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JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus received a grant from the F.T. and Anna C. Manley Memorial Trust to upgrade security technology in JCC's Library and Liberal Arts Center.

The $15,000 grant was used to purchase and install vandal dome cameras, hardware, controllers, and the necessary software to make the building as secure as possible for students, faculty, staff, and community members who patronize the library.

A pathway to small business ownership and success now passes through JCC. Both the New York State Education Department and the State University of New York have granted approval for JCC to offer a new 30-credit hour certificate in entrepreneurship.

The College Connections program at JCC hosted its annual professional development event recently for over 130 high school teachers from among 40 high schools and BOCES centers.

Rick Walters, retired Jamestown Public School teacher, JCC adjunct faculty member, and long-time College Connections instructor, delivered the keynote address during which he challenged the audience to examine the current goals and outcomes of public education.

JCC and the Chautauqua County Counselors Association will host the 34th annual College/Career Night on October 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

Representatives from nearly 60 colleges and 80 career areas will be available to speak with interested students, parents, and other community residents during the event.

“We're excited that President Obama chose to focus the nation's attention on community colleges and their potential to impact our nation's future,” said JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque, commenting on the first ever White House Summit on Community Colleges, held today in Washington, D.C.

President Obama delivered opening remarks at the daylong event which was hosted by Jill Biden, who has taught English at community colleges for 17 of her 30 years as an educator and who is the wife of Vice President Joe Biden.

An information session for individuals interested in learning more about the Communiversity at JCC will be held on October 13 on the Jamestown Campus and on October 14 at the Cattaraugus County Campus.

Information will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. at each site. Prospective Communiversity students are encouraged to get detailed information about the programs offered through the alliance by visiting www.sunyjcc.edu/communiversity or calling 716.338.1005 in Jamestown or 716.376.7506 in Olean.

Franklin University's Community College Alliance (CCA), which has partnered with JCC to offer online courses, guarantees that students who earn an associate's degree at JCC will be accepted with junior standing into any one of 30 degree programs offered by Franklin. 

The CCA is an online bachelor's degree completion program that combines on-campus classes at JCC with online classes through Franklin University. The agreement between the two colleges allows students to take courses concurrently and maintain eligibility for federal financial aid.

“Liaison,” a poem by Lin McNulty of Olean, received the grand prize in JCC's 2010-12 Four-County Poetry Competition.

Second place was awarded to Faith Tanner-Thrush of Olean for “quilling the words” and Isaac Bailey of Jamestown won third place for “Hidden Serpent.”

JCC is the "Top Performing Public Two-Year College" in New York according to a recent report published by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the nation's leading publication of news and information about colleges and universities.

Titled "College Completion: Who Graduates from College, Who Doesn't, and Why It Matters," the report is a microsite created from research supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Music by the Jazz Mandolin Project will be featured during the opening reception for “Global Vision: Selections from the Permanent Collection” on October 2 in the Weeks Gallery on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

A talk by JCC's Community Cultural Center director James Colby will be presented at 6:30 p.m. The reception, which begins at 7:10, features hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer tasting, and music by Amanda Barton and Steve Davis. The Jazz Mandolin Project performance begins at 8:30 in Scharmann Theatre.

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