Located in southwestern New York, JCC was founded in 1950 as part of the State University of New York. The present enrollment is approximately 2,770 full- and part-time credit students at two campuses, two extension centers, and online. In 2012, JCC was named the “Top Performing Public Two-Year College in New York” in a report published by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The original campus is located on a 107-acre site in Jamestown, in the southwestern corner of New York. The Cattaraugus County Campus, 50 miles east of Jamestown, is located in Olean, NY. Extension centers in Dunkirk, NY and Warren, PA serve the needs of students in outlying areas. College-level courses are offered in numerous area high schools, as well as online.
Characterized by a climate of informal interaction among its board of trustees, administration, staff, faculty, and students, the college provides a working and learning environment conducive to growth and change, while maintaining high, nationally recognized standards. The diversity of student life at JCC reflects the individuality of the students who attend.
While maintaining an open admissions policy, the college has assured itself of high quality in its student body through the Unified Student Assistance (USA) program which guarantees a full resident tuition scholarship to those students in the college’s service area who graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class.
JCC offers A.A., A.S., and A.A.S. degrees as well as certificate programs. Approximately 40% of graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation, a process made easier through transfer articulation agreements with an array of institutions. The college has a major community outreach program which focuses on economic development and personal enrichment. Approximately 10,000 individuals register annually for contract and non-credit courses, seminars, and workshops.
The college faculty includes 73 full-time faculty with another 200-250 individuals serving as adjunct instructors. The permanent support staff totals 210.
JCC is a member of the Western New York Athletic Conference and Region III of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The college believes that education involves body and spirit as well as the mind. JCC students participate in intercollegiate competition in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, golf, and swimming; women’s volleyball; and men’s baseball and wrestling.
JCC has grown over the past two decades, enjoying $82 million in capital improvements including:
- construction and renovation of the Cattaraugus County Campus;
- construction of three residence halls, a renovated student center, and new nursing classrooms and labs;
- construction of the Manufacturing Technology Institute on the Cattaraugus County Campus along with a major renovation of the MTI on the Jamestown Campus; and
- construction of a Science Center that was designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standards and is a showplace for sustainability in building design and operation on the Jamestown Campus.
The college also obtained funding for capital projects that resulted in the repurposing of 10,000 square feet as well as construction and renovation of approximately 30,000 square feet.
Quick Facts 2016-2017
On-campus housing for 340 students is available in Hillside Suites, three suite-style residence halls.
The Hamilton Collegiate Center houses the admissions and financial aid offices as well as the Counseling and Career Center, JCC Foundation, Administration, campus store, Student Union, Artworks, and cafeteria.
The Hultquist Library combines over 55,000 print materials and audiovisual tools with study areas and instructional resources. A professional staff focuses on meeting student needs. The building also contains classrooms, a tutorial center, computer labs, theatre, distance learning classroom, and faculty offices.
Additional classrooms are located in the Arts and Sciences Center, along with a computer center, music and physics labs and classrooms, Weeks Gallery, Weeks Reception Hall, and Scharmann Theatre, which serves as the site for a variety of student and professional cultural events and lectures. It is also home to JCC's top-ranked nursing program and its classrooms and labs. Student computer resources include 450 computers.
A gymnasium, indoor track, Life Fitness center, racquetball court, and swimming pools make JCC's Physical Education Complex a well-equipped facility. It's also the home of Jayhawk athletics.
The Katharine Jackson Carnahan Center features the Center for Continuing Education, which includes computer labs, a theatre, and classrooms designed for short-term training programs. It also houses the Small Business Development Center, which serves both start-up and established businesses in the area, and the Chautauqua County Law Enforcement Academy.
JCC's LEED certified gold-rated Science Center provides classroom and lab facilities for biology, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental science, and geology courses.
The Manufacturing Technology Institute (MTI), located in a dynamic facility adjacent to JCC’s Jamestown Campus, provides a simulated manufacturing environment. The building features specialized space for welding, CAD/CNC, engineering science, industrial equipment technology, mechanical technology, and machine tool technology programs through credit and non-credit courses. The MTI also provides makerspaces in which local industrial entrepreneurs can partner with JCC’s advanced manufacturing faculty and students to develop prototypes.
The Jamestown MTI, which opened in 2003, underwent a $3.6 million expansion during summer and fall 2016 to accommodate additional classrooms and new equipment.
Cattaraugus County Campus
Jamestown Community College's Cattaraugus County Campus is situated in downtown Olean in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.
The Allied Health and Science Center includes a nursing laboratory, classrooms, biology, chemistry and physics labs, faculty offices, and distance learning classrooms.
College Center features a student union, campus store, student lounge, community room, cafeteria, art gallery, and boardroom. Student services operations — campus life, admissions, financial aid, registration, business, counseling and career center, and health center — are also located in the building, as are administrative offices.
Cutco Theater is a multipurpose facility housed in the Technology Building and includes a 190-seat theater which accommodates theater and music performances as well as lectures and training programs. The adjacent Magnano Reception Room, with complete kitchen facilities, is used for college and community events.
The Library and Liberal Arts Center houses the campus library, faculty offices, classrooms, and offices for Empire State College and Houghton College's PACE program.
The Technology Building includes the Learning Center which offers tutoring and individualized learning skills assessment and assistance, computer lab, study areas, and services and adaptive equipment for students with disabilities. In addition, the building includes computer labs, classrooms, and faculty offices.
The Dresser-Rand Training and Conference Center, which formerly housed the Center for Continuing Education, includes classrooms, conference/seminar rooms, and a computer lab.
The Manufacturing Technology Institute features classrooms, light duty and computer-aided design labs, and Center for Continuing Education facilities.
The Olean Family YMCA/JCC Physical Education Center, located at 1101 Wayne St., is home to the college's physical education courses, intramural sport activities, and special events, including the campus’ annual commencement ceremony. The facility includes multipurpose Cutco Court, an aerobic studio, aquatic center, climbing wall, jogging/walking track, racquetball court, and wellness center.
North County Center
Located in Dunkirk, NY, JCC's North County Center offers credit and non-credit courses as well as training services to area businesses and industries.
The facility includes computer labs, counseling services, electronic library, distance learning capability, bookstore, student lounge, and classrooms.
North County students often arrange their schedules to attend some classes at the center and others at the Jamestown Campus, just 40 minutes south of Dunkirk.
The Warren Center, established in 1987, operates under the auspices of the Warren-Forest Higher Education Council. Students enrolled in credit courses at the site are eligible for federal, state, and local financial aid opportunities, including a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency grant.
In addition to credit courses, the Warren Center has offered non-credit courses in personal enrichment, professional development, skill upgrades, and business and customized training.
Jamestown Community College, an integral part of our communities' social and economic frameworks, will be the region's premier provider of transfer, career, developmental, and continuing education, and will be recognized for academic excellence, a collaborative spirit, innovative leadership, and an entrepreneurial mindset.
Jamestown Community College is a comprehensive, regional, open-access, student-centered institution that embraces academic excellence and meets the service area's learning needs in diverse ways, including liberal arts transfer degree programs, career programs, community service, developmental education, and business and industry training. The college's partnership with the greater community contributes to the social and intellectual improvement, economic development, and cultural enrichment of western New York State and northwestern Pennsylvania.
Statement of Beliefs
Commitment to Quality: The college is committed to student learning and to the promotion of the college, its mission, and the welfare of our communities.
Commitment to Students: We believe students and other consumers of college services are the first priority in all we do.
Commitment to Life-long Learning: We believe the entire college community is responsible for enriching lives by creating an atmosphere dedicated to lifelong learning and intellectual inquiry and for promoting communication, collaboration, and greater understanding of our pluralistic society and the world in which we live.
Commitment to Community Partnership: We believe we share a responsibility for the well-being of our college and must play a role, in partnership with other community agencies, in fostering the economic, social, and cultural well-being of our community.
The President, as chief executive officer of the Jamestown Community College Region, reports directly to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the overall operations of the college, in collaboration with faculty and administrative staff.
Interpersonal, Communication, and Soft Skills
A charismatic and inspiring individual who is able to lead the creation of a dynamic vision for the College is needed for the presidency of Jamestown Community College. The President must be able to communicate the vision and lead multiple constituent groups in changes that will ensure its success. The President will have a strong, yet transparent, leadership style focused on innovation and the success of all community college students. In addition, the President will be a courageous decision maker who is empathetic and possesses a high level of emotional intelligence. With a visible and approachable presence, the President must be able to build relationships and unite groups with competing needs.
The College has a strong foundation and access to the support of successful foundations in the community. The facilities and physical plant are in excellent condition. However, the College has experienced a decline in enrollment due to a diminishing population and competition from numerous higher education institutions in the region. This leader must have experience with budget reduction processes that include gathering input from constituency groups and effectively communicating the financial stresses facing the institution. The President must approach budget insufficiency with creativity and be able to explain decisions that are made.
The two campuses and the extension center are located in rural settings; a leader with experience and an understanding of the challenges that are faced in rural environments is critical. Through a commitment to the community college mission and lifelong learning, the President will lead the College in developing programs that are innovative and meet the unique needs of the four sites and their communities. Excellent listening and communication skills will aid this President in leading each site to review existing programs and develop new, innovative, and unique programs and platforms for learning.
External Partnership and Relationship Builder
The College is well-regarded in the region and has a number of graduates who remain in the service area and speak highly of their educational experiences. A leader with successful experience in partnering with K-12 organizations, as well as other colleges and institutions of higher education, will be critical to the future of the College. With multiple locations, this President will be the face of the College and focal point for the entire region and the two counties served. Improvement of external partnerships, rapid identification of the needs of regional businesses, and positioning the College to respond to those needs are critical expectations for this President.