JCC is among six regional community colleges that will postpone commencement ceremonies traditionally held in May.

The uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic has led the region’s community colleges -- Erie, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Jamestown, Monroe and Niagara -- to postpone their in-person events.

JCC has taken extensive steps to protect students, their families, and the public in response to the COVID-19 health crisis.

“Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and employees, and helping our students complete the semester,” said JCC president Daniel T. DeMarte. “Before moving all of our instruction and support services to remote delivery on March 19, we began working with students to ensure their ability to connect to faculty and services successfully.”

JCC plans to conduct drinking water certification training at its Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean and North County Center in Dunkirk later this year.

In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation in New York state, JCC is postponing spring open house events at its Jamestown, Olean, and Dunkirk sites.

Rescheduled dates will be announced at a later time.

“We invite prospective students and their families to enjoy an alternative virtual open house experience from the comfort of their homes,” said Corrine Case, JCC’s director of admissions. “Although it’s not the same as visiting the campus in person, we have developed a video snapshot of JCC’s programs, services, and student life at to explore instead.”

Jamestown Community College will be closed (including the Total Fitness facility), Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 and 18, to prepare for those changes directed by Governor Cuomo to begin on March 19. All employees report.

The health centers, cafeteria, and bookstores will remain open.

Please refer to SUNYJCC.EDU COVID-19 for updates.

Message from Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson

At this difficult time, I want to take a moment to update you on our ongoing efforts to combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our State University of New York Community is paramount. Therefore, in close coordination with the Governor and his team, the Department of Health and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, we are taking action to reduce the density of exposure on our campuses in order to blunt transmission of this virus.

Jamestown Community College is taking the following actions, based on SUNY, CDC, and New York State Department of Health guidelines regarding COVID-19:

  • Beginning March 19, most classes will be delivered via distance learning until further notice.

Information about your courses:

A message from Jamestown Community College president Daniel T. DeMarte:

Jamestown Community College is not closing. Regarding Governor Cuomo’s announcement this afternoon, rather than closing, the goal is to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19 on all SUNY campuses, both inside the classroom (using alternative/distance modes of delivery, and accommodating special circumstances, i.e. labs, clinicals, internships, etc.) and outside the classroom (open houses, athletic events, community events, etc.). 

JCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter inducted new members recently on the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.

Phi Theta Kappa is a national two-year college honor fraternity. A student must achieve at least a 3.50 grade point average to be considered for induction and must have two faculty recommendations.

Meme Yanetsko, a JCC alumna and chief operating officer of the Greater Olean Chamber of Commerce, was the guest speaker.

Inductees included:

JCC is partnering with the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts to bring Botanical Abstractions, a selection of new works by Angie To and Sally Hootnick, to the 3rd on 3rd Gallery, located at 108 E. Third St., Jamestown.

A reception, free and open to the public, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on March 20. The exhibition is on display from March 20 to April 17.

Hootnick, a Jamestown native, lives and works in Syracuse and Chautauqua. Although not formally trained as an artist, she has studied painting for years under an array of teachers and mentors.


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