Dr. William Murabito, president of Niagara County Community College, and the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University, signed an agreement today formalizing a public/private partnership that will enable the two institutions to provide service, research, and education to support and enhance postsecondary education outcomes and community impact in the Niagara community.

Niagara University and Niagara County Community College today announced a new partnership that will increase engagement and improve collaboration between the two colleges, creating a seamless continuum of learning and leadership that expands programming in keeping with the workforce, economic, and entrepreneurial needs of the region.

Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University, and Dr.  William Murabito, president of Niagara County Community College signed a memorandum of understanding that will expand educational, residential, and community opportunities for those served by these two institutions of higher education to foster a strong and sustainable Niagara region.

Specifically, the MOU outlines several areas in which the two institutions will partner. Those areas include transportation and collaborative student activities across the two campuses; housing to meet the needs of students in 2+2 and dual admissions programs; internships, collaborative research, and service in hospitality and tourism management; teaching and study to meet the emerging needs of English language learners, international students, and teachers of English to speakers of other languages; and sustainable partnership strategies. 

“We are very excited to be part of this collaboration with Niagara University,” said Dr Murabito. “Any time a major university and a community college in the same area share a platform to serve the community, great things will happen. This agreement will substantiate discussions that have been going on for several months with many different offices. While this is a big step, I see this as only the beginning. The partnership between NCCC and Niagara University has so many other areas in which to grow. When you really get interested in being a partner, the barriers drop away.”

Father Maher noted that this collaboration will enable the two institutions to work together toward a strong Niagara region.

“This partnership with Niagara County Community College represents a congruence of mission and commitment to the region that is mutually beneficial, impactful, and sustainable over time,” Father Maher, C.M., said. “There is no doubt that higher education can and does leverage change in the community--economic, workforce, social, and educational. Clearly, this is a need in Niagara Falls and Niagara County. I thank Dr. Murabito for his leadership in establishing this public-private partnership, which will enable us to make a difference and is a material change in how we work together.”

As Catholic Vincentian educational institution with a bi-national identity, Niagara University has a longstanding history of leveraging change and sustainable impact in the community, of commitment to academic excellence and student engagement, and of strong outcomes for graduates across the bi-national and global context of the university.  

Niagara County Community College is committed to maintaining the hallmarks of student centered-ness, accessibility, comprehensiveness, collegiality, community partnership, and lifelong learning, and strongly believes that sustainable growth of the Niagara community is essential to both educational attainment and economic development in the region. 

The agreement signed today confirms a congruence of mission and a public/private commitment to the region that is mutually beneficial, impactful, and sustainable over time.