Warren-Cox receives Educator of the Year award

Jackson State Community College professor Kim Warren-Cox was honored with the Educator of the Year award by the Tennessee Communication Association at the 2021 annual convention. Warren-Cox, associate professor of speech at the college, was nominated by her colleagues. The awards committee selected her for her dedication to students and her commitment to excellence in and outside the classroom.

JSCC Family Festival Canceled

The family festival event planned at Jackson State Community College for Saturday, October 9, has been canceled. The festival was initially meant to be an extension of the KJ100+5K bike ride and run and to offer a more family-oriented appeal for the event. The timing of the event during fall break and organizational concerns were cited as reasons for the cancelation.

The KJ100+5K will still be held Saturday, October 9, with the bike ride beginning at 8 a.m. and the 5K starting at 9 a.m. Information about and registration for the ride and run is located at jscc.edu/kj100. Money raised will go to scholarships and financial assistance for students at JSCC. More than $40,000 has been raised over the life of the event to support students of the college.

Vaccination clinic to be held at JSCC

West Tennessee Healthcare will hold a vaccination clinic in the Student Center next Wednesday and Thursday, September 29 and 30. This is a great opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine completely free, and it’s convenient, too.

The event is to encourage student vaccinations, but anyone from the public is also welcome to participate. Registration is required (see link below). Participants will receive the Pfizer vaccine. The dates for the second shot will be October 20 and 21.

Why vaccinate?

  • It keeps you from being quarantined!
  • Allows you to resume many activities that you did before the pandemic
  • Helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19
  • May also protect people around you, particularly those at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19

Don’t Hesitate. Let’s Vaccinate! Register today at https://westtennessee.quickbase.com/db/brracy98c

Battle of the Colleges blood drive returns to JSCC campus

LIFELINE Blood Service’s Battle of the Colleges is currently underway. This promotion will run through the month of September. The Bloodmobile will be parked by the Nursing Building Tuesday, September 28, and will take donations from students and employees 9-11 a.m. and 12-2 p.m. A donation can be made any time at LIFELINE’s 183 Sterling Farms Drive location Monday through Saturday from 9 to 6 p.m. Just be sure to sign the roster for JSCC!

With the exception of last year, JSCC’s students and employees have handily won the trophy for the most donations. Let’s all step up to help LIFELINE increase its inventory of this much-needed lifesaving gift. Additionally, let’s bring that trophy back to JSCC where it belongs!

To save time on the day you plan to donate, complete the online medical questionnaire in advance at https://www.lifelinebloodserv.org/online-medical-questionnaire.

JSCC Nursing application deadline extended to October 1

Jackson State Community College’s nursing program is currently accepting applications for admittance in the program for the spring semester. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, October 1. An application packet can be downloaded at jscc.edu/nursingapply. Contact Monica Ray at 425-2622 or mray@jscc.edu for any questions or additional information.

AT&T Foundation donates $10,000 to JSCC

As part of AT&T’s continuing commitment to supporting quality education across Tennessee, the AT&T Foundation has donated $10,000 to Jackson State Community College. The grant will provide last-dollar scholarships for minority and underserved students.

“We are grateful to AT&T and its continued support of public higher education and our students, who will benefit greatly from the company’s generosity,” said George Pimentel, President, Jackson State Community College. “Our students have many financial needs aside from the cost of tuition and this support will help them on their path to higher education.”

While Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect provide tuition-free access to the state’s community colleges, gaps remain that can create a barrier to entry for some students. The AT&T Last Dollar scholarships will aid students with the cost of attendance items such as books, childcare, transportation, and other costs associated with attending college that aren’t covered by other financial aid programs once tuition is paid.

“We have worked hard to create a climate that is welcoming of new business which can be seen in the record growth Tennessee is experiencing,” said State Senator Ed Jackson. “With this growth comes the need for a high-skill workforce and through programs like those offered at Jackson State, graduates will be prepared to succeed in a modern workplace.”

“Jackson State Community College does a tremendous job preparing students to enter the workforce with a strong foundation for future success,” said State Representative Chris Todd. “Thanks to their commitment to quality education, Tennessee has a first-class workforce ready to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving 21st-century economy.”

“Higher education often creates a pathway to prosperity for those looking to quickly enter the job market and today’s announcement aims to enrich that opportunity for more students,” said State Representative Johnny Shaw. “AT&T’s investment in programs like this exemplifies its commitment to furthering education in Tennessee.”

This donation is part of the AT&T Foundation’s $130,000 gift to the Foundation for the College System of Tennessee. Funding has been divided equally among Tennessee’s 13 community colleges to support students across the state.

“AT&T is focused on developing a 21st-century workforce that can promote continued prosperity and a stronger economy across Tennessee,” said AT&T Tennessee President Joelle Phillips. “We are excited to continue our support of Jackson State Community College to help more students gain the education necessary to compete for quality job opportunities and to empower more students to reach their highest potential.”