St. Clair County Community College (SC4) Professor James Jones has received the 2020 Dale P. Parnell Distinction Recognition Award from the American Association of Community Colleges. In a statement from the college, SC4 President Dr. Deborah A. Snyder said, “Jim has devoted his life to giving back to others, and we are thrilled to congratulate him on this prestigious award. His dedication to the success of SC4’s criminal justice program is admirable as is his devotion to ensuring that his students gain hands-on knowledge and experience with criminal situations and scenarios.” His dedication to learning experiences outside of the classroom was also noted, along with his commitment to success for his students. He often takes his students to Detroit to shadow the Detroit Police Department and serves on several committees at SC4. Mr. Jones is a professor of Criminal Justice with degrees from both Ferris State and Wayne State. He has been teaching at SC4 since 1997. He worked as a full-time police officer with the City of Port Huron for 28 years before beginning his teaching career. He is a part time officer with the Marine City Police Department, currently.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.