The Jefferson Community College (JCC) Jefferson Leadership & Business Symposium (JLBS) will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Sturtz Theater. The symposium combines two of the College’s former annual events - Leadership Day and Business Symposium. All are welcome to attend.
Delivering the keynote address is Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. Greenfield got his first taste of the ice cream industry as a college student attending Oberlin College, Ohio when he took a job as a scooper in the college cafeteria. In 1977, Greenfield and his school buddy Ben Cohen joined together in an unlikely venture: running a food business together. The two eventually settled on ice cream, and, after a bit of research (and a $5 Penn State correspondence course in ice cream making), opened Ben & Jerry’s Homemade ice cream parlor in Burlington, Vermont in May 1978. Ben and Jerry soon became known throughout Vermont for their rich, funky flavors and community-oriented approach to business. As of 2006, Ben & Jerry’s Inc had roughly 450 retail shops. Today, most of their brand’s ice cream is sold in grocery stores and convenient stores across the country.
In addition to a keynote speaker, JLBS will feature opportunities to engage with local leaders, business professionals and Jefferson student leaders. Breakout sessions on a variety of business and leadership topics, a business networking fair, free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and a performance by Ryan Quinn will round out the program. Quinn, a SUNY Oneonta graduate, advanced to the top 20 on NBC’s The Voice in 2016.
Students Recognized for Completing Construction Training Program
On Friday, May 10, 2019, Jefferson Community College, along with representatives of Purcell Construction and Associated Builders and Contractors, celebrated the first cohort of students to complete the National Center for Construction Education and Research training held at the Lewis County Education Center in Lowville.