A recent collaboration between JCC students and a local manufacturer resulted in a unique opportunity for applied learning.

Sophomore engineering science and mechanical technology students tested door welds for Ellison Bronze, a manufacturer of commercial entry doors based in Falconer, to assure compliance with technical standards.

The second annual JCC Willie Rosas Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Gala, sponsored by JCC, the Dunkirk Hispanic Coalition, and HOPE, a local organization, will be held September 30 at St. Hedwig’s Social Center in Dunkirk.

The event, which begins with a cocktail hour at 5 p.m., includes dinner and live music by Cleveland band, Sammy de León y su Orquesta.

Admission to the gala is $15 per ticket or $25 for two. Tickets can be obtained by calling JCC’s North County Center at 716.363.6500 or online at

Additional students named to JCC's fall 2016 and spring 2017 full-time student dean’s list include:

JCC has been approved to offer Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees in sport management on the Jamestown Campus.

The programs were reviewed and approved by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department.

The degrees are geared toward students who want to be involved in sports but who do not necessarily want to teach physical education.

Final auditions for JCC's production of Hairspray will be held August 30 and 31.

The auditions, which begin at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre, are open to JCC students, high school students, and community members. Those auditioning must prepare a song from Hairspray that demonstrates vocal range and acting ability and should wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the dance portion of the audition.

Rehearsals begin in September and performances will be held November 3-5 and 9-12.

JCC recently honored 47 area high school students from throughout southwestern New York as the 2017 students of the year in the College Connections program.

In selecting the students of the year, schools were asked to consider College Connections participants who had embraced the challenges of completing college level work while in high school and demonstrated resourcefulness, integrity, and dedication.

Through a grant from National Grid, three JCC students are gaining first-hand experience this summer in their fields of study.

The $3,352 grant, administered through the Chautauqua County Education Coalition, is supporting a JCC initiative titled STEMPLOYMENT.

“JCC is grateful for the support provided by the coalition and National Grid in recognition of the importance of connecting our area’s education systems with area STEM employers,” said Nelson Garifi, executive director of academic innovation, who is overseeing the STEMPLOYMENT initiative on behalf of the college.

Members of JCC’s sustainability committee and Earth Awareness Club collaborated to have a the milkweed patch on the campus grounds certified as a monarch butterfly waystation on's national registry. 

monarch waystation sign

JCC professor Gregory Rabb participated in a faculty development seminar sponsored recently by the Palestinian American Research Center in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The 12-day seminar is designed for American faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine. PARC selects 10 to 12 U.S. faculty members annually to participate in Jerusalem-based activities to learn about the region, deepen their knowledge of their particular fields of interest as they relate to Palestine, and build relationships with Palestinian academic colleagues.

JCC will offer two courses at Seneca Nation facilities in Irving and Salamanca this fall.

English Composition II and Children’s Literature, both three-credit courses, are open to Seneca Nation members as well as community residents. Classes meet in the Cattaraugus Early Childhood Learning Center in Irving and the Seneca Arts and Learning Center in Salamanca.

Classes will meet from 5-7:45 p.m. on Mondays. English Composition II meets September 11 through October 30. Children’s Literature begins November 6 and concludes December 18.


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