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Winter 2012 • Volume 8 Issue 2

A publication of Jackson Community College

Cynthia S. Allen Dotty Karkheck Marilynn Fryer Ashley Banks Lisa Drake JCC Marketing Staff

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Philip E. Hoffman Trustee

John M. Crist Vice Chairman

Matthew R. Heins Trustee

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Sheila A. Patterson Trustee

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Dr. Daniel J. Phelan President

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Michigan sees biggest tech job growth in nation Tech-related careers offer hope for future

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Be the go-to person Microcomputer applications specialist degree offers opportunities

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Take note: Administrative assistants a growing career for future

Money for college Financial aid helps ease college costs

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Heat up your future with Michigan’s top jobs Great career opportunities can start with JCC

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Career programs @ JCC

Just like being there! Distance learning offers convenient educational options

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The fact that Michigan added more tech jobs in 2010 than any other state may surprise people – including people within the state.

Believe it or not, Michigan leads the nation for creating the most tech jobs in 2010. According to the 14th Annual Cyberstates 2011: The Definitive Stateby-State Analysis of the U.S. High-Tech Industry, presented by TechAmerica Foundation, Michigan saw an increase of 2,700 tech jobs in 2010. Other states adding tech jobs were the District of Columbia with 1,400 jobs, West Virginia and Utah with 400 jobs, and South Carolina with 300 new jobs to round out the top five. The report used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Michigan ranked 15th among cyberstates, employing 155,100 tech industry workers with a total payroll of $11.5 billion in 2010. Several sectors contributed to the gains in tech jobs, including research and development and testing labs, up 3,100, Internet and software publishers, up 900, and computer systems design and related services, up 600.

Pamela Gosla, researcher and education office with South Central Michigan Works!, said growth is seen not only in tech jobs but in other sectors as well, such as education and health care. “The role of technology is crucial to any region desiring to remain globally competitive,” Gosla said. “The reliance on technology to support industry as well as service-related interests is on a major growth trend. The use of automation in operation, design and customer supply is becoming the standard.” Continued growth in tech jobs and focus will be key for the state’s – and its workers – future.

“For companies to remain competitive and to thrive, a great deal will rest on their ability to lead the way in technological development and utilization of technological methodologies to meet their production objectives,” she said. “That being said, Michigan must continue to encourage and grow their technological standing in order to survive and thrive in the economies of today and tomorrow.”

Getting started

Jackson Community College offers a number of certificate and associate degree offerings, as well as transfer opportunities, in today’s tech fields.

“The fact that Michigan added more tech jobs in 2010 than any other state may surprise people – including people within the state,” said Ed Longanecker, executive director and regional vice president of TechAmerica Midwest. “But job gains in key sectors like software and research and development have helped the state recover from hard economic times. We hope to maintain this momentum by promoting math and science education in our schools and a business friendly environment in our economy.”

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Computer Information Systems Computers today reach into almost all aspects of our lives. “The economy may be slowing things down some, but computer technology is one of the areas of the economy that is still growing,” said Assistant Professor Larry Larry Choate Choate, computer information systems. “We’re demanding more and more of our computers and networks, and you only have to open your eyes to see all the new uses for computers and smart phones and more.” In general, those interested in a computer technology–related career should enjoy activities of a scientific and technical nature, as well as activities that require creative imagination and problem-solving skills. JCC’s various computer information systems programs are designed to prepare students to work with, design and manage computerbased information systems.

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Programs include: Administrative Assistant 3D Design and Animation Computer Programming Specialist Computer Science Transfer eCommerce Electronic Technology/ELT Electronic Technology/Microcomputer Graphic Design Microcomputer Applications Specialist Microsoft® Office® Specialist – Certificate Multimedia Web Design Networking Specialist

Engineering Engineers bring together the worlds of science and commercial application with their work. JCC’s Fundamentals of Engineering Certificate offers a sequence of courses that provides students with the fundamentals of math, problem solving, science skills and more, necessary for those working toward becoming an engineer. Students may spend their first two years at JCC then transfer on to a university to complete their bachelor’s degree.

“There are still very good opportunities even in this down economy,” said Professor Greg Severance, mathematics and engineering. “I don’t know of any engineers who are Greg Severance not employed that want to be employed, and it’s the same for engineering technicians.” Severance said it is hard sometimes to get students to persevere through a typically difficult program like engineering. Students should take a lot of math, physics and the hard sciences as well as computer programming.

Science JCC’s Pre-Professional Science Certificate prepares students to transfer to fouryear universities either as science majors or as pre-professional students. It can also help students find positions as lab assistants while they continue their education.

Paying for college: Follow these steps for financial aid 1. Apply for admission to JCC. 2.

by Marilynn Fryer Interested in going to college but not sure how to pay for it? Financial assistance is available for those who qualify!

What assistance is available?

Financial aid is the commonly used term for money to help with college expenses. The U.S. Department of Education should be the first source to figure financial aid. Aid also comes from scholarships and grants from state governments, schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, religious groups and professional organizations. Most students receive some kind of financial aid to help pay for their college education. Financial assistance can be available in four forms: grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. Grants and scholarships provide money that doesn’t have to be paid back. Workstudy provides money you earn for work while in school. Loans are money that you borrow and pay back with interest. Aid may be used to cover school expenses, including tuition and fees, books and supplies, and transportation. The amount received is based on a person’s need, as determined by federal guidelines. Both the College and the Jackson Community College Foundation

provide scholarship funds to qualifying students. JCC scholarship applications typically have a March deadline. Please visit JCC’s Financial Aid website at: http://www.jccmi.edu/businessoffice/ financialaid/ for specific information.

How do I get started?

To apply, complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. With limited financial aid available, the sooner one completes the form, the better. Completing the form online is the fastest, with any inaccuracies immediately detected.

Check your report

After applying, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) via e-mail. The report will highlight the information you provided on your FAFSA and give an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This is the amount the family should be expected to contribute toward a student’s education. Check the SAR over carefully and ensure that everything is accurate. The Financial Aid Office at JCC will contact you via your JCC student e-mail account once they have received your FAFSA information. Please be sure to respond quickly to any requests for additional information so that your financial aid determination can be made.

Complete a U.S. Department of Education PIN (personal identification number) registration, which serves as your electronic signature. Visit http:// www.pin.ed.gov.

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Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. • An online financial aid application may be found at www.fafsa. ed.gov; you may also go to www. FederalStudentAid.ed.gov and download a PDF version of the FAFSA. • JCC hosts financial aid information workshops several times throughout the year. Check the JCC web site at www.jccmi.edu for upcoming dates.

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JCC will receive your FAFSA information and begin processing. • Be sure to list JCC on your FAFSA

5. Monitor your JCC student e-mail account as well as your e-Services account online to determine if any additional documents are needed.

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Financial aid awards can be viewed on a student’s e-Services account.

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Awards must be accepted by the student in order to be applied to their account.

Looking for a job? Here are several careers from the list of Michigan’s Hot 50 jobs compiled by Michigan Works! that may be reached with Jackson Community College’s educational offerings.

Registered Nurses

Average Hourly Wage: $29.34 Percent job growth through 2016:19.1 Education necessary; Associate degree, license

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Registered nurses (RN’s) provide care, treatment, counseling and health education to individuals, families and their communities. They work to promote health, prevent disease, and help people cope with illness. Registered nurses often start in acute care hospitals to gain experience, but may choose from any of several career opportunities – long-term care, doctor’s offices, public health and education, school nurses, nurse administrators and more. “There are so many different things a nurse can do,” said Peggy Comstock, director of nursing at JCC. Job shadowing is important for those thinking about a career in nursing, as is a self-assessment to see if it really is the right career choice. Communication and teamwork

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skills are necessary. Nurses need to be intelligent and self-aware, have an interest in science, possess good reading, writing and math skills, and have strong interpersonal skills. Perseverance, Peggy Comstock flexibility and the ability to work well under pressure are necessary attributes for success. An associate degree is a first step to becoming a registered nurse, and furthering one’s education may further career possibilities. JCC offers programs leading to an associate degree in nursing for those interested in registered nurse and licensed practical nurse fields, as well as transfer programs for bachelor’s degrees, and a LPN-RN program.

Respiratory Therapists

Average Hourly Wage: $23.74 Percent job growth through 2016: 19.5 Education necessary: Associate degree, certification Respiratory care practitioners (RCPs, also known as respiratory therapists)

work primarily in hospitals and assist in the evaluation, diagnosis and care of patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary problems. Respiratory therapists are primary health care providers in the intensive care unit because they operate the life support equipment (or ventilator). They also provide care for premature infants, persons injured in automobile accidents, asthmatics, chronic lung patients and heart attack victims, as well as work for home care companies and in many other locations where patients need their expertise. “The Michigan economy has slowed job openings a bit, they are more intermittent,” said Ann Flint, JCC program coordinator for respiratory care. ”Respiratory care Ann Flint is rewarding if you like a combination of responsibilities. It’s very high-tech when working all the equipment we have to use, especially in the intensive care unit. And you also have to enjoy working with people, working on teams and with patients.” Those interested in a career in respiratory therapy should do some self-assessment to see if they are suited for the career, which is challenging and demanding when working with patients who are critical. They need to communicate well in speech and writing, keep calm in emergencies and under pressure, perform a variety of duties, and make decisions based on standards that may be measured or checked. JCC offers an associate degree in respiratory care, which prepares students to sit for board exams in the field.

Computer Support Specialists

Average Hourly Wage: $21.00 Percent Job Growth through 2016: 10.0 Education necessary: Associate degree Computer support specialists provide help to keep today’s office technology running smoothly. They provide technical assistance, support, and advice to individuals and organizations that depend on computers and technology. They work within organizations that use computer systems, for computer hardware or software vendors, or for third-party organizations that provide support services on a contract basis, such as help-desk service firms. JCC offers the microcomputer applications specialist associate degree and certificate options in microcomputer applications specialist offered at JCC.

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Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Average Hourly Wage: $19.95 Percent job growth through 2016: 11.1 Education necessary: Associate degree, postsecondary training

with after-market suppliers. Other jobs include parts representatives, parts designers, shop owners, service writers and advisors, and telephone technical assistance specialists.

Administrative Assistants and Executive Secretaries

Automotive service technicians’ roles have become increasingly complex as integrated electronic systems and complex computers help to regulate vehicles’ performance on the road. Today’s technicians combine vast empirical knowledge with mechanical ability and have developed into diagnostic, high-tech problem solvers. JCC offers associate degree and certificate programs in automotive service technology, as well as a specialized program from Ford Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR). In recent years, JCC has launched classes in automotive hybrid repair and automotive diesel repair. The undercar repair class brings together basic knowledge of car repair and machine shop skills, such as welding and pipe bending. The automotive repair field is challenging, but it is also rewarding. A person choosing this occupation has a variety of career options available and many different avenues to choose. The primary field is automotive repair technician, but students may also work

supervision of an RN, doctor or dentist. They care for patients in many ways, from basic bedside care to measuring and recording patients’ vital signs. They may prepare and give injections, help with bathing, dressing and hygiene, collect samples for testing and record food and fluid intake and output. They may help physicians and registered nurses perform tests and procedures. Average Hourly Wage: $19.82 Percent job growth through 2016: 8.3 Education necessary: Work experience, certificate or associate degree improves opportunities The role of today’s office professional has greatly evolved, and personnel with necessary office, technology and interpersonal skills are in demand. Get started with JCC’s administrative assistant program, which provides students with a solid foundation for higher-level support positions in an office setting. As a career, administrative assistants rank as one of the largest occupations in the U.S. Employment is expected to grow 8.3 percent over the coming few years.

Licensed Practical Nurses

Average Hourly Wage: $19.42 Percent job growth through 2016: 8.2 Education necessary: Associate degree or postsecondary training, certification Licensed practical nurses ( LPN’s) care for ill, injured, convalescent and handicapped persons in hospitals, clinics, private homes, doctors’ offices and other settings, and work under the

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Those interested in a career as a practical nurse should enjoy helping others and having direct contact with people, have good communications skills and work well as part of a team. They should be stable and be able to manage stress, be observant and have good decision-making skills. Demand for licensed practical nurses is expected to grow over the next several years, with some of the best opportunities with nursing care facilities and home healthcare services.

Truck Drivers, Tractor-Trailer

Average Hourly Wage: $18.52 Percent job growth through 2016: 11.5 Education Necessary: Postsecondary training, apprenticeship or on-the-job training, certification Almost every product sold in the U.S. spends some time in a truck. Over the road drivers pick up and deliver goods over routes that can span several states, or even go into Canada or Mexico, and often are responsible for planning their own routes. Some drivers are responding for loading and unloading, while others simply deliver or pick up. They may work

Customer service representatives use computers, telephones, and other technology extensively in their work. When the customer has an account with the company, a representative will usually open his or her file in the company’s computer system. Representatives use this information to solve problems and may be able to make specific changes as necessary.

for a company, or own their own truck and contract out. Much of their time is spent without direct supervision, and they may work alone, in pairs or with helpers. JCC collaborates with ABC Training and Testing of Horton, Mich. to provide truck driver training. To become licensed, students are in class roughly 160 hours over three weeks. The first week is in the classroom, while the second two weeks are on the road driving with an instructor. Truck driver’s pay varies greatly, but students can expected to make about $40,000 their first year driving if they put in time and effort. Career opportunities are favorable, but drivers may have to expand their search beyond strictly the Jackson County area. To learn more, call ABC at 517.563.2005 or 800.914.4605, or visit www. abctrainingandtesting.com.

They may track down debtors who leave no forwarding address to inform them of overdue accounts and solicit payment. They utilize good listening skills to attempt to learn the cause of delinquencies, and often have the authority to offer repayment plans or other assistance to make it easier for debtors to pay their bills.

While some jobs require a high school diploma, most prefer some college education. Because employers are demanding a more skilled workforce, some customer service jobs now require associate or bachelor’s degrees. High school and college level courses in computers, English, or business are helpful in preparing for a job in customer service.

Most employers prefer applicants with some college education, particularly in customer service. JCC offers a variety of business and communications courses that may help students enter this career field, and students may further their job opportunities with a degree in business administration.

Customer Service Representatives Bill and Account Collectors

Average Hourly Wage: $16.62 Percent job growth through 2016: 16.8 Education necessary: Some college preferred and on-the-job training Bill and account collectors attempt to collect payment on overdue bills. They may be employed by third-party collection agencies or work directly for original creditors such as credit card companies and utilities. They locate and notify customers or businesses with delinquent accounts, usually over the telephone but sometimes by letter.

Average Hourly Wage: $15.98 Percent job growth through 2016: 21.4 Education necessary: Some college preferred and moderate-term onthe-job training Customer service representatives provide the important link between customers and the companies that produce the products they buy and services they use. They are responsible for responding to customer inquiries and making sure that any problems they are experiencing are resolved. Although most customer service representatives do their work by telephone in call centers, some interact with customers by e-mail, fax, post, or face-to-face.

And more… with more education Many more jobs are available for those who continue their education beyond a two-year associate degree. Engineering, accounting, management, health care, social services and many more positions are available. Get started on a fouryear degree with a transfer program at JCC, then continue your bachelor’s degree and beyond at a university. Community colleges offer courses that are equivalent to what many students take at their first two years of university study, at a significant cost savings. Start here, go anywhere!

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Go to college from your home computer! With JCC’s distance learning programs, completing a college degree has never been more convenient! Online courses offered through Jackson Community College provide educational opportunities by way of your own home computer and the Internet. Students may enroll in numerous online courses offered by JCC, as well as the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative, a cooperative effort of member colleges across the state who offer courses and degrees to students via distance learning. All of JCC’s online courses are fully accredited, with no distinction in course objectives between online and traditional classroom formats. Online education teaches the same concepts and requires students to produce the same levels of coursework as those that are taught on campus, but simply eliminate time and place restrictions. Students may study any place they have a computer with Internet access. Courses will transfer to two- and four-year colleges, which makes completing your college goals a reality. When considering distance learning programs, ask yourself a few questions. Do you have time in your schedule for a course commitment? Are you comfortable working with a computer, using Internet, word processing and file sharing? Success in online courses does require you to have good time management skills and be self-motivated. Good reading ability, skill in navigating the Internet and sending and receiving e-mail, and a basic understanding of computers and file management are also important.

Degrees and certificates that are completely online @ JCC include: Accounting – Associate in Applied Science Accounting – Certificate Business Administration – Associate in Applied Science Business Administration Certificate Financial Services Concentration Management – Certificate General Transfer – Certificate General Education – Certificate Associate in General Studies Students can complete a majority of their coursework for the following programs online: General Sonography — Associate in Applied Science Vascular Sonography — Associate in Applied Science Cardiac Sonography — Associate in Applied Science Several more programs are at least 50 percent or more online. For more information, visit the JCC web site at www.jccmi.edu.

Launch into a versatile career with JCC’s microcomputer applications specialist degree program. “It’s a degree that can give students experience for a lot of job opportunities,” said Christina “Chris” Olds, professor in Computer Information Chris Olds Systems. “They can become a jack-of-all-trades, from a help desk worker to information office manager to software specialist. It can also help people currently in jobs to re-tool their skills and take on new responsibilities.” Get started on new opportunities with both associate degree and certificate options in microcomputer applications specialist offered at JCC. There are also skill set and concentrations that may be used as building blocks to a career. Depending upon the curriculum students choose, career choices may include applications specialist, information office manager, end user support technician, information systems associate, personal computer (PC) coordinator, or software specialist. The program combines elements of today’s basic office software programs such as Microsoft® Office® with study of some basic operating systems like UNIX®, Microsoft® DOS® and Windows®, web page design, Microsoft® Publisher®, PC repair and networking. Immediate career opportunities may await students completing this program. For those looking for a career working with computers, this program offers

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a variety of career opportunities. Specialists provide technical assistance, support, and advice to individuals and organizations that depend on information technology. They work within organizations that use computer systems, for computer hardware or software vendors, or for third-party organizations that provide support services on a contract basis, such as help-desk service firms. The skills learned in this program may also help those already working in businesses expand their skill levels to help with more technology issues. “I’ve always been interested in computers, so I knew that was the direction I wanted to go in,” said JCC student Lynn Savage. She’s enjoyed her classes and her experiences with instructors Olds and Assistant Professor Dianne Hill. Those interested in a career in microcomputer applications should be interested in computers and technology, but need not worry if they don’t have a lot of experience because JCC has classes for every level, from Learning the Keyboard on. “You can have basically no experience or classes to get started in this program. If you do have some classes or experience under your belt, it’s just that much better for you,” Olds said. Business courses help round out the requirements for the degree. “No matter what your job, you are going to be involved in some business matters, especially customer service,” Olds said. Salary ranges for microcomputer applications specialists vary from about $12.53 per hour to $28.49 per hour, from about $26,000 to $59,000 per year, depending on one’s job.

While technology changes the pace in today’s offices, office professionals have stepped up to meet the demand! Today’s offices are filled with technology that demands personnel with necessary office and interpersonal skills. Students interested in helping today’s offices run smoothly may consider the administrative assistant program. “Administrative assistant is a growing field. It’s definitely a hot area,” said Christina “Chris” Olds, professor of Computer Information Systems at JCC. Get started with JCC’s administrative assistant program, which provides students with a solid foundation for higher-level support positions in an office setting. Secretaries and administrative assistants perform a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run an organization efficiently. They may serve as: • information and communications managers; • plan and schedule meetings and appointments; • organize and maintain paper and electronic files;

• manage projects; • conduct research; • disseminate information by using the telephone, mail services, Web sites and e-mail; and, • handle travel and guest arrangements. As a career, administrative assistants rank as one of the largest occupations in the U.S. Employment is expected to grow 11 percent over the coming few years. Wages range from about $26,000 annually to almost $60,000 a year, depending on the position and field. Many of the core courses for the administrative assistant degree are similar to JCC’s microcomputer applications specialist program. They help today’s office personnel develop the skills to work with technology, with Microsoft® Office®, office administration systems and web page design, along with business and customer service and a Microsoft® Publisher® course. Students also complete a three-credit internship to give them experience in an office setting, with filing, phone etiquette, office procedures and more. Word processing, writing and communication skills are essential for all secretaries and administrative assistants.

Higher education is valuable to today’s administrative assistants working closely with business leaders and executives. “Administrative assistant is a good option for someone looking to work in an office environment in support position,” Olds said. “There should be good prospects for jobs, as many Baby Boomers will soon be retiring and their jobs will also be available.” JCC also offers Microsoft® Office® Specialist and Microsoft® Specialist Concentrations that may be used as stepping stones toward an associate degree. Students looking to continue their education may benefit from articulation agreements with both Siena Heights University and Spring Arbor University. Students also benefit from the facilities available in the College’s William Atkinson Hall, which is open seven days with a large computer commons area. “You do really need to know your software, because everything you do in this line of work requires you to have excellent computer skills,” she said. “Customer service needs to be your No. 1 priority, one of the most important things.”

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Businesses are reaching new customers with the World Wide Web. Jackson Community College can help business owners prepare themselves for today’s electronic marketplace. Buying and selling online, Internet marketing, and monitoring web traffic is critical for any business.  Bricksand-mortar and eStores must equally compete for web traffic in this age

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where we use Google or Facebook to find just about everything. eCommerce, or electronic commerce, is the term used for the sales aspect (buying and selling) of an e-business transaction. Additionally, it also consists of the exchange of information through advertising for the purposes of negotiating price and financing options.

“In this emerging online industry, a dynamic web presence is quickly becoming critical for success in regular or online business and entrepreneurial ventures,” said Assistant Professor Angel Fonseca, coordinator of JCC’s eCommerce program. Web marketing campaigns, social media promotions, search engine optimization, and web analytics all work together in the eCommerce world.  Further, in today’s electronic business world, appearing on the first page of a Google or Bing search is essential, and prioritizing eCommerce efforts can be better managed by using analytics.  Two important classes to help you with these daunting tasks are offered this Winter at JCC.   In ECM 201 eBusiness I: Communications, learn how to use social media and Web 2.0 applications to e-market your business, attract visitors, and increase sales. Specifically ECM 201 shows students how to use Web 2.0 applications, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., and interactive widget creators to embed new content into your website and improve your Google ranking. Additionally, ECM 220 eBusiness II: Search Engine Optimization & Management helps students learn to monitor visitor traffic, determine which social media and applications work best for their business, and focus their energy on only those efforts that reap rewards. Both courses count toward the JCC eCommerce program. Students may enroll now to gain this invaluable insight, Fonseca said, and then stay on track to earn a degree in a new career. There are associate degree, certificate, concentration and skill set options. JCC introduced a full program in eCommerce in 2009 to help meet the demand of local businesses looking to expand in today’s electronic global marketplace and provide an avenue for

individuals looking to make a few extra dollars. “There are a lot of programs out there for web design, but to have a program that addresses the added steps of how Internet market the site and monitor traffic after the site it published, is not as common,” Fonseca said. “It helps businesses understand the process and determine how to prioritize their limited resources.” Angel Fonseca Many students have used the program in conjunction with other programs or their existing skills to help shape a new career. Joel Fuller completed the associate degree in eCommerce and currently works at ColorTyme in Jonesville where he helps with their social media presence. “Down the line I am interested in building my own web applications and doing web design, and I thought it would be an added benefit to have

eCommerce experience,” Fuller said, who also completed an associate degree in multimedia web design and five certificates. “It gave me some new ideas on how to go about marketing my ideas down the road.” Darcey Bournay does graphic design and photography, and felt eCommerce would be a good fit with his skills. “I learned bundles by going to school. I really thought the program was laid out well, and it was closely related to business,” said Bourney, who graduated with an associate degree in eCommerce. “There were a lot of business and management, and that’s helpful to anyone regardless of the field.” *If you don’t think you have time for a full semester, remember to check JCC’s eCommerce site (www.jccmi.edu/ ecommerce) for the BootC@mp series offered only during the summer.  The BootC@mp series are all day workshops offered for those with a tight schedule, but who also understand the criticality of learning to promote their web presence. Come learn with us!

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ACADEMIC SKILLS JCC offers courses that enhance your opportunities for academic and workplace success, including courses in reading, writing, problem solving and study skills.

FIND YOUR FUTURE!

Looking for a career that’s the right fit for you? Students at JCC have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor prior to registration to discuss career programs. Students may also meet with faculty advisors to discuss career opportunities in their disciplines. Information in these pages is subject to change without notice. Please check the current catalog for the most up-to-date information. 3D DESIgN AND ANImATION 3D Design and Animation Associate in Applied Science Prepares you for: Careers focusing on the visual and artistic side of modeling and animation. Students prepare for entrylevel positions in digital illustration, computer-generated (CG) film and video game design industry. Emphasis is on taking a concept and turning it into reality, then packaging the concept into a portfolio piece to help land a job. Career titles include animator, renderer, concept artist, character designer, art director, modeling supervisor, texture artist/ texture painter, production assistant, compositor, editor, and many more. Also gives you: Digital animation courses that can help other programs as well, such as graphic design and web design. Average Yearly Earnings: Range from $41,710 to $77,010 depending on experience and portfolio; earnings for selfemployed artists vary widely. Freelance work also available.

ACCOUNTING Associate in Applied Science Degree in Accounting Prepares you for: Jobs with duties assigned to a beginning or junior accountant, such as verifying additions, checking audits, postings, and vouchers, analyzing accounts, and preparing financial statements. Also gives you: Credits that transfer to select four-year accounting degree programs. See a JCC advisor. Average Yearly Earnings: Bookkeeping, auditing clerk, accounts receivable/accounts payable clerk, payroll clerk, billing clerk, inventory clerk – $26,350 to $40,130 Certificate in Accounting Prepares you for: Entry-level accounting positions with bookkeeping and related services, CPA firms, and small businesses, where you’ll provide accounting skills, computer competence and office support. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in accounting.

Also gives you: Two years of transferable credits/education. ART Certificate in Studio Art Prepares you for: Get a start in the field of studio art with this new certificate program. Courses are taught by working artists. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward a JCC associate degree. JCC offers transferable courses in drawing, design, painting, art education, and art history. Certificate in Digital Photography Prepares you for: Get the foundational skills to expand your photography portfolio and help them develop skills needed to apply to a fine arts degree program or a career in the field. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward a JCC associate degree. JCC also offers transferable courses in drawing, design, painting and art history.

Also gives you: Credits that may be used toward a JCC associate degree. ALTERNATIVE ENERGY Associate in Applied Science in Alternative Energy Prepares you for: A career in the emerging field of alternative energy. Courses and labs provide students an opportunity to learn theory and skills required to design, install, operate and maintain alternative energy systems both for residential and small commercial applications.

Average Yearly Earnings: Alternative energy is an emerging field and earnings vary. ASSOCIATE DEGREES Associate in Arts/Transfer (minimum of 60 credits) Prepares you for: A four-year college or university program where students may elect to major in such fields as art, business, education, English, music, psychology, social work and theatre. Winter 2012 • Career Choices • 517.796.8416

Associate in Science/Transfer (minimum of 60 credits) Prepares you for: A four-year college or university program where students may elect to major in such fields as engineering, medicine, or computer science, just to name a few.

Financial Services Concentration Prepares you for: Work in the banking and the financial services industries. Job opportunities could include beginning positions with banks, trust offices, pension and retirement firms, personal financial planning groups and investment broker houses (clerk or customer service representative).

Also gives you: Credits that may be applied to another field of study.

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Also gives you: Two years of transferable credits/education.

AUTOMOTIVE Associate in Applied Science Degree in Automotive Collision Repair Prepares you for: A career as an automotive body repairer, often called collision repair technician. JCC utilizes the InterIndustry Conference on Automotive Collision Repair (I-CAR) Enhanced Delivery Curriculum, an industry standard in the field. Average Yearly Earnings: $28,500 - $49,025

Certificate in Automotive Collision Repair Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Concentration in Collision, Mechanical & Electrical Components Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. Concentration in Collision Repair Body Technician Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. Skill Set in Collision Repair Non-Structural Technician Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. Skill Set in Collision Repair Structural Body Technician Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. Skill Set in Collision Repair Refinishing Technician Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. Associate in Applied Science Degree in Automotive Service Prepares you for: Passing state and national exams to become a certified Master Automotive Technician; the exams cover brakes, suspension/steering, engine repair, manual transmissions/drive trains, automatic transmissions, engine performance, electrical systems, and air conditioning/ heating systems. JCC meets ASE/NATEF national standards in all eight areas of automotive repair - an important statement to employers. Also gives you: Corporate-sponsored program through Ford. Our Ford corporate-sponsored connection is called MLR, the Ford Maintenance and Light Repair network. This provides more flexibility for career options and opens the door for employment opportunities in the corporate setting. Average Yearly Earnings: $25,875 and $47,091

Certificate in Automotive Service Technology Prepares you for: Entry-level jobs in the field of automotive technology where you’ll work under the supervision of an experienced mechanic, or for career enhancement if you are already in the field. You’ll develop entry-level skills in brakes, steering/suspension, engine repair, manual transmissions/ drive trains, automatic transmissions, engine performance, electrical systems, and air conditioning/heating systems. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in automotive technology. Concentration – Wheel Service Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Courses include brakes, steering & suspension, and co-op. Concentration – Driveability Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Courses include engine performance 1 & 2, electrical systems 1 & 2, heating & air conditioning systems, and co-op.

Concentration - Hybrid Vehicles Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Courses include engine repair, electrical systems and hybrid technology. Concentration - Maintenance and Light Repair Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Air Conditioning & Heating Skill Set Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. Driveability Skill Set Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree.

Concentration – Ford Service Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Courses include engine repair, brakes, steering & suspension, electrical systems and more.

High Speed Diesel Service Skill Set Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal.

Concentration – Powertrain Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Courses include engine repair, automatic transmission, manual transmission & drivelines, and co-op.

Hybrid Vehicles Skill Set Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal.

Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree.

Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. Maintenance & Light Repair Skill Set Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. Powertrain Skill Set Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal.

Concentration – Undercar Services Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Courses include engine repair, automatic transmission, manual transmission & drivelines, and co-op. Concentration - High Speed Diesel Service Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Courses include engine repair, automatic transmission, manual transmission & drivelines, and co-op.

Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. Wheel Service Skill Set Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree.

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Undercar Service Skill Set Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. AVIATION Individual Certification (non-degree) Prepares you for: Certification in private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, flight instructor and instrument flight instructor. Associate in Applied Science Degree in Aviation Technology Prepares you for: This program for pilots includes all simulator training, flight training and appropriate ground schooling to qualify you for private, commercial, multi-engine or flight instructor certification. Aviation transfer Prepares you for: Start at JCC, then transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree. Also gives you: More flexibility for career options. Average Yearly Earnings: The wide salary range depends on airlines and job experiences, $30,000-$129,580. BIOlOGY Prepares you for: JCC offers individual courses for transfer in biology, botany, microbiology, human anatomy & physiology and zoology. These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in biology, preprofessional health programs (pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.), or biotechnology. See Associate in Science. BUSINESS Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business Administration Prepares you for: Broad-based occupational opportunities in business. This program allows students to customize a program of study to meet specific employment needs. Also gives you: Credits to transfer to select four-year programs. See a JCC advisor. Average Yearly Earnings: Vary greatly depending on position and location. Wages of supervisors of retail sales workers vary from $27,520 to $46,450.

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Certificate in Business Administration Prepares you for: Develop your knowledge of all functional aspects of the business world and prepare for employment in fields that require skills in sales presentation, negotiation, customer service, display preparation, inventory analysis and basic market research. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree. Average Yearly Earnings: Advertising sales agents - $43,480 Retail management - $35,310 General manager, companies & enterprises - $85,980 Customer service representative - $28,329 Note: What you earn will depend on the industry, work setting and level of responsibility. The career planning database lists 230 job titles that begin with the word “manager,” and this doesn’t include the jobs that require management skills but do not have the words “manager” or “management” in their title. The same is true for supervisory positions - there are hundreds listed, covering every imaginable business, industry, and work environment. To explore all the titles that might fit you, make an appointment with an advisor. Certificate in Management Prepares you for: Will build on your natural ability to get along with people and help develop your leadership potential for management roles.

Average Yearly Wages: Secretaries, $29,050 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants, $40,030 CAREER EXPLORATION JCC offers individual courses in career planning. Students attending JCC have free access to career guidance advisors, databases and other materials. CHEMISTRY Prepares you for: JCC offers individual courses in introductory, general, organic and inorganic chemistry. These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in pre-professional health (pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, prepharmacy, physical therapy) and professional chemistry. See Associate in Science. COMMUNICATIONS Prepares you for: JCC offers individual courses in the basic communication skills so highly sought after both in relationships and in business and industry. Employers are looking for people with the ability to express themselves clearly, to speak persuasively, to think on their feet and to work well with others. These are the skills developed in courses such as the fundamentals of speaking, interpersonal communications, argumentation and debate. Many transfer students also enroll in these classes.

Also gives you: Skills that can be applied in almost any industry. Certificate in Marketing Prepares you for: Positions in retail, sales and customer service. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree. Business Transfer Prepares you for: Transfer degree program at a four-year college or university, where you’ll further develop your communication and interpersonal skills while developing a specialty in accounting, economics, finance, management, computer information systems or some other aspect of business. Associate in Applied Science Degree Administrative Assistant Prepares you for: Expanded job opportunities in office settings where technical skills in computer usage, spreadsheet and database software packages, desktop publishing and telecommunications are important, and where increased responsibilities require time management, human relations and general office skills.

COMPUTER NETWORKING Associate in Applied Science Degree Networking Specialist Prepares you for: Computer networking positions within many businesses and organizations. Networking involves the hardware, software and communications channels that allow computers to talk to each other. Most organizations use computer networks and need networking specialists to maintain their networks. Also gives you: Coursework prepares students for industry standard exams from CompTIA, Cisco, Microsoft and others. Average Yearly Earnings: Network Administrator - $52,340-$91,850 Help Desk Workers - $26,850-$70,750

Certificate in Networking Specialist Prepares you for: Networking involves the hardware, software and communication channels necessary to allow computers to talk to each other. Learn the various components of computer networking. Students who pass the related core exams will be CompTIA Network+ certified and recognized as a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA). Students who pass the appropriate related elective exam can also achieve the premier certifications of Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) and Certified Cisco Network Administrator (CCNA). Concentration - Microsoft® Networking Concentration - Network+/Security+ Prepares you for: Work as an information technology professional with knowledge of information security within computer networks. Well-trained workers are necessary to effectively combat hackers, attacks and security threats. COMPUTER PROGRAMMING Associate in Applied Science Degree Computer Programming Specialist Prepares you for: Job opportunities may include applications programmer, computer operators, information systems manager, systems analyst, and programmer. Programmers write the detailed sets of instructions computers understand and act on. Also gives you: The opportunity to focus your program in a particular discipline by choosing from a list of elective courses covering visual basic, C++, Java. Also provides courses for transfer and learning that can be applied to four-year programs. Average Yearly Earnings: Computer Programmer - $53,720-$67,790 Certificate in Computer Programming Specialist Prepares you for: Entry-level computer programmer positions working with a systems analyst in an applications environment to support information processing functions. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in computer programming. COMPUTER SYSTEMS SUPPORT Associate in Applied Science Degree in Microcomputer Applications Specialist Prepares you for: Assume a variety of position in an automated office setting. Career choices that include applications specialist, data processing manager, end-user support technician and information systems associate or software specialist. You will learn to generate all types of documents, worksheets, graphic and multimedia presentations. Also gives you: Knowledge and skills that may be beneficial to a number of career fields.

Average Yearly Earnings: $26,120-$55,990 Certificate in Microcomputer Applications Specialist Prepares you for: Entry-level positions that provide technical support, assistance, troubleshooting, training for end-users in word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics software. Common job titles include user support specialist, customer service representative and software trainer. As the use of microcomputers extends to most workplaces, the demand is great for specialists who can assist non-technical users with the technology. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in microcomputer application specialist. Certificate in Microsoft® Office® Specialist Prepares you for: A variety of positions in an automated office setting, such as administrative assistant and administrative support personnel. The program recognizes the increasingly important role of the microcomputer in modern business and is designed to assist students in developing skills in the use of microcomputer applications for word/information processing, record keeping and database development. Also gives you: Industry-recognized standard for measuring an individual’s mastery of “Office” automation. Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in microcomputer applications. Microsoft® Office® Specialist Concentration Prepares you for: Get a foundation in the programs and systems used in an automated office setting. Also gives you: Credits that may be building blocks to an existing JCC certificate or associate degree program. Microcomputer Application Specialist Concentration Prepares you for: A variety of positions in an automated office setting. Also gives you: Credits that may be building blocks to the microcomputer Applications Specialist degree or certificate. Microcomputer Applications Skill Set Concentration - Computer Service Technician A+/ Network+ Certification Prepares you for: The rigorous Computer Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) A+/Network+ Certification exam and for employment as a microcomputer service technician, where you’ll be expected to be equally adept at hardware solutions, working with operating systems, and relating to customers. This certification is the “journeyman’s card” for professionals in microcomputer maintenance. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree or certificate in electronic technology.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/CORRECTIONS/ LAW ENFORCEMENT Associate in Applied Science in Corrections Prepares you for: Certification to work in correctional jobs in the State of Michigan. Corrections officers are charged with safekeeping any person who has been arrested, is awaiting trial or is in a correctional institution. Also gives you: Credits to transfer to select four-year degree programs. See a JCC advisor. Average Yearly Earnings: Corrections Officers and Jailers, $25,344-$46,779 Certificate in Corrections Prepares you for: Taking the required exams for jobs in county- and state-level correctional facilities and for advancement within state correctional facilities. Also gives you: The first of what could be many career advancements. Corrections is an advancement-oriented field, as long as you’re successful on the job, willing to continue your education and able to pass the required exams. Corrections Officer Skill Set Prepares you for: Students have opportunity to pursue initial study in their area of interest. Also gives you: Credits that may applied toward an associate degree. Associate in Applied Science in Law Enforcement Prepares you for: A career as a police officer in a city or county government agency. Police officers function to keep the peace, protect life and property, detect and prevent crime, and maintain public order through the application of the law. Average Yearly Earnings: Police officer - $49,452; detectives - $55,952

Skill Set - Computer Service Technician (A+/Network+)

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Certificate in Law Enforcement Prepares you for: A career in law enforcement. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in law enforcement. Criminal Justice General Transfer Prepares you for: A four-year college or university program where students may earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and work at occupations such as local, state and federal law enforcement officers, parole and probation officers, juvenile counselors and prison administrators. Also gives you: Two years of transferable credits/education. See Associate in Arts.

CULINARY ARTS Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Prepares you for: A career as a professional culinarian in a restaurant, hospitality, or institutional setting. Culinary arts professionals have a variety of responsibilities that may include supervising and coordinating the activities of food service workers or dining room employees, planning menus, estimating daily or weekly needs, ordering and maintaining inventories of supplies and equipment, and keeping records of meals served. Also gives you: Provides a foundation for continued culinary arts studies at a four-year college, the chef certification through the American Culinary Federation (ACF) as well as the NRAEF ManageFirst and the ServSafe National Certification. Average Yearly Earnings: Chefs & Head Cooks - $29,050 - $51,540 Food preparation & serving supervisors - $22,530 - $37,290 Food service managers - $36,670 - $59,580

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Certificate in Culinary Arts Prepares you for: Wide variety of position involving food service preparation, supervision and coordination. Prepare for entry-level employment in areas of cooking, baking and food service management.

Concentration in Web Technology – eCommerce Specialist Students will be skilled to design an eCommerce site, manage its traffic and maximize the appearance of the site in search engine results.

Also gives you: A balance of classroom, laboratory, and work experience opportunities as well as credits that may be applied to an associate degree.

Concentration in Web Technology – eCommerce Entrepreneur Students will be skilled to assess the opportunities available to launch an entrepreneurial venture, as well as develop a plan to incorporate an eCommerce web site.

Concentration – Culinary Arts Prepares you for: The culinary arts concentration is primarily designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as chefs.

Skill Set in Web Technology – eCommerce Manager Students will be skilled to manage an eCommerce site’s Also gives you: A balance of classroom, laboratory, and work search engine optimization, share product files across experience opportunities combine in this program to provide platforms, and utilize mobile technologies and advertising campaigns to ensure optimal efficiency of the site. management preparation in this challenging industry. Skill Set in Web Technology – eCommerce Designer Skill Set - Culinary Arts Students will be skilled to use open source or boxed Prepares you for: Entry-level positions in the food service software to build an eCommerce web site considerate of industry. legal requirements, eCommerce concepts, and technology Also gives you: This 12-credit-hour program includes classes requirements. in sanitation and safety, introduction to hospitality, culinary skills and baking. ECONOMICS JCC offers individual courses in microeconomics and EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION macroeconomics. Caring for and teaching young children is a growing field which is changing greatly as more and more continues to be EDUCATION expected of early childhood professionals. JCC has revamped A popular transfer program at JCC, education is a field that is its curriculum and is launching new courses to prepare rapidly changing. Students pursuing either an elementary or students for today’s careers. secondary teaching certificate need to major and/or minor in subject disciplines they plan to teach. All education eCOMMERCE students should plan to take the Michigan Test for Teacher Associate in Applied Science in Web Technology – Certification: Basic Skills (reading, writing, mathematics) eCommerce Professional during the second semester of their freshman year at JCC. Prepares you for: Electronic commerce, or eCommerce, All colleges require successful completion of this test before is the term given to the buying and selling of products or acceptance into their college of education. services over the Internet. Businesses looking to expand in the online global marketplace or individuals looking to ELECTRICIAN make a few extra dollars will learn to combine web design, Associate in Applied Science/Electrician programming, search engine optimization and mobile Prepares You For: Electricians install and maintain electrical eBusiness practices to create a secure and smooth eCommerce systems in residential construction and commercial buildings. experience for the Internet shopper. They also work in manufacturing settings often servicing highly automated industrial processes. Electricians generally Average Yearly Earnings: focus on either construction or maintenance, although many Varies greatly depending on size and scope of business. do both. Certificate in Web Technology – Average Yearly Earnings: $36,360-$62,150 eCommerce Consultant Students will be skilled to consult with clients regarding their desires for an eCommerce site, as well as manage inventory through integrated database technology.

Electrician Certificate Prepares you for: Jobs as an electrician where you may lay out, assemble, install, maintain and test electrical fixtures, apparatus, control equipment and wiring used in heating and refrigeration, lighting, power, intercommunications, air conditioning, and electrical systems of homes, factories, and other buildings. Electrical Basics Concentration Completion of this program provides a solid electrical foundation for the person seeking electrical or industrial mechanic training. Also gives you: Credits that may be applied toward a concentration, certificate, or associate degree.

Also gives you: Credits that transfer into select four-year programs. See a JCC advisor. Average Yearly Earnings: Electronic equipment repair $37,800 Certificate in Electronic Technology/Microcomputer Prepares you for: Entry-level jobs in almost any of the electronics cluster of occupations, such as digital computer maintenance, voice and data communications, radio and TV broadcasting, and high-tech manufacturing. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in electronics technology. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES/ PARAMEDIC Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology Prepares you for: Positions noted above, plus it allows students to further their career in EMS or beyond in health positions such as management, education or supervision. Also gives you: Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are eligible to take the State of Michigan EMT or Paramedic exams to become licensed. Also, allows students to enter into a bachelor’s degree completion program. Average Yearly Earnings: EMT - $29,328

ELECTRONICS Associate in Applied Science Degree in Electronic Technology/ELT Prepares you for: Entry-level training plus potential advancement opportunities within the field. Also gives you: Credits that transfer into select four-year programs. See a JCC advisor. Average Yearly Earnings: $38,372-$59,758 Certificate in Electronic Technology/ELT Prepares you for: Entry-level jobs in almost any of the electronics cluster of occupations, such as digital computer maintenance, voice and data communications, radio and TV broadcasting, and high-tech manufacturing. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in electronics technology. Associate in Applied Science Degree in Electronic Technology/ Microcomputer Prepares you for: Entry-level training plus potential advancement opportunities within the field.

Certificate in Emergency Medical Technology Prepares you for: A position as a member of a pre-hospital emergency medical team; an emergency medical technician may administer treatment for emergency care to sick and injured persons and transport them to medical facilities. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in emergency medical services. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are eligible to take the State of Michigan EMT or Paramedic exams to become licensed. Candidates are eligible to take the National Registry Exam for EMT or Paramedic leading to State of Michigan licensure. Concentration in Emergency Medical Technology – Basic Prepares you for: Employment as emergency medical caregivers. Also gives you: Credits to build toward a certificate or associate degree program. Skill Set in Basic Emergency Medical Technician Prepares you for: Introductory positions in the emergency health field. Also gives you: Credits to build toward a JCC certificate or associate degree program.

ENGINEERING Certificate in Fundamentals of Engineering Prepares you for: Transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree in engineering, as well as entrylevel work in industry as an engineering technician. JCC’s engineering curriculum is patterned on the first two years of engineering courses at the University of Michigan. Students commonly transfer to U-M, MSU, WMU, GVSU, and MTU. Students completing their Bachelor of Science degree at an accredited college or university qualify for licensure as a professional engineer. Average Yearly Earnings: Chemical - $53,370; civil - $48,140; mechanical - $47,900 ENGLISH JCC offers individual courses in technical and business writing, basic writing, creative writing, writing fundamentals, communication skills, journalism, composition, Shakespeare and literature, including poetry, drama, short story, novel and children’s literature, as well as African-American and world literature. Offerings also include courses on women’s role in society, film appreciation and courses in the humanities. A course in photojournalism includes instruction on use of a digital camera. ENTREPRENEURSHIP Entrepreneurship Skill Set Prepares you for: Entrepreneurs are individuals who pursue their aspirations to own and operate their own businesses. JCC offers classes to help students learn the skills and commitment necessary to successfully operate an entrepreneurial venture, assess business climate and write a business plan. JCC offers a skill set credential which can be completed on its own, or grouped with another field for students interested in their own business. Also gives you: Credits that may be applied toward an associate degree. FRENCH JCC offers individual courses in first- and second-year French and conversational French, beginning and intermediate. Proficiency in a foreign language can enhance your job opportunities. Transfer students may consider taking foreign language as some four-year colleges recommend two years of it regardless of your field of study. GENERAL STUDIES JCC offers an Associate in General Studies degree that can be adapted to a student’s needs and interests. To earn this associate degree, you will need to earn a minimum of 60 credits.

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GEOGRAPHY JCC offers individual courses in world, regional, physical, and U.S. and Canadian geography.

Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in visual communication. HEALTH AND PHYSICAL FITNESS JCC offers individual courses in cardiovascular training, such as golf, weight training and aerobics, which can be transferred to fulfill the physical education requirements in some four-year degree programs. JCC also offers courses in stress management, stress management for parents, and wellness. HEALTH MANAGEMENT Associate in Applied Science in Health Management Prepares you for: A career in the business and administrative areas of health care. Health managers may handle day-to-day operations of various departments in large facilities, or handle daily operations in smaller facilities such as nursing homes or clinics.

GERMAN JCC offers individual courses in elementary German. Proficiency in a foreign language can enhance your job opportunities. Transfer students may consider taking foreign language as some four-year colleges recommend two years of it regardless of your field of study. GRAPHIC DESIGN Associate in Applied Science Degree in Visual Communication/Graphic Design Prepares you for: Staff positions and freelance assignments where you might design product packages, publications, book covers, annual reports, magazines, advertisements, trade publications, and more. You will have to blend creativity and computer savvy with resourcefulness and people skills. Newspaper art departments, art studios, agencies, andmagazines are among the employers you could work for. An associate degree can also prepare you for potential job advancement. Also gives you: Credits for transfer to select four-year programs. See a JCC advisor. Average Yearly Earnings: $42,400 Certificate in Visual Communication/Graphic Design Prepares you for: Entry-level positions where you might design product packages, publications, book covers, annual reports, magazines, advertisements, trade publications, and more. The program is also beneficial to students who already have degrees in other fields and are interested in design skills only.

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Also gives you: Credits to transfer to select four-year programs. See a JCC advisor. Average Yearly Earnings: $48,300 HISTORY JCC offers courses in African-American and twentieth-century history, as well as courses in western civilization, ancient history, and the history of the U.S. See Associate in Arts. HUMANITIES JCC offers individual courses that can transfer to four-year institutions, fulfill core requirements in a JCC associate degree program and enrich your understanding of the human experience. See Associate in Arts. MATHEMATICS JCC offers math courses to support career programs and transfer programs. Courses include preparatory learning, including basic mathematics, algebra and intermediate algebra; business mathematics; and general transfer, including probability and statistics, pre-calculus, discrete mathematics, calculus I, II and III, and differential equations. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Tech/Machining Prepares you for: A career in the increasingly technical area of manufacturing and/or production machining. Also gives you: Many of the courses in this curriculum coincide with Jackson Area Manufacturers Association Academy of Manufacturing Careers Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training certificate program, making this an ideal continuation after completion of your journeyman’s certificate.

Average Yearly Earnings: Machinists - $20,000-$40,000 Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Tech/Maintenance Prepares you for: A career in the areas of manufacturing and/or industrial maintenance. Also gives you: Many of the courses in this curriculum coincide with Jackson Area Manufacturers Association Academy of Manufacturing Careers Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training certificate program, making this an ideal continuation after completion of your journeyman’s certificate. Average Yearly Earnings: Machinists: $20,000-$45,000 Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Tech/Tool Room Prepares you for: Career in the increasingly technical area of manufacturing tool room operations. Also gives you: Many of the courses in this curriculum coincide with Jackson Area Manufacturers Association Academy of Manufacturing Careers Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training certificate program, making this an ideal continuation after completion of your journeyman’s certificate. Average Yearly Earnings: Machinists: $20,000-$45,000 MEDICAL ASSISTANT Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Assistant Prepares you for: Work as a multi-skilled health care practitioner performing medical, administrative and clinical assisting. Your responsibilities may include working as a secretary/receptionist, preparing medical charts and reports, handling patient billing and taking vital signs. Upon completion the student is eligible to take the AAMA exam to become a certified medical assistant. Also gives you: Coursework and skills that may serve as a step toward other health careers. Average Yearly Earnings: $18,000-$36,840 Certificate in Medical Assistant Prepares you for: Work as a multi-skilled health care practitioner performing medical, administrative and clinical assisting. Your responsibilities may include working as a secretary/receptionist, preparing medical charts and reports, handling patient billing and taking vital signs. EKG Technician Skill Set Prepares you for: EKG technicians, sometimes called cardiographic technicians, specialize in electrocardiography,

or EKG testing. EKGs measure and record heart action and rhythm by graphically tracing electrical activity occurring during heartbeats. Technicians attach electrodes to the patient’s chest, arms and legs, and then manipulate switches on an EKG machine to obtain a reading. Also gives you: Coursework and skills that may serve as a step toward other health careers. Average Yearly Earnings: $24,800-$31,600 MEDICAL INSURANCE CODING/BILLING Associate in Applied Science in Medical Insurance Coder Biller Prepares you for: Careers in the increasingly complex world of insurance coding and billing. Medical billers and coders communicate between medical offices, patients and insurance companies. By assigning letters and numbers to diseases, injuries and medical procedures, they speed up the process of payment and ensure that records are correct. Also gives you: Coursework and skills that may serve as a step toward other health care careers. Average Yearly Earnings: $28,030 Medical Transcriptionist - $32,052 Medical Record Technician - $30,610 Certificate in Medical Insurance Coder Biller Prepares you for: Entry-level careers in the increasingly complex world of insurance coding and billing. Each time a patient sees a healthcare professional, coder billers assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure, necessary for communicating between medical offices, patients and insurance companies. MUSIC JCC offers individual courses in voice, stage presence, small instrumental groups, music theory and music appreciation. Students who qualify can study and perform with the JCC Concert Choir, Broadway Revue or Jackson Community Concert Band. NURSING Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Prepares you for: Work as a registered nurse, which includes assessing the health and well being of individuals as well as caring for the sick. Responsibilities can also include coordinating the overall health care team, supervising LPNs, assisting physicians and educating the public about healthy living. Also gives you: Graduates of JCC’s program are eligible to apply for the National Council of Licensing Examination,

which is required to become a registered nurse (RN). RNs have tremendous flexibility in their careers - they can work fulltime or part-time, in a variety of settings, in many different roles virtually anywhere in the world.

pharmacy. Upon successful completion, students are prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam, a national certification exam.

Average Yearly Earnings: $51,640-$76,570

Annual Year Earnings: $22,776-$33,030

Transfer JCC/ U of M Bachelor’s of Science - Nursing Prepares you for: In addition to traditional nursing career work, a bachelor’s degree in nursing broadens advancement opportunities in administration, clinical education or supervision. Many positions are open only to nurses with a minimum of a BSN. Also gives you: The opportunity to enroll and complete the first three terms of a baccalaureate nursing program at JCC and complete the remaining five terms at the University of Michigan. Average Yearly Earnings: BSN or higher degree up to $83,440 Associate in Applied Science in Nursing LPN to ADN Prepares you for: Work as a registered nurse in less than 18 months - if you have at least 1,000 hours LPN experience. One class is admitted each fall. Certificate in Practical Nursing Prepares you for: Provides direct nursing care to individuals in various settings under the direction of a registered nurse. Job tasks could include administering medications, giving injections, taking vital signs, providing bedside care and performing procedures. LPNs work in a wide variety of settings. Class is admitted in March, or late winter. There is only one admit per year.

Also gives you: Credits that may be applied to further study. POlITICAl SCIENCE JCC offers individual courses in introductory political science. It is often a field chosen by transfer students who plan to go on to study government or law. See Associate in Arts. PhIlOSOPhY JCC offers individual courses in introductory philosophy and logic. See Associate in Arts. PhYSICS JCC offers individual courses in astronomy and three levels of physics. Astronomy and conceptual physics serve as introductory courses and are useful for those individuals needing a general laboratory science elective for their associate’s degree or are pursuing a career in elementary education. College physics is one of the foundation courses necessary for students who will be pursuing a four-year degree in a pre-professional career, such as architecture or health (pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy, physical therapy, or chiropractic). University physics is designed for students who will transfer to a physics or engineering program (mechanical, electrical, civil, chemical, or computer) at a four-year institution.

Also gives you: Graduates of JCC’s program are eligible to apply to write the state licensing exam required to become a practical nurse (LPN). Average Yearly Earnings: $33,360-$46,710 OCCUPATIONAL STUDIES Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Studies Prepare you for: A skilled trades position with increasing opportunities. This degree program is designed for those with apprenticeship or journeyman credentials in a skilled trade who are looking for a college degree. PHARMACY TECHNICIAN Associate in Applied Science – Pharmacy Technician Prepares you for: A position as a pharmacy technician, someone who helps licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, provide customer service and perform administrative duties, in a retail or hospital

PROCESS TECHNOLOGY Concentration in Process Technology Prepares you for: Jobs involving planning, analyzing and controlling production in a variety of process industries. Duties involve maintaining a safe work environment, controlling, monitoring and troubleshooting equipment, analyzing, evaluating and communicating about data concerning the process.

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PSYChOlOgY JCC offers individual courses in introductory psychology, social psychology, educational psychology, introduction to counseling, child psychology, abnormal psychology and human sexuality. Specialization begins after transfer and continues as you do graduate work.

Also gives you: JCC has one of fewer than 200 programs in the U.S. accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This program leads to ARDMS certification in diagnostic medical sonography.

RADIOgRAPhY Associate in Applied Science Degree in Radiography Prepares you for: A radiologic technologist, or radiographer, is someone who administers x-rays to patients in order to help provide diagnosis of possible pathology. A radiographer also works together with the radiology physician in order to perform certain radiological examinations.

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Cardiac Sonography Prepares you for: A career as an echocardiographer, a skilled ultrasound technician who takes diagnostic recordings and measurements of the heart.

Also gives you: Graduates of the JCC radiography program will be eligible to write the national board exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Upon successful completion of the national board exam the successful graduate will have the initials R.T.(R) after their name.

Average Yearly Earnings: $52,570-$73,680

Also gives you: Graduates of JCC’s program are eligible to write the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) - Adult Echocardiography certificationexams and, if successful, use the credentials RDCS AE (Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer, Adult Echocardiography). Average Yearly Earnings: $47,010

Average Yearly Earnings: $42,710-$63,010 RESPIRATORY CARE Associate Degree in Applied Science in Respiratory Care Prepares you for: A career in an allied health profession whose practitioners focus on diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary disorders and diseases. A respiratory care practitioner can be instrumental in assisting a physician in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a wide spectrum of disorders affecting the heart and lungs, and specializes in the application of scientific knowledge and theory to practical, clinical problems of respiratory care. A respiratory care practitioner is qualified to assume primary clinical responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including responsibilities involved in supervision of respiratory technician functions. Also gives you: The program provides the student with the knowledge and experience that will qualify her/him to take the required NBRC examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

THEATRE Certificate in Technical Theatre Prepares you for: For students who are interested in backstage and production work, this certificate provides students hands-on experience in theatre, stagecraft, lighting and make-up or sound. Students benefit from the outstanding theatre facilities available in the Potter Center.

Certificate in Theatre Performance Prepares you for: Work in the performance of live theatre and its commercial applications. Job opportunities include actors, directors, voice-over artists, singers, drama teachers, and playwrights. Associate in Applied Science Degree in Vascular Sonography Prepares you for: A career as a vascular technologist -which is a sonographer who specializes in ultrasound images of veins and arteries. Also gives you: JCC has one of only 45 programs in the U.S. accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This program leads to ARDMS certification in vascular technology. Average Yearly Earnings: $47,010

SONOgRAPhY & VASCUlAR TEChNOlOgY Associate in Applied Science Degree in General Sonography Prepares you for: A career as a sonographer, where one uses high frequency sound waves to create cross-sectional images of a patient’s anatomy. Sonographers explain the medical scanning procedure to patients, position them for scanning, scan and collect image data, and work with the imaging physician as a team to interpret the image scan.

SCIENCES Pre-Professional Science Certificate Prepares you for: Transfer to a four-year university as science majors or pre-professional students (pre-veterinary, pre-medical, pre-dental, physical and occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physician’s assistant, etc.). Certificate graduates could also find work as laboratory technicians.

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SPANISH JCC offers individual courses in first- and second-year Spanish and conversational Spanish, beginning and intermediate. Proficiency in a foreign language can enhance your job opportunities. Transfer students may consider taking foreign language as some four-year colleges recommend two years of it regardless of your field of study.

Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. JCC offers individual courses in acting for the theatre and theatre production and participation in faculty-directed main stage productions.

Average Yearly Earnings: $42,430

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SOCIAL WORK JCC offers individual courses in principles of sociology, family relationships, criminology, minority groups in America, social problems, women in a changing society and juvenile delinquency. To become a social worker, you must transfer and continue on for a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Average Yearly Earnings: $20,000-$30,000

Also gives you: Credits that may be used toward an associate degree and further study. TELECOMMUNICATIONS JCC offers individual courses in telecommunications that may lead to work in the field or transfer for further study at a fouryear college or university. WEB DESIGN Associate in Applied Science in Multimedia Web Design Prepares you for: Jobs that require well-rounded experience in all aspects of Internet development, including web design and programming for the web. Average Yearly Earnings: $40,000-$70,000 Certificate in Multimedia Web Design Prepares you for: Jobs that require well-rounded experience in all aspects of Internet development, including web design and programming for the web. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in visual communications.

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