Lukas Hart Signed to Basketball Team

The Jackson State Men’s Basketball team would like to announce the signing of Lukas Hart from the TSSAA Class AAA champions Blackman High School. Lukas averaged 12.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and 1.9 spg.

He also led the team in 3-Point percentage with 37% and shot 60% from 2-point land. Lukas was regular season All-District 7-AAA, all-tournament in the 7-AAA District Tournament, 4-AAA Region Tournament, and the TSSAA Class AAA State Tournament. ‘Lukas played for a high school program with a great tradition and was he was very well coached by Barry Wortman at Blackman. He will be an excellent addition to our program.’ states coach Hines.

Groundbreaking Ceremony to be Held for New Nursing Facility

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new nursing facility will be held Tuesday, June 3 at 11 a.m. on the parking lot to the east of the student union building. This is a momentous event in the history of Jackson State Community College that has been planned for over 15 years now. Construction will also mark the beginning of a visible transformation of the campus.

The basic footprint of Jackson State has remained relatively unchanged since it was first established. There have been expansions such as the McWherter Center in the 1990s that have changed the landscape and the way the college serves its students, but the core campus is still very recognizable to anyone who has ever gone to school here.

The parking lot to the east of the Student Union Building and in front of the Science Building will be the location of this expansion. This will create a new plaza between the Science Building and the newly constructed Nursing Building. This plaza will continue across into the current quad and will result in closure of the current driveway between the Classroom Building and the Science Building.

The nursing program at JSCC is and has been a hallmark of the college for many years. This beginning phase of expansion for Nursing addresses a long overdue need for adequate facilities for a burgeoning program. Nonetheless, this type of growth at Jackson State is an exciting and welcome sign of the future that lies in front of the college.

Jackson State and Trevecca Partner in ‘Fast Track’ Degree Program

Jackson State Community College and Trevecca Nazarene University have partnered in an effort to offer a quick and convenient method for students to complete a four-year degree on the JSCC campus. From start to finish, students can complete both an AAS in business and a BA in management and human relations in fewer than 30 months.

Jackson State has offered an associate of applied science in business with a ‘Fast Track,’ quick completion option for several years. Students take classes only one night a week, complete their degree in 16 months, and are part of a cohort group that allows students to have a support group throughout the process. Terri Messer, dean of business and industrial technology, states, ‘This option is a great one for those with jobs who cannot afford to take a break from their responsibilities to go to school.’

Trevecca offers students the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Arts in management and human relations in 13 contiguous months. This program is open to all individuals who have completed an associate degree – whether or not their previous coursework is from JSCC. Additionally, all classes are offered on Jackson State’s main campus.

Lance Sherer, Trevecca site coordinator, notes ‘The partnership with Jackson State is great for students because it offers anyone wanting to enter the program a convenient way to make up prerequisite deficiencies.’ He continues, ‘This arrangement also allows a student to enter the program at any point with a guaranteed transfer pathway.’

The cost of the program is also touted as a great selling point. In addition to Jackson State’s low in-state tuition, Trevecca is offering all students at the Jackson location a 45 percent reduction in tuition.

‘This program is a great value,’ says Messer. ‘We are so excited to offer this opportunity to our students, but it is also great to have a partner like Trevecca that adds value to our organization and to the community.’

A joint marketing effort by the two organizations began May 1. The hope is to recruit students for this program through local industry. Anyone interested in the program is encouraged to contact JSCC or Lance Sherer. An open house event will be held Thursday, May 15 from 3 to 6 PM at JSCC’s McWherter Center. This event will give prospective students an opportunity to see the facility and meet with faculty.

To find out more information about this opportunity, contact Lance Sherer at 731-425-8812 or lsherer@jscc.edu. Information can also be found at the schools’ websites: www.jscc.edu/fasttrack and www.trevecca.edu/jackson.