JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Community College was one of the featured colleges at the State University of New York’s Western New York Regional Showcase in Buffalo on May 1.
The event, which spotlighted notable programs and initiatives among ten SUNY institutions in the region, culminated the series of showcases that began last fall as part of SUNY’s strategic plan. Presentations were based on ‘Six Big Ideas,’ or strategic themes, identified through SUNY’s strategic planning process.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher asked each of the 64 SUNY campuses to present a half-day of public programming highlighting their innovative, best-in-class solutions that will help build a stronger economy and a better future for all New Yorkers.
SUNY institutions in the western New York region serve 48,400 students, employ 16,400 individuals, and have an estimated $3.7 billion economic impact.
Under the theme of an ‘Energy Smart New York,’ JCC provided a presentation on its new science center and recognition of the college as a Tree Campus USA college, a designation made by the Arbor Day Foundation. JCC was the first community college in New York state to receive the Tree Campus USA designation.
JCC has a tree management and maintenance plan, provides funding for tree planting in each year’s operating budget, has a tree committee, has adopted policies for tree protection during construction periods, and has met other requirements to receive the Arbor Day Foundation honor.
The presentation also featured environmentally friendly concepts incorporated into the science center. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver designation is being sought for the new facility from the United States Green Building Council. The building has already drawn visitors from schools, colleges, and universities interested not only in the features of the building, but also in the planning process used to design and construct the building.
Greg Rabb, associate professor of political science, and some of his students joined colleagues from SUNY Fredonia, the University at Buffalo, and Buffalo State College in presenting information on the SUNY Model European Union simulation.
Todd Tranum, president and chief executive officer of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the Dream It, Do It program (DIDI). DIDI connects high school students with opportunities to learn about advanced manufacturing and associated careers.
A $500,000 grant through the New York State Regional Economic Development Council initiative has allowed DIDI to expand into Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Additional expansion into Erie and Niagara counties is anticipated.
The Small Business Development Center and JCC’s Center for Continuing Education also participated in the SUNY Showcase, highlighting business-related and training programs and activities.