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CASSADAGA – The staff and students at the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy celebrated the 35th anniversary of the center at a ceremony Thursday on the campus.

Charles St. George of Fredonia, a charter member of the community advisory committee, was the keynote speaker.

St. George reviewed the history of the center’s location, dating back to the Newton Hospital, which specialized in tuberculosis patients.

St. George told the group that the Job Corps had earned its place in the community by becoming involved in many activities.

Cassadaga Mayor Lee Ann Lazarony also spoke and listed the many ways in which students help out in the community. She noted they help with improvements, including leaf raking and beach cleanup every year.

Ann Anderson, director of the center, closed the program. She has been an employee for 33 years and said that the more than 8,000 students who have passed through the center have benefited from a dedicated staff of teachers and support personnel.

Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce read a proclamation in honor of the center.

Dolce was a teacher there, before taking on his duties as mayor. He said the rewards of seeing students obtain diplomas outweigh other achievements he has experienced.

The center provides high school GED classes, nursing assistant classes, licensed practical nursing certification, and training in building trades.