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Our 6th Annual Scholars Awards Program and Annual Fundraiser is just a few days away, and while I know there has been a tremendous positive impact on these scholars’ lives, the proof is really in the numbers. We recently ran statistics on the students who have received scholarships from the CWCF and the group has a 90% retention/graduation rate. Meaning, 90% of the students who have received a scholarship through the CWCF have either graduated or are still enrolled. That’s a fantastic statistic as our overall graduation rate ranges from 40-45% depending on the year. Our local community college graduated 10% last reporting period. Overall NY State average for all associate degree stu ...Read more
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Karen Smith
November 04, 2013
by Karen Smith
Guest post from Mary Beth Del Balzo, VP @ CW

Long before mindfulness was popularized by John Kabat-Zinn, Herbert Benson, Thich Nhat Hanh, and a slew of other philosophers, we had John Steinbeck. In his seminal book Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck stated, "the best laid plans of mice and men to go awry." Maybe John Lennon said it in a more approachable way for our present culture, "“life is what happens when we are busy making other plans." As we enter this beautiful holiday season, I am trying to be mindful enough to treasure the moments in between the plans.

I recently hosted international visitors for ten days. As they rarely get to visit the New York area, we h ...Read more
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Please enjoy this cross-post from Dr. Warren Rosenberg, VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at The College of Westchester.

In September, President Obama launched a bus tour to promote his agenda for higher education reform. Among the central elements of his agenda were the following:

• Making a college education more affordable
• Course redesign including massive open online courses
• Competency based learning that moves away from seat time
• More efforts to recognize prior learning
• Rewarding colleges for enrolling large numbers of students eligible for Pell Grants
• Recognizing initiatives that foster student success and specific ...Read more
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Karen Smith
October 09, 2013
by Karen Smith
According to The Condition of Education 2013, from the National Center for Education Statistics of the US Department of Education, in 2011, the following median earning potential per year by education level was as follows:

• HS Diploma $30,000
• Associate degrees $37,000
• Bachelor or higher $45,000

Also within this report, a typical Bachelor degree graduate earns 50% more than a high school grad and 21% more than an associate degree grad over their earning lifetime.

Whether our students are pursuing their associate’s or their bachelor’s they know that we are here for them. Our ...Read more
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What are referrals? Have you ever given a referral? Did you ever walk out of a restaurant, doctor's office, or a movie, and later recount the great experience you had? If you are an animal lover, do you love your vet? Do you tell others? When someone loves your haircut (gals), do we talk about our salon? How about the last great round of golf, or vacation, or sporting event, and where we went?

The answer to the rhetorical question is yes, of course we give referrals! If you have ever attended CW's commencement or another graduation ceremony, and most of us do at some point, whether it is our graduation or that of a family member or friend, it is hard not to be caught up in t ...Read more
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