In this section, you will find our Mission Statement, history, accreditation information, hour of operation and a tour of our campus.
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 two blocks from the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park in the heart of Niagara Falls, NY, has been the home to NCCC’s Hospitality and Tourism related programs since its opening on September 4, 2012. 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. In addition to academic labs and classrooms, students gain hands-on, real world experience working in NFCI’s open to the public restaurants and retail outlets. Academic programs at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute include: Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, Wine and Beverage Management, Winery Operations, Brewery Operations and Distillery Operations.
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 Street
2nd Floor West
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 West Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO 80120
American Culinary Federation, Inc.
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL 32095
Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate Program
Approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
1450 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203-3526
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
(703) 684-2782 or (800) 999-2782
The Niagara County Community College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) www.maerb.org
25400 US Highway, 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33756
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
The Division of Professional Education -Registered Professional Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing
The State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234
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.
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 5,000 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.
Niagara County Community College provides flexible teaching and learning environments dedicated to educational excellence and committed to our core values of student centeredness, accessibility, comprehensiveness, collegiality, community partnership, and lifelong learning. Through the liberal arts and sciences as a key component of all academic programs, our College nurtures and empowers students to recognize and to value our common humanity as well as the richness of our diversity. NCCC offers quality academic programs while providing supportive student and academic services. To produce engaged citizens, NCCC provides cultural, social, recreational, athletic, and global experiences. NCCC is a major contributor to economic development through transfer, career and technical education, workforce development, and continuing education. To demonstrate integrity and accountability, NCCC operates through a collegial model of shared governance, which provides for a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of institutional effectiveness.
Niagara County Community College will be a leader in providing a dynamic, high-quality educational environment responsive to current and emerging needs of our students and community.
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.
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 accounting principles and standards.
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.
Institutional Learning Outcomes
The five Institutional Learning Outcomes below are the foundation of students’ overall education at Niagara County Community College, where the entire experience has been designed to foster students’ development of such knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes.
- INDEPENDENCE: NCCC graduates should be self-directed lifelong learners and informed consumers with enhanced life skills who can advocate for themselves and solve problems objectively.
- KNOWLEDGE: NCCC graduates should demonstrate discipline-specific as well as general education knowledge and should possess practical skills gained through applied learning.
- CURIOSITY: NCCC graduates should be inquisitive and willing to explore and to discover. They should ask meaningful questions, demonstrate awareness of surrounding environments, engage in current and evolving technology, and think both critically and analytically.
- COMMUNICATION: NCCC graduates should engage in social interaction and express/articulate ideas in speech, in writing, and/or through media or technology.
- VALUES: NCCC graduates should demonstrate global awareness, civic engagement, appreciation of differences and diversity, civility, ethics, and aesthetics.
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 NCCC Alumni Association exists to help alumni stay connected to NCCC and to each other wherever they are in life. Whatever they’re seeking, whether it is an NCCC event, benefit, or career opportunity, the Alumni Association has it covered! Since 1987, when the NCCC Alumni Association was first created, they have dedicated themselves to connecting alumni, students, and friends of the College in lifelong support of NCCC and each other. NCCC has had over 40,000 attendees and graduates; all are considered alumni. No matter what, the Alumni Association strives to stay connected with everyone.
In addition to these opportunities, 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 also publishes the newsletter, Connections, once per year. Connections features alumni achievements, campus highlights, NCCC in the community, upcoming events, and information about staying connected with NCCC as an alumnus.
Finally, the NCCC Alumni Association also recognizes recipient(s) of their Distinguished Alumni Award yearly at the annual Foundation Scholarship Gala. During the Scholarship Gala, Distinguished Alumni are inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Gallery, located inside the Learning Commons.
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 smile.amazon.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
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:
For more information on alumni events visit…
- 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 contact:
NCCC Alumni Office
716-614-5910 Fax: 716-614-5913
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