You are visiting us because you are seeking resources to engage in one of the most important decisions you will make; what pathway you will take in preparation for your future career. We are glad you made it this far, and are eager to join you in your quest for information that will help you to obtain your goals. We are confident that both you and our community will be the better for it.
The College and Career Access Center (CCAC) was founded in 2008 and has evolved with its primary purpose: to assist Jackson County residents to productive careers through the pursuit of appropriate post-secondary education. Here at the CCAC, we value all post-secondary education equally. Whether entering into a traditional two to four year institution, a skilled trade or certification program, the military, or an apprenticeship, we are here to assist you in getting there.
Well into the 21st century, we are seeing the value that a post-secondary education can bring. Research shows that there are many individual and community benefits of post-secondary education. Some benefits include: increased median income, decreased unemployment rates, lower smoking rates, lower incarceration rates, and higher levels of civic participation including volunteerism. Additionally, the actual need for a post-secondary degree is evident. According to analyses of occupational data and workforce trends, by 2018, 62% of available jobs in Michigan will require education beyond high school.
This means that action must be taken in order to ensure that all students attain some type of advanced credentials after high school. That is why we are here. We will assist you in navigating applications, the scholarship and financial aid process, and the continued search for resources once you arrive at an institution of higher learning. Additionally, we stand by those individuals who are returning to work, looking for specific career training, or just seeking a career change. We will help with job searches, cover letters, resumes, and interviewing skills for that new position; providing encouragement every step of the way!
Please take a look at our new website and see the great things that the College & Career Access Center is doing to serve the Jackson community in its pursuit of educational attainment for all students. We are busy working with seniors throughout the school year at the 13 Connected Community Schools to provide one -on- one college and career consultation. We are also excited about our Kids2College/PPST program, which is aimed at offering middle school aged students a combination of post-secondary options, that include traditional 2-4 year institutions as well as a variety of skilled trades options. The annual program culminates in a college visit and a tour of a local manufacturer.
New in 2016, the Juniors Over the Local Circuit Tour is an initiative that will provide every junior in Jackson’s 13 Connected Community Schools the opportunity to visit the three local college campuses: Baker College, Jackson College, and Spring Arbor University.
The CCAC also works diligently throughout the summer with strategic outreach to those students who are at the greatest risk of ‘summer melt.’ Our advisors are tireless in making phone calls, sending letters, and knocking on doors to ensure that these students have the support it takes to bring their plans to fruition. We also work throughout the year to provide service to each and every person who walks through our door; so that they leave feeling empowered by the knowledge and tools they have gained to put their goals into action.
In short, the CCAC is an exciting place, with a great team of dedicated professionals ready to serve you in your college and career plans. We look forward to seeing you as we work together towards your goals!