Blog Post #8: NCCC Grad Fair: A One Stop Shop for Outgoing Students

SANBORN, NY – Niagara County Community College hosted its annual Grad Fair on Wed. Mar. 2 and Tues. March 3, 2016. Located in the upstairs G Building cafeteria, the event was meant to prepare NCCC students for graduation, as well as life after school. Information pertaining to degree evaluations, financial aid, and student alumni was also available.

The event was organized by Tony Ventresca, who has helped plan the event for 20 years.

“This is meant to be a one-stop shop for students who are about to graduate,” Ventresca said. “Students don’t have a lot of time, so having this all in one spot is really great.”

Booths were laid out throughout the cafeteria, with helpful handouts for NCCC students.

A view of the 2016 NCCC Grad Fair, organized by school counselor Tony Ventresca (standing).

The front booth, where Ventresca welcomed visitors, also featured a raffle, were students could win $400 worth of Barnes and Nobles gift cards.

“We will probably get over 300 students coming in here over the two days,” Ventresca said.

Several desks were covered with laptops, all open to NCCC’s degree evaluation system, which allows students to check to see if they have met all of the college’s course requirements for graduation. Ventresca said that some students think that they are prepared for graduation, but might actually be a credit or two short.

A booth was set up with information on life after NCCC, helping students who may want to transfer to four-year colleges, or enter the work force.

“We help students get started with résumé building, ask them if they are looking for a job, and help them build a presence online through things like LinkedIn,” Stephanie Florczak, an administrations adviser, said.

Patti Klinger helped students who plan on becoming active alumni of NCCC. Klinger said that students can purchase NCCC alumni apparel, and receive newsletters relating to the NCCC Alumni Association.

“The Alumni Association is organizing a Fun Run on May 6, which is open to all NCCC alumni,” Klinger said. “It’s just one of the many events the Alumni Association help to run.”

The NCCC Alumni booth at the 2016 Grad Fair

Also featured was a booth relating to the commencement ceremony, which allowed students to prepay for their cap and gown if they plan on attending the graduation.

The NCCC graduation ceremony is set for May 14.

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Author: Adam Penale

My name is Adam Penale, and I graduated from Niagara University in 2017 with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in history. In 2016, I interned with the Buffalo Bisons, where I wrote game summaries for Baseball is my main interest, with a focus on the New York Yankees, baseball history and the 19th century, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Since July 2017, I have been a freelance writer for the Niagara Gazette.

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