One day after news broke that a grand jury is investigating allegations of bid rigging at Niagara County Community College, the college made news for a much better reason.
Schools.com ranked NCCC the second best among 39 community colleges in New York State, NCCC announced Wednesday. Only Jefferson Community College in Watertown was ranked higher.
NCCC "offers big learning opportunities at reasonable cost: it's one of the five most affordable community colleges in New York regarding tuition, fees, books and supplies costs. It offers nearly 75 degrees and certificates, including transfer- and career-focused programs," Schools.com wrote. While all of them aim to prepare students for lifelong success, NCCC's culinary program is regarded particularly highly. Opened in 2012, the school's off-campus Niagara Falls Culinary Institute features a student-run fine dining restaurant, New York style delis, a wine boutique, a sponsored community education kitchen and an ice-sculpting lab. Celebrity chefs have been known to swing by from time to time."
The allegations of bid rigging at the college involve contracts related to the Culinary Institute.