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Welcome to the Jackson Area Career Center!

The Jackson Area Career Center provides exceptional 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!

Wondering about high-demand jobs and even MORE local training available? In response to concerns raised at Gov. Rick Snyder’s Economic Summit, the state launched the Career Liaison JUMP START programThis initiative supports the great work of our states Career and Tech Education Centers, and provides one career liaison for each of the 10 “Prosperity Regions” who support ways to connect employers, educators and students. For the Jackson County's region, Region 9, Dr. Michelle Shields is located at Jackson College. She is a resource to ALL high school students, parents and community members in identifying high-demand careers and training and educational programs. For more information visit: www.mitalent.org

Career Center News, Events and Announcements


  • Jackson Area Career Center to Offer Leading Certification Programs as Certiport Authorized Testing Center

    The Jackson Area Career Center has been named as a Certiport Authorized Testing Center and will offer the globally recognized Microsoft Office Specialist, IC3 Digital Literacy, and Adobe Certified Associate certification exams to their Business Administration students in Jackson, Michigan. Certiport Authorized Testing Centers are the only authorized distributors of Certiport offerings, which include the Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate, the CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program and the IC3 Digital Literacy certification.

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  • Army JROTC Team Takes First Place at State Competition

    On Saturday, October 11, a total of 40 Career Center cadets either competed in or supported the State Raider championship competition. For the third year in a row, the Career Center Golden Knights hosted and WON the state competition! The first place winning team was led by Career Center Golden Knight Raiders Team Captain Lucas (Northwest), along with teammates Pavel (Northwest), Jennings (Northwest), Krystopher (Columbia), Shaylea (Columbia), Olivia (Columbia), Hunter (Hanover), Zach (Springport), Cade (Vandercook) and Lesley Heller (Hanover). Congrats to all!

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  • Cosmetology Salon Open for Business

    The Career Center’s Cosmetology salon is now open to the public! Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 6:00 p.m. (taking the latest hair color appointment at 2:30 p.m.). The salon will be closed on Mondays for classroom instruction. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended, make yours today by calling 990-6629.

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