Jackson College

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Jackson College
Jackson College Seal
Former names
Jackson Junior College
Jackson Community College
TypeCommunity college
PresidentDaniel J. Phelan
Academic staff
72 full-time
Administrative staff
175 full-time
406 part-time
Location, ,
United States
CampusUrban, multiple campuses
ColorsGold and Maroon
AthleticsNJCAA Division II
Sports11 Intercollegiate teams
Jackson College

Jackson College is a public college 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 trustees approved an official name change from Jackson Community College to Jackson College.

Jackson College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission 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 8,000 students between its several locations; Central Campus located in Summit Township, the Flight Center at the Jackson County Airport, the William Maher campus on the north side of town near Interstate 94 (I-94), JC @ LISD TECH (vocational-technical school) in Adrian, and the LeTarte Hillsdale Center in Hillsdale, as well as online programs.

The college's Board of Trustees is composed of seven members elected at-large for six-year terms. The board uses a Policy Governance methodology popularized by John Carver. The board chairman is Samuel Barnes.

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, bowling, cross country and golf.

Name changes[edit]

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.[2] In June 2013, the school's board of directors approved a name change to Jackson College. Daniel Phelan, president of the college, noted that the word "community" was removed to reflect the highest degree offered by the college. Trustees also set a budget of $50,000 on rebranding all items bearing the college’s name and logo.[3]


Jackson college currently operates 4 campuses in and around the Jackson area.

  • Central Campus
  • Hillsdale LeTarte Center
  • W.J. Maher Campus
  • Jackson Flight Center

Central Campus[edit]

Jackson College Central Campus

Central Campus is the primary and largest JC campus of the 4 locations. Most of the colleges academic and administrative buildings/offices are located on Central Campus. This includes the Jackson College Potter Center. The Potter Center at Jackson College is the most versatile and complete performing arts complex in the area.

Jackson College - George E. Potter Center

Student Housing[edit]

Located on the Jackson College Central Campus, there are currently 3 student residence buildings; CV1 (Campus View 1) built in 2007, CV2 (Campus View 2) built in 2009, and CV3 (Campus View 3) the newest of the 3 and was built in 2015. CV1 and CV2 are both located on the southeast corner of campus, while CV3 is located on the south side of campus.

Campus View 1
Campus View 2
Campus View 3

Satellite Programs[edit]

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.



  1. ^ "JCC Foundation endowment sees 20 percent return on investment". Jackson College. Archived from the original on 2012-12-11. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  2. ^ "Jackson Community College officials will consider removing the word 'community' from the school's name". The Citizen Patriot. Mlive. May 13, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "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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Coordinates: 42°09′52″N 84°24′13″W / 42.16442°N 84.40350°W / 42.16442; -84.40350