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Meridian - Downtown Details - Jan. 1st - 7th

Event Dates and Times

1/2/2018 - 1/7/2018
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SUPERTALK MERIDIAN 103.3
Tuesday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Looking Back with Richelle Putnam
Wednesday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Behind the Scenes with Richelle Putnam and Leslie Lee
Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Local Focus with Lindsey Hall
Friday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: The Pre-Game Show with Lindsey Hall
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

MERIDIAN-LAUDERDALE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Monday 11:00 am: Activities for Adults
Tuesday 10:00 am: Baby/Toddler Story Time 4:30 pm Chess Club
Wednesday 4:30 pm: (7th-12th Grades)
Thursday Special Showcases
Call 601.693.6771 for more information

MERIDIAN CIVITAN CLUB
12:00 pm every Tuesday (except 5th Tuesday)
Rush Hospital Private Dining Room
Call 601.938.6409 for more information

MERIDIAN EXCHANGE CLUB
12:00 pm every Tuesday
Red Lobster Restaurant
Call 601.479.3954 for more information

MERIDIAN LIONS CLUB
11:30 am every Thursday
Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Call 601.917.1968 for more information

MERIDIAN MUSEUM OF ART
6:00 pm every Thursday
Vino and Van Gogh
9:00 am every third Saturday
Artists Group
Call 601.693.1501 for more information

ROTARY CLUB OF EAST MISSISSIPPI
5:30 pm Every First & Third Monday
The Daily Grind
Call 601.701.3470 for more information

MERIDIAN DOWNTOWN OPTIMIST CLUB
12:00 pm every Tuesday
Western Sizzlin'
Call 601.693.2336 for more information

Dining Out/Night Life
AIE'S TASTE OF THAI
Open 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Monday-Friday with Daily Specials! Call 601.484.5858 for more information

BRICKHAUS
Mon - 7:00 pm - Craft Beer Club
Tue - 7:00 pm - Name That Tune
Wed - 8:00 pm - Live Trivia
Thu - 9:00 pm - Karaoke with the Party Animals
Sun - 3:30 pm - Buzztime Sunday Funday Trivia
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

DELI ON 5TH
Open 11:00 am -2:00 pm every Monday-Friday
Call 601.483.3354 for more information

DONTEA'S SEAFOOD & BBQ
Mon-Wed:10:30am-7:00pm
Thurs.-Sat.:10:00am-9:00pm
Closed on Sunday
Call 601.227.0616 for more information


HARVEST GRILL
Mon - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Open for lunch
Tuesday-Saturday: Happy Hour 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Tue - 5:00 pm - Surf n' Turf/ Happy Hour
Wed - 4:30 pm - Half off Bottles of Wine
Thu - Night Only - $1 Oysters
Call 601.282.5069 for more information

MERIDIAN UNDERGROUND MUSIC
Mon - 4:00 pm - Video Game Night
Tue - 7:00 pm - Audio Book and Art
Wed - 6:30 pm - Tai Chi
Thu - 6:00 pm - Poetry/Singer/Songwriter Night
Fri - 6:00 pm - Game Night
Sat - 10:00 am - Game Day
7:00 pm - Free Live Music featuring local talent
Call 601.485.1363 for more information

MR. ROGER'S
Open from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm every Monday-Friday
Call 601.482.5414 for more information

SUBWAY
Open 7:00 am -7:00 pm every Monday-Friday
Open 8:00 am -2:00 pm Saturday
Closed Sunday
Call 601.286.3527 for more information

WEIDMANN'S
Monday-Saturday: Happy Hour 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
Mon - Half off Bottles of Wine
Tue - 8:00 pm - Trivia Night
Wed - 7:00 pm - Ladies Night, 1/2 price drinks for
the Ladies
Thu - 7:00 pm - Mississippi Night! Discounts on
MS craft beer and liquors
Fri - 9:00 pm - Live Music
Sat - 9:00 pm - Live Music
Sun - 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Jazz Brunch with Live
Music
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

This Week In Retail
BAMBINO'S BOUTIQUE
Christmas is almost here, get your gifts today.
Call 601.693.5253 for more information

BLUE GIRL
Happy New Year from Blue Girl! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 228.860.9589 for more information

THE BULLDOG SHOP
Our cowbells are ringing today for the new year! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.484.0200 for more information

CROOKED LETTER
Happy New Year from Crooked Letter. "Like" us Facebook and Instagram crookedletter.shop
Call 601.207.5072 for more information

GENERATIONS FINE PAPER AND GIFTS
Happy New Year's! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2721 for more information

HOOPER'S
Happy Holidays. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2715 for more information

THE HULETT
Start the 2018 New Year off right! "Like" us on Facebook
Call 601.453.2149 for more information

LABICHE JEWELERS
Happy New Year from the Labiche family."Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.6071 for more information

LIBERTY SHOP
Happy New Year's! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.5331 for more information

LOEB'S
Have a happy New Year from Loeb's! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 800.432.7615 for more information

MOONPIE
Its finally 2018!. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.934.1414 for more information

PLANTERS SUPPLY
Happy New Year's from our family to yours! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2684 for more information

SAM'S FASHIONS
The new year is here.
Call 601.693.2731 for more information

STITCHIN KRAZY LLC
Happy New Year's Day! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.286.5495 for more information

THE SEWING & VACUUM CENTER
Enjoy the beginning of a new year! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.1863 for more information.

TONY'S SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN
Happy New Year from our family.
Call 601.693.4111 for more information


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ECCC Spring Term Orientation is Jan. 4

Event Dates and Times

1/1/2018 - 1/4/2018
East Central Community College
ECCC Spring Term Orientation is Jan. 4

East Central Community College in Decatur will hold an Orientation Session on Thursday, Jan. 4, for those new students who wish to attend ECCC during the spring 2018 semester and have yet to register for classes.

The Orientation will be from 9 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. beginning in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium. New students can begin signing in for the session at 8:30 a.m. Those participating will be welcomed by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, and receive information on financial aid, admissions, housing and student activities, and discipline and security. Following a tutorial on registering for classes using the college’s myEC portal, new students will move to their programs of study to be advised by faculty and register for spring classes.

Following registration, students will tour the campus, weather permitting. New students will be able to acquire their student IDs and parking permits during Orientation. Students should bring a photo ID and their license plate number with them.

In order to attend the Orientation and register for spring term classes, students must complete three steps in admissions: ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or Accuplacer scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who have already satisfied all three steps in the admissions process will have received information from the Office of Admissions on how to register for the Orientation session on Jan. 4.

The Accuplacer exam may be taken to satisfy entrance score and course placement requirements. Students may take the Accuplacer exam provided that they have applied, been admitted, or been enrolled at ECCC. Accuplacer exams are arranged by appointment and are given in the Success Center located in the Burton Library on ECCC’s Decatur campus. To schedule a test, call 601-635-6346 or email misty.smith@eccc.edu.

New students who have questions about their admissions status should contact the Office of Admissions at shollings@eccc.edu or 601-635-6207. For more information about the Orientation on Jan. 4, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6204 or rlee@eccc.edu.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515

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Anderson Regional Health System honors John Newell

Event Dates and Times

12/29/2017 - 1/10/2018
Anderson Regional Medical Center 2124 14th Street Meridian, MS
Anderson Regional Health System is proud to honor John Newell as our 2017 Volunteer of the Year. John has been a faithful volunteer at Anderson Regional Cancer Center for six years and has donated more than 445 hours of service. John is dependable and can always be counted on to help someone. “He has a calming presence,” said Tiffney Spence, Volunteer Coordinator. “He helps the patients in the resource room and provides the information they need. He always knows when a patient needs special attention.” Mr. Newell served three years on the Volunteer Auxiliary Board. He is a retired Veteran who served 24 years in the military. Anderson is grateful to have John Newell as a volunteer and appreciate his faithfulness to Anderson Regional Health System.
Ann Weddington
Communications Manager

Anderson Regional Medical Center
2124 14th Street
Meridian, MS 39301

W 601-553-6894
F 601-553-6144
E aweddington@andersonregional.org

www.andersonregional.org

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2017 World Champion!!!! UWA Graduate & Louisville Ms. Native

Event Dates and Times

12/29/2017 - 1/15/2018
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Good afternoon, my name is Daniel Poole and I'm the assistant rodeo coach at the University of West Alabama. Former graduate of UWA and native to Louisville MS, Tyler Pearson, recently won the PRCA World Championship in Steer Wrestling. Most do not know much about rodeo, but this is a huge deal. To professional rodeo athletes this title is similar to winning the Super Bowl.


The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) takes place during December every year in Las Vegas and is also broadcasted nightly on CBSsports. The top 15 cowboys with the most money won for the year compete every night for 10 nights in hopes of becoming a World Champion. Tyler was victorious in this, as well as his horse who won "Horse of the Year". The top four cowboys in the world rode his horse, named Scooter, in Las Vegas. They ended up winning over $518,000 in 10 nights, while competing off him. Tyler not only won a pile of money & a trophy for his outstanding horse, but also a Gold Buckle that is engraved "2017 World Champion Steer Wrestler."


Scooter has a Facebook page (scooter - canted plan - professional steer wrestling horse) and so does Tyler Pearson. One may also gather some information off University of West Alabama Rodeo Team's Facebook page as well. I will attach some informative links in hopes that y'all may consider doing a story or some sort of cover on Tyler. To the best of my knowledge a PRCA World Champion has not come out of Mississippi in over 20 years and it makes it even cooler that he is from right in our backyards. Thank you for your consideration and please let me know if I can do anything else to help. Below will be Tyler's & my contact information, though he may be a little tough to get on the phone right now. Have a good day. Daniel.


Daniel Poole- 601-527-6576 dpoole@uwa.edu
Tyler Pearson- 601-416-9413

http://uwaathletics.com/news/2017/12/8/general-former-tiger-wrangler-at-wrangler-national-finals-rodeo.aspx

http://wranglernetwork.com/portfolio-view/2017-world-champion-steer-wrestler/

http://www.prorodeo.com/prorodeo/cowboys/world-champions/2017-world-champions

http://twistedrodeo.com/2017/11/27/pearson-craves-the-world-title/

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East Central Community College Named Military Friendly® School for 6th Straight Year

Event Dates and Times

12/26/2017 - 1/13/2018
East Central Community College in Decatur
East Central Community College Named Military Friendly® School for 6th Straight Year

East Central Community College in Decatur has been designated as a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media for the sixth consecutive year.

ECCC is one of only four community colleges in Mississippi to earn the Military Friendly® designation for 2018.

Now in its 16th year, Military Friendly® Schools provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies, veteran students, and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation.

More than 1,300 schools participated in this year’s survey, with 849 earning the designation.

The newest Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer), and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

Victory Media’s Chief Product Officer Daniel Nichols stated, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to colleges creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to invest in programs to provide educational outcomes that are better for veterans.”

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said he is “extremely proud and humbled” the college has again earned recognition as a Military Friendly® School.

“East Central Community College has a strong commitment to our country’s men and women in the military as evidenced by our continued presence on this prestigious list of colleges and universities,” said Stewart. “To be one of only four two-year colleges in Mississippi and one of only 10 among all colleges and universities in our state on this list is a testament to the high-quality programs and services ECCC provides to assist military personnel in meeting their educational goals.”

For more information regarding services provided military veterans at ECCC, contact Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth in the Office of Admissions at 601-635-6406 or shollings@eccc.edu.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515

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Mothers’ Milk Bank of MS Partners with Anderson Regional Medical Center

Event Dates and Times

12/26/2017 - 1/12/2018
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Mothers’ Milk Bank of MS Partners with ARMC

MERIDIAN, MS – December 20, 2017 – Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi has added Meridian to its growing list of depot locations around the state with a newly established drop-off location at Anderson Regional Medical Center’s Lactation Center.

A non-profit organization, Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi accepts, pasteurizes and dispenses donor human milk by physician prescription, primarily to premature and ill infants.

“Mississippi has the highest prematurity rate in the country. That means that we have many premature babies who need life-saving human milk. Often, the moms of these babies have difficulty producing their own milk at first. That's where we come in. We screen moms who have extra milk by interview, medical record review from their healthcare providers and blood tests. The donated milk is then pasteurized and tested for safety before being dispensed to the NICUs around our state. Donor moms are vital to our mission. Without the donors, there is no milk,” said Linda Pittman, RN, BSN, IBCLC, executive director of Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi.

Anderson Regional Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cares for premature, underweight or sick babies who require the highest level of care. Human milk is important for premature infants because it provides both nutrition and immunities that cannot be matched by formula.

“Human milk is life- changing. It is full of immune system boosters, infection-fighting factors, and unique proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and enzymes necessary for preemies to survive,” said Reba Lee, RN, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).

Infants who weigh less than three pounds require as little as 1-2 ml of milk per feeding. Even in these small amounts, donated milk makes a big difference and helps premature babies have a healthy start.
Babies who are given human milk have:
• Less risk of SIDS, illness and infections
• Lower hospital admission rates
• Less gas, diarrhea and constipation
• Less asthma and allergies
• Less rashes
• Less childhood cancers
• Less diabetes and obesity
• Better oral development, brain development and motor skills
• Better response to immunizations
• Better protection against diseases that last into adulthood
Mothers who pump extra milk—more than what their own babies can consume—undergo a brief screening and blood test to become a donor. Frozen milk can be dropped off at the Lactation Center at Anderson Regional Medical Center, or women may call 601-553-6034 for information about shipping milk to Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi headquarters in Flowood.

About Anderson Regional Health System
As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson Regional Health System is the established leader in offering premier medical services. With two hospitals, a cancer center, and a network of clinics, Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.

For more information: Elizabeth Wiggins, Director of Marketing, ewiggins@andersonregional.org

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Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library January 2018 Events

Event Dates and Times

1/1/2018
1/2/2018
1/3/2018
1/4/2018
1/5/2018
1/8/2018
1/9/2018
1/10/2018
1/11/2018
1/12/2018
1/15/2018
1/16/2018
1/17/2018
1/18/2018
1/19/2018
1/22/2018
1/23/2018
1/24/2018
1/25/2018
1/26/2018
1/29/2018
1/30/2018
1/31/2018
Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library 2517 7th Street Meridian, MS 39301
Monday, January 1st...Closed
Tuesday, January 2nd...Baby/Toddler Celebrate 2018 New Year 10:00am
Wednesday, January 3rd...Games for Young Adults 4:30pm
Thursday, January 4th...K-6th Grade National Bird Day Craft 4:30pm
Monday, January 8th...Bingo for Adults 11:00am
Tuesday, January 9th...Baby/Toddler Snowman Craft 10:00am
Wednesday, January 10th...Teen Talk/Snow Day for Young Adults 4:30pm
Thursday, January 11th...K-6th Grade Dr. Martin Luther King Day Craft 4:30pm
Monday, January 15th...Library Closed Dr. Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday, January 16th...Baby/Toddler Hot Cocoa Craft 10:00am
Wednesday, January 17th...Young Adult STEM (Making Snow) 4:30pm
Thursday, January 18th...K-6th Grade Penguin Footprints 4:30pm
Genealogy 2-3
Monday, January 22nd...Adult Craft (DIY
Stress Balls) 11:00am
Tuesday, January 23rd...Baby/Toddler National Penguin Day 10:00am
Wednesday, January 24th...Games for Young Adults 4:30pm
Thursday, January 25th...K-6th Grade Decorate Canvas Tote Bag 4:30pm
Monday, January 29th...Games for Adults 11:00am
Tuesday, January 30th...Baby/Toddler STEM 10:00am Chess Club 4:30pm
Wednesday, January 31st...Young Adult STEM (Tornado in a jar) 4:30pm
*****Calendar is subject to change*****


Phone Number: 601-693-6771
Storyline Number: 601-482-4444
Website: meridian.lib.ms.us




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JCJC HEADWAE recipients selected

Event Dates and Times

12/15/2017 - 1/5/2018
Jones County Junior College
JCJC HEADWAE recipients selected
ELLISVILLE – Two highly motivated and hard-working women were selected to represent Jones County Junior College as the Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence representatives. Math instructor, Dr. Jessica Bunch of Waynesboro and pre-med/biology major from Moselle, Katelynn McGowen will be honored in Jackson along with 70 outstanding students and faculty members from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and community colleges. This group will be receiving special recognition from the Mississippi Legislature in February, at the 31st annual HEADWAE luncheon as a reward for their excellence in education.
“Each year it is always a difficult choice to identify who will represent the faculty and students as HEADWAE honorees, and this year was no different. Dr. Jessica Bunch is an outstanding faculty member. She has led our Bobcat Math League for 10 years and has been featured in local publications highlighting her commitment to education and excellence,” said JCJC Academic Dean, Dr. Jason Dedwylder.
Dr. Bunch began her 15th year teaching math in higher education this fall. The JCJC alumna has taught at the Ellisville campus for 12 years. During two of those years, she also taught one year at Wayne County High School and one year at the University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, Dr. Bunch also taught two-and-a-half years at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
“From as far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher, and I love math; so being able to teach math in a higher-education setting is a dream come true for me,” said Bunch. “I thoroughly enjoy working with students and helping them learn something new or overcome obstacles in their mathematical journeys. My desire is for that light bulb that comes on when a struggle has been overcome to never go out at all.”
While teaching at Jones, she has earned a Specialist of Education Degree in Higher Education Administration from William Carey University as well as her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Bunch introduced the Math Quiz Bowl competition for high school students at JCJC 10 years ago in addition to teaching a full load of classes each semester at Jones. Six years ago, the one-day, Math Quiz Bowl was developed into a six-to-eight week, athletic-related schedule and competition season. Dr. Bunch has served as the “Commissioner” of the Bobcat Math League (BML) which has won a couple of Mississippi Association of Partners in Education’s University Level Governor’s Awards and the JCJC Math department earned a special Resolution of Commendation from the JCJC Board of Trustees. This fun way of incorporating math, and now STEM subjects through the BML over the last six years at JCJC has benefitted hundreds of high school students and has helped to raise math scores in 22 high schools in the Pine Belt.
“It has been a joy to work with the math instructors and students in the high schools and I am very proud of how the Bobcat Math League has grown and how it has positively affected students. We have witnessed increasing high school math class averages and math ACT sub-scores. It is our hope that the time and effort students invest in our competition will help lay a foundation that will prove beneficial to them as they progress along in their education and future careers,” said Dr. Bunch. She emphasized, “None of the math competitions’ growth or the recognition would be possible without the dedication and support of everyone involved from the players, coaches, principals/headmasters and superintendents, to JCJC administration, faculty and staff along with our business partners.”
During her career, Dr. Bunch has taught various high school math courses, as well as college-level math courses such as Fundamentals of Math, Beginning/Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Finite Math, Business Calculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Calculus IV, Real Number System, and Geometry/Measurement/Probability. Additionally, Dr. Bunch is a member of the 2017-2018 Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy. This instructor is also still learning ways she can improve her skills.
“I have learned there is no cookie-cutter class of students and that there is more than one-way to explain a concept to students. By taking the time to explore different learning styles and by constantly developing my teaching style, I have been able to add to my repertoire of teaching methods those that would prove to be the most beneficial to my students,” said Dr. Bunch.
JCJC student nominee, Katelynn McGowen, is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences/pre-medicine and has a long-term goal of working in the pediatric-oncology field. Her background of service on campus and in the community is varied and astounding. It so impressed her instructors and administrators, they bestowed upon her two of the top honors for JCJC students.
“Our student honoree has displayed leadership and educational excellence through her involvement in the Maroon Typhoon Marching Band as the head drum major and as a member of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute. Katelynn has also been named as a New Century Pathway Scholar at Jones. We are proud of both Dr. Bunch and Katelynn and look forward to the great things we know they are going to accomplish in the future!” said Dr. Dedwylder.
McGowen is also the VP of Leadership for the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, Rho Sigma chapter at JCJC, she earned JCJC’s Who’s Who, Hall of Fame and Letter “J” Awards, and she is a member of the JCJC Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society, and the College Republicans Club. Off-campus, McGowen has served as Ellisville’s 2016 Miss Hospitality, and she volunteers with the Forrest General Hospital, Spirit Girls organization and with the Hattiesburg Elks Lodge as the current Mississippi Elks Camp Director who is responsible for the kids, the counselors, their safety, and all camp activities.
“I have always strived to do my best inside and outside of the classroom. My goal is to do my best while keeping a positive attitude through it all. Earning HEADWAE honors was a complete surprise to me but I now realize my determination in achieving academic excellence is being rewarded,” said McGowen.
Her plans after graduating from JCJC in May include graduating from the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center with aspirations of eventually being a pediatrician at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Her grandmother’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis, combined with her work with children led her to her career path. However, she has always desired to excel in everything.
“When you commit to academic excellence, you find the success you desire,” McGowen shared. “Being chosen out of the thousands of JCJC students means so much to me. I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity and I hope to encourage others to do their best even when they think no one is watching.”

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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“Connections” lead to JCJC’s Keay performing in South America

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2017 - 1/3/2018
Jones County Junior College
“Connections” lead to JCJC’s Keay performing in South America
ELLISVILLE – Sometimes it’s who you know that can put you in a key position for success. Jones County Junior College’s assistant director of bands and flute instructor, Lindsey Keay can say that’s how she landed an opportunity to teach and perform in South America. She was invited to play a rarely performed piece of music on her piccolo in Cartagena Columbia, South America, because of a couple of colleagues. Keay explained, her USM college friend, Jesus Castro who teaches at the Unibac Conservatorio de Musica Adolfo Meijia in Cartagena, Colombia South America, and USM professor of flute, Dr. Danilo Mezzadri, a Brazilian citizen had a conflict. Because of Dr. Mezzadri’s citizenship interview and the music festival hosted by the El Institucion Universitaria Bellas Artes y Ciencias de Bolivar UNIBAC, were at the same time, both Dr. Mezzadri and Castro called Keay to take Dr. Mezzadri’s place at the international music festival and clinic.
“It was kind of last minute but I was honored that they both thought highly enough of my teaching and performing abilities to go to the festival in his place,” said Keay.
To be invited to play internationally is simply an amazing experience for Keay. However, this opportunity is unique because piccolo solos are rarely written in orchestral musical pieces and oftentimes, the flute is usually preferred over the high-pitched instrument.
“I think they wanted to play the piccolo arrangement of the Morlacchi II Pastore Svizzero piece because it is kind of a novelty and that arrangement has not been performed very frequently,” said Keay. “I’m not sure if this piece has ever been played in Colombia before, but certainly not at the university. I was the first piccolo soloist there has ever been. I was super excited but a little stressed out! Just trying to get all the music ready and prepare to travel to a foreign country in the span of a couple weeks was daunting. I was really grateful and honored for the opportunity.”
Keay’s international spotlight was shared with her friend in a duet performance with the University’s Wind band. However, the majority of her five-days in South America were spent teaching flute masterclasses and giving private lessons to university and high school students.
“The students and teachers were amazing. I got to meet a lot of interesting people including other guest artists from various countries, the fantastic students and the people in general in Cartagena were really hospitable and welcoming,” said the Canadian born, Keay.
The timing of her international debut was right in the middle of marching band season at JCJC. However, JCJC Director of Bands, Dr. Ben Burge didn’t keep Keay from missing out on this chance of a lifetime.
“It is a very rare thing to have such an incredibly talented music faculty member at the Junior College level. Lindsey is by far one of the most talented flute performers in our state and I would bet that she is the very best applied flute teacher on the college level in Mississippi,” said Dr. Burge.
This is Keay’s fourth year working in the JCJC Fine Arts Department. Somehow, she also juggles teaching sectional lessons with South Jones High School students, working on her Ph.D. in music education at USM, she serves as the piccolo/third flute player in the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and she is a regular player with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Ballet, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. She has served as the principal flute in the Natchez Music festival for nearly a decade and Keay has given a variety solo, chamber ensemble and orchestral performances in the Festival South series of events in Hattiesburg. Keay is a graduate of the University of Texas with her B.M. in Music Studies and Human Learning, a Performance Certificate in Flute and a Texas Teaching Certification, and while at the University of Southern Mississippi, she earned her masters of music in flute performance. During her graduate work at USM, Keay won competitions performing as a soloist with the USM Wind Ensemble and USM Symphony Orchestra. Obviously, Keay personifies what she teaches her students; lots of practicing and hard work, pays off.
“I also tell my students the connections you make in music go way beyond just playing an instrument or singing with others. Try to take advantage of all opportunities that come your way and remember that kindness, honesty, hard work and tenacity go a long way as a teacher and performer.”

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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TOP 5 HABITS TO AVOID THE FLU

Event Dates and Times

12/7/2017 - 1/7/2018
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Widespread cases of flu are popping up around the country, health officials say the number has doubled in just one week and we could be in for a doozy of a flu season.
The best way to fight the flu is to get vaccinated, but it takes two weeks for the shot to become effective. In the meantime, as more people gather to celebrate the holiday season, local doctors stress the best protection is good hygiene.
That’s why local physicians with American Family Care have identified the top five habits that can provide protection during flu season. They invite you to come out to the local facility to interview docs and possibly patients.
TOP 5 HABITS TO AVOID THE FLU:
1. Knuckle it. When holiday shopping, get into the habit of punching in your debit card pin with a knuckle instead of a fingertip. This way if you rub your eye or mouth with your fingertip, you’re not transferring germs.

2. Avoid using your phone in the restroom. A bathroom is coated with germs, especially in a public place. While most people wash their hands after using the restroom, they don’t wash their phones. The CDC says contaminated particles can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours, you can easily spread them by touching the screen then touching other surfaces. Get in the habit of wiping down your phone to cut down on spreading germs.

3. Don’t share pens. Whether at work or signing a credit card receipt at a store, never pick up a public pen because they’re covered with other people’s germs. Keep a pen handy for any situation that could pop up.

4. Protect yourself at the pump. Drivers must get gas no matter what, sick or not. When you fill up, grab a paper towel by the pump before picking up the gas nozzle. You can also use the paper towel as a barrier when punching in your debit/credit card info.

5. Sanitize after shaking. People are more germ-conscious these days so this is not as rude as once thought, especially during flu season! If you must shake hands with someone, either sanitize or wash your hands immediately.

We invite you to our local American Family Care urgent care clinic where our doctors will explain the best ways to protect your family as flu continues to spread across the country. AFC docs are also available to come to you to answer your questions about flu symptoms and the flu vaccine.

919.459.8163
Center For Disease Control and Prevention Data:
Weekly Flu Report

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JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

Event Dates and Times

12/6/2017 - 1/2/2018
Jones County Junior College
JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

ELLISVILLE – Eleven, Jones County Junior College sophomores were selected to compete for the New Century Scholars Program in conjunction with the International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa’s academic scholarship program. These students were nominated by faculty members and then selected by the JCJC Scholarship Committee and administrators. Some of the requirements to earn a spot in this prestigious group include maintaining a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA, taking challenging academic courses, completing a minimum of 36-college credit hours, volunteering their service in their communities and college, doing well in an interview with the Scholarship Committee and students must submit an application for the All-USA Academic Team.
JCJC’s nominees for the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship are Henry “Clay” Taylor, a banking and finance major from Diamondhead; Abigail Odom, a math education major from Bay Springs; Jonathan Taylor, a banking and finance major from Diamondhead; Katelynn McGowen, a pre-med/biology major from Moselle; Benjamin Robertson, a civil engineering major from Ellisville; James Ladd, a chemical engineering major from Mize; Nancy Williams, an industrial engineering major from Toomsuba and Paxton Holder, a chemistry major from Moselle.
Also, for the first time this year, PTK has incorporated a new aspect to its traditional academic scholarship program with the creation of the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship program offered to career and technical students. The New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship nominees are Alonso Hernandez, an automotive technology major from Costa Rico and a resident of Ellisville; Erica Murphy, a computer programming major from Hattiesburg and computer programming major from Waynesboro, Dakota Shoemaker.
Selected to represent the college in the upcoming state and national scholarship competitions are academic students, Katelynn McGowen and Benjamin Robertson, along with career and technical students, Alonso Hernandez and Dakota Shoemaker.
“This is a great opportunity for Career and Technical students to be recognized for excelling in their field. I am very excited that we have two well-deserving individuals like Dakota and Alonso who are extraordinary students, who are passionate about their career field and have the opportunity to be recognized on the state level,” said JCJC Career and Technical Dean, Rod Tolbert.
JCJC VP for Instructional Affairs, Candace Weaver said she was thrilled for the opportunity to recognize more students on this level.
“I am excited about this change in the scholarship program, allowing for double the number of scholarships. Now we get to nominate two students from our career and technical programs in addition to the two academic students we have traditionally sent forth for state and possibly, national scholarship competition. The students nominated from JCJC made a big impression on their instructors to be recognized at this level,” said Weaver.
Sophomore from Moselle, Katelynn McGowen is no stranger to the spotlight as the JCJC and former South Jones High School’s head drum major for the last five years, and she also served as Ellisville’s 2016 Miss Hospitality and JCJC’s Freshman Homecoming Maid. The pre-med/biology major has a long list of academic honors with being selected as the JCJC student representative for the Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence state program, JCJC’s Who’s Who, Hall of Fame and Letter “J” Awards, JCJC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s VP of Leadership and she was South Jones High School’s 2016 Valedictorian.
Serving her community through volunteering with the Hattiesburg Elks Lodge and Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls program has inspired McGowen’s future career path. She has plans to graduate from the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center with aspirations of eventually being a pediatrician at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“Throughout high school, I volunteered my time as a camp counselor for the Mississippi Elks Camp. Now, I am the current Mississippi Elks Camp Director and each summer I am responsible for the kids, the counselors, their safety, and all camp activities. Also, by being involved with Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls, I have learned how to work with children, individuals with special needs, and the elderly. Being in these settings has strengthened my desire to work with children as my career because I enjoy helping them overcome sickness. My grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which further focused my desire to work with children who have cancer,” McGowen explained.
Her desire to give back to those in need has been the driving force for her pursuit of excellence in every way, including being a positive role model.
“I pray to positively inspire people to have a healthy life and to give back to their community through my actions and words of encouragement. I have developed the desire to give back to those who need help the most, and I am confident that I can inspire children and adults to live a joyful life,” said McGowen.
At JCJC, McGowen is a member of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society, and the College Republicans Club.
Also representing JCJC as a New Century Transfer Scholarship program is Ellisville’s, Ben Robertson. Over the last nine years, he has been a missionary in Chisinau, Moldova, Spanish Wells, Bahamas, and in the U.S. He established the business, “True-Cut Landscaping” as a high school sophomore to help fund international missionary trips.
The JCJC civil engineering major’s desire to excel academically and personally has landed him several leadership positions on campus. He is currently serving as the Baptist Student Union Executive Council President and is involved with PTK, the JCJC Engineering Club and the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society. Robertson has also been recognized as the Most Outstanding Camper at Hol-Mac Engineering Camp in 2010, he became an Eagle Scout in 2012, he served as Senator for the TeenPact Leadership School and he earned honors in Speech Pedagogy Servant Leadership as part of the Berean Speech Club. Being chosen for the opportunity to compete for scholarships amongst the top students in the state was a surprise to him.
“It means a great deal to be nominated for this award but I honestly did not think I would ever receive something like this. I am truly thankful because it will help pay for my college expenses when I transfer to a university. It will also get me closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming an engineer,” said Robertson.
Competing for the first, New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship, are Alonso Hernandez and Dakota Shoemaker. Hernandez, a Costa Rican native moved to Ellisville to marry his missionary wife. Before he could take college courses in the U.S., he had to get his High School Equivalency. While overcoming that hurdle, Hernandez also earned a workforce certificate in welding through the MI-BEST program at JCJC with the hopes of pursuing his dream of restoring and customizing vehicles.
Currently, he is finishing his automotive degree, and working part-time at Woolwine Ford in Collins. He has managed to successfully juggle college, earning the Letter “J” Award, being on the President’s List Honor Roll and being an active member of the SkillsUSA program. Additionally, he and his wife Ashli are fostering a toddler while also overseeing their business, the Brookside Barn event venue.
“I try to work hard day-in and day-out. I don’t really do it expecting anything extra. I feel that I have to earn what I have and receive in life,” said Hernandez. “I am very thankful for being nominated for this scholarship, however since my wife is my biggest inspiration to keep growing in my craft and pursuing my dreams, if I win anything, I owe it to her.”
The budding entrepreneur’s goal is to continue to excel in the automotive technology program with the possibility of returning to JCJC to earn a degree in business.
Wayne County High School graduate, Dakota Shoemaker is majoring in computer programming and was also nominated for the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship. She is involved in PTK and Phi Beta Lambda and has been on the President’s List Honor Roll. Last spring, Shoemaker took first place in the Programming Concepts category at the State PBL competition and 6th place in the national competition. She manages her academics with working at Boondock Eddies Fish Camp in Waynesboro, volunteering at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter and visiting patients in the nursing home. Her dream is to be a website designer and eventually start her own website development company.
“After expanding my company to become a leading development company, I plan to organize a program for students in the field of Information Technology that have to hold a job while in school in order to afford tuition and the cost of living. My desire is to offer students an opportunity to gain the experience needed for future jobs while earning income to pay for college. I also want to establish a scholarship for these students,” said Shoemaker.
The eleven students were treated to a special luncheon held in their honor with PTK sponsors and administrators prior to the announcement of the four students selected to continue in the competition. McGowen, Hernandez, Robertson and Shoemaker spent the holidays writing essays for the application process to have the opportunity to earn state and national scholarships along with other honors. They will be recognized next spring in Jackson upon the conclusion of the competition.
This program annually recognizes 100 scholars. Each New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the Association of Community College Trustees Congress. Each New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention. The New Century Pathway Scholarship program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

Event Dates and Times

12/6/2017 - 1/2/2018
Jones County Junior College
JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

ELLISVILLE – Eleven, Jones County Junior College sophomores were selected to compete for the New Century Scholars Program in conjunction with the International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa’s academic scholarship program. These students were nominated by faculty members and then selected by the JCJC Scholarship Committee and administrators. Some of the requirements to earn a spot in this prestigious group include maintaining a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA, taking challenging academic courses, completing a minimum of 36-college credit hours, volunteering their service in their communities and college, doing well in an interview with the Scholarship Committee and students must submit an application for the All-USA Academic Team.
JCJC’s nominees for the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship are Henry “Clay” Taylor, a banking and finance major from Diamondhead; Abigail Odom, a math education major from Bay Springs; Jonathan Taylor, a banking and finance major from Diamondhead; Katelynn McGowen, a pre-med/biology major from Moselle; Benjamin Robertson, a civil engineering major from Ellisville; James Ladd, a chemical engineering major from Mize; Nancy Williams, an industrial engineering major from Toomsuba and Paxton Holder, a chemistry major from Moselle.
Also, for the first time this year, PTK has incorporated a new aspect to its traditional academic scholarship program with the creation of the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship program offered to career and technical students. The New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship nominees are Alonso Hernandez, an automotive technology major from Costa Rica and a resident of Ellisville; Erica Murphy, a computer programming major from Hattiesburg and computer programming major from Waynesboro, Dakota Shoemaker.
Selected to represent the college in the upcoming state and national scholarship competitions are academic students, Katelynn McGowen and Benjamin Robertson, along with career and technical students, Alonso Hernandez and Dakota Shoemaker.
“This is a great opportunity for Career and Technical students to be recognized for excelling in their field. I am very excited that we have two well-deserving individuals like Dakota and Alonso who are extraordinary students, who are passionate about their career field and have the opportunity to be recognized on the state level,” said JCJC Career and Technical Dean, Rod Tolbert.
JCJC VP for Instructional Affairs, Candace Weaver said she was thrilled for the opportunity to recognize more students on this level.
“I am excited about this change in the scholarship program, allowing for double the number of scholarships. Now we get to nominate two students from our career and technical programs in addition to the two academic students we have traditionally sent forth for state and possibly, national scholarship competition. The students nominated from JCJC made a big impression on their instructors to be recognized at this level,” said Weaver.
Sophomore from Moselle, Katelynn McGowen is no stranger to the spotlight as the JCJC and former South Jones High School’s head drum major for the last five years, and she also served as Ellisville’s 2016 Miss Hospitality and JCJC’s Freshman Homecoming Maid. The pre-med/biology major has a long list of academic honors with being selected as the JCJC student representative for the Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence state program, JCJC’s Who’s Who, Hall of Fame and Letter “J” Awards, JCJC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s VP of Leadership and she was South Jones High School’s 2016 Valedictorian.
Serving her community through volunteering with the Hattiesburg Elks Lodge and Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls program has inspired McGowen’s future career path. She has plans to graduate from the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center with aspirations of eventually being a pediatrician at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“Throughout high school, I volunteered my time as a camp counselor for the Mississippi Elks Camp. Now, I am the current Mississippi Elks Camp Director and each summer I am responsible for the kids, the counselors, their safety, and all camp activities. Also, by being involved with Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls, I have learned how to work with children, individuals with special needs, and the elderly. Being in these settings has strengthened my desire to work with children as my career because I enjoy helping them overcome sickness. My grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which further focused my desire to work with children who have cancer,” McGowen explained.
Her desire to give back to those in need has been the driving force for her pursuit of excellence in every way, including being a positive role model.
“I pray to positively inspire people to have a healthy life and to give back to their community through my actions and words of encouragement. I have developed the desire to give back to those who need help the most, and I am confident that I can inspire children and adults to live a joyful life,” said McGowen.
At JCJC, McGowen is a member of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society, and the College Republicans Club.
Also representing JCJC as a New Century Transfer Scholarship program is Ellisville’s, Ben Robertson. Over the last nine years, he has been a missionary in Chisinau, Moldova, Spanish Wells, Bahamas, and in the U.S. He established the business, “True-Cut Landscaping” as a high school sophomore to help fund international missionary trips.
The JCJC civil engineering major’s desire to excel academically and personally has landed him several leadership positions on campus. He is currently serving as the Baptist Student Union Executive Council President and is involved with PTK, the JCJC Engineering Club and the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society. Robertson has also been recognized as the Most Outstanding Camper at Hol-Mac Engineering Camp in 2010, he became an Eagle Scout in 2012, he served as Senator for the TeenPact Leadership School and he earned honors in Speech Pedagogy Servant Leadership as part of the Berean Speech Club. Being chosen for the opportunity to compete for scholarships amongst the top students in the state was a surprise to him.
“It means a great deal to be nominated for this award but I honestly did not think I would ever receive something like this. I am truly thankful because it will help pay for my college expenses when I transfer to a university. It will also get me closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming an engineer,” said Robertson.
Competing for the first, New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship, are Alonso Hernandez and Dakota Shoemaker. Hernandez, a Costa Rican native moved to Ellisville to marry his missionary wife. Before he could take college courses in the U.S., he had to get his High School Equivalency. While overcoming that hurdle, Hernandez also earned a workforce certificate in welding through the MI-BEST program at JCJC with the hopes of pursuing his dream of restoring and customizing vehicles.
Currently, he is finishing his automotive degree, and working part-time at Woolwine Ford in Collins. He has managed to successfully juggle college, earning the Letter “J” Award, being on the President’s List Honor Roll and being an active member of the SkillsUSA program. Additionally, he and his wife Ashli are fostering a toddler while also overseeing their business, the Brookside Barn event venue.
“I try to work hard day-in and day-out. I don’t really do it expecting anything extra. I feel that I have to earn what I have and receive in life,” said Hernandez. “I am very thankful for being nominated for this scholarship, however since my wife is my biggest inspiration to keep growing in my craft and pursuing my dreams, if I win anything, I owe it to her.”
The budding entrepreneur’s goal is to continue to excel in the automotive technology program with the possibility of returning to JCJC to earn a degree in business.
Wayne County High School graduate, Dakota Shoemaker is majoring in computer programming and was also nominated for the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship. She is involved in PTK and Phi Beta Lambda and has been on the President’s List Honor Roll. Last spring, Shoemaker took first place in the Programming Concepts category at the State PBL competition and 6th place in the national competition. She manages her academics with working at Boondock Eddies Fish Camp in Waynesboro, volunteering at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter and visiting patients in the nursing home. Her dream is to be a website designer and eventually start her own website development company.
“After expanding my company to become a leading development company, I plan to organize a program for students in the field of Information Technology that have to hold a job while in school in order to afford tuition and the cost of living. My desire is to offer students an opportunity to gain the experience needed for future jobs while earning income to pay for college. I also want to establish a scholarship for these students,” said Shoemaker.
The eleven students were treated to a special luncheon held in their honor with PTK sponsors and administrators prior to the announcement of the four students selected to continue in the competition. McGowen, Hernandez, Robertson and Shoemaker spent the holidays writing essays for the application process to have the opportunity to earn state and national scholarships along with other honors. They will be recognized next spring in Jackson upon the conclusion of the competition.
This program annually recognizes 100 scholars. Each New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the Association of Community College Trustees Congress. Each New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention. The New Century Pathway Scholarship program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC is offering an 8-week welding class in Ellisville

Event Dates and Times

11/29/2017 - 1/10/2018
Jones County Junior College ... Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
JCJC is offering an 8-week welding class in Ellisville

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Workforce College is offering a welding day class at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville in January. The course will meet Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., beginning Monday, January 22, 2018, through Friday, March 23, 2018.

This 8-week welding class will cover welding safety, Oxyfuel cutting, basic metal preparation, weld quality, SMAW (stick welding), steel prep and basic fabrication. A workforce certificate will be issued to successful students upon completion of the course. The cost of the class is $350. Students are responsible for their own personal protective equipment.

To register and pay for the welding class please come to the JCJC Advanced Technology Center or call Carmen Sumrall at 601-477-4114 to register and to pay for the cost of the class with a credit card.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu


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