Jackson State’s Anderson Named Maxine Smith Fellow

Jackson State Community Colleges Director of Registration & Orientation, Countance Anderson, will be entering the new class of Maxine Smith Fellows through the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). Ten other Fellows from various TBR institutions will join Anderson in this endeavor.

The Maxine Smith Fellows Program was originally created as a TBR central office Geier initiative designed to provide opportunities for African-American TBR employees to participate in a working and learning environment that would enhance work experience and career development. The TBR central office remains committed to the program as a tool for enhancing opportunities and as a means to increase the diversity of ideas, thoughts and experiences that ultimately enhance the educational environment at our institutions.

The objectives of the program are: to increase the academic and professional credentials of the Fellows; to allow Fellows to observe and participate in decision-making situations; to provide Fellows the opportunity to experience how policy is made at the institution, senior administrative and governing board levels; and to help increase the number of qualified applicants from underrepresented groups for senior level administrative positions at TBR institutions.

It is expected that this program will enhance the marketability and employment potential of all Fellows who successfully complete the program.

Only individuals nominated by the president of each TBR institution are considered. The nominations are reviewed by the TBR central office staff and recommendations are forwarded to the Chancellor for final selection.

I am excited about the professional development experience of observing and participating in decision-making situations and experiencing how policy is made at the institution, senior administrative and governing board levels. In turn, I will be able to share ideas, thoughts and experiences with our administration at our institution, said Anderson.

Each Fellow is paired with a mentor and assigned a special project. Through this experience, I hope to gain additional lifelong professional relationships while expanding my knowledge of TBR policy, she continued.

Anderson has been at Jackson State since January 2011, serving as Retention Specialist until May 2012, then being appointed as Director of Registration and Orientation.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Southern Illinois University, located in Carbondale, Illinois, and a Master of Arts in Education from Bethel University, in McKenzie, Tennessee.

The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system consists of 46 institutions with a combined annual enrollment of over 200,000 students, making it the nation’s sixth largest system of public higher education. TBR’s six state universities, 13 community colleges, and 27 technology centers offer classes in 90 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. The TBR system is a $2.2 billion per year enterprise.

The mission of the Tennessee Board of Regents system is to educate more Tennesseans in order to provide Tennessee with the workforce it needs for sound economic development. Our technology centers are exclusively focused on workforce development, which is also a major emphasis in our community colleges. The latter also provide degrees designed for transfer to a university. At our universities, the priorities are student preparation and research, with five of our six universities granting doctoral degrees.

Jackson State & Trevecca Inked Articulation: New Educational Opportunities for Jackson Area

Jackson State Community College and Trevecca Nazarene University signed an articulation agreement on Monday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. at Jackson States Administration building in the Presidents Conference Room.

The articulation agreement between Jackson State and Trevecca is a sign that working adults in the Jackson area will have new education opportunities.

Through this new partnership, Trevecca will bring to the Jackson State campus its programs which are designed to help working adults earn a college education and/or a graduate degree all while on Jackson States campus.

Treveccas Management and Human Relations Program, a degree-completion program for working adults, is set to begin on the Jackson State campus fall 2013. Classes and programs that are planned for future offerings at Jackson State include:

Master of Education in Educational Leadership; Master in Library and Information Science; Master of Business Administration; and Bachelor of Science in Health Information Technology.

At Jackson State, we look for ways to clear paths in order to make getting an education more accessible for everyone. In addition, serving working adults is a passion of ours and Trevecca shares that passion. We are proud and happy to partner with Trevecca serving the Jackson area, and helping students reach their educational goals, said Bobby Smith, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Jackson State.

We appreciate the opportunity to partner with you (Jackson State) to provide a continued educational path for students, said Dr. Carol Maxson, Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs. Helping adult students reach their educational goals creates a ripple effect that brings positive change for generations to come, she continued.

Representing Jackson State at the articulation signing were: Bobby Smith, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Horace Chase, Vice President of Financial and Administrative Affairs; Jennifer Cherry, Curriculum and Adjunct Services Coordinator; Tori Cliff, Director of Communications; Victor Garcia, Web Administrator; and Heather Freeman, Administrative Assistant to the President.

Representing Trevecca at the articulation signing were: Carol Maxson, Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs; David Phillips, Dean of the College of Lifelong Learning; Julie Rigsby, Director of Site Administrators, College of Lifelong Learning; Pam Costa, Administration Manager, College of Lifelong Learning; and Lance Sherer, Site Administrator for the College of Lifelong Learning, Jackson location liaison.

I look forward to the results of the Trevecca-Jackson State partnership and anticipate that this partnership will enable more Tennesseans to complete a university education. I believe it will benefit the people of our state by providing them new opportunities to gain the skills they need for employment, said Dan Boone, President of Trevecca Nazarene University.

For more information, contact Lance Sherer, Site Administrator for Trevecca in the College of Lifelong Learning, Jackson location liaison, at lsherer@jscc.edu.

Jackson State’s Brady Nominated for All-USA Community College Academic Team

Jackson States Sara Brady has been nominated for the All-USA Community College Academic Team.

On February 5, Brady attended a luncheon in Nashville to honor all of the TN community college students nominated for this potential scholarship.

Brady is a sophomore at Jackson State Community College majoring in Chemistry with a 3.9 GPA. Sara aspires to earn a doctorate in chemistry and work in forensic science. She is a member of the Chi Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and will be taking on a leadership position with the organization this spring. She is also a Science Ambassador, which requires her to work outside of the classroom with elementary students, engaging them in various activities to help them learn more about science. While Brady is a strong student academically, she is also very involved with her church and work. Education is a priority, and she hopes to transfer to Lipscomb University in the fall.

Brady was one of 25 students from the state of Tenn., recognized for this nomination. At the luncheon, the students also got a chance to meet Governor Haslam during the tour of the state capitol.

Brady will learn if she indeed is the recipient of the scholarship late March/ early April.

Jackson State is proud of Brady and all that she has accomplished.

High School Student, Parrish, Earns 39 Hours College Credit in Jackson State’s Dual Enrollment Program

Three Way native and soon to be high school graduate, Abbie Parrish, will finish her academic journey through high school in May 2013 having earned 39 college credit hours through Jackson State Community Colleges Dual Enrollment program.

The Dual Enrollment program allows students to earn college credits that count toward both a college degree and their high school diploma.

The home-schooled Parish began Dual Enrollment classes at Jackson State during the fall semester of her junior year in high school.

When reflecting on what made her interested in Dual Enrollment, she responded, There were several things that I found interesting about being under a Dual Enrollment program. The biggest influence was the advantage of being able to complete high school with a sense of what college work would require. I am definitely the kind of person who likes to know what will be expected of me. I also was interested in the fact I would have the opportunity to get some of my college general education completed before I actually graduated high school. I wanted to become comfortable with the expectations of what college would require with the advantage of not having to carry a full load.

Parrish commented about the most challenging aspect of participating in the Dual Enrollment program. I can honestly say that simply getting used to the structure of college classes and workloads has been an important but challenging aspect to handle, especially when I first started taking classes. I was very stressed my first semester as I was not well-prepared for the amount of work and time I would spend studying.

When commenting on the most rewarding aspect of being involved in the program, Parrish said, The sheer experience has definitely been the most rewarding part of my Dual Enrollment at JSCC. Becoming familiar with how college professors taught their classes and how they tested has made me a more confident exam taker. Academically, a rewarding aspect has been developing more routine study habits and a better work ethic while benefitting from a smaller course load. I recognized that I wasted tons of time stressing out during my first semester and I told myself I would create better, more focused study habits. I have found what works well for me when I study. Although I consider it being in a state of constant refinement, I know I have a solid base for some sturdy study techniques.

I would tell other high school students, Do it! Even if its only a course or two, its worth your time. Its an awesome feeling when you are working hard and doing well in class. If you arent doing as well as you would have liked, its a great time to tweak your study habits for more desired results. Get to know your professors and if you have questions, ask them. Professors will appreciate your active engagement; do not be afraid to talk with them.

When asked if she would recommend other high school students participate in the Dual Enrollment program at Jackson State, she said, I most definitely would. It is cost effective if you know you want to get some serious hours in before your high school graduation and it is a great way to get an idea of what you can expect when you enter college full time.

When Parrish was asked if she was glad she did it, she said, YES! I have completed a year of college and have gained confidence in my ability to learn and handle the college workload. Although it was stressful at times and I didnt always enjoy the actual classwork, it was well worth the time spent in the classroom. I have the experience of sitting in college lectures and taking college level tests. I finished high school with a strong sense of accomplishment and a head start in college.

I have enjoyed learning and gaining experience from both an academic and personal stand point. I loved the small class sizes and interactions I had with my classmates and professors, she explained.

My favorite class was Lab for Anatomy and Physiology. I loved being able study with the advantage of being able to hold and touch some of the things I learned about in lectures. I thoroughly enjoyed the practical aspect of the course, said Parrish.

Parrish plans to attend college the fall semester after her high school graduation, but has not decided on an institution of higher learning yet. I know I want to do something in health science, but am undecided in what specific area. She is not exactly sure what she wants to do for a career, but her current plan is to either major in nursing or in biology with the hopes of going to graduate school under a Physical Therapy program.

I didnt do this on my own. I had a great support system, including my professors here at Jackson State, she said grinning. Jackson State is proud to call Ms. Abbie Parrish one of its own.

For more information about the Dual Enrollment program, by calling 731-425-2601 or by visiting http://www.jscc.edu/dual-studies-enrollment/.