Located in southwestern New York, JCC was founded in 1950 as part of the State University of New York. The present enrollment is approximately 3,500 full- and part-time credit students at two campuses, two extension centers, and online. The college has a major community outreach program which focuses on economic development and personal enrichment. During the past year, approximately 10,000 individuals registered in contract and non-credit courses, seminars, and workshops. In 2012, JCC was named the “Top-Performing Public Two-Year College in New York” in a report published by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Regionally sponsored by Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties and the city of Jamestown, NY, the college is governed by a 15-member board of trustees. In addition, JCC enjoys an enviable relationship with its sponsors.
JCC is a comprehensive, regional, open access, student-centered institution that embraces academic excellence and meets the service area's learning needs in diverse ways. JCC programming includes liberal arts transfer degree programs, career programs, community service, developmental education, and business and industry training. The college's partnership with the greater community contributes to the social and intellectual improvement, economic development, and cultural enrichment of western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.
The original campus is located on a 107-acre site in Jamestown, in the southwestern corner of New York. The Cattaraugus County Campus, fifty miles east of Jamestown, is in Olean, NY. Extension centers in Dunkirk, NY and Warren, PA serve the needs of students in outlying areas. College-level courses are offered in numerous area high schools as well as online.
Characterized by a climate of informal interaction among its board of trustees, administration, staff, faculty, and students, the college provides a working and learning environment conducive to growth and change, while maintaining high, nationally recognized standards. The diversity of student life on both campuses reflects the individuality of the students who attend. The student body of approximately 3,500 students includes both traditional and adult learners.
While maintaining an open-admissions policy, the college has assured itself of high quality in its student body by means of its Unified Student Assistance (USA) program which guarantees a full resident-tuition scholarship to those students in the college’s service area who graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school classes.
The college offers A.A., A.S., and A.A.S. degrees in 35 areas as well as 20 certificate programs. Approximately 40% of graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation. JCC currently has transfer agreements with 41 colleges/universities. The college has a major community outreach program which focuses on economic development and personal enrichment. During the past year, approximately 10,000 individuals registered for contract and non-credit courses, seminars, and workshops.
The college faculty includes 88 full-time faculty with another 318 community members serving as adjunct instructors. The permanent support staff totals 210.
JCC is a member of the Western New York Athletic Conference and Region III of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The college believes the education involves body and spirit as well as the mind. JCC students participate in intercollegiate competition in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, golf, and swimming; women’s volleyball and softball; and men’s baseball and wrestling.
JCC has grown over the last decade, enjoying $82 million in capital improvements, including construction and renovation of the Cattaraugus County Campus, construction of three residence halls, a renovated student services center, a Science Center that was designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standards and is a showplace for sustainability in building design and operation, and state-of-the-art nursing classrooms and laboratories in enovated space. The college has obtained funding for capital projects anticipated to be undertaken over the next two years, which will result in the repurposing of 10,000 square feet, and construction and renovation of approximately 30,000 square feet.
The college reserves the right, whenever it deems advisable, to change its schedule of tuition and fees; to withdraw, cancel, reschedule, or modify any course, program of study, degree, requirement or policy.
JCC does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, sexual orientation, race, creed, religion, national origin or citizenship, age, marital status, military status, disability, family status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or conviction record, or predisposing genetic characteristics. This policy applies to access to all activities and programs under the college sponsorship as well as to application and selection for admission, employment, and all other personnel procedures within the college.
JCC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000). Its curricula are approved by the State University of New York and are registered by the New York State Department of Education. In addition, the nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. JCC's occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association. JCC is also approved by the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.
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