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Career Center students celebrate JAC3 program accomplishments

August 11, 2020 

Jackson, Mich. - Nearly a dozen students were honored for their accomplishments in the Jackson Area Career Center’s early/middle college program.

11 students from the fourth cohort of the JAC3 Early/Middle College graduated from the program last week. The JAC3 Early/Middle College, now in its 7th year, is offered to high school juniors who sign up to take Engineering, Precision Machining or Welding at the Jackson Area Career Center. Students who enroll take college classes and participate in an apprenticeship with a Jackson area employer, at no extra cost to the student or their families. Students who complete the program also have the opportunity for full-time employment upon graduation. 

“This cohort shared several common traits such as humble, hardworking, devoted and planners toward their future from a visionary perspective,” said Dan Draper, Assistant Principal of the Jackson Area Career Center. “This group is also unique because of its ‘firsts’. Cohort #4 was the first to have a female engineering student, our first African-American student, our first SkillsUSA state top 3, our first student to fully complete his associate’s degree and continue on toward his bachelor’s degree - and for three local schools, this was their first graduate.” 

For completing the JAC3 program, the students received a JAC3 certificate of completion, a MEMCA certification, and a toolset donated by Alro.  The students were:

  • Boyd Culver (Northwest HS), from Precision Machining, works at Tecomet
  • Tyler Davidson (East Jackson HS), from Welding, works at Orbitform
  • Nicolas Debose (Northwest HS), from Precision Machining, works at Technique
  • Zayne Dykstra-Gray (Springport HS), from Precision Machining, works at Great Lakes Industry
  • Graham Macomber (JPEC), from Engineering, works at LeMatic
  • Justin McCartney (Northwest HS), from Precision Machining, works at Advance Turning
  • Conner Redmond (Vandercook Lake HS), from Precision Machining
  • Neal Sanders (Jackson HS), from Precision Machining, works at Orbitform
  • Cameron Senft (Northwest HS), from Precision Machining
  • Alyssa Skidmore (Grass Lake HS), from Engineering
  • Orlando Willis-Hampton (JPEC), from Precision Machining, works at Alro Plastics

For more information about the JAC3 program, visit

JAC3 class

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