New Home for JCJC’s Business Programs

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-05-06 14:48:04

ELLISVILLE – The doors are wide open for visitors and students now that the renovations at Jones County Junior College’s J.B. Young Business and Technology Center are complete. The six-million-dollar transformation of the building happened in two phases. Phase one began in 2004 and was completed in 2005. The second phase began in 2009 and was completed in 2010. 
 
“Hurricane Katrina slowed our progress with the Center’s renovations,” said JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith. “However, now we have an exceptional facility.”
 
The building was extended from 55,000 square feet to 88,000 total square feet with four separate wings in the building and 38 classrooms/labs upgraded to 21st century standards. Also included in the renovations were 29 offices and a conference room, a climate control system, an electronic light control system and an elevator. 
 
At the ribbon cutting and open house Monday (May 2), Smith said this project will enhance the student experience and add value to the business community. 
 
“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.
 
Jones County Supervisor President, Andy Dial praised the college for being a leader in innovative learning. 
 
“Other institutions look to JCJC because we’re doing whatever is necessary to prepare our kids for the workplace to be successful,” said Dial. “This newly renovated building is an example of the forethought that goes into providing the best for our community.”
 
The original building, named after the college’s second president James Bonnard Young in 1966 was envisioned as a way to help the community. Smith said Young’s dream for the programs housed in the Center, 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 Center is home to nine programs: computer information systems technology, business office technology, marketing, fashion merchandising, civil engineering technology, electronics technology, electrical technology, and both the academic business program and the business technology program. 
 
“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. 
 
For more information about the programs offered in the J.B. Young Business and Technology Center or JCJC, visit the Jones website at www.jcjc.edu.

 

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