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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, and Vocational Certificates. Its purpose is to provide programs and support services consistent with the ideals of a democratic society to meet the educational needs of students and communities in the Jones County Junior College District and surrounding areas.

Ellisville, the homes of Jones County Junior College, is a city of approximately 3,794 residents (July 06 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.

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.

Operating on one campus, JCJC is the largest single-campus community/junior college in the State. In comparison of full-time student enrollment among Mississippi public community/junior colleges, JCJC ranks fourth in enrollment. The College has a long-standing tradition of stability and growth and is committed to academic excellence.


Jones County Junior College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges and Schools to award Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Applied Science degrees, and Vocational Certificates. JCJC is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, American Council on Education, American Technical Association, Mississippi Association of Colleges, Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, and other memberships applicable to specific programs and areas.

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.

Officers of the College: President, Assistant to the President, Vice President of Business Affairs, Vice President of External Affairs, Vice President of Information Technology, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Vice President of Instructional Affairs, Vice President of Marketing, and Vice President of Student Affairs.

Jones County Junior College consists of 360 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 is the focal point of the college's Division of Learning Resources. The current facility opened in January 1987 and has 44,000 square feet. The collection consists of over 124,000 books, periodicals, and audiovisual items. 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 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, and 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=198): Doctorate (13.6%); Masters+45 (13.1%); Masters+30 (11.1%); Masters+15 (13.1%); Masters (35.9%); Bachelors (6.6%); Certificate (6.6%).

The College has nine academic divisions: Business; Fine Arts; Health, Physical Education & Recreation; Humanities; Mathematics; Associate Degree Nursing; Science and Social Science. There are four divisions in the Career and Technical Education area: Agricultural and Technology Services; Business Services; Health & Human Services; and Industrial Services.

Generalfeeforafull-time commuting Mississippi resident is $974 per semester. This rate does not include book expenses, laboratory fees, or other miscellaneous fees and charges. Residence Hall charges are also excluded. Part-time students pay $85 per semester hour enrolled in lieu of the general fee.

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 Jones County Junior College Bobcats compete in football, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, tennis, and golf 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. Jones also competes nationally with its award winning cheerleading squad. The intramural athletic program provides opportunities for students to participate in basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and other competitive and non-competitive activities.

The Advanced Technology Center (ATC) was first conceptualized in 1994 and became fully operational in 2006. The ATC coordinates outreach programs that serve business & industry as well as students, faculty, and citizens of the Jones County Junior College District. The ATC provides small business assistance, adult education, leadership training, and customized industrial training. In addition, services are provided for career exploration, GED/ACT preparation, and community development. The programs at the ATC include Workforce Development and Small Business Development. Additional services located on the main campus include Adult Education, Career Assessment & Placement, and GED testing.
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.

During the 2009 academic year, 848 students completed their programs of study and graduated with the following: 512(60.4%) received Associate in Arts (AA) degrees; 159 (18.8%) received Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees; and 177 (20.9%) received Vocational Certificates.

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

Fifty-four Mississippi counties (out of 82) and 10 states are represented by the spring 2010 student body;

Top twelve counties in Mississippi contributing students in descending order are:
Jones, Forrest, Covington, Lamar, Wayne, Smith, Jasper, Perry, Clarke,
Greene, Jefferson Davis, and Marion;

District Residency:
In-District enrollment (8 county service area) is 66.9%
Out-of- District enrollment is 33.1%;

Average Age = 23.3 years with 42.0% being age 19 or younger; Median age = 20

Freshmen class = 63.7%; Sophomore class = 36.3%;

Full-time status = 85.3%; Part-time status = 14.7%;

Program Enrollment:
Students enrolled in Academic programs = 79.3%;
Technical programs = 15.9% and Career programs = 4.8%;

Black = 34.1%; White = 62.6%;
Other = 3.3%, including American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, and Not Reported;

Male = 40.8%; Female = 58.8%; Not Reported = 0.4%

ACT Composite Score for those reported (4,183):
Mean = 18.5; Median = 18 and Range = 9-32;

Top ten academic plans (major area of study) in descending order:
General Studies (1,258/ 25.5%) );
Pre-Associate Degree Nursing (347/7.0%);
Pre-Elementary Education (202/4.1%);
Pre-Business Administration (190/3.9%);
Nursing BSN (126/2.6%);
Pre-LPN (121/2.5%);
Pre- Engineering (107/2.2%);
Welding Certificate (92/1.9%);
Pre-Radiologic Technology (91/1.8%);
Pre-Criminal Justice (85/1.7%);

Top ten feeder high schools:
GED (593/12.0%);
West Jones High (347/7.0%);
South Jones High (292/5.9%);
Northeast High (256/5.2%);
Wayne County High (252/5.1%);
Petal High (227/4.6%);
Laurel High (158/3.2%);
Collins High (128/2.6%);
Seminary Attendance Center (114/2.3%);
Oak Grove Attendance Center (98/2.0%).

Based on high school attended, 52.9% of the Spring 2010 enrollment comes from the JCJC District feeder high schools;

Spring 2010 First-time Freshmen Enrollment and Demographics
Enrollment = 538

Top five MS counties contributing students in descending order are:
Jones, Covington, Smith, Forrest, Perry;

District residency:
In-district = 80.7%; Out-of- District = 19.3%;

Average age of first-time freshmen is 21.2 years with 63.8% being age 19 or younger;

Full-time students = 61.5%; Part-time students = 38.5%;

Program enrollment:
Academic programs = 81.0%;
Technical programs = 7.1%
Career programs = 11.9%;

36.1% Black; 59.5% White;
4.5% Other including American Indian, Asian, Hispanic and Not reported;

Gender: 43.5% Male; 55.03% Female; 1.5% Not Reported;

ACT composite score of those reported (340):
Mean = 18.7; Median = 18; Range 9-31;

Top five academic plans (major area of study) in descending order are:
General Studies;
Welding Certificate;
Nursing Pre-ADN;
Automotive Machinist Certificate;

Top five feeder high schools in descending order are:
South Jones High;
West Jones High;
Northeast Jones High;
Laurel High.

The Jones eLEARNING Program has removed the barriers of location and time, making a college education accessible and affordable for every student at any age. Distance learning courses (DL) allow students who do not have the flexibility to attend traditional on-campus classes to pursue their educational goals. DL courses also offer students taking on-campus courses a more flexible class schedule.
Jones is a member of the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC), which provides internet-based courses statewide. The MSVCC is a consortium of Mississippi's community/junior colleges.

SPRING 2010 eLEARNING Demographics
JCJC students are enrolled in 113 online class sections offered through the JCJC eLEARNING Program, with 107 sections (94.7%) being taught by JCJC instructors. Spring 2010 online duplicated student headcount as of census date = 4,537.