Seal of Jackson College
|Academic staff||95 full-time|
|Admin. staff||175 full-time
|Location||Jackson, Michigan, USA|
|Campus||Urban, multiple campuses|
|Former names||Jackson Junior College
Jackson Community College
Jackson College is a community college located in Jackson County, Michigan. Originally established as Jackson Junior College in 1928, Jackson County electors voted to reincorporate the institution as a Community College District under the "Public Act 188 of 1955" in 1962. In 1964 voters approved a charter millage that continues to indefinitely fund the college. In June 2013, the board of directors approved an official name change from Jackson Community College to Jackson College, dropping the word "community".
Jackson College has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1933 and offers 48 associate degrees, certificate programs, and transfer options to Jackson County and Michigan residents. Today, the College has a yearly enrollment of nearly 10,000 students between its several locations; Central Campus located in Summit Township, the Flight Center at the Jackson County Airport, a campus on the north side of town near I-94, JC @ LISD TECH (vocational-technical school) in Adrian, and the LeTarte Hillsdale Center in Hillsdale, as well as online programs.
Jackson College's Central Campus offers student housing facilities, becoming one of only a handful of community colleges in Michigan to offer student housing. The college provides a variety of Division II athletic programs, including basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, cross country and golf.
Jackson College was founded as Jackson Junior College in 1928 and operated as a division of the Jackson Public Schools. Voters agreed to make it a separate entity in 1962, and the name changed to Jackson Community College in 1965. In June 2013, the school's board of directors approved a name change to Jackson College. Dan Phelan, president of the college, said that the word "community" was removed to lessen confusion from international students. Trustees also set a budget of $50,000 on rebranding all items bearing the college’s name and logo.
The Clyde LeTarte Hillsdale Center opened in 1991. Prior to this Jackson College had offered classes through Hillsdale High School's adult education program. The LeTarte Hillsdale Center offers classes in allied health fields, business, criminal justice, graphic design, nursing and many courses that are aimed at students seeking to earn credits for transfer to a 4-year college.
JC @ LISD TECH is located in Adrian, Michigan and serves students in Lenawee County and nearby areas. The 27,000-square-foot facility is located next to the Lenawee LISD TECH Center and features modern technology, classroom spaces, science wing, full-service bookstore, and a bistro.
- "JCC Foundation endowment sees 20 percent return on investment". Jackson College. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
- "Jackson Community College officials will consider dropping 'community' from the school's name". The Citizen Patriot. Mlive. May 13, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
- "Jackson Community College is no more as trustees approve name change to Jackson College". The Citizen Patriot. Mlive. June 11, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
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