CUUC & WCC “Building the Pipeline”

3.13.19 Update

The purpose of this update is to provide a summary of the immediate opportunities for volunteer action by members and friends of CUUC.

Background:  Four members of CUUC (Jim Cobb, Al Rocchi, Mary Cavallero & Joe Majsak) met with two members of Westchester Community College (WCC) (Ilene Lieberman & Jessica Denaro) on March 13, 2019 at WCC, Valhalla, NY. This was the second meeting between WCC and CUUC focused on developing deeper connections between our two organizations (first meeting 10.18.18).   CUUC also contributes to student emergency funds at WCC through our plate share.

Jim Cobb, who is a trustee of the WCC Foundation, initially suggested that CUUC’s commitment to social justice could be implemented by a deeper supportive relationship with WCC, an impact institution that addresses several social justice priorities of CUUC by serving marginalized populations in our region.   Several of the CUUC social justice teams, including the racial justice and economic justice teams, strongly support strengthening this relationship and the CUUC Board has approved this initiative.

As a result of the meeting with WCC, we identified (i) immediate opportunities for individual volunteer action and (ii) other potential opportunities requiring additional investigation and development by WCC and CUUC, especially opportunities for the CUUC social justice teams to partner with student and other groups at WCC.

Key References

Tutor Opportunities

These tutoring opportunities are more fully described in the linked brochure and include helping ESL students practice speaking skills, helping with reading and math skills, assisting students in writing as well as all levels of math, physics and other sciences and computer skills.


Business mentors invite WCC business students to their workplaces and help them explore career options and the professional working world.  Special service mentors help students with special needs learn to function more productively in the college environment..

Other Opportunities

These include:  Administering and teaching a program for seniors offering a menu of challenging intellectual courses; Assisting with mailings, help at Admissions Fairs, and serving as ushers at Performing Arts Events.; and other opportunities described in the linked brochure.

Who’s In?

  • •    Al Rocchi | Tutor | Math 
    •    Jane Dixon | Mentor | Writing Skills or Special Services
    •    Joe Majsak | Advisor | Center for Insurance Education
    •    Plus FIVE MORE members of CUUC | four tutors and one mentor

Please contact Al Rocchi ( | 914.777.3216 (Home phone)  Contact Al if you have any questions.