JCC is offering Introduction to Urban Folklore, a one-credit course, beginning December 17.

The course, offered as a “winterim” selection for students interested in acquiring an additional credit between the fall and spring semesters, meets from 9-10 a.m. on December 17 and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. January 2-3 and 5-8 on the Jamestown Campus.

Students will explore the history and culture of the American urban legend. The theories of folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand and legends that play pivotal roles in American culture are examined.

To register, call 716.338.1018.

In cooperation with area high school guidance counselors and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, JCC will host free Fund Your Future college financial aid information programs at 6:30 p.m. on January 7 and at 10 a.m. on January 24 on JCC’s Jamestown Campus.

Area high school senior students and their families are encouraged to attend a session, which will be held in the Carnahan Theater, located in the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Center. Parking is available in the James Avenue parking lot.

JCC’s music ensembles will perform on December 9 and 11. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre on the Jamestown Campus.

Admission to each concert is $4, general public; $3, area students and senior citizens; and $2, JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets can be purchased by calling the JCC box office, 716.338.1187, at the theatre door prior to performances, or online at

The JCC Foundation honored Mary Frances “Francie” Potter, Olean General Hospital, Napoleon Engineering Services, and the YMCA of the Twin Tiers during its annual recognition event in October.

JCC is offering two travel-related courses that are open to the public.

A $100 deposit is due December 12 for The World Through Spain, a three-credit course that features travel abroad May 23-June 7. The $2577 trip cost includes airfare, train passage, insurance, meals, lodging, classes, and tours.

Participants will explore the cultural, linguistic, and religious migrations through Spain, a crossroads of civilization, during classes at JCC’s Jamestown Campus from 6:30-9 p.m. on Mondays, April 13-May 11. Structured tours in Valladolid, Spain are among the course features.

Sarah Rose, a Spanish teacher at Randolph Central School, was presented the Teacher of the Year award during the annual College Connections professional development day at JCC recently.

JCC women’s volleyball coach Ashley Lund and men’s soccer coach Patrick Anderson, as well as several student athletes, were recognized recently by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their achievements.

Mrs. Lund and Anderson were both named All-Western York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) Division III Coach of the Year.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded JCC an $87,150 grant to support comprehensive globalization.

The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL) grant represents the first year of an anticipated two-year commitment that will provide funds for faculty and course development and expand study abroad opportunities available to JCC students. 

The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting for the new location for JCC’s criminal justice and public safety programs at 1 p.m. on November 19.

The event, which will be held in the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Center, is free and open to the public.

Features of the facility include fingerprinting and simulation rooms, fume hood and breath test analysis labs, crime scene analysis space, and classrooms for criminal justice courses and law enforcement and corrections academy training.

Several individuals joined JCC’s faculty at the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses this fall.