CW News

Jessica DeLuca - Faculty of the Year

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jessica DeLuca started her professional career as a Paramedic. After several years in the industry, Jessica obtained her MPA in Healthcare Administration at Long Island University. She gradually became more involved in education, becoming a Lab Instructor with the local Emergency Medical Services Technician program, a Field Training Officer with Rockland Paramedic Services, and a certified CPR Instructor.

In 2010, Jessica started working as an adjunct instructor with CW’s Allied Health Department, and in 2012 Jessica became Practicum Coordinator for the Medical Assistant Management AAS Degree program. As Practicum Coordinator, Jessica is thrilled to be a part of the “bridge” that students cross as they move from the classroom to the workplace. She is grateful for the hard-working team within the Allied Health Department and throughout the college. She considers it to be an honor and a privilege to be a part of student success with this amazing team.

Mark DeSerio - Employee of the Year

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mark DeSerio went to college to pursue a career in the computer networking field and that school was Westchester Business Institute (WBI). He worked part-time in the IT Department at the college while going to classes and once he graduated with his degree, Mark was hired full time. He is the Network Systems Engineer for CW and has been with the college for 15 years.

"I have seen the college grow in many ways through the years from three servers to twenty and how the college now offers a four year degree. I am honored to have been chosen Employee of the Year and I plan on spending many more years at The College of Westchester." - Mark DeSerio

Mary Beth Del Balzo Appointed President of CW

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The College of Westchester Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Beth Del Balzo, LCSW as President and CEO.

She replaces Karen Smith, president of the college since 1997 who had recently stepped into the position of Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

“I find that my professional training in psychotherapy and social work bring a slant to my position as President of The College of Westchester which is unique.  It enhances my world view of student success, staff and faculty interactions, and the bigger community of which CW is a part, including our corporate, academic and community based organizations,” stated Del Balzo.”

Since 1982, Mrs. Del Balzo has helped create innovations in various departments of the college, most recently as the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer leading the college in its day to day functions and strategic planning and implementation. It also included the development and inception of the online division and widening the corporate relations reach to better serve the adult community in our area.  Marissa Brett, President of the Westchester County Association, applauds the news, “Mary Beth is, without a doubt, the right person to lead The College of Westchester into the future.  She has demonstrated passion and commitment along with thoughtful leadership.  I look forward to continuing a wonderful working relationship with Mary Beth and her team for many years to come.”

Mrs. Del Balzo has represented CW by interfacing with external constituents such as Middle States Commission on Higher Education and New York State Education Department.  Additionally she served on The Distance Education Committee for the New York State Board of Regents and advocated for students by appearing before the United States House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Mrs. Del Balzo’s appointment resounded in many other institutions such as the YMCA and the Association of Proprietary Colleges. “On behalf of APC, I congratulate Mary Beth Del Balzo on her new role as president. For many years, Mary Beth has been a valued member of APC and a tremendous resource for the association and its membership. I look forward to continuing our work together in the future as we advance the interests of higher education and the students we serve,” commented Donna Stelling-Gurnett, APC’s Executive Director. Also, Cindy Rubino, President/CEO of the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester added, “Mary Beth Del Balzo is an outstanding choice to continue the vitally important work of preparing CW students for career success.  These students and graduates are professionals, experienced, and ready to meet the needs of the region’s workforce for economic development growth.”

Mrs. Del Balzo also sits on the boards of the Westchester County Association and the Westchester/Putnam/Rockland Counseling Association.  For over two decades Enrique Cafaro, School Counselor of the White Plains High School and Past-President of the WPRCA has witnessed the evolution and success of Mrs. Del Balzo’s career. “Mary Beth Del Balzo has been the finest and most approachable college professional that I have had the privilege of working with over my past 25 years as a school counselor and guidance administrator. She has consistently gone above and beyond to assist our department and give our students resources, programs, awards and options. She has been a pivotal and crucial member of the WPRCA as host and more importantly as an expert in technology and academic programs for students. She is deeply respected and sought out for advice by our membership and throughout our counseling community. This is a wonderful accomplishment for Mary Beth and a tremendously exciting moment for The College of Westchester,” said Cafaro.

CW Delivers Food to Open Arms

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Once again, CW is happy to participate in the annual tradition of “Food Drive.” Students, staff & faculty will deliver bags of canned and dried food contributed by the CW community to Open Arms, a White Plains shelter for the homeless.

The Open Arms Program is a 38 bed shelter for single homeless men which began operating in 1989. It has established itself as a model program. The program provides a full range of services for residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Along with caring and effective staff workers, Open Arms offers a number of on-site services.

Congratulations to the Phi Theta Kappa Inductees!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CW honored and inducted 40 students from Phi Theta Kappa and 2 students from the CW Honors Program.

Opening remarks included Dr. Warren Rosenberg, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Mary Beth Del Balzo, President and CEO of The College of Westchester.

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students. Those inducted must develop qualities of leadership, fellowship, and service. Congratulations to all of them!

Congratulations to the Sigma Beta Delta Inductees!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CW honored and inducted 24 students from Sigma Beta Delta, during the recent Honors Ceremony.

Opening remarks included Dr. Warren Rosenberg, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Mary Beth Del Balzo, President and CEO of The College of Westchester.

The purpose of Sigma Beta Delta is to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among business students.