Jackson College was founded as Jackson Junior College in 1928, operating as a division of the Jackson Union School District and sharing the library and lab facilities with the local high school. In 1962, the Jackson County residents voted to create Jackson Community College as a separate entity and passed a charter millage that helps fund the college even today. After beginning the process of developing two new bachelor degree programs, the school once again updated its name to Jackson College, to better reflect it’s educational standing.
The main campus sits on a scenic rural site covering an area of 500 acres. This comprehensive college is dedicated to providing quality education opportunities for the individual growth and community involvement.
The school offers more than 45 degree and certificate programs to Jackson County and Michigan residents. The college grants a variety of associate’s degrees, such as Associate in Arts (AA); Associate in Science (AS); Associate in Applied Science (AAS); and Associate in General Studies (AGS). Students can choose from six different Career Paths which culminates in a two-year degree that can transfer to another institution or enter the workforce:
- Arts & Communications
- Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology
- Engineering/Manufacturing & Industrial Technology
- Human Services
- Natural Resources & Agriscience
A variety of professional certificate courses are offered for students seeking to further their education.
Online education is available to students who are unable to attend a traditional college. There are several degree programs and certificates that students can earn from the comfort of their home, completely via Internet. Some of the degrees that can be earned online are Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in General Studies. Students can also choose from a range of certificate courses including Fundamentals of Engineering Certificate, General Education Certificate, General Transfer Certificate, Pre-Professional Science Certificate, and Digital Photography Certificate.
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Freshman students seeking admission to the college must send the completed application form along with their official transcripts and ACT/ SAT scores. Getting a transfer to the institute is also fairly easy. Transfer students must send their official transcripts from all previously attended institutes. The admission requirements for international students are regulated by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (USINS). Any individual who has been admitted to the US in a non-resident or temporary status will be classified as an international student. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the TOEFL or MELAB to provide a proof of proficiency in English language.
The school believes in providing equal opportunity for learning to all students and offers financial aid programs to help students meet their educational goals. Financial assistance through various mediums such as grants, scholarships, work-study programs are available. The grants and scholarships are considered gift aid because they do not require repayment. Some of the federal grants given to eligible students are Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Tuition Incentive Program. All students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
The institutional and local scholarships available include the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, J. Sterling Wickwire Scholarship, Velda Clute Scholarship, Jackson County Community Foundation, Hillsdale County Community Foundation, The Jackson Legacy Scholarship, Sigmund Foundation Scholarship, Datatel Scholarship, and Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Students can also opt for the loans such as PLUS (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Student), and John George Student Loan Fund.
Students can also apply for work study programs that enable them to take up part time jobs to help pay for college. Financial assistance in the form of Veteran Services, which help to support veterans and their dependents in the quest of academic success and personal development is offered as well. Aid is extended to all veterans, their dependents and spouses, Guards and Reservists.
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Students can enjoy a vibrant and active campus life. The Office of Student Life strives to improve students’ campus experience by sponsoring varied social, cultural and leadership development activities. The Student Government Association acts as the voice of the student body. Its mission is to sponsor and promote quality student education experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Students are encouraged to participate in the diverse clubs and organizations in the campus. Some of them are Broadway Revue, College Incentive Program, Drama Club, Engineering Club, Jets Hockey Club, International Student Organization, Student Mentoring Initiative, Phi Theta Kappa, Soccer Club, Student Multicultural Organization, Accelerated Business Group, and the Society for Creative Anachronism.
The Atkinson Library houses a variety of books, reference guides, materials and journals. It also offers a several online sources to help distance education students gain access to the reference guides and materials needed for their studies. The reference librarians are available 7 days a week to help the students with finding articles, books and other important information.
The Office of Residence Life offers a home away from home. Student housing units are well furnished and fully equipped with modern amenities such as a kitchen, cable access in the bedrooms, internet access, and telephone service. Other facilities include free parking, on-site trash removal and laundry, security, and a 24/7 live-in manager.
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The Jet’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, and golf. The school participates in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA); and is a member of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.
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The Center for Student Success offers counseling, free tutoring and much more. Students can just drop in to get help from the professionals and tutors. The staff also provides learning support and services for students with special needs. The center offers career assessment services that enable the students to find out more about your interests, skills, and values.
Accreditation is provided by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.