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Expanded Course Offerings

In order to meet the needs of its students, Jacksonville College is expanding its horizons again by offering courses that are relevant to careers and economy in the East Texas area. We are excited to announce the addition of new courses in the areas of agriculture, arts, biology, criminal justice, and education.

Agricultural courses are new to Jacksonville College. We hope that many students who are interested in agriculture-related careers will take advantage of Agronomy (Crop Science) and Marketing of Agricultural Products in Fall 2016. Computers in Agriculture will be added to the Spring 2017 schedule.

The new course offerings in arts are Design I and Photography. Along with the study of terminology, concepts, and theories, students in Design I will produce paintings, drawings, and other projects. The Photography class will introduce the basics of photography such as camera operation, techniques, and presentation skills. Both the Design I and Photography courses will be offered in the evenings in the fall.

Another course that is specifically appropriate to students who are pursuing LVN certification is Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology. The online course is a one-semester overview of the human anatomy that includes both lecture and lab.

Also new to Jacksonville College are three criminal justice courses. Introduction to Criminal Justice, an evening class, and Court Systems & Practices, offered at noon are on the fall schedule. Fundamentals of Criminal Law will be offered next spring.

Future teachers will also be excited to see the education courses, Introduction to Teaching and Introduction to Special Populations, on the fall schedule. Students in these classes will be required to obtain field observation hours in local schools in addition to their in-class instruction.

Jacksonville College strives to keep pace with the academic standards of post-secondary institutions around us. We follow the Texas Core, and all of our courses are fully transferable to other colleges. Because of this, as colleges and universities in Texas are implementing a new student success course called Learning Frameworks, Jacksonville College is doing the same. All first time students will be required to take Learning Frameworks in their first or second semester of attendance. It is a three-hour course that replaces the former two-hour required Student Success course. Students in Learning Frameworks will study research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation. They will apply learning strategies and identify their personal strengths and weaknesses in learning.

Be sure to take advantage of Jacksonville College’s new courses. Registration is ongoing, and tuition rates are reduced for Maymester and Summer I and II. Summer I and II Pell Grants are available for those who qualify.

Maymester courses begin May 17 and end June 2. Summer I begins June 6 and ends July 7. Summer II begins July 11 and ends August 10. Fall 2016 begins August 17 and ends December 6.

For details about registration and course offerings for Maymester, Summer I and II, and Fall, visit, and click on the appropriate slide on the scrolling marquee. Online application for admission is available by selecting “Application” from the dropdown menu under the “Admissions” tab.

Contact the Academic Dean’s Office at or (903) 589-7112 for more information.

Jaguar Day Across Texas

We want to thank individuals and churches for giving to Jaguar Day Across Texas (JDAT) on May 1. If you have not yet made a gift to Jacksonville College, you can still give to the JDAT effort through June. Please consider giving sacrificially to help us. Make checks payable to Jacksonville College, and make a notation on the check for Jaguar Day. Mail checks to 105 B.J. Albritton Drive, Jacksonville, Texas 75766.

Jacksonville College Commencement

Date: May 7, 2016

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Curtis Carroll Field House/Gymnasium

Speaker: Rev. Vernon Lee, pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville

During Chapel on April 20, the Alpha Beta Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Jacksonville College announced its Spring 2016 inductees. PTK is an international honor society that recognizes academic achievement in two-year colleges.

As part of the Cherokee County 180th Celebration of the Independence of Texas, Texas State Senator Robert Nichols presented a program entitled “History of the Boundaries of Texas” at Jacksonville College.

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