JSCC RAD students to celebrate 121st anniversary of x-ray

The invisible energy we call “x-rays” was discovered on November 8, 1895, by German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen. Each year, the profession of radiography/medical imaging celebrates Roentgen’s discovery and the dedication of all those who use x-rays or similar energies by recognizing National Radiologic Technology Week, the week of November 8.

To commemorate this event, Jackson State RAD club students will be celebrating this 121st year of x-ray discovery with you! RAD students will have displays set up around campus in the Nelms Classroom Building, the Science Building, the Jim Moss Center for Nursing, the McWherter Center, and the Student Center. Students will be on hand at the displays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 8.

Poster projects and brochures will explain both the vast benefits and slight risks associated with x-rays and medical imaging procedures. RAD club members will be on hand to answer questions, serve cookies, and encourage you to register for door prizes.

Learn more about the Radiography Program at JSCC.

Jackson State to offer courses in Paris

Jackson State Community College will open an educational site in Paris, bringing new academic opportunities to an underserved area of the state. Classes will start at the beginning of the spring semester.

The location will allow residents in rural Northwest Tennessee to take advantage of Tennessee Promise — a last-dollar scholarship program for community colleges and colleges of applied technology — without driving to Jackson. Students will be able to take college courses in high school through dual enrollment or earn an associate degree and join the workforce or transition into a four-year university.

“It’s really exciting for the community to have a two-year college presence,” said Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell said. “This makes us a more complete community, and it’s going to enhance our economic impact by providing opportunities for people to get jobs and make the community better.”

Jackson State will occupy five rooms in the Central Community Service Center at 55 Jones Bend Road. The facility was built in 1958 to serve African-American high school students before desegregation. It has since been converted into a building that houses programs such as the Office On Aging, Adult Learning Center and the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center.

“We’re there because the city of Paris and Henry County invited us to be there, and they’ve been able to provide us with the space that we need to teach,” said Dr. Larry Bailey, vice president of Academic Affairs for Jackson State.

The college expects 50 to 75 students the first semester and plans to grow the enrollment to as many 200. “Our hope is that this is going to become a full accredited degree center for Jackson State in the next few years.”

Specific classes will be determined by need, but students will be able to take advantage of as many as eight general courses that span Jackson State’s educational spectrum, including business, math, humanities, social/behavioral sciences, and science. The facility has two large classrooms that will be used for traditional face-to-face teaching.

“We plan to offer as many on-ground classes as we can,” Bailey said.

Students will also be able to take upper-level courses with distance learning software in three smaller rooms in the facility that accommodate a smaller class size. Jackson State has satellite campuses in Lexington, Humboldt and Savannah, and students from each location, including Paris, can combine to take the same class through distance learning.

Similar to Jackson State’s other locations, the Paris location will focus on nontraditional students — people who go back to school to start a new career or need additional training to advance into a higher-paying job — in addition to the traditional college-age students. The college will work with area employers to create courses to meet the needs of the Henry County workforce.

The facility is a good fit for Jackson State, Bailey said. The classrooms are flexible enough to be used for a variety of courses, and the school has room to expand. It’s also on the same wing as the Adult Learning Center.

“It will help us recruit students and give them a chance to see that they have an opportunity to continue their education in the same building that they get their GED,” Bailey said. “That’s something we see as a real positive.”

Bringing Jackson State to Paris has been a joint effort between the city and county with support from community organizations such as the Central High School Alumni Association.

“It’s extremely important to their community because Paris is a growing area, and this is vital to their economic development,” Bailey said. “We are very appreciative of the work by City Mayor Carlton Gerrell and County Mayor Brent Greer to make this become a reality. And we’re very grateful for all of the other parties who have supported it.”

Maxwell leadership conference to be hosted by JSCC

Jackson State Community College is pleased to announce it is bringing the 2016 Live2Lead Leadership Simulcast to Jackson, TN. Live2Lead is a half-day leadership development simulcast experience designed to equip business professionals with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways for everyday success. This simulcast, open to all interested in honing their leadership skills, will take place Thursday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the JSCC Campus in Ayers Auditorium, 2046 North Parkway, Jackson, TN.

Employing a balanced approach to learning, Live2Lead provides an outlet for individuals to better themselves personally and professionally. JSCC is able to use this high impact event to further its mission of providing learning opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals – a way of living that intends to promote a positive and multiplying impact on the community.

Through the simulcast, attendees will learn from world-class leadership experts broadcast live from Duluth, Ga. Upon returning to the office, attendees will be ready to implement a new action plan and lead with renewed passion and commitment. The program includes:

  • John C. Maxwell, leadership expert, bestselling author and coach. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker, and was identified as the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by in 2014
  • Simon Sinek, optimist, author and leadership authority. Simon teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the bestselling Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.
  • Dan Cathy, Chairman, President and CEO of Chick-fil-A, one of North America’s largest family-owned businesses. As head of the quick-service chicken restaurant, Dan has taken an unconventional, yet personally and professionally rewarding approach to Chick-fil-A leadership.
  • Liz Wiseman, researcher, executive advisor, speaker, and President of The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the author of three bestselling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools.

Jackson State Community College encourages everyone to join them in a potentially life-changing experience of uncovering their purpose, and in identifying the solutions that will lead to more productive results in their professional and personal lives.

Registration is required for this event. For more information or to register for Live2Lead, visit www.jscc.edu/l2l or contact Leah Gray at 731-425-2606 or lgray@jscc.edu.

AT&T grant provides non-traditional scholarships, supports TN Reconnect

AT&T representative Kathy Sager made an official presentation of $5,000 to Jackson State on Thursday, September 29. The AT&T Aspire Grant awarded $5,000 to each of the state’s 13 community colleges.

The adult scholarship program offered by AT&T will complement the Reconnect + Completion Grant program by providing five scholarships for each community college to aid underserved non-traditional students in high-skill, technology advanced fields such as advanced manufacturing, computer science/technology, allied health and other career preparation programs utilizing advanced technology. Underserved students are defined as racial and ethnic minorities, low-income and underrepresented genders in programs of study leading to non-traditional occupations as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Those present for the presentation included interim president Horace Chase, VP of student services Brian Gann, VP of academic affairs Dr. Larry Bailey, state representative Johnny Shaw, and Madison County mayor Jimmy Harris. Students present who are recipients of the grant included Kathy Daniel, radiography major; Talia Alley, physical therapist assistant major; and Leigh Hazlett, network administration major.

“Jackson State is excited to partner with AT&T to offer adult students this opportunity to continue their education,” stated Brian Gann, Vice President of Student Services. “The AT&T program, and other programs offered at Jackson State, make earning a college certificate or degree possible for even more adults in our communities.”

For more information on this scholarship or other scholarships available to students at Jackson State, call (731) 425-2601.