WIN Initiatives

Jackson College

Jackson College offers quality, transformational educational opportunities to prepare students for today’s career fields or transfer to a university. The College is committed to student success, with expert faculty, academic support and student services.

Jackson College was founded as Jackson Junior College in 1928 and operated as a division of the Jackson Union School District. In 1962, Jackson County voters created Jackson Community College as a distinct entity; and in 1964, they passed a charter millage that still helps to fund the College today. Rapid enrollment and program growth in the 1960s spurred construction of a new campus on its present site. In June 2013, in light of the College’s decision to begin development of curriculum for two bachelor degree programs and increased efforts in international studies, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name to Jackson College.

Today, the College owns more than 500 acres and sits on a scenic rural site six miles south of the city of Jackson, and also operates Jackson College @ LISD TECH in Adrian, Clyde E. LeTarte Center, Hillsdale, and began offering classes at W.J. Maher Campus, Jackson in 2012.

In recent years, the College has:

  • renovated James McDivitt Hall and Victor Cuiss Fieldhouse;
  • added a state-of-the-art information technology and library building, William Atkinson Hall;
  • built three student housing residence halls – Campus View 1, 2 and 3;
  • renovated Justin Whiting Hall and added the Rawal Center for Health Professions;
  • constructed a new Health Laboratory Center featuring laboratory and classroom spaces; and
  • Bert Walker Hall is currently being renovated and upgraded.

An integral educational and economic force in the Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale communities, the College operates on general fund budget of about $45 million. Each year, more than 8,000 students enroll at JC. About 43 percent take classes on the Central Campus; 11 percent at JC @ LISD TECH, 7 percent at the LeTarte Center, 10 percent at Maher, 20 percent online, about 4 percent at locations around Jackson County, and 4 percent in the Prison Education Initiative. Among JC’s total student population:

  • 41 percent of students attend full-time,
  • 59 percent of students are females,
  • 52 percent of students are under the age of 22, and minority enrollment is at 18 percent.
  • JC has 74 full-time faculty, 167 full-time staff and administrators and 501 part-time personnel.

Jackson College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.

Tina Matz

Director of Workforce Training

Tina Matz is the Director of Workforce Training at Jackson Community College, where she oversees the coordination and implementation of CCE Workforce Training Programs, the facilitation of the Michigan New Jobs Training Program for the tri-county region and focuses on developing and maintaining positive working relationships with internal and external customers. Tina Matz currently holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University and a Bachelor of Social Work from Central Michigan University. In addition, Tina is a certified Business Solutions Professional, certified Professional and Career Coach, and a current member of the Michigan Community College Association Leadership Academy. Tina currently serves on the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Region 2 Planning Commission and Workforce Focus Committee for Jackson College.