TN Promise Summer Bridge Program at JSCC

Tennessee Promise students entering Jackson State Community College this fall are encouraged to attend the Summer Bridge Program. The three-week program is being held at JSCC July 13-31 and is free of charge.

The Summer Bridge Program is a free three-week program designed to help incoming students start school on a more college-ready level, both academically and socially. Each day, students receive 1.5 hours of math instruction, 1.5 hours of reading/writing instruction, and a college success lunch and learn. At the end of the program, students will have a chance to test out of certain developmental courses.

The program runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm daily. Lunch will be provided. Students are expected to attend the full time every day of the program. If a student is unavailable for some of the time, they are not eligible to sign up. If a student only has to improve their test scores in one subject area, they are still required to attend the full time allocated for the Summer Bridge Program.

Space for the Summer Bridge Program is limited and will be given on a first come, first serve basis. This program is for students with sub scores in either Math or English that fall below 19 or 18 respectively.

Students interested in attending this program should complete the application at The application is due by June 15. For additional information about the program, visit the website at .

Auditions to be held for JSCC Innovation Choral Ensemble

Are you interested in auditioning for the Innovation Vocal Ensemble at Jackson State Community College? Auditions will be held on Tuesday, May 19th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Other appointment times are available, if needed. Please email to receive a specific audition time.

Innovation Members receive a full-scholarship to JSCC minus fees, and up to $300 for books based on the number of credit hours taken. Innovation meets on Tuesdays and Thursday from 12:30 -1:45 during fall and spring. There are typically 6 to 12 performances a semester through Jackson and West Tennessee. Additional rehearsals are held as needed. Performances may be scheduled during days, nights, and weekends. Advance notice is given for all activities.

The audition will consist of two songs in contrasting styles chosen by the candidate. Each song should only be 16 bars (about 30 seconds each) from memory. The songs should showcase what the candidate feels are their strong points. Finally, a short musical assessment test, including pitch memory and sight-reading, will the given. It is not necessary to read music in order to be in the group, but it is preferable.

Auditions will be held in Innovation Room of the Art/Music Building at Jackson State. Candidates should arrive 10 minutes early to fill out the audition form. The audition form can also be found on the Innovation website and filled out ahead of time. You will need to bring one letter of recommendation from a teacher, preferably a choral or voice teacher.

Anyone interested in auditioning for Innovation should contact Esther Gray Lemus
Director, Innovation Vocal Ensemble. Call 731-695-6280 or email to set up an appointment to audition.

Vicki Bunch Takes Lead Role With LEAP Grant at JSCC

In April, Vicki Bunch joined the staff of Jackson State Community College as the LEAP Grant director and coordinator. The LEAP Grant is a workforce initiative supported by the governors office in which Jackson State Community College was designated as the fiscal agent for the Jackson Regional Partnership. The grant provides $900,000 to the West Tennessee area to assist a consortium of area organization in developing resources to assist and encourage students in pursuing career opportunities in manufacturing.

Bunch comes to this position with a wealth of experience including extensive work with the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, the Tourism Association of Southwest Tennessee, West Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives and Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executive, as At-large board Member. She also served on the Jackson Regional Partnerships Advisory Council and Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Advisory Board.

Since beginning the job in April, Bunch has been in the process of procuring equipment for area TCAT programs. This equipment has included items such as a robotic MIG welder, a plasma CAM cutter, a Fanuc robot, and an animated robotic trainer. According to Bunch, the addition of this equipment will allow for students to be trained on the latest and most up-to-date technology. The goal, she states, is to ensure that our workforce is well-qualified and provides prospective manufacturers with the confidence they need to build their facilities in West Tennessee.

Bunch states that the Haywood County megasite is very close to being a reality. We have to ensure that we can support the types of industry that we are trying to recruit, she states. The governors goals are ambitious, but they are essential if we are to grow our states economy. I am honored to play a role in the economic development of West Tennessee and our state.

JSCC to Host Career Opportunities Workshop for +50

As part of a plus 50 initiative, Jackson State Community College will host a career training opportunities workshop on Friday, May 15. The event will be held in the McWherter Center on the colleges main campus and will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

There will be a number of breakout sessions sponsored by several other organizations including West Tennessee Healthcare, WIA, Goodwill, and others. The sessions will provide information geared primarily to older individuals who are transitioning to another career. These sessions will include information on a number of career-ready opportunities including 2-year degrees, short-term healthcare certificates, computer training, and rsum and interview skills. Information regarding job opportunities and funding sources will also be available.

Jack Laser, director of workforce development at JSCC, indicates that individuals over the age of 50 often find themselves at a disadvantage when having to transition careers or reenter the workforce. More experienced workers have a wealth of experience, but they often lack many of the basic skills essential for todays workplace, he explains. The job search today is completely different than it was 10 years ago. Office technology has also progressed and many people need assistance in skills development.

Attendees will be divided into groups that will allow them to move through all of the sessions planned for the day. It is hoped that anyone who needs this information will attend. Laser explains, Its never too late. Just because someone is a little older doesnt mean they have nothing to offer potential employers. With a little direction and short-term skills training, an individual can have a new career in a position they want.

The workshop is open to the public and no registration is required. For additional information, please contact Jack Laser at 731-425-2646 or