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JCC ranked third in a list of workforce development programs published in a recent issue of Buffalo Business First.

The annual ranking, based on the number of programs offered by area colleges and universities and the number of participants in those programs, listed 21 western New York institutions.

A total of 5,337 individuals from 71 regional public and private organizations in western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania participated in 398 contract training programs offered by JCC's Center for Continuing Education during the 2009-10 academic year.

Native American actor Gary Farmer, who participated in JCC's Native American Film Festival in March, will conduct a playwriting and theatre seminar at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. June 6-10.

The seminar, open to anyone 16 years of age or older, will help participants to write and act in a short play, and will offer instruction in improvisation and acting techniques. Sessions meet from 6-9 p.m. at Infinity, 115 E. Third St., Jamestown.

Daniel Powers, a 1984 JCC alumnus, delivered the keynote address at JCC's 35th commencement at the Cattaraugus County Campus on May 20 and 61st commencement at the Jamestown Campus on May 21.

The ceremonies honored, collegewide, 625 spring 2011 graduates, 199 December 2010 graduates, and 63 summer 2010 graduates.

Scholarships and awards were presented during the annual college awards ceremony at JCC's Jamestown Campus on May 13. Recipients, noted by their hometowns, included:
Ashville Christina Bowman, Freshman Biology Award, Vera Varmee Pre-professional Health Scholarship; Kahl Counts, Freshman Physics Award; Jordan Flint, Dr. Raymond Johnson Memorial Chemistry Award; Bethany Hall, AAUW Transfer Award, Wilson C. "Trip" Price III Memorial Scholarship

To commemorate Arbor Day and the designation of JCC as a Tree Campus USA college, JCC held a special tree planting ceremony on April 29.

The event included the planting of Striped Maple, Black Tupelo, Katsura, Kwanzan Flowering Cherry, Redbud, Hackberry, Turkish Filbert, Perkins-Pink Yellow-wood, Heritage River Birch, Japanese Lilac, Korean Mountain Ash, Sassafras, and Bloodgood London Plane trees.

JCC honors students assisted with the tree planting. Several of the students are interns at Forecon, Inc., where they are working on an update of JCC's tree management plan.

E-waste recycling will be conducted at JCC's Jamestown Campus from 9 a.m. to noon on May 14.

The event, coordinated by JCC's sustainability committee in cooperation with Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery, will be held in the parking lot near the Arts and Sciences Center, off James Ave.

The New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling & Reuse Act requires that electronics – which may contain hazardous waste elements such as lead solder, mercury, cadmium, and beryllium -- must be recycled in an environmentally sound manner.

JCC graduates transferring to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, are eligible for grant-in-aid through a new program.

Grant-in-aid monies cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at Penn State Behrend. JCC graduates receive the grant as long as they maintain enrollment as Penn State Behrend undergraduates.

JCC has updated transfer articulation agreements in environmental science degree programs with several colleges and universities.

The agreements  -- with St. Bonaventure University, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, SUNY Brockport, and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry -- guarantee junior standing and the opportunity to complete the bachelor's degree in four semesters to JCC students who complete specified coursework as part of their associate's degree.

Students earning degrees and certificates from JCC's Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in May 2011 included:

The cast of the JCC Uncommoners' production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has been selected.

The comedy will be performed at 8 p.m. on November 11, 12, 18, and 19 in JCC's Scharmann Theatre. A matinee performance will be given at 2 p.m. on November 13. Tickets can be purchased by calling JCC's box office, 716.338.1187.

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