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JCC's 2017-18 budget was approved at the May 23 meeting of the college's board of trustees.

The new budget, which totals $31,649,867, is 3.9% smaller than the college's 2016-17 spending plan. JCC's new fiscal year begins September 1, 2017.

The approved budget includes a state aid amount of $2,747 per full-time equivalent (FTE), which is up slightly from the 2016-17 budget. Full-time New York resident tuition will increase by $60 to $2,375 per semester. The out-of-state tuition rate will be $4,750 per semester.

JCC alumni Theo Collins ‘09 and David Leathers ‘83 were honored as recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award during the college’s commencement exercises on May 20.

The award, now in its 35th year, is given to those who have typified the JCC tradition of excellence and brought credit to the college through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service.

Theo Collins, a 2009 JCC graduate, delivered the keynote address at JCC’s 41st commencement in Olean and 67th commencement in Jamestown in May.

The ceremony honored, college-wide, 547 spring 2017 graduates, 142 December 2016 graduates, and 47 summer 2016 graduates. 

Marilyn A. Zagora, vice president of academic affairs, and Eileen J. Goodling, vice president of student development, presented the degree candidates. Degrees were presented by JCC President Cory L. Duckworth and Wally Huckno, chairperson of the JCC board of trustees.

The fifth annual College Connections student speech contest was held at JCC’s Jamestown Campus in early May.

Emily-Jane Berakah, a Dunkirk High School senior, won first place. The other contestants were Christopher Michalski, a Dunkirk High School senior, and Henry Malarkey, a Jamestown High School junior.

The competition is open to College Connections students at partner high schools who are enrolled in JCC’s Public Speaking course. Course instructors are Donna Pucciarelli at Dunkirk High School and Barbie Price at Jamestown High School.

JCC graduates who earned honors citations were recognized recently. Students who maintain and graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and complete a minimum of nine hours of honors level work, which includes at least one credit of fieldwork, are eligible to receive an honors citation on their transcript.

Scholarships and awards were presented during the annual college awards ceremony held at JCC’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in early May. Recipients, noted by their hometowns, included:

Ashville Laramie Ball (Social Science Award), Emilee Sperry (Individual Studies A.S. Award)

Bear Lake, PA Paul Waite (Business Administration - A.A.S. Award)

Bemus Point Chase Helgren (Roger C. Seager Presidential Scholarship)

Brocton Ryan Johnson (Freshman Environmental Science Award)

Registration for several summer youth programs at JCC’s Jamestown Campus has begun.

The programs feature interactive classes in science, technology, engineering, math, art, culinary arts, and music.

To register, call or visit JCC’s Center for Continuing Education in the Carnahan Center, 716.338.1005. The center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fillmore Central School won the 56th annual Media One’s High School Bowl tournament recently, defeating Maple Grove High School 85-54.

The match was held at JCC. Player of the Match honors went to Mason Kelley of Fillmore.

Fillmore team members include Mason Kelley, captain, Michael McDonald, Rory Kelley, and Josh Buck. The team is coached by William Kelley. Fillmore finished the year with an 8-1 record.

Fillmore will compete in the National Academic Championship in Washington, DC in early June.

The first Louise Tefft Award was awarded recently to JCC's OTA program and the SUNY Fredonia Pre-Health Professionals Club. The award highlights a person or persons who have supported the Chautauqua Blind Association.

Louise, a CBA client for 28 years, credited the services that she received from the CBA for her ability to remain independent in her home until she died in 2016 at 101.

Emily-Jane Berakah, a Dunkirk High School senior, won first place in the fifth annual College Connections student speech contest at JCC.

The other contestants were Christopher Michalski, a Dunkirk High School senior, and Henry Malarkey, a Jamestown High School junior.

The competition is open to College Connections students at partner high schools who are enrolled in JCC’s Public Speaking course. Course instructors are Donna Pucciarelli at Dunkirk High School and Barbie Price at Jamestown High School.

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