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Honors for non traditional student program

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ELLISVILLE, MS. (WDAM)-  High honors were recently given to Jones County Junior College's non-traditional student services program.

JCJC's three year old program helps students who don't fit the mold of a recent high school graduate. Last week, the Pine Belt Counseling Association recognized the program's dedication by awarding them the Post Secondary Program of the Year Award.

While JCJC has been counseling non-traditional students since 2006, ten months ago the college opened up a center specifically designed for students who are returning to the classroom, those with families, veterans and others who are classified as non traditional.

Diane Williams is the director of JCJC's non-traditional student services program. "Well I think one of the main things we offer is just a genuine, sincere appreciation for and service to those students. Their needs are different from the typical student coming in from high school, they have a lot of baggage that they have to carry in addition to studying," said Williams.

In the last ten months, the non-traditional student center has served about 54-hundred current and potential JCJC students.

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