Jax State Expands Corporate Partnership Program


Jax State Partnerships with Area Chambers of Commerce

Jacksonville State University (Jax State) is proud to announce its continued commitment to fostering collaborative partnerships aimed at making a positive impact in communities throughout the surrounding areas. 

The university recently renewed their partnerships with The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County and the Calhoun County Area Chamber and Visitors Center for another three years, after seeing tremendous success and value in the ongoing partnership initiative. “We’re incredibly grateful for what this opportunity means to our membership…It’s an incredible recruitment opportunity,” said Christi Robinson, President & CEO of the Etowah Chamber. “The MOU between Jax State and the Calhoun County Area Chamber and Visitor Center shows that we are committed to our local economy,” stated Linda Hearn, Executive Director for the Calhoun County Area Chamber & Visitors Center. “It also shows that we are committed to the local workforce,” Hearn added.

Jax State will sign their 21st partnership into agreement on May 8 when they formalize their MOU with the Rainsville Chamber of Commerce. “I encourage chamber members and their employees to take advantage of this partnership,” said Dr. Don C. Killingsworth, Jr., Jax State President. “Reach out, learn what we have to offer and let us help you navigate your educational journey to earning your degree,” added Killingsworth. 

Since launching the corporate partnership program in 2021, Jax State has awarded 648 scholarships to 339 individual students.  Partnerships span various sectors, including education, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Jax State Partnerships with Area Chambers of Commerce

Current Chamber of Commerce partners include:

  • Albertville Chamber of Commerce
  • Arab Chamber of Commerce
  • Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce
  • Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
  • Etowah County Chamber of Commerce
  • Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce
  • Leeds Chamber of Commerce
  • Pell City Chamber of Commerce
  • Talladega/Lincoln Chamber of Commerce 

"A scholarship partnership program not only opens doors to education but also empowers individuals to make a meaningful impact in their communities,” stated Jessica Wiggins, Associate Vice President of Enrollment at Jax State. “This program is only a small testament to our commitment to investing in our communities and corporate partners,” Wiggins continued.  A complete list of all partners can be found by visiting www.jsu.edu/partnerships. 

Jax State remains committed to seeking new partnership opportunities that align with its strategic priorities and core values. Organizations interested in exploring potential collaborations with Jax State are encouraged to contact Kelly Martin, Director of Enrollment Initiatives, at knmartin@jsu.edu or submit the interest form at www.jsu.edu/partnerships.