As of the early 1960s, there were still few state community colleges in Tennessee. After the Tennessee Board of Regents delivered its report on the matter, a network of schools was created. Western Tennessee residents benefited immensely from this report in the creation of Jackson State Community College in the year 1965. With programs in everything from technical studies to health professions and the arts, this college continues to expand its offerings to students hoping to complete a two-year degree in a public institution or continue their studies by transferring to a 4-year institution.
The school has many options for students in terms of programs and how those programs are delivered. For students interested in taking classes on campus, there are two-year degrees and certificates available to be earned.
Currently offered are Associate of Arts (AA) and the Associate of Science (AS) degrees, which are available in 23 academic and pre-professional areas. Students generally earn these two degrees in the hopes of transferring those credits to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in their chosen field.
For students wishing to graduate and move to an entry-level job, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) is offered in 11 major and nine concentrations.
Students who pursue a certificate must be aware that they are required to attend Jackson for one semester preceding your certificate courses. Also, some of the credits earned in this program can be applied towards an associate’s degree here. The school has several options in this program:
Basic EMT, EMT Paramedic, and Phlebotomy
General Education for AA/AS, General Education for AAS, and Pre-Allied Health
Non Credit Health Care
Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant.
Distance and Online Learning
Students can take advantage of the flexibility the school has to offer by enrolling in non-traditional classes. The Distance classes are a bit more strict because they require students to come to campus from time to time to sit in on televised class meetings. They can do this at any participating location. Also, students must adhere to the professor’s due dates for assignments.
Hybrid classes are available as well, which blend the required on-campus sessions with online participation and study.
The Online courses are offered through D2L. There are two kinds of online programs – courses that are taught entirely by the school’s own professors and the Regent’s Online Degree Programs (RODP), which can be taught by professors in any of the Tennessee Board of Regent’s System.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Applications can be completed online and a nonrefundable application fee will need to be submitted. Applicants hoping to attend college credit courses must have completed the standard high school curriculum or they may be required to make up what is missing. High school transcripts or proof of GED completion must be forwarded to the admissions office. ACT testing is required of students under the age of 21. In some cases, high school students will be allowed to attend classes. Applications are accepted year-round, though certain programs may require matriculation in the fall semester in order to proceed on the correct track. Consult the school website for exact information.
Nursing students will be required to submit documents confirming vaccinations, criminal background checks, insurance coverage and other items. The interview will determine everything a specific student needs to comply with so be sure to contact the school.
Students who need help covering tuition costs will have resources. A visit to the Financial Aid Office on campus will clear up a lot of questions students may have, and there are a variety of resources online.
Whatever a student is hoping to receive in terms of financial aid, the process begins with the completion of the FAFSA. Aid eligibility will then be determined. Available to all students are Pell Grants which do not require repayment and may be supplemented by additional grants. Deadlines for the FAFSA are February 15th for priority consideration and March 15 as a final deadline.
Student loans of beneficial interest rates and terms are offered by the federal government, along with loans to parents called PLUS loans. Some students may qualify for Work-Study employment on campus to help pay for expenses while at school. There is limited eligibility in these programs, so students may still need to search extensively for employment.
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Students will find a wealth of opportunities on the table when they arrive. Aside from Student Government clubs and the Phi Theta Kappa club, students will find an Art Club, Theatre Club, Spanish Club and many more. Some clubs which are currently under probation or inactive may return in the coming semesters. While students do not live on campus, there are a number of events to help foster the bond between classmates.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The Generals continue to attract top players from around the area. Women’s sports open to participation include basketball and softball. The men’s sports programs are baseball and basketball. The men’s basketball team has a number of awards under its belt in the Tennessee JCCAA Division.
Accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
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