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JCJC celebrates 2011 and one hundred years

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email 

ELLISVILLE. MS. (WDAM) - This new year is off to a good start for Jones County Junior College. They are celebrating increased enrollment and their centennial.

Students began the spring semester Thursday at the college. Officials said they expect a final spring enrollment number of about five thousand students. That figure represents an increase of 10% over the spring semester of 2010.

Also, JCJC marks 100 years in 2011. In 1911, Jones began as an agricultural high school. To remember this centennial milestone, the college plans to open some new buildings including Jones Hall. That building will house the college's liberal arts departments. Dr. Jesse Smith is the President of Jones County Junior College.

According to Smith, "It's a 70-thousand square foot facility where almost all students will have one class in this. It'll have the latest technology of course, but it's a signature building that will be the face of the campus for the next 100 years."

Another new building that is set to open on the JCJC campus in 2011 is Anderson Hall. That is a ladies dormitory.

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