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JCJC sets record, breaks ground

ELLISVILLE — Enrollment is up 11 percent at Jones County Junior College (JCJC) this fall, with a record number of 5,573 students.

“That’s a huge increase in enrollment partly due to the uncertain economy,” said JCJC president Dr. Jesse Smith. “It’s the education paradox. Enrollment increases whenever the economy declines. People are searching for jobs and need new or different training and education.”

In a separate item, JCJC will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking Sept. 16 for a $12-million academic building, which is slated to become the college’s flagship facility.

The 69,000-square-foot construction project, authorized by the college trustees, adds numerous state-of-the-art classrooms to the campus. The three-story structure, which will be named Jones Hall, is designed to be the college’s most comprehensive academic structure.

This new facility will bring together technologically equipped classrooms, conference rooms, and common areas to meet the surging demand for educational services in the district.

“We’ve been working toward this day for quite some time. It’s been a group effort, and we’ve had amazing support.  We are beginning to see the results of our vision,” said Dr. Jesse Smith, JCJC president.

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