Thursday, July 23, 2015

Students Apply for Internships

Internships are nearly a necessity in the quest to find a job in today’s market. First they make the employer more comfortable with a student’s knowledge and experience, and second, it’s a way for a student to understand more about his or her field and either confirm or dissuade his or her career choice. CW takes this premise seriously and once again hosted the Internship Fair. 18 companies attended today and while they all agree that it’s important for students to explore an internship to shape their career, some reps highlighted the top three reasons for taking internships:
1. “Students obtain first-hand knowledge. They immerse themselves and absorb the knowledge by doing it.”Anyitsi Reynolds, H&R Block.
2. “You get real experience, not just academic knowledge. Students have the opportunity to analyze their potential employers and see if they are the right fit for them.” Daniel Lansen, Compufit

3. “It can be a turnaround in their career. They can fix things and make it a long-term career, or is the perfect opportunity to explore other options.” Nicole Johns, The Johns Family Agency.
Other companies attending the Internship Fair included Aflac, Arts Westchester, New York Life, and Women’s Enterprise Development Center.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BBA Awareness Day

The Office of Bachelor Studies and Returning Students hosted a BBA Awareness Day, where students had the opportunity to explore the bachelor’s degree programs at CW. Two alumni students attended the event and shared their personal experiences regarding the benefits of obtaining a bachelor’s degree from CW, “I came to CW because I was looking for this type of environment. I left a big college where nobody knew who I was, I literally had to take a number and wait outside my career counselor’s office. You find personal attention here, small classes, dedication from the faculty, hands-on experience, and so much more,” said Alexis D’Ambrosio, a 2014 BBA graduate who is currently working at HMG Strategy in Westport, CT.

Brittney McGuinn, who obtained her BBA in 2011 and currently works at Home Street Homes in The Bronx, made CW her second home, “These five floors were my home from early in the morning to basically when they were ready to close the building at night. I learned about time management and how to balance many things in my life.” Brittney, who is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Mercy College shared some tips to the students, “Make the most out of your classes, have fun, don’t think about it… just do it.”

For more information visit the BBA Center or email us at Hit your goals and explore our BBA programs today!

Monday, June 29, 2015

The College of Westchester presents Learning Outcomes at ANNY Conference

Dr. Warren Rosenberg, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs along with Dr. Stacy Larson, Chairperson and Professor, General Education, from The College of Westchester (CW) delivered a presentation entitled, “Aligning Program Learning Outcomes, Course Learning Outcomes and Assessments” at the recent 3rd Annual Conference of the Assessment Network of New York (ANNY). The presentation included CW Allied Health Department’s program learning outcomes and how one particular course at CW titled “Human Resources Management in Healthcare mapped to course-level learning outcomes. The workshop included support from CW Prof. Michael Flanagan and Dr. Beth Coyle, CW Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.

ANNY, a state-wide network, was formed by higher education professionals representing New York’s private colleges and universities, the State University of New York (SUNY), and the City University of New York (CUNY).  ANNY was a created to stimulate dialogue and the exchange of ideas related to assessment across institutions and to provide support and resources to those committed to meaningful assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness. The 3rd annual conference took place last month in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Friday, June 26, 2015

From Soft Drinks to Pet Food

The pet industry is in constant growth and CW students heard the story of an entrepreneur who learned how to grow with his company and how he became passionate about the product he sells. “This is a fun and engaging industry,” said Vito Mileo from, a company that distributes 150 brands of pet food around the country.

“You have to know your audience. I did a lot of research, and learned a lot about my customers. It took me a lot of time to understand my audience.” said Mileo to the Interpersonal Group Dynamics class. “Passion comes from within, and I became passionate about my work.” 

Mileo added that being an entrepreneur and a leader is not an easy task, “No two people are the same, you have to give people a job where they can feel comfortable and be successful.”

Before launching PetFlow, Mileo worked for companies including Pepsi Cola Bottling and Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

It Was a Tie!

Academics sponsored CW's annual Barbecue and Softball Game in Delfino Park yesterday. Students and Staff & Faculty gathered to enjoy a BBQ, followed by a pie toss, and the traditional softball game between students and Staff & faculty. This year the game ended with a final score of 11-11. Congratulations to both teams!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dr. Grace Bonanno Completed Her Ph.D.

Please join CW in congratulating Dr. Grace Bonanno who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences, Nova Southeastern University. Grace’s dissertation, “The Importance of a Pictorial Medical History in Assisting Medical Diagnosis of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: A Telemedicine Approach,” was chaired by Dr. Maxine Cohen. Dr. Richard Manning and Dr. James Templeton served as committee members. Congratulations Grace!

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Retail Experience

With over 20 years of experience in the retail industry, Jose Cortez has worked for important companies in the sector including Limited Brands. Last month Jose joined JCrew’s Managing Global Sales Audit Operations. Graduated from CW (then WBI) in 1993, Cortez came back to speak to CW students about his experience in the business world.

A member of the College Advisory Council at CW, Cortez shared with the Management Applications and Theory class, anecdotes that illustrated how competitive the retail industry is, the role of a manager, the importance of networking, and some challenges he still faces, “Get rid of hobbies that drain you and don’t help your career… and find the balance between work and family. I was a workaholic for many years, but I finally found the perfect balance,” said Cortez.