About

What is the
Chautauqua County Education Coalition?

The CCEC is a dynamic public-private partnership made up of 125 stakeholders representing 70 organizations and is the catalyst for collaboration around four components within Chautauqua County’s educational system:  Early Childhood, Middle School to High School Career Pathways, Current Employer Needs and Community Collaboration.

What is our Mission?

Our mission is to align resources and build capabilities to meet the evolving workforce requirements of Chautauqua County. Together, CCEC and the greater community identifies resources to fill gaps in youth services and help solve complex social problems related to education. A current focus is matching local curricula to the needs of local employers.

What is our Process?

Our collective impact initiative is data-driven. We seek to align and support educational initiatives producing effective outcomes toward a goal of maximizing human potential.


Meet Our Executive Director

Justin Hanft

A Chautauqua County native, Justin is proud to currently be serving as the Executive Director for the Chautauqua County Education Coalition for the past three years. Prior to taking on the Executive Director position with the Chautauqua County Education Coalition, Hanft spent four years as Industrial Services Manager for the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.  In that capacity he also served as Coordinator of the Dream It Do It program working with school districts to eliminate the misperceptions around manufacturing careers.  Working with many community partners Hanft helped established a regional event known as STEM Wars & Manufacturing Career Fair (videos:  2017 & 2018) which has grown to encompass on average 18 school districts, and between 900-1,000 students in 2017-2019.  Now, as CCEC Director, Justin spearheads this collective impact initiative to better align the learning system of Chautauqua County.

Outside of his work with the coalition Mr. Hanft is a certified history teacher in New York State and currently serves as a board member of the Jamestown Community College Foundation.  Mr. Hanft was a Past President for the Chautauqua Leadership Network (CLN) Board of Directors and class facilitator in 2018.  He serves on the Junior Achievement (Chautauqua County) Advisory Committee and has been a Junior Achievement volunteer for 6 years at Jamestown & Falconer School Districts.  In May 2019 he was presented the Friend of Education award by the Chautauqua County School Boards Association.  Mr. Hanft was a recipient of the 2018 Young Business Leader of the Year award from the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Hanft is a mentor for the WNY P-TECH STEM College & Career Academy. In the spring of 2018 Justin was named Head Football Coach for his Alma Mater the Maple Grove Red Dragons.  From 2008 to 2011 Mr. Hanft perfected his skills as a football coach when he served as Running Backs & Special Teams Coach at Alfred University.  Hanft received his B.A. in Political Science and his M.S. in Literacy Education from Alfred University.

Contact Us

The Chautauqua County Education Coalition
512 Falconer Street
Jamestown, NY 14701

Justin Hanft, Director
JHanft@educoalition.com
716-484-1101
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