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2016 University Partnership Award Jones County Junior College and Chris Wilson (community liaison), Chisholm Foundation, Mississippi Power Company, Sandra Wright of Magnolia Real Estate, Howard Computers, Corner Market - Bobcat Math League high-school math competition
Students impacted: 360 Volunteers: 50 Duration of partnership: 8 years
JCJC recognized the need to decrease the number of students who are academically underprepared for post-secondary education. Economic trends indicate a national shortage of skilled workers particularly in math, science, engineering, and technology. In 2008, the college began placing more emphasis on math by hosting a one-day math competition to foster a competitive spirit among area high schools.
In 2012, JCJC expanded its one-day competition to a season-long “Bobcat Math League” in which high schools compete against one another over a six-week period. Eight teams advanced to final playoffs in 2015 – Oak Grove, Presbyterian Christian, Stringer, Northeast Jones, Sacred Heart, Taylorsville, Lawrence County, and Columbia Academy, with Sacred Heart Crusaders winning the title of 2015 Bobcat Math League Champions.
Activities: • Preseason practice sessions helped students prepare with online quizzes focusing on percents, fractions, probability, statistics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. • Regular-season competitions were held weekly, with teams competing in divisions. • Eight teams advanced to playoffs and Super Bowl; team coaches received baseball caps with the Bobcat Math League logo and prize monies ranging from $500 to $2,500. • Highest-scoring students and teams were recognized with Most Outstanding Player awards, All-League Team award and overall Most Outstanding Player award.
Impacts: • 360 students participated in 2015 - 22.45% increase over 2014 (294 students) • 68 math faculty visits to area high schools • $36,000 donated from private entities to support program