Danera Forrest, who has served as the women's assistant coach for the last three seasons at JCJC
, was named interim coach.
In building the program, JCJC saw its enrollment drop this fall--nearly 700 students to 5,044 students, down from 5,740 students in fall 2010.
While JCJC is all open-enrollment institution, the school has routinely placed low-scoring students in developmental, noncredit courses in the areas of math, English and the sciences.
As for whether other schools will pick up JCJC's lead, Clark said that college officials will be following what happens at JCJC closely.
Both PRCC and JCJC
offer associate degree tracks through their career and technical programs, marrying the practical with the classroom.
Students at both PRCC and JCJC
pay a $15 assessment fee per class that goes to Mississippi Virtual Community College.
It's made admissions counseling personnel available at JCJC
, PRCC and MGCCC; it sends faculty to colleges to advise instructors what students should be learning to prepare for university work and more, officials said.
That's the message JCJC is trying to give to faculty and staff through a new wellness program that encourages healthy eating and exercise.
Several times a week, about 50 JCJC employees come to hear Brashier talk about good nutrition.
Concern for employees' welfare--coupled with health care costs which make up more than 6 percent of the college's annual operating budget--prompted the JCJC initiative, according to college President Jesse Smith.