Student Relief Fund established by JSCC Foundation

During these challenging times, our primary focus is on the health and safety of all students and employees. We have taken measures to protect them from exposure on our campus to the coronavirus by extending spring break, canceling all on-campus classes and activities, and directing all classes to go online.

Jackson State Community College’s student population across all campuses are comprised of students from many age groups and different socio-economic situations. We realize during this dilemma and time of uncertainty, our students will be affected in adverse ways such as job layoffs and concerns about how they will feed themselves and even in some cases, their families.

Out of concern for our students’ well-being, we are asking for donations to our Student Relief Fund. All donations would help those who have a genuine need for assistance directly.

Thank you for all that you do for Jackson State! May you remain safe and healthy during this time.

Gifts may be made online at or mailed to Jackson State Community College at 2046 North Parkway, Jackson, TN 38301- checks should be payable to JSCC Foundation/ Student Relief. Email with any questions.

NJCAA cancels spring athletics competitions

According to a message from NJCAA president and CEO Dr. Christopher Park, all upcoming basketball championships and spring competitions have been canceled beginning immediately.

The decision was made following the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The move is an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Dr. Park stated that the NJCAA had “exhausted all possible avenues” to postpone competitions but the need to cancel had become eminent.

Park went on to say that no student-athlete in spring sports at a member institution would be charged a year of participation and would remain eligible for next year. The NJCAA Eligibility Committee will meet Thursday, March 19 to review the possibility of expanding letters of intent for 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Presidential Finalists’ Visits Postponed

Due to the rapidly changing situation with the Coronavirus, the presidential candidates’ campus visits planned for next week have been postponed until a date to be determined. Once new dates are set, information regarding the rescheduling of the visits will be shared and posted to the Jackson State Community College presidential search page of the Tennessee Board of Regents website at

Opportunity abounds in work cooperative at JSCC

The Engineering Systems Technology program at Jackson State Community College is currently accepting applications for the Advanced Maintenance Technician (AMT) work cooperative. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, May 1.

“The AMT work co-op is a tremendous opportunity,” said Cathi Roberts, AMT completion coach. “Our students go through an intensive interview process, are hired by a world-class manufacturing partner, get hands-on work experience three days a week, and take classes at Jackson State for two days a week.”

The program requires students to go to school for 5 contiguous semesters. AMT students are paid $12 per hour in their first semester and are given a 50-cent raise for each consecutive semester through the end of the program. High school graduates that use the Tennessee Promise scholarship can actually earn over $21,000 while attending school and not incur any educational debt.

Upon graduation, students will receive an associate of applied science in Engineering Systems Technology and will have also earned several industry certifications. “When an AMT student graduates on Saturday, they could have the opportunity to walk directly into a full-time position on Monday earning an average of $21 per hour to start,” said Roberts. “Many of our graduates do much better than this and advance rapidly.”

Roberts says that AMTs are not production jobs that so many people equate with manufacturing. These are skilled positions that require an individual to work both independently and as part of a team. They must be able to troubleshoot and fix problems in areas such as robotics, pneumatics, hydraulics, and programmed logic controllers.

“Manufacturing facilities are not like they were a generation ago,” said Roberts. “Safety is the number one priority for all 26 of our manufacturing partners. The pay and benefits are also great!”

To learn more about the Engineering Systems Technology program and the AMT work cooperative at JSCC, visit or call Cathi Roberts at 731-425-9584.

Respiratory Care Program to host information sessions

The Respiratory Care Program at Jackson State Community College will host information sessions in March and April. The sessions will be held on the first floor of the Jim and Janet Ayers Center for Health Sciences on the college’s main campus at 2046 North Parkway.

The schedule for the upcoming information sessions includes:

  • Tuesday, March 17-11 a.m. to noon in HSB 136
  • Thursday, March 19-1 to 2 p.m. in HSB 136
  • Tuesday, April 14-11 a.m. to noon in HSB 136
  • Wednesday, April 15-Noon to 1 p.m. in HSB 134
  • Thursday, April 16-1 to 2 p.m. in HSB 136

There are many opportunities for licensed respiratory therapists. Nationally, employment for respiratory therapists is expected to grow by 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Here in West Tennessee, we are seeing a great demand for respiratory care therapists, and there is no other program in West Tennessee outside of Shelby County,” said Cathy Garner, program director. “After graduation, our students will take a national exam, and then they will get a job.”

Respiratory therapists focus on patients with breathing difficulties, from newborns with underdeveloped lungs to elderly patients with a chronic disease like emphysema. There are many specialties respiratory therapists can pursue, such as critical care, home care, case management, pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary diagnostics, sleep medicine, and surface and air transport. The work environment is often fast and fluid, Garner said.

“We work under the direction of a physician, and we provide an assessment of a patient to determine the kind of therapy a patient needs,” Garner said. “We focus on the cardiopulmonary system – any patient having any difficulties related to the lungs.”

Respiratory therapists work with mechanical ventilators and artificial airways, respond to code-blue resuscitative efforts and can be found treating patients from the front door of the hospital to the back, Garner said. Students who want to pursue a medical career but want an alternative to nursing should consider the program.

“If they are someone who is interested in bedside patient care but doesn’t want to be a nurse, this is the field they should really investigate.”

Anyone wanting to learn more about respiratory care as a career is encouraged to visit The deadline to apply for fall 2020 is June 1.

For questions about the respiratory care program or for questions about the information sessions, contact Cathy Garner at or 731-424-3520 ext. 50372.

PTA and OTA information sessions to be held at JSCC

The Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs at Jackson State Community College will host two information sessions for those interested in learning more about the programs. There will be two sessions on Monday, March 16 from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 5 to 6 p.m. Both sessions will meet in conference room 224 of the Jim and Janet Ayers Center for Health Sciences.

Both programs are designed for students who intend to begin careers in their respective fields upon graduation. Graduates of Jackson State’s PTA and OTA programs are eligible to apply for licensure in any state and, if approved by that state, sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination or the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Additional information about the PTA and OTA programs at JSCC can be found at or, respectively. For more information regarding the information sessions, contact Jane David, PTA program director, at 731-424-3520 ext. 50214 or, or Julie Bezold, OTA program director, at 731-424-3520 ext. 50755 or