The Community Reads Project at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus has chosen The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon as its reading selection for 2008-2009.      

The Community Reads Project is part of the “one book, one community” movement that has spread across the U.S. from Seattle where it originated.

 The Weeks Gallery will hold its next ArtParty on February 7 to celebrate the opening of the American Spirit: Freedom, Growth, Grace, and Power exhibition.

The exhibition, featuring artwork by Stephen Marc, Vaughn Sills, and Dave Jordano and music by Zili Misik, celebrates Black History Month. Tickets for the ArtParty can be obtained through JCC's box office, 716.338.1187. Admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for area students and senior citizens, and $6 for JCC Faculty Student Association members.


JCC's GEAR UP program, Chautauqua Striders, and Monday Smiles will present a Boundless Possibilities workshop by Chappale Linn Burton from 10:30 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m. on February 3 for adults who work with youth.

The Tri Region Science and Engineering Fair (TRSEF) will conduct the Family Science Adventure in the Carnahan Center at JCC's Jamestown Campus from 1-4 p.m. on January 24.

The program, supported by a Chautauqua Region Community Foundation grant, is free and open to youth grades 5-12 and their families. Participants will complete “mini-projects” as they learn all they need to launch their own science and engineering projects.

JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean will host a special information night highlighting credit degree and certificate programs in business from 6 to 7 p.m. on August 6 in College Center. Academic offerings, financial aid, transfer of credits, internships, and student services will be outlined during the event.


Business program offerings at the Cattaraugus County Campus include accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship, medical office technology, and office technology.

Fall semester classes begin August 26.

Mystery at the Bingo Hall, the JCC Alumni Association's 21st original, interactive mystery, is set for 7 p.m. on January 30 and 31 in JCC's Carnahan Center.

Admission, which includes hors d'oeuvres and refreshments served throughout the evening, is $20 per person for the general public and $17.50 for members of the alumni association or JCC's Faculty Student Association. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the alumni office at 716.338.1056.

    JCC welcomed 7.4% more full-time students this fall over last fall. A total of 2,476 students are enrolled on a full-time basis, carrying course loads of 12 or more credit hours per semester. Overall college enrollment stands at a headcount of 3,718 full- and part-time students.

    Of those individuals, 991 are first-time, full-time students, representing a 17.8% increase in new full-time students over this year's budgeted number and 22.5% over last year's actual number of new full-time students.

“Mafioso,” a poem by Mark Gillespie of Westfield, received the grand prize in JCC's 2008-10 Four-County Poetry Competition.

An untitled sestina by Jason Zevenbergen of Fredonia earned first runner-up honors. Marilyn Ferree of Ripley was named second runner-up for “Steam Scents” and Ryan DeCinque of Jamestown received honorable mention for “Yield; A Sign.”

Finalists included Carol Capitano of Dunkirk, Marie Dunnewold of Clymer, Lisa Halas of Dunkirk, and Rory Pollaro of Jamestown.

Kids' College at JCC's Cattaraugus County and Jamestown campuses and North County Center in Dunkirk will once again provide stimulating and fun educational opportunities for youth this summer.
Morning, afternoon, and full day camp options are available for youth ages 8-12 in the Jamestown Campus (July 28-August 1 and August 4-8) and North County Center programs (July 7-11 and July 14-18).

The Cattaraugus County Campus program, open to ages 8-14, features individual courses in the morning and afternoon on weekdays July 7-August 21.

CareerPath, JCC's web-based career exploration program, has received "Innovation of the Year" status from the League for Innovation in the Community College.
Created in 1968, the league is the only major international organization specifically committed to improving community colleges through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation. Each year the league honors outstanding innovations which represent capstone achievements and the continuing renewal of the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the league was founded.


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