Genealogy Course Offered for College Credit

Jackson State Community College is offering anyone the opportunity to learn about genealogy. LIB 1001, Introduction to Genealogy, is a comprehensive course available for both credit and non-credit through the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The online course is administered through JSCCs eLearn software and takes students through an extensive 14-week journey of learning all the ins and outs of genealogical research.

Students in this in-depth course will become familiar with many online and print sources, will interact with one another and the instructors in discussion forums and email, and will complete weekly assignments to learn about important records and useful genealogical skills. Records and examples from Tennessee history will be used, but the skills learned are applicable to genealogical research in other states as well.

The course is offered online and students will be able to complete the weekly assignments at their own pace. There is no set class time and no textbook is required. Class participants will have access to Ancestry Library edition through ProQuest.

During the course, students will learn:

Why given names and surnames can be historically significant

How to preserve family treasures and stories that have been passed down

How to chart what they already know about their ancestry

How to use software to organize and manipulate family data

How to use the records common to genealogists, like the census and vital records

The value of military records and where to find them

How to locate and use court records, immigration, and land records

Best use of records found online, in print, in courthouses and in manuscripts

Registration is now open. Classes start on January 20, 2015 and end on May 6, 2015.Registrants must first apply for admission to the College, online at Individuals not seeking college credit may enroll as an audit student to avoid transcript and testing requirements.

Also, prospective students may also enroll as a non-credit student through the Office of Lifelong Learning.

Visit for additional information about the course. For any questions regarding the genealogy course, contact Scott Cohen, JSCC Library Director at 731-425-2615.

Concert Raises Funds, Awareness for Pantry

Innovation, Jackson State Community Colleges choral group, performed at its Winter Concert last Friday, December 12. This was the first time in recent history the group had performed this concert on campus. The event also made strides to help others by raising funds and awareness for the JSCC Food Pantry.

The program included many solo performances from both current and past members of Innovation. The event was billed as free and open to the public. The concert was well attended and Ayers Auditorium was at approximately 75% capacity.

While admission was free, donations to the JSCC Food Pantry were suggested. Most people attending the event brought items for the pantry. At the events conclusion, Director Esther Gray Lemus advised attendees about the pantrys purpose of helping students who come up short and struggle to make ends meet. Generous contributions of attendees raised another $321 for the pantry.

The Food Pantry serves many students over the course of a year. The pantry also makes other essentials available such as clothing, personal hygiene products and gas cards. There is always a need. Contact Student Services at 731-425-8820 if you would like to contribute.

Photos from the event can be seen on JSCCs Flickr site.

LEAP Workforce Development Grant Recipients Announced

The governors office announced recipients of the LEAP grant. In West Tennessee, the Jackson Regional Partnership will receive $900,000 with Jackson State Community College being the fiscal agent for the partnership.

The Jackson Regional Partnership is a consortium of organizations ranging from K-12 systems, TCATs, JSCC and the University of Memphis. There are also many area manufacturers participating in this program. The hope of the program is to encourage students and those looking for career opportunities to choose a career in manufacturing.

This is a comprehensive program that allows for multiple exit points for careers in welding, tool and die, industrial maintenance technicians and many other manufacturing-related positions. According to Dr. Larry Bailey, VP of Academic Affairs at JSCC, The accessibility of career opportunities in manufacturing will be greatly enhanced with the implementation of this program. It reaches many of the K-12 programs in the region as well as the 9 area TCATs. As previously mentioned, the JSCC Industrial Technology program and U of M will have a much further reach and be more accessible.

The LEAP program will unite educational institutions in a more concerted effort of workforce training. Cooperation across all these organizations will help to improve communications and services to students.

This is a large step for workforce training and will help to make great strides for a more educated workforce and put us much closer to achieving the goal of 55% of Tennessee with post-secondary degrees and certifications, Bailey states.

The recipients of the $10 million grant include:

East Tennessee Development District
Roane State Community College
Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce Southwest Tennessee Community College
Jackson Regional Partnership
Jackson State Community College
Nashville Technology Council
Nashville State Community College
North Tennessee Workforce Board
Nashville State Community College
Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board
Dyersburg State Community College
Smoky Mountain Area Workforce Board
Walters State Community College
South Central Tennessee Development District TCAT Shelbyville
South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance
TCAT- Pulaski
South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance Columbia State Community College
Southeast Tennessee Development District
TCAT Athens
Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency
TCAT Livingston

Open House Event to be Hosted for Spring Term

Jackson State Community College will host an open house event Saturday, January 10 on the main campus at 2046 North Parkway. The campus will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.

This is an opportunity for new and returning students to finalize details before the beginning of the term. Countance Anderson, director of registration and orientation, says, It is also an opportunity for anyone interested in finding out more about Jackson State, take a tour of the campus and meet with faculty and staff.

There are a number of things planned that will allow everyone to mingle and see what the school has to offer. Free snacks are being offered and drawings for door prizes. Many of the activities will be geared toward new and returning students. According to Anderson, This is an opportunity for students to get their IDs, parking permits, buy books, and finalize financial aid.

An open house event was held in August at the before the beginning of the fall semester. We were pleasantly surprised by the turnout, Anderson said. The response was so positive that we feel it is an event that should be done on a regular basis.

Prospective students will also be able to visit most all areas of campus and get a feel for the campus and what Jackson State has to offer. A number of faculty members will be on hand to talk to students and discuss classes. Students and staff will give guided tours and answer questions about campus life. The library will also be open along with the writing center and academic assistance center. Everyone is also encouraged to come by and visit the new fitness center located in the gym.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the folks at Jackson State to showcase what we have to offer our students, Anderson claims. Anyone attending this event should follow the signs on campus to the Student Union Building. Information about the campus along with guided tours will be located there.

For additional information or questions, contact student services at (731) 424-3520 ext. 50359.