NIAGARA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Faculty/Staff

Faculty Spotlight

Cindy Oberjosh

Professor

Humanities & Social Sciences - E-128
Niagara County Community College
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd.
Sanborn, NY 14132
Phone: 716-614-6756
Email: oberjosh@roadrunner.com

Program

Human Services

Education

  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 1998
  • Master of Science in Human Services: School & Community Counseling with Advanced Certificate from Canisius College in 1983
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University at Buffalo in 1979
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Humanities & Social Sciences in 1977

Biography

Dr. Oberjosh joined NCCC in 1975 as a first-generation college student in the Secretarial Certificate Program and graduating in 1977 in Liberal Arts: Humanities & Social Sciences. During her academic program she worked as a work-study student and credits this opportunity as changing her career and life goals. In 1981 she returned in several part-time and adjunct teaching position. She completed her master’s degree at Canisius College in Human Services: School and Community Counseling in 1983 and was hired as a faculty member in Student Services in 1984. With over 30 years of experience in higher education, student services and teaching, Dr. Oberjosh is a true believer in the community college opportunity and personally and professionally committed to student success.

Dr. Oberjosh started her professional career at NCCC in 1981 as a part-time technical assistant in the Financial Aid Office and in the Counseling Center. She also taught courses in Career Planning, Personal Growth & Development, and Achievement Motivation in the General Studies Program. In 1984 Dr. Oberjosh was hired as a full-time faculty counselor in Admissions and Financial Aid. She has 22 years of experience in Student Services including admission, financial aid, career planning, employment readiness, and job development. She also served almost 3 years in the Office of Academic Affairs overseeing the Academic Good Standing Policy and working with students who were on academic probation or who were academically dismissed from the college and another 3 years in Workforce Development overseeing the college’s non-credit programs. Beginning in 2013 Dr. Oberjosh has been a professor in the Humanities & Social Sciences Division with a focus in learning skills and human services. Because of her love for education and lifelong learning, Dr. Oberjosh was recently awarded 2nd Place for the best peer mentoring and support provided to other Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) participants by the State University of New York (SUNY) Tools of Engagement Project team.

Research Interests / Areas of Expertise

  • 2013 - present Professor/Faculty
  • 2012 - 2013 Sabbatical
  • 2011 - 2012 Humanities Division Chairperson
  • 2008 - Present Workforce & Community Development
  • 1981 - Present General Studies Teaching Assignments
  • 2005 - 2008 Academic Affairs
  • 2003 - 2004 Financial Aid Office
  • 1999 - 2005 Student Employment Center
  • 1986 - 1997 Enrollment Services/Financial Aid
  • 1984 - 1986 Enrollment Services/Admissions & Financial Aid
  • 1981 - 1984 Part Time Counselor & Technical Assistant
    Counseling & Career Planning Center

Appointments and Awards

  • Awarded 2nd Place for the best peer mentoring and support provided to other Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) participants by the SUNY Project team. (2017)
  • Sabbatical (2012 – 2013)
  • Buffalo Psychiatric Center “Best at BPC Partner Award” (2010)
  • Awarded $10,000 from Senator Maziarz to explore transitional programs & training for professionals and paraprofessionals serving individuals with special needs (2010)
  • Created a “Smart Start” workshop program for students transitioning to college (2009)
  • Created 7 new non-credit remedial courses approved by NY State Education Department (2009)
  • Awarded an Emerging & Transitional Worker Department of Labor Grant to train 60 participants (2008)
  • Created an non-credit educational program in cooperation with and facilitated at Horizon Village (2008)
  • Created an academic appeal & evaluation process that provided a workshop to identify learning challenges and a one-credit hour course for follow through in the probationary semester (2007)
  • Implemented the Banner computer system in the Financial Aid Office (2003)
  • Mapping-Your-Future (.org) Service Award (2000)
  • Niagara County Career Expo, a joint venture of the partners in the Niagara County WorkSourceOne (2002)
  • Proposal for America Reads Program accepted by NCCC Administration (2000)
  • Proposal for Federal Work-Study Community Service Program accepted by NCCC Administration (2000)
  • Proposal for Federal Job Locator Program accepted by NCCC Administration (2000)
  • Nova Southeastern University Research Excellence Award for Major Applied Research Project (1999)
  • Sabbatical (1997 – 1998)
  • NYS Financial Aid Administrators Association, Father Joseph Dunn Service Award (1998)
  • NYS Financial Aid Administrators Association, Region One (Western New York) Service Award (1998)
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