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NCCC expands offerings for students

Thu, May 30th 2019 07:00 am

Niagara County Community College is responding to the changing needs of the student population by expanding opportunities for learning outside of a traditional daytime schedule. 

In the fall of 2019, NCCC will offer 121 course sections after 4 p.m., 99 online courses, and 55 hybrid courses that combine online learning with face-to-face instruction.  These options provide greater flexibility for students who are trying to juggle career or family obligations while enrolled in classes, and gives them freedom to access course content when it is most convenient for them.  

NCCC now offers an option to earn a certificate in chemical dependency counseling completely online, which can be obtained in as little as a year.  For those apprehensive about jumping into the online learning realm, program coordinator Dr. Mark Bonacci said, “If you even browse the internet or use email, you can pick up the technology in no time.”  

He added how user-friendly NCCC makes online learning by providing a two-hour tutorial on campus prior to the start of class.

In addition to the expansion of the schedule, NCCC is offering new and revised programs to reflect current industry trends.  New courses will be offered for teaching speakers of other languages, cybersecurity and mathematics for consumers.  

In the spring of 2020, a series of courses in horticulture will be offered, including the business of cannabis, cannabis production, and cannabis pest management. An A.A.S program in professional piloting is anticipated to start in the fall of 2020, pending approval from SUNY.  This would run in conjunction with Prior Aviation at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.

Students have access to more than 60 degree and certificate programs at NCCC, with guaranteed transfer to a SUNY four-year campus with an A.A. or A.S. degree.  To discover more on what NCCC has to offer, visit niagaracc.suny.edu.

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