Haslam Announces Workforce Development Grant in Jackson

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $573,464 workforce development equipment grant for Jackson State Community College (JSCC) and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Jackson to help meet the future workforce needs of area communities.

The governor proposed and the General Assembly approved $16.5 million in this year’s budget for equipment and technology related to workforce development programs at Tennessee colleges of applied technology and community colleges, part of Haslam’s ‘Drive to 55’ effort to increase the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary credentials.

These strategic investments resulted from the governor meeting with businesses and education officials across the state last fall to better understand workforce development needs. One of the most common themes he heard was the lack of capacity and equipment at Tennessee colleges of applied technology and community colleges to meet job demand, so these grants are aimed at addressing those gaps.

‘Currently only 32 percent of Tennesseans have certificates or degrees beyond high school, and studies show that by 2025, that number must be 55 percent to meet workforce demands,’ Haslam said. ‘We must have qualified Tennesseans to fill those positions, and these grants are going to have an immediate impact because these programs have high placement rates in fields that are looking to fill jobs now.’

Jackson State will receive $443,784 to fund needed equipment for its Advanced Maintenance Technician programs, providing the opportunity for students to learn different skills sets than are currently available. The community college has a strong relationship with Toyota and other area manufacturers and plans to establish a co-op for mechanically-inclined high school students.

The remainder of the grant, $129,680, will go to TCAT Jackson for a mechatronics trainer for students in the Industrial Maintenance program and needed upgrades and additional welding equipment for its Advanced Manufacturing programs. Last years completion rate in the welding program was approximately 82 percent with placement in the field at 94 percent. Jackson State and TCAT-Jackson have signed articulation agreements to create a seamless transition for TCAT students to transfer into the JSCC Advanced Manufacturing program. Jackson State is also offering this articulation agreement with TCATs in McKenzie, Paris, Whiteville and Crump.

Scott Cohen Appointed to Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries

Scott Cohen, Library Director at Jackson State Community College, has received an appointment to the Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries from Secretary of State Tre Hargett. With this appointment, Mr. Cohen will work in evaluating and developing library programs and services for the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

The advice of this council will ultimately shape the direction for Tennessee’s public libraries and the way that they serve their communities. According to Cohen, ‘by helping public libraries, were helping everyone in the state.’

The library at Jackson State is open to the public and many people of the community use this resource. Cohen made this comment: ‘While the first priority of the Jackson State Library is to serve the students, the public may check out books and use its facilities and services. The lines are being blurred between public and academic libraries.’

Over the years, Mr. Cohen has been involved in various initiatives to develop library services that ensure personnel are equipped to provide quality services to the communities they serve. One such initiative was the Public Library Certification Program that was offered online to library support staff throughout the state. Through this program, educational opportunities were offered that would better equip library staff members in Tennessee to reach out to their communities and offer more meaningful services. The Public Library Certification Program was active from 2006-2011.

‘With todays technological advances, public libraries are very dynamic places,’ Cohen says. ‘It is important for us to look to the future and try to determine how it affects us.’

To say the very least, the role of libraries has undergone a lot of change since 1972. That is when Scott Cohen first began his tenure as librarian at Jackson State Community College. Any Jackson State student from the last 41 years probably has their own story of how Scott has gone above and beyond to help them while going to school there. The days of card catalogs and microfiche are long gone. Scott has the determination to make sure the library evolves and remains relevant going into the future.

Jackson State Offers TEMA Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Course

To kick off its new fire science course offering, Jackson State will host a TEMA Hazardous Material Awareness Level Course on Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. This will be a free workshop that will be eligible for CEU credit. While there are no prerequisites necessary to attend, this course is targeted mainly to first responders. Students who successfully complete this course will have met the standards under OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 and NFPA 472 (2008).

This four hour resident course covers the basic skills to recognize, detect, and identify the presence of hazardous materials during an emergency. Students will learn how to define and describe how hazardous materials are classified, understand the risks associated with them and proper notification procedures. Other topics of instruction include: understanding the importance of initiating command and control activities during a hazardous materials incident, surveying a hazardous material incident and identifying the containment systems and materials involved, and use of the Emergency Response Guidebook. Following the workshop, representatives from Jackson State Community College will be available for questions regarding its fire science course offering.

The workshop will be held in the Frank Dodson Science Auditorium at Jackson State Community College. The instructor will be City of Milan Fire Chief James Fountain. Seating is limited. To register, contact Jan Stanfill at (731) 425-2612 or jstanfill@jscc.edu.

Additional information about fire science courses at Jackson State is available at the colleges website:http://www.jscc.edu/fire-science-technology. According to Dr. Tom Pigg, Dean of Allied Health, ‘These new classes are the only known college level courses currently being offered in West Tennessee, and, because of that, they represent a unique educational opportunity for West Tennessee fire safety professionals. These classes will offer fire fighters the chance to enhance their careers by completing college level coursework.’

Kane Barrow Awarded Rawlings Gold Glove Award

Rawlings Sporting Goods announced that former Jackson State Community College infielder Kane Barrow earned a spot on 2013 NJCAA Division I Rawlings Gold Glove Award Team. This is a great honor for Kane as well as the coaching staff of Jackson State. Recipients of this award are chosen by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and honor the best defenders at each position and represent the finest in the field. The announcement from Rawlings also acknowledged the contributions of the coaching staff at JSCC, stating, ‘we recognize that Kanes development thrived under the leadership and fundamentals brought in by you and your staff. For that, we say thank you!’

Kane came to Jackson State from Paris, TN and played 3rd and 1st base for the Generals. In his last season with the Generals he hit .454, 166 AB with 8 HR, 65 RBI, 14 2B, 2 3B, and scored 40 runs in 46 games. ‘Players with Kanes ability and drive don’t come along every day,’ said Head Coach Tyson Malik. ‘It’s exciting to see a young man that is so gifted athletically, work so hard and have a real drive to succeed. Kane has the ability to inspire those around him to work hard and that, to me, helped our team as much as the numbers he put up.’

Other honors received by Kane during his tenure at JSCC include:


TCCAA 1st Team All-Conference
NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American


TCCAA 1st Team All-Conference
TCCAA Conference Player of the Year

In November 2012, Barrow signed a letter of intent with the University of Memphis Tigers. As noted on the U of M website, Kane will join their baseball program for the 2014 season. http://www.gotigersgo.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/112112aab.html

Jackson State Community College was established in 1963 by the Tennessee General Assembly and is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), JSCC serves a fourteen county area in the Western region of Tennessee and has an enrollment of over 4,500 students. It is the mission of the school to provide accessible learning opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals, strengthen the workforce, and empower its diverse communities by offering traditional and contemporary associate degrees, certificates, continuing education and enrichment, and college-readiness programs. JSCC is located at 2046 North Parkway, Jackson, Tennessee 38301. For additional information, call (800) 355-JSCC.

Jackson State to Offer Online Fire Science Course

Beginning October 21, 2013, Jackson State Community College will offer its first online fire science course, Fire Prevention (FIRE 1130). This course is will focus on the fundamentals of the fire prevention field. After this initial course offering, Jackson State plans to offer a number of other fire science courses, including Building Construction for Fire Prevention, Principles of Emergency Services, Principles of Fire and Emergency, Fire Protection System and Fire Behavior and Combustion.

According to Dr. Tom Pigg, dean of Allied Health, These new classes are the only known college level courses currently being offered in West Tennessee, and, because of that, they represent a unique educational opportunity for West Tennessee fire safety professionals. These classes will offer fire fighters the chance to enhance their careers by completing college level coursework.