Jackson State’s Newman Named Senior Small Business Specialist for Tennessee Small Business Development Center

Joel Newman has been named Senior Small Business Specialist for the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) for the Southwest Tennessee Region. He joined the TSBDC at Jackson State in 2009.

His job focuses on helping start-up businesses, formulating business plans and helping existing businesses with everyday cash flow and marketing problems. ‘The real payment for me is seeing clients that I work with grow their business and be successful,’ he said. ‘However, in this down economy, the challenge has been to secure loans for clients because of the strict banking regulations. The challenge for me is to keep moving forward and keeping people thinking positive.’

A certified business counselor, Newman was previously the Chairman of the SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives). He has been a volunteer with the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce since his retirement from the Kellwood Co. in 1999 where he was Vice President of Sourcing and Off-Shore Manufacturing for the Outerwear Division. Newman is also involved in several non-profit organizations.

JSCC To Hold Social Work Matters Day March 21

Jackson State Community College (JSCC) and JSCC Social Work Club will be hosting Social Work Matters Day on March 21 from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. at the Jackson campus in the gymnasium in celebration of Social Work Matters Month, which is an international recognition of Social Work.

This will be an information event providing attendees with information regarding the field of Social Work. Dr. Nell Senter, JSCC Social Work Club Advisor, said that there is a lot of misinformation out there about the field of social work.

Area service agencies and organizations and local universities and colleges with Social Work programs will be represented and will have tables at which they will provide materials and be available to talk to students and others interested in learning more about the helping professions and Social Work.

According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), The social work profession has been instrumental in achieving civil rights and human rights advances in the United States and across the globe for more than a century. The primary mission of social work is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable.

This event is free and open to the community. For more information, contact Dr. Senter, JSCC Social Work Club Advisor at nsenter@jscc.edu.

Discover Nursing Event Scheduled for March 1

Jackson State Community College and Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, a West Tennessee Healthcare affiliate, will hold an informational event entitled Discover Nursing on March 1 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital from 8 a.m. 4 p.m.

This event is designed to give attendees better insight into the career of nursing, including the educational requirements and potential career opportunities within the field.

This event is free and all interested parties are welcome. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to participants.

Registration is required and can be completed by visiting http://www.wth.org/discovernursing. The registration deadline is February 24.

For additional information, contact Jan Williams at 731-265-1116 or via email at Jan.Williams@wth.org.

JSCC to Host TCCAA Basketball Tournament March 6-10

Jackson State Community College will host the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association’s (TCCAA) Region VII Basketball Tournament in conjunction with National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) March 6-10, 2012.

Mens and women teams representing 10 community colleges throughout Tennessee including: Chattanooga State, Cleveland State, Columbia State, Dyersburg State, Jackson State, Motlow State, Roane State, Southwest State, Volunteer State and Walters State will travel to Jackson to battle it out in hopes of becoming the 2012 tournament champs.

This gives Jackson State an opportunity to provide a great experience for the student/athletes in the league and I think its great for the community. Additionally, it allows us to showcase the College and welcome our peers from across the state. Probably the most exciting thing for me is the renovations that are taking place in the gym and how it will benefit our programs, said Jackson States Athletic Director, Steve Cornelison.

Jackson State s current season record for men is 13-4 (9-4 TCCAA) and for women is 6-12 (3-10 TCCAA).

When asked about the level of play that the tournament will bring Cornelison said, We have a very athletic league; the level of play is high. There are a lot of players in our conference that move on to the next level.

On Tuesday, March 6, mens games will be held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., with women’s games following at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Wednesday, March 7, mens games will be held at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Thursday, March 8, women’s games will be held at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Friday, March 9, mens games will be held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. with women’s games to follow at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Saturday, March 10, the championship final mens game will be held at 2 p.m. with the women’s game to follow at 4 p.m. The bracket and specific game schedules will become available as the season end nears.

General admission tickets will be available at the door for $5 per game. All games are being held in Jackson States gymnasium. For more information, contact Lisa Kincaid at (731) 425-2649.

JSCC to Offer Classes at Brownsville’s TTC

Jackson State Community College (JSCC) will begin offering classes at the Tennessee Technology Center (TTC) in Brownsville beginning summer 2012. The primary focus will be to offer the core general education courses needed to obtain an associate’s degree in one of the Tennessee Transfer Pathways – degrees that lead to a bachelor’s degree at a four-year university. Also, courses will be offered that will assist TTC students in obtaining an associate’s degree. The TTC will continue to offer classes at the facility. ‘This is a great opportunity for residents of Brownsville and Haywood County that represents the combined efforts of the community, its leaders, and Jackson State. The community leaders are excited and passionate about increasing access to higher education, and we’re glad to partner with them,’ said Bobby Smith, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Jackson State. Interested Haywood County High students are encouraged to speak with their academic counselor for additional information or to contact admissions at Jackson State via admissions@jscc.edu.