From the Desk of the Executive Director, Dolores Swirin-Yao

June 2024- Late Spring and Early Summer at WCC

Although the commencement ceremonies for our degree-seeking students took place in May, June was full of events showcasing a broad range of activities at SUNY WCC.

The month started with the lively and fun Football Alumni Barbecue on Saturday, June 1.  Since 2008, alumni of our Vikings football team, including the championship years in the 1970s, gathered on our campus to reconnect and keep 50 years of friendship strong.  Football alumni are establishing a football alumni scholarship at WCC. 

The President’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon celebrated our active Volunteer Corps, whose members dedicated over 1500 hours of service in the past year to working with our English language learning students, maintaining and augmenting our Native Plant Center gardens, providing lifelong learning to seniors through the Collegium program, supporting our students through Academic Tutoring, keeping alumni connected through our Alumni Council, and leading the Westchester Community College Foundation by serving on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  There was special recognition for our Physical Plant Department for its work all through the year. 

The Westchester Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) held its graduation ceremony on June 9. The EOC, located in Yonkers, provides a comprehensive array of tuition-free developmental, educational and vocational training programs for eligible adults in a supportive environment, enabling them to obtain the skills and credentials they need to pursue higher education and/or secure career-oriented employment.  SUNY WCC Scholarship Committee Co-Chair (and alumnus) David Berry represented the WCC Foundation presented Foundation’s EOC Scholarships to six students completing their high school equivalency programs who will be enrolling at SUNY WCC in the fall.  (This proof photo is hot off the presses!)

In an inspiring Completion Ceremony, SUNY WCC’s Workforce Development and Community Education program celebrated students who had completed short-term, non-degree skills training programs during the previous year.

At the most adorable event of the year on campus, the Virginia Marx Children’s Center, the award-winning childcare center on our campus, celebrated 14 adorable rising kindergarteners.  The kids sang, danced and enjoyed a party complete with a bubble machine.  One little boy said he wanted to be a surgeon when he grew up and one little girl said she wanted to be a firefighter. 

The American Association of University Women Westchester County Branch held its annual event, where WCC Student and AAUW scholarship recipient Julia Zevallos-Vila was recognized by Local Scholarship Fund Chair Marilee Scheuneman.