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Alumnus Brabant Makes Transformative Gift to Support Nursing Program

Jefferson Community College nursing program alumnus Joe Brabant ‘73 has made a commitment of $100,000 to Jefferson, $75,000 to fund capital improvements to the nursing laboratory and $25,000 to endow the Brabant Family Endowment for Medical Education, a non-tuition scholarship to help students enrolled in the nursing, paramedic or math and science allied health programs at Jefferson.

Brabant, who currently resides in Roanoke, VA is one of the Virginia’s top anesthetists.  Originally from Clayton, NY, he contacted the JCC Foundation in early November to talk about scholarships as a part of his estate plan. He agreed to visit campus for the first time in 30 years during a trip back to the North Country in late 2017. 

After spending time with College President, Dr. Ty Stone; Interim Director of the Nursing Program, Dr. Marie Hess; and JCC Foundation Executive Director, Greg Griffin; as well as touring campus and talking to students, he made up his mind: fund a scholarship and the nursing laboratory improvements. The upgraded nursing facility will be renamed and dedicated during Cannon Blast Weekend, September 22, 2018 in memory of his late wife Bobbi Brabant.

Brabant commented, “I'm glad to be a part of JCC’s future. To think a month ago I was exploring starting a scholarship and today I'm improving the learning environment of so many very promising students and many more to come.” 

“Joe is a JCC and North Country success story! His desire and willingness to “pay it forward” to future generations of Jefferson students exemplifies the “helping and caring” spirit that is ever-present among so many of our alumni,” stated JCC Foundation Director, Greg Griffin. “I know I can speak for our entire campus when I say how grateful we are for his generosity.”

Dr. Marie Hess and her staff will coordinate the renovations and updates to the nursing laboratory to be completed over the summer. Improvements will include new nursing mannequins, beds, simulation equipment and monitors.

The nursing program at JCC has been rated #1 in the state according to To learn more about the JCC Foundation and the nursing program please visit