JCEC students can engage in a variety of activities, including JCEC student interest clubs such as Yearbook Club, Spirit Club, STEM Club, Interact, National Honor Society, Literature and Creativity Club. As part of Southwestern Community College, students are invited to participate in SCC Clubs including the Sole Destroyers Running Club, college honor societies and program-specific organizations. Additionally, students are permitted to participate in certain after school activities offered at Smoky Mountain High School, such as Marching Band and Winter Guard.
HOUSE is an important part of student life at JCEC. Each new cohort of students is assigned a HOUSE teacher who offers support and guidance to the group throughout their journey as a student at JCEC. HOUSE groups meet periodically throughout the school year for team building activities and to receive important information including various topics such as upcoming JCEC events and college/career planning. Neighborhood meetings are also held when there is relevant information that needs to be disseminated to the entire student body.
Due to the close-knit nature of our student body, JCEC students look forward to the many opportunities to be together as a larger group. Students engage in field trips, such as school-wide picnics, bowling, skating, movies, service learning trips, and college tours. All students have the option of attending Prom each year in addition to other dances and social activities. Upper-class students are invited to attend cultural trips to New York City and Washington, DC.
Jackson County Early College students take pride in providing service to their community. Students collaborate with community partners to plan and provide service work throughout the school year. Service Learning provides students with an opportunity to give back to the community while building knowledge, interpersonal and leadership skills, and self-confidence. Each year students collectively provide over 1,000 hours of community service. Students work at locations such as preschools, nursing homes, community food banks, Jackson County Green Energy Park, as well as participate in Adopt a Highway Litter control.
In addition to school-wide service learning opportunities, many students are also involved with the Jackson County Early College chapter of the National Honor Society and complete additional service independently.