The Jackson Area Career Center provides career and technical education to high school juniors and seniors throughout Jackson County, and we are proud to invite you to learn more about the many possibilities and opportunities that the Career Center offers our students. As one of the most valuable career preparation resources in the community, we're passionate about providing the best career and technical education possible, and we believe in each student's success! Our campus is a safe, friendly, high-tech environment where students come because they want to learn -- and when students really want to learn, the results can be amazing!
The Jackson Area College and Career Connection: Jackson County's NEW Early/Middle College! The JAC3 Early/Middle College Program is a unique learning program and pathway for Jackson County high school students! Participants simultaneously earn their high school diploma, an Associate Degree, a technical/career credential, and the opportunity for employment upon graduation—all while remaining enrolled at their local high school. LEARN MORE!
Manufacturing, construction, and skilled trade positions are on the rise—and finding skilled employees to fill the many professional skilled trade jobs is becoming more and more challenging for local employers. Community education partners in Jackson are giving students and families the chance to explore and learn about the diverse and rewarding college and career opportunities that exist right here in Jackson County at the Skilled Trades Career Expo, August 20, from 5:30—8:30 PM at the Jackson Area Career Center.
The next generation of Jackson’s trained technical employees are emerging quickly from the Jackson Area Career Center. As part of the Career Center’s Co-op program, which places trained high school juniors and seniors with career-focused, part time employment, recent Hanover Horton graduate Zach Rogers is gearing up for a jump-start on his future. He can now look forward to full time employment as a registered apprentice at Miller Tool & Die Co. in Jackson. Following his two years in the Career Center’s welding program and participation in co-op with Miller Tool, Zach transitioned into a school-to-work apprenticeship program. He recently began his official employment at Miller Tool, working as an apprentice toolmaker, on his way to becoming a journeyman toolmaker.
Recent year-end events topped off the successful 2013-14 season for Jackson FIRST Robotics teams throughout the county, providing students the opportunity to showcase and compete against fellow teams, while attending community members were able to quickly learn and understand what keeps the popular program growing year after year.
As the year draws to a close and Career Center seniors prepare for the next phase of their lives, many of this year’s graduating firefighting students can look forward to the opportunity to step immediately into their career. As part of this year’s new additions to the Career Center’s firefighting program curriculum, 12 students trained for, completed, and passed the state Firefighter I/II certification test—a demanding two-day examination that tests both written and practical knowledge. The students who passed the complete exam receive a state firefighter certification, and are now able to apply for a firefighter job in the state of Michigan. The Career Center is one of the only high school firefighting programs in the state to offer this credential, which is a professional industry certification typically offered by local departments for hired staff.
Career Center students demonstrated exceptional skill and talent at the recent state-wide FFA Agriculture Skills Competition held at several MSU campus facilities on April 15th. A total of six teams and nearly 25 students placed for medals during the competition, while one team of four students earned a place to compete in Nationals in October of 2014.
Two students from the Career Center’s Computer Programming course took their knowledge to the top level, as they participated in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Competition in Indianapolis earlier this month. “Competing at BPA Nationals gives these students a chance to show off their hard work and knowledge,” said Stephen Keinath, programming instructor at the Career Center. “Making it to this level is an awesome achievement. They might not realize it now, but this experience will last a lifetime. It validates their efforts and opens a lot of doors.” Dominic Nixon (senior, Western High School) continued all the way to the end, earning first place in Computer Security. “It really is exciting, as I’ve researched and studied computer security for nearly five years” said Nixon, when asked about how winning the award felt. “There isn’t a better way to leave high school.” Payton Dunning (senior, Hanover Horton) also competed, showing well in Computer Programming Concepts.