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College Profile



Jones County Junior College (JCJC) is an open-door, two-year institution, granting Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Applied Science degrees, Career and Technical certificates, Adult Education credentials, and Workforce credentials. JCJC inspires greatness by providing higher education programs and support services consistent with the ideals of a democratic society in order to meet the higher education needs of the communities of interest through postsecondary programming, workforce and economic development, and community development. To pursue these ideals, JCJC provides (1) human, financial, and physical resources for quality programming; (2) higher education programs to meet the needs and interests of students; (3) workforce education solutions for business and industry to enhance economic development; (4) educational support services for teaching, learning, and higher education programming; and (5) quality development through continuous planning and assessment.


JCJC values: Community Service, Engaged Learning, Integrity, Stewardship, Leadership, Health and Wellness, Work Ethics.


  1. Increase Enrollment
  2. Improved Graduation Rates
  3. Improved Retention Rates
  4. Improved Transfer Rates
  5. Development


(1) Improve the implementation of the complete cycle of the comprehensive evaluation process of all programs, services, and general education core; (2) Enhance the teaching and learning environment; (3) Provide educational support services to meet the needs of students and educational programs; (4) Maximize the use of revenue from all available sources to financially support college programs and services; (5) Enhance JCJC’s appeal to the communities of interest via operational management and marketing.


In 1922, the Mississippi Legislature authorized the inclusion of college courses in agricultural high schools. In response to the needs of students in Jones County, the Jones County Agricultural High School (founded in 1911) Board of Trustees in 1927 adopted a resolution to “hereafter be known as Jones County Agricultural High School and Junior College.” The first 26 college students began their instruction in September 1927. The junior college district soon expanded to include seven additional counties: Clarke, Covington, Greene, Jasper, Perry, Smith, and Wayne. In 1957, Jones County Agricultural High School was separated from the junior college because of the reorganization plan for the public schools of the State of Mississippi.


Jones County Junior College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Applied Science degrees, Technical Certificates and Career Certificates.


Ellisville, the home of Jones County Junior College, is a city of approximately 4,524 residents (2015 estimates). Ellisville is located just off Interstate 59, eight miles south of Laurel and 20 miles north of Hattiesburg, about 100 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico in the southeastern portion of the State.

The climate is inviting, environmental conditions are good, and an excellent spirit of cooperation exists between the citizens of the community and the College.

Additionally, the College offers credit and non-credit classes at four learning centers within its eight-county district. They are the Clarke County Learning Center located in Stonewall, Greene County Learning Center located in Leakesville, the Jasper County Learning Center located in Bay Springs, and the Wayne County Learning Center located in Waynesboro.


During its history, Jones County Junior College has been led by five presidents including the current president, Dr. Jesse R. Smith, who assumed leadership in July 2006. The College is governed by a 20-member Board of Trustees.

President’s Cabinet: President, Vice President of Business Affairs, Vice President of Instructional Affairs and Assessment, Vice President of Marketing and Recruiting, Vice President of Student Affairs, Vice President of Advancement, Vice President of External Affairs, Director of Campus Operations and Assistant to the President.


The teaching faculty is integral to the health and educational productivity of Jones County Junior College. Primarily concerned with instruction aimed at the needs of individual students, instructors attend professional meetings, workshops and seminars, as well as enroll in graduate courses on a periodic basis in order to remain current with new methods and thought in their educational fields.

Profile by highest degree (N=169): Doctorate (11.2%); Masters+45 (12.4%); Masters+30 (8.3%); Masters+15 (8.9%); Masters (39.6%); Bachelors (9.5%); Certificate/AAS (10.1%).


The College has twelve divisions that provide over 100 areas of study. They are: Agricultural Services; Business and Technology; Fine Arts; Health, Physical Education & Recreation; Health & Human Services; Humanities; Industrial Services; Mathematics; Associate Degree Nursing; Science; Social Science and Workforce College.


Jones County Junior College consists of 390 acres of land including all the principal buildings and playing fields for the athletic programs. The President’s home is also located on the grounds.

The Terrell Tisdale Library, located in the Student Success Center, is a 44,000 sq. ft. building opened in January 1987. The Library collection consists of over 54,000 items, 320 E-books, and access to an education streaming video collection. The online catalog is provided by Sirsi Corp.’s Unicorn Library Management System. Computers with Internet access enable the use of online databases and indexes. The Library also houses a coffee shop.


The Student Success Center (SSC), located in the Terrell Tisdale Library, provides a “one-stop” information clearing house for students and a variety of support services for students. The departments within the SSC are the Counseling Center, the Advising Center, and Library & Media Services.


In-state Academic & Technical General Tuition Fee is $1,460 per semester if taking 15 hours or more; $120 per semester hour if less than 15 hours. Vocational tuition fee is approximately $487 for a five week session. Out-of- state tuition fee is $195 per semester hour for part- time students taking under 12 hours, not to exceed $1,000; full-time tuition fee (12-19 hours) is $1,000. Out-of-state students are charged general tuition and out-of-state fees.

These expenses do not include book expense, laboratory fees, or other miscellaneous fees and expenses that may apply.


The Workforce College utilizes innovative approaches to career pathways to provide opportunities for its students, employees, and surrounding communities. Through the JCJC Outreach Centers, programs and classes are designed to offer a flexible, responsive training system that creates a multiple entry/exit career pathway that enables a participant to receive college transcribed credit for non-credit, credentialed training.

The Workforce College is composed of the following units: Adult Basic Education; MIBEST; SNAP E&T Pilot /EDGE; Workforce Training; Workforce College Testing Center.


A varied program in intercollegiate and intramural athletics is offered throughout the academic year to provide for competitive athletic teams and educational experiences to develop physical, social, and academic skills as well as emotional well-being. Intercollegiate athletics is under the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Division and is an integral part of the total educational program. The JCJC Bobcats compete in football, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, and tennis under guidelines established by the National Junior College Athletic Association, the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, and the local JCJC Board of Trustees. JCJC cheerleading squad is nationally ranked. The intramural athletic program provides opportunities for students to participate in archery, basketball, table tennis, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and other competitive and non-competitive activities.


AY 2016 Degrees Awarded/Graduates

During the 2016 academic year, 1,313 degrees were awarded to 1,125 students. Breakdown by degrees are as follows: 700 (53.3%) Associate in Arts (AA) degrees awarded; 172(13.1%) Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees awarded;147 (11.2%) Technical Certificates; and 294 (22.4%) Career Certificates awarded.

The following data are presented as either frequencies and/or percentages.

Fall 2016 Enrollment Statistics
  • Sixty Mississippi counties (out of 82) and 16 states are represented by the Fall 2016 student body;
  • Top twelve counties in Mississippi contributing students in descending order are Jones, Forrest, Covington, Lamar, Wayne, Smith, Jasper, Perry, Greene, Clarke, Simpson and Jefferson Davis;
  • District Residency: In-District enrollment (8 county service area) is 65.3% and Out-of- District enrollment is 32.8% Out-of-State/Out-of- Country/Not Reported is 1.9%; Average Age = 21.3 years with 58.9% being age 19 or younger; Median age = 19; Traditional age (24 and younger) = 85.5% and Non-Traditional age (25 and older) = 14.5%
  • Full-time students (3,859) = 80.6%; Range of hours enrolled = 12-23 hours, with an average of 16.40 and a median of 16;
  • Part-time students (927) = 19.4%; Range of hours enrolled = 1-11 hours, with an average of 5.66 and a median of 6;
  • Freshmen class enrollment = 60.2%; Sophomore class enrollment = 24.1; Dual Enrolled=8.5%; Not Reported=7.2%
  • Curriculum Type: Students enrolled in Liberal Arts = 68.4%; AD Nursing = 3.6%; Technical = 15.6%; Career = 3.9%; Dual Enrolled = 8.5%;
  • Race/Ethnicity: Black = 32.9%; White = 63.9%; Other = 1.9%, including American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, and Not Specified/Reported = 1.3%;
  • Gender: Male = 42.5%; Female = 57.3%; Not Reported = < 1%;
  • ACT Composite Score for those reported (4,540): Mean = 19.22; Median = 19 and Range = 7-35;
  • Top ten academic plans (major area of study) in descending order: General Studies (1,160/ 24.2%) ); Nursing BSN (452/9.4%); Business Administration (200/4.2%); Engineering (176/3.7%);Associate Degree Nursing (158/3.3%); Health Related (147/3.1%); Elementary Education (139/2.9%); Welding AAS (105/2.2%);Electrical Technology AAS (102/2.1%); Criminal Justice (100/2.1%);
  • Top ten feeder high schools: South Jones High (342/7.1%); West Jones High (316/6.6%); Wayne County High (289/6.0%); GED (262/5.5%); Northeast Jones High (261/5.5%); Petal High (225/4.7%); Laurel-Watkins High (209/4.4%); Seminary Attendance Center (171/3.6%); Oak Grove Attendance Center (151/3.2%); Greene County High (122/2.5%). Based on high school attended, 56.9% of the Fall 2016 enrollment comes from the JCJC District feeder high schools;

JCJC students are enrolled in 161 online class sections offered through the JCJC eLEARNING Program, with 138 class sections (85.7%) being taught by JCJC instructors. Fall 2016 online duplicated student headcount = 6,108. eLearning Program manages both MSVCC and JCJC locally offered Internet based (www) class sections. Data does not include hosted students from other Mississippi CJC institutions enrolled in JC classes.

Source Note: College Profile data reflects Fall 2016 statistical data.