Guitarist Juan Alonzo, to Perform at JSCC

Juan Alonzo will be performing at Jackson State Community College. The concert is co-sponsored by the college’s International Education program and the JSCC Spanish Club and is free and open to the public. The event will take place Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m. in the Ayers Auditorium located in the McWherter Center on the campus at 2046 North Parkway.

The music played by Alonzo varies between rock, ballads, funk, jazz, and classical guitar. His repertoire covers material from composers like Tarrega, Dyens, Brouwer, Piazzolla, and Antonio Lauro.

Born in Miami Beach, Juan Alonzo moved to Maracaibo, Venezuela, where he studied music theory and classical guitar at the Clavier Music Academy. At the age of 12, Juan was performing in his own rock band and had begun writing music. At 16, he completed a guitar certificate at Berklee College of Music. In 2010, Juan moved to Nashville to study music at Middle Tennessee State University. Being bilingual, Juan writes songs in both English and Spanish, and through this he is able to connect to both audiences.

For more information regarding this event, contact Mary Wadley at (731) 424-3520 ext. 50252 or email her at

Tre Hargett to Visit JSCC Campus for Voter Registration Drive

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett will be in the Student Center on the campus of Jackson State Community College Thursday, September 24 from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. He will be encouraging students to get registered to vote as part of the #GoVoteTN campaign.

Secretary Hargett is visiting more than a dozen campuses and conducting voter registration drives during the month of September, which is National Voter Registration Month. The drives are being held in conjunction with the #GoVoteTN social media campaign to encourage others to register to vote.

As part of the social media campaign, people are encouraged to have someone take a picture of them holding an “I’m registered to vote. Are you?” sign. Then post it to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #GoVoteTN. Anyone can print their own sign at, which can be customized to the colors of many of the state’s colleges, universities or professional sports teams. People can also check their registration status or access a voter registration form.

JSCC and APSU Nursing Programs Partner in Dual-Degree Option

Representatives from Jackson State Community College and Austin Peay State University met this afternoon to sign a new articulation agreement between their nursing programs. This agreement will allow for a seamless transition between the nursing programs at the two colleges and put students on a much quicker path to earning a BSN.

This dual degree option offers students a new curriculum model that streamlines the process for achieving both the associate and baccalaureate degrees in nursing. By layering the curricula of the two institutions in a complimentary fashion, students can attain both degrees in a more timely and cost efficient manner. Unlike a traditional baccalaureate program that requires four years of full-time study to seek licensure as RN, the dual-degree option is designed to enable students to seek this licensure a full year earlier.

As an added bonus, the first three years of coursework is available from JSCC, where tuition is less than that found in a traditional baccalaureate program. The dual-degree model represents a seamless transfer between the two institutions with no lost academic credits and students will not have to travel to complete their final year of baccalaureate study.

After completing their third year of enrollment, students will graduate with an associate degree in nursing and become licensed as a RN. At this point, students can begin working in the field during their fourth, and final, year of study. This final year is designed to be part-time enrollment and delivered online to accommodate the varied schedules and needs of working RNs.

“This model provides the most time and cost efficient method for obtaining a BSN,” says Dr. Leslie West Sands, JSCC Dean of Nursing. “Students now have the opportunity to earn a salary and gain valuable work experience while completing their final year of study.”

Both the Jackson State and Austin Peay nursing programs have a history of achieving quality outcomes. They are both renowned for their graduates’ success on the RN licensure exam, which consistently exceeds the national average.

For information about the dual-degree option, contact the JSCC Division of Nursing at 731-425-2622 or visit

JSCC to Host Scholarship Saturday, Sept. 26

Jackson State Community College will open up its computer lab from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, for area high school seniors to sign up for Tennessee Promise and fill out their college applications as part of a statewide Scholarship Saturday.

The event is designed to encourage students to enroll in Tennessee Promise, Governor Bill Haslam’s program to provide two years of community college or technical school tuition. Tennessee Promise is part of the Drive to 55 initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with some form of post-secondary credential, such as a college degree or technical certificate.

During Scholarship Saturday, students may come to the Student Center between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and use the college’s computers to sign up online. Free refreshments will also be on hand for anyone signing up. The college’s usual application fee will be waived for any student who also completes his or her college application during the event.

“Tennessee Promise is such an incredible opportunity for students to pursue their dreams after high school,” said Countance Anderson, Director of Registration. “We want to make signing up for the Promise a celebration for the students and also give them an opportunity to get their application to college in at the same time. This puts them well on their way down the path to a degree or certificate.”

Tennessee Promise Director Mike Krause said he hoped many Tennessee students would participate and complete their application. “Tennessee Promise has changed the conversation about going to college in our state, and I hope we can encourage students to sign up early,” Krause said. “Scholarship Saturday provides a chance for students to sign up for the Promise and make a connection with their local college.”