JAMESTOWN - Officials from Assemblyman Andrew Goodell's office and from Jamestown Business College recently recognized the second group of high school seniors from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties who completed the JBC Leadership Launch with Senator Catharine Young program. The program, which began in October, was designed to develop the leadership skills of select students throughout the region.
As part of the program, nominated seniors participated in a series of interactive leadership activities at JBC. The five-week program provided students with the opportunity to improve their own leadership capabilities. The first session included team building activities and a leadership discussion with Senator Young. From there, students experienced interactive sessions on the topics of communication, initiative, and leadership traits. They worked with the college's faculty and staff, along with a local training professional, Elizabeth Cipolla, on these efforts.
JBC President David Conklin was pleased with the program and with the students who participated.
Above: The second class of students to complete JBC’s Leadership Launch with Senator Catharine Young were recently honored with a ceremony at the Robert H. Jackson Center. Students honored, front from left, were: Kayla Anderson (Cassadaga Valley), Kayla Grey (Cattaraugus-Little Valley), Megan Bleck (Fredonia), Alyssa Huntington (Jamestown), Amber Woodruff (Southwestern), and Kendra Catalano (Forestville). Second row, from left: Peter Marciano (Allegany-Limestone), Sophia Hendrix (Olean), Jacob Shawley (Cattaraugus-Little Valley), Alyssa Ralph (Jamestown), Julie Vinciguerra (Fredonia), Abbi Perrin (Jamestown), Marcos Melendez (Jamestown), Emily Markham (Forestville), and Zac Bunge (Fredonia). Third row, from left: Jason Porter (Southwestern), Morgan Paterniti (Southwestern), Brittany Bellinger (Cassadaga Valley), Jeremy Lesniowski (Chautauqua Lake), Lily Ellis (Jamestown), Miles Brickley (Jamestown), Nolan Wells (Jamestown), and Jefferson Dedrick (Allegany-Limestone).
"I truly enjoyed following these students through the program," he said. "It was a pleasure to welcome such an engaged and motivated group of students to the college. I am confident these students will be very successful in life and if JBC was able to contribute, in this small manner, I am extremely pleased. We hope that more students like them will come through this program in the future," Conklin said.
He was also glad to share a version of programming that has already found success within JBC's student body. "Over the past ten years, we have witnessed the effect of our own professional trainings at the college and the impact that they have on student success," he said. "So when we saw an opportunity to share that success with our surrounding schools and communities, we welcomed it."
Elisabeth Rankin from Assemblyman Andy Goodell's Office was on hand to congratulate the student participants.
Program participants, Jefferson Dedrick from Allegany Limestone Central School and Nolan Wells from Jamestown High School, also spoke on behalf of the program graduates.
The program will continue at the college next year. Program dates will be announced in the future.
Jamestown Business College offers business-focused associate and bachelor degrees and certificate programs that include targeted professional development activities. For more information on registering for these programs, call 664-5100 or visit us online at www.JamestownBusinessCollege.edu.