Manufacturing, with a focus on its educational and economic components, will be celebrated during Manufacturing Month in October at JCC.

The programs are sponsored by JCC, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, and Dream It Do It Western New York.

Manufacturing Day, held annually on the first Friday in October, was launched by the National Association of Manufacturers to encourage companies and educational institutions to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.

JCC’s workforce readiness department is boosting training and programming at its Manufacturing Technology Institute facilities in Jamestown and Olean to support manufacturers in the region.

“Our MTI locations have the capacity to provide more training to address the workforce needs of the region’s manufacturers,” said Holger Ekanger, JCC’s vice president of workforce readiness. “As a result, we are relocating our workforce readiness team into the MTI facilities to provide improved training support to manufacturers.”

JCC has received a $149,677 Appalachian Regional Commission grant to enhance several of the college’s technology-related programs.

The grant, which was announced by Rep. Tom Reed, will be used to purchase automation and robotics equipment to incorporate into program curriculum at the Manufacturing Technology Institute facilities at JCC’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses.

Tim Cowan of Chautauqua Lake Central School and Andrew Pingitore of Fredonia High School were recently named the 2018-19 College Connections Teachers of the Year.

Each year College Connections – JCC’s concurrent enrollment program – recognizes a teacher who best exemplifies the core program standards.

 JCC, Alfred State Update Human Services DegreeAgreement


JCC and Alfred State College have updated an articulation agreement for JCC graduates transferring into Alfred State’s human services management degree program.

The agreement guarantees junior standing to JCC students who graduate with an associate’s or associate’s in applied sciences degree in human services. JCC graduates are able to complete the bachelor’s degree at Alfred State in four semesters if they meet acceptance criteria.

Students and an accompanying professor from Nagasaki University, Japan are in residence at JCC through September 21. 

While at JCC, the 12 visiting students are taking an intensive, non-credit English immersion course; visiting workplaces including Cummins Engine, Chautauqua Institution, the Chautauqua Center, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute; presenting to students at Bush Elementary School, Fenner Elementary School, and Lincoln Elementary School; practicing conversation skills with JCC honors students; and auditing credit courses at JCC. 

New York State Department of Corrections representatives will outline career opportunities during an employer session at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean on September 11.

The event, open to the community as well as JCC students and alumni, will be held from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. near the Student Union in the College Center building.

Additional information is available by contacting Gregg Karl, JCC’s career services project manager, at 716.376.7531.

JCC’s production of West Side Story this fall will feature JCC students and alumni as well as community members.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. November 7-9 and 14-16 and at 2 p.m. on November 10 and 17. Tickets can be obtained by calling JCC’s box office, 716.338.1187.

JCC began the fall semester of the 2019-20 academic year with energy and optimism.

For the first time since 2010, the college began the academic year exceeding its budget goal for full-time equivalent students, noted JCC president Daniel DeMarte. “In addition, we are above last year’s actual enrollment on the first day of classes by 17.3 FTE, or 1.7%, a reflection on the outstanding work done by many to increase our enrollment.”

The American Indian Graduate Center will sponsor Know Before U Go, a session for American Indian and Alaska Native students from 9th-12th grade, parents, and educators to learn about college preparation, scholarship opportunities and financial literacy from 9 a.m.-3:10 p.m. on September 21 at JCC’s Jamestown Campus.

The free event, which includes breakfast and lunch, is funded by a grant from Wells Fargo. To register, visit


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