Education and Training Resources
From preschool to college, Olean offers a variety of quality education. Preschool & Day Care systems include Olean Child Day Care Center, Rainbow Academy Center, YMCA Child Care Center, Cattaraugus County Head Start, Immanuel Christian Child Care, Montessori Children’s House, and Southern Tier Camp Fire Council - Kidecation.
The Olean Public School System incorporates five exceptional elementary schools, a state-of-the-art middle school and an ever-expanding high school. The city also offers a Catholic elementary and high school. Vocational training and special education programs are available at the Cattaraugus BOCES Vocational/Technical Center.
Three higher education institutions grace the area. Each of them have experienced a tremendous increase in enrollment and have been very beneficial to the City of Olean.
St. Bonaventure University is a nationally recognized four-year Franciscan university offering undergraduate and graduate programs in liberal arts, the sciences, business, education, and mass communication. The University not only provides an exceptional educational outlet for the residents but also offers a tremendous amount of cultural activity through their newly constructed arts center.
Jamestown Community College's Cattaraugus County Campus sits in Olean's downtown. The college offers associate degrees in many academic programs including accounting, business administration, communication/media arts, computer science, criminal justice, electrical technology, liberal arts, human services, nursing, and fine arts. Certificate programs are also available such as computer art and design, digital electronics, early childhood development, information processing, and office technology. Many industries participate in the college's employee training offerings including management, computers, and professional development.
Adults who wish to upgrade a skill, learn a new trade, or enter into a hobby have their choice of course offerings available at Olean City Schools, BOCES, and the JCC Continuing Education Center.