Area residents are invited to share comments during a public forum to be held as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) reviews the Associate in Applied Science degree program in nursing at JCC for continuing accreditation.

“Comments are welcome from the healthcare community, students, alumni, and the public at-large,” said Dawn Columbare, JCC's director of nursing education. “This is part of the NLNAC's ongoing effort to make the accreditation process responsive to a broad range of constituents.”

An evening of jazz will be featured in the next Rising Star Series program when  composer, pianist, and Olean native Jacob Pleakis performs with singer Abby Payne at 7 p.m. on February 13.

The concert, free and open to the public, will be held in Cutco Theater on JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus.

The Rising Star Series is presented by the Cutco Corporation, Olean Medical Group, and JCC's Faculty Student Association.

The following students were awarded degrees or certificates from JCC's Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in December 2008. A total of 136 students earned degrees and certificates. Two students earned highest honors, 22 earned high honors, and 19 earned honors.

Students graduating with highest honors, representing a 4.0 grade point average, included: Associate in Arts (A.A.)-Individual Studies - Lucy Evans of Fredonia and Associate in Science (A.S.)-Individual Studies - Cara Fickling of Sherman.


The high energy talents of Zili Misik will be showcased at 1 p.m. on February 8 in the Cutco Theater at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.

The concert, co-sponsored by JCC's college program committee and the Olean Cultural Dialog Group, is free and open to the public. For more information call 376-7590 or 376-7586.

Basic vegetable and flower gardening, fruit growing, and pruning techniques will be featured in a non-credit gardening series conducted by Adrienne Ploss at JCC's Jamestown Campus, beginning February 4.

The series meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, February 4-March 4, and from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays, April 25 and May 2. Participants can register for single sessions or for all five. A discount applies for those who register for all five sessions. To register, call JCC, 338-1005.

The People's Law School series, featuring important legal topics presented by members of the Bar Association of Northern Chautauqua County, will be offered at JCC's North County Center in Dunkirk from 7-9 p.m. on Mondays, February 2-March 9.

Tuition for the entire non-credit series is $45, or $10 per session. To register, call JCC, 366-2255. Sessions are facilitated by area lawyers and are designed for the general public.


The women's soccer team at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus earned the ethics/sportsmanship award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for the 2008 season.

The Jaguars were the only team from Division I or III of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) to have only one yellow card throughout the entire season. A yellow card is a serious caution issued by the referee.

The People's Law series, featuring important legal topics presented by area attorneys, will be offered at JCC's Jamestown Campus during March and April. Sessions meet from 6-9 p.m.

Tuition for the entire non-credit series is $45, or $10 per session. To register, call JCC's Center for Continuing Education, 716/338-1005. The series is sponsored by JCC, the Robert H. Jackson Center Inn of Court, and the Jamestown Bar Association.

The Antique Appraisal Fair & Marketplace, sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) and the JCC Cattaraugus County Campus Alumni Association, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 27 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 28 in Cutco Theater on JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.

An expert appraisal team, led by Greg Carter, owner of United Auctions and Antiques, will offer information on jewelry, coins, watches, furniture, paintings and prints, china, books, quilts, glassware and pottery, vintage clothing and more.

Molly Peacock, poet and creative nonfiction writer, will perform a reading of her works at 7 p.m. on May 4 in room 308 of the Library and Liberal Arts Center on JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus.

The program, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the JCC Cattaraugus County campus program committee, the Olean Public Library, and the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities.