Institutional Partners

Jackson State University 

JSU, a Carnegie classified “high research activity” university, is the fourth largest publicly-supported educational institution in Mississippi. The University is composed of seven academic units which include the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET). Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the University offers 38 bachelor’s degree programs, 38 master’s degree programs, 9 specialist degree programs and 9 doctoral programs.

In 2010-11 about 9,000 students from more than 38 states and 29 foreign countries were enrolled. As an urban institution, JSU instructs a largely urbanized student body drawn mostly from within Mississippi but also from other parts of the United States and abroad. JSU is the only public university providing higher education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for the largest metropolitan area and the population center of the State of Mississippi. Though the CSET, JSU envisions itself as a leading producer of competitive graduates, especially African Americans, and as a leader in high quality teaching, research and service in STEM in the state, the region, and the nation. As the large majority of student enrollment is composed of groups currently underrepresented in STEM fields, JSU is in a unique position to serve as a model for the urban university of the future, one with a mission to address the education, research, and service needs of all sectors of the population, including the working public and especially African Americans and other minorities drawn from the Jackson metropolitan area, the state, the region, the nation, and the world. 

CSET offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. As the lead institution, JSU plays a key role in ensuring that all CESTEME programmatic activities are implemented in a cost-effective and timely manner. JSU works cooperatively with HCC and JPSD to recruit and train students and teachers in multidisciplinary STEM areas.

Hinds Community College 

Hinds Community College (HCC), is a public community college (CC) with six campuses and the largest CC in the state of Mississippi. It is a comprehensive educational institution serving approximately 19,500 students each year. Four of the six campuses, Jackson (2), Rankin, and Raymond campuses are minutes away for the main campus of JSU, the Vicksburg-Warren and Utica campuses are about 45 minutes of driving away from JSU. The proximity of HCC campuses with JSU facilitates academic partnership and ensures easy communication among the stakeholders of the Center of Excellence. HCC confers an Associate of Arts Degree recognized by four-year institutions through more than 160 articulated transfer programs.

Since 1917, HCC has provided quality educational programs in STEM academic disciplines that are convenient and affordable. HCC mission is to offer pertinent and diverse educational programs and services for individuals with varying interests and abilities and to enhance the quality of life for students and the community.

To accommodate student needs, HCC has entered into “2 plus 2” programs with JSU and several other comprehensive institutions of higher learning in the State. Over 53% of students who transfer from community colleges to JSU come from the five HCC campuses.

Jackson Public School District

Established in 1888, the JPSD is the only urban school district in the state of Mississippi. It is also the second largest school district in Mississippi, serving more than 30,000 students, representing more than 80% of school-aged children in the state’s capital.

The District is comprised of 8 high schools, 10 middle schools, 38 elementary schools and 2 special schools comprising the district’s 59 school sites. Three new schools have been added by the 2010-2011 school term, consisting of a high school, a middle school and an elementary school in north Jackson.

Through the Center of Excellence, JPSD is implementing efficient and effective strategies to enhance the existing infrastructure, to strengthen the science and mathematics curricula, to provide the best possible training to students, and to facilitate their transition to rigorous STEM programs at the college level.