JCJC makes history by partnering with MS Army National Guard

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2014-08-28 08:55:46

ELLISVILLE- The partnership between the Mississippi Army National Guard and JCJC made history with the agreement to offer Magnolia GOLD, or Guard Officer Leadership Development classes, as part of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.  Jones is the first community college in the state to offer this type of G-ROTC program. 
JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith and Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins, adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard signed the agreement that will allow the National Guard to offer accredited military classes at Jones.  Dr. Smith said the program is a great fit for JCJC and it gives the MS National Guard access to the college's top students.

“We believe in what the Mississippi National Guard is doing in leadership development.  We intend to be the premier site for the two-year G-ROTC program,” said Dr. Smith. 
Currently there are 11 students signed up for the leadership training, headed up by Capt. John Cochran.  Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will include map reading, land navigation, small unit training, briefing and leadership training.  Cochran said the cadets will be taught critical thinking skills that can be used in any career they choose.

After graduation from JCJC, cadets can transfer into the university ROTC program. Maj. General Collins said, “JCJC’s G-ROTC can feed USM’s ROTC program….We’re excited to have this great network in our state to provide more options and opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Some local high schools in the area offer Jr. ROTC, making it easier for them to transfer into the G-ROTC program at JCJC.  The MS National Guard's goal is to have an ROTC program at all 15 community colleges in the state. For more information about the G-ROTC program at Jones, contact Capt. John Cochran by email at: john.cochran@jcjc.edu


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