Niagara County Community College

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Niagara County Community College (SUNY Niagara)
Former names
Frontiersmen 1962–1984, Trailblazers 1984–2010
MottoThe Smart Place to Start
TypePublic community college
Established1962; 59 years ago (1962)
Parent institution
State University of New York
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States

43°08′45″N 78°52′43″W / 43.145963°N 78.878660°W / 43.145963; -78.878660Coordinates: 43°08′45″N 78°52′43″W / 43.145963°N 78.878660°W / 43.145963; -78.878660
285 acres (1.15 km2)
Colorsnavy blue and yellow   
NicknameThunder Wolves
Sporting affiliations
National Junior College Athletic Association
MascotTripp the Wolf

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) a public community college in Sanborn, New York, in Niagara County. NCCC offers associate degrees and was founded in 1962 and is sponsored by Niagara County. It is part of the State University of New York. The new campus opened in 1973. Dual admissions programs facilitate transfer to four-year colleges upon completion of the two-year degree programs.



The campus is located on the corner of New York State Route 31 and New York State Route 429. The college's first home as the former Nabisco factory at 430 Buffalo Avenue (later as Days Inn Riverview at the Falls and Fallside Hotel and Conference Center).[2] The current site opened in 1973 [3] and now consists of 287 acres (1.16 km2) of semi-wooded land and eight interconnected buildings described as "architecturally striking."

  • The Ernest Notar Administration Building contains the colleges administrative offices. It is named for Dr. Ernest Notar, the first president of the college from 1962 to 1975.
  • The Business Education Building is the location of the Business Division.
  • The Science/Technology Building is the home of the Life Sciences, Nursing, and Mathematics/Computer Science/Physics and Engineering/Technology/Chemistry Divisions.
  • The Henrietta G. Lewis Library is the most architecturally striking building and has a collection of 95,391 books. Recently renovated to include pilot programs for upcoming Learning Commons.
  • The Humanities/Social Sciences Building houses the English, literature, linguistics, languages, philosophy, history, government, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and economics departments.
  • The Fine Arts Building contains the Arts and Media Division and the college's 700-seat theater.
  • The Student Center holds the college bookstore, snack bar, Tim Horton's, student lounges, a game room, a bowling alley.
  • The Health Education Center includes a gym, which seats 2,000 and a fitness center.

Note (Not a complete list of specialties):

A – Building – Administration – Named The Ernest Notar Administration Building for the founding President, But Still Called A Building

B – Building – Business Classes / Computer Classes / Secretarial Science / Accounting Classes

C – Building – Science / Physics / Astronomy / Chemistry / Math / Computer Networking / Robotics Classes

D – Building – Library / Art Gallery / Day Care / Digital Media Classes / TV Studio / Open-Access Computer Lab / Learning Commons

E – Building – English / Social Science / Psychology / Astronomy Planetarium / Foreign Language Classes

F – Building – Fine Arts / Speech, Public Speaking Classes / Auditorium / Ceramics Studio / Drawing Studio's

G – Building – Student Center, Food Services / Security

H – Building – Gym / Racket & Squash Courts / Weight Training / Health Classes

In Fall 2008, the college opened its first student housing complex consisting of 85 suite style units for 348 students.


The college has had a rich history in athletics in the past and has been known for their acceleration in wrestling and baseball.[citation needed] At first they were known as The Niagara Frontiersmen and then the Trailblazers in 1984 and became the Thunderwolves in 2010. Bob McKeown, a former athlete and head coach, was named Athletic Director in Fall 2010. The college's first mascot, Tripp, was introduced in November, 2010. Also they have a rich history in wrestling because of Legendary Coach Eric Knuutila. He has created numerous All-Americans and several National Champions such as Rashad Evans.

Buildings of Niagara County Community College[edit]

Distinguished alumni[edit]


List of College Presidents:


  1. ^ "SUNY Fast Facts".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2013-09-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2013-09-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Rashad Evans UFC Bio". Archived from the original on 2013-12-28. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  5. ^ "ERNEST NOTAR, NCCC FOUNDER, DIES – The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY) | HighBeam Research". October 11, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-10-11.

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