JSCC alumnus receives scholarship

Shelbi Weaver was recently awarded a $250 scholarship by the Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA). A scholarship is awarded every year at the organization’s annual conference to a communications-related student chosen by the host organization. The conference was held in Jackson this year and hosted by Jackson State Community College.

Shelbi is a 2017 graduate of JSCC and is currently a journalism major at The University of Memphis Lambuth. Shelbi continues to work part time in the JSCC registration center and is currently working a 150-hour internship with the college’s office of communications.

Shelbi was chosen for the scholarship by JSCC’s communications faculty and the college’s director of public relations and marketing. Professor Kim Warren-Cox, a former professor for Shelbi, attended the presentation of the award and spoke to the group about Shelbi’s strong character and work ethic both in and out of the classroom. “I predict that one day Shelbi will be a colleague of yours and one that will be widely respected,” said Warren-Cox. “Shelbi has a remarkable future.”

Time capsule marks official end to JSCC’s 50th year

Wednesday, June 20, marked the official end to JSCC’s 50th anniversary with the burial of the time capsule. It was an informal gathering with no specified program or agenda. Approximately 40 faculty and staff turned out on the quad and participated in shoveling dirt to cover the capsule.

Dr. Hamilton spoke to the JSCC family that came out to share in the event. She commented on the events of the past year and how happy she was to be a part of this momentous and historic time of the college. “Jackson State has been an integral part of West Tennessee for fifty years and has played a crucial role in the success of our students and the communities we serve,” Hamilton said. “We look forward to a renewed commitment of student, community, and college success for the next fifty years.”

A granite marker will be placed on the site where the capsule now resides. The marker instructs that the capsule should be opened in the fall of 2067. Photos from the event can be seen at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmmZWddS.

Spring Semester Honor Roll Announced

The Office of Admissions and Records at Jackson State Community College released the honor roll for the Spring 2018 semester. On the honor roll, there were 299 full-time students who achieved a quality point average over 3.00. There were 362 students who made the dean’s list by achieving a quality point average of 3.50 or better.

Honor Roll is reserved for students who are enrolled for twelve (12) or more hours of college-level work (Learning Support excluded) and who complete a semester’s work with a quality point average between 3.00 and 3.49. Click here for Honor Roll listing.

Dean’s List is reserved for students who are enrolled for twelve (12) or more hours of college-level work and who complete a semester’s work with a quality point average between 3.50 and 4.00. Click here for Dean’s List listing.

Nursing students earn 100 percent pass rate on licensure exam

Every student who graduated from Jackson State’s nursing program in 2017 passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) on his or her first attempt, an achievement that earned praise from the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

The NCLEX is a nation-wide exam for nursing school graduates to obtain a license, which allows them to practice. It is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Sherry Richardson, nurse consultant with the Tennessee Board of Nursing, wrote a letter to Jackson State after students achieved the 100 percent pass rate, saying “the Board wishes to commend you and the faculty of the nursing program for this significant achievement and extends best wishes for continued success in the future.”

Jackson State typically has a high pass rate on the NCLEX, and it is not unusual for every student to pass. Now in its 27th year, the school’s nursing program has earned a reputation as one of most respected in the state, and it continues to enhance its offerings, said Dr. Leslie West Sands, Dean and Program Director of Nursing.

The Jim Moss Center for Nursing, which opened in 2015, features state-of-the-art labs and equipment that utilize the same technologies as hospitals. Equipment in the facility includes human obstetric, pediatric and adult simulators that enable faculty to simulate real-life scenarios.

The two-year registered nursing program also has a high employment rate. In a survey, 100 percent of those who responded reported being employed as a registered nurse within a year of graduation. (Two percent of graduates surveyed did not respond.)

Jackson State Community College provides accessible learning opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals, strengthen the workforce and empower the diverse communities of West Tennessee. The institution offers traditional and contemporary associate degrees, certificates, continuing education and enrichment, and college-readiness programs.