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Villa Maria College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Boasts One Hundred Percent Success Rate

Buffalo, NY – Just two years ago, Villa Maria College became the first private institution in Western New York to offer an Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Classes in the new program, which is fully accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), began in Fall 2015. Today, the private Catholic college is pleased to announce…

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Villa Maria Food Pantry Provides Holiday Meals with the help of the Buffalo News Neediest Fund

Buffalo, NY – The Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry at Villa Maria College packed two-hundred bags of holiday meals for food pantry clients with the help of the News Neediest Fund run by the Buffalo News. The Fund purchases holiday meals with the help of cash donations, which are then distributed to food pantries by…

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Villa Maria College Announces Three Appointments to its Board of Trustees

Villa Maria College is pleased to announce the appointment of three Western New York residents to its Board of Trustees.  Each will serve a renewable three-year term. Thomas J. Bienias is a 32-year veteran of the healthcare industry and a past president of the Healthcare Industries and Trade Association. The former CEO and President of…

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Villa Animation student, faculty members featured in fan-drawn premiere of Bob’s Burgers new season

Villa Maria College Animation student Bridget McCleary ‘17 and Animation faculty members Lee Terwilliger ‘14 and Valery Amborski ‘14 each had their work selected and featured in a fan-drawn episode of Bob’s Burgers, which airs on FOX. Bob’s Burgers is a quirky, animated sitcom centered around the humorous mishaps of a family owned burger joint. Currently…

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Get Your Entries in for Our 2nd Annual Fall Photo Contest!

Villa Maria College is holding it’s 2nd Annual Fall Photo Contest! For the month of October, upload your fall-themed photos to social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) for the chance to be featured on Villa’s website & to win a prize! 1st Prize – $50 bookstore gift card 2nd Prize – $25 bookstore gift card…

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Villa Maria College Announces Fall Open House

On Friday, November 10, 2017, Villa Maria College is hosting its Fall Open House for students interested in learning more about attending the College. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end around 12:00 p.m. Prospective students and their families can learn about Villa’s 18 academic programs, including Communications, Digital Filmmaking, Music, and our…

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From Syria to Buffalo: Sophomore LaCherie Reid Tells the Story of Ayla Abiad

When the International Institute contacted Villa Maria College’s Digital Media and Communication Professor Michelle Kearns to ask whether there was a student who may be interested in helping Ayla Abiad, a Syrian native, tell her story, Kearns knew exactly who to recommend. That was LaCherie Reid, a second-semester sophomore who was in the midst of a…

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Villa Maria College Physical Therapist Assistant Students Achieve 100% First Time Passing Rate of National Physical Therapy Exam

On July 6, 2017, 30 of the 32 graduates of Villa Maria College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program took the National Physical Therapy Exam. Exam results came in last week, and every Villa student received a passing grade on their first attempt. The average first time passing rate for all candidates from all United States-accredited PTA…

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The Achieve Program: Smoothing the Transition from High School to College

Between entering a new environment, a schedule change, and an intense workload, the transition from high school to college can be difficult for the best of students. These challenges can be especially intimidating for students with learning differences, who may need more support than the average college student. In 2015 Melissa Zgliczynski was the Director…

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Villa Maria College Named Finalist in Business First Buffalo’s Best Places to Work

Buffalo, NY – Villa Maria College was named a finalist in Buffalo Business First’s annual Best Places to Work. Finalist status was determined upon review of a 30-question survey that gathered information about employee satisfaction in regards to communication and resources, individual needs, manager effectiveness, personal engagement, team dynamics and trust in leadership. More than…

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