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Add it up: Study of accounting can open doors to variety of fields Technology speeds up change for automotive careers Auto body artistry: Collision repair specialists make damaged vehicles like new Web design offers ample opportunities for those with artistic ability, computer skills
Art with a message, work of graphic designers is everywhere
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Want to work in the entertainment industry? Government? Big business? Technology? Non-profits and education? Criminal justice? A career in accounting can open the door to any number of fields. 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. Recent years have brought to light some high-profile misdeeds in the accounting world, but the demand is high for ethical workers at all levels of the accounting field. “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.
JCC graduate Dawn Townley has worked in accounting and business her whole life, but decided to return to college to get her associate degree in accounting because she found more and more businesses looking for that credential. “I never really had a formal education in accounting, but now employers are looking for that education,” Townley said. “I’ve always loved working with numbers. It is a black and white industry; there is a right and wrong answer. That’s what I like about it.”
certified public accountant and private industry accountant for those with bachelor’s degrees. Accountants get a firsthand, behindthe-scenes look at how businesses and organizations 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. Skill in mathematics and numbers is helpful to becoming an accountant, though computers today help make computations easier. Good computer skills are necessary, as well as analytical and problem-solving skills. Because accountants work with other people, good communication and listening skills are key. “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. “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.” Townley echoed the need for a good sense of ethics.
“I think accountants must be ethical and honest, and have good attention to detail,” Townley said. “You need to work with other people’s money and finances as you would your own.” JCC students have the opportunity to participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which offers free tax preparation assistance for low-income and senior citizen clients through the Community Action Agency in Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale counties. Townley volunteered and said it was a good experience, integrating several aspects of accounting together, working with numbers, handling people’s confidential information, and customer service skills. JCC offers both a certificate in accounting and an Associate in Applied Science in accounting, including online options. There are specialized classes for students who want to pick up a particular skill, such as payroll accounting or learning to use the QuickBooks program. In addition, students may transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree of further study. Spring Arbor University and Siena Heights University are popular transfer destinations in our local area for JCC students. Other students transfer to other schools including Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University and Western Michigan University, to name a few.
McKee oversees two accounting students.
Today’s career opportunities for accounting majors are wide open, with more openings than there are graduates available to fill them, at all levels. Career opportunities range from:
bookkeeper, general accountant and payroll clerk for those with a certificate, accounts payable/accounts receivable manager or payroll manager for those with an associate degree,
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When you get in your vehicle each day and rev up the engine, a sophisticated high-performance machine comes to life. Automotive service technicians’ roles have become increasingly complex as integrated electronic systems and complex computers help to regulate vehicles’ performance on the road. “There is continuous change in the automotive industry. Now the focus is on green technology, hybrid vehicles,” said Chris Kaser, automotive instructor. “Students need to be able to think things through in their minds and work with their Chris Kaser hands. Being openminded and having a good attitude are also important.”
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Today’s technicians combine vast knowledge with mechanical ability and have developed into diagnostic, high-tech problem solvers. More and more electronics are found on today’s vehicles, including back-up cameras, global positioning systems, sonar and laser cruise control, smart braking, stability control and more. Technicians must be able to read and understand a repair manual, communicate well with customers, and be well-versed in basic computer skills. JCC offers associate degree and certificate programs in automotive service technology, as well as a specialized program from Ford Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR). In recent years, JCC has launched classes in automotive hybrid repair and automotive diesel repair. The undercar repair class brings together basic knowledge of car repair and machine shop skills, such as welding and pipe bending. JCC has 23 automotive classes, and new classroom space in the recently renovated Justin Whiting Hall. Larry Hodges of Jackson is studying automotive technology with JCC’s Ford MLR program and hopes to work as a service technician. “The automotive
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program is what I like. I’ve done some work on cars before, not a lot, and now I’m learning how to work on cars and the exact terminology for what we do. There is a lot to it,” Hodges said. “It’s a good program if you’re interested in working on cars.”
The automotive repair field is challenging, but it’s also rewarding. A person choosing this occupation has a variety of career options available and many different avenues to choose from. The primary field is automotive repair technician, but students may also work with after-market suppliers, parts management, automotive engineering, recreational industry and more. Other jobs include parts representatives, parts designers, shop owners, service writers and advisors, and telephone technical assistance specialists. There is always a demand for automotive technicians somewhere, even in a difficult economy when people tend to keep their cars longer rather than buying newer ones, prompting the need for more maintenance. “With the economy the way it is, people are not driving as many newer vehicles,” said Christopher Potwin, Hillsdale student. “Automotive is something that interests me. I am here to pursue a career, and JCC has a very good automotive program. It’s a good field to go into, but it does involve Christopher Potwin hard work.” If prospective students have questions about the automotive program, they are welcome to contact JCC and speak with one of the instructors. “If people have questions, feel free to call us and we will help guide them,” Kaser said. Automotive faculty may be reached through the JCC switchboard, 517.787.0800, and ask for automotive.
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Making what has been broken look new again is the task of automotive collision repair specialists. JCC collaborates with the Jackson Area Career Center and the LISD TECH Center in Adrian to offer classes in automotive collision repair services. 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 the vehicle’s construction 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. “Every car that gets into an accident will need to be worked on by a collision specialist. This will give students employability skills that industry looks for,” said Les Coxon, automotive instructor. JCC offers associate degree and certificate options in automotive collision repair, as
well as concentration and skill set options that can give students skills they can use right away while they continue their studies. Collision repair is a different specialty than automotive technology, and because JCC does not have the facilities for it while local career centers do, the College is collaborating with Jackson Area Career Center and LISD TECH Center in Adrian. Edson Rowley III teaches at both locations. “Students need to refine their techniques,” Rowley said. “It’s all in the artistic nature with auto body, it has to look right. If it doesn’t, someone will know it’s not proper. If you can’t tell it was fixed, we did our job right.” Classes focus on the five major body repair groups:
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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. Students should have a willingness to learn, ability to follow directions, and be able to work with their hands and with tools. Students should enjoy being inside all day, as collision repair specialists work Les Coxon in shops. They should be comfortable performing a variety of duties that may change often, and be able to work within precise limits or standards of accuracy. Job opportunities should increase in the coming years, as more technicians are needed to replace a large number of current repair specialists ready to retire. Those with the broadest experience and skills sets may have an easier time finding work. Earnings range from $12.94 to $19.49 per hour, according to the Michigan Department of Career Development.
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Looking for a career on the cutting edge of information technology development? Think about web design. Web designers work to create sites based on the needs and goals of both the visitors’ persona and the organizations behind the site, bringing designs from concept to reality. A web designer combines type, graphics, animation, video, sound, and programming to create a complete multimedia experience for the web visitor. Web design is a cooperative process, where the web specialist may work with interface designers, marketing professionals, engineers, and computer technicians to complete a comprehensive interactive experience for all visitors. Increasingly, web designers need to create pages that are accessible to anyone, no matter what electronic device they are using. Web designers pay close attention to details including making the web site accessible to those with any kind of disability or special needs. Demand is strong for workers who are skilled in the design, development, and maintenance of Internet web sites. Jackson Community College offers both certificate and associate degree programs in web design. “Our program is pretty comprehensive, including all facets of web design, such as web site management, graphic design, web multimedia, and database programming to collect visitor information,” said David Fitzgerald, David Fitzgerald professor of computer information services.
With the rapid growth and change in the field, students must be willing to learn new software continually, and enjoy working on computers, which is where they will spend most of their time. If students can gain experience while in school, it will boost their job prospects when they graduate. Building a portfolio of one’s work is important when looking for that first job. “Design software programs are changing all the time. If a student is good with change, and they can stay current with the updates in the computer field, this will be a good fit for a career path,” Fitzgerald said. “The web site creation process is a pretty open field if you’re creative. There are no written rules that a web site has to be this way or that way, you can create your own ideas and run with it. No two web sites are exactly alike.” JCC provides a solid base in the Adobe® products line, including Flash®, Photoshop® and Dreamweaver®. Personal creativity and some artistic talent or flair is also important within the web design field. Students will need to recognize designs that look good, utilizing colors, selecting artwork, media files, or photos as appropriate. Combine that creativity with technical know-how of HTML code and other computer programs, and you have a good start to a fun and enjoyable career in web design.
Students may learn a range of skills from simple page creation to full web site administration and database management. The program a student chooses will depend on what their occupational goals are. The certificate program focuses on the basic computer classes necessary, while an associate degree provides more instruction and a broader educational base with more liberal arts requirements.
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Look around today and it will be hard to miss seeing a graphic designer’s work. From large billboard signs to small matchbook covers or business cards, graphic designers combine art and message to create visual solutions to a variety of communications problems. A flair for the artistic and creative, combined with solid computer skills, are important for those interested in the graphic design field. Graphic designers put their skills and vision to work in service of commercial clients such as major corporations, or labels and marketing for companies such as Coke or Pepsi. Some also work with web design and interactive media. “Graphic designers may take a job from any point or stage and complete it,” said Suzanne Wood, professor at JCC who developed the College’s graphic design program. Jackson Community College offers both a certificate and an Associate of Applied Science degree in graphic design. Depending on the individual’s goals, both can lead to successful career opportunities. The certificate program focuses primarily on classes that teach the basic computer programs, while the associate degree offers more general, liberal arts core courses that provide a broader educational background.
used in design, such as Adobe® InDesign®, Photoshop®, Illustrator® and others. “You definitely need imagination,” said JCC student Krystal Snow, a graphic design student who completed an internship at Crossing Photography. “It is also good to work well with computers and learn how to use the programs. Going to JCC was a really good experience, I loved working with the Mac computers and all the programs offered.” While some artistic talent is necessary, there are positions available at all levels of creativity, Wood said. An artistic background helps in recognizing what is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, recognizing symmetry and balance, and using color combinations that work well together. JCC graduate Chris Adams had a background in the arts and interior design when he decided to pursue graphic design. “You have to have a willingness to adapt, because every year the technology expands, Chris Adams and you know something that happened this year may not be what’s happening next year,”
Adams said. “Just go at your own pace and don’t get discouraged. Use all the tools that are available to you, whether it’s your professor or your other classmates. It can help to just bounce things off each other.” Having good English and grammar skills are important, and strong business and people skills come in handy when working with clients. Photography and web design skills are a plus. Many students who go into graphic design would like to start their own business, so some business and entrepreneurship skills, such as marketing, are important. Graphic designers need to be motivated to get their design ideas across, and possess the people skills to attract and keep clients, Wood said. The creativity and fast pace of the field is rewarding to those in graphic design. Demand for graphic designers is strong and expected to increase 13 percent over the next several years, though competition is keen and individuals with Web site design and animation experience will have the best opportunities. Graphic designers need to be motivated get their design ideas across, and possess the people skills to attract and keep clients. Web design skills can help improve their job prospects.
“I work with many students who already have bachelor’s degrees and want to enhance their career options with a certificate in graphic design and knowledge of the Adobe® software,” Wood said. “Many times, an individual’s educational level determines their rate of pay for a position.” Sue Wood Graphic designers need to be creative, know how to manage deadlines, think and problem solve quickly, and enjoy working on a computer. A variety of graphics and layout computer software programs are
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No doubt about it, today’s job market is tough. Jackson Community College helps students and alumni put themselves a step ahead in the job search with Employment Services. Located in the College’s Corporate and Continuing Education office in the newly renovated Justin Whiting Hall, Employment Services offers expert advice in résumé writing, interviewing skills, professional development and more. The Employment Services Office assists students and alumni prepare to enter today’s competitive workforce successfully. Additional services and resources are available at the South Central Michigan Works! Service Centers located in Hillsdale, Jackson and Lenawee counties. “The best thing you can do for success is to start thinking ahead now. Think about your career and how to make sure you are ready for that first impression and to get your foot in the door,” said Tina Matz, employment advisor. For college students, the job search process should start at least eight months in Tina Matz advance of graduation. Employment Services offers career navigation services to help students research a job or career field they are considering, helping them to be aware of what they will need to know on a job. Part of any interview process is learning about the field and place where you are interviewing. Employment Services offers the Job Fit assessment that offers a career compatibility “passport,” highlighting different career opportunities the student is compatible with in terms of interests, skills and personality traits. It also links students to a database that tells more about the jobs recommended, including market growth and job prospects.
Having a professional resume that highlights your skills and experience can help you make a good first impression and land an interview. “The market today is so competitive that an employer is going to receive anywhere from a hundred to 200-plus résumés per position,” Matz said. “It’s really important to make sure you have the skills and the polished résumé to help you stand out.” Many people use the wrong résumé template and do not know about the many different kinds of résumés possible. They may customize their résumé to demonstrate their transferable skills, maximize their experience while minimizing any shortcomings, and more. Good job search skills can lead to important rewards.
“I really appreciate all the help you gave me,” said Arthur Tedder, currently a store manager trainee for Family Dollar stores. “First, you assisted me with reworking my résumé and developing a portfolio. You also coached me on interview questions and answered some unemployment questions I had. Finally, you boosted my self-confidence during a difficult time.” Monthly workshops are offered by the Employment Services office on topics like résumé writing and interviewing skills, and individual consultations are available on Thursdays by appointment. Job Blast is an online listing of career opportunities in the mid-Michigan area and may be found at http://www.jccmi.edu/careers/Opportunities. htm. Contact Tina Matz at 517.796.8671 for more information.
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Joe Elder has always wanted to learn to fly. Now, as a JCC student at the Jackson Flight Center, his dream is coming true as he learns to be a private pilot. “You are free to go anywhere, at anytime,” said Elder, a Jackson student now in his fourth year of study at JCC. He plans to transfer to the Michigan Institute of Aviation & Technology in Belleville to become Joe Elder an airplane mechanic. “It’s a lifetime dream; there aren’t a lot of people who can say they can fly.”
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You, too, can enjoy the freedom of the blue sky with a career in aviation! JCC’s Flight Center, located at the Jackson County Airport - Reynolds Field, offers education and training for anyone interested in a career in aviation. If someone wants to learn to fly, they may register for flight training without any additional college coursework and complete their private pilot’s license. Students working toward an associate degree may take their general education credits at JCC and complete flight training at the flight center. JCC offers private, instrument, commercial and flight instructor certification. Airline pilots train to fly airplanes to carry out a wide variety of tasks. Pilots for the major airlines most frequently come to mind, but students may go on to fly for cargo companies, be commercial pilots for companies like Kellogg or Daimler-Chrysler, work in aviation mechanics and repair, or go into airport management. “Many of our student pilots go on to become flight instructors,” said Jeff Fisher, director of aviation technology. Fisher has been teaching flight at JCC for 11 years. “Everyone I’ve known in my 11 years of teaching are employed somewhere in aviation.”
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Jobs in aviation are expected to increase about 7 percent over the next several years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Demand for air travel tends to fluctuate with the economy, but the increasing globalization of business should increase demand for air travel for passengers and cargo. Regional airlines and low-cost carriers present the best opportunities; pilots attempting jobs at major airlines will face strong competition. Earnings vary greatly, with commercial pilots earning anywhere from $32,000 to more than $100,000 annually. For those interested in going into aviation, it is important to have good social skills and be able to work with others, along with good basic academic skills in math, science and reading. Usual physical abilities are required, similar to those for a truck or bus driver. Students may want to diversify their degree with a second program or major, such as criminal justice. In the post 9-11 world, Homeland Security, air marshals and airport security are of major importance and air travel will be much more heavily guarded and monitored, Fisher said. Take-off and landing are generally the most difficult parts of any flight, and unless weather conditions are poor, the flight itself is generally routine. Safety is a priority in any flight, and pilots do need good stress management skills and the ability to remain calm under pressure in the event there is a problem or poor weather conditions make flying difficult. For those who dream to take the skies, there is nothing like it.
Students may continue their studies at a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s
degree, something necessary for commercial pilots. Siena Heights University offers a “3+1” program in which students may earn a bachelor’s degree in aviation by completing coursework through SHU. JCC also has a transfer agreement with Western Michigan University allowing students to earn a bachelor’s degree in aviation flight science and administration.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Joey Frick, Adrian student. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it.”
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Kimberly Stairs returned to college after being a stay-at-home mom for 10 years. Alex Benn enrolled at JCC after high school because it was close to home, affordable, and provided support services to help him succeed. Aeryanna Betts got a great start toward a career and a bachelor’s degree with JCC. Every student comes to college with their own Kimberly Stairs unique background, but all share some common struggles. With the help of the Jackson Community Foundation, each of these students had their financial burdens eased with the assistance of scholarship money. Each year the JCC Foundation awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship assistance to deserving students, approximately $200,000 each year. Scholarships help break down the financial barriers many face while trying to pursue their education. Stairs, originally from Holt, knows life doesn’t slow down just because you go back to school. She returned to college in the Fall of 2007 after being a stay-at-home mom. She has completed an associate degree in general studies and is currently completing the registered nurse program. Adding to her financial burden has been going from a part-time to full-time student in the RN program. Nursing is a demanding program, and students are advised against working full-time once they are admitted
because of the necessary time spent on class work and clinical assignments. Stairs received a much-needed boost from the Patricia A. Chriswell Nursing Scholarship from the JCC Foundation, which provides funds for tuition, fees and books. “It really helped. Now that I am full time, without the extra scholarship, I don’t think that I would have been able to get all my books and supplies,” Stairs said. “It’s like a breath of fresh air; I can relax now because that’s all taken care of for me.” JCC graduate Aeryanna Betts is thankful for the help she received at JCC as she looks forward to a career as a nurse. Betts received the Vera A. Bassett Nursing Scholarship, which helped her graduate without a lot of doubt, something important as she continues her education with a bachelor’s degree in Aeryanna Betts nursing. She, too, did not work all the time she was in nursing school. The demands are well worth it for Betts, who enjoys helping people. “I enjoy nursing because I feel like I am making a difference in people’s lives,” Betts said. Student Alex Benn chose JCC because it is close to home, and it was the most effective step toward a four-year university. Scholarship money is helping him save money on college, which will put him that much more ahead when he does transfer.
Benn received the George and Barbara Raven Scholarship from the JCC Foundation, and the Jackson County Legacy Program Scholarship. Benn, of Parma, is a graduate of Western High School who is interested in Alex Benn studying engineering, possibly chemical engineering. “The scholarship helped a lot,” he said. “Combined with the Legacy program, it paid for almost everything.” Benn’s life took an unexpected turn when, at age 16, he dove into a swimming pool and broke his neck. A spinal cord injury left him paralyzed from the neck down, leaving him in a wheelchair that can make it difficult to get around. He can use his arms and hands to write, though sometimes keeping up with note-taking in his college classes is a challenge. He is helped by a note taker provided by the Center for Student Success, JCC’s center for both tutoring assistance and help to those with special needs. Scholarship funds are provided by the generosity of numerous area residents, businesses and organizations that support the College through the JCC Foundation. These endowed scholarships are available to students based on criteria set by individual donors, with awards for various majors and student groups, such as first-generation college students. To learn more about JCC scholarships, visit the web site at www.jccmi. edu/foundation/scholarships.htm.
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Get plugged into a powerful career field with JCCâ€™s electronic technology/ELT program. The College offers a broad curriculum for students interested in becoming electronic technicians. Electronic technicians apply electrical and electronic theory and related subjects to help develop, manufacture, maintain and service a wide variety of electrical and electronic equipment and components. At JCC, students learn the basic skills needed to operate, maintain, install and repair electrical and electronic equipment. Students get a broad base in both electronics and electricity, as the program overlaps with electrician, alternative energy and even automotive curriculum.
The College offers associate degree and certificate options for electronics technicians. Students with an associate degree in electronics will generally go on to work in service and repair for different equipment and manufacturers, or they could work in sales at electronics supply houses. “With our program at JCC, students can go a variety of ways,” said Tom Barnes, instructor and lead faculty for electronics and electrician. “Students can work in manufacturing with electronic equipment used to control and track production. There is electronic equipment used in today’s alternative Tom Barnes energies. The medical field also offers a lot of possibilities.”
team building, are also important. It isn’t always a regular, 8 to 5 job, as customers require service when a line or system goes down, even if that is evenings or weekends. Those willing to work different hours and to travel are compensated for their efforts. Employment of electronic technicians is expected to grow from 3 to 6 percent through the year 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects are best for those with an associate degree, certificate and related experience. Barnes said jobs are available at the technician level, but the economy is tough so students should get as much experience and education as possible to be competitive. Technician jobs start at the $11-15 per hour range and increase from there. Nationally, annual earnings for electrical and electronic technicians were $42,800-$54,600 in 2008.
Students with ambitions to work in engineering or design should continue their education after completing their associate degree to complete a bachelor’s degree at a university. JCC has re-tooled its electronic technology program with the renovation of Justin Whiting Hall on the Jackson campus. While many classes were previously open entry, open exit instruction done primarily by computer in a modular, self-paced program, curriculum is now traditional classroom instruction with updated laboratory and equipment. Barnes is working on updating and revamping curriculum to offer yearround classes that will help students get through the program faster. Teaching the program are full- and part-time faculty, and the College has worked to put together a solid staff of adjunct faculty with vast experience to teach.
Students interested in going into electronics should be comfortable working with their hands and with technology, because there is a large laboratory component. Technology changes rapidly, and even after students finish their program at JCC, they will need to continue learning to keep up with advancements. “Students need the right temperament, and they need to be up for a challenge,” Barnes said. “Quality is important, maintaining quality relationships with internal and external customers. Quality will be an ongoing commitment, continuously gauging one’s work and trying to improve.” Technicians must consistently pay attention to what is happening, and have good communications skills to work with others. Academically, students should be comfortable with math and science. Good people skills, such as problem solving and
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JCC offers courses that enhance your opportunities for academic and workplace success, including courses in reading, writing, problem solving and study skills.
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Looking for a career that’s the right fit for you? Students at JCC have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor prior to registration to discuss career programs. Students may also meet with faculty advisors to discuss career opportunities in their disciplines. Information in these pages is subject to change without notice. Please check the current catalog for the most up-to-date information.
3D Design and Animation
3D Design and Animation Associate in Applied Science Prepares you for: Careers focusing on the visual and artistic side of modeling and animation. Students prepare for entrylevel positions in digital illustration, computer-generated (CG) film and video game design industry. Emphasis is on taking a concept and turning it into reality, then packaging the concept into a portfolio piece to help land a job. Career titles include animator, renderer, concept artist, character designer, art director, modeling supervisor, texture artist/ texture painter, production assistant, compositor, editor, and many more. Also gives you: Digital animation courses that can help other programs as well, such as graphic design and web design. Average Yearly Earnings: Range from $48,000 to $80,000 depending on experience and portfolio. Freelance work also available.
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. 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 vouchmeers, analyzing accounts, and preparing financial statements. Also gives you: Credits that transfer to select four-year accounting degree programs. See a JCC advisor. Average Yearly Earnings: Bookkeeping, auditing clerk, AR/AP clerk, payroll clerk, billing clerk, inventory clerk – $25,000 to $40,000 A/P manager - $46,500 to $105,000 Payroll manager - $49,500 to $70,500 Investment analyst - $42,250 to $58,500 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 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.
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Certificate in Studio Art Prepares you for: Get a start in the field of studio art with this new certificate program. Courses are taught by working artists. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward a JCC associate degree. JCC offers transferable courses in drawing, design, painting, art education, and art history. Certificate in Digital Photography Prepares you for: Get the foundational skills to expand your photography portfolio and help them develop skills needed to apply to a fine arts degree program or a career in the field. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward a JCC associate degree. JCC offers transferable courses in drawing, design, painting, art education, and art history.
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. Concentration in Collision, Mechanical & Electrical Components Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree.
Concentration in Collision Repair Body Technician Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. Skill Set in Collision Repair Non-Structural 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 Structural Body Technician Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. Skill Set in Collision Repair Refinishing Technician Prepares you for: A coordinated set of courses to enable students to quickly achieve their specific occupational goal. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. Certificate in Automotive Service Technology Prepares you for: Entry-level jobs in the field of automotive technology where you’ll work under the supervision of an experienced mechanic, or for career enhancement if you are already in the field. You’ll develop entry-level skills in brakes, steering/suspension, engine repair, manual transmissions/drive trains, automatic transmissions, engine performance, electrical systems, and air conditioning/ heating systems. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in automotive technology. Associate in Applied Science Degree in Automotive Service Prepares you for: Passing state and national exams to become a certified Master Automotive Technician; the exams cover brakes, suspension/steering, engine repair, manual transmissions/drive trains, automatic transmissions, engine performance, electrical systems, and air conditioning/ heating systems. JCC meets ASE/NATEF national standards in all eight areas of automotive repair - an important statement to employers. Also gives you: Corporate-sponsored program through Ford. Our Ford corporate-sponsored connection is called MLR, the Ford Maintenance and Light Repair network. This provides more flexibility for career options and opens the door for employment opportunities in the corporate setting.
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.
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.
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.
Individual Certification (non-degree) Prepares you for: Certification in private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, flight instructor and instrument flight instructor.
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. 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.
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Aviation Technology Prepares you for: This program for pilots includes all simulator training, flight training and appropriate ground schooling to qualify you for private, commercial, multi-engine or flight instructor certification. Aviation transfer Prepares you for: Start at JCC, then transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree. Also gives you: More flexibility for career options. Average Yearly Earnings: The wide salary range depends on airlines and job experiences, $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 fouryear college studies in biology, pre-professional health programs (pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.), or biotechnology. See Associate in Science.
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.
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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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. Average Yearly Earnings: Administrative Assistant - $21,830-$41,550 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 four-year college or university, where you’ll further develop your communication and interpersonal skills while developing a specialty in accounting, economics, finance, management, computer information systems or some other aspect of business. Average Yearly Earnings: Advertising sales agents - $42,744 Retail management - $32,720 General manager - $77,420 Customer service representative - $28,329
Note: What you earn will depend on the industry, work setting and level of responsibility. The career planning
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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.
JCC offers individual courses in career planning. Students attending JCC have free access to career guidance advisors, databases and other materials.
CompTIA Security+, Microsoft® Certified System Administrator (MCSA) and Certified Cisco Network Administrator (CCNA). Average Yearly Earnings: Network Administrator - $50,000-$75,750 Help-desk Workers - $27,500- $37,000
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.
Prepares you for: JCC offers individual courses in introductory, general, organic, and inorganic chemistry. These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in pre-professional health (pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, prepharmacy, physical therapy) and professional chemistry. See Associate in Science.
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.
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. 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
Associate in Applied Science Degree Computer Programming Specialist Prepares you for: Job opportunities may include applications programmer, computer operators, information systems manager, systems analyst, and programmer. 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
Computer Systems Support
Microcomputer Application Specialist Concentration Microcomputer Applications Skill Set Certificate in Microcomputer Application Specialist Prepares you for: Entry-level positions that provide technical support, assistance, troubleshooting, training for end-users in word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics software. Common job titles include user support specialist, customer service representative and software trainer. As the use of
microcomputers extends to most workplaces, the demand is great for specialists who can assist non-technical users with the technology. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in microcomputer application specialist. 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. Certificate in Microsoft® Office® Specialist Prepares you for: A variety of positions in an automated office setting, such as administrative assistant and administrative support personnel. The program recognizes the increasingly important role of the microcomputer in modern business and is designed to assist students in developing skills in the use of microcomputer applications for word/information processing, record keeping and database development. Also gives you: Industry-recognized standard for measuring an individual’s mastery of “Office” automation. Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in office automation. Concentration - Microsoft® Office® Specialist Prepares you for: Get a foundation in the programs and systems used in an automated office setting. Also gives you: Credits that may be building blocks to an existing JCC certificate or associate degree program. 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. Well-trained 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 Association’s (CompTIA) A+/Network+ Certification exam and for employment as a microcomputer service technician, where you’ll be expected to be equally adept at hardware solutions, working with operating systems, and relating to customers. This certification is the “journeyman’s card” for professionals in microcomputer maintenance. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree or certificate in electronic technology. Average Yearly Earnings: Computer systems technician $32,110-$53,640 Computer Literacy Skill Set
Criminal Justice/Corrections/ Law Enforcement
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. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in law enforcement. 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 - $47,190 Detectives - $58,260
Concentration – Correctional Officers Program Prepares you for: In Michigan, the Department of Corrections requires prospective correctional officers to earn 15 credits of postsecondary education prior to applying for 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.
Certificate in Corrections Prepares you for: Taking the required exams for jobs in county- and state-level correctional facilities and for advancement within state correctional facilities. Also gives you: The first of what could be many career advancements. Corrections is an advancement-oriented field, as long as you’re successful on the job, willing to continue your education and able to pass the required exams. 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 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
Skill Set - Culinary Arts Prepares you for: Entry-level positions in the food service industry. Also gives you: This 12-credit-hour program includes classes in sanitation and safety, introduction to hospitality, culinary skills and baking. Concentration – Culinary Arts Prepares you for: The culinary arts concentration is primarily designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as chefs. Also gives you: A balance of classroom, laboratory, and work experience opportunities combine in this program to provide management preparation in this challenging industry.
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Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Prepares you for: A career as a professional culinarian in a restaurant, hospitality, or institutional setting. Culinary arts professionals have a variety of responsibilities that may include supervising and coordinating the activities of food service workers or dining room employees, planning menus, estimating daily or weekly needs, ordering and maintaining inventories of supplies and equipment, and keeping records of meals served. Also gives you: Provides a foundation for continued culinary arts studies at a four-year college, the chef certification through the American Culinary Federation (ACF) as well as the NRAEF ManageFirst and the Servsafe National Certification. Average Yearly Earnings: Chefs & Head Cooks - $29,050 - $51,540 Food preparation & serving supervisors - $22,530 - $37,290 Food service managers - $36,670 - $59,580
eBusiness practices to create a secure and smooth eCommerce ELectrician experience for the Internet shopper. Electrician Certificate Certificate in Web Technology – eCommerce Consultant Students will be skilled to consult with clients regarding their desires for an eCommerce site, as well as manage inventory through integrated database technology. Concentration in Web Technology – eCommerce Specialist Students will be skilled to design an eCommerce site, manage its traffic and maximize the appearance of the site in search engine results. Concentration in Web Technology – eCommerce Entrepreneur Students will be skilled to assess the opportunities available to launch an entrepreneurial venture, as well as develop a plan to incorporate an eCommerce web site. Skill Set in Web Technology – eCommerce Manager Students will be skilled to manage an eCommerce site’s search engine optimization, share product files across platforms, and utilize mobile technologies and advertising campaigns to ensure optimal efficiency of the site. Skill Set in Web Technology – eCommerce Designer Students will be skilled to use open source or boxed software to build an eCommerce web site considerate of legal requirements, eCommerce concepts, and technology requirements. Average Yearly Earnings: Varies greatly depending on size and scope of business.
Early Childhood Education Caring for and teaching young children is a growing field which is changing greatly as more and more continues to be expected of early childhood professionals. JCC has revamped its curriculum and is launching new courses to prepare students for today’s careers.
Associate in Applied Science in Web Technology – eCommerce Professional Prepares you for: Electronic commerce, or eCommerce, is the term given to the buying and selling of products or services over the Internet. Businesses looking to expand in the online global marketplace or individuals looking to make a few extra dollars will learn to combine web design, programming, search engine optimization and mobile Winter 2011 2011 •• Career Career Choices Choices •• 517.796.8416 517.796.8467 20 Winter
JCC offers individual courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics.
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.
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: $33,425-$57,636
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. Certificate in Electronic Technology/ELT Prepares you for: Entry-level jobs in almost any of the electronics cluster of occupations, such as digital computer maintenance, voice and data communications, radio and TV broadcasting, and high-tech manufacturing. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in electronics technology.
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Electronic Technology/ELT Prepares you for: Entry-level training plus potential advancement opportunities within the field. Also gives you: Credits that transfer into select four-year programs. See a JCC advisor. Certificate in Electronic Technology/Microcomputer Prepares you for: Entry-level jobs in almost any of the electronics cluster of occupations, such as digital computer maintenance, voice and data communications, radio and TV broadcasting, and high-tech manufacturing. Also gives you: Credits that can be used toward JCC’s associate degree in electronics technology. Associate in Applied Science Degree in Electronic Technology/ Microcomputer Prepares you for: Entry-level training plus potential advancement opportunities within the field. Also gives you: Credits that transfer into select four-year programs. See a JCC advisor. Average Yearly Earnings: Electronic equipment repair - $30,000
Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic
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, 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.
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
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 - $54,12
JCC offers individual courses in technical and business writing, basic writing, creative writing, writing fundamentals, communication skills, journalism, composition, Shakespeare, and literature, including poetry, drama, short story, novel and children’s literature, as well as African-American and world literature. Offerings also include courses on women’s role in society, film appreciation and courses in the humanities. A course in photojournalism includes instruction on use of a 35mm camera and dark room procedures.
Skill Set Credential Entrepreneurs are individuals who pursue their aspirations to own and operate their own businesses. JCC offers classes to help students learn the skills and commitment necessary to successfully operate an entrepreneurial venture, assess business climate and write a business plan. JCC offers a skill set credential which can be completed on its own, or grouped with another field for students interested in their own business.
JCC offers individual courses in first- and second-year French and conversational French, beginning and intermediate. Proficiency in a foreign language can enhance your job opportunities. Transfer students may consider taking foreign language as some four-year colleges recommend two years of it regardless of your field of study.
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.
JCC offers individual courses in world, regional, physical, and U.S. and Canadian geography.
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. 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.
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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: Graphic designer - $39,900
JCC offers individual courses that can transfer to four-year institutions, fulfill core requirements in a JCC associate degree program and enrich your understanding of the human experience. See Associate in Arts.
certificate program, making this an ideal continuation after completion of your journeyman’s certificate. Average Yearly Earnings: Machinists: $20,000-$40,000
JCC offers math courses to support career programs and transfer programs. Courses include preparatory learning, including basic mathematics, algebra and intermediate algebra; business mathematics; and general transfer, including probability and statistics, pre-calculus, discrete mathematics, calculus I, II and III, and differential equations.
Health and Physical Fitness
JCC offers individual courses in cardiovascular training, such as golf, weight training and aerobics, which can be transferred to fulfill the physical education requirements in some four-year degree programs. JCC also offers courses in stress management, stress management for parents, and wellness.
Associate in Applied Science In Health Management Prepares you for: A career in the business and administrative areas of health care. Health managers may handle day-to-day operations of various departments in large facilities, or handle daily operations in smaller facilities such as nursing homes or clinics. Also gives you: Credits to transfer to select four-year programs. See a JCC advisor. Average Yearly Earnings: $31,740
JCC offers courses in African-American and twentieth-century history, as well as courses in western civilization, ancient history, and the history of the U.S. See Associate in Arts. Winter 2011 2011 •• Career Career Choices Choices •• 517.796.8416 517.796.8467 22 Winter
Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Tech/Machining Prepares you for: A career in the increasingly technical area of manufacturing and/or production machining. Also gives you: Many of the courses in this curriculum coincide with Jackson Area Manufacturers Association Academy of Manufacturing Careers Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training certificate program, making this an ideal continuation after completion of your journeyman’s certificate. Average Yearly Earnings: Machinists - $20,000-$40,000
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 in Manufacturing Tech/Maintenance Prepares you for: A career in the areas of manufacturing and/or industrial maintenance. Also gives you: Many of the courses in this curriculum coincide with Jackson Area Manufacturers Association Academy of Manufacturing Careers Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training certificate program, making this an ideal continuation after completion of your journeyman’s certificate. Average Yearly Earnings: Machinists - $20,000-$40,000
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Assistant Prepares you for: The entry-level positions described in the certificate program, plus courses that prepare you for possible job advancement within the field.
Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Tech/Tool Room Prepares you for: Career in the increasingly technical area of manufacturing tool room operations. Also gives you: Many of the courses in this curriculum coincide with Jackson Area Manufacturers Association Academy of Manufacturing Careers Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training
Associate in Applied Science in Medical Insurance Coder Biller Prepares you for: Careers in the increasingly complex world of insurance coding and billing. Medical billers and coders communicate between medical offices, patients and insurance companies. By assigning letters and numbers to diseases, injuries and medical procedures, they speed up the process of payment and ensure that records are correct.
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.
Also gives you: Coursework and skills that may serve as a step toward other health care careers. Average Yearly Earnings: $28,030 Certificate in Medical Insurance Coder Biller Prepares you for: Entry-level careers in the increasingly complex world of insurance coding and billing. Each time a patient sees a healthcare professional, coder billers assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure, necessary for communicating between medical offices, patients and insurance companies. 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 above-mentioned 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
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.
Certificate in Practical Nursing Prepares you for: Provides direct nursing care to individuals in various settings under the direction of a registered nurse. Job tasks could include administering medications, giving injections, taking vital signs, providing bedside care and performing procedures. LPNs work in a wide variety of settings. Class is admitted in March, or late winter. There is only one admit per year. Also gives you: 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. 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 full-time or part-time, in a variety of settings, in many different roles virtually anywhere in the world. Average Yearly Earnings: $47,710-$69,850 Transfer JCC/ U of M Bachelor’s of Science - Nursing Prepares you for: In addition to traditional nursing career work, a bachelor’s degree in nursing broadens advancement opportunities in administration, clinical education or supervision. Many positions are open only to nurses with a minimum of a BSN. Also gives you: The opportunity to enroll and complete the first three terms of a baccalaureate nursing program at JCC and complete the remaining five terms at the University of Michigan. Average Yearly Earnings: BSN or higher degree up to $83,440
education. College physics is one of the foundation courses necessary for students who will be pursuing a four-year degree in a pre-professional career, such as architecture or health (pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy, physical therapy, or chiropractic). University physics is designed for students who will transfer to a physics or engineering program (mechanical, electrical, civil, chemical, or computer) at a four-year institution.
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.
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
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.
JCC offers individual courses in introductory philosophy and logic. See Associate in Arts.
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
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Associate Degree in Applied Science in Respiratory Care Prepares you for: A career in an allied health profession whose practitioners focus on diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary disorders and diseases. A respiratory care practitioner can be instrumental in assisting a physician in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a wide spectrum of disorders affecting the heart and lungs, and specializes in the application of scientific knowledge and theory to practical, clinical problems of respiratory care. A respiratory care practitioner is qualified to assume primary clinical responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including responsibilities involved in supervision of respiratory technician functions. Also gives you: The program provides the student with the knowledge and experience that will qualify her/him to take the required NBRC examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Average Yearly Earnings: $35,200-$64,190
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. 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
Pre-Professional Science Certificate Prepares you for: Transfer to a four-year university as science majors or pre-professional students (pre-veterinary, pre-medical, pre-dental, physical and occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physician’s assistant, etc.). Certificate graduates could also find work as laboratory technicians. Average Yearly Earnings: $20,000-$30,000
Sonography & Vascular Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree in General Sonography Prepares you for: A career as a sonographer, where one uses high frequency sound waves to create cross-sectional images of a patient’s anatomy. Sonographers explain the medical scanning procedure to patients, position them for scanning, scan and collect image data, and work with the imaging physician as a team to interpret the image scan. 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. Average Yearly Earnings: $48,890-$67,670
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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.
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.
Certificate in Technical Theatre Prepares you for: For students who are interested in backstage and production work, this certificate provides
students hands-on experience in theatre, stagecraft, lighting and make-up or sound. Students benefit from the outstanding theatre facilities available in the Potter Center. Also gives you: Coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree. JCC offers individual courses in acting for the theatre and theatre production and participation in faculty-directed main stage productions.
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.
JCC offers individual courses in telecommunications that may lead to work in the field or transfer for further study at a fouryear college or university.
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
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