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JCC's 2016-17 budget was approved at the May 17 meeting of the college's board of trustees.

The new budget, which totals $33,610,758, is 6.0% smaller than the college's 2015-16 spending plan. JCC's new fiscal year begins September 1, 2016.

The approved budget includes a state aid amount of $2,697 per full-time equivalent (FTE), which is up slightly from the 2015-16 budget. Full-time New York resident tuition will increase by $55 to $2,315 per semester. The out-of-state tuition rate will be $4,630 per semester.

Scholarships and awards were presented during the annual college awards ceremony held at JCC’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in May. Recipients, noted by their hometowns, included:

Jamestown Campus

Ashville: Luciana Sena (AAUW Scholarship); Peter Williams (Physics Award)

Bemus Point: Ian Guarino (Individual Studies A.S. Award); Nickara Liddell (AAUW Scholarship)

Student veterans at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus were recently presented with honor cords to be worn with their commencement regalia on May 20.

The red, white, and blue cords were bestowed by John Gordnier, president, and Lennard Everitt, treasurer, of Club Valor, JCC’s student-based veterans club.

JCC has created a program to assist individuals who need to strengthen their math or reading skills before they enter college.

The Pre-Collegiate Math and Reading program is open to anyone preparing to enroll in college, regardless of the institution, this fall. The non-credit remedial 30-hour courses will be offered at each of JCC’s sites throughout the summer and are designed to prepare students to stay on schedule with core courses once they begin the fall semester.

Jessica Goodell, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and author of Shade It Black, will deliver the 2016 commencement address at Jamestown Community College's Cattaraugus County Campus on May 20 and at the Jamestown Campus on May 21.

The Cattaraugus County Campus ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Olean YMCA/JCC Physical Education Center on Wayne St. in Olean. The commencement program in Jamestown begins at 10 a.m. in the Physical Education Complex.

The JCC Alumni Association honored several “Alumni Nurses of Distinction” recently.

The award honors those who have typified the JCC tradition of excellence and brought credit to the college through professional achievement and by exemplifying the qualities of an ideal nurse. Recipients are nominated by their co-workers and may have graduated from either the Jamestown or Cattaraugus County campuses.

Students from Brocton, Frewsburg, Jamestown, Pine Valley, Sherman, and Warren County Christian School participated in the Amazing Science Challenge at JCC’s Jamestown Campus recently.

The program, held on two different days to incorporate special events at JCC, was open to students in grades 9-12. Students competed in team-based activities involving biotechnology, forensic biology, and environmental science.

JCC’s experiential learning program held its fifth annual Scholars Day recently to celebrate academic research and creative activity among faculty and students.

The event featured poster displays and presentations. Entries representing honors program coursework, capstone courses, field placements and internships, research, and experiential learning were considered for inclusion in the event.

Kids’ College at JCC’s Jamestown Campus, featuring full day, morning, and afternoon camp options, will be held July 18-22. Area youth ages eight to 12 years old are eligible to enroll in the program.

The program features a full day camp, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes lunch. The fee is $229. Half-day camp options are from 8 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4:30 p.m. The fee is $129.

College Connections, JCC’s concurrent enrollment program with regional high schools, has been reaccredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

“In earning this special status, JCC maintains an elite group of colleges which have met the highest standards of rigor on a variety of important characteristics associated with their dual enrollment programs,” stated Marilyn Zagora, JCC’s vice president of academic affairs.

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