Battle of the Colleges blood drive returns to JSCC campus

LIFELINE Blood Service’s Battle of the Colleges is currently underway. This promotion will run through the month of September. The Bloodmobile will be parked by the Nursing Building Tuesday, September 28, and will take donations from students and employees 9-11 a.m. and 12-2 p.m. A donation can be made any time at LIFELINE’s 183 Sterling Farms Drive location Monday through Saturday from 9 to 6 p.m. Just be sure to sign the roster for JSCC!

With the exception of last year, JSCC’s students and employees have handily won the trophy for the most donations. Let’s all step up to help LIFELINE increase its inventory of this much-needed lifesaving gift. Additionally, let’s bring that trophy back to JSCC where it belongs!

To save time on the day you plan to donate, complete the online medical questionnaire in advance at

JSCC Nursing application deadline extended to October 1

Jackson State Community College’s nursing program is currently accepting applications for admittance in the program for the spring semester. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, October 1. An application packet can be downloaded at Contact Monica Ray at 425-2622 or for any questions or additional information.

AT&T Foundation donates $10,000 to JSCC

As part of AT&T’s continuing commitment to supporting quality education across Tennessee, the AT&T Foundation has donated $10,000 to Jackson State Community College. The grant will provide last-dollar scholarships for minority and underserved students.

“We are grateful to AT&T and its continued support of public higher education and our students, who will benefit greatly from the company’s generosity,” said George Pimentel, President, Jackson State Community College. “Our students have many financial needs aside from the cost of tuition and this support will help them on their path to higher education.”

While Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect provide tuition-free access to the state’s community colleges, gaps remain that can create a barrier to entry for some students. The AT&T Last Dollar scholarships will aid students with the cost of attendance items such as books, childcare, transportation, and other costs associated with attending college that aren’t covered by other financial aid programs once tuition is paid.

“We have worked hard to create a climate that is welcoming of new business which can be seen in the record growth Tennessee is experiencing,” said State Senator Ed Jackson. “With this growth comes the need for a high-skill workforce and through programs like those offered at Jackson State, graduates will be prepared to succeed in a modern workplace.”

“Jackson State Community College does a tremendous job preparing students to enter the workforce with a strong foundation for future success,” said State Representative Chris Todd. “Thanks to their commitment to quality education, Tennessee has a first-class workforce ready to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving 21st-century economy.”

“Higher education often creates a pathway to prosperity for those looking to quickly enter the job market and today’s announcement aims to enrich that opportunity for more students,” said State Representative Johnny Shaw. “AT&T’s investment in programs like this exemplifies its commitment to furthering education in Tennessee.”

This donation is part of the AT&T Foundation’s $130,000 gift to the Foundation for the College System of Tennessee. Funding has been divided equally among Tennessee’s 13 community colleges to support students across the state.

“AT&T is focused on developing a 21st-century workforce that can promote continued prosperity and a stronger economy across Tennessee,” said AT&T Tennessee President Joelle Phillips. “We are excited to continue our support of Jackson State Community College to help more students gain the education necessary to compete for quality job opportunities and to empower more students to reach their highest potential.”

KJ100+5K returns to JSCC with a family fun festival after 1-year hiatus

The KJ100+5K bicycle tour and run/walk are scheduled for its 19th season on Saturday, October 9. The event is hosted by the Jackson State Community College Foundation and raises funds for students with financial needs.

The bicycle tour has 14-, 32-, 62- and 100-mile routes. Both the 100-mile century and 62-mile metric-century routes will take cyclists through Pinson Mounds and Chickasaw State Parks.

In addition to the bicycle tour, a 5K run/walk will also be held on the JSCC campus. The 5K event allows for family members and friends who are not cyclists to participate. Never leaving campus, participants are protected from traffic and are free to enjoy the scenery of the college grounds.

A family fun festival has been added this year to provide activities for both kids and adults. There will be no charge to attend the festival which will include activities such as bouncy houses, face painting, live music, corn hole, giant Jenga, popcorn, cotton candy, and more.

The KJ100+5K was originally known as the Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour and was founded in 2001 by prominent physician and avid cyclist Dr. Kent Jones. The event added a 5K and was renamed the Kent Jones 100 Bicycle Century Tour to memorialize and honor Dr. Jones after his passing in 2018.

While serving as chief of staff at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, Dr. Jones was instrumental in establishing JSCC’s EMT program in 1982. Since the ride’s inception in 2001, over $40,000 has been raised to help students with expenses related to attending the college.

The bicycle tour will begin at 8 a.m., the 5K will start at 9 a.m., and the festival at 10 a.m. For more information or to register for the KJ100 and 5K, visit to

JSCC Medical Coding Offers Quick Entry into Healthcare Career

Students who graduate from the Medical Coding Certificate Program at Jackson State Community College will enter a job market needing their skills.

Medical coders are an important part of any health care facility, said Chrystal Taylor, MALS, RN, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Health Sciences.

The certificate program is designed to be completed in two semesters; students who sign up for the fall term can be ready for employment this spring. Though starting salaries are based on where the graduate works, a certified medical coder with experience earns an average of $36,000 to $47,000 a year in West Tennessee, Taylor said.

“A medical coder is an important employee in a hospital, clinic or other health care facility. He or she aids in financial reimbursement and quality care provided to patients.”

The two-semester certificate program, which can also lead to a two-year associate degree, combines classroom and lab work.

A medical coder translates the provider’s notes on a patient’s care into an alphanumerical code established by the World Health Organization, CMS, and the National Center for Health Sciences, which are required by insurance companies around the world, she said. Reimbursement rates for providers are tied to the numerical code.

The standardized numbers also are needed for data management and health-related statistics, such as the number of people with heart disease or how many people needed knee replacement surgery over a certain time.

“You will learn the same codes you use on a regular basis, but it’s not necessary to memorize the codes,” Taylor said.

“The best candidates for a medical coding career are reliable, responsible, dependable, have attention to detail, and are willing to always learn new things.”

Medical coding offers stability and flexibility, she said. Many coders work from home or have flexible hours. It’s a good career choice, she added, particularly for those already working in health care.

Students, who can enroll through the college’s Admissions Office, still have time to register for fall classes, which begin Aug. 23. Taylor also encourages all applicants to seek out the college’s financial aid program. Tennessee’s Reconnect Program will help pay expenses for adults who have a high school diploma but have not yet earned a college degree or certificate.

For more information regarding the Medical Coding program, contact Chrystal Taylor at

JSCC continues laptop loan program for fall semester

The COVID-19 pandemic forced most all classes at Jackson State Community College into an online environment over the past year. Having the necessary technology for an online class was challenging for many students. A laptop loan program was set up in spring 2020 to help address this issue. While in-person classes are returning to JSCC campuses this fall, online classes have become an option many students are choosing for both convenience and as a means of maintaining social distance.

Students needing to loan a computer for the fall semester must complete the following steps:

  • Fill out an application. The link is located on the JSCC homepage ( in the green box below the featured story.
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of two classes.
  • Upload a valid photo ID.
  • List two references who do not live with you.

After applications are reviewed, you will receive an email notifying you of your acceptance along with a date and location where you can pick up the laptop. For questions or assistance, please call the JSCC Library at 731-425-2609 or email the staff at

JSCC announces COVID-19 protocols for the fall semester

Jackson State Community College has been intently monitoring the current trend of increasing infections of COVID-19. It is the position of the college to keep the doors of the institution open to students and to provide them with the educational experience they need to be successful. To achieve this goal, there are several guidelines that have been established.

  • Face masks are required in all buildings on campus.
  • Maintain a minimum physical distance of 3 feet.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use hand sanitizer when this isn’t possible.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Monitor your health daily. Do not knowingly come to campus if you are feeling any symptoms of illness. Contact your professor, coach, or supervisor to advise them you will be isolating.

JSCC is following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In the event you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, please adhere to the following guidance.


Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Not Vaccinated?

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.

Exemptions from Quarantine Include:

  • Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.


  • Someone who has COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and
  • Has recovered and
  • Remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)

National Immunization Awareness Month

The CDC observes August as National Immunization Awareness Month. Additionally, Governor Bill Lee issued proclamation 2145 on Tuesday, proclaiming August as Immunization Awareness Month in Tennessee. JSCC strongly encourages everyone to educate themselves with facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. Make an informed decision about whether or not to get vaccinated against this historic and deadly disease. Vaccination will protect you and others, and allow us all to pursue freely the endeavors that fill our lives with joy and meaning.

Thank you for all you are doing to make JSCC a safe place! We are looking forward to a successful year.

NJCAA announces 2020-21 All-Academic Teams

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced the student-athletes who earned the honor of being placed on an All-Academic Team. This is an annual award that recognizes student-athletes across the country for their dedication in the classroom. A student must achieve a GPA of 3.60 or greater to receive this honor. Three teams are designated by the following criteria:

  • NJCAA All-Academic First Team: 4.00 GPA
  • NJCAA All-Academic Second Team: 3.80-3.99 GPA
  • NJCAA All-Academic Third Team: 3.60-3.79 GPA


Four JSCC students received the honor of being placed on the All-Academic Team for 2020-21.

  • Jennabeth Hicks – softball – freshman (1st Team)
  • Marlee Woodward – softball – freshman (3rd Team)
  • Grant Crihfield – baseball – sophomore (1st Team)
  • Taylor Sharpe – women’s basketball – freshman (1st Team)


Congratulations to this year’s recipients and their commitment to excellence in their sport and in the classroom.

State Labor listening tour makes stop at JSCC

Approximately 75 local small business owners, employers, mayors, educators, and state officials attended Tennessee Commissioner of Labor Jeff McCord’s listening tour at Jackson State Community College. The event took place in the Jim Moss Center for Nursing from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28.

The commissioner presented an overview on the key focus areas of the Tennessee Department of Labor to aid business and industry workforce shortages. Those areas focus on three key under-tapped sources of labor potential: transitioning members of the military; adults without high school diplomas (adult education); and recently incarcerated members of society reentering the workforce.

Many comments were shared with the commissioner regarding current workforce needs and the development of the state’s labor infrastructure.

AMT Work Cooperative begins eighth year

Students of Jackson State Community College’s Advanced Maintenance Technician (AMT) work cooperative met with their new employers at a reception on Tuesday, July 20. The event, held in the Student Center, marks the beginning of the cooperative’s eighth year.

The 22 students in the Engineering Systems Technology program met with 20 manufacturers and are now ready to begin the two years of classes and on-the-job training that will then lead to a great-paying career as a highly-skilled maintenance technician.

Over the past eight years, the consortium of manufacturers partnering with JSCC has grown from 15 to 30 members. Local manufacturers created this consortium as a partnership with JSCC in an effort to address the severe shortage of skilled trades that exist locally and nationwide.

Since the creation of the AMT work cooperative in 2014, 133 graduates have been employed with area businesses and other locations around the globe. AMT Completion Coordinator Cathi Roberts said that around 20 students are admitted to the cohort every year. “We would like to recruit as many as 40 students every year,” said Roberts, “but the old perceptions of manufacturing environments still prevail and keep many people from considering this awesome opportunity.”

Manufacturing jobs have transformed through the years. Safety is the priority, and working conditions have dramatically improved. They require highly skilled employees, and annual wages typically range from $42,000 to $60,000.

“It’s not uncommon for our graduates to earn an annual salary of $75,000 after a couple of years on the job,” said Roberts. “In fact, there have been a number of graduates who have exceeded $100,000 due to the abundance of overtime opportunities at many companies.”

Roberts notes that students who complete the 5-semester work cooperative are all but guaranteed that they will be in a great-paying job the Monday following graduation. “Every graduate has employment offers prior to graduation,” she said.

Students attend two full days of classes each week, learning subjects such as electricity, fluid power, mechanics, automation and robotics. They spend three days working at a local manufacturing company. They are paid for their work on a graduated scale, earning $15 an hour during the first semester and $17 an hour during the last semester. When students take advantage of either Tennessee Promise or Tennessee Reconnect scholarships, a graduate is able to earn their degree and incur no debt.

To participate, students enrolled at Jackson State must complete a job application and write a 500-word essay. They then attend a series of interviews over the course of an hour with representatives from local manufacturing companies. The companies then select the students that are the best fit.

For more information about the admissions process and an application for the AMT program, visit or contact Roberts at 731-425-9584 or email her at