JCC and the Chautauqua County Counselors Association will host the 35th annual College & Career Night on Tuesday, October 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

The program offers high school students, their parents, and community members the opportunity to gather information about educational institutions and career possibilities. Representatives from nearly 60 colleges and 80 career areas are expected to attend the event.

The community service performed by student athletes at JCC's Jamestown Campus has earned the college the distinction of being the first recipient of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region III 2011 Community Service Award.

NJCAA Region III features 32 institutions in New York state and Pennsylvania.

JCC has been awarded just under $400,000 in federal grant funds from the United States Department of Education's Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) for the 2011-12 academic year. It is anticipated that similar funds will be available for a total of five years.

The program helps eligible institutions of higher education expand their capacity to serve low income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

Over 1,500 of JCC's part-time students are concurrently enrolled in high school, according to a report delivered by Marilyn A. Zagora, JCC's vice president and dean of academic affairs, at the December meeting of the college's board of trustees.

Dr. Zagora presented a comprehensive summary of College Connections, JCC's concurrent enrollment program which has allowed thousands of high school students to enrich their high school experiences while earning college credits since the program began in 1998.

The Raptor Project, featuring live eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls will return to the Olean area with a 7 p.m. show on May 3 in Cutco Theater on the JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus.

Sponsored by JCC's campus program committee, this popular event is free and open to the public. For information, contact Mike Marvin at 716.376.7586.

Jonathan Wood, master falconer and wildlife rehabilitator, has trained and handled raptors for over four decades and created an exciting, award-winning show.

Bruce Johnstone, director of curricular jazz ensembles at SUNY Fredonia, will perform with three of his top student jazz ensembles during JazzFest at JCC's Jamestown Campus on April 17.

Admission to the 7 p.m. performance in Scharmann Theatre is $5, general public, $3, area students and senior citizens, and $2, JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets can be purchased through JCC's box office, 716.338.1187, or at the theatre door.

The performance is sponsored by the college program committee of JCC's FSA and the arts, humanities, and health sciences division.

Nearly 20 JCC faculty and staff members completed the first JCC Leadership Academy program recently.

In partnership with the Institute for Community College Development at Cornell University, JCC is participating in a program to develop and enhance the leadership skills of its employees.

JCC's Faculty Student Association and college program committee will sponsor a performance by mezzo soprano and hometown artist Dawn Pierce at 2 p.m. on July 10 in the Cutco Theater on JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.

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

Tickets are available for JCC's March 29 bowling fundraiser to benefit a week of student community service.

Fountain Bowl in Jamestown is partnering with JCC to offer a special bowling rate from 5-10 p.m. on March 29. For $15, bowlers will get two games, shoe rental, and food specials. Proceeds will benefit JCC's Alternative Spring Break program. For tickets, contact Jessica Kubiak or Kim Irland at 716.338.1000.