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Jamestown Community College
Jamestown Community College

Jamestown Community College is a community college with its main campus in Jamestown, New York. It is part of the State University of New York system. JCC has an extension center in Dunkirk and additional campuses in Olean and Warren, Pennsylvania. The college offers degree and certificate programs.

Founded in 1950, Jamestown Community College was the first community college in the State University of New York system. The college has grown from an enrollment of 169 students attending classes at Jamestown High School to an enrollment of 4,476 in a multi-campus institution. The Jamestown Campus is located on a 107-acre (0.43 km2) site at the foot of Chautauqua Lake in Jamestown, New York. The Cattaraugus County Campus is located 50 miles (80 km) east of Jamestown in Olean, New York.

In 1987, JCC opened its Warren Center, located 25 miles south of Jamestown, to provide degrees in business administration and social science. The satellite operates under a contract with the Warren-Forest Higher Education Council, and it is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.[5]


Founded in 1950 as a predominantly transfer, liberal arts oriented institution, JCC was among the first community colleges within the State University of New York.

JCC has remained committed to the humanities and liberal arts while expanding to meet the social imperatives of vocational education and community service. The threefold purpose of the college is to serve those students desiring transfer programs, provide technical and career programs for those who wish to seek employment immediately after graduation, and offer the community the opportunity to pursue part-time study for improvement of job skills and cultural enrichment.

Campus life

JCC has a variety of chartered clubs and organizations for students to experience, with topics ranging from creative writing to biotechnology.

The officially recognized student governing body is the Student Senate. Students have a direct voice in all student affairs and many college activities through active participation in the student government.

The Campus Activity Board (CAB) and the College Program Committee are the two organizations that are responsible for bringing activities (speakers, artists, musicians, etc.) to campus. CAB is composed of only students while the College Program Committee is composed of both faculty and students.

JCC is a member of the Western New York Athletic Conference and Region III of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Both JCC's Jamestown and Cattaraugus County Campuses field teams. The Jamestown teams are known as the Jayhawks and the Cattaraugus County teams are the Jaguars.

Jamestown Campus

Cattaraugus County Campus

  • Women's Soccer
  • Women's Softball
  • Men's Basketball

Weeks Gallery The Weeks Gallery enriches cultural lives by presenting significant visual, performing, and interdisciplinary art programs for the region. The gallery is located on the Jamestown Campus in the Arts and Sciences Center. In 2009, the Weeks Gallery staff opened the Center Gallery on the JCC Cattaraugus County Campus. The Center Gallery presents local artists and faculty from regional colleges. Highlights include the “CCAC Members Show” and the “Southern Tier Biennial” (STB), a regional survey of contemporary art on the southern tier. In 2011, the Weeks Gallery received two significant donations – Ken and Lois Strickler donated Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe serigraph and Larry Diggs donated a small-untitled bronze by Louise Nevelson.

Scharmann Theatre Located on the Jamestown Campus of Jamestown Community College, in the Arts and Sciences Center, the Scharmann Theatre hosts dozens of cultural events and lectures a year. It's also home to the JCC Uncommoners, a student theatre troupe that puts on two productions per academic year. The theatre is named for Robert Lee Scharmann, who first began teaching English and drama at JCC in 1956, and died in 1976. The current coordinator of the Scharmann Theatre is Robert T. Schlick, and Steven Gustafson, a member of the band 10,000 Maniacs, serves as its technical director.

On-campus housing

JCC provides on-campus living for 340 students in its three Hillside Suites residence halls. The halls offer students suite-style living, including four to five fully furnished bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, dining area, and two full bathrooms. The suites contain primarily single bedrooms, with a limited amount of double bedrooms available. All buildings are alcohol and tobacco free.

JCC also features a cafe on campus, which students are able to purchase a meal plan for.

Notable alumni

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