JMCSS Students Take Increased Number of College Courses
Jackson, TN - Through partnerships with local colleges and universities, students in the Jackson-Madison County School System have more college courses available to them than ever before. In the past two years, the number of college courses taken by JMCSS students has risen from 312 in 2016-17 to 2,328 in 2018-2019.
“Every high school in JMCSS has more students taking college courses,” stated Dr. Jared Myracle, JMCSS Chief Academic Officer. “The classes range from commonly taken courses such as English Composition, History, and Computer Applications to very career-specific courses such as Collision Repair and Welding. We are excited to offer these courses to our students and to help them get a head start on their career path.”
The chart below provides a glance at how the district's strategic focus on career readiness has increased the number of college courses taken in the past two years.
JMCSS provides students with the ability to earn college credits via in-person and online classes through:
- Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment with Jackson State, University of Memphis, Lane, and UT Martin
- Dual Credit with Tennessee College of Applied Technology
- CLEP Tests with Modern States
“This is such an awesome opportunity for expanding education options for all students in JMCSS,” stated Dr. Vivian Williams JMCSS Chief of Student Support. “I believe that the LAUNCH program is an excellent way to give K-12 students a chance to explore career options early, and contribute to the demand for workers with specific certifications. I am excited to be a part of challenging all students to strive toward a successful career.”
Suzie Smith, the college lab instructor at Liberty Tech, facilitates a lab setting where students take a variety of online college courses. “Students being able to take college classes in high school gives them a major leg up on being successful in college,” Smith said. “It helps them adjust to the rigors of college level work while they have the support of a facilitator who can help explain what their college professor is expecting of them. A student who leaves high school with college credit hours under their belt is better situated to finish their degree faster and enter the workforce sooner. These students are going to leave high school with a head start on obtaining their degree and improved confidence that they can be successful in college.”
“Research has shown that students participating in these programs are more likely to enroll in college, post higher college grade point averages, persist, and ultimately graduate from college,” stated Catherine Korth, JMCSS Leader of Assessment and Accountability. “By providing more options and opportunities for our students to begin earning college credit while in high school, we are better preparing students for future success.”
Additional college courses are being added for the 2019-2020 school year.
For more information, contact Dr. Jared Myracle, JMCSS Chief Academic Officer.