free and success oriented environment.

To learn about programming in an area that is not mentioned in this catalog, please call 614-6490.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Niagara County Community College Division of Workforce and Community Development is to identify, respond to and develop workforce preparation, community development and academic enrichment programs for individuals, organizations and businesses through education, professional training and partnerships.

Department of Continuing Education

The Department of Continuing Education offers a variety of professional and personal enrichment courses to serve the workforce and personal training needs of the community. Flexible scheduling is provided and special events are offered in a variety of accessible locations throughout Western New York.

Professional training programs include: Paralegal, Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC), Notary Public, Microsoft Office, Infection Control, Emergency Medical Services (EMT), Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuers; Graduate School Test Prep courses, Grant Writing, and Insurance Pre-licensing.

Community service and personal enrichment coursework includes: driver safety, health and wellness, arts, cooking, sailing, foreign languages, and sign language.

Our mission is to serve the community. The Continuing Education Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Emergency Medical Services

Niagara County Community College offers NYS Health Department approved emergency medical service courses that include: EMT-Basic, Advanced EMT Intermediate, Advanced EMT Critical Care, Paramedic Recertification and corresponding recertification courses. Courses are offered on a semester-by-semester basis depending on demand and funding.

Driving Safety Program

NCCC Department of Continuing Education offers several driving safety courses. They are Defensive Driving, Driving Improvement, Driver Education, Five (5) Hour Pre-licensing and Motorcycle Safety training course.

The three (3) hour Driving Improvement Program offered by Continuing Education is for area traffic court defendants who have been referred by the local judiciary for a safe driving course. Admittance into the program is arranged with local traffic courts and the College Administrator. This course is under the auspices of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

The six (6) hour Defensive Driving course is an insurance and point reduction program that includes safe driving education. This course is cosponsored by the National Safety Council and is approved by the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles.

The Driver Education course is designed for individuals 16 years of age and older. Students under 18 who successfully complete the program will receive the New York State MV-285 (Blue Card) and may qualify for an insurance reduction credit.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles approved Motorcycle Training Safety course or Basic Rider Course is designed for beginning riders. Exercises in a controlled environment provide a complete introduction to motorcycling. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use during the course. The pre-requisite for this course is a motorcycle learner’s permit.

Course offerings and class schedules vary from semester to semester, so those interested in coursework should contact Continuing Education at (716) 614-6470 for an updated schedule.

New York State Small Business Development Center

The Niagara Small Business Development Center, located at 50 Main St., Lockport, provides a wide range of management assistance and technical services to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Administered by the State University of New York, the Niagara SBDC specializes in providing one-on-one counseling on small business problems and offers training and instructional programs targeted to the needs and interest of small business persons. Types of assistance provided include start-up information, business plan development, financial analysis, accounting, loan sources, recordkeeping, marketing, cash-flow projections and training programs. College faculty and representatives from both the private and public sectors are also available for assistance. There are no fees for counseling, but small charges may be made for costs associated with training programs.

In addition to these services, the Small Business Development Center provides knowledge and hands-on experience in international trade development for small businesses. The Center offers one-on-one counseling services, electronic database linkages, coordination with federal and statement agencies and a series of seminars all designed to assist small businesses expand their markets internationally. The Center is staffed with experienced professionals who possess the technical expertise to facilitate international market access.

The NCCC Small Business Development Center also operates an outreach office on the campus of SUNY at Geneseo in Livingston County. All previously mentioned types of assistance provided by the SBDC are available at this office. For more information visit the NCCC SBDC website at www.niagarasbdc.org.

NCCC Corporate Training Center

Established to increase productivity in industry, thereby helping industry to keep its competitive edge, the Department of Corporate Training offers custom designed training programs for business and industry. Located at the NCCC Training Center at 50 Main Street in Lockport, the Department of Corporate Training continues to offer one of the largest programs of this nature in the SUNY system. The expertise of the center’s staff in securing grant funding has allowed Corporate Training to offer training courses at an attractive rate to business/industry.

Courses and programs are designed and taught specifically for the company requesting the training. Course content relates directly to work responsibilities and goals of the business.

The center’s staff prides itself on offering a variety of topics that are requested by industry. Topics are researched, course content developed, and trainers hired to meet the objectives of the specific company.

In addition to high quality classroom instruction, the center houses a state-of-the-art training laboratory to give a comprehensive and practical understanding of today’s OSHA regulations and to teach the steps necessary to achieve compliance.

For more information visit our website at www.niagaracc.suny.edu.

Other Services


Corporate Training provides assessment services that review strategies, define objectives and needs, prioritize needs, define curriculum, identify expertise, and develop schedules for training, safety, processing, risk and hazardous environments.

Professional Development

Niagara County Community College provides training for companies to facilitate change in the workplace, as well as changes in management techniques, and to allow employees to increase their skill levels. Topic areas may include all types of training from AutoCad to Theory Z management concepts. Other training areas include

  • Basic Chemistry and Chemical Processes
  • Basic Math
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Change Management
  • Computer Training
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Customer Service
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • ISO/QS 9000-14000
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Building
  • Technical Writing
  • Total Quality Management
  • Train the Trainer

Safety and Health

Corporate Training also offers a variety of safety and health training programs that include

  • Asbestos Abatement - Certified by New York State and the United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Confined Space
  • Crane Safety
  • Electrical Safety
  • Ergonomics
  • Fall Protection
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Lead Training
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Powered Industrial Truck
  • Respirator Safety
  • Rigging
  • Scaffolding
  • Trenching and Shoring
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • Welding

Learning Pathways Personal & Professional Development Series

The goal of the Learning Pathways Program is to provide the academic support needed to maximize success. It’s never too early or too late to develop skills for academic success. Successful learners realize that it takes a combination of skills - attitude, organization, personal (time, task & stress) management, prioritization, concentration and motivation - to achieve their goals. The Learning Pathways Program offers a variety of non-credit workshops and courses to prepare students to enter an academic program or with the basic skills (reading, writing, arithmetic) necessary for employment.

The Learning Pathways Program offers a variety of learning opportunities in:

  • Adult Basic Education (reading, writing and arithmetic) skills for preparation to enroll in a GED program (NCCC 24-credit hours, BOCES, Niagara Falls External Diploma Program)
  • Pre-Collegiate Computer Basics, Reading/Writing, and Math
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Academic Success Skills (personal management skills - time, task, and stress)
  • Goal Setting and Decision Making Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Identifying Your Learning Style
  • Academic Improvement & Management (AIM) Workshops

Students who may be interested in Learning Pathways courses are those who:

  • are returning to college after a break in education
  • have had a negative experience with high school or previous college attendance
  • failed one or more of the college entrance tests in math, writing, and reading
  • failed one or more college foundations courses in math, writing, and reading
  • have learning challenges due to a learning disability
  • want to improve their English language skills in reading, writing, and/or conversation
  • lack basic computer skills necessary for college success

For more information visit our website at www.niagaracc.suny.edu.

Individuals with Special Needs

  • Overview & History of Disabilities
  • Students’ Rights Under ADA, IDEA & Section 504
  • Office of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities – OMRDD
  • Coping with Loss & Grief
  • Social Skills
  • Working Collaboratively with Families
  • Managing Behavior
  • The Needs of Students with Autism
  • HIPAA & You
  • Human Growth & Development

Special Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Sensory Integration & Autism
  • Modifying Curriculum for Students with Autism
  • Educational Treatment Options for Students with Autism
  • Teaching Social Skills to Individuals with Autism

Special Needs: Special Education Transition

  • Special Education: What’s it all about?
  • Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Transition to Early Childhood Special Education
  • Moving on From Elementary to Secondary School: Now What?
  • Guardianship & Estate Planning for Persons with Special Needs

Special Needs: Family Issues

  • Parenting a Child with Special Needs
  • Supporting Siblings of Children with Special Needs
  • Guardianship & Estate Planning for Persons with Special Needs
  • Communication Strategies

 Special Needs: Adult Concerns

  • After the School Bus Stops Coming
  • Employment Assistance Services
  • Understanding Medicaid Eligibility Requirements
  • Day Habilitation Programs – An Overview of creative Opportunities in the Community
  • Guardianship & Estate Planning for Persons with Special Needs

Co-Occuring Disorders

  • Coping with Loss & Grief
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Services for Clients with Co-Occurring/Dual Diagnoses
  • Crisis Interventions with Multiple Diagnosed Clients
  • Substance Abuse & the Developmentally Disabled Client

Legal Issues Affecting Employment

  • Legal Issues Affecting Work Placement
  • Here’s My Resume – Where’s my Job?
  • Employment Assistance Services

Geriatric Care Management

  • Geriatric Care Management
  • Understanding Medicaid Eligibility Requirements
  • Assisted Living
  • Skilled Nursing

Communication Skills

  • Communication Skills
  • The Problem-Solver Primer
  • Effective Presentation Skills – Overcoming the Public Speaking Jitters

Computer Skills Training

  • Introduction to Computers
  • Introduction to Keyboarding
  • Introduction to the Internet
  • Introduction to Microsoft Windows 2007
  • Introduction to Microsoft Office 2007
  • Introduction to Microsoft 2007 Word
  • Introduction to Spreadsheets using Excel
  • Introduction to Powerpoint

Workforce Training

  • Pathways – Workplace Essentials
  • The Basics for Vocational Preparation
  • Workforce Literacy Skills in a Health Careers Prep Context

NCCC’s Extension Site

Niagara Falls Extension Site - Workforce Training

The Niagara Falls Extension Site is located at the Trott ACCESS Center at 1001 Eleventh Street and Ashland Avenue in the heart of Niagara Falls. Through the successful collaboration of Niagara County’s various community partners located in the Trott ACCESS Center, adults and youth are provided a myriad of educational, career and supportive services. If you have questions, please contact (716) 614-6890.

Pre-Collegiate Institute

The program is designed to assist adults with developmental math, reading, writing and basic computer skills necessary to enter a college level class or obtain their GED. It is competency-based to meet individual needs and abilities. Students learn at a pace that is comfortable to them. Instructors assist participants to identify and develop their own career paths. Participants are referred to NCCC credit-bearing certificate and degree programs, employment opportunities, or workforce training programs leading to employment.

NCCC Enrichment Center

The Enrichment Center at the Niagara Falls Extension Site offers career and educational assessment and counseling at no charge. Courses include: basic mathematics review, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning, basic reading, English and language arts review, keyboarding and Microsoft Office applications. Also offered are job readiness programs such as: resume writing, interview techniques, and on-line job search techniques. Internet access is available to clients.

The Workforce Development Institute Grant

The WDI Grant provides eligible individuals with employment assistance, college placement and /or training opportunities leading to employment. The grant assists participants to eliminate barriers to obtaining personal and career goals. Eligible applicants must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, have a dependent child (children) and have special needs or a disability.

Youth Programs and Services

Additional Workforce Training Programs are offered at Continuing Eduction. Call (716) 614-6470 (Main Campus) for more information.

Commercial Drivers Training (Main Campus)
Security Guard Training (Main Campus)

Main Campus

3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, Room A-231
(716) 614-6890

The Department of Workforce Training offers professional Allied Health training for individuals interested in a career change or skills upgrade. These short-term non-credit programs are offered days and evenings, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

An array of comprehensive services include: intensive case management, life skills, individual career counseling, job readiness skills such as: resume writing, interview techniques, and on-line job search techniques. Internet access is available to clients.

Workforce Training programs are developed to assist the individuals through career transitions that require additional learning and technical skills. Workforce Training and professional programs include:

Kidney Dialysis Technician
Kidney Dialysis Certification Exam Prep
Front Desk Specialist
Computerized Medical Billing (National Certification)
Medical Billing Certification Exam Prep
Chair-side Dental Assisting
Sterile Processing
Medical Transcription Independent Study
Electrocardiogram Technician (EKG)
Medical Coding
Pharmacy Technician
Energy Auditor
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Course offerings and class schedules vary from semester to semester, so those interested in coursework should contact the Workforce Training Office at (716) 614-6890 for an updated schedule.