JCC Student Named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team of Phi Theta Kappa

Jefferson Community College (JCC) is pleased to announce that Jefferson student Belinda G. Jones, Fort Drum, has been named to the 2013 All-USA Community College Academic Team of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society of community colleges.  Jones was one of only 20 students selected from a pool of 1800 nominations to earn this prestigious designation.  Judges consider grades, academic rigor, growth and how well the students use their education to benefit their schools and communities. The All-USA Community College Academic Team is presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa and is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group. 

Jones was honored on April 23, 2013 at the Awards of Excellence Brunch held during the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) convention in San Francisco, California.  She was accompanied by Betsy D. Penrose, Jefferson’s vice president for students. 

Belinda is originally from Kinston, North Carolina.  She began her studies at Jefferson 2010 and received her first degree, an associate of science in human services, from Jefferson in 2012.  In May, Jones will be graduating with her second Jefferson degree, an associate of arts degree in liberal arts - humanities and social sciences.   With her 4.0 GPA, Belinda has earned President’s List honors every semester she has taken classes at Jefferson and is a member and past treasurer of Jefferson’s Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national honor society for community colleges. Earlier this year, Jones was named to the All-New York Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa.   

During her time at Jefferson, Jones has clearly established herself as a leader within the classroom as well as with co-curricular activities.   Belinda is a participant in Jefferson’s Honors Program which provides an individualized and enriched learning opportunity for academically motivated students.  For one of her Honors Options, Belinda worked to establish a baseline score for the Go Green rating scale for the Campus Care Center at Jefferson.   While serving as vice president of the human services club and human services curriculum assistant, Jones collaborated with one of her instructors to spearhead and assist with the development of a fieldwork manual to be used by both Jefferson human services internship students and fieldwork site supervisors to ensure the best possible experience for students, the fieldwork site and the human services community.  The Field Education & Policy Manual has provided an important framework that allows students to receive the maximum benefit from their internships and for the community to inherit human services professionals who are well prepared to enter the workforce.  Belinda was named outstanding human services student by JCC’s Liberal Arts Division in 2012.

Currently, Belinda serves as a student representative on the Faculty Student Association Board of Directors and has served on several campus committees including the academic calendar committee, a Chancellor’s Award selection committee and, most recently, the Strategic Planning committee.  Jones is current president of Jefferson’s Student Government and under her leadership this past year Student Government has held two successful blood drives, both of which surpassed set goals, and has sponsored 18 club activities to date that benefit both the campus and community at large.   In the community, Belinda lends her time to Relay for Life and the American Heart Association, organizing and participating in fundraisers for both organizations.

Belinda and her husband Casey have been stationed at Fort Drum since 2010 and they have two children, Adam and Abby.  Jones plans to transfer to East Carolina University to earn her bachelor’s in social work and pursue a career in the human services field as a childcare center licensor. 

As an ALL-USA Community College Academic Team member, Jones received a $2,500 scholarship and special medallion. Additionally, Belinda was featured with fellow All-USA Community College Academic Team members in a full-page section in the USA TODAY newspaper on April 23, 2013.    She is the first Jefferson Community College student to be named to the USA Today All-USA Community College Academic Team. 

“We are proud and delighted that Belinda was recognized on the All USA Academic Team,” said Jefferson president Carole A. McCoy.  “Her academic achievements, leadership in student government, and service to the community make her an outstanding example of the best of community college students.”