The beginning of the fall semester this year marks 50 years since classes were first offered on the Jackson State Community College campus. To commemorate this milestone, a reception will be held on the main campus in the Student Center Monday, September 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.
“This will be a time to focus on the tremendous impact that the college has had in the lives of our students as well as in the communities we serve,” said Dr. Allana Hamilton, JSCC president. “We look forward to seeing former students, faculty and staff at this momentous event in our history.”
Jackson State registered its first students in September, 1967 and began classes in October with an enrollment of 655. Since that time, the college has grown to an enrollment of nearly 5,000 on 4 full-service campuses. A site in Paris is currently offering classes with plans of becoming JSCC’s fifth campus.
“This is a great time for alumni and former staff to come back and reconnect,” stated John McCommon, public relations and marketing director. “Also, this is a transformative time in the history of the college with new buildings being built, new programs being offered, and new leadership to carry us forward into the next 50 years. Everyone at Jackson State is really proud of our legacy in the community and even more excited for what the future holds.”
In addition to the reception, photos and documents will be on display that recount the past 50 years of the college. This will also be an opportunity for those who haven’t been on campus in a while to see the changes that have taken place. Those who have never been to Jackson State are also invited to come to the event.
The campus has really blossomed over the past several years, McCommon stated. “We are very excited to have everyone come to see their community college.”