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Welcome to the Jackson Area Career Center!


Our Mission
We provide students a safe environment to explore careers and develop skills
for employment and life-long learning in a diverse global society.
The Career Center staff wants you to understand the many possibilities and opportunities we offer to Jackson and Hillsdale county students.  Its been said the Career Center is one of Jackson's gems one of the most valuable resources in the community today!  We feel the same way were passionate about providing the best high school career and technical education available anywhere, and we care about your success!


The Career Centers campus is a safe, friendly environment where students come because they want to learn and take advantage of what our instructors offer.  JACC instructors are professional, nurturing and, most importantly, knowledgeable about their subject material. Our instructors are certified teachers and have real-world experience in the career pathways they teach.



What is the Career Center?


The Career Center is a service of the Jackson County Intermediate School District and is under the supervision of the JCISD School Board. The Career Center provides more than 1,2000 Jackson and participating Hillsdale county students from all districts with educational resources, career training, and high-tech classes that otherwise would not be available at their local schools.


Juniors and seniors take Career Center classes as electives to their regular local school schedule.  They are transported by school bus from their local high school to the Career Center and back, or sometimes elect to provide their own transportation.  Flexible scheduling and class structures allow students to attend either morning or afternoon sessions, usually for about 2½ hours each, but some students take both morning and afternoon sessions and may spend most of their day at the Career Center.


Jackson County high school students attend the Career Center free of charge.  Hillsdale County school districts pay tuition for those students who attend.

Our mission is to help students explore possibilities, develop skills, and achieve success.  We do so by stressing rigor, relevance and relationships into each and every students education.





The Career Center's hands-on approach and its real-world applications provide an alternative learning method that works for many of our students. 


Knowing how they will apply what they learn in our classrooms to their everyday lives has changed the attitudes of many of our students towards their education.  Exploring career goals often sparks more interest in their own education , and excites students to do better in all their classes, including the classes they are taking at their local school.

The result? Better grades. More learning.  More opportunities.





Don't be misled by the smiles on our students faces.  We may have fun, and our students enjoy studying subject material they find truly engaging, but it isn't easy. 


When you're operating $250,000 CNC machining equipment, measuring up to the physical fitness standards of the public safety classes, building a house with your own hands, or studying anatomy in one of the health occupations electives, you'll see its anything but easy.


Once upon a time, people may have thought of vocational centers as a place to send struggling, non-college bound students a place to pick up easy credits.  But with the added importance of technology in our curriculum and in today's world, its time to think again. In fact, more of our students continue on to post-secondary education than those who don't surveys show that 60 percent of Career Center students will continue their education at a college, university, trade school or in the military during the first five years after graduation.





We've always taken pride in the quality relationships we have built with our community with employers, the school districts we serve, and higher educational institutions in our community. We keep especially close ties with the business community each of our programs has an advisory board made up of industry leaders from our area. They keep us current on how we can best serve our students and our community. 


For example, were a key player in the Academy for Manufacturing thanks to our relationships with the Jackson Area Manufacturing Association, South Central Michigan Works!  and area colleges and universities. Were part of the planning of the Armory Arts Project due to our relationship with the Jackson Enterprise Group.  Local McDonald's franchises have partnered with JACC to offer management opportunities.


But our most important relationships are with our students and parents we care about each and every student who walks through our doors and are dedicated to helping them develop as a person and achieve their individual goals!


We welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your abilities and your goals.  Please call us at  768-5211 or 768-5100!