Genesee's James Simon Named Commencement Speaker at Iroquois Job Corps Graduation

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce associate dean of the Media Campus Center, James (Jim) Simon has been named commencement speaker for the Iroquois Job Corps graduation ceremony. The ceremony will take place on May 1, 2009, at 2:00 PM.

Jim Simon has been the associate dean of the Medina Campus Center since 2007, which offers approximately 40 classes for nearly 300 students. Prior to taking on duties as the associate dean, Jim taught history at the College including World History, Western Civilization, American History and History of the Middle East.

Jim has an extensive background in the United States military. Jim’s Air Force career spanned over 20 years with duties as a helicopter pilot, staff officer, military history teacher, commander, and strategic planner. Jim has earned a Masters degree in Middle East History from the University of Utah and Bachelor of Science degree from the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Jim grew up in Buffalo, New York, where he attended Bennett High School and graduated from City Honors High School. He also attended Erie Community College for a year and a half before enlisting in the Air Force. With his wife, Paula (Lutz) they have eight children and reside in Lyndonville, NY.

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. The Iroquois Job Corps academic training includes courses in basic reading and math. Courses in independent living, employability skills, and social skills are also offered in order to help students transition into the workplace.

Approximately 255 students in residence from across New York State are enrolled in the Iroquois Job Corps located in Medina, NY. The center provides academics leading to a GED or high school diploma and offers hands-on career technical training. Career training programs include carpentry, painting, brick masonry, certified medical assistant, certified nursing assistant, and office assistant. The Job Corps graduates students twice a year, and 80 students will graduate on Friday, May 1 at 2:00 PM.

“This is quite an honor,” Jim Simon said. “These students have worked very hard and overcome many obstacles. I hope that I will be able to offer them some worthwhile advice as they move on to their new careers and the next stages of their lives.”

For further information, please contact James Simon, associate dean of the Medina Campus Center at 585-798-1688, or at