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About JC

About the College

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Jackson College was founded as Jackson Junior College in 1928 and operated as a division of the Jackson Union School District, sharing lab and library facilities with the high school.

In 1962, Jackson County voters created Jackson Community College as a distinct entity; and in 1964, they passed a charter millage that still helps to fund the College today. Rapid enrollment and program growth in the 1960s spurred JCC to build a new campus on its present site. In June 2013, in light of the College's decision to begin development of curriculum for two new bachelor degree programs and increased efforts in international studies, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name to Jackson College.

Today, the College owns more than 500 acres and sits on a scenic rural site six miles south of the city of Jackson, and also operates JC @ LISD TECH in Adrian and the Clyde E. LeTarte Center, Hillsdale, and opened North Campus, Jackson in 2012.

In recent years, the College has renovated James McDivitt Hall, renovated the Victor Cuiss Fieldhouse, added a state-of-the-art Information Technology and Library building (William Atkinson Hall), built two 96-bed campus housing complexes (Campus View 1 & 2), renovated the core of Justin Whiting Hall and renamed it the Rawal Center for Health Professions, and expanded student life with the return of athletics. A new Health Laboratory Center, located next to Whiting Hall, opened in 2011, featuring laboratory and classroom spaces for nursing and allied health programs.

An integral educational and economic force in the Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale communities, the College operates on general fund budget over $45 million. Each year, more than 8,000 students enroll at JC. About 60 percent take classes on the Central Campus; 18 percent at JC @ LISD TECH, 7 percent at the LeTarte Center and 15 percent online. Unduplicated head count for Fall 2010 was 8,186. Among JC’s total student population:

  • 42 percent of students attend full-time,
  • 62 percent of students are females,
  • 56 percent of students are under the age of 24, and
  • minority enrollment is at 16 percent, the highest ever at JC.

JCC has 88 full-time faculty, 146 full-time staff and administrators and 360 part-time personnel.


Jackson College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.