ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Jones County Junior College officially turned 100 years young Sunday, September 18.
An official kickoff to the year long Centennial Celebration took place Sunday afternoon with a birthday party at the C. L. Neill Student Center. A number of past graduates of the college attended the birthday celebration.
Many events are scheduled in this kickoff week to include a Centennial Convocation Ceremony Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and the opening of Jones Hall, a three story, state of the art classroom facility, on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
JCJC first opened its doors with 4 teachers and 50 students September 18 1911 as an agricultural high school.
"Times have changed dramatically, but the one thing that is the same is that success is going to depend on a college education," said Doctor Jesse Smith, JCJC President. "The next 100 years will be just like our first 100 years where Jones should be a part of meeting the education needs of the future."
Several former graduates from the 1940's assisted Doctor Smith in cutting the centennial birthday cake.