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Do You Have a JCC Story? Enter 50th Anniversary Essay Contest

The Jefferson Community College (JCC) Foundation is sponsoring a “50th Anniversary Essay Contest” in commemoration of Jefferson Community College’s 50th Anniversary, which is being celebrated throughout 2011.

Jefferson Community College was established on November 7, 1961 as the area’s first institution of higher education. Over the past 50 years, Jefferson has touched the lives of many, including 18,000+ alums and over 90,000 people who have taken a class or workshop or attended an event at the college. Many JCC stories have been told and many have yet to be written.

Has Jefferson Community College changed your life or the life of someone you know? The JCC Foundation invites you to tell your JCC story by completing the phrase, “Thank you, JCC, for…” in 250 or fewer words. Categories include current JCC student, JCC alumni, and an open category for any friend of the College.

Three first-place winners will each receive a gift basket and $500 to present to the JCC department of their choice. The $1,500 prize money was generously donated by Jefferson Community College president Carole A. McCoy and her husband Donald. The JCC Foundation will also sponsor three $500 scholarships for the Fall 2011 semester. Each scholarship will be named for a winning essayist and awarded to a student enrolled in an academic degree program of the essayist’s choice.

Winning essays will be published on the Jefferson Community College website and may be published in other media. All entries become the property of the JCC Foundation.

Entries must be received by the JCC Foundation by 5 p.m. on April 15. Maximum length is 250 words, preferably typed and double spaced. Essays may be submitted in RTF format via email to, faxed to 315-786-0158, or mailed to the Jefferson Community College Foundation, 1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Entries must include entry category(s), full name, complete address, telephone, and email. Alumni entries must include year of graduation. Mailed and faxed entries should include an entry form (PDF).

Judging will be completed by a panel selected by the JCC Foundation. Entries will be judged according to a set of established criteria and will be judged anonymously to the extent possible recognizing that individual names may be included in some essays. Winners will be announced in May.

Questions may be directed to the JCC Foundation at 315-786-2291.

SUNY Jefferson: Celebrating 50 Years of Learning ~ Changing Lives

Established on November 7, 1961, Jefferson Community College was the area’s first institution of higher education. Supervised by the State University of New York (SUNY), Jefferson offers 30+ associate degrees and certificates for career preparation or transfer; local access to bachelor’s and advanced degrees through partner institutions; lifelong learning through workshops and seminars; business and industry training; and cultural enrichment opportunities for the entire Watertown/Fort Drum region. Jefferson is accredited by the Middle States Association and currently serves approximately 3,800 students from Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties, including a significant number of service members and their families.

Visit for more information about 50th anniversary events taking place from January through November of 2011.