Student teams throughout the Westchester and New York metropolitan area compete to create mobile apps to help with the management and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Cash prizes as well as up to five paid summer internships with Westchester County Government will be awarded to top teams and students. All of the entries will become part of a library of free apps.
Contest winners will be announced by a panel of expert judges on April 17. Good luck Damian and Kevin and thank you for representing CW. We’re proud to have tech savvy students like you!
For more information about the ‘Westchester Smart Mobile App Development Bowl,’ visit:
Anna Bravo (left in photo) - Bachelor's Degree
Anna Bravo was born in Italy and grew up in the U.S. She attended Mount Vernon High School and graduated from CW in 1990 with an Associate Degree in Computerized Office Administration. Anna decided to pursue her Bachelor’s degree and is currently enrolled in the Health Care Administration program and is due to graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. During her enrollment in the BBA program, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA, perfect attendance, and was recently inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. Anna is married and has two wonderful boys, Mario (16), and Vincent (11) and resides in Thornwood, NY. Through her hard work and perseverance, Anna is hoping to instill in her children the significance of education.
Marlene Rivera (right in photo) - Associate Degree
With a passion to help and serve people, Marlene enrolled in the Medical Assistant Management program at CW and will receive her Associate Degree this coming May. She was born in Norwalk, Connecticut and moved to New York as a teenager. Later on Marlene moved to White Plains where she attended White Plains High School obtaining an advanced regents honor diploma.
Once she toured The College of Westchester, Marlene decided to stay and pursue her college degree. Marlene says that her conversations with a counselor and reviewing the flexibility of schedules were the main deciding factors to make CW her home.
At the moment, Marlene is not 100% decided on her career goal. She knows that she enjoys helping others, so she will probably come back to CW to finish her Bachelor’s Degree. Right now, Marlene is looking forward to enjoying the moment she receives her Associate Degree this coming May.
Marlene is a wife, a mother of three, and a student here at CW. Her husband Francisco has supported her every step of the way. Marlene comments that her three beautiful children are the main reason she went back to college. She wants to be a role model and give them a better future.
Watch Video - Cisco Networking Academy Students Shine at NBA All-Star 2015
“One of the best professional experiences ever,” that’s how David Ortiz describes his participation at the NBA-Cisco Dream Team at the NBA All-Star Game in New York City. Along with 29 students from different colleges and universities in our area, David assisted NBA techs in many aspects and locations that included Madison Square Garden, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. “Whatever the NBA techs needed, we did,” said David. “We were setting up Cisco phones and we were constantly making sure there was connectivity between the wires. We set up access points, and switchers.”
From February 7-16th all the students were immersed into the program where Cisco and the NBA were the big players of the week, but David learned other valuable things outside the technology field, “Work as a team, don’t be afraid to designate work, and have fun with it. It was very exciting.”
The Dream Team included 30 students and 2 instructors and assisted the NBA IT staff in different areas where Cisco technologies played a crucial role. When asked if David was up to the task he responded, “I felt at an advantage compared to other students. There was a student who told me that Cisco was a self-study course at his college. My story is different; it’s always a hands-on experience… Also if you have questions my professor, Dr. Nwosisi, knows all the answers. I was very prepared for it.”
Congratulations to David Ortiz, and Dr. Nwosisi, CW Computer Networking Chairperson in the Evening Division for nominating his student for this valuable experience.
CW is one of 10,000 Cisco Networking Academies in 165 countries. The Cisco Networking Academy delivers a comprehensive, 21st century learning experience to help students develop the foundational information and communication technology (ICT) skills needed to design, build, and manage networks.
Adding new members and multiplying contacts is a very important mission for The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA.)
In an effort to achieve those goals, representatives of NABA and current members of the organization from CW, organized an event to network and meet the new members.
One of the guest speakers was Nelcol Philip, a NABA member and currently working as controller at Cresa New York, an international corporate real estate advisory firm. Nelcol felt at home when she approached the podium as she graduated from CW in 1995. “You need to have a passion for this career. With a degree in accounting you can get a job anywhere in the world because anyone needs an accountant,” said Nelcol.
Other speakers included Charles Bogguess representing NABA chapter in Westchester/Connecticut, and from The College of Westchester, Prof. Max Torres and Prof. Anne Bikofsky, also serving as faculty advisors at NABA.
The National Association of Black Accountants was founded in December 1969 to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders who shape the future of the accounting and finance profession with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors. NABA, Inc. has over 5,000 members across the country and more than 49 chapters.
Kevin Howell, Managing Director at Anchor Strategy Group had an engaged audience of day college students at CW’s 2015 Black History Month celebration held in the Student Center.
With strong international business, financial management, business strategy development and analytical expertise, Kevin formed Anchor Business Consultancy. Anchor’s mandate is to help private businesses and governments to develop and navigate the nuances of changing and competitive market places, Kevin has worked with a number of business owners and government clients.
Prior to Anchor Strategy Group, Kevin worked with two of the Big Four Accounting Firms in various capacities. Listed among his awards and honors, he was Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry Business Visionary Award recipient, 2015 and listed in Caribbean Life Magazine as one of the 40 under 40.
Also members from the Caribbean Student Association (CSA) made a presentation about successful leaders and musicians.
For more information about Kevin and Anchor Strategy Group visit http://anchorsllc.com/
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