Spotlight on Chilton County: Higher Education

The Chilton-Clanton campus of Jefferson State Community College offers a number of courses, labs and specialty programs

Jefferson State’s Chilton-Clanton campus.

Jefferson State’s Chilton-Clanton campus, open since 2008, began with a 49,000-square-foot academic building and a 47,000-square-foot exhibition hall and theater, the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2010. It provides a leading-edge venue for college and community events. This campus continues to experience remarkable growth, serving some 6,348 students since 2007.

In 2022, Jefferson State’s Chilton County and Shelby County Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapters finish second internationally and earned the top international “Most Distinguished Chapter” award out of more than 1,300 chapters worldwide.

The campus offers college courses in English, humanities and fine arts, natural sciences and mathematics, history, social and behavioral sciences and nursing. It also offers classrooms, computer and science labs, a learning resource center and more.

The new heavy equipment operator program offers three certifications.

New at the campus is a heavy equipment operator program. The 12-week program offers students 18 and older preparation for three different certifications. Three classes already have completed the program and a fourth is beginning soon.

Jefferson State also marks Manufacturing Month in October with events that introduce high school students to manufacturing careers. More than 600 students, teachers and parents from Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and St. Clair counties attended the last event.

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The Chilton-Clanton campus hosted a job fair that brought local business and industry together with local students, to learn about nearby opportunities.

This article appeared in the August 2022 issue of Business Alabama.

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