Laurel Firefighters Visit Jones County Career Tech


Group Picture from left to right on back row— Mr. Kitchens, Mrs. Benson, N. Moore, M. Sumrall, B. McCraney, A. Pipkins, K. Davis, E. Martinez, E. Jones, C. Ishee, L. Wade; Front row kneeling—Mr. Chatman, Mr. Bender, Mr. Dungan; Students in other pictures are S. Smith (black shorts) and E. Martinez (white shorts)

On Thursday, August 16, 2018, four Laurel firefighters visited the Jones County Career and Tech Center.  The firefighters presented fire safety guidelines and shared work-related experiences with the students.  After the presentation, students went outside to practice using fire extinguishers and to explore the fire truck. All JCCT students must score 100% on their Safety tests.  The information shared will help the students prepare for their tests.  The practice fire extinguishers were donated by the Jones County School District Transportation Department.   Presenters were: Howard Kitchens, Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal; Donnie Bender, Firefighter; Kevin Chatman, Relief Driver/Firefighter; and Kevin Dungan, Captain.


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MCEF December Student of the Month

Photo of Student


Tiler Loper, a welding student at Jones County Career and Technical Education Center, is being honored by the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation as student of the month for the state’s south-central region. Praised for his versatility as a student, Loper touts a 3.5 grade point average and a near-perfect attendance record at West Jones High School. His honors include the CTE service award and honor roll, High Five Award, Level One National Center for Construction and Education Research Certification, and the Agriscience Academic Award. Loper plans to study career and technical education at Jones County Junior. Tiler’s welding instructor is Ty Herrington.



MCEF 2016-17 Student of the Year

Casey Yelverton, a Jones County Career Tech welding student and South Jones senior, was recently chosen as the MCEF (Mississippi Construction Education Foundation) Student of the Year from the South Central Region of Mississippi. A cash prize of $500 accompanied this significant honor. Casey had been chosen as MCEF Student of the month in November 2016. Casey's welding instructor at the Career Tech Center is Ty Herrington and the MCEF Representative is Gary Belan.

Casey Yelverton - MCEF Student of the Year

Pictured from left to right: Ty Herrington, CTE Welding Instructor; Casey Yelverton, MCEF Student of the Year; Debra Bush, CTE Counselor


Culinary Arts Party Planning Project

Culinary Arts Party Poster


The culinary arts department 1st year students recently completed a party planning project.  Students chose a type of party to plan, the food to serve and table décor. The students then created a poster to showcase their plan.

The first place poster was created by Slater Graham (pictured left).

Pictured with Slater is the culinary arts teacher, Sheila Benson.

Outstanding Students - 3rd 9 weeks

The Jones Career and Technical Education Center recently recognized outstanding students for the third nine weeks of the 2016-2017 school year.  Students were selected based upon overall performance in academics, attendance, and citizenship.  The outstanding students received a certificate and were placed in a drawing for a chance to win a $25 VISA gift card compliments of the Jones County Career Tech Student Council.  Robert Smith was the lucky winner of the drawing.

The Career Tech Center also recently congratulated the students that had perfect attendance for the third nine weeks.  Their names were placed in a drawing to win a $50 VISA  gift card compliments of student council. Katelyn Parker was the lucky winner of the drawing.

Outstanding Students 1st Session

1st Session

Outstanding Students


(Left to Right) Jared Wilkerson, Collision Repair II, Katelyn Parker, Health Science II,  Jordan Butler, Health Science II,  Destiny Heidelberg,  Health Science II, Savannah Holifield, Drafting II.

Not pictured:  Makala Breazeale, Teacher Academy II, Shaden Bethel, Auto Service II, Ethan Odom, Welding II, Robert Smith, Culinary Arts II


Outstanding Students 2nd Session

2nd Session

Outstanding Students

(Left to Right) Nathern Henderson, Welding I, Shyreese Taylor, Early Childhood Education I, Kelsi Jackson, Health Science I.

Not pictured:  T’Myko Foster


Outstanding Students 3rd Session

3rd Session

Outstanding Students

(Left to Right) Zachary DiMauro, Culinary Arts I, Jonathan Grimaldo, Collision Repair I, Hannah Husband, Health Science I, Timothy Kirby, Drafting I



College Guide Workshop presented to Career-Tech Seniors

Mr. Danny Thompson, Get2College Center, presented a workshop to first session students entitled The College Guide for Seniors.  The presentation included the following topics:  How to choose a college, College planning timeline, College admission standards, Understanding the ACT and its importance, and Scholarship search tips and financial aid basics.


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