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County Assessor’s Office Donates Civil War Era Records to Jefferson County History Center at Jefferson College

The Jefferson County Assessor’s Office donated a series of 13 bound volumes from the Civil War era to the Jefferson County History Center located in the Jefferson College Library on the Hillsboro campus.

Ranging in date from 1859-1870, the materials consist of county assessment books and abstracts, personal property and real estate assessments, tax records and funded debt, and assessor’s books.  As a public resource, the materials can be used by those looking for family history or movement during the Civil War period.

The Jefferson County History Center serves as an archive for Jefferson County and is located on the second floor of the Library. The History Center is used for genealogical research by Jefferson County residents as well as visitors from many different states and Canada, whose ancestors once lived in the region. The center provides access to such documents as probate files dating from the 1820s, real estate and personal property taxes from the 19th through the mid-20th century, the federal census for Jefferson County, and county newspapers from 1869-1952.

Use of the Jefferson County History Center is available by appointment only by calling (636) 481-3166 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3166, or emailing

$100K Grant Received for Health Occupations Scholarships and Equipment

Anatomage Table

In an effort to provide educational opportunities for area residents in Jefferson College’s six Health Occupations programs, the Jefferson College Foundation recently received two grants on behalf of the college totaling $100,000 to underwrite a series of first-year allied health scholarships and the purchase of state-of-the-art instructional equipment.

“The college is ecstatic to be able to provide cutting edge instructional technology and scholarship assistance in connection with its emphasis in the health occupations field,” said Jefferson College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey. “I am thankful for the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation’s support through the Jefferson College Foundation as a means to enhance healthcare-related job training and improve the quality of life in our county.”

As a regional leader in providing high quality associate degree programs, the college has expanded its offerings by creating several new healthcare-centered training programs to meet the demand for skilled professionals. As a result, $20,000 will be used to provide scholarships to 18 first-year students in the Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Biomedical Electronics Technician, and Health Information Technology programs.

The remaining $80,000 of the grant will be used to purchase an Anatomage Table, the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system for anatomy education that is being used by many of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions. As the centerpiece of a new Anatomy and Physiology Resource Room, the system will be used in the college’s health technology curriculum for improved student performance through interactive demonstration and assessment of student content mastery.

“The Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation grants bring fantastic resources to the Jefferson College Health Occupation students,” said Health Occupations Division Chair Kenny Wilson. “The scholarships will be used to assist local students in achieving their personal goals of working in the healthcare field by helping them decrease financial barriers. The Anatomage Table is a cutting-edge instructional tool that will help the faculty to further engage students in learning and using anatomy content.”

Jefferson College Automotive Program Receives Autos and Engines Donation. Equipment Supports Student Mastery of NATEF Skills

The Jefferson College Automotive Technology program received a donation of five engines and two luxury vehicles—a Mercedes-Benz 190 and a Jaguar S-Type--from Autos of Europe.

Pictured with the automobiles are, from left, Automotive Technology Associate Professor Gerard Uhls, College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey, and recently retired Automotive Technology Professor Gary Boyher. The donation was made possible by Autos of Europe Service Manager Jeff Huchowski, an alumnus of the Jefferson College Automotive Technology program.

The donated equipment will be used to support student mastery of skills in connection with the college’s recent certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for meeting strict industry standards in the areas of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, and suspension/steering.

To achieve NATEF accreditation status, the Automotive Technology program underwent a rigorous evaluation using nationally accepted standards of excellence in instruction, facilities, and equipment.

The Automotive Technology program is among several popular training options offered at Jefferson College, allowing students to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree or a Career and Technical certificate. Graduates are employed at some of the most respected and well-known repair facilities throughout the region.

Jefferson College Foundation Receives $153,500 Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation Grant to Create Holistic Wellness Program

As part of Jefferson College’s continued emphasis on health-related education, the Jefferson College Foundation recently received a $153,500 grant on behalf of the college from the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation to create a campus holistic wellness program.

Wellness is more than being free from illness. Wellness is a dynamic process of change and growth. There are many interrelated dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental, and occupational. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health.  The program will provide immediate access to resources necessary to identify and address seven dimensions of wellness in order to create a healthier and more productive environment in which to work, live, and learn. 

The grant will provide funding to address the growing wellness needs of the college through the creation of a comprehensive initiative that will give personalized access to services in order to address the multiple challenges faced by students and employees. 
“Thanks to the generosity and support of the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation, Jefferson College will continue making significant strides to improve the success of our students and contributing to a healthier campus environment through a comprehensive approach to wellness,” said Jefferson College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey.

“The Foundation is pleased to be able to help address the health and wellness needs of the entire Jefferson College family,” said Jefferson College Foundation Board Member Rick Vest. “The cooperation between Foundation and College personnel in developing a successful proposal demonstrates the level of appreciation that exists for higher education in our community.” 

Jefferson College will specifically use the grant funds to employ a wellness program director and wellness counselor, perform a thorough assessment of Jefferson College’s present offerings and needs analysis for each of the seven domains of wellness, seek input from campus community members, develop programs to address campus wellness needs (such as on-campus seminars, group classes, social gatherings, environmental initiatives, etc.), and promote outreach and integrate the initiatives within the campus community.
Jefferson College employs more than 550 full- and part-time faculty and staff, and serves an average of 6,000 students each year. The holistic wellness program will available to the entire campus population, with the potential to expand to Jefferson County residents in the future.