Jones College’s Bobcat Math League postpones season

ELLISVILLE – As health and education officials contemplate how to hold classes and have a fall sports season safely, the Jones College Bobcat Math League has also weighed the options. After careful consideration and consultation with JC administrators, BML Commissioner and Jones College math instructor, Dr. Jessica Bunch has announced the popular high school math competition will be postponed. Considering current events surrounding COVID-19 and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our high school students and JC college referees, the Bobcat Math League will be suspending this year’s competition.

“We are sad to embark on a fall without a season of Bobcat Math League competition. We will miss seeing the rivalry and support our high schools, coaches and players have for one another. We look forward to continuing the Bobcat Math League competition when it will be safe for everyone involved — hopefully, in the fall of 2021,” said Commissioner Bunch.

Typically, about 20 high school teams travel to high schools throughout the Pine Belt with the goal of reaching the Bobcat Math League Finals in November. At this time, the Bobcat Math League competition is planning to return to competition during the fall of 2021. The sports league style competition launched during the fall of 2012 from the original, one-day Math Bowl competition in 2008. Jones College is hopeful the math competition will be able to resume when conditions are safe.

For more information, contact Dr. Jessica Bunch at or 601-477-5422.


Fourteen EMT/Paramedics graduate from Jones College

ELLISVILLE – Fourteen Jones College students completed the EMT/Paramedic program and celebrated their achievement recently with a pinning ceremony.  Each student successfully completing the program will receive an associate degree or technical certificate from the college and be eligible to take the National Registry’s Exam as an EMT-Paramedic. The Jones College training program is sanctioned by the Mississippi State Board of Health, Division of EMS, the State Department of Education, and Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS professions. The Jones College course meets or exceeds the standards established by the National Highway Safety Administration/U.S. Department of Transportation.

Graduates of JC’s EMT/Paramedic program are Shelby Caraway- Moselle; Wesley Harvison- Leakesville; Jason Powell- Mt. Olive; Ethan Poole-Ocean Springs; Griffin Aderhold-Laurel; Bailey Blanton-Petal; Brendan Rea-Union; Shania Harvison-Leakesville; Jakob Martinez-Laurel; Melissa Evans-Hattiesburg; Roman Massey-Hattiesburg; Kelcie Crane-Brandon; Patrick Morgan-Purvis and Alexis Singley-Columbia.

For more information check out the Jones College webpage or the Facebook Page

Jones College students begin classes cautiously

ELLISVILLE – While all University-Parallel (academic) courses are being taught completely online through Friday, September 4, at Jones College, some students taking medical courses and Career and Technical programs are cautiously meeting on campus. All students entering campus must meet a strict list of requirements to ensure the safety of everyone working and taking courses at any Jones College facility and to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“The administration and faculty have been preparing for this possibility all summer. The online course plan is designed with students in mind as an effective, educational method,” said Jones College President, Dr. Jesse Smith.

Classes requiring face-to-face instruction and hands-on training, are meeting in smaller groups and students are spaced six feet apart in classrooms. Hattiesburg’s Brianna Frierson, an associate degree nursing major said she’s happy Jones College is making an extra effort to ensure their safety.

“Doing a daily health check, wearing a wrist band to easily identify those who are cleared to be on campus and having plenty of sanitizer available is great. This is what I have been doing before COVID-19 because I have family members that I care for at home. I do miss not being able to hang out on campus like before, but these extra measures are for the greater good,” Frierson noted.

Associate degree nursing major, Jenna Hillman of Greene County said the virus will not keep her from fulfilling her dream of being a nurse. Despite the extra precautions required to meet on campus like taking the health assessment, cleaning the classroom desks and wearing a mask.

“There are a lot of diseases out there. We can’t dwell on it. We must take precautions all the time and hope it doesn’t affect us as we progress forward. I know COVID-19 is a serious virus but my biggest concern is not getting to do clinical experience; simulations are not the same as the clinical setting,” said Hillman.

It is also virtually impossible to learn precision machining and manufacturing skills through online instruction. Laurel’s James Walters came to Jones College to learn how to use a drill press, lathe and CNC machine after finishing three years at Mississippi State University as a mechanical engineering major. He said he is glad to be in class, wearing a mask.

“It is what it is,” said Walters. “My concern is spreading the virus, so I’ll do what I have to in order to take classes.”

Precision machining and manufacturing instructor, Chase Elmore said he is better able to assist students coming to the machine shop at Jones College to not only learn skills and troubleshoot but to also teach them how to be good employees. Learning how to operate high-tech machinery and perfecting his skills, Walters said will help him earn his engineering degree while also having a better understanding of what works best when designing as a mechanical engineer.

“Having machining skills will also look good on a resume’ and knowing how to work these machines will help me better design useful tools, like the firearms I want to make,” said Walters.  “I still plan on finishing my degree at MSU but this way, I can save money and learn skills to help me after just one year of machining courses.”

For more information about how to register for MVCC online classes which begin August 24, check out the Jones College website at


Jones College wins several CPRAM Awards

ELLISVILLE – Jones College’s Marketing and Sports Information Departments received a total of six awards during the virtual, College Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s annual 2019-2020 awards program. The conference and awards banquet was canceled in May to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, because entries for the annual awards competition were already received and being judged, the awards ceremony was held virtually on Monday, August 10.

Media and Public Relations Director, Teresa McCreery earned first place honors in the News Story category for her story on the three Jones College students who won Gold Medals at the SkillsUSA competition in 2019. Sports Information Director, Shawn Wansley also took first place for his Feature Story on the Jones County FCA Christmas Party.

The Marketing Department’s Special Publication, “JCJC Foundation-Generations of Giving” received second place honors. Members of the department include Gabe Bozeman, Megan Clark, Teresa McCreery, Clint McMullan, Lisa Purdum and Finee’ Ruffin. Social Media Coordinator, Megan Clark took home third place honors for her photo at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony capturing Science Department Chair, Eric Shows “high-fiving” graduate and former department secretary, Donna Bass. Clark also received the second-place award for the Public Relations Campaign, “Jones College Foundation Day of Giving 2019.”

Additionally, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information, Kevin Maloney and Sheila Cline won second place in the Sports Media Guide category for, “2019Jones College Football Guide.”

A complete list of winners is available on the CPRAM website at

Fall academic classes move “online” at Jones College

ELLISVILLE – Jones College President, Dr. Jesse Smith announced at a virtual employee meeting late Wednesday (August 5), all University-Parallel (academic) courses would be taught completely online through Friday, September 4.  Noting that Jones County and the other seven counties comprised in the two-year college’s district, Clarke, Covington, Greene, Jasper, Perry, Smith and Wayne, and surrounding areas are reporting high rates of the Covid-19 virus. Based on the newest information from the state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs and the CDC, delaying the start of classes on campus will help keep people safe, Smith explained.

“We are taking extraordinary measures to protect everyone on campus, our students, faculty, staff and guests, from getting Covid-19,” said Smith. “I think it’s necessary to move all academic classes to the online format to help reduce the spread of the virus.”

Career and Technical Education program courses will be taught online with a small group, face-to-face component, beginning Monday, August 10. Every student will need to log into their courses on Canvas on Monday, August 10.

“The administration and faculty have been preparing for this possibility all summer. The online course plan is designed with students in mind as an effective, educational method,” said Smith. “Hopefully, we will be able to safely bring students back on campus later this fall.”

Currently, students entering campus will have to complete a health survey on the new, JC Health App before being screened in person at one of the 20 health stations around campus. A wrist band will confirm every person on campus has met the health/safety requirements and will be allowed further entrance on campus.

“It will be challenging as we continue to give our students the best education while keeping safe. However, our faculty have met the challenge to adjust the curriculum to meet the needs of students taking classes online and face-to-face on campus, when it is safe to return,” said, Chief Academic Officer, Rick Youngblood.

For more information check out the Jones College website at