Jefferson College is a comprehensive, two-year community college located in Hillsboro, Missouri. The Community College District of Jefferson County was established in 1963 and classes were first held at Hillsboro High School. In 1965, the college moved to its current location with a campus spread over an area of more than 400 acres.
The college has three other campuses located in Arnold, Cedar Hill, and Imperial and has a total enrollment of about 6,200 students. The Hillsboro campus features facilities such as the Library-Administration Building, Career & Technical Education Building, Fine Arts Building, Technology Center, Arts and Sciences Building, and the Area Technical School.
This college offers associate degrees, career and technical certificate programs, and personal enrichment and professional development courses.
The associate degree programs offered include the Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), and Associate of Science (AS) for students who eventually want to transfer to a four-year university or college to pursue a baccalaureate (BA or BS) degree. The college offers Associate of Arts degree programs for areas such as Accounting, Business Administration, English, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Fine Arts/Humanities. The Associate of Science degree students can opt for a specialization in Engineering. The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree is aimed at education majors who want to transfer into a four-year Teacher Education program.
JC also offers the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program for students who want to take up a profession directly after completing their course. The areas of study that the students of the Applied Associate of Science degree program can opt for include Applied Technology, Automotive Technology, Child Care/Early Childhood Education, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Emergency Medical Technology, and Veterinary Technology.
Also offered are numerous career and technical education certificate programs in areas such as Accounting Technology, Business Information Technology, Culinary Arts, Emergency Medical Technology, Fire Science Technology, and Practical Nursing.
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This school invites applications for admissions from any student who has graduated from an accredited high school or has a GED. First-time college students who enroll for degree programs are required to appear for the COMPASS placement test or submit their ACT scores. The admission procedure involves submitting the admission application form and official high school transcripts. Students wanting to enroll for the fall semester are recommended to apply by July and those wanting to enroll for the spring semester should apply by December. Transfer students need to submit their official college transcripts to the Admissions Office.
International students are recommended to apply for admissions at least 60 days prior to the date when classes are scheduled to begin. International applicants are required to submit the International Application form, official secondary education documents, and a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance their education and living expenses for a year. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores. International applicants must also submit proof of medical insurance.
There are many financial aid programs to help students meet their educational expenses. Different types of financial aid programs available for students include scholarships, grants, loans and Federal work-study programs.
Scholarships, Grants, and Loans
Students may be eligible for merit-based and need-based awards. Merit-based awards include the Charles Studyvin Memorial Scholarship, Earl R. Blackwell Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Big River Ladies Endowed Scholarship, Jefferson College General Scholarship, and Peggy Alexander Scholarship. Need-based awards include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Access Missouri Program. Students may also be eligible for various loan options such as federal Stafford loans and Federal Parent PLUS loans. Students can also apply for work-study programs in which they can seek on-campus work-study positions.
To apply for financial aid, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens.
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Student Clubs and Organizations
There are various student-centered resources to make the learning experience lively. Numerous opportunities for getting involved in campus life are provided by the student clubs and organizations. Some of the popular clubs on campus include Campus Crusade for Christ, Cheerleaders, Fine Arts Club, Student National Education Association, and Phi Theta Kappa.
Campus Services and Facilities
There is an Advising and Retention Center that provides academic advising services with the objective of helping students succeed in their academic endeavors. The center also provides transfer and job search assistance. The Career Development Center offers career guidance and helps students make informed career decisions. The campus features a Child Development Center that provides high quality child care for pre-school and school age children. There is an Academic Support Center with Math and Writing labs for students who need additional support beyond classrooms. Peer and professional tutoring services are also available for the students. The campus bookstore stocks new and used books, apparel, accessories, school and office supplies, software, and computer peripherals and the library offers a collection of more than 70,000 books, magazines, journals, DVDs, and music CDs.
On-Campus Housing and Dining Facilities
Jefferson College actively encourages students to stay on campus for ensuring a better opportunity for growth and success. Students have the option of staying in Viking Woods, which features two and four bedroom furnished apartments. All of the apartments have full-service kitchens, refrigerators, dishwashers, electric stoves, and a built-in study and dining area. Dining facilities are available for the students at Viking Café which offers continental breakfast selections, lunch selections, on-the-go items, and beverages.
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This school is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), NJCAA Region XVI and the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAC). The intercollegiate athletic teams are known as the Vikings and the college is considered one of the premier NJCAA Division I colleges. The college has five athletic teams: men’s soccer and baseball, and women’s volleyball, softball and basketball.
Jefferson College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and specific programs offered at the college have additional accreditations and approvals.
Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.