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Hillsboro MO 63050
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Festus MO 63028
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Festus MO 63028
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Arnold MO 63010
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House Springs MO 63051
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DeSoto MO 63020
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586-3594

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Kimmswick MO 63053
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Jefferson College Nursing Program Seeks Public Comments Preparation for State Board of Nursing Visit

 

One Stop: Jefferson College Enrollment Services Open House April 25 & Registration Rally April 26

 

jazz and jeansJefferson College Foundation Jazz & Jeans Fourth Annual Dinner, Dance and Auction April 26

 

48 hour filmJefferson College Fourth Annual 48-Hour Film Contest Offers Unique Chance to Earn Cash Prizes

 

otagradsFirst Class: Jefferson College Pinning Ceremony Honors First OTA Graduating Class

 

ozzieOzzie Smith Visit to Negro Leagues Baseball Exhibit at Jefferson CollegeUnderscores Black History Monthy

 

Jefferson College to Celebrate Black History Month Negro Leagues Baseball Exhibit, Speaker Series, Library Display

 

Continuing Education/Workforce Development Courses Applicable to All Ages

 

Jefferson College Board of Trustees Extend Contract of President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey Through 2017

 

Jefferson College Year in Review 2013: Memories and Milestones

 

paceJefferson College 2014 Spring Performing Arts Series Dates Announced

 

Area Singers Invited to Join Jefferson College Community Chorale

 

jeffco gingerbread Jefferson College Culinary Arts Students Win First Place in Local Gingerbread Competition

 

Jefferson College Part of Missouri Aerospace Training Consortium To Help Missouri Compete for Production of the Boeing 777X

 

Jefferson College Area Technical School SkillsUSA Chapter Rolls Up Their Sleeves for Habitat for Humanity

 

Jefferson College Spring Registration Degree Programs and Support Services Are Diverse

 

Jefferson College Respiratory Care Week Activities Highlight Healthcare Training Opportunities

 

Expanded Menu Selections Enhance Food Service at Jefferson College Viking Café Open to Community

 

College Offers Tuition-Free Computer Support Training Program Via MoHealthWINs Grant – Application Deadline Nov. 26

 

Jefferson College-MU Partnership Provides Internet Connectivity to Mizzou Online

 

Joseph Pilger Receives Student Leadership Award

 

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Jefferson College Nursing Program Seeks Public Comments
Preparation for State Board of Nursing Visit

Jefferson College is seeking comments from the public about its Bi-Level Nursing program in preparation for a site visit by the Missouri State Board of Nursing on Friday, May 2, 2014.

The team will review the Jefferson College Bi-Level Nursing program’s ongoing ability to meet the Minimum Standards for Professional Nursing Education

Members of the public are invited to submit comments to: Jefferson College Bi-Level Nursing Program, 1000 Viking Drive, Hillsboro, MO 63050. All comments must be in writing and signed. Comments cannot be treated as confidential.

All comments must be received by April 20, 2014.

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One Stop:  Jefferson College Enrollment Services
Open House April 25 & Registration Rally April 26

In conjunction with intersession, summer and fall enrollment, Jefferson College will host an open house for the newly remodeled Student Center Enrollment Services area (first floor) on the Hillsboro campus on Friday, April 25, from 8-10 a.m. highlighted by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m.

The first floor of the Student Center now projects a more favorable first impression for prospective students, with enrollment services provided in a more efficient manner. Attendees will be able to tour Enrollment Services, which encompasses Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, Registration, Student Records, and Transfer in a convenient “one stop” location.

The event is open to everyone and reservations are not required. In addition to giveaways, tours, and personalized enrollment information, light refreshments will be served.

Constructed in 1965, the Student Center was the first building erected on the Hillsboro campus and it has the historical distinction of being the first permanent community college facility in Missouri. The $300,000 renovation project was completed in connection with the college’s long-range strategic plan that focuses on Pathways to Excellence.

The event will continue during the annual “Registration Rally” on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hillsboro, Arnold and Cedar Hill locations as part of a special enrollment day for 2014 intersession, summer and fall classes. The day is specifically designed for prospective students who want to receive one-on-one assistance with course selection and registration. The event also includes information regarding financial aid assistance and campus tours.

Jefferson College offers a variety of scheduling pathways to accommodate those with work and family responsibilities, including day, evening, Saturday, online, 8-week, hybrid (on site/online) and the new One Night Plus option. 

There is no cost to attend the Registration Rally and no appointment is necessary. Those who wish to enroll are required to bring a photo ID and show COMPASS or ACT placement test scores (within the last two years) prior to the registration process. In order to complete the COMPASS test, participants will need to be at the Testing Center by 10:30 a.m. and present photo identification.

Enrollment Services personnel will be available throughout the event to answer questions regarding specific college-related issues and available programs. Participants may also pay fees and obtain a parking sticker in a convenient “one stop” setting.

For more information about the Jefferson College Enrollment Services Open House or Registration Rally visit www.jeffco.edu or call (636) 481-3217 or (636) 797-3000, extension 3217 (TDD 789-5772).

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Jefferson College Spring Jazz Showcase
Features Christian McBride and Peter Martin March 13

The Jefferson College PACE (Performing Arts and Cultural Enrichment) event series will continue with the Spring Jazz Showcase featuring world renowned artists Christian McBride and Peter Martin on Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Hillsboro campus.

Christian McBride is a bassist, composer, arranger, educator, curator administrator, and three-time Grammy award winner. He has been one of the most important figures in the jazz world for over 20 years.

Peter Martin is an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. He arranged and performed on Diane Reeves’ Grammy winning release “A Little Moonlight” and was the featured pianist and arranger on the Grammy winning soundtrack for George Clooney’s 2005 film “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Martin has performed, toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

McBride and Martin will host a free master class at 4 p.m. in Room 100 of the Fine Arts building on the Hillsboro campus where they will present a musical demonstration and answer questions from audience members. The event is free and reservations are not required.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre. Admission is $5 for general admission and $2 for students and senior citizens. Advance tickets can be purchased at the cashier’s window on the Hillsboro campus. If available, tickets will be sold at the door the evening of the performance.

For additional information about PACE season passes and performances, call (636) 481-3123 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3123, or visit www.jeffco.edu/pace.

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Jefferson College Foundation Jazz & Jeans
4th Annual Dinner, Dance and Auction April 26

To benefit students attending Jefferson College, the Jefferson College Foundation is inviting community members to put on their snazzy sparkles and favorite jeans for the 4th annual Jazz & Jeans Dinner, Dance and Auction on Saturday, April 26, from 6-9 p.m. in the Field House on the Hillsboro campus. jazz and jeans

The event raises funds to support scholarships, emergency student loans, textbooks, and other projects for disadvantaged Jefferson College students.

Early sponsors at the Gold ($5,000) level are Dobbs Tire and Auto Centers; Foodservice Consultants, Inc.; and Mercy Hospital Jefferson. Bronze ($1,500) level sponsors include Tom and Vicki Burke; Carpenters’ District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity; Commerce Bank; Eagle Bank and Trust Company; First State Community Bank/Rick and Sue Francis; Holcim US, Inc.; Dr. Bill and Michelle Kennen; Production Castings; Sheet Metal Contractors, Inc.; and Vest Benefit Solutions. Additional information about sponsorship and donation opportunities is available on the Jefferson College website at www.jeffco.edu by clicking on the “Jazz & Jeans” logo.

Guests will enjoy a relaxed evening featuring a delicious dinner, fund-a-future and silent auction, and entertainment by the Jefferson College Jazz Band and student dancers.

Jazz & Jeans tickets are available for $75 per person (tables of 10/$750) and must be purchased in advance at www.jeffco.edu by clicking on the “Jazz & Jeans” logo or by contacting Foundation Development Assistant Marie Jennewein at (636) 481-3105 or (636) 797-3000, extension 3105. The reservation deadline is April 18.

The Jefferson College Foundation is a separately incorporated 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase resources, to raise funds and to cultivate friends and partnerships to support Jefferson College and its mission.

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Jefferson College Fourth Annual 48-Hour Film Contest
Offers Unique Chance to Earn Cash Prizes

In connection with Jefferson College’s PACE (Performing Arts and Cultural Enrichment) Series, community filmmakers have the chance to form a team and direct, produce, or star in a an original short film during the fourth annual 48-Hour Film Festival sponsored by the college’s Cultural Diversity Committee and Fine Arts Club. 48 hour film

The deadline for entry forms and a preliminary meeting will be held on Friday, March 14, at noon (Fine Arts Mac Lab, Hillsboro Campus, Room FA 210). The contest is open to all community members and college students, faculty and staff within a 200 mile radius of the Hillsboro campus. There is no cost to enter. Entry forms are available by contacting Assistant Art Professor Nick Nihira at nnihira@jeffco.edu.

Teams are required to attend a kickoff meeting on Thursday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m. where Jefferson College alumnus and current filmmaker Eric Stanze will provide insight, tips and advice on filmmaking. Stanze recently directed the second unit for the Sundance official selection “Stake Land” and the Cannes Film Fest official selection “We Are What We Are.”  

Guidelines:
Teams of up to five members will be given a theme and must work within 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a film up to seven minutes in length. Teams must attend all of the meetings in order to participate.

Rules:
All work must be original and shot within the 48 hours allotted. Films must conform to the decency standards of a community college environment as determined by the Film Committee. 

Teams will begin filming on March 20 and will have access to the college’s Fine Arts Mac Lab on Friday, March 21. Finished films must be submitted by Saturday, March 22, at 12:15 p.m.

Cash prizes will be awarded for “Best Overall Film” ($300) and “Runner Up” ($200). Submitted films will be shown during a public screening on Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Hillsboro campus. Due to time constraints, the screening may be limited to the 10 best films.

For additional information about the Jefferson College 48-Hour Film Project, contact Nick Nihira at nnihira@jeffco.edu or call (636) 481-3377 or (636) 797-3000, extension 3377 (TDD 789-5772).

Click HERE for Entry Form

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Ozzie Smith Visit to Negro Leagues Baseball Exhibit at Jefferson College
Underscores Black History Month

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith discusses 25-time Major League Baseball All-Star Hall of Famer Hank Aaron at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum travelling exhibit during a visit to Jefferson College as part of Black History Month.ozzie

Titled “They Were All Stars,” the self-guided exhibit features pop up displays containing historical information, photos and biographies regarding the Negro Leagues and the players who became Major League Baseball All Stars. It is open to the public Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. through February 27 in the Student Center Cafeteria on the Hillsboro campus. There is no cost to view the display. It is suitable for all ages.

Founded in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is dedicated to preserving the rich history of African-American baseball. Although the museum thrives in Kansas City, the demand for Negro Leagues history is international. Thus, the museum has crafted a number of exhibits to take the history beyond its main gallery and explore diverse themes within the story of black baseball.

The travelling display is being sponsored by the Jefferson College Cultural Diversity Committee, President’s Office, and Foundation.

Other upcoming Black History Month events include a public lecture by Jefferson College History Professor Dr. Scott Holzer on Friday, February 28, at 1 p.m. in the Library on the Hillsboro campus titled “The Harlem Renaissance: The Birth of a New Consciousness and the Origins of the Civil Rights Movement.” The presentation will address the political goals and artistic creations of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. It is being sponsored by the college’s Events and Community Outreach Committee, the Cultural Diversity Committee, and the Student Senate.

Also included in the college’s Black History Month recognition will be a “Look, Listen, Learn” public display in the Library on the Hillsboro campus throughout the month regarding black authors and books about African-Americans. Library hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.- 9 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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First Class: Jefferson College Pinning Ceremony
Honors First OTA Graduating Class

A graduating class of 10 students from the new Jefferson College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program was recently honored during a pinning ceremony representing their completion of the program. The group is the first class to graduate from the two-year program.

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OTA graduates and their hometowns include: left to right (first row) Brittany Sharley, St. Louis; Jessica Lucas, Festus; Audra Ferguson, De Soto; Hannah Holman, Hillsboro; Jodie LaBee, Imperial; Roberta Rose, Hillsboro; (second row) Jeanne Hahn, OTA Adjunct Faculty; Shelly Blankenship, OTA Adjunct Faculty; Deanna Sipp, OTA Adjunct Faculty; Lisa Martin, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director; Kristine Sanford, Crystal City; Jennifer Johnson, Irondale; Linette Gehrs, Bethalto, IL; Rebecca Churchill, Festus; Dr. Melinda Selsor, Vice President of Instruction; Dr. Dena McCaffrey, Dean of Career and Technical Education; Kenny Wilson, Director of Health Occupation Programs; Dr. Raymond Cummiskey, President.

Not pictured: Debbie Wolk, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator of the OTA Program.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Jefferson College results in an Associate of Applied Science Degree consisting of 14-16 credit hours of prerequisite courses, 19 credit hours of general education courses, and 49 credit hours of OTA classroom instruction, labs, and fieldwork practicum.

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Jefferson College to Celebrate Black History Month
Negro Leagues Baseball Exhibit, Speaker Series, Library Display

In celebration of Black History Month, Jefferson College will host a variety of programs and activities throughout February, highlighted by an exhibit from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City titled “They Were All Stars.”

The self-guided exhibit features pop up displays containing historical information, photos and biographies regarding the Negro Leagues and the players who became Major League Baseball All Stars. It will be open to the public Monday-Friday, February 7-27, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria on the Hillsboro campus. There is no cost to view the display. It is suitable for all ages.

Founded in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is dedicated to preserving the rich history of African-American baseball. Although the museum thrives in Kansas City, the demand for Negro Leagues history is international. Thus, the museum has crafted a number of exhibits to take the history beyond its main gallery and explore diverse themes within the story of black baseball.

The travelling display is being sponsored by the Jefferson College Cultural Diversity Committee, President’s Office, and Foundation.

In a related event, the college’s Friday Speaker Series in February will include a presentation by entrepreneur and author, King L. Taylor Jr., regarding owners of Negro Leagues baseball teams and other black business leaders. His book, book “Pennies, Nickels & Dimes - A Historical Perspective of the African American Entrepreneur and the African American Economy,” features several profiles of business owners, such as Madam C.J. Walker who built a company of hair care products.

The Friday Speaker Series program on February 14 will be held at 11:45 a.m. in the Viking Room of the Student Center on the Hillsboro campus. Admission is $7 per person, which includes a buffet lunch with beverages and dessert. Because space is limited, advance reservations are recommended. The deadline for the February 14 presentation is February 10. To make reservations, contact Dorothy Maupin at (636) 481-3101 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3101, or email dmaupin1@jeffco.edu.

 

The Cultural Diversity Committee will host a public lecture by Jefferson College History Professor Dr. Scott Holzer on Friday, February 28, at 1 p.m. in the Library on the Hillsboro campus. Titled “The Harlem Renaissance: The Birth of a New Consciousness and the Origins of the Civil Rights Movement,” the presentation will address the political goals and artistic creations of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Starting with W.E.B. DuBois’ goal of promoting the “Talented Tenth” to achieve integration, the presentation examines the paintings, music, writings, and dance of the important artists that explored and created a new consciousness for African Americans. This movement, also sought to gain recognition and respect from white Americans to the intellectual accomplishment of African Americans in order to promote the goal of an integrated society.  

Also included in the college’s Black History Month recognition will be a “Look, Listen, Learn” public display in the Library on the Hillsboro campus throughout the month regarding black authors and books about African-Americans. Library hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.- 9 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Jefferson College Continuing Education/Workforce Development
Courses Applicable to All Ages

Those who are seeking opportunities for professional development, licensure certification, job skills improvement, or personal interest and enrichment experiences are encouraged to enroll in a variety of workforce development and continuing education courses available through Jefferson College this winter/spring.

Continuing Education courses provide individuals with the opportunity to enter or re-enter the mainstream of education, prepare for occupational advancement or re-training, and make learning a lifelong process.

In addition to a new 8-week Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program, the college is offering a series of  training institutes that offer instructor-led and online training options: Call Center Professional, Customer Service, Electrical Contractor, Engineering Professional Development, Green Technology, Industrial Safety and Occupational Health, Industrial Safety and OSHA Training, Microsoft Certified Application Specialist, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Online Medical Careers, Organizational Learning, Pharmacy Technician and Health Care Professional, and Weatherization Training.

Other workforce/professional development offerings include business, education, food service, healthcare, industrial technology, Missouri water/wastewater, customized training, workforce linkage workshops, and WorkKeys employment assessment.

Personal interest subject areas include art, computers, dance, gardening, health, history, language, music, professional development, recreation, and swim. Courses are held at eight locations throughout Jefferson County with a variety of start dates/times. Over 16,000 business and workforce development courses are also offered online through 360 Training and ed2go.

Continuing Education Units (1 unit per 10 class hours) are awarded to those seeking occupational certification and licensure programs and to those who have an 80 percent course attendance record.

As a public service, the Jefferson College provides no cost adult education and literacy classes to prepare for the GED/high school equivalency.

A complete schedule of available courses is available on the Jefferson College website at www.jeffco.edu by clicking on the “Continuing Education” link or by calling the college’s Continuing Education Department. Costs vary by course. To receive more information, call (636) 481-3144 or (636) 797-3000, extension 3144 (TDD 789-5772).

 

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Jefferson College Board of Trustees Extend Contract of President
Dr. Raymond Cummiskey Through 2017

During their most recent monthly meeting in January, the Jefferson College Board of Trustees extended the contract of President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey by an additional year, through June 30, 2017.cummiskey

Cummiskey has been president of Jefferson College since 2009, during which time the institution has grown significantly with the expansion of educational sites and facilities in Imperial, Arnold, and Cedar Hill. The college has additionally created JC Online, a fully online virtual campus, implemented a long-range strategic planning process, and instituted a variety of new healthcare training programs.

Cummiskey holds numerous leadership roles in civic, economic, workforce, and community development groups including the Jefferson County Growth Association (JCGA), St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), Missouri Community College Association Presidents and Chancellors Council, Hillsboro Rotary Club, SSM St. Clare Health Center Community Advisory Board, and area Chambers of Commerce (Arnold, DeSoto, Hillsboro, Northwest, and Twin City); East-West Gateway Council of Governments; Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation; Highway 21 Task Force; Jefferson College Foundation; and Jefferson County YMCA Board.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Jefferson College Year in Review 2013: Memories and Milestones

As the leading source for higher education in Jefferson County, Jefferson College’s progress and accomplishments in 2013 help underscore the institution’s mission of educational quality and community service:

College Celebrates 50 Years of Service to Students and Community

In celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary and its immense impact on the region, a series of special events and activities was held February-May to honor the college’s past, present and future. Highlighted by cultural performances, athletics, a scavenger hunt, photo displays, guest speakers, a documentary, a Leader newspaper retrospect section, and a week-long series of acknowledgement activities April 8-13, the celebration encompassed alumni, college retirees, current students and employees, past and present members of the Board of Trustees and Foundation, and the community. 

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the second annual Jefferson College Foundation Jazz and Jeans dinner and auction netted over $55,000 for scholarships, emergency student loans, textbooks, and other projects to benefit deserving students. The special evening was highlighted by remarks from the college’s first graduate Sheryl Abernathy Pendergast; President Emeritus Dr. Ray Henry; alumni Carrie Flesh and Nancy Johnson; and husband/wife students Joseph and Maria Pilger.

Initiatives and Accolades Exemplify Institutional Excellence

Jefferson College was one of only nine institutions from across the state selected to participate in the Missouri Completion Academy, an initiative by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Complete College America. The college is now even more engaged in increasing student graduation and success rates by implementing a variety of nationally recognized best practices.

The college’s Law Enforcement Academy 1000-011 day class, 1000-012 POST-only, and 1000-013 night class all achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) license exam. The Academy continues the streak of consecutive LEA classes (15) that have graduated with a 100 percent POST completion rate.

In connection with the college’s long-range strategic plan and key performance indicators regarding student support, the Board of Trustees approved a $300,000 contract to renovate the Student Center on the Hillsboro campus in order to create a “one stop” location for enrollment, financial aid, advising, and payment, while better complying with federal and institutional privacy laws.

As one of several academic strategies developed to help students complete their associate degree, the college created a new Adult Learners (One Night Plus) option that allows students to earn an Associate of Arts degree by attending class one night a week and working online.

Building on the strengths of Jefferson College’s bi-level nursing program and a continued emphasis on providing training for employment in high-demand healthcare fields, Jefferson College entered into a partnership with Central Methodist University allowing area registered nurses to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from CMU.

Over 100 residents graduated from Jefferson’s Nursing program in 2013.

In order to provide residents with access to bachelor and graduate level classes on the Jefferson College campus, the Trustees renewed the longstanding agreement with Missouri Baptist University as an opportunity for residents to earn higher education degrees without having to commute outside Jefferson County.

All 21 of Jefferson College’s Veterinary Technology grads who took the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) passed. Completion of the exam is the first step toward obtaining a license to practice veterinary technology.

The college’s new Occupational Therapy Assistant program earned seven-year accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. The program is one of several new healthcare-related options the college has created in response to regional and national employment demands. Additionally, a pinning ceremony was held to acknowledge those who completed the program as members of the inaugural class.

As an added measure of excellence in providing high-quality education, the Jefferson College HRAC (Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology) program was granted six-year national accreditation through HVAC Excellence.

 

A ribbon cutting ceremony and community-wide open house was held in connection with the start of the college’s new MoHealthWINs grant-funded Radiologic Technology program with St. Charles Community College. The event provided an opportunity for attendees to tour classroom/lab facilities, talk with Radiologic Technology instructors and program personnel, view equipment demonstrations, and discuss program entry requirements.

Campus Health and Safety Initiatives Highlight College’s Concern for Well-Being

In order to become a cleaner, healthier institution, as one of Jefferson County’s leading public organizations, the college adopted a new policy that will prohibit the use of tobacco and/or smoke-related products on all campuses, with the exception of inside personal vehicles, by the fall of 2014.

To safeguard the well-being of all students, visitors, and employees, the Board of Trustees approved the formation of the Jefferson College Campus Police Department staffed with POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training) commissioned officers. Diane Scanga (Campus Police Department Chief) and Beau Besancenez (Campus Police Department Supervisor) were commissioned as the department’s first officers during a ceremony led by Jefferson County Undersheriff/Board of Trustees President Lt. Col. Steve Meinberg and College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey.

In an effort to be proactive in supporting health and wellness activities, the college began exploring the possibility of a campus health center proposed by Mercy Health System for faculty, staff and students to provide a variety of on-site services.

As part of an international effort to end sexual violence in all of its forms, including sexual assault, sexual abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence, Jefferson College and COMTREA once again co-hosted “Take Back the Night” in conjunction with April’s designation by President Barack Obama as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The inspirational evening included several awareness activities highlighted by a walk to recognize and support survivors of sexual violence and abuse, and a live broadcast by KJFF/KTJJ radio.

 

 

 

 

High School Partnerships Underscore Importance of College Education

As an extension of the college’s ongoing efforts to improve broadband educational access throughout Jefferson County, the Board of Trustees approved a partnership with the Jefferson County 911 Board and all public school districts to develop a “Connect Jefferson County” high speed internet program. Led by Jefferson College, the partnership is designed to create an oversight entity that will assure access to high speed internet connectivity to Jefferson County students and citizens by working with an Internet Connectivity Service Provider (ISP) who will install and maintain equipment on Jefferson County’s 911 towers.

Taking steps to create a unique high school dual credit opportunity that combines face-to-face instruction with online coursework to allow high school students the opportunity to accelerate their college degree completion plan, the Board of Trustees approved a series of agreements with Jefferson R-7 High School, Herculaneum High School, and Grandview High School to offer a range of college-level classes to juniors and seniors at each school.

Foundation Success Supports College’s Mission

To further acknowledge their generous $50,000 donation to create an endowed scholarship for non-traditional students, Branton and Jane Houser were inducted into the Jefferson College Foundation Monticello Society. Houser has the distinction of being the college’s first non-traditional student and the patriarch for several generations of family members who attended and have been employed at the college.

In appreciation and recognition for a $25,000 gift by Commerce Bank and the William T. Kemper Foundation to create an art gallery on the Hillsboro campus, the Jefferson College Foundation hosted a public reception to commemorate the opening of the artistic space. The contribution has enabled the college to provide a venue for displaying the talents of its art students, faculty and community members; create an additional source of art and cultural enrichment within Jefferson County; and transform the location into a pleasing reception area where both the college and Foundation can entertain or recognize special guests.

The 26th annual Viking Classic Scholarship Golf Tournament hosted by the Foundation at Fox Run Golf Club was a success thanks to the 146 players, numerous business sponsors, and team of volunteers that helped raise money for student-athlete scholarships.

 

In its support of veterans and local communities, AT&T contributed $10,000 to the Jefferson College Foundation to establish a Student Veterans Support Grant for emergency loans, textbook support and other needs. A presentation ceremony was held in mid-February, attended by local legislators, AT&T representatives, student veterans, Foundation board members, and college administrators, faculty, and staff.

In connection with their long-standing commitment toward providing higher education opportunities for area residents, representatives of the Twin City Area Optimist Club made a $3,000 donation on behalf of its members to support scholarships at Jefferson College. The club’s commitment to raise funds for Jefferson College student scholarships started in 1995 and spans a total contribution amount of over $42,000.

The second annual Jefferson County Motorama Show co-hosted by the Jefferson College Foundation and the Jefferson County Growth Association featured a variety of classic cars and other vehicles, along with live music, awards, and giveaways. Proceeds went to the Foundation, whose mission is to support the growth and development of Jefferson College in ways that are beneficial to students, faculty, staff and campus facilities.

The first-ever Leader Publications, Inc.-Jefferson College Foundation Recipe Contest Holiday Dinner was a sold-out success that showcased some of the area’s best local recipes. Over 200 people from all parts of our community attended the fun evening while enjoying demonstrations and sampling delicious food prepared and served by students to raise money for the college’s Culinary Arts program.

Coinciding with the college’s 50th anniversary, the Spirit of St. Louis Number One Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society presented an $800 scholarship donation to the Jefferson College Foundation as the group celebrated its 75th anniversary as the longest established chapter in the region. The chorus’ commitment to raise funds for Jefferson College student scholarships spans 14 years with a total contribution amount of over $7,000.

Jefferson College Impacts Education at State Level

Jefferson College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey was chosen by his colleagues from around the state to serve as the chair of the Missouri Community College Association’s Presidents/Chancellors Council to provide leadership for the association and represent community colleges in meetings with legislators, members of the executive branch, and other key groups.

In February, two delegations from Jefferson College travelled to Jefferson City to provide materials and speak with every legislator in the college’s service district. Additionally, the college was well represented during the annual MCCA Rally Day as an opportunity to urge for support of community college education and budget resources. During the 2013 legislative session, MCCA fought hard for a funding formula that would provide community colleges with a fair share of higher education funding. The association also worked against bills that would have crippled the Public School Retirement System and that would have ended the academic careers of A+ recipients who get derailed by difficult personal circumstances for a semester.

Missouri Community College Awareness (MCCA) Day was celebrated in September as Jefferson College joined its 12 member colleges in sponsoring the day to acknowledge community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees who train Missourians for 21st century careers.

In association with the annual Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) convention, Jefferson College’s commitment to higher education excellence was demonstrated by a diverse group of attendees, presenters, and association award winners.

State Representative Elaine Gannon of De Soto received the MCCA Distinguished Legislator Award for her steadfast support of higher education and the community colleges in her district, Jefferson College and Mineral Area College. She serves Missouri's 115th House District and is a Jefferson College alum.

Faculty Professional Development Coordinator Christy Cornelius received the Missouri Community College Association’s Senior Service Award, presented in recognition of her service to Jefferson College and to the mission of community colleges throughout the state.

Jefferson College student Joseph Pilger was a recipient of the Missouri Community College Association’s Student Leadership Award, presented annually to one outstanding student from each community college campus who has demonstrated excellence in leadership activities. Pilger’s wife, Maria, was last year’s recipient from Jefferson College.

Leader Publications Inc. was presented the 2013 MCCA News Media Award in recognition of the newspaper's longstanding support of the college through news and sports coverage, and especially through the publication of a 20-page special section, sponsorship of the “Jazz and Jeans” scholarship fundraiser during the college's 50th anniversary celebration, and coordination of the first-ever Recipe Contest Holiday Dinner.

 

Jobs-Jobs-Jobs: Aerospace Consortium and Employment Events Support Economy

Jefferson College was one of five community colleges in the St. Louis region that formed the Missouri Aerospace Training Consortium to support potential training needs of the aerospace industry. The consortium has the potential to train thousands of Missourians for high-demand, high-wage jobs, and strengthen existing relationships community colleges and manufacturers throughout the state.

More than 100 area job seekers met with representatives from companies across the St. Louis region as part of the college’s annual Job Fair coordinated by the Employment Services Office as the largest event of its kind in Jefferson and Franklin County.

Graduates Demonstrate College’s Comprehensive Excellence

The college held its 48th commencement ceremonies in May as a combined total of over 940 students were eligible to receive associate degrees or career and technical education certificates. To conclude the college’s 50th anniversary celebration, a special multi-media presentation involving college faculty, staff and students was presented in lieu of a traditional address from a guest speaker.

Jefferson College alum, State Sen. Ryan McKenna of Crystal City, was appointed director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations by Governor Jay Nixon. McKenna served eight years in the House before winning election to the Senate in 2006.

The Jefferson College Faculty Senate selected Bill Haggard (’71) as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year. “I am most appreciative of the opportunity I had at Jefferson to transition from high school to college and for the quality education I received while at Jefferson. Lessons learned at Jefferson have impacted me throughout my career and adult life,” he said.

Veterinary Technology grads Kaycelyn Alexander and Katie Baker were chosen to participate in a prestigious year-long internship at the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Three of Jefferson College’s baseball alums were selected during the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Former shortstop Nate Goro (2011) was selected in the 27th round by the Los Angeles Angels, former pitcher Justin Sprenger (2011) was selected in the 29th round by the Texas Rangers, and outfielder Ryan Rippee (2013) was selected in the 31st round by the Boston Red Sox. Jefferson’s baseball program has had 12 players selected in the MLB Draft over the last three seasons. 
College Leadership Demonstrated by Individual/Departmental Accomplishments

Board of Trustees incumbents Krystal Hargis and Ron Scaggs were re-elected to six year terms. The Board also reorganized by electing new officers for the next two years: Steve Meinberg was elected president, Gary Davis was selected as vice president, Daryl Gehbauer was chosen as treasurer, and Terry Ponzar was approved as secretary. 

As part of the annual process to review the financial statements and internal procedures of Jefferson College and the Jefferson College Foundation, both organizations received the highest possible rating/recommendation given by auditing agencies.

Foreign Language Associate Professor Nicole Bach was awarded the 2012-13 Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. History Professor Gabrielle Everett received the 2012-13 Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award. History Professor Dr. Scott Holzer was honored as the 2012-13 Teacher of the Year by the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

The Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Dena McCaffrey as Dean of Career and Technical Education and Dr. Michael Booker as Communication and Fine Arts Division Chair. Both had administratively served on an interim basis, having previously held full-time positions in other institutional capacities.

A group of 11 Jefferson College employees were selected to represent the college as participants in the 2013-14 President’s Leadership Academy: Linda Abernathy, Kelly Almond, Diane Arnzen, Janie Blum, Alisha Conley, Melissa Coolich, Sandy Frey, Katherine Johnson, Lisa Martin, Miriam Rouggly, and Kristen Yelton. The employees joined a similar group of colleagues from Mineral Area College to learn about community college policies, governance, finances, and state legislative issues. The academy (held every other year) is a means for participants to grow professionally and learn about the many facets of community college operations.

The college’s Xi Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the Jefferson College chapter of the National Technical Honor Society recognized the scholarly excellence of over 200 students.

The Child Development Center achieved its fourth consecutive four-year state accreditation by the Missouri Accreditation of Programs for Children and Youth.

Jefferson College hosted the 34th annual Mastodon Art and Science Fair, the largest combined art/science fair in the United States. Every school district in Jefferson County participates, accounting for 98 percent of the 3,000+ students who submit entries.

Five full-time faculty were granted tenure status, including Terry Kite in Teacher Education, Shanie Latham in English, Imran Shah in Mathematics, Ida Steiger in Physical Education, and Wesley Whitfield in Chemistry.

The Jefferson College Performing Arts and Cultural Enrichment (PACE) event series which debuted last year, returned for 2013-14 with numerous performances including guest artists such as the Harlem Wizards, the Wee Trio, the United States Air Force Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble, and Brandon Ridenour of the Canadian Brass. The series also featured several student-community performances such as plays, band and choir concerts, theatre performances, and art exhibits.

Adjunct Vocal Music Instructor Keith Boyer performed the role of Horace Adams in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Peter Grimes at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of a celebration on what would have been composer Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday.

To increase communication and provide a greater voice to students in the Nursing program, a seven-member graduate panel, coordinated by Program Director Linda Boevingloh, was formed to discuss issues or concerns and to develop solutions based on best practices.

Business Information Technology Program Director Niki Vogelsang received the Rising Star award from the Missouri Health Information Management Association.

Rita Fischer-Bauman (volleyball, 1986-1988), Willie Lee (basketball, 1966-1967) and the national championship soccer team from 2006 were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.

Nijaz Muratovic was selected as an NJCAA Soccer All American for 2013. He scored six goals and delivered five assists for the Vikings who finished their season at 16-7 and won the 2013 NJCAA Region 16 title. In addition to being named a 2013 NJCAA All American, Muratovic was also selected First Team All-Conference in the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference and was named 2013 NJCAA Region 16 Player of the Year.

 

 

Six outstanding Jefferson College student athletes and two teams were recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association as Academic All Americans and All-Academic Teams for 2013. Volleyball player Abby Landewee (3.84 GPA) and softball player Kayla Meier (3.81 GPA) received the award for Superior Academic Achievement. Meier was also recognized as the 2013 Jefferson College Athletics Scholar Athlete. Blake Martin-baseball (3.77 GPA), Kelsey Schlake-volleyball (3.73 GPA), Rylan Smelcer-soccer (3.72 GPA), and Jessica Gray-volleyball (3.71 GPA) each earned Exemplary Academic Achievement. The two teams recognized for outstanding academic performance were Volleyball and Softball. The volleyball team had a team GPA of 3.35 and the softball team had a team GPA of 3.07.

Jefferson College and the Area Technical School served as the host site for the 2013 SkillsUSA district competition that involved over 520 students from six regional career centers/high schools in 74 separate competitions.

A trio of Jefferson College Culinary Arts students (Lydia Blomberg, Kristin Withington and Ashley Waber) won first place during the 24th Annual Gingerbread Contest in Belleville, Illinois, with a display piece that was made of gingerbread and edible decorations. The trio entered the Master’s level of the competition, pitting them against certified chefs, industry professionals, and previous winners.

Middle school, junior high and high school students took part in several on-campus learning activities including Camp Viking, athletic camps, District Music Festival, Performing Arts Summer Workshop, Viking Band Camp, and Career Expo.

The college’s Marketing and Public Relations Department won two Medallion Awards during the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 5 Conference for excellence in the Electronic Newsletter category (The Windjammer) and in the Promotion Campaign for a Special Event category (50th Anniversary). The regional Medallion Awards is the only competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges.

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Area Singers Invited to Join Jefferson College Community Chorale
for Handel’s Messiah Parts II and III

The Jefferson College Music Department is inviting area singers in all voice ranges to participate in the Community Chorale for a spring presentation of Handel’s Messiah, parts II and III, as part of the college’s new Performing Arts and Cultural Enrichment (PACE) event series.

Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday evenings, beginning January 21, from 7-9:30 p.m. in Room 100 of the Fine Arts building on the Hillsboro campus. There is no cost to participate. The performance is scheduled for Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. in the Jefferson College Fine Arts Theatre.

The Chorale will be directed by Virginia McGuigan. For more information, email vmcguiga@jeffco.edu.

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Jefferson College 2014 Spring Performing Arts Series
Dates Announced

TThe Jefferson College Performing Arts and Cultural Enrichment (PACE) event series will continue with 12 programs from January-May including film, theatre, jazz, art, instrumental and choral music, and magic/illusion.

Sponsored by the college’s Cultural Diversity Committee, the PACE series combines world-class guest artists and entertainers with student-community performances. The programs are suitable for people of all ages.

“A hallmark of any great college is a vibrant arts series featuring performers and experiences that shape our perspective and offer something for everyone,” said Cultural Diversity Committee Chair and Music Assistant Professor Dr. Joel Vanderheyden. “The PACE series includes first-rate artists and performers that celebrate the human spirit, enrich our lives and broaden our understanding of the world, all while providing great entertainment.”

2014 PACE Series - Spring

Master Illusionist Keith Jozsef – January 30 – 7 p.m. ($5 adults/$2 students and seniors)

Missouri Saxophone Quartet “Music Around the World” – February 9 – 3 p.m.
($5 adults/$2 students and seniors)

Spring Play “The Murder Room” – March 6-9 – 10 a.m./8 p.m./8 p.m./2 p.m.
($5 adults/$2 students and seniors)

Band Concert “Through the Years” – March 11 – 7:30 p.m. (free)

Spring Jazz Showcase featuring Christian McBride and Peter Martin – March 13
Master Class – 4 p.m. (free)
Concert – 7:30 p.m. ($5 adults/$2 students and seniors)

48 Hour Film Festival
Meeting – March 14
Project March 20-22
Screening – April 4 – 7 p.m. (free)

Choir Concert “Handel’s Messiah” parts II and III – April 6 – 3 p.m. (free)

Student Art Show – April 28-May 9 (free)

Backyard BBQ with the Funky Butt Brass Band – May 4 – 1 p.m. (free)
BBQ plates $5 each (free with PACE card)

Band Concert “Summer Celebration” – May 6 – 7:30 p.m. (free)

Student Pottery Sale – May 7-8 (free)

Choir Concert “Spring Fling” – May 11 – 3 p.m. (free)

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All individual advance ticket purchases must be done in person at the cashier’s office Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets may also be bought at the door depending on availability.

To view a full list of PACE performances, visit the Jefferson College website at www.jeffco.edu/pace. Questions about tickets can be answered by calling (636) 481-3123 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3123 (TDD 789-5772).

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Jefferson College Culinary Arts Students
Win First Place in Local Gingerbread Competition

A team of Jefferson College Culinary Arts students recently won first place during the 24th Annual Gingerbread Contest in Belleville, Illinois. jeffco gingerbread

This group, comprised of Lydia Blomberg of High Ridge, Kristin Withington of Festus, and Ashley Waber of Arnold, built a display piece that was made of gingerbread and edible decorations. The trio entered the Master’s level of the competition, pitting them against certified chefs, industry professionals, and previous winners.

“I was extremely impressed that these students were willing to compete at the Master level, even though they knew this would be a hard competition,” said Jefferson College Culinary Arts Associate Professor Steve Berkel.

The team spent two months planning and building their gingerbread tree. The gingerbread was transformed into a mythical tree-stump home that included a mushroom forest, a garden, and furniture. All components of the tree had to be edible other than the base and internal supports; the students handmade all of the decorations that were placed on and around the project.

jeffco gingerbread“I loved working on the gingerbread piece. It took a lot of hard work, but I am pleased with the outcome. I had fun working with Ashley and Kristin and hope to do the competition again next year with them,” said Lydia Blomberg.

“Our piece looked so different from the original sketch when it was finished. We started with a basic plan and combined ideas from the group. The piece really came alive,” added Kristin Withington.

“I was nervous to see the outcome after all of the time and hard work we had put into our gingerbread piece,” said Ashley Waber. “In the end it definitely paid off. I would have been proud no matter the outcome.”

The team’s winning tree is now being displayed in downtown Belleville during the holiday season. jeffco gingerbread

For more information about enrolling in the college’s Culinary Arts program, contact the Admissions and Financial Records office at (636) 481-3217 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3217 (TDD 789-5772).

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Jefferson College Part of Missouri Aerospace Training Consortium
To Help Missouri Compete for Production of the Boeing 777X

Jefferson College is one of five Missouri community colleges in the St. Louis metropolitan area to participate in a Missouri Aerospace Training Consortium announced by Governor Jay Nixon that aims to train thousands of Missouri workers for advanced manufacturing jobs at Boeing and other aerospace companies. 

Governor Nixon said the consortium, which includes East Central College, Jefferson College, Mineral Area College, St. Charles Community College, and St. Louis Community College, would give Missouri another competitive advantage in its efforts to win production of the Boeing 777X. 

“The availability of a large, highly-skilled workforce is one of the key factors Boeing will use to determine where to produce its next generation of commercial aircraft,” said Nixon. “Especially in high-tech industries like aerospace, we're seeing once again that Missouri's human capital is one of our most precious and marketable assets. With a strong public education system and an outstanding network of community colleges, this is an area where Missouri already has a competitive edge and the Missouri Aerospace Training Consortium will capitalize on this strength. By training thousands of workers in the areas of aerospace and advanced manufacturing, this consortium will fill a pipeline of highly-skilled workers ready to hit the ground running in these high-paying jobs on day one.”

Consortium members offer many programs that are related to aerospace manufacturing such as aerospace production and assembly, robotics and automation, precision machining, and welding. The colleges also have specialized facilities including an aerospace composites assembly lab, an aerospace mechanical/electrical lab, an aerospace metal structures lab, as well as capacity in general classroom space, offices and computer labs. Members of the consortium also committed to making their best efforts to ensure that at least 10 percent of training participants consortium-wide are minorities. Other public colleges may join the consortium as additional training needs are identified.

“The Missouri Aerospace Training Consortium will have the capacity to train thousands of Missourians for high-demand, high-wage jobs, and it will strengthen existing relationships community colleges and manufacturers throughout the state,” said Dr. Raymond Cummiskey, Jefferson College President and Missouri Community College Association Chair. “I speak for all of my community college colleagues when I say that we're looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work on this exciting new partnership.”

Boeing already has nearly 700 suppliers and vendors in 24 counties across the state. Production of the Boeing 777X would expand opportunities for these and other suppliers, creating jobs and growing local economies throughout Missouri.

State responses to Boeing's RFP are due by Dec. 10, with a decision by Boeing expected by mid-January.

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Jefferson College Area Technical School SkillsUSA Chapter
Rolls Up Their Sleeves for Habitat for Humanity

As part of a community service effort, a group of 15 students from the Jefferson College Area Technical School SkillsUSA habitat for humanitychapter recently volunteered their time to work with Habitat for Humanity on a home rehabilitation/construction project in De Soto.habitat for humanity

ATS student volunteers from De Soto, Festus, Fox, Grandview, Hillsboro, Jefferson R-7, Seckman, and Windsor High School, along with instructors/chapter advisors Steve Berkel and Glenn Coats, rolled up their sleeves to work on the day-long Habitat project. They helped level out the yard, laid sod, spread rock for a driveway, painted baseboard trim, and installed an attached shed.

It was the first Habitat for Humanity project for the Jefferson College ATS SkillsUSA chapter; however, they plan to continue similar renovation projects throughout the year.

“I participated in Habitat for Humanity because it was for a good cause,” said Abby Zohner, a student from the Fox School district.

habitat for humanity“It was a wonderful experience,” added Jefferson College ATS SkillsUSA Advisor Steve Berkel. “I really liked seeing the yard look terrible when we got there and it being complete when we left. It gives you a great feeling of accomplishment.”

“Laying the sod for the yard was the hardest thing we did for the house,” said Colton habitat for humanityShearin-Anderson, a student at Seckman High School.

The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. habitat for humanitySkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,900 students compete in 98 occupational and leadership skill areas.

More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. Combining alumni and lifetime membership, the total number impacted this year is more than 335,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 11.2 million members since its founding in 1965.habitat for humanity

The funding that the Jefferson College ATS SkillsUSA chapter receives comes from a wide variety of fundraising and other activities suggested by members and advisors.

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Jefferson College Spring Registration
Degree Programs and Support Services Are Diverse

Registration has begun for spring semester college-credit classes at Jefferson College with a variety of associate degree programs and technical certificate options available. Classes begin the week of January 13. 

In addition to a full schedule of online courses, on-site classes are available at four locations including Hillsboro – 1000 Viking Drive, Arnold – 1687 Missouri State Road, Cedar Hill - 6471 Cedar Hill Road, and Imperial – 4400 Jeffco Blvd. Students may visit any location to receive enrollment information.

The college offers four associate degree pathways:

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) – a series of career and technical education programs designed for those who wish to gain employment directly upon graduation. The A.A.S. degree is not designed to transfer. In most A.A.S. programs, students may pursue either a degree or a career and technical certificate.

Associate of Arts (A.A.) – a general studies program designed to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) – designed to transfer to a four-year teacher education program.

Associate of Science – Pre-Engineering (A.S.) – designed to transfer to an engineering institution, specifically the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

A complete list of available classes is located on the Jefferson College website at www.jeffco.edu. The college offers a variety of flexible class options that include evening, online, Saturday, eight-week formats, and hybrid (on site/online). Not all programs are available at all locations.

To help students succeed, the college also offers a variety of academic and personal support services including the Advising and Retention Center, Project SUCCESS, financial aid services, a Career Development Center, an Honors Program, peer tutoring, writing and math labs, disability support, a Learning Center, and childcare services (Hillsboro campus).
Registration hours are:

Hillsboro Campus – Student Services
8 a.m-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday
9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, January 11

Jefferson College Arnold and Northwest
8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday
9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, January 11

Jefferson College Imperial
8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday

All Jefferson College sites will close for the holidays at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 20, and reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 6.

Residents can also pursue a bachelor’s degree without leaving Jefferson County through Jefferson College’s cooperative partnerships with Missouri Baptist University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Central Methodist University.

To receive more information about spring semester classes and programs, call the Office of Admissions and Student Records at (636) 481-3217 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3217 (TDD 789-5772).

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Jefferson College Respiratory Care Week Activities
Highlight Healthcare Training Opportunities

Students and instructors in Jefferson College’s new Respiratory Therapy program recently hosted several educational activities in conjunction with national Respiratory Care Week by performing peak flow testing demonstrations and displaying instructional equipment.

Respiratory Care Week was created in 1982 to highlight the respiratory care profession and promote awareness of lung health issues and practices. Professionals from around the country and around the world come together in their workplaces and communities to:

Celebrate, by hosting activities to honor and reward respiratory therapists for their contributions.

Motivate, by encouraging patients and their families in their battles against lung disease.

Educate, by taking awareness of lung diseases like COPD and asthma to the community.

Inspire, by building the desire in others to enter the respiratory care profession, and

Learn, by maximizing personal and professional skills with new resources.

Jefferson College’s Respiratory Therapy program culminates in an Associate of Applied Science Degree. To learn more about admission requirements, call (636) 481-3456 or (636) 481-3466. The Respiratory Therapy program is a workforce solution funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

Missouri’s health care industry is growing, causing hospitals, clinics and other employers to need more therapists. By expanding educational opportunities in this field, Jefferson College is being proactive by opening the door for employment opportunities and stimulating the economy.

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Expanded Menu Selections Enhance Food Service at Jefferson College
Viking Café Open to Community

In response to campus requests and feedback from advisory committee members, Jefferson College’s cafeteria/food contractor Food Service Consultants has made a number of changes for the upcoming year to provide additional healthy eating options and increase variety within the existing Viking Café menu.

Both the Jefferson College Viking Café (Student Center) and Snack Bar (CTE Building) on the Hillsboro campus are open daily to community members as well as students and college employees.

From an expanded deluxe salad bar and a new deli bar with made-to-order sandwiches/wraps to a daily value meal and homemade hamburgers, the changes have been made in an effort to provide something for all ages.

Some of the many customer-focused options include:

  • Deluxe Expanded Salad Bar –Daily fresh fruit, yogurt bar, hummus, and a wider variety of healthier items.

 

  • New Deli Bar – Sandwiches and wraps made-to-order. Sandwiches are prepared much like Subway with a choice of ingredients. Wraps for “grab and go” will still be made available as an option.
  • Main Entrée and Daily Features – Features the most popular menu items, as well as some new and “lighter” selections. Menu items will be homemade as much as possible. There will also be an emphasis placed on reducing the use of processed foods. Alternative or additional entrees and hot sandwiches will be added to the menu cycle. Vegetables will be primarily “fresh or frozen.” Homestyle mashed potatoes and other accompaniments will be featured and fresh- baked breads and rolls will be offered as well.

 

  • Panini and Hot Sandwich Specials – Available daily with a soup/panini special on Friday
  • Grill Area – “Homemade” hamburgers are cooked-to-order and grilled chicken breasts and breaded chicken menu items are available daily. Although items are progressively cooked in order to ensure speedy service, everyone is encouraged to request that their selection be freshly prepared while they wait.

 

  • Soft Drinks/Coffee – A variety of popular beverages are available along with half-price refills. Beverage prices remain the same as last year.
  • Value Meals – To help those that are on a limited budget, a $3.50 value meal has been added and will be featured daily. Patrons are encouraged to purchase a Viking Café meal card, which features a 10% savings on all purchases at both the café and snack bar!

 

  • “Going Green” – The café and snack bar has begun using paper plates while working toward eliminating all styrofoam where possible.
  • Vending – To make it more convenient for everyone to purchase their favorite beverage, “credit card” validators have been added to a couple of the new soda vending machines at the main campus as well as one each at the Arnold and Imperial campuses.

 

  • Papa John’s Pizza Day – Due to popular demand, the café will be bringing back Papa John’s Day.

Operating hours for the fall semester are:

Viking Café – Student Center (Hillsboro Campus)
8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Monday-Friday

Snack Bar – CTE Building (Hillsboro Campus)
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday-Friday

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday

For more information about the Jefferson College Viking Café, menu options, or operating hours, call Food Service Director Michele Largent at (636) 481-3255 or (636) 797-3000, ext.3255 or email mlargen3@jeffco.edu.

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Jefferson College Offers Tuition-Free Computer Support Training Program
Via MoHealthWINs Grant – Application Deadline Nov. 26

Helping people train for good jobs in the growing field of healthcare is the goal of a $1 million grant received by Jefferson College through the statewide MoHealthWINs grant.

Qualified applicants may apply for a tuition-free training program to earn a Computer Information Systems-Computer Support certificate this spring at Jefferson College. The MoHealthWINs program is open to Missouri veterans and Trade Act participants in addition to unemployed, underemployed, and low-skilled individuals. To apply, potential students must visit the Missouri Career Center in Arnold or Washington to verify eligibility. Following verification, applicants are required to complete the college’s admissions process and a short essay.

The grant-funded program covers tuition and lab fees, but does not include books, college application fees or other incidental costs. Other financial aid opportunities may be available to help participants defer expenses.

The 28-week fast-track program will be taught on the Jefferson College Arnold campus where up to 18 students will be accepted to begin this spring. Applications must be submitted to the Missouri Career Center in Arnold or Washington by Tuesday, November 26.

“Jefferson College is excited about the opportunity to provide this unique program to our community through the MoHealthWINs grant,” said Director of Health Occupations Programs Kenny Wilson. “The CIS-Computer Support certificate program is an excellent and cost-effective way for members of our community to advance their skill set and, by extension, their employability in a challenging economic market.”

Missouri’s health care industry is growing quickly, causing hospitals, clinics and other employers to need more nurses, lab technicians and other skilled workers. By expanding educational opportunities in these fields, the college is opening the door for employment opportunities and keeping the economy growing. 

“The entire healthcare industry is driven by technology,” said Computer Information Systems Instructor Chris DeGeare. “The maintenance and repair of these critical systems require skilled technicians. Jefferson College is providing a way to gain those skills quickly, while keeping costs to a minimum.”

Details about the accelerated Computer Information Systems-Computer Support certificate program are available by contacting the Missouri Career Center in Arnold at (636) 287-8909 or Washington (636) 239-6703 or the Jefferson College Admissions and Student Records Office at (636) 481-3217.

To learn more about the statewide MoHealthWINs initiative, visit www.mohealthwins.org for a complete list of available programs and additional information.

This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

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Jefferson College-MU Partnership
Provides Internet Connectivity to Mizzou Online

Jefferson College, as a member of the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA), recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a partnership to provide Internet connectivity access to community college graduates who enroll in courses and degree programs through Mizzou Online.

In the agreement, each MCCA community college agrees to furnish, as needed, Internet connectivity through designated campus computer stations as a free and secure access point for Mizzou Online enrollees. Use of these work stations are limited to associate degree graduates of the respective community colleges who enroll in Mizzou Online courses.

“The use of existing and emerging technology to make higher education more accessible to residents in all regions of our state is a priority of the Missouri Community College Association,” said Dr. Raymond Cummiskey, president of Jefferson College and chairman of the MCCA Presidents and Chancellors Council. “By partnering with the University of Missouri to encourage degree completion at both the community college and university levels, MCCA is mindful that a high-quality, affordable education should not be a luxury, but available to anyone who desires.”

The purpose of the partnership is to expand the comprehensiveness of distance education courses and degree offerings across Missouri so more citizens may earn associate and bachelor’s degrees while continuing to live and work in each MCCA community college’s service region.mu-jeffco

“MU is proud of its tradition as a land-grant university of providing bachelor’s degrees and beyond to Missourians who thrive in the fast-changing technology-driven environment of the 21st century,” MU Provost Brian Foster said. “This partnership takes this tradition forward in an important way and reflects these institutions’ opportunity to expand and strengthen options for Missourians.”

MU will not compete with the respective community colleges when it comes to lower-division general education and prerequisite courses in a student’s major. Students who are deficient in those courses will be encouraged to first complete those at the sending community college.

Several active transfer and articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of community college graduates to Mizzou Online courses and degree programs are already in place. Mizzou Online, which offers more than 90 University of Missouri undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates, served more than 12,600 students last year.

Member institutions of the MCCA are Crowder College (Neosho), East Central College (Union), Jefferson College (Hillsboro), Metropolitan Community College (Kansas City), Mineral Area College (Park Hills), Moberly Area Community College (Moberly), North Central Missouri College (Trenton), Ozarks Technical Community College (Springfield), St. Charles Community College (St. Peters), St. Louis Community College (St. Louis), State Fair Community College (Sedalia) and Three Rivers College (Poplar Bluff).

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Joseph Pilger Receives Student Leadership Award

 

The Missouri Community College Association presented Jefferson College student Joseph Pilger with the Student Leadership Award during a ceremony held in St. Louis today.  Pilger enrolled at Jefferson College after serving as a mechanical engineer in the U.S. Navy.  In his first year, he completed the LPN program with distinction, while simultaneously participating in campus activities and working part-time.  He is a student ambassador and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and he has helped form a Nursing Club and establish a National Technical Honor Society chapter.

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Jefferson College Honor Society

Induction Ceremony Recognizes Scholarly Students

49 members were recently inducted into the Jefferson College Xi Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during the organization’s fall ceremony on the Hillsboro campus.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international society based on the hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. To be considered for membership, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Fall semester inductees include left to right (first row) Jocelyn Rich (Vice President of Finance), Hillsboro; Taylor Melton (Vice President of Fellowship), Hillsboro; Shwuna Picking, Hillsboro; Sarah Dugdale, Fenton; Teresa Ennis, Festus; Sarah Maples, Hillsboro; Kelsie O Toole, Hillsboro; Christin Hovis, Arnold; Daniele Wiley, Hillsboro;jeffco ptk Michelle Herrington, Fenton; Stephene Trent (Vice President of Leadership), De Soto; (second row) Michael Austin (Vice President of Scholarship), Arnold; Abigail Wehlermann, Hillsboro; Kim Bennett, Festus; Kathy Northcutt, Imperial; Julia Stephan, Imperial; Sarah Bringer, Hillsboro; Emily Anderson, Festus; Michelle Melton, House Springs; Kerri Eller, Arnold; Norma Lemons, Bloomsdale; Amanda Bushey, House Springs; (third row) Nathan Elkins, High Ridge; Travis Davis, Hillsboro; Charles Bruemmer, Fenton; Kyle Rieken, St. James; Masha Kinley, St. Louis; Kathy Harbaugh, Imperial; Christa Czapla, House Springs; Jessica Wideman, Festus; Jodi Black, High Ridge; Matthew Koebel (Vice President of Public Relations), Fenton; and Aaron Cooper (Chapter President), Imperial.

Not pictured are Dennis Abrams, Herculaneum; Susan Cowsert, Park Hills; Kelly Duclos, Arnold; Michael Gibson, Arnold; Halie Glass, Hillsboro; Kristy Goad, Imperial; Tracy Howell, De Soto; Thomas Kekeisen, Arnold; Amber Kraemer, Ste. Genevieve; Trent Leimkuehler, Washington; Meredith McGaughey, Crystal City; Crystal Millering, High Ridge; Carrie Miskell, Arnold; Gabrielle Mitchem, De Soto; Ashley Portell, Festus; Melissa Ringwald, De Soto; Ryan Rippee, Springfield; Jeremiah Schmidt, Cedar Hill; Danielle Weldele, Imperial; and Joshua Wilson, Farmington.

Phi Theta Kappa serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.

In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters. 

The Xi Zeta chapter was established at Jefferson College in 1965 and has received numerous regional and international awards including Most Outstanding Missouri Chapter and National Top 10 Chapter. Chapter advisors are Assistant Professor of Chemistry Wesley Whitfield and Instructional Support Specialist Karen Hester.

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Jefferson County Library’s Arnold Branch Sponsors Poetry Contest

 

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Pepper & Nutmeg Comic Shares a Slice of Life @ the Library 

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            Join the Jefferson County Library in celebrating National Library Week (April 13-19) with the online adventures of Pepper and Nutmeg showcased at: http://jclwebsite.tumblr.com.   This homegrown original online comic follows a jackrabbit and dachsund as they explore the library and all it has to offer.  Pepper and Nutmeg are portrayed by wonderfully lifelike puppets from ©Folkmanis, Inc.

Librarian Josh Henry, creator of the comic, stated “The puppets are fantastic and we think they make great characters to help promote our library and reading in a creative way.”  So far Pepper and Nutmeg have fought off paranormal books in the teen section (see attached photo), been stalked by James Patterson and learned the ins and outs of applying for a passport.  Keep an eye out for further adventures each month!   

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Jefferson County Library Foundation Receives Monsanto Fund Grant
for Summer 2014 Library Programs

The Jefferson County Library Foundation has received a grant of $9,990 from the Monsanto Fund to support science-themed activities as part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program. Foundation Board President Vernon Sullivan, a retired educator, said the Foundation was thrilled to receive the grant to provide hands-on activity programs at all three branch libraries next summer. “This is a great fit with the 2014 theme of Fizz, Boom, Read!” Sullivan said, “and an opportunity to show kids how science connects with everyday life.”

Jefferson County Library has been sponsoring the annual Summer Reading Program since the district opened its first branch libraries in Arnold and High Ridge in 1991. Last year 2,676 children and teens participated in the program, attending activities at the libraries and reading 43,133 books.

The Summer Reading Program for 2014 will run from June 2 through July 31. Children of all ages and teens (generally through age 15) participate in activity programs and in the annual summer reading challenge. JCL gives first preference to residents of the active library subdistricts (corresponding to the Fox, Windsor and Northwest School Districts) and to nonresident cardholders who pay an annual fee to use the library (those who do not live or own real property within the active library subdistricts). Some nonresidents pay
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$15 for a three month family card to use the library during the summer only to participate in the Summer Reading Program.

Sign up for the activity programs and the summer reading challenge will start in May. The library consulted with the Mastodon Fair to plan the programs, and has selected the organization Mad Science to provide all-ages programs to kick off the SRP in early June and grand finale programs in early August at the Arnold, Northwest and Windsor Branches. Mad Science will also present a series of hands-on science-based activity workshops for children in grades K-6 three days each week during the month of July at all three branch libraries. Participating kids and their parents are encouraged to post photos and comments about the programs and workshops on the library’s Facebook page this summer at https://www.facebook.com/summerwithmadscience. Advance registration is required for all Mad Science programs due to space limitations.

Activities will use ordinary objects and experiences to discover how scientific concepts impact so many facets of our everyday life. “Every room in your house is full of amazing inventions that are the result of people who pursued their ideas, tried and failed over and over again, until they finally succeeded in making them work. And we all enjoy the benefit of their patience and persistence,” said library director Pam Klipsch.  

Klipsch said the library was grateful to the Library Foundation Board and to the Monsanto Fund for providing this support. “It’s giving us opportunities to collaborate with other educators,” she said, “and to encourage kids’ natural curiosity and inventiveness about how things work, and how to make them work better. The library should be a place that encourages curiosity and investigation.”

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(L to R): Jonah, Adam and Elijah Bishop, sons of Mark and Rebecca Bishop of Festus, look forward to attending the Mad Science programs at the Jefferson County Library this summer. "It's science --- it's fun," said Jonah. Adam is most interested in the Science of Toys program. Elijah says "I want to do all the science things." The programs are funded by a grant to the Library Foundation from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company.

About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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Anne Coleman Wins Downton Abbey Trivia


The Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library, 7479 downton triviaMetropolitan Blvd., Barnhart, hosted a Downton Abbey Tea and Trivia on Saturday, March 29.  Twenty-one people learned the niceties of having a tea and participated in three rounds of questions about the Downton Abbey Series.  Anne Coleman of Arnold won a gift basket of cookies, tea and a single serve tea set by scoring 30 of 31 points.  All enjoyed the trivia and visiting with other followers of the series.       

 
 

Jefferson County Library Announces Winners of
15th Annual Poetry Contest

 

The Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library has announced the winners of the 15th Annual Poetry Contest.  Three winners were selected from each category:poetry contest
Winners: 5-11 Years
Seif Elkhashab – Reading Is Fun
Nicole Fluegel – Jawbreaker
Emily Laiben – Fire of the Heart

Winners: 12-18 Years
Richard Blum – A Broken Promise
Trevor Newman – Perspective of Truth
Savanna Noskay – Ocean Nightfall

Winners: 19 Years & Older
Loretta Clayton – Beauty in the Hallway
Shannon Morgan – It’s a Girl
Sara Schmidt – All Grown Up

poetryWinners were invited to an Awards Ceremony and Poetry Reading on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library where they received a certificate and a gift card to Barnes and Noble.  (Prizes were supplied by funds from the Arnold Branch Friends of the Library.)  The winning poems can be read online on the Jefferson County Library website (http://jeffersoncountylibrary.org/kids/84-poetrycontestwinners).  Copies of the winning poems and all submitted entries will be added to the Jefferson County Poets book kept at the Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library.

 

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Local Author Meet and Greet

The Jefferson County Library, Northwest Branch, will host a meet and greet with two local, up-and-coming authors on Monday April 14, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This event will be held at the library located at 5680 State Road PP, in High Ridge.
Local authors Joe Schwartz and John F.D. Taff are making waves in the publishing community.  Schwartz is the author of The Games Men Play, Joe’s Black T-Shirt, and is a contributor to several short story collections.  Taff is the author of The Bell Witch, Little Deaths, and numerous works of horror and dark fiction.  Both authors will have copies of their work available for purchase and will be available to discuss writing, publishing, or answer any other related questions.
There is no charge for this program, but advanced registration is requested and space is limited. Reservations can be made at the library, by emailing Molly Pfeiffer at mpfeiffer@jeffcolib.org, or by calling 636.677.8186. 

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The Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library is celebrating National Library Week

April 13-19.

The Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library at 7479 Metropolitan Blvd. in Barnhart is celebrating National Library Week April 13-19, 2014. 

The Windsor Branch joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.   

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. 

 Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them.  Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or support early literacy, librarians listen to the communities they serve, and they respond. 

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.  The Windsor Branch is celebrating National Library Week by having a drawing for a Kindle E Ink sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  Runner-up prizes include gift cards.

One entry will be given with each check-out at the circulation desk or two entries will be given to those using the self- check machine.  You must be at least 16 or older to enter.  Winners will be contacted on Monday April 21, 2014. 

For more information, visit the Windsor Branch at 7479 Metropolitan Blvd, call 636-461-1914 or see the Web site at www.jeffersoncountylibrary.org Library hours are:  Mon-Thurs. 9:00-9:00, Friday 9:00-6:00 and Saturday 9:00-5:00.

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Arnold Library Awarded LSTA Grant for New Self Checkout Machine

The Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library (1701 Missouri State Rd, 63010) is pleased to announce that it recently received a federal Library Services and Technology Act grant of $4,142 to purchase a new self checkout machine.  The LSTA funds were made available through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and administered by the Missouri State Library.

“The new third self checkout station is a wonderful asset to the library.  This will help us serve patrons quicker during high traffic times such as our weekly Story Times.  Children especially love being able to checkout their own books,” said Branch Manager Meredith McCarthy.  People who use the selfcheck machine can also view a list of their items checked out and renew materials as needed. 

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Volunteers

The Jefferson County Library, Northwest Branch, is pleased to announce that they had almost 3500 hours in volunteer service in 2013. 
Many of those hours were worked by the Friends of the Library, a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting the library and its services.  The Friends raise money for the library through their used book store, annual quilt raffles and other activities. 
“This is a very dedicated group of supporters,” stated library manager Cindy Hayes.  “Many of them were involved in the library when it was a volunteer library.  Those volunteers often held bake sales just to pay rent on their leased space.  They continue to serve as library advocates, some working hundreds of hours each year.”
Two volunteers worked especially hard in 2013.  Bookstore managers Marion Greife worked 400 hours and Sue Asher worked 439 in 2013.  
Carol Bacher, Sharon Cole, Kathy Gustavison, Ella Lancaster, Sue Luithle, Carol Muser, Donna O’Malley, Betty Rohlfing, and Doris Sipe all worked volunteered more than 100 hours each in 2013.
“We have other volunteers as well. We have several high school students - some who need to perform volunteer service as a school requirement, others who just want to help their community and keep busy during the summer,” Hayes said.  “One student has volunteered the last four summers assisting us with our summer reading program.  She has worked 100 hours or more each year.”
Not-for-profit organizations, like the library, rely heavily on volunteers.  “With the tight economy, we no longer have enough staff to re-shelve returned books and to “read” the shelves,” Hayes added. “Reading the shelves means making sure that the books are in their proper order so that they are easy to find. Volunteers can choose their favorite book department and read the shelves in those areas. It’s a great way to find new authors you may have never heard of.”
The Northwest Branch will soon begin taking applications for their summer volunteer program for youth.  Students ages 12 and up are eligible to apply.  Those selected will go through appropriate training.  A limited number of youth volunteers are needed.
Adults interested in volunteering are encouraged to join the Friends of the Library, or apply as library volunteers.  All adults chosen to volunteer must have a police back ground check before they will be allowed to start. 
For more information about the Friends of the Library contact Cindy Hayes at 636.677.8186.  For information about the youth and other adult volunteer opportunities contact Molly Pfeiffer at 636-677-8186.

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Jefferson County Library’s Arnold Branch
Sponsors Poetry Contest

               
The Arnold Branch (1701 Missouri State Rd., Arnold, MO 63010) of the Jefferson County Library invites everyone to enter the 16th Annual Poetry Contest.  Submissions to the contest will be accepted through February 28, 2014 at the Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library.
Everyone is encouraged to submit an original poem of their creation on any topic.  Three winners will be chosen from each age category (5-11 years, 12-18 years, and 19 years & older).  Guidelines and entry forms are available at the Arnold Branch or online at http://www.jeffersoncountylibrary.org.

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Arnold Branch Hosts Preschool Fair

 

            The Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library (1701 Missouri State Rd., Arnold) will be hosting a Preschool Fair on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Parents are invited to the library to visit with representatives of several local preschools.  Compare programs to see which preschool is ideal for your family.  This is a free, community event for parents.  Children are welcome, but must be supervised at all times.
Participating preschools include Creative Expressions Learning Center, F.R.O.G. Childhood Center, The Goddard School, Holy Child Catholic Preschool, JFCAC Head Start, St. John’s Lutheran School, St. Joseph Catholic Preschool, Tots to Toddlers and Beyond Enrichment Center, and Westbrook Academy Childcare and Learning Center.
For more information, call Amy Held at (636) 296-2204 or email aheld@jeffcolib.org.

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Jefferson County Library Foundation Receives Monsanto Fund Grant
For 2014 Summer Library Programs

The Jefferson County Library Foundation has received a grant of $9,990 from the Monsanto Fund to support science-themed activities as part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program at the Jefferson County Library’s Arnold, Northwest and Windsor Branches. Foundation Board President Vernon Sullivan, a retired educator, said the Foundation was thrilled to receive the grant to provide hands-on activity programs at all three branch libraries next summer. “This is a great fit with the 2014 theme of Fizz, Boom, Read!” Sullivan said, “and an opportunity to show kids how science connects with everyday life.”

Library director Pam Klipsch said the library was grateful to the Foundation Board and to the Monsanto Fund for providing this support. “It’s going to give us opportunities to collaborate with the school districts, Jefferson College and the Mastodon Fair,” she said, “to encourage kids’ curiosity about how the natural world operates, and to think about the kind of work that scientists do. The library should be a place that encourages curiosity and investigation.”

Since 1964 the Monsanto Fund has functioned as the philanthropic arm of St. Louis-based Monsanto Corporation, working to improve people’s lives and strengthen the communities where Monsanto employees live and work. The Math & Science Education K-12 Program awards grants to educational organizations like libraries to encourage young people to explore and connect with the world around them. 

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Jefferson County Library Foundation Thanks 2013 Donors

The Jefferson County Library Foundation received grants and donations totaling just over $12,000 in 2013 to fund new technology and online resources for the public at the Library District’s Arnold, Northwest and Windsor Branches.
“Since its inception in the fall of 2010, the Foundation has raised $24,299 to help fund Internet services, online databases for students of all ages, downloadable e-books for children and adults, and interactive digital media for children,” said JCL director Pam Klipsch. “And this year the Foundation Board also established an Endowment Fund for the future. We are so grateful to the Foundation Board members, and to all of our donors, who believe in the power of libraries to provide opportunities for a better life for everyone and a brighter future for our kids especially.”


During 2013 the Library Foundation received grants from the Walmart Foundation, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Ross Dress for Less Stores, Ameren Missouri Meramec Valley Division, and Commerce Bancshares Foundation.
2013 donors include the Friends of the Arnold Branch Library, Bill and Nancy Bergfeld, the Family of William F. Klipsch Jr. and Ruth E. Klipsch, Vernon Sullivan Friends of Fox School, Gil and Linda Schroeder, the Friends of the Windsor Branch Library, Eric and Nelda Knoll, Retta M. Tuggle, Jeff Roorda, Mark and Bianca Bullock, Ron Counts, High Ridge Firefighters Local 2665, Jefferson County Labor PAC, Commerce Bank of Arnold, and Meramec Specialty Company.


The Jefferson County Library Foundation is a 501c3 public charity registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and all donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible.  Please send donation to the Jefferson County Library Foundation, c/o Jefferson County Library, 5678 State Road PP, High Ridge MO 63049.

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Getting Library eBooks Easier Than Ever!


                                                         
Reading eBooks from Jefferson County Library’s digital library, www.molib2go.org, is becoming easier than ever. The app to enjoy digital titles on your mobile device, OverDrive Media Console (OMC), has been completely redesigned focusing on improving ease of use.  A new version of the app will be available on August 20. Some highlighted features include:

  • A redesigned user interface with an all-new look, streamlined navigation, and a one-stop reorganized menu.
  • Sync bookmarks and reading progress across multiple devices using a free, opt-in registration service called OverDrive One.
  • Variable speed playback for Apple devices. Audiobook users’ most requested feature.

 

System Requirements: OMC v3.0 for Android users requires Android OS v4.0 (or newer). OMC for Android v2.6.5 will remain available for download. OMC for iOS requires iOS 6 (or newer).

 

If you already have OverDrive Media Console installed on your device, you will be prompted to update, or it will happen automatically depending on your device settings. To install OverDrive Media Console, or for more information, visit http://omc.overdrive.com.

 

For more detailed information on accessing eBooks and downloadable audiobooks through the Jefferson County Library, visit www.jeffersoncountylibary.org or stop by a library branch near you.  Happy reading!

 
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September is Library Card Sign-up Month @ the Library

          September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library wants to remind you that “The Smartest Card is @ your library” - it’s your library card. What other card in your wallet gives you access to a gold mine of books, magazines, CD’s and videos, not to mention computers and Internet access.

 


It’s no coincidence that National Library Card Sign-up Month comes in September, when school is back in session. The American Library Association and local libraries around the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. Your library card is your ticket to opportunity.

 


Children who visit the Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library located at 7479 Metropolitan Blvd., Barnhart, MO during the month of September with their parents and complete an application for a library card will receive a free book and a book bag. So make sure you and your children have the Smartest Card. Get it and use it @ your library.

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New Service Offered

The Jefferson County Library now offers an online book discussion group on Facebook. The library has branches in Arnold, High Ridge and Barnhart.

 

Book Chat is an opportunity for readers to talk about the books they are reading or listening to. There are times in every reader’s life when you read a really great book but none of your friends read it, so you have no one to talk to about it. This group will fill that need and more,” states Cindy Hayes, manager of the Northwest Branch.  “Some readers have a limited number of authors that they like to read and once they’ve read all that those authors have written, they don’t know where to turn.  Other members of the discussion group can offer suggestions based on the books that they have read.”

 


There is no formal registration to join the group. Readers can log onto Facebook and visit the library’s page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jefferson-County-Library-Missouri/100489383325059; or simply search for Jefferson County Library Missouri. The library’s moderator “Dewey Doll” will be live Tuesday evenings from 6:00 until 7:00. 

 

For more details call the Arnold Branch at 636-296-2204, the Northwest Branch at 636-677-8186, or the Windsor Branch at 636-464-1914.

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