Jackson State holds information sessions on its new criminal justice degree

People working in law enforcement and criminal justice fields seeking to advance their careers or students wanting to enter those fields quickly can take advantage of the new associate of applied science degree in criminal justice at Jackson State Community College.

The new two-year degree program launches this fall.

The college is holding two information sessions in August to discuss the new degree and the types of careers to which it can be applied, said Vivian Grooms, who is the college’s incoming dean of social and behavioral sciences as the current dean, Dr. Nell Senter, retires this summer.

“Those careers span the field of criminal justice and law enforcement, from police officers and sheriff’s deputies to crime investigators and fish and game wardens,” she said.

The degree includes two tracks: corrections and law enforcement. The corrections track provides courses on probation and parole, the juvenile justice system and correctional counseling. The law enforcement track offers courses on criminal investigation, understanding terrorism and tactical talks. Both include classes on mental health aspects, report writing and internship opportunities.

Unlike the school’s criminal justice associate degree, which lays the groundwork for a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college, the associate of applied science degree is designed to be completed in as little as two years. “It is an instrumental way to get college courses for criminal justice and still get into the workplace as soon as possible or for someone already working in the field to advance his or her career,” Senter said.

The information sessions are at 11-11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, in the college’s Foundation Board Room, and 1-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, in Room 101 in the Student Center. Jackson State’s fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 27. Students must be enrolled by the previous week.

The program has been approved by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Jackson State’s accrediting agency.

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.

Local SBDC receives significant award for loan referrals

Jackson State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been named the SBA-Tennessee Resource Partner of the Year Most Loan Referrals Award recipient for 2018. The award was presented on Thursday, July 12 to college president Dr. Allana Hamilton by Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director La Tanya Channel.

The TSBDC is a network of centers across the state working to assist small business startups through classes, seminars, advising, and business loan referrals. According to SBA Deputy District Director Shawn McKeehan, this is the first time this award has been distributed. The criteria are based on the referrals sent in for small business loans through each individual center.

Jackson State’s TSBDC Director, Ron Acree, says this award is significant not just for the school but for West Tennessee. Small business loan referral rates are among the highest in the state, even surpassing those in more metropolitan areas and is a strong indicator of small business development and growth in the area. “We’ve seen an influx within the last year, and we’ve been able to help start-ups and existing businesses get loans more than ever before,” says Acree. “It makes our job a lot better when we can help them and see the results of the referrals.”

JSCC to host open house

Jackson State Community College will host an open house event Saturday, July 28 on the main campus at 2046 North Parkway. The campus will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.

Brian Gann, Student Services vice president, sees this as an excellent opportunity for anyone considering the next step beyond high school, but especially the adult learner. “The Tennessee Reconnect grant is making the prospect of returning to college a reality for many West Tennessee Adults,” Gann said. “Any adult who never completed an associate degree can now come to college and get this credential tuition free.”

Anyone wanting to learn more about Jackson State is welcome to take a tour of the campus, meet with faculty and staff, and learn more about financial aid options.

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. 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. The library will also be open along with the writing center and academic assistance center.

Anyone attending this event should follow the signs on campus to the Student Center. Information about the campus along with guided tours will be located there.

For additional information or questions, contact student services at (731) 425-2601.