JCJC’s Open House Set for Newly Renovated J.B. Young Center

Written By: Marlo Dorsey
Email Address: marlo.dorsey@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-04-29 09:07:02

ELLISVILLE - With a major construction project on campus complete, business and technology students at Jones County Junior College are enjoying classes and labs in a newly renovated environment.
The J.B. Young Building, named after the college’s second president, is now the J.B. Young Center for Business and Technology.  The community is invited to visit the facility Monday, May 2, for an open house and ribbon cutting.   The event will begin at 9 a.m. and parking will be available for visitors.
Jones President Dr. Jesse Smith believes this project will enhance the student experience and add value to the business community as well.
“The renovated J.B. Young Center provides our students with greater flexibility in training, and it gives them the opportunity to gain valuable career skills.  The education our students receive in our business and technology programs today will allow them to compete for jobs in our global economy,” said Smith.
“J.B. Young’s vision for these programs was to provide industries with an educated and skilled workforce.  I believe we are still on target with that vision today, nearly 50 years after this facility was originally opened,” said Smith.   
The 88,000 square foot facility was constructed in 1966, and this is its first major renovation.  The J.B. Young Center has just completed a $3 million renovation project to upgrade classrooms and lab spaces to 21st century standards.  This renovation was phase two of the project.  Phase one and phase two totaled $6 million overall. Feature upgrades also include a climate control system, an electronic light control system, a conference room, an elevator, and ADA compliant spaces. 
In addition to the building upgrades, students will benefit from all business and technology programs being consolidated in one building and under one division.   Academic business programs are now taught in the same building as business office technology along with a host of other complimentary college programs. 
“Combining personnel and fiscal resources are obvious benefits to this new structure,” said Dean of Business and Technology Candace Weaver. 
“There’s also an intrinsic benefit here where these programs are able to collectively learn from each other and collaborate on projects, which was not possible before.  Business and industry internships have grown as a direct result of this consolidation,” Weaver added.
The center houses all academic business programs in addition to information systems technology, business office technology, marketing, fashion merchandising, civil engineering technology, electronics technology, and electrical technology.  The facility has 38 classrooms/labs, 29 offices, and a conference room.
For more information about Jones, visit the Jones website at www.jcjc.edu.


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