Lewis County residents find enrolling at JCC can be quick & easy

JCC instant admit

LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - Paige Lehman says it's a first for her family.

She's registering for college.

"I'm the first one," she said.

That’s how she wound up at the Jefferson Community College Instant Admit and Registration Night in Lowville on Thursday.

It was a painless process even for someone new to college.

“It was a quick and easy way to do things, like, really fast,” she said. “Like, I just got all my financial aid done that I needed to get done, like, wicked quick.”

This is the kind of response JCC Director of Educational Planning Craig McNamara hopes to get from events like this.

"It really makes it easier for our students," he said. "They can come in and for one night, you know, get admitted to the college, work on their federal financial aid forms, meet with an educational planner, and get a course and class roster and schedule."

The Lewis County-JCC Education Center opened in January.

For the first time this semester, they will be offering credit-bearing courses.

"Two math courses," McNamara said, "and we'll also be running an English course."

These will run alongside already-existing courses, such as "professional development and workforce development classes," McNamara said.

Jefferson Community College works with both Jefferson and Lewis counties to identify workforce needs.

The education center in Lewis County tailors some of their courses to train students for these jobs. And so far, they've had some success.

"We ran a construction program here, and every student was employed with a construction industry by the time the course was complete," McNamara. "So, those are the levels of success we're looking to have down here."

Paige's ultimate goal is to become a nurse. It's what drove her to register for college.

She's already a certified nursing assistant.

"And I just want more," she said. "I don't want to stop there."

JCC classes start August 26.

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