Michael Jones is college success lead advisor for the Southwest Tennessee Reconnect program. As part of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 programs, this program helps adults return to college to attain their degree. The offices for Southwest Tennessee Reconnect are located inside the Jackson Chamber at 197 Auditorium Street.
The mission of Southwest Tennessee Reconnect Community (SWTRC) is to reach out to and support adults locally to re-enroll and complete a postsecondary credential. Services provided to prospective adult learners will include advising, career counseling and scholarship resources. SWTRC will also act as a connecting point for local employers, local institutions of higher education and prospective adult learners, working to create awareness of the benefits of adult completion as a strategy for economic development and a source for workforce talent.
Michael is currently conducting his work for an educational doctorate in Educational Leadership in Higher Education at Union University. Prior to beginning his work with Southwest Tennessee Reconnect, he served as special projects coordinator for Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Jackson. He has almost 20 years of secondary and higher education experience.
Michael has three great joys in his life - Joshua Michael, 14; Elaina Simone, 12; and Dana Elizabeth, 9. In his free time, he enjoys being outside, watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with his friends and family. He is committed to helping students chart and navigate their educational and professional paths.