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Final auditions for JCC's production of Hairspray will be held August 30 and 31.

The auditions, which begin at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre, are open to JCC students, high school students, and community members. Those auditioning must prepare a song from Hairspray that demonstrates vocal range and acting ability and should wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the dance portion of the audition.

Rehearsals begin in September and performances will be held November 3-5 and 9-12.

JCC recently honored 47 area high school students from throughout southwestern New York as the 2017 students of the year in the College Connections program.

In selecting the students of the year, schools were asked to consider College Connections participants who had embraced the challenges of completing college level work while in high school and demonstrated resourcefulness, integrity, and dedication.

Through a grant from National Grid, three JCC students are gaining first-hand experience this summer in their fields of study.

The $3,352 grant, administered through the Chautauqua County Education Coalition, is supporting a JCC initiative titled STEMPLOYMENT.

“JCC is grateful for the support provided by the coalition and National Grid in recognition of the importance of connecting our area’s education systems with area STEM employers,” said Nelson Garifi, executive director of academic innovation, who is overseeing the STEMPLOYMENT initiative on behalf of the college.

Members of JCC’s sustainability committee and Earth Awareness Club collaborated to have a the milkweed patch on the campus grounds certified as a monarch butterfly waystation on MonarchWatch.org's national registry. 

monarch waystation sign

JCC professor Gregory Rabb participated in a faculty development seminar sponsored recently by the Palestinian American Research Center in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The 12-day seminar is designed for American faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine. PARC selects 10 to 12 U.S. faculty members annually to participate in Jerusalem-based activities to learn about the region, deepen their knowledge of their particular fields of interest as they relate to Palestine, and build relationships with Palestinian academic colleagues.

JCC will offer two courses at Seneca Nation facilities in Irving and Salamanca this fall.

English Composition II and Children’s Literature, both three-credit courses, are open to Seneca Nation members as well as community residents. Classes meet in the Cattaraugus Early Childhood Learning Center in Irving and the Seneca Arts and Learning Center in Salamanca.

Classes will meet from 5-7:45 p.m. on Mondays. English Composition II meets September 11 through October 30. Children’s Literature begins November 6 and concludes December 18.

Community members are invited to explore the programs featured at JCCs Manufacturing Technology Institute in Olean during a special open house from 5-6:30 p.m. on July 18.

The event is free and open to the public.

MTI, which opened last year, provides credit and non-credit courses in welding technology, CAD/CNC, industrial equipment technology, and machine tool technology to train a skilled workforce for regional manufacturers.

Additional information can be obtained by calling 716.376.7501.

A total of 510 students earned degrees and certificates in May 2017. Highest honors represents a 4.0 grade point average, high honors a 3.50 to 3.99 GPA, and honors a 3.25 to 3.49 GPA.
Allegany Amanda Bradley (A.A.S.: Nursing-High Honors), Edward Dennis (A.S.: Business-Business Administration), Jacqueline Fahy (A.A.S.: Nursing), Ashley Finefrock (A.A.S.: Individual Studies), Alisha Giardini (A.A.S.: Nursing-High Honors), Lindsay Kranick (A.A.S.: Nursing-High Honors), Chelsea McCann (A.A.S.: Nursing-High Honors), Kylie Schuman (A.S.: Individual Studies)

Cory L. Duckworth, president of JCC, has announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year.

Dr. Duckworth, who informed JCC’s board of trustees of his decision earlier this week, began serving as the college’s eighth president in 2013.

“Professionally, my tenure as president of JCC will forever be considered one of the most exceptional experiences of my life,” said Dr. Duckworth, whose 33-year career in higher education has included leadership positions at several other colleges and universities.

Several JCC staff members were recognized for their contributions and service during a recent program.

The President’s Award for Excellence and State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence were presented by JCC president Cory L. Duckworth to Kathryn Fox, senior continuing education assistant. The award reflects the recipient’s self-improvement, efforts on behalf of JCC, and excellence in professional activities.

Employees recognized for their years of service to JCC included:

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