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Paying for college: Financial assistance is available! FAFSA -- Several kinds of financial assistance are available for those who qualify. Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the first step in the process.

Workshops -- JCC hosts financial aid workshops throughout the year to help students and parents fill out the FAFSA and learn about available financial aid options.

Scholarships -- Several scholarships are available. Check with the Jackson Community College Foundation for information on a number of privately endowed scholarships, as well as JCC’s institutional Recognition of Excellence Scholarships. Don’t forget community and personal resources for scholarship opportunities, also!

Call the Financial Aid Office at 517.787.0800 or visit the web site at www.jccmi.edu


Winter 2009 • Volume 5 Issue 2

A publication of Jackson Community College

Learning for a lifetime:

Professional continuing education courses

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Distance Learning

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options make college accessible and convenient

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Debunking the myths about community college State program offers help

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Publisher: Editor: Writer: Creative Director/Design: Photography:

A great start:

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Easy transfer steps

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Dennis DaPra Chairman

John M. Crist Trustee

Dr. Edward A. Mathein Vice Chairman

Matthew R. Heins Trustee

Christina L. Medlar Secretary

Sheila A. Patterson Trustee

Avoiding pitfalls

in the financial aid process

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Fear of computers is largely fear of unknown

Philip E. Hoffman Treasurer

JCC offers new course examining sustainability

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Engineering:

a great career for talented problem solvers

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Emergency care:

EMS workers help in critical times

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Automotive collision repair

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Cynthia S. Allen Dotty Karkheck Marilynn Fryer Lisa Drake Ashley Fauser Lisa Drake Ashley Fauser Marilynn Fryer

JCC Board of Trustees:

for “displaced” workers

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Questions about the JCC programs and services described in this publication should be directed to Student Services at 517.796.8425. Comments or questions about the publication itself can be directed to the Marketing Department at 517.796.8416.

now offered at JCC

Careers in accounting

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Dr. Daniel J. Phelan President/CEO

Executive Officers: Dr. Daniel J. Phelan, President/CEO William Strohaver, Executive Vice President for Educational and Student Services Tom Vainner, Vice President Administrative Services Career Choices is published twice a year. All rights reserved. No part of the material may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage retrieval system without the permission of the publisher. It is the policy of Jackson Community College that no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, marital status, or handicap, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to, discrimination in any program or activity for which it is responsible for or for which it receives financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.

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The College has been growing for the past five or six years, and we recognize a need in the community for these types of continuing education offerings... - Susan Nielsen, executive director, Center for the Advancement of Business and Civic Engagement

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ackson Community College’s Center for the Advancement of Business and Civic Engagement (CABCE) will begin offering professional continuing education courses for the community in January.

assessment to help people find the right job fit, customer service, leadership ethics and more. Free public forums will also be planned to help people with topics such as GED test information and literacy assistance, preparing for and

“The College has been growing for the past five or six years, and we recognize a need in the community for these types of professional continuing education offerings,” said Susan Nielsen, executive director of the CABCE. JCC did offer continuing education courses previously, but they were discontinued because of financial constraints. “The timing is right for the College to re-engage in the process,” Nielsen said. Course offerings will focus on skills necessary in today’s work world, such as languages, job search and interviewing skills, career

navigating the college experience, and exploring manufacturing careers to see what areas are growing. “Some people may assume that all manufacturing jobs are obsolete, but some manufacturing skills are still very necessary,” Nielsen said. JCC will begin with these courses and see what other offerings are necessary and wanted in the community. Nielsen foresees by Fall 2009 increasing the number of courses and including more things that lead to certification, such as American Sign Language, and current issues like sustainability and the environment. “We want to focus on working, professional skills,” Nielsen said.

CABCE staff (L to R): Susan Nielsen, executive director; Dott Znosko, administrative secretary; and Ashley Van Heest, business development liasion

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Right now with the economy being the way it is, we want to be sure to provide practical, skillbuilding classes to help people get ahead. - Susan Nielsen, executive director, Center for the Advancement of Business and Civic Engagement

to provide practical, skill-building classes to help people get ahead.” Watch your mail box for a course schedule for JCC’s continuing education offerings, which should come out in December.

Professional Continuing Education Offerings for Winter 2009

Civic Engagement • How to Run for Office/Fund Raising • Understanding Local Government/ How to Get Involved World Languages • Spanish • Chinese • Sign language Professional Development • Computer classes -- All types and many levels

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• 90-minute Customer Service Sessions (3) • Finance/Accounting for Non-majors • Math for the Workplace Career Management • Great Resumes/Cover Letters • Interview Tips/Techniques • Dress for Success • Personality and Career Exploration • Explore Careers with JobFit For Leaders and Managers • Innovative Problem Solving • Workplace Ethics • Curing Workplace Negativity • Presentation Skills • Diversity in the Workplace • Knowledge Transfer Going Green • Sustainability Issues • Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Public Forums

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• Navigating the College Process • Local In-demand Careers • Pursuing Your GED

JCC’s Center for the Advancement of Business and Civic Engagement brings business, education and training together. The CABCE partners with all of the employment, economic development and workforce initiatives to better serve employers in the South Central Michigan region. If you are interested in education and training options for your employees, call the CABCE office today at 517.796.8610!


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ith online courses, you can “go to class” without having to leave home!

Online courses offered through JCC’s JetNet provide educational opportunities by way of your own home computer and the Internet. JCC has seen enrollment climb for online courses for the last several years, and enrollment is up 14 percent this Fall ‘08. Degrees, certificates and concentrations that are completely online include: • Associate in Applied Science in Accounting • Accounting Certificate • Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration • Business Administration Certificate • Management Certificate • Advanced Management Concentration • Associate in General Studies • General Education Certificate • General Transfer Certificate

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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 course work as those that are taught on campus, but simply eliminating time and place restrictions. Courses will transfer to two- and four-year colleges, making furthering your education or completing your college goals a reality. 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. For more information about online courses, visit the JCC web site at www.jccmi.edu.

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At JCC, students of all ages and backgrounds continue their education... I can’t afford college.

Every dollar is valuable today. JCC offers affordable tuition that won’t break your bank account or leave you saddled with a lot of student loan debts. If you think college is impossible on your current income, help is available. JCC offers a variety of financial assistance programs, including grants, loans, scholarships and more. A community college is more affordable than area four-year institutions, representing savings of thousands of dollars per year or more! Higher education is an investment in you and is vital to building a successful career. It is an investment with a great future return – college graduates report higher wages and income over their lifetime, and experience fewer job losses.

I’m too busy to go to college. You may have thought juggling a job, family and other responsibilities left no time for college. JCC realizes how valuable your time is, so we offer classes when they are convenient for you. In addition to daytime, classes are also offered in the

evenings or on weekends to fit your needs. We are also reaching out with satellite classes in Grass Lake and Western high schools, and in Hillsdale County, in Camden-Frontier schools, to help you fit college classes in with your busy lifestyle. Online courses offer even greater ease for your busy lifestyle, allowing you to log on from your home computer and work at any time of the day or night. JCC’s convenient scheduling gives you greater flexibility so you can balance college and your life, while still getting the quality instruction the College is known for.

I know I won’t fit in at college.

Have you thought about going to college but worry that you just won’t fit in? At JCC, students of all ages and backgrounds continue their education, earn college degrees and certificates or prepare to transfer to a university. There are many clubs and activities to get involved in and be part of, or just hang out in a student commons area between classes and chat with friends. Going to college can provide you the opportunity to get to know a lot of new and different people who may

be unlike yourself, broadening your horizons while you gain valuable skills and knowledge for your future career.

College really isn’t that important.

Manufacturing jobs that paid high wages in the past are disappearing today, and most of the in-demand fields of tomorrow require some education beyond high school. A college education is vital to building a career for a successful future. Statistics show that college graduates have more job opportunities to choose from, earn higher wages and income over their lifetime, and are less likely to experience job losses than someone with only a high school diploma. JCC offers a quality education that is accessible to all, with financial aid, career guidance and support, and tutoring services as necessary.

Community college is just grade 13. College is different from high school. Courses cover much more material in a shorter amount of time, and more is expected of students. Don’t think you won’t be challenged at a community college! Don’t be frightened, either. We offer a variety of support services such as tutoring continued on next page

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JCC offers more than 80 degree and career programs, with several in today’s high-demand fields such as health care and business... and study groups if you need help. Faculty members get to know students’ names and are available to answer questions. Developmental education courses are available to prepare students who need a little extra work to be ready for the collegelevel curriculum.

I won’t meet anyone new.

You’re ready to head off to college and are excited about the new experience. JCC offers you the opportunity to get a quality education close to home. That doesn’t mean, however, you won’t meet new people. JCC enrolls nearly 10,000 students throughout the year from the South Central Michigan area, of all ages and backgrounds. While sometimes it’s comfortable to see some familiar faces, there are plenty of different people to meet for friendships and networking. Let your college experience begin with JCC and see all the new people you will meet!

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I’m stuck in my job.

Economic times are tough today and good jobs are becoming more and more difficult to find. Many workers today are dissatisfied in their current position but stay with it to earn a paycheck. Do the responsibilities of life have you feeling stuck in a job that offers little hope for the future or doesn’t challenge you? You can make a change. JCC offers classes to fit workers’ schedules, whether it’s day, evening, weekend or online options. We have career programs that can put you on the road to a new career in one of today’s high-demand fields, such as health care, computer science, business, automotive and more.

Community college doesn’t offer enough options.

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At JCC you will have multiple options to choose from. JCC offers more than 80 degree and career programs, with several in today’s high-demand fields such as health care and business. Get started on a great career opportunity

such as nursing, or prepare to transfer to a university while saving a bundle on your first two years of study! JCC also offers numerous options for scheduling, types of classes, and activities to get involved with on campus.

Studying is all there is to college.

While studying is certainly important to the college student, there is much more available! JCC offers a variety of clubs, activities, service projects and sports to get involved in and connect with others. The College has worked to enhance studentlife opportunities beyond the classroom, from student leadership to community service projects to intramural sports. Getting involved on campus can help give you a more well-rounded college experience. You will learn new things, meet new people, and develop skills


JCC students have been recognized nationally, and many transfer on to large universities where they have no problem succeeding there. that are as valued in the workplace today as your academic knowledge, such as teamwork, handing conflict, time management, prioritizing and more.

I’ll be just another face in the crowd at college.

Perhaps going to college makes you think you will be adrift in a sea of freshmen, left alone with all your questions and concerns. Not at JCC! Our professors get to know students and are available to answer your questions. Support services such as tutoring and study groups are available if you need help, and JCC also offers social work services if personal problems arise. There are ample opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community, giving you many chances to develop friendships, exercise your leadership potential and broaden your college experience.

I just can’t get ahead.

Have you seen others pass you by for promotions and wondered why it isn’t you? Is there a new job you would like but don’t have the education necessary? JCC can help

you get ahead and make your dream a reality! Choose from a variety of educational programs to help put on the road to a great career, or help you get ahead in your current position. Complete a high-demand career program such as nursing or automotive technology, or get a start on a bachelor’s degree by completing your first two years at JCC. Take individual classes as necessary to help you get ahead in your current job. A college degree can open the door to higher earnings, great job stability and a better overall quality of life!

consistently give high marks to JCC graduates and say they would hire another JCC grad in the future. JCC students have been recognized nationally, and many transfer on to large universities where they have no problem succeeding there. Forget about these myths and find out more about how you can get started at Jackson Community College soon! Call 517.796.8425.

I can’t get a quality education at a community college.

You don’t have to go far from home or to a giant school to get a great college education! JCC offers quality learning opportunities that are second to none. Students may enroll in freshman and sophomore-level courses covering the same material as many state universities, but with smaller class sizes and huge cost savings. Faculty members care about your success and get to know their students by name. Don’t just take our word for it -- employers

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etting a good-paying job today takes the right combination of training and education, and more careers require some education beyond high school. As the State of Michigan’s sluggish economy and high unemployment rates continue to exceed the national average, many individuals lacking the skills needed in today’s workplace are finding help through a program introduced in 2007 by Gov. Jennifer Granholm called “No Worker Left Behind.” This initiative provides dislocated and low-wage workers with up to two years of free tuition at any Michigan community college, university or other approved training program.

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Qualifying individuals must pursue an associate degree or occupational certificate in a high-demand occupation, emerging industry or entrepreneurship program. “I was unemployed and looking for a job when I heard about the program,” said Mildred Williams, JCC student. “I went to Michigan Works! and met with an advisor who explained the program, so I decided to go for it.” Williams has a bachelor’s degree in business management and her career experience is in purchasing, but felt she needed another career and wanted a quick way to get back into the workforce. She enrolled at JCC in the accounting program and is now working toward an associate degree in accounting.

Alvie Dungy, program coordinator, discusses No Worker Left Behind with Elizabeth Brazeau.

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What is Lifelong Learning? A lifelong learning framework encompasses learning throughout the life cycle in different learning environments, formal, non-formal and informal. The concept of learning is facing fundamental changes in the context of the global knowledge economy. Learning beyond traditional education, training and vocational education & training is all the more important to constantly update one’s skills and competencies. For more information utilizing the resources at South Central Michigan Works! and its partners to fulfill Lifelong Learning needs please visit us online at www.scmw.org, or visit us at one of our three convenient Service Center locations. Jackson Service Center Commonwealth Commerce Center 209 E. Washington Ave. Jackson, MI 49201 517-841-JOBS (5627)

Hillsdale Service Center 21 Care Drive Hillsdale, MI 49242 517-437-3381

Lenawee Service Center Lenawee County Human Services Building 1040 S. Winter Street Adrian, MI 49221 517-266-JOBS (5627)

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It’s tough going back when you’re a parent and you have a lot of other hats to wear... but it’s worth going back, even if it’s hard...

- Jessica Alopeus, JCC student

for free tuition under “No Worker Left Behind.” Participants must be at least 18 years old, must not have graduated from high school in the last two years, and must not be a fulltime college student. “I was a stay-at-home mom, and then I went to look for a job when my youngest hit kindergarten age,” said Jessica Alopeus, JCC student. “I quickly learned there aren’t a lot of jobs available.” Alopeus is working toward prerequisites to try to get into the general sonography program. “It’s tough going back when you’re a parent and you have a lot of other hats to wear,” Alopeus said. “But it’s worth going back, even if it is hard. It’s an amazing program for those who get it.”

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Those interested may start at either Michigan Works! or JCC. They must complete a career assessment called Job Fit with Michigan Works! to find what career areas are best suited for them. “Start the process with us to determine eligibility,” said Alvie Dungy, program coordinator with Michigan Works! At JCC, they must complete an application for admission, course placement, and fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For those who have been to college before, transcripts should be requested. Michigan Works! personnel will help them decide what careers are available. Depending on all of the steps involved, the process may take anywhere from two to eight weeks.

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Mary Ann Rainey, employment services specialist, is the contact for No Worker Left Behind at JCC, and she helps walk students through the process and remains in touch throughout their first semester. For those who have never been to college, she spends time explaining college terminology, how a degree is achieved, support services such as the Center for Student Success and more. “We are very committed to helping these students. We know how important this program is to them.” “I found the paper work was easy, and Michigan Works! was very clear about what they wanted me to do,” Williams said. “The program’s been wonderful. I tell everyone to see if you can go back to school. Education is very important in today’s workforce.”


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ou dream of graduating from a university with that bachelor’s degree. Did you know you can get there from a community college, at a significant savings?

Community colleges offer courses that are equivalent to what many students take at their first two years of university study, and they can transfer on for those who are bachelor’s-bound. If your goal in college is to transfer to a four-year university, there are important steps to take before even beginning at Jackson Community College. For a smooth transfer and to not have to repeat courses at a four-year institution that you had at community college, it’s important to plan ahead. Step 1: Plan ahead Decide on a major or program early, and learn about the transfer program. Students may complete their first two years worth of course work at community college and then enter university as a junior. Normally there are three types of college courses necessary: • general education courses • courses required as preparation for your intended program • electives Step 2: Determine program requirements Determine if your program of study is a “second admit.” That means that after you are accepted to the university of your choice, you also must apply to the college that houses your program, such as the College of Education for teachers. Some programs with secondary admits include business, engineering, nursing, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, music, dance, art and theater.

Step 3: Meet with an advisor Meet with an advisor. He or she can help you meet JCC’s graduation requirements, and/or prepare to transfer with maximum credits to the university of your choice. Transfer credit means the courses you took at the community college are recognized as equivalent to the same courses offered by the fouryear college. An advisor can give you a transfer guide to help chart out the courses necessary for your major program to ensure ease in transfer. Remember, there’s no substitute for professional advice. Meet with an advisor before you register for your first semester to ensure that your courses will be “transferable.” Step 4: Choose your top picks Select the universities that match your needs and wishes! Many catalogs and applications are in JCC’s Student Services Center, in Bert Walker Hall, as well as at other JCC locations. A web page that will take you to the home page of Michigan colleges is http:// www. macrao.org/. Also, four year colleges and universities visit JCC in mid-fall. Step 5: Request information, apply Call or go online to the universities you plan to attend and request catalogs and applications. Return applications with payment. Step 6: Send transcripts Request official transcripts be sent to the universities you are applying to, from JCC and any other colleges you have attended. Step 7: File for financial aid Complete the financial aid process. Step 8: Visit Visit the university you plan to attend.

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hink you need a treasure map to get financial aid? Free money for college doesn’t have to be a difficult process. What should you be aware of when applying for financial aid? Here are some common pitfalls and what not to do, which will make the process easier: Wait Till the Last Minute: JCC has a variety of financial aid available for students, but it’s important to apply for aid as soon as possible. The first step is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is best when filled out in January of each year for the Fall semester. The application may be completed any time throughout the year, but don’t wait till the last minute because some monies may no longer be available. The College receives a set amount from the federal and state government, and after that’s gone you may have to find other resources. Federal Pell Grants are always available for those who qualify.

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Mix and Match: Names that don’t match with Social Security numbers cause problems and delays. If a woman gets married and doesn't change her name with the Social Security Administration, that will raise questions during processing of the FAFSA. Be sure to change your name and update all your personal information with any changes. This may also raise questions of U.S. citizenship, and students may have to produce other documents proving their citizenship. Forget to Register: Hey guys — Uncle Sam wants you to register for Selective Service. All males 18 years of age must register, and that is another check that occurs during the processing of the FAFSA. Failure to do so will hold up your application. Default on a Previous Loan: If you’ve been a student before and had student loans, it's important to be in good standing. There is a check through a government database for previous loans to see if you may have failed to repay.

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Not applying for scholarships may mean spending your own money when you don’t have to...

Offer Too Much Information: When filling out your FAFSA, be sure to fill it out completely and thoroughly. However, do not include any extra information that is not requested. Letters, tax forms or other materials will not be read or considered. Slack Off in Class: Failure to make satisfactory progress in your courses can hinder your future eligibility for aid. Guidelines require that students pass twothirds of their attempted hours with a grade point of at least 2.0. Attempted credits means all courses registered. Withdrawing or incomplete courses will impact your financial aid eligibility. Forget Scholarships: JCC offers a variety of scholarships for students, for a range of areas and needs. Not applying for scholarships may mean spending your own money when you don’t have to. One easy application is available in the Financial Aid Office for consideration of the more than 40 private scholarships available, as well as JCC’s Recognition of Excellence Scholarships and Board of Trustees Tuition Grants. Some private scholarships are earmarked for students in certain areas, such as

a nursing scholarship, so again it’s important to fill out the application completely and in a timely manner for consideration. The Jackson Community College Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarship money each year to deserving students. In 2008-09, the foundation awarded $225,000 in scholarship money. These scholarships are endowed by private donors and are awarded based on certain award criteria, such as program of study or county of residency. Contact the Financial Aid Office at JCC, the JCC @ LISD TECH in Lenawee County or Clyde LeTarte Center in Hillsdale County, for an application. The application is also available online at www.jccmi.edu. All application materials for the year 2009-10 are due before the deadline of March 13, 2009. New for Jackson County, the Legacy Scholarship provides Jackson County high school graduates who have been enrolled here since eighth grade $3,000 per year for two years to attend JCC, Spring Arbor University or Baker College. Check with your high school counselor, or visit the Legacy Scholarship web site at www. jacksonlegacyprogram.org/apply/.

Overlook Other Sources: Scholarships are also available from a number of community organizations and other groups. Churches, booster clubs, lodges or civic clubs may offer scholarships, though the student will have to do some checking to find out. Check to see if any family members belong to an organization that may sponsor scholarships. There are also statewide and national scholarship programs available if you do some digging. For more information on financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office. JCC staff members are eager to answer your questions and help you get on the right trail to a successful financial future.

What is available? GRANTS... financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid. LOANS... borrowed money that must be repaid with interest. WORK STUDY... lets you earn money while enrolled in school to help pay for education expenses. SCHOLARSHIPS... monies that are donated or provided by the College or other organizations to help with expenses. Doesn't have to be repaid.

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Computers have penetrated our workplaces, our homes, and even our cars and pocketbooks. Few people’s lives haven’t been touched by computers in some way, so for those without experience on a computer, trying a new thing may be scary. For students of non-traditional age returning to Jackson Community College after being in the work force or raising a family, having to work on computers can be a challenge, said Assistant Professor Dianne Hill, computer information services. “Some are afraid they will break something and have to replace it,” Hill said. “Others are just worried about their kids knowing more than they do, and they want to take a class so they don’t feel inferior.” Some younger students also have trouble using the computer, though most have used the Internet and sent e-mail. With the growing applications of computers in all areas, computer literacy is important to success in college.

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“Many fear what they don’t know. For many who have never used one, it can be a challenge,” Hill said. “Once they gain some confidence, they see how useful computers can be, and some continue on with more computer classes.” JCC offers a variety of computer classes for all levels. To start, there are one-credit workshops on several different topics, a two-credit Computer Literacy course, CIS 100, and three-credit Introduction to Computer Systems course, CIS 101, which is a requirement for many programs at the College. From these, there are a number of courses to help students learn keyboarding/ typing, various computer programs such as Microsoft® Powerpoint® or Excel®, computer networking, programming, cyber security, graphic and web design, three-dimensional design and much more. For those with less experience with computers, simply logging on and trying one out is the first step. “We tell people to just log on to one of the

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computers here on campus and play games, such as solitaire,” Hill said. “Or, we tell them to use the Internet and find topics that are meaningful to them.” Janice Walsh returned to college in 2007 after Edscha, the factory where she worked in Jackson, closed. Before enrolling at JCC, she had done some e-mailing and chatting on a computer, but that was about it. “At first it was a little overwhelming,” Walsh said. “Dianne Hill was an awesome instructor, and that helped me get through the first course.” Walsh has continued on to take another computer course, Microsoft Excel, and is working toward earning her Associate in Applied Science degree in Janice Walsh business administration and accounting in December. “My advice to others who


don’t have a lot of experience with computers is to ask for help when you need it.”

Computer Service Technician (A+/ Network+) Skill Set – Learn the basics of computer set-up and repair.

Andrew Reed has been using computers since he was 5 years old. He is currently working toward his associate degree in computers from JCC and is considering transferring on to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science. With his Andrew Reed knowledge of computers, he tutors other students on campus and is often called upon for help by family and friends with computer problems.

Microcomputer Application Specialist Associate in Applied Science, Certificate, Concentration, Skill Set – Prepare for variety of positions in an automated office setting.

“Just get on the computer and start using it, explore, click around and experiment,” Reed said. “Experience is the best learning tool.” Interested in a career working with computers? JCC offers the following programs: Computer Literacy Skill Set – Learn the basics to using a personal computer. Computer Programming Specialist Associate in Applied Science, Certificate – Learn to write the detailed sets of instructions computers understand and act on.

Microsoft® Networking Concentration – Learn basics of networking with Microsoft® products. Microsoft® Office Specialist Certificate, Concentration – Provides a framework for measuring student proficiency with Microsoft® Office® applications and prepares students for the industry recognized Microsoft® Exams for measuring an individual’s mastery of “Office®” applications. Multimedia Web Design Associate in Applied Science, Certificate -Web designers combine type, graphics, animation, sound, and programming to create a complete experience for the web visitor. Network+/Security+ Concentration – Prepare to work as an information technology professional with a knowledge of information security within computer networks. Networking Specialist Associate in Applied Science, Certificate – Networking involves the hardware, software and communication channels necessary to allow

computers to talk to each other. Study the various components of computer hardware and networking for today’s careers. P.C. Technician Entrepreneur Certificate – Earn A+/Network+ certification, the industry standard for computer service technicians, while also learning the fundamentals of starting and operating one’s own business. 3D Design and Animation Associate in Applied Science – Study the visual and artistic side of modeling and computer animation. Completion of the degree prepares students for entry-level careers in digital illustration for motion picture and video industries, advertising, and computer systems design services. Visual Communication/Graphic Design Associate in Applied Science, Certificate, Concentration -- Graphic designers plan and create visual solutions to communications needs, using color, type, illustration, photography, and various print and layout techniques to create a variety of publications such as magazines, newspapers, brochures, packaging, displays and more. Under development -- A new associate degree in e-commerce, electronic commerce or business, is currently being developed by JCC faculty. Look for the full program in Fall 2009 semester.

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Sustainability is a movement concerned with “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Jackson Community College is offering students a look at sustainability with a new course, Introduction to Sustainability. This introductory class will examine society's role in living in a sustainable manner, using our natural resources like oil conservatively and shifting to alternative energy technology, in order to leave our children and future generations a better place than what we inherited. JCC Professor Paula Ashley Harris has been interested in issues relating to sustainability for about the past three years and enrolled in this class to learn more. “I’m interested in what we can do as an institution here at JCC, and also what I can do as a teacher in talking about these issues in my classes,” said Harris, who also recycles at home and is concerned about energy efficiency and water preservation. “It’s really interesting. The students who have signed up are bringing their own concerns to the class about the environment.”

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Engineers bring together the worlds of science and commercial application with their work.

of Michigan, and students may transfer to U-M or any number of top engineering schools in the state.

Jackson Community College offers an engineering certificate program designed to give students a head start toward their career, with skills they can use right away in the workforce. JCC’s Fundamentals of Engineering Certificate offers a sequence of courses that provides students the fundamentals of math, problem solving, science skills and more necessary for those working toward becoming an engineer.

Anthony Bacon attended JCC then transferred to the University of Michigan to complete his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He graduated in April 2008, and is now working at the U.S. Patent Office in Washington, D.C. reviewing patent applications that Anthony Bacon concern internal combustion engines.

Assistant Professor Greg Severance, a professional engineer himself, explained that the certificate will also help students who do not transfer on to four-year universities find jobs such as engineering technicians. Local industries interested in engineering technicians sometimes contact the College looking for students they may hire. JCC’s certificate program is a credential students may use to go to work as an engineering technician. Typically, a bachelor’s degree is necessary for engineers, and students may complete their first three or four semesters at JCC. The College’s program is designed in conjunction with the engineering curriculum at the University

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“I am very glad I attended JCC before transferring to the University of Michigan,” Bacon said. “JCC had me very well prepared academically to succeed and saved my family and myself thousands in the process.” He encourages others interested in engineering. “Be sure to study. Engineering may be hard with all the science and math involved, but there are a lot of people who can do it,” Bacon said. “Don’t give up and don’t get discouraged.”


Emergency care:

Automotive collision repair courses offered

EMS workers help in critical times To meet the demand for qualified emergency medical technicians and paramedics, Jackson Community College is working in partnership with Huron Valley Ambulance to provide instruction for the College’s emergency medical services program. Depending on the nature of the emergency, EMS personnel typically are dispatched to the scene by a 911 operator and often work closely with police and fire department personnel. Once they arrive, they determine the nature and extent of the patient’s condition, while trying to ascertain whether the patient has pre-existing medical problems. Following policies and protocols, they give appropriate emergency care and when necessary, transport the patient. All treatments are carried out under the supervision of medical doctors. There are various levels to emergency care in the state of Michigan. The beginning level comprises training in basic first aid and CPR. The next is Medical First Responder, which several fire and police officials complete. An EMT has the emergency skills to assess a patient’s condition and manage respiratory, cardiac and trauma emergencies. An EMT-Specialist is trained in more advanced procedures such as administration of intravenous fluids, application of advanced airway

JCC is partnering with the Jackson Area Career Center and the LISD TECH Center in Adrian to offer classes in automotive collision repair services. techniques and equipment to assist patients experiencing respiratory emergencies. Paramedics provide the most extensive prehospital care, including administering drugs orally and intravenously, interpreting electrocardiograms (EKGs), performing endotracheal intubations, and using monitors, manual defibrillators and other complex equipment. Huron Valley Ambulance is a nonprofit community agency providing health transportation services and health call center services in an eight-county service region in Southeast and South Central Michigan. They operate the Huron Valley Ambulance, Jackson Community Ambulance, Lenawee Community Ambulance, Monroe Community Ambulance, and Alliance Mobile Health. HVA is the only privately run EMS education in the State of Michigan that is nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education. Earnings of EMTs and paramedics depend on the employment setting and geographic location as well as the individual’s training and experience. According to a survey conducted by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services average annual salaries were $35,259 for an EMT-Paramedic, $28,527 for an EMT-Intermediate, and $28,064 for an EMT-Basic.

Automotive body repairers, often called collision repair technicians, straighten bent bodies, remove dents, and replace crumpled parts that cannot be fixed. They draw on a broad knowledge of automotive construction and repair techniques to decide how to handle each job based on what the vehicle is made of and what needs to be fixed. Classes follow the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) Enhanced Delivery Curriculum, a nationally recognized standard in automotive collision repair education. Classes focus on the five major body repair groups: • • • • •

Collision repair fundamentals; Non-structural analysis and damage repair; Structural analysis and damage repair; Painting and refinishing; Mechanical and electrical components repair.

Collision repair is a good career field for anyone who loves cars and who enjoys fixing something that is broken to make it look like new again. Job opportunities should increase in the coming years as more technicians are needed and a large number of current repair specialists retire. Earnings range from $10.10 to $28.71 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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by Marilynn Fryer Like handling money? Interested in a career where many of today’s top CEO’s got their start? Consider accounting.

Assistant Professor Suzanne McKee teaches an accounting class.

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Accounting is the study of how businesses track their income and assets over time, and it is critical to business success and survival. As the marketplace continues to grow, expand and diversify, accounting jobs are more varied than ever before. Accountants may work in private business for companies, in the public arena, in government, education or be self-employed. “The world needs bright, talented, thoughtful people who happen to be accountants. We need to get our gut and our ethics back into the workplace and into the financial markets,” said Suzanne McKee, assistant professor of accounting at Jackson Community College.


Today’s career opportunities for accounting majors are wide open, with more openings than there are graduates available to fill them, at all levels. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks accountants and auditors as one of the occupations with the largest growth for the future, with a 14-17 percent increase in the number of professionals needed. Career opportunities range from a bookkeeper, general accountant and payroll clerk for those with a certificate, to accounts payable/ accounts receivable manager or payroll manager for those with an associate degree, to certified public accountant and private industry accountant for those with bachelor’s degrees. The possible income increases with the educational level. Certified Public Accountant Rick Schefferly of Willis & Jurasek, P.C. says there are openings now in the Jackson area for accounting professionals. “In the market we’re in, our profession seems to always have jobs available,” Schefferly said. “You have to be driven and you have to want to work hard. You need a certain sense of caring for your clients and want to look out for their interests, to watch them grow.” Accountants are involved in a wide variety of activities in business. They get a firsthand, behind-thescenes look at how businesses and organizations are run, which may be why many accountants become very successful in business, sometimes

ending up as chief financial officers or chief executive officers of large corporations. To become an accountant, it helps to have some skill in mathematics and numbers, though computers today help make computations easier. Good computer skills are necessary, as well as analytical and problemsolving skills. Because accountants work with other people, good communication and listening skills are key. Student Nicole Burks is working toward earning her associate degree in accounting and is currently completing an internship in an accounts receivable office of a manufacturing company, Advanced Turning. “It’s so fascinating to think about all the money that comes in and goes out, to be able to look at where it’s going,” Burks said. “It also helps you in your personal life, to get a good idea of how to manage your own money.” Jeff Overholser completed his associate degree in accounting with JCC in 2007 and has been working in a family accounting office, Sharon K. Overholser LLC Accounting and Tax Service. He’d lost his machining job when his plant moved to Mexico, and because he’d always been good with numbers, decided to attend JCC and study accounting. “There is always something different to do. Accounting includes a mix of things at different times of the year, quarterly reports, audits, there are businesses on different year-end

schedules,” Overholser said, who suggests that students research the job beforehand to see what career possibilities exist in their area. “Sometimes it’s like a big puzzle, trying to fit all the pieces together to get things to balance.” He added that there’s much more forensic accounting today than there was in the past, with accounting firms working with the IRS and the legal system to find people who are abusing the system financially. “There are too many people filtering money away from businesses, taking money that is not theirs,” Overholser said. “Our world needs good people who happen to be accountants who will stand by what’s right and stay true to their own personal code of ethics,” McKee said. She adds, “The field is much more varied today than it was 20 years ago. While students need to learn the techniques, theories and do the hands-on work, today’s companies are much more team project-based, so students also need to develop people skills. Accounting is quite a social field.” Schefferly agrees that people often mistakenly look at accountants as sitting behind a desk all day, when really they are out meeting with clients most of the time. “As you grow in the profession, you will be out in front of a lot of business owners, who will be looking for your advice. There’s a lot more people skills involved than many used to think.”

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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 entry-level 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 $48,000 to $80,000 depending on experience and portfolio. Freelance work also available.

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

Accounting Certificate in Accounting Prepares you for: Entry-level accounting positions with accounting and tax 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.

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Associate in Applied Science Degree in Accounting Prepares you for: Jobs with duties assigned to a beginning 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 clerks – $28,570 Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services – $29,040 Accounts payable manager – $36,000-$46,750

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 used toward a JCC associate degree.

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

Art

T-TEN program. Our Ford corporate-sponsored connection is called MLR, the Ford Maintenance and Light Repair network. This provides more flexibility for career options nd opens the door for employment opportunities in the corporate setting.

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.

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

JCC offers transferable courses in drawing, design, painting, art education, and art history.

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/suspensions, engine repair, manual transmissions/drive trains, automatic transmissions, engine performance, electrical systems, and air conditioning/ heating systems.

Automotive

Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC's associate degree in automotive technology.

Certificate in Studio Art Get a start in the field of studio art with this new certificate program. Courses are taught by working artists.

Skill Set in Collision Repair Non-Structural Body Technician Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal.

Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward a JCC associate degree.

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 Inter-Industry Conference on Automotive Collision Repair (I-CAR) Enhanced Delivery Curriculum, an industry standard in the field. Average Yearly Earnings: $27,040 - $46,446 Certificate in Automotive Collision Repair 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.

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.

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 - 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 - Undercar 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: Corporatesponsored programs through both Toyota and Ford. As part of the Toyota Technical Education Network, students have the option to enter into the Toyota

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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. 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. Average Yearly Earnings: Automotive technicians can expect to earn between $24,876 and $44,844. Advanced training and experience can lead to a supervisory position where the salary may reach $56,600.

Aviation

Also gives you: More flexibility for career options. Average Yearly Earnings: The wide salary range depends on airlines and job experiences, $20,000-$110,070

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.

Certificate in Business Administration Prepares you for: Immediate 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. 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. Also gives you: Skills that can be applied in almost any industry.

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Average Yearly Earnings: Advertising sales agents $42,744 Retail management $32,720 General manager $77,420 Customer service representative $28,329

Aviation transfer Prepares you for: Start at JCC, then transfer to complete a bachelor's degree.

Business

Individual Certification (non-degree) Prepares you for: Certification in private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, flight instructor and instrument flight instructor.

accounting, economics, finance, management, computer information systems or some other aspect of business.

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.

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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. 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.

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.

Average Yearly Earnings: Administrative Assistant $21,830-$41,550 Word Processors and Typists $24,180-$35,950 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. Business Transfer Prepares you for: Transfer degree program at a fouryear college or university, where you'll further develop your communication and interpersonal skills while developing a specialty in

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 (premedicine, pre-veterinary, prepharmacy, physical therapy) and professional chemistry. See Associate in Science.

Communications

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. Also gives you: Coursework prepares students for industry standard exams in both A+ and Network+ certifications. Students who pass the appropriate related certification exams can also achieve the premier certifications of CompTIA Security+, Microsoft® Certified System Administrator (MCSA) and Certified Cisco Network Administrator (CCNA).

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.

Computer Networking

Certificate in Networking Specialist Prepares you for: A job as a Novell or Microsoft® technician, where you'll install, configure, and troubleshoot Local Area Networks. The knowledge you'll need to pass the required exam for either the Certified Novell Engineer, Microsoft® Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft® Certified Database Administrator, or Certified Novell Administrator. After each Novell or Microsoft® class, students can apply to take the certification testing in the specific topic area.

applications programmer, computer operators, information systems manager, systems analyst, and programmer. 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$49,580-$62,890

degree in microcomputer application specialist. Associate in Applied Science Degree in Microcomputer Application Specialist Prepares you for: 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.

Computer Systems Support

Microcomputer Application Specialist Concentration Microcomputer Applications Skill Set

Average Yearly Earnings: Network Administrator $62,130, Computer Support Specialist, $41,470

Computer Programming

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. Associate in Applied Science Degree Computer Programming Specialist Prepares you for: Job opportunities may include

Certificate in Microcomputer Application Specialist Prepares you for: Entrylevel 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

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: Industryrecognized standard for measuring an individual's mastery of "Office" automation. Credits that can be used toward JCC's associate degree in office automation. Concentration - Microsoft® Office® Specialist Prepares you for: Get a foundation in the programs and systems used in an automated office setting.

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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 may be building blocks to an existing JCC certificate or associate degree program. Concentration - Microsoft® Networking Certificate in Networking Specialist Associate in Applied Science Degree 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 hardware and networking so you may maintain networks, analyze problems and monitor networks to ensure their availability to system users. These courses prepare the student to take industry standard exams for both A+ and Network+ certifications. Concentration - Network+/ Security+ Prepares you for: Work as an information technology professional with knowledge of information security within computer networks. Welltrained workers are necessary to effectively combat hackers, attacks and security threats. Skill Set - Computer Service Technician (A+/Network+) Concentration - Computer Service Technician - A+/ Network+ Certification Prepares you for: The rigorous Computer Technology Industry

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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 can be used toward JCC’s associate degree or certificate in electronic technology.

Criminal Justice/ Corrections/ Law Enforcement

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. Associate in Applied Science in Corrections Prepares you for: Certification to work in correctional jobs in the State of Michigan. Also gives you: Credits to transfer to select four-year degree programs. See a JCC advisor. Average Yearly Earnings: Corrections Officers and Jailers $28,320-$46,500

Concentration – Correctional Officers Program Prepares you for: In Michigan, the Department of Corrections requires correctional officers to earn 15 credits of postsecondary education prior to or within 18 months of employment. JCC courses that meet this requirement include classes in the area of corrections, criminal justice, sociology or psychology. Also gives you: Preparation for the Michigan Civil Service exam, which is required to work as a corrections officer.

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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 $45,210, Detectives $53,900

Average Yearly Earnings: Computer systems technician $32,100-$53,640 Computer Literacy Skill Set

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. Certificate in Law Enforcement Prepares you for: A career in law enforcement.

Economics

JCC offers individual courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Education

A popular transfer program at JCC, education is a field that is rapidly changing. Students pursuing either an elementary or secondary teaching certificate need to major and/or minor in subject disciplines they plan to teach. All education students should plan to take the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification: Basic Skills (reading, writing, mathematics) during the second semester of their freshman year at JCC. All colleges require successful completion of this test before acceptance into their college of education.


ELectrician Electrician Certificate Associate in Applied Science/ Electrician Electrical Basics Concentration 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. Average Yearly Earnings: $33,436-$57,630

Certificate in Electronic Technology/ELT Prepares you for: Entrylevel jobs in almost any of the electronics cluster of occupations, such as digital computer maintenance, voice and data communications, radio and TV broadcasting, and hightech manufacturing. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC's associate degree in electronics technology.

Also gives you: Credits that transfer into select four-year programs. See a JCC advisor. Average Yearly Earnings: Electronic equipment repair $30,000

Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Electronic Technology/ELT Prepares you for: Entrylevel training plus potential advancement opportunities within the field.

Electronics

Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC's associate degree in electronics technology.

Concentration - Electrical Basics Prepares you for: Provides solid electrical foundation for the person seeking electrical or industrial maintenance mechanic training. Also gives you: Credits that can be building blocks toward an existing JCC certificate or associate degree program. Average starting salary: $26,000 Certificate in Customer Energy Specialist Prepares you for: Specific job positions within Consumers Energy. Although this certificate program is open to anyone, it is customized for Consumers Energy employees.

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Electronic Technology/ Microcomputer Prepares you for: Entrylevel training plus potential advancement opportunities within the field.

Skill Set Credential 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. Average Yearly Earnings: EMT $27,070

Engineering

Also gives you: Credits that transfer into select four-year programs. See a JCC advisor. Certificate in Electronic Technology/Microcomputer Prepares you for: Entrylevel jobs in almost any of the electronics cluster of occupations, such as digital computer maintenance, voice and data communications, radio and TV broadcasting, and hightech manufacturing.

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.

Certificate in Emergency Medical Services 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. Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services 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,

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, $59,361 Civil, $48,509 Electrical, $55,292 Mechanical, $54,128

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English

Certificate in Graphic Design Entrepreneur Prepares you for: Launch your own graphic design business with this program. Certificate in Marketing Entrepreneur Prepares you for: A career as a business owner and operator with one’s own venture, with emphasis on marketing.

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 AfricanAmerican and world literature. Offerings also include courses on women's role in society, film appreciation and courses in the humanities. Students also get the opportunity to produce The Phoenix, JCC's student newspaper, and the opportunity to be published in The Trillium, JCC's literary and arts magazine. A course in photojournalism includes instruction on use of a 35mm camera and dark room procedures.

ENTRepreneurship

Certificate in Entrepreneur Prepares you for: A career as owner of one’s own business venture. Certificate in Automotive Entrepreneur Prepares you for: A career in the automotive field with the knowledge of the fundamentals of starting and operating one’s own business. Certificate in Electrician Entrepreneur Prepares you for: A career in the electrical field as owner and operator of one’s own business.

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colleges recommend two years of it regardless of your field of study.

General Studies

Certificate in Medical Insurance Biller Entrepreneur Prepares you for: Work in the medical billing field, with emphasis on launching one’s own business.

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.

Geography Certificate in P.C. Technician Entrepreneur Prepares you for: A career as a computer service professional in one’s own business venture. Concentration - Entrepreneur Prepares you for: A career as owner of one’s own business venture. Average Yearly Earnings: Earnings by individual business owners vary greatly depending on the size of business, location, range of services and a variety of factors.

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

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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. 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, and magazines 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: Desktop publisher, $32,340 Graphic designer, $39,900

Health and Physical Fitness

Graphic Design

Certificate in Visual Communication 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.

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.


History

JCC offers courses in AfricanAmerican 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 fouryear institutions, fulfill core requirements in a JCC associate degree program and enrich your understanding of the human experience. See Associate in Arts.

HVAC/Climate Control

diagnostic and repair skills with customer relations to service equipment in a variety of commercial, residential and institutional settings. Also gives you: Business and general education courses to help prepare you for career advancement.

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, precalculus, discrete mathematics, calculus I, II and III, and differential equations.

Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Tech/Machining Prepares you for: A career in the increasingly technical area of manufacturing and/or production machining.

Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Tech/ Maintenance Prepares you for: A career in the areas of manufacturing and/or industrial maintenance.

Average Yearly Earnings: Machinists: $20,000-$40,000

Medical Assistant

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. Upon completion the student is eligible to take the AAMA exam to become a certified medical assistant. Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Assistant Prepares you for: The entrylevel positions described in the certificate program, plus courses that prepare you for possible job advancement within the field.

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-$38,000 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: Credits that can be used toward JCC's associate degree in climate control. Associate in Applied Science in Climate Control Technology Prepares you for: Possible job advancement opportunities into a management position, as well as skills for entry-level jobs in the HVAC industries, where you'll combine your

Average Yearly Earnings: Machinists: $20,000-$40,000

Average Yearly Earnings: HVAC technician $28,100-$46,196

Manufacturing Technology

Certificate in Climate Control Technology Prepares you for: Entry-level jobs in the HVAC industry, where you'll combine your diagnostic and repair skills with customer relations to service equipment in a variety of commercial, residential and institutional settings.

Careers Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training certificate program, making this an ideal continuation after completion of your journeyman’s certificate.

Also gives you: Many of the courses in this curriculum coincide with Jackson Area Manufacturers Association Academy of Manufacturing

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.

Certificate in Medical Receptionist/Transcriptionist Prepares you for: Work in the administrative office setting where you will develop permanent patient records from physician and provider notes by transcribing from voice recordings using computer word processing and perform other support duties.

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Certificate in Medical Receptionist/Insurance Biller Prepares you for: Work as a billing clerk that includes preparing invoices, processing insurance claims and keeping payment records. You will work as a liaison between the provider, patient and insurance companies. Also gives you: All the abovementioned certificates give you credits that can be used toward JCC's associate degree in medical assisting. Average Yearly Earnings: Medical Assistants $18,000-$36,840 Medical Transcriptionist $29,900 Medical Record Technician $28,030

Music

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.

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,

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Average Yearly Earnings: $47,710-$69,850

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: $31,080-$43,640 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. 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.

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.

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, preveterinary, 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 fouryear institution.

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

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 Community Concert Choir, Broadway Revue or Jackson Community Concert Band.

Nursing

settings, in many different roles virtually anywhere in the world.

Political Science

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

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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.

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.


Radiography

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).

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. 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: $39,840-$57,940

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

Average Yearly Earnings: $35,200-$64,190

Average Yearly Earnings: $48,890-$67,670 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 JCC's program are eligible to write the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) - Adult Echocardiography certification exams and, if successful, use the credentials RDCS AE (Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer, Adult Echocardiography). 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.

Sonography & Vascular Technology

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: $42,300

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. 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.

SCIENCES

Pre-Professional Science Certificate Prepares you for: Transfer to a four-year university as science majors or pre-professional students (pre-veterinary, premedical, pre-dental, physical and occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physician’s assistant, etc.). Certificate graduates could also find work as laboratory technicians. Average Yearly Earnings: $20,000-$30,000

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.

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.

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VIDEO PRODUCTION

Certificate in Video Production Prepares you for: Go behind the camera and learn the basics of video production with this program. Learn the many aspects of shooting and video editing, and work in the outstanding facilities of the Potter Center.

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Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward a JCC associate degree.

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.

Web Design Whiting Hall expansion underway Justin Whiting Hall is undergoing further renovation and expansion, thanks to theMichigan Legislature approval of $21.9 million in capital outlay project request for renovation and expansion of Whiting Hall. Plans are for reconstruction of the entire east and west wings of Whiting Hall, as well as expansion of the west wing.

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. 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. 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 four-year college or university.

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Certificate in Multimedia and 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. Associate in Applied Science in Multimedia and 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

Renovation will allow for expanding of nursing and allied health career programs, new programs in biosciences and entrepreneurship, and will include advanced classroom technologies, state-of-the-art instructional laboratories and related equipment. The College previously renovated the center core of the building to create the Rawal Center for Health Professions.

Need your GED to get ahead? JCC can help JCC offers the GED test on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in Room 108 at Bert Walker Hall on the Jackson Community College campus. Upcoming test dates include: • Nov. 14 and 21 • Dec. 5 and 19 The GED consists of five tests: • Language Arts – Writing • Social Studies • Science • Mathematics • Language Arts – Literature Some tests may be taken on the same day, but not all. Each test costs $25. For times and more information, contact Mary Ann Rainey, 517.796.8454, or visit online at www.jccmi.edu/StudentServices/GEDInfo.

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