2019-2020 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 02, 2022  
2019-2020 College Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Tyler

John Tyler Community College is a public institution of higher education established as part of a statewide system of community colleges. John Tyler Community College primarily serves the residents of the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg, as well as the counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Surry and Sussex.

John Tyler Community College operates under policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges and the College Board. It is financed by student tuition and state funds, supplemented by contributions from the 10 localities in its service region.

History of the College

John Tyler Community College opened the doors of its Chester Campus on October 2, 1967, as a result of the 1964 passage of the legislation establishing two-year technical colleges across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Appomattox Basin Industrial Development Corporation, providing the regional leadership for the establishment of John Tyler Community College, submitted an application to the State Board of Technical Education on January 27, 1965, requesting assistance in the establishment of a technical college in the region. In the absence of an official name, this new institution was designated the Chesterfield Region Technical College until December 2, 1965, when the board voted unanimously to name it the John Tyler Technical College.

An action of the 1966 Virginia General Assembly expanded the curricula to include—in addition to technical education—adult education, as well as freshman and sophomore courses for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The name of the College officially became John Tyler Community College on June 29, 1966, to correspond with the expanded curricula.

The Chester Campus is currently comprised of six buildings: an administrative building, a student and community center, three academic buildings and a physical plant facility. The library is located in Moyar Hall, the largest of the academic buildings.

To meet the increasing needs of the service area, an outreach center was opened in the Midlothian area of Chesterfield County in 1981. This undertaking was expanded in 1984 when the institution opened a facility known as the Watkins Annex. During the summer of 1989, the College moved its Midlothian operation from the Watkins Annex to the Featherstone Professional Center.

The Midlothian Campus opened in May 2000. This campus includes five buildings: an administrative building, three academic buildings and a warehouse/physical plant facility. The library is located in Hamel Hall.

Nursing instruction will be housed on the Chester Campus effective August 2019.

During the 2017-18 academic year, John Tyler Community College served over 14,300 credit students in more than 60 programs and specializations.

Institutional Purpose

College Mission

John Tyler Community College provides quality educational opportunities that inspire student success and community vitality.

College Vision

A success story for every student.

College Goals

  1. To enhance and promote excellence in teaching and learning.
  2. To provide access to educational opportunities for persons from all segments of society.
  3. To provide a comprehensive program of student development services.
  4. To develop and foster mutually beneficial relationships with external constituencies to meet the educational and economic needs of the region.
  5. To provide excellent administrative services, fostering accountability and efficiency.
  6. To administer integrated and transformative institutional assessment and planning processes.
  7. To maximize external funding to support the mission of the College.
  8. To strengthen a positive image of the College and effectively promote services and programs to the community.
  9. To encourage a positive organization, which attracts and retains a diverse and highly competent workforce.

Code of Ethics

  • We are committed to learning environments that foster academic integrity.
  • We will be good stewards of our resources and make effective and efficient use of them, thereby ensuring accountability to the Commonwealth of Virginia and to the communities we serve.
  • We will maintain the confidentiality and security of information entrusted to us and share information only when authorized or required by law to do so.
  • We will not accept any gift, favor, loan, service, business or professional opportunity from anyone knowing (or when it should be known) that it is offered in order to improperly influence the performance of our public duties. We will avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.
  • We will offer good faith and fair dealings to all those we serve and to each other. Our communications will be civil and professional.
  • We will offer employment opportunities in accordance with state, federal and system policies supporting the rights and recognizing the needs of all citizens regardless of gender, age, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation,or political affiliation.
  • We encourage and expect all members of the community to act in good faith and bring to the attention of the appropriate official any violation or potential violation of these principles.

Purpose of the Virginia Community College System

The basic purposes of the comprehensive community college, as prescribed by the General Assembly of Virginia in the Community College Act of 1966, are to prepare students for employment, for advanced collegiate education and for improved citizenship. In accordance with this purpose, the College offers the following:

  1. Freshman and sophomore courses for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs—the Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, and Associate of Science degrees;
  2. Occupational and technical programs leading to the Associate of Applied Science and the Associate of Applied Arts degrees;
  3. Vocational education leading directly to employment —Certificates and Career Studies Certificates; and
  4. Courses in general and continuing education in all fields.

Partnership to Ensure Educational Reform (PEER)

The Partnership to Ensure Educational Reform (PEER) Consortium, comprising education, government, business and industry, collaborates to build career pathways or programs of study that begin in secondary school and continue through an associate or baccalaureate degree, a journey-worker’s license, a postsecondary-level industry certification or state licensure. Features include college credit earned during high school through dual and concurrent enrollment, industry certifications and assessments, early college placement testing, work-based learning experience, and support services for students. The Consortium provides professional development for educators as well as markets college and career preparation. Please visit www.jtcc.edu/peer for additional information.


John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of John Tyler Community College.

The Funeral Services degree program at John Tyler Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, 816­233­3747; Web: http://www.abfse.org and is approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.

The Nursing Program at John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; ACEN can be contacted by phone, 404-975-5000, by e-mail (info@acenursing.org) or web (www.acenursing.org). Approved by the State Board of Nursing.

Advanced EMT: The John Tyler Community College- Advanced EMT Program is accredited by the Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services upon the recommendation of the Division of Educational Development.

Virginia Office of EMS
1041 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059

Paramedic: The John Tyler Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

The Precision Machining Technology Program at John Tyler Community College is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS).

The Welding Program at John Tyler Community College is accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) Schools Excelling through National Skills Standards Education (SENSE) program.

This institution is approved to offer GI Bill® educational benefits by the Virginia State Approving Agency.