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Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas, Sister Rolls the Dice! These shows and more! Watch the JCC web site for updates. To purchase individual and season tickets call the box office 517.796.8600 or go to www.jccmi.edu/event

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Pharmacy Technician may be right prescription for your career

Why teach? Those who love to teach, do

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Culinary arts courses to be offered in Jackson

Beat goes on EKG technicians help measure patients’ heart rhythms

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College from your computer: distance learning offers flexability, convenience for learners

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Money for college financial aid eases costs

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First impressions vital in job search

Heart of the matter careers in cardiac sonography offer opportunity

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New environmental science program aims to make the world a better place

Career programs @ JCC

JCC was named one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the United States by Community College Week

Jackson Community College 2111 Emmons Road • Jackson, MI 49201 www.jccmi.edu

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Looking for a fast-paced career in the health field with diverse opportunities? A career as a pharmacy technician may be just what the doctor ordered! Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, provide customer service and perform administrative duties within a pharmacy setting. Demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by more than 30 percent in the next few years, with numerous job opportunities available. JCC’s new pharmacy technician associate degree program prepares students for positions in either retail pharmacy stores or hospital pharmacies. Coursework will prepare students in medical terminology, health mathematics, interpersonal, written and oral communication, knowledge and accuracy in dispensing and control of drugs, and use of computers.

both inpatient and outpatient services, and work in distributing medicines, business support, mixing IV compounds, purchasing, inventory control, and supervision and leadership roles. Those considering a career as a pharmacy technician should enjoy working with objects and things and be highly organized. They must meet precise limits and standards of accuracy in their work, and follow oral and written skills exactly. Academically, math skills are important, and students should have a good knowledge of communications, science, technology and computers. “You need critical thinking skills, be adaptable to change, and have good math skills and problem-solving ability,” Lee said. The College developed the program in response to local demand for skilled, professional pharmacy technicians in

“This is an entrylevel career in the health field that students can step into,” said Marla Clark, director of allied health at JCC. “Starting here, they may broaden their career further into Marla Clark the health field, or work in other business areas of the facility, such as management.”

Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale counties. Many pharmacies are looking for qualified technicians who can work in the pharmacy and be proficient in the “soft skills” of the job, customer service, professionalism, communication, good attendance and more. Rewards of the job come in knowing your work is ultimately helping people to feel better, Lee said. “It’s about taking care of people,” she said. Working hours for pharmacy technicians will vary depending on the location, with most retail pharmacies having night and weekend hours. Hospital pharmacies are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so technicians will work different shifts. Pharmacy technicians earn hourly wages, and average about $13-$15 per hour. Upon completion, students will be eligible to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board credential to become certified in the field.

Working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, pharmacy technicians are often the first line of customer service in a retail pharmacy, receiving prescription requests from customers. Duties may also include customer service, operating a cash register, inventory control, counting or pouring out medicines, or traveling to pick up or transport supplies. Pharmacy technician Deb Lee is business and operations manager for Allegiance Health pharmacy services. At the hospital, pharmacy technicians work in

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JCC’s new culinary arts and hospitality program at Lenawee County’s JCC @ LISD TECH Center has proven to be a recipe for success and will expand into Jackson to offer two courses beginning this Fall. The College will offer Culinary Skills at the Jackson Area Career Center, and a Food Handling/Alcohol Service class will be offered on the Jackson campus, in addition to courses in Lenawee County. JACC offers a food services and culinary arts program, so JCC is collaborating to use their facilities.

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JCC began offering culinary classes in Lenawee County in 2009, and soon launched a full associate degree in culinary arts and hospitality management program, as well as certificate, concentration and skill set options that can help students get to work right away while they continue toward their full degree. The program has been popular, creating a need to expand to more locations. In Lenawee County, JCC offers classes at the LISD TECH Center facilities as well as the Lenawee Country Club.

“We’ve maxed out at the TECH Center at four night a week and have expanded to the Country Club, so we do have space issues, but that is a good problem to have,” said Chef Corbett Day, Corbett Day instructor. “We have such great relations here with the center; we thought tapping the resources of the Jackson Area Career Center was a natural next step.” The program prepares students for careers in a restaurant, hospitality or institutional settings. 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. The program also 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.

JCC currently has 10 instructors in its culinary arts program, and two instructors will teach at the Jackson campus, one who is an alumnus of Day’s high school program in Lenawee and another who is director of the Michigan Restaurant Association Educational Support Foundation. The Lenawee program has offered a number of community dinners that students have prepared, and Jackson will offer five public events as well. These are themed dinners, such as Italian Night or Hawaiian Luau, and are free for guests but donations are accepted to go to local charities. Students have the opportunity to prepare for 200 actual guests, similar to cooking in a restaurant.

be, there is a lot about management and running an establishment. I thought it would be just about cooking,” Snyder said. While there are many hours on your feet, the reward of taking different ingredients and making new culinary creations is always rewarding. “Be open to new experiences and learning all that there is to learn. Really, when I look from the standpoint of my age, if I can go back and do it, anybody can!”

Student Angela Snyder, 46, of North Adams, had never been to college before but always loved cooking and baking. When she first learned that JCC had a culinary program, it was a natural fit, a chance to go to college and further her knowledge of cooking. She is working toward her associate degree in culinary arts and hospitality management.

• Skill set in culinary arts, 12 credit hours

“The program is wonderful. It’s actually more in-depth than I thought it would

The program ladder allows students to start the program and attain skills and credentialing to put to work right away in the culinary and hospitality fields, and then continue their education toward a full associate degree. Students may earn:

• Concentration in culinary arts, 18 credit hours • Certificate in culinary arts, 37 credit hours • Associate in Applied Science in culinary arts and hospitality management, 70 credit hours

Students interested in food preparation need to have good basic math skills, need to communicate well interpersonally, and need to know science, both for food preparation and safety issues regarding pathogens and diseases. Career opportunities are good for both returning students looking for a second career or students right out of high school, Day said. “There are so many job opportunities now,” he said. He shared that one student recently had six interviews in a day for positions in the mid-Michigan area. “I will compete with any of the culinary schools out there; we will offer you the same opportunities at a community college.”

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Distance learning is ideal for you if: • You have time in your schedule to add a course commitment. • You are a motivated, self-disciplined and responsible learner. While online courses offer great flexibility, there will be no one reminding you of deadlines or standing over you to make sure you understand the subject. Distance learners are able to motivate themselves and set their own goals. • You have computer skills necessary to take on online course. Complete understanding of e-mail, word processing, using the Internet and other technologies required in the course is necessary. • You have consistent Internet access and a computer, preferably at home. • You have sufficient reading skills to comprehend course materials. Almost all you information will come in the form of written text. Students need to be able to comprehend college texts and online information without the direct guidance of a professor. • You have sufficient writing skills to communicate with your professor through e-mails, write class assignments, and attach documents to e-mail, or communicate through threaded discussions and chat rooms. • You have appropriate study and time management skills. Being able to schedule one’s time to complete assignments by due dates without procrastination is necessary. There will be times you may need to ignore the phone or other disturbances when course work needs to be done. • You are comfortable contacting your instructor and communicating any need for help or clarification. Your instructor can’t see your face if you’re confused, so you will be responsible for initial contact and being persistent when you have questions.

by Marilynn Fryer With online courses, you can “go to class” without having to leave home! Online courses offered through Jackson Community College’s JetNet provide educational opportunities by way of your own home computer and the Internet. They are a convenient way for many students to reach their college goals. Degrees and certificates that are completely online 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 (AGS)

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• Associate in Arts (AA)

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 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 fouryear colleges, making furthering your education or completing your college goals a reality. For more information about online courses, visit the JCC web site at www.jccmi.edu.

First impressions vital in job search by Marilynn Fryer It has been said you never get a second chance to make a first impression. In today’s job market that is truer than ever! Today’s employers often have a bevy of worthwhile candidates to choose from when looking for new hires. Luckily, many resources exist to help job seekers with their resume along with advice on interviewing so applicants make a great impression! At JCC, the Employment Services Office, located in the Corporate and Continuing Education wing of Justin Whiting Hall, offers workshops and individual consultations to help students and alumni prepare.

Grab their attention

An applicant’s resume needs to grab the employer’s attention and let them know what they need to know fast, or it may get overlooked and end up in the reject pile. “When you are driving down the road and see a billboard, you have about 15 seconds to read that billboard. It’s the same with a resume,” said Anthony Rana, manager of Campus Employment Services. “You really want to highlight those key skills and education that will lend itself to the position. On the first review, most employers only spend 15-30 seconds on a Anthony Rana resume, scanning it quickly to ascertain how an applicant’s experience and education align with the posted position. If they have to struggle to find what they’re looking for, they are more apt to move on.”

Highlight your skills, abilities and educational background to appeal to the needs the employer is seeking. Use active, descriptive words in succinct phrases to communicate effectively. Use bullet points rather than narrative paragraphs to describe yourself, because they may be scanned or read quickly.

ultimately the individual has to own the document. If you’re getting interview requests, your resume is accomplishing the desired goal. If you are not getting calls, you should consider consulting with someone to provide constructive feedback on your resume.

Face to face

Do not include too much in your resume and date yourself unnecessarily. Rana said people frequently include their year of birth or graduation in their e-mail address, or they date themselves by going back too far in their job history. He recommends including no more than the last 10 to 15 years of your recent job history. While the types of resumes vary, including chronological and functional, all applicants should know that listing an objective and references is no longer necessary.

When you do land that interview, it is again important to remember first impressions. A firm handshake, dressing professionally, and a warm smile will go a long way. “Walking in the door with a warm smile and a firm handshake exudes self-confidence, and that is important,” Rana said. In addition to dressing professionally, body language can be a key factor in making a favorable impression. Rana mentioned that he will offer constructive feedback on body language (when warranted) during a mock interview.

Do include information to show your abilities and interests, including any volunteer work or professional affiliations. Anything that shows responsibility and attention to detail can be helpful. In addition to staying knowledgeable in your field (lifelong learning), professional organizations offer the benefit of networking, which is often a good way to find out about job openings. Rana said, “even if you’re not being paid, take advantage of professional development opportunities to enhance your credentials to gain or retain employment.”

Resources about interviewing skills are available from the Employment Services Office as well as South Central Michigan Works! three locations in Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale counties. Studying some likely interview questions and participating in a mock interview can help one prepare for the real thing and put their best foot forward. South Central Michigan Works! offers a Job Seeker Handbook that is available online at www.jccmi.edu/ careers. The Employment Services Office also provides an online Job Blast with available positions updated bi-monthly.

JCC Employment Services offers consultations and workshops to students as needed. Workshops offer the benefit of feedback and questions from other participants, rather than the oneon-one nature of a consultation. Rana said, it’s always a good idea to get two or three opinions on your resume and

To learn more about how you can make a great first impression in your job search, contact Anthony Rana in the Employment Services Office via phone 517.796.8635, or e-mail RanaAnthonyP@ jccmi.edu.

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Looking for a career where you can help save the world? Environmental science offers opportunities as diverse as the planet itself, and a new program is taking root at Jackson Community College. Plans are for an environmental science associate degree and certificate program to begin in 2012. Environmental scientists explore the natural systems around us and how humans influence those systems. They may be involved in a variety of areas, such as soil conservation, water quality and treatment, agriculture, plant pathology, ecology, environmental engineering, biology and more. “We will have three directions students may choose from when deciding on the program. It’s really student-centered that way,” said Steven Albee-Scott, JCC’s Dr. Wilbur Dungy Endowed Faculty Chair for the Sciences. Students may choose to focus on a biotechnology emphasis, an ecology emphasis or a quantitative analysis or chemistry emphasis. Biotechnology applications may include agricultural or medical applications, ecological emphasis may include invasive plant species or pests, and a chemistry emphasis may be involved in water or soil testing. Students will have opportunities to pursue research in their areas of interest, and write about their research for possible publication. AlbeeScott encourages students in his Steven Albee-Scott classes come up with a project, develop a hypothesis, experiment and gather data, and write up their work. “One of my primary interests in teaching environmental science is teaching students how to use information to

solve problems,” Albee-Scott said. “There are environmental problems they will need to evaluate and say, ‘What is the best way to solve this problem?’” Using the knowledge and abilities they develop, students will create a portfolio detailing the skills that they have acquired to show to potential employers. Their skills will be measured on three levels – basic, understanding the basic concepts; intermediate, understanding content and processes; and mastery, synthesizing the first two levels. The associate degree will wrap up with a capstone course in which students may work with and job shadow people in industry.

Albee-Scott is working with an advisory committee of community members from different segments of environmental work, as well as fellow JCC faculty in developing curriculum. He hopes to have the associate degree and certificate programs ready for Fall 2012 semester. Students interested in environmental science will benefit from further study beyond JCC, but a certificate or associate degree can open up technician jobs that can help students pay for their continued education.

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Teaching is a career that takes intelligence, dedication and skill, but most importantly, the desire to teach must come from the heart. “People who are driven by teaching are teachers at heart,” said Professor Mary Belknap, JCC teacher education program coordinator. “They are givers, not takers. They feel they can inspire and guide the next generation; have a positive influence on the future.”

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Gina Chomic is an alumnus of JCC who completed her bachelor’s degree in special education, learning disabilities from Michigan State University and has taught three years at Vandercook Lake Gina Chomic Community Schools. “Honestly, it’s a job you have to enjoy. You can’t go into it for the pay,” Chomic said. “It’s something that you enjoy and that you love.” Chomic said she fell in love with the job when working as a teacher’s aide, and after that enrolled at JCC to become a teacher. She currently teaches students with mild cognitive impairments and finds the best part is watching students’ progress. “I find it rewarding. It has to be intrinsically rewarding,” Chomic said. Jashana Pryor is also a JCC alumnus and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in teacher education and early childhood education at EMU. She hopes to someday work in a preschool setting Jashana Pryor with 4-year-olds.  “I want to be a role model to young children. I want to inspire them and be a light,” Pryor said. “You really have to have the patience and heart to work with young children.”

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JCC alumnus Michael Olds is a 2011 education graduate of Spring Arbor University searching for his first teaching position. He wants to help make a difference with students as a high school science Michael Olds teacher. “The best way I thought to influence people for the future was to become a teacher and help students as they develop through high school. I think high school and transitioning into college is a very influential time.” Despite the ailing economy and news reports of teacher layoffs and cutbacks, there is always a need for quality teachers. Currently, more than 50 percent of the workforce is eligible to retire now or in the next few years, so there will be a need for exceptional teachers, Belknap said. Today’s classroom is changing quickly, and teachers must adapt. Teachers face increased demands for accountability, must meet challenges to integrate technology both for teaching and communicating, must work with diverse populations, and function well with more collaborative learning methods involving other teachers and educational professionals. Excellent communication skills are essential, as well as the ability to inspire confidence, build trusting relationships and motivate students.

learning projects in classrooms and with young people. JCC students work with international students, serve as pen pals with Jackson students, tutor, volunteer with Special Olympics, 4-H, serve as camp leaders, and more. The route to becoming a teacher is complex. Students must make upward of 50,000 decisions in their college path to become a teacher with many options and steps required, from choosing a college and program to deciding on a major and understanding state certification requirements, Belknap said. It is vital for those interested in teaching to speak with an academic advisor at the start of their college experience. Students attending community college find transfer a bit easier if they have an idea of what university they want to transfer to and understand the transfer school’s requirements.

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Motivated and creative math teachers are in demand in Michigan and across the nation, Belknap said. In the sciences, there is a demand for chemistry and physics teachers. Other in-demand majors include

English as a Second Language (ESL), foreign languages, early childhood with an elementary education degree, and special education areas including cognitively and emotionally impaired.  JCC’s teacher education program prepares future teachers through hands-on experiences and active classroom work. JCC offers first- and second-year core general education courses with a teaching emphasis, including selected course sections in English, technology, science, art and communications. The College has a formal partnership with Spring Arbor University to help provide a “seamless” transfer experience for teacher education students. The JCC program has informal partnerships with most of the leading Michigan universities certifying teachers. For more information, visit the web page at www.jccmi.edu/academics/ teachereducation/. Note: JCC has created a handbook for all future teachers PreK-12 titledJackson Community College Guide to Teacher Certification. Handbooks are located in Bert Walker Hall on the Jackson campus outside Room 204, or please contact Ashley Arquette (arquettashleym@jccmi.edu), teacher education advisor.

“The whole disposition of teachers is being considered more and more. At JCC, we have students participate in several self-evaluations to see if teaching really is for them,” Belknap said. “Some find they after their field experiences and self-analysis, they are not suited for teaching. One comment I hear often is they never realized how much work teaching involves.” Students may gain experience and explore the profession through volunteer activities and service

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JCC will offer a new skill set credential starting this Fall for students interested in a start in the health care field or hoping to add to their existing career.

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The College will launch a new EKG technician skill set that students can complete in as little as one semester and find employment in a number of health care settings, such as hospitals, clinics or cardiovascular medical practices. 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. EKG readings are used in diagnosing heart ailments, monitoring heart functions, and recording patients’ progress. Kristin Spencer, medical assistant programcoordinator at JCC, developed the new program to give students something they may complete right away and Kristen Spencer put to use in the workplace, or give those in other fields, such as medical office assistant, the opportunity to expand their capabilities and add to their certifications. “This is a good opportunity for someone interested in patient contact, but who may not want to be involved in more invasive procedures,” Spencer said. “With the increasing number of Baby Boomers getting older and requiring more medical care, the demand for EKG technicians, or workers with these skills, is expected to increase substantially.”

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The skill set requires 11 credits of study, in which students will learn about body structure and function, skills of the EKG technician, information on health occupations, as well as information on cardiovascular drugs and how to read the EKG printout to recognize arrhythmias and other abnormalities. It may be completed in one semester, and may be a good stepping-stone for students interested in health care but unsure of what field they want to choose, or those who are waiting for admittance to another program, such as sonography or nursing. Nationally, the annual salaries (early 2009) of EKG technicians who were employed by hospitals and related institutions were between $24,800 and $31,600, with the average of $27,900, according to the Michigan Jobs and Career Portal. In Michigan, EKG Technicians employed in hospitals and related institutions averaged $29,390 (late 2008), with most earnings between $24,689 and $33,529.

Financial Aid

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Pop quiz: How can you pay for college? Answer: With planning and preparation Interested in going to college but have a big question mark in your mind about how to pay for it? Financial assistance is available for those that 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. Financial assistance can be available in four forms: grants, scholarships, workstudy and loans. Grants and scholarships provide money that doesn’t have to be paid back. Work-study 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.

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

2. Complete a U.S. Department of Education PIN (personal identification number) registration, which serves as your electronic signature. Visit http:// www.pin.ed.gov. 3. 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. 4. 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. 6. Financial aid awards can be viewed on a student’s e-Services account. 7. Awards must be accepted by the student in order to be applied to their account.

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Does your career need a jolt? Think about the possibilities in cardiac sonography. Cardiac sonographers use ultrasound to obtain images of the heart, called an echocardiogram. These can help a doctor to diagnose any blockages or abnormalities in the heart or in the flow of blood within the arteries around the heart.

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“You are, in a sense, an investigator,” said Carol Hoch, assistant professor and program director for the cardiac sonography program. “You provide images for the physician, and the physician will see only what the sonographer takes a picture of. It’s a highly operator dependent field; if we don’t see it and image it, they don’t see it.”

Cardiac sonographers use their knowledge, technical skills and critical thinking ability to see the subtle differences in the anatomy of the heart that physicians, mainly cardiologists, will need in diagnosing the patient. “You have to be someone who is curious, thorough, detail-oriented, patient, but also quick, as you may be dealing with someone who is critically ill. We’re also in the midst of an economy that requires us to work swiftly and efficiently due to the increased numbers of cardiac ultrasounds being ordered, yet not always an increase in staffing levels. ” Cardiac sonographers may perform one of several kinds of echocardiograms, including a stress echo, a contrastenhanced echo, or a trans-esophageal echo. They may go into the operating room during open heart surgery to assist. They may work in hospitals, clinics or doctor’s offices, and typically work eight-hour days and 40-hour work weeks, though some evening and weekend work may be necessary at times. They may also learn other procedures, such as EKG, stress testing, or perform Holter monitor procedures to test the heart. “It’s good to be cross-trained, especially in today’s tough economic climate,” Hoch said. Cardiac sonographers must be able to combine both technological skill Carol Hoch in working with equipment and computers along with a caring “bedside manner,” as they work with patients who may be weak, in pain or frightened. A caring attitude will help as they work with patients, and good communication skills will be necessary for interacting with patients, doctors and other medical staff. Because they are taking two-dimensional images that represent a three-dimensional heart, they will also need good spatial recognition skill, something Hoch said can often be found in students who

enjoy video games and have developed good hand-eye coordination. “You will use your brain, use your muscles, and use your skills. It does require a technical background, and it is hard work, you won’t be sitting all day,” Hoch said. “You can come into it as a high school graduate or as a returning student, and any background in anatomy, math and computers will help.” JCC offers an associate degree in cardiac sonography, which is a twoyear program. The first year consists of prerequisites, and students apply for a “second-admit” to the cardiac program, which comprises the second year. Cardiac sonography is an online program, with all class work available online with in-person labs at JCC. Clinical requirements consist of 1136 hours performed in an approved clinical education center which can be a local hospital or clinic, as well as hospitals located throughout lower Michigan. JCC’s cardiac sonography program is a CAAHEP accredited program, which means it meets the standards and guidelines of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. An associate degree is necessary to start working in the field, and students are strongly urged to pursue certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) to gain the Registered Diagnostic Cardiac

Sonographer (RDCS) credential. While not all medical facilities require certification yet, there is a move in the profession towards it, and some insurance companies will only cover patient procedures performed by a certified cardiac sonographer. Hoch has several credentials – M.A. (Master of Arts), RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer), RDCS (Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer), RVT (Registered Vascular Technologist), RT(R) (Registered Technologist in Radiology). “It’s an opportunity to meet and, in a way, take care of so many people at different levels of health or illness that is rewarding. It also gives you a perspective on your own life and on other people’s lives as well,” Hoch said. Traci Little is a graduate of JCC’s cardiac sonography program and now not only practices for Michigan Heart but also teaches as an adjunct instructor at JCC. Before returning to college, she worked as a receptionist for Michigan Heart and became interested in the procedures done there. She decided cardiac sonography would be a good career to go into and enrolled at JCC. “I really do like it,” Little said. “This is the first time I can say that I really like my job. I am enjoying all the different people you meet, and recognizing the things I need to in my job. Teaching has also reaffirmed in my own mind that I’m doing what I want to do.”

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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. Fall 2011 • 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 – 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. 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.

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. High Speed Diesel 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. 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. 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).

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.

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.

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.

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

Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in microcomputer application specialist.

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.

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: Credits that may be building blocks to the microcomputer Applications Specialist degree or certificate.

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.

Microcomputer Applications Skill Set Students completing this skill set are preparing to assume a variety of positions in an automated office setting.

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 be applied toward a concentration, certificate, or associate degree.

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

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.

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.

Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree or certificate in electronic technology.

Average Yearly Earnings: Police officer - $49,452; detectives - $55,952

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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.

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. 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.

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. 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

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

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.

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

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.

Also gives you: Credits that may be applied to further study. Annual Year Earnings: $22,776-$33,030

Looking for more information? E-mail us at careerchoices@jccmi.edu

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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

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: 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).

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: $42,430

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. 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. 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Campus View I and II have many amenities for your convenience, including: • Lounge/study space on every floor with wireless • Internet access • Elevator access

• Ground-level patio • Rooftop deck • Convenient parking

• Public rest room on main level

• Near fieldhouse/fitness center

• Common laundry/vending room

• Views to open areas

• Bicycle and outdoor gear storage rooms

For more information call 517.796.8656 or e-mail rezlife@jccmi.edu

Fall classes begin Aug. 29

Register now • Returning students who have completed 30 or more JCC credit hours may register online beginning July 19. • Students with 12 or more completed JCC credit hours may register online beginning July 20. • Remaining returning students or new students who have met with an advisor my register online beginning July 21.

For more information JCC now offers three 15-week semesters. Start your college journey when it is convenient for you. Begin by calling an academic advisor today. In Jackson campus, call 517.796.8425; JCC @ LISD TECH, call 517.265.5515; and LeTarte Center Hillsdale, call 517.437.3343. A complete course schedule is available on the JCC website, www.jccmi.edu (under Admissions and Registration).


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