JCC Gets $300K For Domestic Violence, Sex Crime EducationPosted: Updated:
Jefferson Community College has been given $300,000 in an effort to educate students and faculty about domestic violence and sex crimes.
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded a grant to the school to help educate and prevent any act of sexual violence.
JCC will use some of the money to hire a new full-time staff member for education and to work with community partners, including the Watertown Police Department and the Jefferson County Victims Assistance Center, to give resources to students.
"We have such a wide variety of students who go here who really kind of hit a whole bunch of different areas and so to have multiple resources is a huge, huge benefit for us and that's, at the core of this grant, really what it's about is providing resources. I've really underlined that 'community' in Jefferson Community College because this isn't just for us. It's a huge step in the right direction for this whole community," said Rocco Cappello, dean of students.
The grant money will be used over the next three years for additional training and to cut back the response time to sex crimes.