I am pleased to provide you with the Niagara County Community College Annual Report. Please read how NCCC students, faculty and staff have been a part of the NCCC community and beyond this past year.
As I write this, I am reminded about the May commencement ceremonies, as our students celebrated their graduation on the Sanborn campus for the first time in three years. It was a time to come together around our core educational mission and a reminder of the strong bonds and distinction that characterize the NCCC experience. It also serves as a reminder that by working together and supporting each other, NCCC’s future is bright.
As we move forward, I am confident that NCCC will continue to influence the social, cultural and economic well-being in our communities and beyond, while ensuring that our students have access to the best possible learning experience. NCCC is truly a remarkable institution.
Wm. J. Murabito, Ph.D.
In the 2017-2018 Academic Year, Student Life offered over 88 events to NCCC students in an effort to create a more engaging campus culture.
Over 6,841 students participated in those campus activities, with event and program highlights including:
Middle States Commission
on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
American Culinary Federation
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL 32095
(904) 824-4468 | (800) 624-9458
American Culinary Federation
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL 32095
(904) 824-4468 | (800) 624-9458
Education Review Board
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Commission on Accreditation
of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Commission on Accreditation
in Physical Therapy Education
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
(703) 684-2782 | (800) 999-2782
Joint Review Committee on Education
in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Accreditation Review Council
on Education in Surgical
Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 25400 US Hwy 19N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763 (727) 210-2350
On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, representatives from SUNY attended the board of trustees meeting to kick off the search for a new college president. It is expected a new NCCC president will be selected by July 1, 2019.
For the first time in 11 years, NCCC received an increase in funding from Niagara County. At the June 19, 2018 meeting of the Niagara County Legislature, an increase of $100K was approved for the college, making the total contribution $8.971 million. President Murabito is hopeful this will lead the way to further expansion for the school.
As part of a greater effort to update emergency safety plans, an agreement was signed with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department to provide an off-duty sheriff’s deputy to patrol campus. "You're not just getting a deputy sheriff, you're getting an entire sheriff's office," said Sheriff James Voutour. "When that guy steps foot on this campus, he has access to our investigators, our drug task force, our forensic lab, everything that goes with a police department he has access to."
In an effort to provide better service to students, NCCC and Niagara University have joined forces to provide student shuttle transportation, allowing students to visit various destinations across Niagara County. Beginning in the fall 2018 semester, the shuttle will be launched that will transport students between NCCC, the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Niagara University as well as several retail stops along Military Road.
Empire State College opened an office on the NCCC Sanborn campus and at the Culinary Institute on August 1, 2018. SUNY Empire State College educates nearly 18,000 adult students in person, online, and through a blend of both, at more than 30 locations in New York. Together with one of the college's faculty mentors, each SUNY Empire student designs his or her own customized pathway to a college degree that accommodates his or her schedule and awards credit for prior college-level learning. We are excited to have this pathway for our students and alumni.
NCCC sponsored Bisons Superhero Night at the ballpark on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Alumni, employees, and friends of NCCC joined in the fun. Tripp was on hand with other mascots and superheroes for pictures with the crowd, and William Ross, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees threw out the first pitch at the game.
The NCCC Alumni Association also sold tickets for the third year in a row for the game that night. Over 100 NCCC alumni along with their friends and family enjoyed watching the Buffalo Bisons take on the Toledo Mud Hens between home plate and first base. Tickets were $10 and included a $5 Bisons Bucks gift card good to use towards any snacks, drinks, or apparel.
NCCC participated in the 61st Annual Niagara County Peach Festival parade. The college was represented by students, athletes, faculty and staff on a float featuring the school mascot, Tripp.
The Student Senate Programming Board at NCCC hosted the 2nd annual Thunderfest on Friday, April 27th to celebrate the end of the spring semester. The event featured a carnival, food trucks, and a live concert on campus. Over 550 students, faculty, staff and community members were in attendance.
On Friday, March 23rd, Chef John Matwijkow’s Garde Manger class at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute showcased their skills by hosting a Grand Buffet. The event was open to the public, and funds raised benefitted the American Culinary Federation NFCI Scholarship Fund.
A retiree reception was held on December 6 with over eighty retirees in attendance. For many of the retirees, this was the first time many of them had returned to campus for an event. Many familiar faces were on hand to celebrate the season. Plans are in the works to make this an annual event.
On Saturday, May 5, 2018 Niagara County Community College (NCCC) held its 20th Anniversary Film and Animation Festival. The festival had 131 film submissions from 23 different countries entered into seven categories: animation, comedy, drama, documentary, horror, music video, and experimental. Winners hailed from France, Iran, Turkey, Australia, and multiple locations within the United States. Each category is judged by two professionals in their respective fields on the basis of creative and technical quality. Monetary prizes are awarded for the first place winner in each category, and an additional prize is given to the best local film.
Lending a helping hand during the holiday season is important to the members of the Practical Business Club and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at NCCC. Together both groups were able to collect enough donated items to create ten thanksgiving dinner baskets for families in need. Approximately twenty students participated this year logging over forty volunteer hours.
This is the second year thanksgiving items were collected and given to deserving families. As an advisor to both the business club and honor society, Professor Paul Ratka works with NCCC’s Child Development Center to identify families that could use some additional help during the holiday season. Once families are identified, students are sent a list of items needed to fill the baskets. This year baskets included a whole turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pie, and more! Each basket also included a small toy for children within the family.
President Murabito hosted the annual Thanksgiving appreciation lunch for students on November 16 on the Sanborn campus and November 17 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. The President, administrators and faculty leaders served turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and all the trimmings to students for a nominal fee. This annual event is a big hit with students at a busy time of year – not to mention a lot of fun for the volunteers!
NFCI added an interactive digital sign to the first floor atrium. This tool will allow visitors to gain insight into the rich history of NFCI, award winning chef instructors, academic programs, retail outlets, community education classes, local events and much more! The new sign allows you to control the content and user experience with a simple swipe or press of your finger.
A new sign was installed at the corner of Route 31 and Townline Road on the Sanborn campus to draw greater attention to NCCC at the busy intersection.
NCCC Physical Education Majors volunteered at the Girls in Sports event at the New Era field house. Over 250 girls, ages 6-12, from the Buffalo “closing the gap” schools participated in 8 different sports throughout the day along with speakers that advocated the positive benefits that sports can have on their lives. This event is sponsored by Mary Wilson (pictured with some of the NCCC Majors) who is a major advocate of youth sports.
NCCC hosted the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 9, 2017 on the Sanborn campus at the Veterans Memorial Park. This annual ceremony honors all veterans including NCCC students, faculty, staff, retirees and community members.
Interim President Dr. William Murabito offered opening remarks. The keynote speaker was Major Joseph Pulvino, Officer in Charge of the Emergency Medical Team at the 865th Combat Support Hospital at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Army veteran Collin O’Donnell, who is majoring in criminal justice at NCCC spoke on behalf of NCCC veteran students. Andrew LaPlante, a US Army veteran, majoring in liberal arts/math & science, served as master of ceremonies. Members of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Honor Guard, Posted the Colors, performed a Firing Party ritual and Flag Folding Ceremony. All attending veterans were asked to step forward to be recognized and honored.
Faculty and staff ramped up efforts to collect non-perishable food items for students in need at donation sites across campus. The food collected is stocked in the pantry in H building where students can access what they need. In 2017-2018, over 1,500 items were donated and 541 visits were made to the pantry.
SUNY Transfer Finder functionality within Degree Works went live in Spring 2018! This is a cooperative effort by SUNY to allow students to select up to 3 transfer institutions, filter their completed coursework through an online degree evaluation, and find the shortest pathway to completion for a particular major. This can also be used to look up coursework a student has taken at another SUNY college or look up course equivalencies across campuses.
In May of 2018, Niagara SBDC Business Advisor Dinene Zaleski was named the New York Small Business Development Center (NYSBDC) State Star. She then represented the NYSBDC at the ASBDC National Conference in September. This well-deserved and very prestigious honor is given annually to only one advisor in each state. It recognized Dinene’s strong commitment to the Niagara Region and her outstanding counseling services. Dinene has worked with nearly 1,100 clients helping them create / save over 2,800 jobs and over $203 million in economic impact. She has been a proud part of the NCCC Community since 1987.
We thank you all for your generosity. We have attempted to recognize each gift from June 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 and regret any inadvertent omissions. Please contact the NCCC Foundation at (716) 614- 5910 should you notice a discrepancy.
Front Row: Maria Crea MD, David Karwick, David Bonnevie DDS, Jerry Wolfgang, Donna Bryk, and Christina Cerrone Pecoraro
Second Row: Jane Haenle, Vincent (Jimmy) Cancemi, Jack Kopczynski, Michael Hooper, Robert MacDonald, Ann Briody Petock, Lester Robinson III, Gina Virtuoso, David DiCamillo, Steven Sinclair, William Bevacqua, Fred Rickan, Jayne Schaber, Marc O’Hearn, and William Ross (Not all Foundation Board Members pictured)
A new STEM Center building has been proposed on the Sanborn campus that will provide updated technology and expanded STEM laboratory spaces. It will impact all students in all degree programs as well as expand workforce development and increase the College’s competitive recruitment of students. Phase 2 of the project includes renovation of the existing space to allow for growth in the Nursing and Allied Health Programs. It is estimated the project will cost approximately $35 million. A steering committee has been established, and they are working to receive support from the local officials.
Plans were approved by SUNY to offer a 16-month culinary degree program to accommodate students who want to finish their degree more quickly and enter the workforce. This model will now allow for the oversight of the restaurant and pastry shop at NF to return under the direction of the academic programs as it is at many culinary schools in NY and across the US and as it was here in Sanborn 7 years ago in the faculty dining room. This will put the students at the forefront and complete the student journey for the academic programs from beginning of their degree to completion allowing for the necessary skills to be introduced and practiced in the academic labs and then reinforced in the production style classes serving the public and college community.
Although our athletic programs have experienced unprecedented success in recent years, our athletic facilities have fallen behind rival institutions. A task force spearheaded by Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Ross has been organized to review the athletic facility master plan, which was first presented in 2015. The plan calls for a turf complex for baseball, soccer and softball, upgrades to indoor facilities and locker rooms to meet SUNY mandates and NJCAA compliance as well as options to enhance, renovate and/or re-configure the current fitness center and pool. While meetings are ongoing, Ross has made it clear that the college’s top priority is a new STEM building.
SUNY Chancellor, Dr. Kristina M. Johnson visited NCCC on Tuesday, June 5th. After meeting with Interim President Murabito, the chancellor toured various sites on campus, meeting with faculty and students. Chancellor Johnson had a chance to meet with Dr. Lindsay Rose, a NCCC chemistry instructor to discuss plans for the proposed STEM Center on campus. If approved, the facility would provide state-of-the-art labs for science and engineering, as well as advanced manufacturing facilities and a new greenhouse. Additionally, the chancellor viewed the athletics facilities, and learned about plans to upgrade those spaces.
Just over one thousand students filed for graduation and 378 students received diplomas from Interim President Dr. William Murabito, Board Chairperson William Ross, Trustee Bonnie Sloma, Trustee Sheila Smith, Trustee Jason Cafarella, Trustee Bradley Rowles, and Trustee Gina Virtuoso in the 54th annual Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 12th. Board of Trustees Chair Bill Ross served as Master of Ceremonies for the day, with Trustee Vincent Ginestre assisting in the program. The first ceremony represented graduates from the Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Division as well as Humanities and Social Sciences, with Stephen Eden, the Director of the Culinary and Hospitality Council at Delaware North as keynote speaker. At the second ceremony, Science, Health and Mathematics, and Business Technology and the Arts graduates enjoyed a keynote speech by New York State Senator, Robert Ortt. The Nursing and Allied Health graduates participated in the final ceremony of the day, listening to the experience of fellow NCCC graduate and current Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, JoAnn Pellegrino as keynote speaker.
On February 23, 2018, NCCC hosted an inaugural leadership breakfast meeting at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. State and County officials, community leaders, superintendents from local high schools, and members of the NCCC Board of Trustees received campus updates from Interim President Murabito, viewed a presentation about the proposed STEM facility from Dr. Lindsay Rose, and heard about the student experience from Nidhi Garapati, student senator. This activity was part of the campus and SUNY legislative advocacy initiative.
Participants from all over visited the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute for the American Culinary Federation Competition on Saturday, April 21, 2018 and Sunday, April 22, 2018. Many faculty members and students from NFCI were medal winners at the event.
NFCI Gold Medal Winners:
NFCI Silver Medal Winners:
NFCI Bronze Medal Winners:
The Learning Commons opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 6th. Notable attendees representing state and local government, the NCCC Board of Trustees, the NCCC Foundation, and those involved in designing and building the space were involved in the ribbon cutting. This space provides a collaborative environment where students can receive tutoring, mentoring, and faculty can share ideas using state-of-the-art technology. In addition to new study spaces, the Learning Commons project includes renovated spaces for a childcare center, Office of Information Technology, the Henrietta G. Lewis Library, and a television studio.
On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the NCCC Foundation held its Annual Scholarship Gala at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. With the guidance of Chef Mark Mistriner, NCCC Culinary and Baking & Pastry Arts students prepared decadent courses of food at various stations throughout the building. Honorary Chairpersons Jimmy Cancemi ’68, Geri Sdao, and Ron Winkley ’78 along with dozens of volunteers, donors, and sponsors helped raise nearly $124,000 for the NCCC Foundation and scholarships.
Join us for the 2018 Scholarship Gala, October 20, 2018. Contact Deb Brewer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) was transformed once again this past year into a whimsical holiday spectacular during the weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Baking and Pastry Arts students and chefs at NFCI created a life-size gingerbread village on the second floor of the Culinary Institute. Using over five thousand pounds of gingerbread and two thousand pounds of icing, the houses are an incredible site for all who visit during the holiday season. The Gingerbread Wonderland event has become an annual tradition that has something for everyone, including breakfast with Santa, cookie decorating, face painting, crafts, and live entertainment. In addition to the festivities, a gingerbread competition was held with professional, amateur, high school, college and children competing to win prizes for the best gingerbread houses. The College collaborated with community partners to extend programming into the winter season by participating in the Jingle Falls Festival on Old Falls Street.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) reaffirmed accreditation of Niagara County Community College on June 21, 2018. NCCC was granted a full eight year term for accreditation, with the next evaluation visit scheduled for 2024-2025. This important designation confirms that NCCC maintains a high level of standards set forth by MSCHE, which is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Accreditation helps to ensure an easier pathway for students to obtain federal financial aid, transfer credits to another school, and obtain licensure in certain fields.
Under the direction of History professor, Dr. Matthew Clarcq, NCCC hosted its inaugural Student Showcase on March 22, 2018. This event involved the submission of nearly 40 student projects, including posters, table projects, readings, performances, and art exhibitions. A panel of judges determined winners for one grand prize of $1000, five $500 prizes for the best project from each academic division, and a $250 prize was given for People’s Choice Award. All prize money was raised through faculty and staff donations. Following the success of the first year, there are plans to expand and make it an annual event.
Maggie Ralph was awarded the President’s Medallion at the 2018 Annual Student Awards Banquet in April. The award is presented each spring to a graduating student who has contributed significantly to the development of co-curricular programs at the college. The President’s Medallion recognizes academic achievement along with outstanding contribution and accomplishment outside of the classroom.
During her time at NCCC, Maggie was active in Student Senate, Treasurer of the Art Guild, and aided the NCCC Pride Alliance on campus. Her academic success was highlighted by her membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and her artwork has been included in the prestigious SUNY wide exhibition in Albany, NY. Outside of her classroom achievements, Maggie has dedicated time to community service initiatives, including rebuilding homes in New Orleans, volunteering at St. Jude’s Research Hospital, and assisting at Mid-South food bank through NCCC’s Alternative Spring Break program.
The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence honors State University of New York students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives. The award was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement. Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee which reviews exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the SUNY Chancellor's Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.
Chancellor's Awards for Professionals
The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. These awards underscore SUNY's commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians and professional staff across its campuses. The awards provide recognition in these categories: Adjunct Teaching, Classified Service, Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Teaching.
The NCCC Registered Nursing Program announced in August that they had been granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). They received a full eight year award, with the next scheduled evaluation in the spring of 2026. Diane Roth, the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Nursing and Allied Health noted, “The faculty and staff have put forth outstanding efforts in working together to ensure a successful self-study report and on-site accreditation visit. This continuing accreditation award confirms that the nursing program at NCCC is dedicated to excellence in nursing education.”
The Registered Nursing program at NCCC was established in 1965, and has been accredited by the ACEN since 1976. This 68 credit-hour program is also recognized by the State Education Department. With the guidance of exceptional staff, including SUNY Distinguished Professor, Dr. Julie Woodworth, students leave the NCCC RN program prepared for success in the field. Graduates of the program are eligible to start their nursing career upon completion of the licensing examination, or continue to a B.S. in nursing and further education.
The Excelsior Scholarship program has been a great success in making high-quality public higher education accessible and affordable for New York’s full-time students. At the same time, Excelsior Scholarships provide both an incentive and a clear path to degree completion. The Excelsior Scholarship provides tuition awards to eligible students attending New York State’s public colleges and universities (SUNY and CUNY). This scholarship, in combination with other financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY college tuition-free.
In 2017-2018, the inaugural year, the NCCC Financial Aid Office awarded $230, 169.17 in Excelsior Scholarships. This translates into 160 NCCC students receiving the Excelsior Scholarship with an average award of $1,438.56 per eligible student. For more information on the Excelsior Scholarship program: http://niagaracc.suny.edu/fin-aid/
In December 2016, NCCC purchased the Starfish software program to help track student progress and increase student completion. Starfish is both an Academic Affairs and Student Services initiative. After an initial installation and testing phase, Starfish was introduced to the NCCC campus community at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester.
Starfish allows faculty to indicate when students may be struggling in their classes. Students can be “flagged” for low participation rates, absences, and low grades. NCCC has assigned success coaches to work with specific student populations and follow up with any student who needs assistance.
Also, students can access Starfish to identify and contact their support network (assigned advisor, success coach, course instructors, etc.). Students can also indicate that they need assistance and would like someone to reach out to them.
NCCC is also participating in the Open SUNY Early Alerts Project. This initiative launched in spring 2017 and is a collaborative monthly forum to share collective learning on system-wide approaches to early alerts and student supports.
For a second time, NCCC has been selected to be a mentor campus for the project, which is part of SUNY’s Performance Initiative Fund. NCCC hosted the Early Alerts kick off meeting on the Sanborn campus on September 2, 2018 and will provide guidance and support to other SUNY campuses during the 18-19 academic year. There are currently 120 members in the group representing 32 SUNY campuses.
The Voisinet family share more than DNA. They share a passion for engineering, design, and drafting. The three generations of engineers include Don (grandfather), Mark (father), and Brigette (daughter). They have gone from T-square to software in the classroom and nearly 50 years after Don began teaching at NCCC, the three continue to exhibit their talents in engineering throughout the Western New York community and beyond.
Prior to teaching at NCCC’s “Nabisco Tech” campus in Niagara Falls, Don graduated from the University at Buffalo and worked at General Motors’ Tonawanda plant designing patterns for the 396 Engine. In 1969, he became an Assistant Professor at NCCC. Two years later, he founded the Design and Drafting program. It did not take long before this track became a major success for students, achieving near 100% job placement for graduates.
Under Don’s leadership as Program Coordinator, he saw the future of design and drafting was going to be fully automated after he discovered some of the first CADD software. With the introduction of this tool in the early 1980’s, Don recognized that the usage of pencils, mylar, triangles, compasses, and perfect hand-written lettering would slowly come to an end. Don realized, “This [software] is the wave of the future. This is something that will make a difference.” He studied, researched, and soon found out he was ahead of the curve. Being involved with the inception of Computer Aided Drafting and Design software quickly catapulted him into a pioneer role in this new electronic version of engineering. He wrote some of the very first CADD textbooks and traveled the United States training thousands of college instructors and engineering firms on ways to incorporate the new found tools into their work. Don, a change agent and student advocate, also wrote grants and was able to procure many donations such as computers and software in order to train students on the latest technologies the industry would be using.
Mark Voisinet, ‘87
Don’s son, Mark, a 1987 NCCC alumnus of the Design and Drafting program, now spearheads the Department as the Program Coordinator. His career path was launched upon graduating from NCCC when he worked on local engineering projects for major companies like Harrison Radiator (Delphi), Calspan, Praxair, Dupont, and Wilson Greatbatch. He also went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and a Master's of Science degree in Industrial Technology from SUNY Buffalo State.
His knowledge in design and drafting is only met by his passion for students. He continues in his father’s footsteps, helping graduates achieve near 100% job placement. “We teach our students real skill sets that are highly marketable and hirable. I regularly meet with local industry leaders in order for the program to stay cutting edge. On my watch, I want to stay true to the community college mission and serve our students. I also want to produce great leaders for the industry and make sure we have a program that is meeting the needs of local business.” With so many job openings in the engineering field throughout Western New York, Mark reports phone call after phone call from companies looking for graduates who are ready to enter the workforce.
“Our alumni are now leaders in the industry. We have CEOs, presidents, vice presidents, general managers, and project managers who have gone through our CADD program. Many graduates stay in the area because there are so many jobs.” Mark also reports that some students do decide to move, though. “Earning a State University of New York (SUNY) degree holds a lot of weight,” and some students follow job offers which take them around the country to places like NASA and SpaceX.
Mark also has his eyes set on the future of industry, just like Don did. He has been able to acquire three-dimensional (3D) printers and scanners, create a 3D lab, write a textbook, and train students in both design and drafting using the latest CADD software. “NCCC has a premiere program where students are trained how to design in addition to drafting. We give students a foundation which teaches them the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of design, we teach the engineering formulas and how to apply them, and we teach them how to design. They will leave the program knowing how to read and create project plans. Industry managers are able to trust our graduates with design work.” Mark went on to explain that the A.A.S. degree in CADD allows students to specialize in piping, architecture, civil design, electrical design or mechanical design. Furthermore, graduates could also work in procurement, sales, materials, and management because of the required classes in college writing and other liberal arts classes. Some even go on to become technology teachers and college professors. These courses compliment hands on experiences which create transferability and hire ability.
Brigette Voisinet, ‘17
Mark’s own daughter, Brigette, is the most recent Voisinet to step through the CADD program. She graduated in 2017 and is an example of the curriculum’s transferability and attainment. “After graduating, I transferred to Buffalo State College where I am now studying to earn my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.” Brigette now holds a secure internship at a local aerospace manufacturing company which she began while she was at NCCC.
“I loved my time at NCCC. I liked how the teachers got to know me and invested in what I was doing; they wanted me to succeed. I liked the professors who worked in the industry and knew exactly what I needed to know. Processes class was fun because our instructor was so excited and involved. The Mechanical Technology Design classes with my dad were great, too.
When asked what it was like taking classes from her dad, Brigette explained, “In the classroom, my dad kept it very professional; it was a professor-student relationship. I was never given special attention and it was all very equal. He would tell me, ‘Do your work and do it well.’ He told me stories about how my grandpa was like that with him. I always worked hard to make my dad proud.”
In correlation with her studies, Brigette has also found her voice within the engineering field as a women's advocate. She is often invited to her former all-girls high school to speak as a panelist about her experience in engineering. “In many of my college classes, I am the only girl. If you eliminate half of the population thinking they have no interest [in engineering], you are already decreasing the workforce. We need to get girls in this high paying field.
After finishing her schooling and gaining experience in the mechanical engineering industry, Brigette hopes to teach at NCCC in the future. If NCCC’s proposed $30 million STEM building can be constructed, she could be carrying her family’s torch through the next wave of engineering trends in the College’s brand new state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories.
“At the end of the day, it is about student outcomes. We are so proud when a student has accepted a job, especially within the region,” declares Mark. The new facilities, labs, and equipment will match the unrivaled educated graduates receive from NCCC.
To learn more about NCCC’s Computer Aided Drafting and Design program or the potential STEM building, please visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu.