STRONGER TOGETHER Upcoming Events
An Opportunity Program Newsletter
11.8.19 First Generation Celebration CLC Lobby @12PM 11.9.19 Trip to Potsdam Open House 11.13.19 Last Day to Withdraw 11.16.19 Trip to Canton Open House 11.21.19 Spaghetti Bridge Competition The Commons @9:30AM
Thankful Thursday “Full Minds and Full Bodies” If there’s one thing we know about the students at JCC, it has to be that they’re all hungry. And, I mean, who isn’t? But sometimes when you’re facing a full load of classes, a full-time job, and a family waiting at home, food is the last thing on your mind. Seeing how many of our students skip meals, we decided to provide one. Every Thursday, a team of staff and faculty from the Student Success Services coordinates to put together a meal for all students in the area. Sometimes it’s spaghetti and meatballs, sometimes it’s sandwiches and soups. But always, it disappears by the end of the day. Feeding our students may seem like a small, frivolous endeavor compared with the academic work that goes on here every day. But how can a student focus when their stomach is growling? And when they do stop for food, will it be something wholesome and hearty? Or will it be a Rice Krispie Treat from the snack machine? Here at JCC, we do such a good job of feeding our students’ minds. Now, we’re also feeding their bodies.
Research Poster Presentations “CSTEP Students Show Their Chops” Join CSTEP and the other Opportunity Programs for our student’s Research Poster Presentation on December 5th from 12:30 to 1:50 in the Fireside Lounge! Learn what our students have been doing this semester and engage with the research they’ve done. It is also the last day of Thankful Thursday, so food will be provided! We hope to see you there!
CSTEP Leadership Event “Expanding Student Opportunities” For the third year in a row, Jefferson Community College (JCC) CSTEP and Aubertine and Currier (A&C) partnered on September 26th and 27th, 2019 to present the 2019 Leadership Conference. The two day event took CSTEP students on a tour of the Jefferson County Historical Society, Thompson Park Zoo, Samaritan Medical Center Women's Wellness & Breast Care Center construction site, Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) Zenda Farms, and Thousand Islands Bridge Authority (TIBA) Boldt Castle. In addition to the business tours, students also enjoyed overnight accommodations at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, and a dinner and panel discussion with community leaders at Bella’s on Riverside Drive in Clayton. The focus of this event is to educate students about the variety of job opportunities available in the North Country. Our hope is that students will return to the North Country to work after they obtain their desired degree. During the Leadership Conference each year students have an opportunity to meet with business owners and professionals in the field and they learn what it takes to be successful in the future. This is one of CSTEP’s favorite events each year and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.
Liberty Partnership Program “Student Profile: Shania Griffin” Shania Griffin entered the Liberty Partnership Program in the spring of 2018. Since that time, she has spent many hours working with Liberty staff. In 2018 Shania was selected for the Summer Youth Internship program where she worked for the Watertown Daily Times, and was given the opportunity to write and publish an article about the JCC softball program. In 2019, Shania was again selected as a Summer Intern, this time for the Watertown YMCA, where she helped supervise students in grades K-3 in the Summer Recreation Program. Shania was also part of a group of 10 Watertown/JCC Liberty Partnership Program students who took and passed PSY 120 on campus last summer. Shania is currently in 11th grade, spending her time narrowing down her college choices and keeping her grades on the honor roll. Shania’s two younger sisters Harmony (9th), and Kaylin (6th) are also active in the Liberty program. All three girls were selected to attend the Empire Promise Youth Summit in Utica New York in 2019. They spent three days visiting colleges, attending seminars and networking with students in other LPP programs across New York State. Their parents, Juan Griffin and Karen Ware have also been actively involved in the program as well. They have chaperoned trips, and attended multiple family events over the past two years. Mr. Griffin recently received change of station orders, which will move the family out of the state. The Watertown/JCC Liberty Program would like to thank the Griffin family for the time they have spent in our program and for demonstrating the best parts of the Liberty Program! Best of Luck! We’ll miss you!