Jefferson State Community College successfully meets the needs of students from a cross-section of ages, incomes and educational backgrounds while being responsive to regional employers. As one of the largest community colleges in Alabama, Jefferson State has distinguished itself by being an institution focused on creating programs to meet the state’s workforce development needs.
Jefferson State prepares students for transfer to four-year universities, provides career and technical education, supports the economic development of the region, offers pre-collegiate programs for area high school students (dual-enrollment), and promotes personal growth and life-long learning. The College’s priorities are to actively develop strategic networks and partnerships to advance innovation and drive the economic vitality of our region, and create seamless educational pathways for students.
The College certainly feels the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic and acknowledges how deeply it has affected each of us. While getting through this crisis is top of mind for us individually right now, the College has also been planning and envisioning our role in being of service. As an institution, we have taken time to focus on significant strategies which will be most impactful to our students and our communities once we are on the other side. Several of our stakeholders have recently supported our efforts by making strategic financial investments toward our work. These partnerships underscore the true value of Jefferson State’s mission of consistently helping people of all generations acquire the education and workforce training needed to achieve their goals.
CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) WELDING CENTER
• The building on the Shelby-Hoover Campus is approximately 5,000 square feet and houses 20 welding stations. It has space for a classroom, plasma cutter and related equipment.*
• Currently 200 students annually; projections for an additional 100 students annually.
WORKFORCE EDUCATION CENTER
• The 7,500 square-foot building will be a stand-alone structure on the Jefferson Campus with metal and brick facade and will encompass equipment, instructional, administrative, and laboratory space.
• New programs (HVAC Technician; Electrical NCCER; Multi-Craft Technician) are expected to produce an annual total of 135 trained individuals and positively impact the skilled trades workforce in Alabama.
COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE (CDL) TRAINING PROGRAM
• The CDL program will deliver training in Chilton County, Jefferson County, and the Greater Birmingham Region for living-wage career opportunities and supply businesses with a pool of qualified local drivers.
• According to Emsi, there were 59,106 unique job postings by 2,091 employers in our region from January 2019 to March 2021.
HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR (HEO) TRAINING PROGRAM
• The HEO program is 100% industry-led by the College’s construction partners which dictated the curriculum that would best train students for an entry-level operator of a Wheeled Loader and Excavator.
• According to Emsi, there were 373 unique job postings by 98 employers in our region from January 2019 to March 2021.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) ACADEMY
• The College is establishing a new IT Academy that incorporates all the existing and new IT programs on all four campuses.
• The College will expand opportunities to award Information Technology (IT) Fast Track certificates and an Associate degree in Cyber Security using existing spaces.
• According to Emsi, there were 848 unique job postings by 172 employers in our region from January 2019 to March 2021.
NEW DEGREE PROGRAM – HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
• As part of expansion of our allied health (medical, non-nursing programs), new computer software will be required for Health Information Technology.
• Emsi January 2019 to March 2021 data shows the number of jobs in our region is 57% higher than the national average for comparable areas.
STUDENT SUCCESS HUB
• The Student Success Hub will be a comprehensive support services and resource center housed on the Jefferson Campus with a key goal of working to increase Fall to Fall student retention from 57% to 65%.
• Approximately 1,000 students yearly will be accommodated with specific academic and non-academic needs. Numerous students will use online wrap-around support services and/or contact the Hub from the other campuses.
STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND
• The Student Assistance Fund will create a delivery method for wraparound services to address education barrier issues such as transportation, childcare, monetary obstacles, healthcare, books and certificate fees.
• Federal and State Aid requirements often make it difficult for students to apply and be eligible for disbursement of Federal or State Scholarships. As a result, students often choose not to attend because of these requirements.
• Additional funding will allow for increased awards to degree-seeking students (as well as non-degree-seeking students for whom financial aid is not available).