2013 - 2014 Student Catalog 
    Jul 22, 2024  
2013 - 2014 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The College

In this section, you will find our Mission Statement, history, accreditation information, hour of operation and a tour of our campus.

The College

Niagara County Community College is a locally sponsored college supervised by the State University of New York (SUNY).

Niagara County Community College is authorized by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York to award the Associate in Arts Degree (AA), the Associate in Science Degree (AS) and the Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) to regularly matriculated students upon successful completion of curriculum requirements.

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI), located in 90,000 square feet of the former Rainbow Mall in Niagara Falls, NY, opened its doors to more than 350 students on September 4, 2012 as the new home to NCCC’s Hospitality and Tourism related programs.  NFCI is one of the most comprehensive and well-equipped culinary arts facilities in the Eastern United States, with 25 teaching labs, classrooms and seminar rooms with room for up to 150 students at cooking stations and 320 students in classrooms at one time.  Academic programs at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute include:  Hospitality Management, Gaming and Casino Management, Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, Wine and Beverage Management, Tourism Management, Event Planning, Winery Operations and Restaurant Management.

The college’s Workforce Development, Continuing Education, and Community Education Departments provide educational programming for those who have a specific, focused educational need over a relatively short period as well as courses taken for pleasure. These departments administer an array of credit-free courses, workshops, seminars, and summer camps for youth. Short-term vocational programs; training and education programs are done through contract with business and industry while entrepreneurial courses are offered through the Small Business Development Center.

NCCC plays an active role in workforce and community economic development as the home of the Niagara Small Business Development Center, Corporate Training, Niagara Falls Extension Center, and Community Education.


Niagara County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market St.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19104
(215) 622-5606

The college’s curricula are registered with the University of the State of New York (State Education Department) and approved by SUNY. All curricula are approved for the education of veterans under Public Law 634 (Children of Deceased Veterans) and Public Law 89-358 (Veterans Administration Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966).

Many of the specific curricula are accredited by specialized agencies for those professions. Such accreditations, primarily in the allied health fields, are noted below and also in the program descriptions in the college catalog.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
(703) 684-2782 or (800) 999-2782

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)
35 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 553-9355 

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 West Dry Creek Circle
Suite 110
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 694-9262

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606-2901
(312) 704-5300

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975 5000

The Division of Professional Education -Registered Professional Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing
The State Education Department
Education Building -2nd Floor West
Albany, New York 12234
(518) 474-3817 Ext. 360


NCCC is governed under policies established by its Board of Trustees. All ten trustees are area residents, five appointed by the Niagara County Legislature, four appointed by the Governor of New York State and a student trustee elected annually by the student body.

Mission Statement

The mission of Niagara County Community College is to provide a teaching and learning environment dedicated to excellence. Niagara County Community College is committed to maintaining the hallmarks of student centeredness, accessibility, comprehensiveness, collegiality, community partnership and life long learning.

Our college nurtures and empowers its students in ways that recognize and value our common humanity as well as the richness of our diversity. NCCC offers high-quality academic programs leading to degrees and certificates which are supported by outstanding student services. NCCC provides a variety of cultural, social and international experiences, as well as community education and work force development that supports economic development programs, which positively impact the quality of life. The college operates through a collegial model of shared governance and is accountable to meet the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.


NCCC was created in 1962 and took its name from the County of Niagara, its local sponsor.

The contemporary campus opened in 1973, is an example of sound planning. Approximately 6,000 students are enrolled in credit programs and thousands more annually take advantage of the college’s extensive credit-free courses, short-term vocational programs and cultural and social events.

Goal Statements

The college will provide a teaching/learning environment dedicated to excellence by means of the following goals:

Student Centeredness

The college maintains that students are the highest priority, and as such, will be supported by the highest quality of services and programs.


The college will meet the diverse needs of students by remaining accessible in programs, policies, procedures, admissions, locations, facilities and tuition.


The college will provide a broad range of courses leading to associates degrees in university parallel and career programs as well as certificate curricula. To ensure quality and appropriateness, all curricula are subject to periodic evaluations.

General education will be an integral component of all degree curricula.

The college will assist students in their academic, personal, social and cultural development by providing a comprehensive and integrated range of academic and student support services.

The college will seek to prepare students to function in the global/international community by providing academic, social and cultural experience which foster student awareness.

The college will seek to create an environment that recognizes and values our common humanity as well as the richness of our diversity.


The college will provide an effective collegial governance structure that encourages active participation of all its constituents. The governance decisions will reflect the collective input of all relevant parties.

The college will continue to formulate, implement, maintain and refine ongoing, systematic evaluations of policies, programs and people that affirm rigorous academic standards.

The college will provide resources, opportunities and programs which encourage administrators, faculty and staff to pursue their professional development in order to enhance the programs offered by the college.

The college will continue to strengthen mutual respect among and between constituencies.

Community Partnership

The college will continue to develop short- and long-range planning systems which accommodate periods of growth, stability or decline and which assess the impact of such changes upon the college.

The college will continue to seek sufficient resources to accomplish its mission.

The college will be accountable to its constituencies by administering its resources within generally accepted audit standards and procedures.

The college will strive to maintain the highest standards of professionalism through ongoing, systemic evaluation.

The college will strive to enhance its positive image in the community.

Life Long Learning

The college will assist individuals in obtaining skills which allow them to become life long learners.

The college will continue to collaborate with business, industry, and other groups in order to play a central role in the educational, social, cultural, recreational and economic life of the community.

The college will provide a variety of community education and economic development programs which positively impact the quality of life.

Alumni Association

Alumni are encouraged to maintain an active role and interest in NCCC through the Alumni Association. The goal is to promote networking and continued involvement in NCCC to enrich and renew associations.

Who Can Be a Member?

Any former NCCC student in good standing, who has completed 50 credit hours or obtained a certificate or a degree from NCCC, is automatically a member of the Alumni Association.

Who We Are

The Alumni Association Committee is comprised of graduates who span the decades. This committee serves as ambassadors for all NCCC graduates.

What We Do

The Alumni Association hosts activities such as events and volunteer opportunities which keep NCCC alumni engaged and connected with the college. These events include reunions, outings, and fundraisers for the Alumni Association.

In addition to attending these signature events, members of the Alumni Association can receive member benefits.  This includes a discount on an array of goods and services and scholarship opportunities to NCCC alumni whose children and grandchildren plan on attending NCCC.

The NCCC Alumni Association publishes the newsletter, Connections, which is distributed twice a year.  Connections features alumni achievements, campus highlights, NCCC in the community, upcoming events, and information about staying connected with NCCC as an alumnus.

The NCCC Foundation, with the help of the Alumni Association, its committee and volunteers, hosts a  Scholarship Gala in order to raise funds for scholarships. During the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala, Distinguished Alumni are inducted into the Alumni Gallery, located near the Henrietta G. Lewis Library. 

 What Are Your Benefits?

Membership is free with additional exclusive benefits such as:

  • Annual fitness membership for only $25
  • Scholarship opportunities to children and grandchildren of NCCC alumni
  • Library privileges
  • Access to the college’s computer lab
  • 2-6% discount on Dell notebooks and desktop computers with the NCCC Member Id: US15160789
  • Discount campus theatre and art exhibit tickets
  • Shop at www.igive.com and give back to NCCC at the same time
  • Discounted insurance through Liberty Mutual
  • Job locator and career related services through NCCC Student Development at 716-614-5923

Signature Events

The Alumni Association makes it part of their mission to service NCCC and the community.  By offering events that appeal to all, the Alumni Association supports scholarships at NCCC, spreads the word about alumni success stories, and supports other community organizations that help make Niagara County a great place to live and work.  During the spring and summer months the following signature events are open to alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the community:

Alumni Events:

  • 5K Walk/Run and after party
  • Annual NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala
  • NCCC Alumni Flower Sale during Commencement
  • Roy E. Sommer Golf Scramble
  • Other various alumni activities and events such as wine tours, reunions, and fundraisers
For more information on alumni events visit…

For more information contact:

NCCC Alumni Office
716-614-5910 Fax: 716-614-5913

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