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College Profile


Jones County Junior College (JCJC) is an open door, two-year institution granting Associate in Arts (AA) degrees, Associate in Applied Science (AAS) 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 centers within its eight-county district. They are the Clarke County Center located in Stonewall, Greene County Center located in Leakesville, the Jasper County Center located in Bay Springs, and the Wayne County Center located in Waynesboro.


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 to 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.

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.

In-state Academic & Technical General Tuition Fee is $1,245 per semester if taking 15 hours or more; $120 per semester hour if less than 15 hours. Vocational tuition fee is approximately $415 for a six-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.

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.

TThe 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.

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, Nontraditional Student Services, the Advising Center, and Library & Media Services.

The Advanced Technology Center (ATC) provides leadership training, customized industrial training, and small business development training. The ATC provides services designed to meet workforce assessment, training and placement needs of the employed, underemployed, and unemployed in the eight-county district. The ATC responds to education and training needs in a timely, well-coordinated fashion to prepare citizens for a world-class workforce. The ATC also houses a PearsonVue Testing Center and a Prometric 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 basketball, ping pong, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and other competitive and non-competitive activities.


AY 2015 Degrees Awarded/Graduates

During the 2015 academic year, 1,048 degrees were awarded to 1,031 students. Breakdown by degrees are as follows: 621 (59.3%) Associate in Arts (AA) degrees awarded; 159 (15.2%) Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees awarded; and 268 (25.6%) Certificates awarded.

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

Fall 2015 Enrollment Statistics
  • Sixty-two Mississippi counties (out of 82) and 17 states are represented by the Fall 2015 student body
  • Top twelve counties in Mississippi contributing students in descending order are Jones, Forrest, Lamar, Covington, Jasper, Wayne, Smith, Greene, Perry, Clarke, Jefferson Davis and Marion;
  • District Residency: In-District enrollment (8 county service area) is 63.7% and Out-of- District enrollment is 34.3% Out-of-State/Out-of-Country/Not Reported is 2.0%
  • Full-time students (3,877) = 80.7%; Range of hours enrolled = 12-25 hours, with an average of 16.29 and a median of 16;
  • Part-time students (928) = 19.3%; Range of hours enrolled = 1-11 hours, with an average of 5.16 and a median of 4
  • Curriculum Type: Students enrolled in Liberal Arts = 67.9%; AD Nursing = 3.4%;
  • Technical = 15.8%; Career = 3.0%; Dual Enrolled = 10.0%;
  • Race/Ethnicity: Black = 33.0%; White = 64.4%; Other = 1.7%, including American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, and Not Specified/Reported = <1.0%
  • Gender: Male = 42.2%; Female = 57.7%; Not Reported = < 1%
  • Top ten academic plans (major area of study) in descending order: General Studies (1,341/27.9%); Nursing BSN (382/8.0%); Engineering (216/4.5%); Business Administration (185/3.9%); Associate Degree Nursing (162/3.4%); Health Related (117/2.4%); Elementary Education (116/2.4%); Welding Technical Certificate (109/2.3%); Pre-Physical Therapy (96/2.0%); Biology (86/1.8%).

JCJC students are enrolled in 135 online class sections offered through the JCJC eLearning Program, with 110 class sections (81.5%) being taught by JCJC instructors. Fall 2015 online non-duplicated student headcount = 3,511. eLearning Program manages both MSVCC and local offered Internet based (www) class sections. Data does not include hosted students from other Mississippi CJC institutions.

Source Note: College Profile data reflects Fall 2015 statistical data.