Academic Center for Excellence

Student Success Workshops

Student Success Workshops are available to all NCCC students. Set schedule an individual or group workshop, please see the contact information for each presenter in the drop down. 

Academic Workshops

Did you know that NCCC has free academic resources all over campus (and online)? As a college student it is important to make yourself aware of the resources available on campus that can contribute to your academic success. NCCC offers a variety of academic resources; from the Academic Center for Excellence to open lab access, and online study guides. Make an appointment today to learn about the free academic resources offered to all NCCC students.

Contact: Madison Ebsary / Phone: 716-614-6453 / Email: mackerman@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Are you feeling confused about how to start your class assignments? Need to find “scholarly” articles, whatever they are? Maybe some one-on-one time with your own personal librarian can help get you moving in the right direction! We can work together finding and evaluating sources for your current assignment at a time that works for you. Once you learn good research skills, you will be set to apply them to all of your future assignments, regardless of the topic.

Contact: Mary Beth Morse / Phone: 716-614-6781 / Email: mbmorse@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Set up your semester for success by creating a schedule that incorporates all of your coursework, readings, and quizzes while still accounting for your personal commitments too! Be sure to bring all of your course syllabi and other important dates and times (ex. work schedules, special occasion dates, etc.) with you to your individual appointment where you will create a semester-long schedule. This schedule will be a great resource for time management and study skills!

Contact: Madison Ebsary / Phone: 716-614-6453 / Email: mackerman@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Advisement & Registration Workshops

This hands on workshop will show you how to verify if the coursework you are taking or have taken is putting you on track for graduation. We will show you how to properly run a degree evaluation using Degree Works. This workshop will provide you with step-by-step instructions for running degree evaluations and “What-If” Analyses and then interpreting the results. Both students and advisors are encouraged to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and run their own degree evaluations during the appointment.

Contact: Melissa Lock / Phone: (716) 614-6206 / Email: mlock@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Contact: Kristin Leszkowicz / Phone: (716) 614-6493 / Email: kleszkowicz@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Come and see the new software that builds class schedule options that work for you. Tell us what days/times you cannot take classes. Tell us what classes you need to take. Then view a variety of class schedules that work for you! It’s the latest and greatest software that considers your busy schedules and streamlines the time it takes to build a schedule.

Contact: Melissa Lock / Phone: (716) 614-6206 / Email: mlock@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Contact: Kristin Leszkowicz / Phone: (716) 614-6493 / Email: kleszkowicz@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Students will meet with an advisor on campus who is responsible to serve as a resource person for non-matriculated students. This workshop will also discuss the benefits and procedures of becoming a matriculated student for those who are interested. Students unable to attend the workshop should contact Student Development at 614-6290 for any assistance needed.

Contact: Deborah J. Robinson, Ph.D. / Phone: (716) 614-6286 / Email: robinson@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Career Services Workshops

This workshop is designed to discuss the academic requirements that students need to know if they are considering curriculum changes into the following programs: Animal Management, Phlebotomy, Physical Therapy Assistant, Medical Assistant, Massage Therapy, Surgical Technology, and Radiologic Technology.

Contact: Deborah J. Robinson, Ph.D. / Phone: (716) 614-6286 / Email: robinson@niagaracc.suny.edu 

First Year Experience (FYE) Workshops

You’ve gotten your high school degree or equivalency, but did you learn how to study along the way? You may have done well in high school without ever having to study, or maybe you struggled to get through. It’s very common for new college students to not have the skills set or the discipline to study effectively: something that is essential to be successful in college. You will find it isn’t all about working harder, but finding more effective and efficient ways to utilize the time you have to get the work done. Please join us to learn some proven techniques and discover resources that will help you keep those grades up in college or boost them to the next level.
Contact: Kelly Boswell / Phone: (716) 614-5923 / Email: kboswell@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Contact: Kelsey Zuccari / Phone: (716) 614-6222 (ext. 2537)  / Email: kzuccari@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Have you found yourself asking: How do I register for next semester? What classes should I take? Who is my advisor and how do I find them? Do I even have an advisor? Can I walk in to see them or do I need an appointment? Can I use my old RAP number? What if I want to change my major and how do I do it? These and many more questions will be answered by attending this workshop. It will help you feel more prepared and confident when meeting with your advisor and instruct you on using Degree Works degree audit and Banner Web more effectively. Remember – Fall and Summer registration is right around the corner so don’t miss out on this workshop!
Contact: Winifred Storms / Phone: (716) 614-6222 (ext. 5970)  / Email: wstorms@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Contact: Kelsey Zuccari / Phone: (716) 614-6222 (ext. 2537)  / Email: kzuccari@niagaracc.suny.edu 

There are several factors to consider when choosing a major, including the type of job/field you desire, salary, education/training required, growth outlook, etc. If you are questioning whether the major you chose is the right one for you or if you are thinking about changing your major but aren’t sure which one to choose, consider attending this session where we will discuss these topics and more!


Contact: Daniel Teichman / Phone: (716) 614- 6427 / Email: dteichman@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Contact: Kelsey Zuccari / Phone: (716) 614-6222 (ext. 2537)  / Email: kzuccari@niagaracc.suny.edu 

It’s normal for college students to feel overly stressed about finals week, but there are ways to manage the stress and use it to your benefit! Join this interactive workshop to gain valuable tips on stress management and help you “stay cool” during finals week.

Contact:Janelle M. Ventura, LMSW  / Phone: (716) 614-6485  / Email: jventura@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Contact: Joann Chopra  / Phone: (716) 614-6275  / Email: jchopra@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Contact: Kelsey Zuccari / Phone: (716) 614-6222 (ext. 2537)  / Email: kzuccari@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Health & Wellness Workshops

Join us for our Monthly Substance Abuse educational series!! This is an interactive workshop, open to any participants interested in increasing their knowledge about substance abuse and its effects.

Contact:Janelle M. Ventura, LMSW  / Phone: (716) 614-6485  / Email: jventura@niagaracc.suny.edu 

The Spring Health Fair is open to students, staff, and the community. There will be vendors from many agencies providing health/wellness information and free screenings such as blood pressure, etc… There will also be a drawing for FREE prizes.


Contact: Wellness Center Staff / Phone: (716) 614-6275 

Scholarship Workshops

Learn how easy it is to get free money by fully utilizing the NCCC Scholarship Webpage. These workshops will focus on how to apply for not only NCCC scholarships, but also many other outside scholarships offered on and off campus. We will assist with navigating through the online scholarship system and give tips on how to write an essay that will stand out from the rest.


Contact: Lisa Mahl / Phone: (716) 614-6205 / Email: lmahl@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Support Groups

As part of the Mapping Opportunities for Single Parents program at NCCC, this group gives single mothers a chance to get together and support one another. Sessions will also either include a guided discussion topic, guest presenter, or fun activity. All single mothers are welcome!

Contact: Kelly Boswell / Phone: (716) 614-5923 / Email: kboswell@niagaracc.suny.edu 

This is an opportunity for new and returning veterans and military students to:

  • Meet other veterans
  • Find out about NCCC’s Veterans Association
  • Get more information about other veteran student services
  • Enjoy a break from classes and free food

Contact: Veteran Services (B-103) / Phone: (716) 614-6873 / Email: veteranssvcs@niagaracc.suny.edu 

SALUTE (Service-Leadership-Unity-Tribute-Excellence) is a national academic honor society recognizing veterans and military personnel who have demonstrated outstanding performance in the academic setting. One of the primary goals of SALUTE is to acknowledge, congratulate and recognize members who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence and perseverance in their military endeavors and now are showing that same commitment to their academic careers. Attendees of this workshop will be given information regarding eligibility and application requirements for the organization. If you are unable to attend the workshop but would like information about SALUTE, contact the Veteran Services office (B-103 or call 614-6283).

Contact: Veteran Services (B-103) / Phone: (716) 614-6873 / Email: veteranssvcs@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Are you having difficulty with a class? If you are a student receiving VA educational benefits, there is a program that may help you. The VA Tutorial Assistance Program is available if you are receiving VA educational assistance at a half-time or greater rate and have a deficiency in a course that is part of your approved program, making tutoring necessary. This session will provide information on how the tutorial assistance program works, who is eligible, and how to apply. (Note: this benefit in not available under REAP).

Contact: Veteran Services (B-103) / Phone: (716) 614-6873 / Email: veteranssvcs@niagaracc.suny.edu 

Technology Resources Workshops

In this workshop, you will learn how to log in and get started in your online or hybrid course(s).

Topics Covered:

  • What is a Hybrid or Online Course, Expectation, Requirements, Attendance
  • Logging on, finding your course and navigation
  • Course calendar/schedule and when to “attend class”
  • How to contact your professor
  • Where to find assignments
  • NCCC Online Learning Student Orientation, Resources, Help

Contact: Online Learning Department (D-303) / Phone: (716) 614-6488 / Email: onlinelearning@niagaracc.suny.edu

In this workshop, you will learn how to find NCCC resources, free technology tools, and how to use the tools NCCC provides their students.

Topics Covered:

  • How to access Blackboard and find your courses
  • How to get Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Access) for free
  • How to use Google Drive
  • Accessing, searching researching NCCC resources such as Hoonuit and Lynda
  • Learn how your professors communicate with you through technology

Contact: Online Learning Department (D-303) / Phone: (716) 614-6488 / Email: onlinelearning@niagaracc.suny.edu

In this workshop, we will explore. How your professor might be using Blackboard for course information, tests, and assignments.

Topics Covered:

  • How to find Blackboard assignments
  • How to submit an assignment
  • How do tests work in Blackboard
  • How to review grades, rubrics, and feedback

Contact: Online Learning Department (D-303) / Phone: (716) 614-6488 / Email: onlinelearning@niagaracc.suny.edu

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