Jefferson College (Missouri)

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Jefferson Community College, Hillsboro, MO
Established April 2, 1963
Type Community College
President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey
Colors Red, White, and Columbia Blue
Mascot Viking
Website www.jeffco.edu

Jefferson College is located in Jefferson County, Missouri, partially in Hillsboro. Jefferson College enrollment includes 5,523 full and part-time college credit students (Fall 2013) and 4,313 students in continuing education classes (FY 2011).[1]

History[edit]

The history of Jefferson College began in the Spring of 1961 with the passage of Senate Bill Number Seven, presented by Senator Earl Blackwell of Hillsboro, made possible the formation and financing of public junior colleges in Missouri. Several Jefferson County citizens began to recognize the need for a public junior college in their community, they met, organized and petitioned the State Board of Education for the formation of a Junior College District. The Community College District of Jefferson County was voted into existence on April 2, 1963. Classes were first held at Hillsboro High School in 1964 until the following year (1965) when the college moved to its present 400+ acre campus on Highway 21 near Hillsboro. Jefferson College became the second junior college district in Missouri to be approved.[2]

Accreditation Statement Jefferson College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. More information on accreditation available by contacting: The Higher Learning Commission 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1413 1-800-621-7440 or (312)263-0456

Programs related to a specific discipline are accredited/approved by the following organizations:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Child Development Center Missouri Accreditation
  • Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
  • HVAC Excellence
  • Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair
  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Missouri Division of Emergency Medical Services
  • Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation

Jefferson College's institutional affiliations include:

  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • American Association of Community College Trustees
  • American Welding Society
  • Council of North Central Community/Junior Colleges
  • Electronic Technicians Associations
  • Missouri Association of Career and Technical Education
  • Missouri Community College Association
  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Missouri School-College Relations Association
  • National Junior College Athletic Association
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Campus Locations[edit]

Main Campus[edit]

The Main Campus is located in Jefferson County, with a portion in the city of Hillsboro and most of it in an unincorporated area.[3] This campus is about 30 miles (48 km) south of St. Louis.[4]

It includes the following features: the Library-Administration Building, Career & Technical Education Building, Fine Arts Building, Technology Center (established 1986), Arts and Sciences Building, Arts and Sciences II, Field House, Athletic Fields, Student Center, Area Technical School, and Student Housing [Viking Woods]. JC Online, was formally established in 2010 as the college’s virtual campus, providing a full range of classes and e-services to students who prefer this highly popular method of instruction.[1]

Jefferson College Arnold[edit]

Jefferson College Arnold is located in Arnold. This campus is about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of St. Louis.[4]

Jefferson College Arnold was opened in 2007 to expand educational services to those in northern Jefferson County. The 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) facility is located at 1687 Missouri State Road behind the Arnold Library and Recreation Center.

Jefferson College Northwest[edit]

Jefferson College Northwest is located in Cedar Hill and is about 19 miles (31 km) from St. Louis.[4]

Jefferson College Northwest (originally opened in High Ridge in 2005) was relocated to Cedar Hill in 2010 in an effort to better serve the educational needs of residents along the northwest corridor of Jefferson County. The 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2) building is located at 6471 Cedar Hill Road near Northwest High School.

Jefferson College Imperial[edit]

Jefferson College Imperial is in Imperial, near Arnold and approximately 15 miles (24 km) south of St. Louis.[4]

Jefferson College Imperial opened in 2010. The 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) building is located at 4400 Jeffco Boulevard and is home to the Law Enforcement Academy, EMT-Paramedic and Certified Nurse Assistant programs.

Academics[edit]

Jefferson Community College offers the following degree programs: Associate of Arts Degree: The Associate of Arts A.A. degree is a program of general studies designed to transfer to four-year institutions. Many subjects are offered. Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree: The A.A.T. degree is designed to transfer into a four-year Teacher Education program for those who want to be certified to teach early childhood, elementary, middle school, or secondary education. Associate of Science Degree - Pre-Engineering: The A.S. degree is designed to transfer to an engineering institution, specifically the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Associate of Applied Science Degree: The A.A.S. degree includes a variety of career and technical education programs not generally designed for transfer. The A.A.S. degree generally provides the option to pursue either a degree or a certificate.

Jefferson College Area Technical School[edit]

Construction was completed in 1999 for a new Area Technical School to serve students from 11 area high schools. The Area Technical School provides career programs to help area high school students develop:

  • Occupational Skills necessary to secure initial employment in the field after graduation from high school
  • A Background of related information including both theory and practice necessary for a field of choice
  • Personal and Social Traits necessary for initial employment
  • Leadership Skills to help students learn the importance of leadership in the workplace.

The following career programs are available at the Area Technical School: Automotive Technology,Biomedical Sciences, Building Repair Technology, Business Management, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Culinary Arts, Digital Media Technology, Electronics, Health Services Assistant, Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning, Metal Fabrication, Residential Carpentry, Welding Technology, and Fire Science/EMT.[5]

Athletics[edit]

Jefferson College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), NJCAA Region XVI and the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAC) and is widely recognized as one of the premier NJCAA Division I colleges in the nation! Each of the College’s five teams, includes men's baseball and soccer, and women’s basketball, softball and volleyball regularly compete at high levels. The commitment that has been made by Jefferson College athletes of the past and present, combined with the value driven mission of Jefferson College, has allowed Viking Athletics to produce an NJCAA National Title, numerous NJCAA National Tournament appearances, NJCAA Region XVI Championships, MCCAC Conference Titles, scores of Academic All-Americans and All-Americans by sport, and countless All-Region XVI and MCCAC individual award winners.[6]

Jefferson College Foundation[edit]

The mission of the Jefferson College Foundation is to support the growth and development of Jefferson College in ways that are beneficial to its' students, faculty, staff and campus facilities. Founded in 1991, the Foundation continues to build relationships within the community, and making a positive difference in the lives of others through learning and cultural enrichment. The Foundation supports the educational opportunities at Jefferson College by hosting fun and exciting events. Proceeds from the events help provide scholarships for talented and deserving students in need of assistance. The Foundation also provides quality entertainment for members of the community and their families.[7]


Student Life[edit]

Mascot[edit]

The Viking is the Mascot of Jefferson College.

Student Media[edit]

Jefferson College Student Newspaper The Harbinger is prepared by student journalists of Jefferson College and is published during the academic year. The Harbinger is a class project of Journalism I -- IV classes at Jefferson College, and has been the student newspaper of the college since 1964. Jefferson College Television (J.C.T.V.) provides educational opportunities in broadcast journalism, under the direction of J.C.T.V. station manager.

Student Organizations[edit]

The Office of Student Development includes a variety of clubs and organizations on campus that provide students the opportunity to participate as members and/or take leadership roles. In addition, students are made aware of volunteer opportunities available within the community.[8]

Student Senate[edit]

The Jefferson College Student Senate is a group of 16 students who are elected to represent the students of Jefferson College. Each Senator serves a minimum of 2 hours each week in the Senate office in the Student Center.

Phi Theta Kappa[edit]

Main article: Phi Theta Kappa

The Theta Chapter of Jefferson College is the established chapter for Jefferson College graduates.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)[edit]

National Technical honor society (NTHS) to the recognize outstanding student achievement in career and technical education in the United States.

Active Minds at Jefferson College[edit]

Main article: Active Minds

Active Minds is an organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses.

Baptist Campus Ministries[edit]

Organization for any students interested in Christian fellowship, discussion, and service.

Student Housing[edit]

Viking Woods, Jefferson College Student Housing, was established in 2001 to provide student housing to students enrolled in an academic degree program. Jefferson College Student Housing located at: 806 Mel Carnahan Drive, Hillsboro, MO 63050 [9]

Library[edit]

The Jefferson College Library has a book collection of over 70,000 volumes. The Library's collection includes print perioicals, best sellers, graphic novels, DVDs, Music CDs, eBooks and audiobooks. The Library is also home to the Jefferson County History Center,[10] which serves as an archive for Jefferson County. The History Center is used for genealogical research by residents of Jefferson County, Missouri. Jefferson College Library serves as a selective federal depository[11] for Missouri's Third Congressional District through its participation in the Federal Depository Library Program.[12] Many government publications are available in the Library in either a paper or an electronic format.

Alumni Information[edit]

Jefferson College maintains a Linked IN to allow recent graduates and alumni to stay in touch with former graduates. The following is the link to the Jefferson College LinkedIN page: https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=32178&trk=tyah&trkInfo=tarId%3A1396640565289%2Ctas%3AJefferson%20College%2Cidx%3A1-4-4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jefferson College Quick Reference Facts". Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Key events in history of Jefferson College". Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ward Map" (Archive). City of Hillsboro. Retrieved on June 14, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d "Locations" (Archive). Jefferson College. Retrieved on June 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Area Technical School". 
  6. ^ "Jefferson College Athletics". 
  7. ^ "Jefferson College Foundation". 
  8. ^ "Jefferson College Student Organizations". Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Student Housing from Timeline". 
  10. ^ "Jefferson County History Center". Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Jefferson College Library :Federal Depsitory Library". Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Federal Depository Library Program". Retrieved 17 November 2011. 

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