President's Message

For more than 50 years, Jefferson State Community College has been proud to serve the greater Birmingham area by providing a quality education blended with convenience, value and personal attention. Jefferson State remains firmly rooted in the communities we serve, consistently helping people of all generations acquire the education and workforce training needed to achieve their goals.

Jefferson State serves approximately 15,000 students each year and is one of the largest community colleges in the state. We currently offer more than 120 university transfer programs, 33 career programs and numerous certificate programs at our four campuses in Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Chilton counties. In addition to these campuses, we have an extensive online presence to allow flexible learning from any location. Our staff is eager to assist you in finding a program or course that fits your needs.

With the ever-increasing cost of education at many institutions, higher education can be out of reach for many families. Jefferson State prides itself on providing accessible, economical education of the highest caliber. I myself am a graduate of Jefferson State. I experienced firsthand how a quality, affordable educational opportunity prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution or enter the workforce.

Please explore our site and discover how Jefferson State can help you accomplish your vision. Let us show you where you can Find Your Place at Jefferson State.

Keith A. Brown, President

Jefferson State Community College

Mission Statement

Our Vision

The vision of Jefferson State Community College is to be recognized as the most effective community college in the state of Alabama by providing individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to function in a technologically demanding society. In a period of significant and rapid change, we intend to put the learner’s needs first by being responsive and innovative, as well as being a catalyst for lifelong learning through the use of a variety of delivery systems.

Statement of Philosophy and Purpose

Jefferson State Community College, as a comprehensive, public, two-year, community college, exists to provide an educational environment in which the needs of the individual student, the community, and other target audiences can be met. Within this educational environment, Jefferson State endeavors to make collegiate education accessible to all who seek it and in a manner consistent with the vision, mission, goals, and objectives of the Alabama Community College System. The college is dedicated to offering programs and activities which reflect those characteristics that help define an educated person. These characteristics include a level of general education that enables the individual to understand his or her culture and environment; the development of skills in analysis, communication, quantification, and synthesis necessary for further growth as a lifelong learner and a productive member of society; the identification of a system of personal values based on accepted ethics that lead to civic and social responsibility; and the attainment of skills that enhance the development of leisure activities and a healthful lifestyle. These characteristics are attained not only through organized courses and programs, but also through the intellectual and social climate of the college and through a variety of social, cultural, civic and other educational activities that are offered based on the needs of the community.

The following purposes stemming from this philosophy, are stated by the college as commitments to fulfilling the overall role of the institution:

  • The college is committed to providing accessible educational and workforce development programs through which students may obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue their life’s work and to become educated members of society. Students may select an option from among:
  • University parallel degree programs that prepare students to transfer to a college or university as a junior.
  • Career and professional degree programs that integrate general and career-specific education and prepare students for immediate employment.
  • Certificate and non-credit certificate programs and other learning opportunities that enable students to acquire specific training to prepare for employment or advancement in jobs requiring skilled employees.
  • Dual enrollment programs that allow qualified high school students to earn credits for a high school diploma and/or a postsecondary degree.
  • Distance learning programs and classes that promote accessibility through new technologies.

The college is committed to providing the services and environment necessary to assist its students in achieving their educational goals and enhancing their social and physical development. These include:

  • Student academic, developmental, and support services that assist all students in achieving their goals.
  • Administrative services that support students, faculty, and staff.
  • An environment that is conducive to learning.

The college is committed to acting as a leader in building connections beyond the campus and in fostering partnerships which are inspired by common goals. In addition to offering college facilities and resources to the community, the college accepts the responsibility for providing:

  • Activities that promote community, social and civic well-being.
  • Courses and other activities that promote economic well-being and growth through workforce training and retraining.
  • Opportunities that expand cultural experiences.
  • Financial resources to enhance existing and future college programs.

In all of these efforts Jefferson State is committed to providing:

  • Maintenance of achievement standards consistent with accredited collegiate institutions.
  • A system of technical assessments and certifications that meet the needs of business and industry.
  • Accessible programs that are offered at reasonable costs.
  • The establishment of partnerships with other schools, universities, businesses, and the community at large.
  • Continual improvement through on-going evaluation and advocacy of innovation in teaching and learning.
Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Associate of Arts

Jefferson State Community College

The mission of the Liberal Arts Department is to offer courses and programs that will provide a quality educational experience. The Liberal Arts Department is divided int ... [+]

Liberal Arts Mission Statement

The mission of the Liberal Arts Department is to offer courses and programs that will provide a quality educational experience. The Liberal Arts Department is divided into two areas-Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Humanities area of this department is dedicated to providing valuable learning experiences in the liberal arts tradition. The department is committed to offering those courses which will present the student an excellent opportunity to pursue moral, creative, and philosophical interests. Courses within this curriculum include art, music, religion, and philosophy.

The Social Science area of this department also acknowledges the liberal arts tradition. It is committed to creating a learning environment of self-awareness along with a sense of growth and development. Courses in this curriculum include anthropology, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.... [-]

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Associate of Science

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Computer Information Systems Technology (Associate of Applied Science Track)

This curriculum is designed to serve students planning to enter the field of computer information technology and those already employed who need specialized skills required by the computing industry.

Options are available for concentrated study in: Computer Programming Computer Networking Web Technologies

Check with your four-year institution for the transferability of courses in this program. This program is not designed to transfer to a four-year institution.

Full-time students planning to complete the Associate in Applied Science degree should concurrently work towards completion of requirements from a chosen option and General Courses requirements. For example, each term, a full-time student should take two to three courses that meet requirements from the student’s chosen option and two to three courses that meet requirements in the General Courses section.... [-]

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Jefferson State Community College

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Business Information Systems

The Department of Business and Information Systems includes the areas of Business, Computer Science, and Office Administration.

The mission of this department is two-fold. The department provides all students access to quality educational opportunities and experiences that will meet the needs of an ever-changing and increasingly demanding technological society.

In addition, the department provides outstanding educational instruction which prepares students for transfer to a college or university.

The department will: Provide career programs and professional degree programs that enable graduates to obtain immediate employment Prepare students to continue their education at four-year institutions Expand learning opportunities through the integration of technology with instruction Provide access to instruction through distance learning as well as traditional modes of delivery provide courses that help those already employed acquire specialized skills needed as a result of technological advances or for job advancement Evaluate programs and courses for relevancy, making appropriate changes when needed Maintain a professional and knowledgeable faculty Catalog ... [-]
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Jefferson State Community College

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Communications Mission Statement

The mission of the Communications Department is to develop in students a desire for excellence in scholarship, an ability to communicate effectively and an appreciation for the humanities. The department endorses the college’s Mission Statement and strives to uphold its commitment to learning.

The department strives to: Meet students’ needs by providing a variety of learning activities to address diverse learning styles. Provide access to instruction through distance learning as well as traditional modes of delivery. Prepare students to continue their education at four-year institutions or to enter the workforce. Offer courses that allow students to upgrade communication skills and knowledge for personal enrichment or for job advancement. Maintain an informed and professional faculty. The Communications Department offers courses in English, mass communications, speech and theatre. These courses are part of the General Education core in our associate and certificate programs. Catalog ... [-]
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Math/Engineering/Physical Sciences Mission Statement

The Department of Mathematics/Engineering/Physical Sciences offers a broad range of courses that service the career programs of the college and that will transfer to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. The department also offers developmental mathematics courses to prepare students for college-level mathematics.

The department will: Provide freshman and sophomore-level coursework which meets or exceeds the standards of public institutions of higher learning. Offer an innovative remedial mathematics program accommodating various skill levels. Develop and provide courses relevant to the career and professional degree programs of the college. Prepare students with strong content knowledge in chemistry and physics with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which will allow them to meet career goals. Offer transferable courses in astronomy and physical science that will meet general education requirements in science. Ensure supplementary student support through audiovisual materials and tutorial services. Provide academic advising to students with engineering majors and general studies. Catalog ... [-]
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