Preparing Leaders for the Future

LeadershipTwo Jones faculty members and one administrator were empowered for the future with leadership and administrative skills as part of the ninth graduating class of the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy. The leadership academy helps prepare future community college leaders through presentation of ideas and discussions relative to the operation of community colleges in Mississippi.

Jones faculty members, Dr. Jessica Bunch, math instructor and JCJC Bobcat Math League Commissioner, and Eric Williams, Assistant Director and instructor of Emergency Services, along with Luke Hammonds, Director of Resources, were recommended for the program by Dr. Jesse Smith, President of Jones County Junior College. Each of Mississippi’s community colleges sent at least two candidates for the three, two-day long sessions.

The Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy was implemented by the Mississippi Community College Foundation with support from the Stennis Institute of Government and additional sponsorship from Mississippi State University.

Inaugural Scholarship Presented to JCJC student

Shoemaker, Atwood, Dr. Jesse Smith

JCJC student, Dakota Shoemaker, one of over 2000 applicants from 1600 college campuses, was awarded the 1st New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship.  She earned the national tital through her entry as the Mississippi top student in Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society’s, New Century Workforce Pathway Competition.

Shoemaker balanced a heavy class load in the Information Systems Technology Program, participated in Phi Beta Lambda, (the college division of Future Business Leaders of America), worked part time, performed community service in her hometown of Waynesboro, MS, and still maintained a 3.8 GPA.

Shoemaker plans to use the $1250 scholarship awarded to enter the Information Technology (Developer) program at the University of Southern Mississippi this fall. She also is currently employed at Howard Power Solutions as a programmer/analyst.

Record Numbers

JC Graduation


“Greatness” is a word used at Jones to define the level of success aspired to for all students.  From the classroom, to athletic fields of competition, to the workplace, inspiring individual greatness is the standard. Student graduation is an indication of that high standard.

A record number of students graduated at the 91st graduation ceremonies on the Jones campus in May of 2018.

Total graduation numbers for 2016-2017, including summer graduation, were 1548.

To date, fall and spring semesters only, 1,547 degrees have already been awarded at Jones for the 2017-2018 academic year. With the addition of summer degrees to be awarded, the total will surmount last year’s graduation figures, a “great” measure of achievement for the college.

Record numbers of graduates are attributed to several factors including: expansion of student retention efforts, development of contemporary teaching methods, larger student participation in county centers, broadened online course offerings, an increase in dual credit participation, and the new requirement of 15 hours per semester for full time students.