"The view from the summit is worth the climb" has been unveiled as the motto for the fall 2011 students at Jamestown Business College.
"This is the motto that you guys created and voted for. So, the fall term, you created this, and over time you voted for it. This term, you guys created an action plan to follow through with it. I have to say, it's really going to show and prove how responsible you guys are," said Gretchen Lindell, associate academic dean at JBC, to the fall 2011 students.
The motto was presented as a part of JBC's Successful U program, which was developed in the fall of 2010 by faculty and staff of the college.
Fall term students at Jamestown Business College pose at the unveiling of their motto, “The view from the summit is worth the climb.”
P-J photo by Liz Skoczylas
Successful U took the place of the success skills seminar, which orignally was presented to students only during their orientation to the college.
"There were pieces missing. It really pointed to a necessity for a cultural change," Ms. Lindell said.
As a result, Successful U is a program that helps students at JBC to focus on personal accountability, writing skills, financial literacy skills and health and wellness. Together, Ms. Lindell said, these all tie into retention efforts for the college.
"Keeping our students engaged is obviously going to keep them interested in our program," Ms. Lindell said.
The personal accountability, writing skills and financial literacy skills are integrated into lessons that students learn at JBC throughout their time at the college, although they also have events, such as the unveiling of the motto, that focus on key points.
The health and wellness portion is currently undergoing some changes. Ms. Lindell said that the college is looking to tie in aspects of the community for this portion of Successful U.
"The personal accountability part that we were doing today is really the backbone to it all, because if they accept that, if they accept personal accountability, everything falls together for them in college," Ms. Lindell said.
The motto is created by students during their first term at JBC. The entire class then votes for their favorite, which is then placed on a banner in the school. The banner will also be on display when that group of students graduate.
"It's about us growing forward and helping us expand ourselves in the business world and how we can be successful outside of school, in school, with our friends, family and teachers," said Heather Michalek, who will be graduating from JBC in May.
The spring term at JBC will be starting in February. For more information about JBC or their Successful U program, call 664-5100.