The Jamestown Community College nursing program will have much to celebrate as it hosts an open house event for the community this weekend.
The event will be held Sunday in recognition of the program's 50 years of service to the Jamestown community, and its first semester of holding classes in its brand new facilities, which were constructed earlier this year.
Celebrations will kick off with a ceremony at 12:30 p.m., followed by tours of the facility from 1-4 p.m. According to Dawn Columbare, professor and director of nursing education, the reasons behind the celebration of the open house event are a testament to the excellence of the program over the course of its half-century in existence.
"This is the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new department, but it's also the 50th anniversary of the nursing program," Columbare said. "And the nursing program was actually one of the first associate degree nursing programs in the state."
According to Columbare, JCC nursing students originally took their nursing courses at WCA Hospital, while only their general education classes were held on-campus. Because of this, the partnership between the hospital and the college was one of the first instances of a hospital program incorporating college credits into students' education in subjects such as anatomy and physiology and English. She said WCA Hospital's school of nursing graduated its final class in 1964, while JCC's nursing program began in 1963 and graduated its first class in 1965.
Columbare said this information, and more, regarding the history of the nursing program will be a prominent feature of the open house event.
"In addition to opening with the ribbon cutting, we're going to do a history profile of the nursing program," she said. "And I think it has a long history of being an excellent program of nursing."