Jackson State Appoints Malik Head Baseball Coach

Tyson Malik has been appointed Head Baseball Coach for Jackson State Community Colleges Generals. Malik had served four years as an assistant coach at Jackson State.

I am very honored to have the opportunity to take over such a great program. I am very grateful and fortunate that Steve Cornelison has trusted me enough to hand over a team and tradition that he has been building for many years. I have learned a lot from him in my four years as his assistant and hope I can continue what he has done, said Malik.

‘Jackson State Baseball has a great reputation and is a very competitive program in the state of Tennessee and even in the Southeast. I have enjoyed my previous four years at the school. I have talked to many coaches from other college programs and high schools since being at Jackson State, and all of them have had nothing but great things to say about the program,’ he continued.

When asked what he was most excited about in his new role, he responded, ‘I get a chance to be in charge of a program. I can take what I have learned from coaches I have played for or coached with and apply it. I have an idea of what I want, and now I get the opportunity to see if it will work. I am also very excited to take over a program that has been in such good hands. There are a lot of talented kids on this team, which will give us the ability to hopefully win right away. These kids are a great group who have good character and work hard on the academic side as well. They have made the transition for me much easier than I could have expected.’

Malik worked with the infielders and hitting and is also responsible with recruiting. The previous two years combined at Jackson State, the team has hit for a .318 average with over 100 homeruns and just under 200 doubles.

Malik comes to Jackson State from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama, where as an assistant coach for Jefferson State, he helped them to a 38-19 season and a spot in the NJCAA Region 22 Championship Tournament. As the team’s infield and hitting instructor, Malik assisted the team in achieving a batting average of .331, as well as 75 homeruns, 123 doubles, a .526 slugging percentage, and a fielding percentage of .965. Malik most notably tutored Conference Player of the Year, Chris Sosebee, who batted .419 with 19 homeruns, improving his batting average and homerun total by 16 homeruns from the previous year, as well as other All-Conference players.

Prior to Jefferson State, he served as an assistant coach at Pine Ridge High School and St. Cloud High School in Orlando, Florida under the direction of Head Coach Rob Hammond. Coach Malik assisted in leading both high school teams to district title games.

After his prep career, Tyson played at Seminole Community College in Sanford, Florida. While playing for the Raiders, Malik helped his team win the FCCAA State Championship and NJCAA Regional Championship allowing them to advance to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, CO where they placed 5th and finished the year with a top 20 national ranking.

After playing for the Raiders, Malik moved on to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management at the University of Florida in 2005. He received his master’s degree in Physical Education at the University of Central Florida in 2007.

Tyson is 28 and resides in Milan with his wife Katherine.

Jackson State and 6 TTCs Inked Articulation Agreement Jan. 11

Jackson State Community College (JSCC) and six Tennessee Technology Centers inked an articulation agreement on Friday, January 11 at 1 p.m. in Jackson States McWherter Center Kisber Conference Room.

Those attending the signing ceremony included: Dr. Bruce Blanding, President of Jackson State, President; Arrita Summers, Director of the TTC at Crump; Carolyn Beverly, Director of the TTC at Whiteville; Jeff Sisk, Director of the TTC at Jackson and Lexington Campus; and Dr. Bradley White, Director at the TTC at Paris and McKenzie.

For the purposes of this policy, Articulation Agreement will be defined as: A joint academic program agreement between a faculty/program of Jackson State Community College (JSCC) and a faculty/program of a Tennessee Technology Center (TTC).

The foundation of such an agreement is recognition for the course content and course credit weight, and for the standards of pedagogy and rigor of the TTC program taught by the instructor of record at the time of the agreement. In addition, the articulation provides students with an opportunity to complement their studies with the completion of an Associates of Applied Science degree (AAS) at JSCC.

The goal of this articulation is three-fold; 1) to increase the number of students who desire and are willing to earn an AAS by facilitating a seamless transition for TTC completers into the JSCC Industrial Technology degree program, 2) meet the demanding needs of the manufacturing field through continued education and work readiness, 3) maintain positive lines of communication between JSCC and TTC allowing future collaborates.

Some of the benefits to students include:

  1. Eases transition from one educational institution to another;
  2. Eliminates coursework duplication;
  3. Reduces educational expenses;
  4. Encourages educational goal setting and the development of plans to achieve those goals; and
  5. Provides convenient access to higher education through the on-line JSCC Industrial Technology program.

Terri Messer, Dean of Business, Industrial Technology and Computer Information Systems/Associate Professor of Economics at Jackson State, fostered this campaign to allow a partnership between JSCC and the TTC that would promote a ladder of training enabling students to enter the workforce with superior training.

As the trend of manufacturing changes from a strictly hands-on skill set to a need to know how to learn industry, Dean Messer formed a faculty driven committee to meet the needs of the employers, as well as the future employees.

In October 2011, the committee began by developing a comprehensive presentation that includes JSCC Multi-Skilled Maintenance Technician (MSMT) program design, course curriculum, sample exams, cost sheet, and JSCC admissions process. Letters were mailed to seven (7) surrounding TTCs, and appointments were made to meet with the TTCs Industrial Maintenance Instructors.

Throughout the balance of the fall 2011 and spring 2012, committee members met with each of the seven TTCs IM instructors forming partnerships, touring the facilities, meeting administrators and students, observing classroom activities, thoroughly discussing course curriculum and even sharing some tricks of trade.

Instructors were left with a ‘Course Equivalency’ form to complete and return to JSCC. The committee continued to cultivate the relationship between the two programs with phone calls, emails and personal visits. When the ‘Course Equivalency’ forms were completed and returned, Dean Messer reconvened the committee and formed a Course-by-Course Articulation that will best serve all involved.

To see pictures from this event, visit the JSCC Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Jackson-State-Community-College-JSCC/32151230043.

For additional information, contact Catherine Roberts, Career Program Retention Specialist for Jackson State, at (731) 425-9584 or by email at croberts7@jscc.edu..

Jackson State’s Cliff Graduates Leadership Jackson Class of 2012

Tori Cliff, Director of Communication for Jackson State Community College, graduated with the most recent Leadership Jackson class.

A total of thirty local business professionals graduated from the Jackson Chambers 2012 Leadership Jackson class on Thursday, December 13.

Leadership Jackson, the chambers adult leadership development program, gives business professionals employed with companies that are chamber members the opportunity to better understand the community, the opportunities and the challenges it faces. The three-month program gives class members the chance to visit community landmarks, meet with area leaders and participate in weekly sessions about topics impacting Jackson-Madison County, including education, healthcare and government.

It was a truly unique program, said Cliff. It stretched me in many ways and taught me so much about this community. We have so much to be thankful for here in Jackson. In the areas where we may have room for improvement, the Leadership Jackson experience encouraged me to try to make a positive impact.

Cliff, who has been at Jackson State since December 2012, earned her bachelors degree in Journalism from Middle Tennessee State University located in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She then went on to receive a masters degree in Journalism from The University of Memphis located in Memphis, Tenn.