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Story Teller Coming to Newton County Elementary School

Date(s): 8/27/2015

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Newton County Elementary School - gymnasium
Terrence Roberts will also be speaking to students, beginning at 8:30 on Thursday, August 27th, through 2:00. Please know you are welcome to this high energy Literacy event. Thank you!

Weaving the World Together One Story At a Time!

The Family Literacy Team, Faculty, Administration, and Staff at Newton County Elementary School invite you to a night of excitement with Da Terrence Roberts, on Thursday, August 27th, beginning at 6:00 pm in the NCES gymnasium.

Over the last five years Da Terrence Roberts, "Da Story Weaver," has been rapidly evolving as a Teaching Artist/Storyteller. The majority of his stories are meant to entertain, educate and enlighten. He is also a pastor of a church and has incorporated storytelling into his Sunday messages for many years. As a storyteller in the West African style of Jaliyaa, the ancient West African bardic craft, he embraces the power of words and music. The wordsmiths of West Africa are popularly called “Griots,” but in the West African Language of Bamanakan the term Jali or Jeli is preferred.



Da Terrence Roberts, "Da Story Weaver "found that students were fascinated with the culture, stories and musical instruments of the region. His classroom storytelling performances are filled with teaching moments, not just in West African culture but, science, creative writing, and historical events. In August of 2010, he was given the opportunity to learn more about becoming a teaching artist.
He enrolled in the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education Teaching Artist Workshop. The workshop helped to clarify the role and importance of artists working with teachers in educational settings.
In November 2010, he attended the Level II Teaching Artist Workshop.
This workshop helped him develop a plan to work with schools to enrich and enhance the education of K-12 students. He quickly had an opportunity to put this newly acquired knowledge to work. He began working as a substitute teacher in the Meridian Public School District. This afforded him the opportunity to come in to the classroom and offer an Artist Residency for the classes he taught.
Later he became a permanent substitute for a Special Needs Class at Meridian High School, using an arts integrated lesson plan on a daily basis. He quickly saw a change in the learning abilities of his students. A year later, he became the director of a pre-GED alternative detention program called the YET Street School. The School helped prepare juvenile offenders to take the ABE/GED tests.
He not only taught an arts integrated program, but he also provided
training for his teachers to use arts integrated lesson plans. He is
currently involved in professional development training as a part of the Mississippi Arts Commission's Whole Schools Initiative partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The two year partnership has provided him with both training and hands on experience in working with students with Special Needs. He has conducted residencies in inclusion classrooms as well as arts integrated lessons in self-contained special education classes.

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JCJC is offering non-credit computer classes in Ellisville

Date(s): 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015

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Jones County Junior College Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
JCJC is offering non-credit computer classes in Ellisville
ELLISVILLE – Five non-credit computer classes will be offered at the Jones County Junior College Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville this fall. The Tuesday and Thursday night classes will be offered from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The cost is $55 for the basic courses on Tuesday night and Thursday nights, and $75 for Advanced classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Basic is offered on Tuesday nights beginning September 1 through 29 for 1.5 CEU’s. Introduction to Personal Computers is offered on Thursday night beginning September 3 through 24 for 1.5 CEU’s. Microsoft Word 2013 Basic is offered on Thursday night beginning October 1 through 29 for 1.5 CEU’s.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced meets on Tuesday night beginning October 6 through December 8 for 2.7 CEU’s. Microsoft Word 2013 Advanced on Thursday night beginning November 5 through December 17 for 1.8 CEU’s.

All materials used in the class will be provided. To register one week before classes begin, call Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114, or email, Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu. CEU credits are available upon request for $10 at the end of the class.

For the most current schedule, please visit the website: http://www.jcjc.edu/atc/eventscalendar_noncreditclasses.php or visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jcjc.atc.

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

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JCJC’s Phi Beta Lambda students earn national awards

Date(s): 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015, 9/1/2015, 9/2/2015, 9/3/2015, 9/4/2015, 9/5/2015, 9/6/2015, 9/7/2015, 9/8/2015, 9/9/2015, 9/10/2015, 9/11/2015, 9/12/2015, 9/13/2015, 9/14/2015, 9/15/2015, 9/16/2015, 9/17/2015, 9/18/2015, 9/19/2015, 9/20/2015

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JCJC’s PBL students earn national awards
ELLISVILLE –Four Jones County Junior College students attended the Phi Beta Lambda National Conference in Chicago, Illinois and returned with national honors. The network design team of Aaron Huff of Laurel, James Fuller of Prentiss and Robert Mullis of Petal placed 2nd in the nation, receiving a $100 cash award and trophies.
“I was very proud of our student’s accomplishments,” said JCJC PBL Adviser, David Ray. “We had two top ten winners and also a team to place 2nd in the nation by beating out over 25 other first place team winners from various states across the country. This is a testament to the hard work put forth by the students and their level of instruction here at Jones. These students worked hard to get to Chicago and to watch their efforts pay off as they received recognition among about 1,000 of their peers is very rewarding.”

Additionally, Aaron Huff placed 7th in Cybersecurity and James Fuller placed 9th in Network Concepts at the national competition. Brandon McInnis of Hattiesburg competed in the Future Business Executive category but was unable to place in the top ten. Each of the four JCJC students placed first or second in the state PBL conference in March to qualify for the national competition in June.
“The experiences we had in Chicago not only benefited me as a student, but as a person. The opportunities to expand not only my knowledge, but also my association with some of the brightest students in the nation will forever push me to be the best I can in my field,” said Fuller.
Also recognized at the conference was JCJC’s PBL advisor David Ray, who was awarded Mississippi’s PBL adviser of the year. Ray assists at the PBL state and national conferences by working and/or organizing different competitive events. He also organizes and oversees the Southern District FBLA conference at Jones hosts each year, in addition to his responsibilities as the student’s PBL adviser.

“I am very humbled by the award. There are many outstanding advisers in the state, so to be selected out of this group of Mississippi PBL advisers is definitely an honor,” said Ray.

He added he enjoyed attending the national conference because the energy level of the thousand, young, future entrepreneurs gathering to compete in various business events was very exciting to witness.

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

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GTECHS STUDENTS DUB THEMSELVES THE ‘WILDCATS’

Date(s): 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015, 9/1/2015, 9/2/2015, 9/3/2015, 9/4/2015, 9/5/2015, 9/6/2015, 9/7/2015, 9/8/2015, 9/9/2015, 9/10/2015

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East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus
GTECHS STUDENTS DUB THEMSELVES THE ‘WILDCATS’

MAYHEW – Mississippi’s first early college high school has discovered its inner Wildcat.
Students at Golden Triangle Early College High School, which offers students simultaneous college credits while advancing through high school, learned the result of their vote for the school’s mascot and colors in an unveiling ceremony Monday at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus. GTECHS, or “G-Techs” as the staff calls it, are the Wildcats. And their colors are blue and gold.
The mascot and colors were voted on last week by the 61 freshmen enrolled in GTECHS’s inaugural class. Students will submit their original art before another vote to choose the official logo.
“This is a great way to reward these students for being brave enough to attend a totally new high school,” said GTECHS principal Jill Savely.
“G-Techs will eventually add grades 10 through 12, and these students will graduate and move on, but they’ll leave a permanent impression on this school’s history and legacy. All of these students came from somewhere different. Now there is an ‘us.’”
“Yeah, it’s pretty clean,” said student Cameron Farmer of West Point, voicing his approval of the logo.
GTECHS welcomed students, who came from schools all over the Golden Triangle area, to their first day of classes Aug. 10. An opening convocation was held the first day of class that included comments from Savely, Dr. Carey Wright, Mississippi state superintendent of education, Dr. Thomas Huebner, president of EMCC, and Dr. Paul Miller, executive vice president of EMCC and vice president of EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.
At convocation, GTECHS students erupted in wild cheers when greeted by Dr. Miller’s “Welcome Class of 2019!” Additional grades will be added each year until GTECHS has a full complement of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors for the 2018-19 school year.
“Y’all are famous,” Dr. Huebner told the gathered freshmen.
“You’re the first. Not just of this school, but the first in Mississippi. You’re trailblazers, and you’re making a difference.”
Dr. Wright spoke to the practical advantages of attending an early college high school, citing a 2014 American Institutes for Research study that found 81 percent of early college high school students enroll in college following graduation and pointing out the economic benefits of an early start.
“These college credits are valuable in so many ways. First, they don’t cost you anything to earn. Your work in high school can save your families two years’ worth of college tuition,” said Wright.
Savely said GTECHS students have already begun working toward their college credits, even on the first day of class: “They began taking their first college course the minute they stepped on campus.”
“They’ll leave here prepared to do anything they choose. They can take an academic pathway and enter a four-year university as a junior or take the career-technical path and be ready to go to work,” said Savely.
BankFirst, one of GTECHS’s business partners, also presented a donation of $20,000 to the fledgling school during the convocation program.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296

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JCJC receives MS Transportation Commission’s TAP grant for pedestrian corridor

Date(s): 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015, 9/1/2015, 9/2/2015, 9/3/2015, 9/4/2015, 9/5/2015, 9/6/2015, 9/7/2015, 9/8/2015, 9/9/2015, 9/10/2015, 9/11/2015, 9/12/2015, 9/13/2015, 9/14/2015, 9/15/2015, 9/16/2015, 9/17/2015, 9/18/2015, 9/19/2015, 9/20/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC receives MS Transportation Commission’s TAP grant for pedestrian corridor

ELLISVILLE- More than $416,000 in a Transportation Alternative Project or TAP grant was officially awarded to Jones County Junior College for a campus improvement and safety project. The money will be used to convert an area of College Drive, in front of the C.L. Neill Student Center into a pedestrian corridor.
“It’s a campus beautification project connected with enhancing the safety of one of the main drives through the campus,” said JCJC president, Dr. Jesse Smith. “The purpose of this project is to create a pedestrian plaza where students can go in between classes and not be put in harm’s way crossing a busy street. Additionally, it’s an area we’re able to access some federal funds with Commissioner King’s guidance through the TAP program.”

Eighty-percent of the project or $416,399 will be paid with federal funds, through the TAP grant. The other 20-percent of the project or $104,099 will be paid by JCJC, for a total of $520,498 for the pedestrian corridor project.

“It’s an honor for me to be able to present this grant to JCJC,” said MDOT Southern District Commissioner Tom King. “I think it will do a great job as far as esthetics. It’s going along College Drive making it a corridor or pedestrian walkway.”

College officials received the federal grant money from Southern District Transportation Commissioner, Tom King earlier in August. However the process began months ago, with JCJC’s Director of Campus Operations, Michael Bradshaw applying for the grant and developing the proposal. For the next year, Neill Schaeffer’s consultants, architects and engineers along with Bradshaw, will draw up the detailed plans and receive construction bids for the project.

“We hope by the summer of 2016, after graduation in May we will begin construction. The majority of the heavy machinery work should be completed by the time students return for the fall semester,” said Dr. Smith.

The proposed improvements will consist of brick pavers, seat walls, scored concrete, landscape improvements and removable bollards with the JCJC logo in the center of the plaza. The existing campus marquee sign at the intersection of College Drive and Dan Jones Memorial Drive will remain. Once construction begins, the project is estimated to take 18-months to complete.

“The Mississippi Department of Transportation is proud to partner with JCJC on this important pathway project on campus,” said Commissioner King. “Projects like this one greatly improve the quality of life on college campuses and we are honored to assist with making this project a reality.”

In the future, JCJC may extend the corridor on College Drive to the end of the Hutchison-Hubbard Administration Building and A.B. Howard Gymnasium area and on Dan Jones Memorial Drive, behind the Terrell Tisdale Memorial Library to the Humanities Center.

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

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JCJC SkillsUSA student & instructor win first place in national competition

Date(s): 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015, 9/1/2015, 9/2/2015, 9/3/2015, 9/4/2015, 9/5/2015, 9/6/2015, 9/7/2015, 9/8/2015, 9/9/2015, 9/10/2015, 9/11/2015, 9/12/2015, 9/13/2015, 9/14/2015, 9/15/2015, 9/16/2015, 9/17/2015, 9/18/2015, 9/19/2015, 9/20/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC SkillsUSA student & instructor win first place in national competition
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College Cosmetology student Megan Pruett of Hattiesburg brought home the Gold Medal for First Place in Esthetics at this year’s national SkillsUSA Championships, held in June in Kentucky. Cosmetology instructor Tonya Moreno was presented the Gold Medal in Esthetics for an instructor.
“We are very proud of Megan and Mrs. Moreno,” said Jason Dedwylder, JCJC’s dean of career and technical education. “This award is a culmination of a year's worth of preparation and hard work. Mrs. Moreno is a true champion of her students and is an expert in her field. We are proud to have her leading our program and preparing students for their career.”
SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. A total of 27 Jones students competed in state competition in the spring with 10 winning first place. Those 10 moved on to the national competition where they were pitted against more than 6,000 students in Louisville, Kentucky.
In addition to Pruett winning first place with her work with model Lakken Walters of Laurel, she received her workplace ready certificate based on her written test scores. Pruett said the competition week was long, and she did her best, hoping just to place.
“When they were calling out the winners at the Awards Ceremony they started with bronze (3rd place) and worked up to Gold,” she explained. “By the time they announced the winner of Silver, I hung my head and closed my eyes and thought ‘darn it, I didn't place’ but I was proud of my work and my efforts. Then, all of a sudden, the entire JCJC crowd is screaming and clapping and my model, Lakken Walters, grabbed me and yelled ‘Megan...You just won!’ I was in shock, completely stunned. It was a very proud moment in my life, to experience the culmination of all our hard work and receive National recognition for it.”
Also bringing home accolades was the drafting team, who placed fifth with a Promotional Bulletin Board and presentation. These students include Lacey McLain of Laurel, Katelynn Brock of Petal and Lexie King of Laurel. All three received their workplace ready certificate based on their written test, and McLain and King each received a $1000 scholarship.
Other JCJC students who placed at nationals include technical drafter Andrew Murry of Beaumont, who placed tenth; the welding fabrication team from the Greene County Center, Jacob McLeod of Lucedale, Russell Green of Leakesville and Arial Johnson of State Line, placed 16th; and welding competitor Garth Breland of Beaumont placed 26th.

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

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EMCC ART INSTRUCTOR AWARD STANDALONE

Date(s): 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015, 9/1/2015, 9/2/2015, 9/3/2015, 9/4/2015, 9/5/2015, 9/6/2015, 9/7/2015, 9/8/2015, 9/9/2015, 9/10/2015

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EMCC ART INSTRUCTOR AWARD STANDALONE

East Mississippi Community College art instructor Lisa Spinks’ drawing, titled “Sneakers,” won her 1st Place in the drawing category at the Meridian Museum of Art’s People’s Choice competition July 25. The colored pencil drawing of Spinks’s shoes netted her $100 and the chance to have her piece, along with another of her drawings titled “Heels,” displayed at the museum and entered into the Bi-State Juried Art Competition. “I was shocked I won first place. There was some really great art in the competition this year,” said Spinks, who has taught art at EMCC for eight years.
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879

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Summer Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

Date(s): 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015, 9/1/2015, 9/2/2015, 9/3/2015, 9/4/2015, 9/5/2015, 9/6/2015, 9/7/2015, 9/8/2015, 9/9/2015, 9/10/2015, 9/11/2015, 9/12/2015

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Summer Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

ELLISVILLE -Jones County Junior College has announced the 2015 summer semester honor roll scholars. Full-Time students with 15 hours or more and who maintain the following grade-point averages will make the honor roll: President’s List--4.0; Dean’s List--3.99-3.5: Faculty List--3.49-3.0.

(NOTE: Honor roll scholars from your area are listed according to county and then hometown in alphabetical order. Some names may be listed in your county but they also listed themselves as a resident of a city in another county. Example: the student may be listed under Lamar County but claims Hattiesburg as their hometown or Jasper County as their county but claim Laurel as their hometown or mailing address.
Please include these names according to the county they claim.)


JCJC President’s List Summer 2015 Honor Roll

Tallahassee, Florida: Markel Ja'quise Winters.
Covington Collins: Amber Marie Little.
Covington Mount Olive: Anthony Michael Hinton.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Kirsten Alayna Groome and Ian Aaron Hubble.
Forrest Petal: Jennifer Lynne Simmons and Joseph Richard Tullos.
Jones Laurel: Zoe Nicole Baldwin, Karlee Raelyn Reeves, Marisa Renee Rushton, Bradley Austin Welch and Robert Steven Zugg.
Jones Soso: Kelsey Cheyenne Quarles.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Kyle Thomas Arnold, Vivian Marie Sills and Clifton Allen Tice.
Lamar Sumrall: Heather Lynn Carter, David Rae Hobold, Sheri Denise Lowery and Nathaniel Cade Parsons.
Smith Bay Springs: Thomas Jack McMullan.
Stone Perkinston: Amos Eugene Alexander.
Wayne Waynesboro: Natalie Paige Walley.
Wilkinson Woodville: Jennifer Dawn Chaffin.

JCJC Dean's List Honor Roll Summer 2015

Forrest Hattiesburg: Emily Claire James and Caryn Marie Kersh.
Forrest Petal: Monica Rowell Rawlins and Heather Marie Rozar-Abney.
George Lucedale: Crystal Elizabeth Beech.
Greene Leakesville: Joseph Tyler Hand and Abbie Elouise Moreno.
Greene Lucedale: Aaron Wesley Arnett and Tristan Eugene Blankinchip.
Greene Richton: James Christopher Turner.
Greene State Line: Ariel Marshay Johnson.
Jasper Heidelberg: Lenora Carter Carr.
Jasper Laurel: Anthony Scott Hill.
Jefferson Davis Sumrall: Shelby Lynn Ryals.
Jones Ellisville: Aubrey Annette Daniels, Hannah Grace Ewing and Krystal Samantha Shamburger.
Jones Laurel: Courtney LaChae Edwards and Kevin Jerome Watson.
Jones Moselle: Jessica Lynn Collins.
Jones Waynesboro: Eric Tristan Blackwell.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Brennan Struthers James and Alyssa Shay Johnson and Allyson Kennedy Reid.
Simpson Magee: Christopher Matthew Pickering.
JCJC Faculty List Honor Roll Summer 2015

Copiah Wesson: Javarious K Tanner.
Covington Collins: Kaitlyn Jasmine Windham.
Covington Mt. Olive: Abagail Faith Burkes and Jessica Sanders Sullivan.
Covington Seminary: Tommi Lynne Gilmore.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Ashley Lynne Green, Demesha Vonsha Hall, Marsha Venitta Keys, Misty Lee Larmore,
Haley Rene' Martin, Emily Elizabeth Rowell, Jessica Alexandria Strickland and Summer Leigh Tyson.
Forrest Petal: Mary Amanda Brady, Zachary David Martin, George Washington Nicholson, Brittany Nicole Ward.
Greene Neely: Kimberly Ann Parker.
Jasper Laurel: Philip Tyler Sims.
Jasper Louin: Cierra Renae Hilton.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Brittney Marie Peyton-Parkman.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Valerie Holliman Evans and Priscilla Sierra Holloway.
Jones Ellisville: Cesar Lara Cabrera, David Jacob Driskell, Hannah Iona McCarthy, Lindsay Rigdon Moody, and Megan Brook Whatley.
Jones Laurel: Nestor Addiel Castro Guzman, Christan Dayne Clark, Colby Scott Cooley, Ashley Nicole Eddy, Vincent Sinclair Hutton, Tatina Jamika Lott, Katlyn Marie Martin, Stephanie D Pollet, Lance Richard Risher, Danishica Phalessia LaHoma Trotter and Joseph M Watson.
Jones Moselle: Cassandra Leann Anderson.
Jones Seminary: Charleen Abigail Johnston.
Jones Taylorsville: Sammie Lenar McDonald.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Richard Todd Little, Hope Danielle Lucus, Rohini Malkani and Victor William Merritt.
Lamar Sumrall: Andrew Taylor Thrash.
Lawrence Monticello: Melissa Lorraine Errington.
Marion Columbia: Heather Nicole Broom.
Perry Beaumont: Garth Alexander Breland.
Perry Richton: Tina Marie Breland, Janson Scott Conway and Kelly Jeanette Edwards.
Smith Mize: Sabrina Toni Bolivar and James Allen Bynum.
Smith Raleigh: Lydia Danielle Coleman and April Littieanna Hall.
Smith Taylorsville: Chanah Danielle Jones and Mildred Mechelle McCullum.
Wayne Shubuta: Shakela Latriece Leggett.
Wayne State Line: Halana Rose Wynn.

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

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JCJC awarded Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation Health Grant

Date(s): 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015, 9/1/2015, 9/2/2015, 9/3/2015, 9/4/2015, 9/5/2015, 9/6/2015, 9/7/2015, 9/8/2015, 9/9/2015, 9/10/2015, 9/11/2015, 9/12/2015, 9/13/2015, 9/14/2015

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JCJC awarded Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation Health Grant
ELLISVILLE – For several years, Jones County Junior College has offered students and staff opportunities to improve health and fitness through the Bobcat Fitness Center. Being awarded a $272,800 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation will now enable the college to expand health initiatives while also ensuring more individual health and fitness levels will increase.
“We certainly applaud the efforts of JCJC in implementing health and wellness initiatives with the focus on healthy eating and exercise,” said Sheila Grogan, Executive Director of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. “(We’ve) designed a list of best practices for achieving health and wellness cultures on campus that extend into the surrounding communities and schools. Jones County Junior College submitted their best practices they plan to implement this year based on (our) model and the Foundation is pleased to support those efforts.”
One of the most tangible benefits of the grant is the addition of a Circuit Room to JCJC’s Bobcat Fitness Center. With several different pieces of exercise equipment designed to work the entire body, a group of people can work each piece of equipment in 20-minute intervals. For added privacy, the Circuit Room is located away from the Fitness Center and is designed especially for faculty and approved groups, like the Emergency Technology program’s students. Instructor Benji Sessums explained he has incorporated physical training as part of the curriculum and the Circuit Room is an extension of his classroom.
“The changes I see in students are significant. Their physical fitness changes, their attitudes change and they get to know their instructor and classmates in a whole different setting. They learn how to believe in themselves and the people around them,” said Sessums.
Emergency Technology program sophomore Joshua Goldman from Belleville, Illinois said working out relieves his stress. It has helped with school and exercising will better prepare him for the physical demands of his job as a paramedic.
“It’s hard to find a good program that offers a personal trainer and good equipment on a college campus,” said Goldman.
A personal wellness or “life” coach and an additional personal trainer were hired with the grant money to assist college students and staff reach wellness and fitness goals. JCJC Wellness Committee member and VP of Marketing and Recruiting, Finee’ Ruffin added the personnel additions provided by the Health Grant translates to more opportunities for the campus to obtain the college’s mission to have a healthy student body and staff.
“This means we’re fully staffed now. There’s a personal trainer available after work, there’s one for us here at lunch. Exercise and spin classes are offered before work, during lunch and after work. It’s really reaching out to our staff and faculty because our students were our main focus initially. This has allowed the college to branch out and touch more lives on our campus every day,” said Ruffin.
At JCJC’s “Next Steps in Health” kick-off luncheon for faculty and staff, the trainers were available to schedule individual assessment appointments and they learned how to submit recipe’s for a healthy “make-over.”

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

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Meridian Public School District - (PBIS) program Teachers of the Year

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Meridian Public School District Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program Teachers of the Year for
2014-15 school year include:
Beth Thrasher, Oakland Heights Elementary School; Mary Diltz, Meridian High School; Melanie Pittman, Carver Middle School; Evelyn Cole, Marion Park Alternative School
Dr. Alvin Taylor, MPSD Superintendent; Nicole Gamble, Crestwood Elementary School; Rachel Pomeroy, Poplar Springs Elementary School; Phyllis Collier, T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School; Gwendolyn French, T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School; LaMarshia Johnson, West Hills Elementary School; Beth Hill, Ross Collins Career and Technical Center
Amy Grady, Magnolia Middle School; Rosie King, Northwest Middle School; and Howard Hagwood, MPSD PBIS Director.

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East Central Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams ...

Date(s): 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015

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East Central Community College
The East Central Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams both open their seasons Friday, Aug. 21, at Meridian Community College. The men’s teams will take the pitch at 1 p.m., with the women’s teams to follow at 3 p.m. The home opener for the ECCC men’s and women’s teams will be Thursday, Aug. 27, at 1 and 3 p.m. against Southwest Mississippi Community College

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JCJC welcomes new faculty members

Date(s): 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015, 9/1/2015, 9/2/2015, 9/3/2015, 9/4/2015, 9/5/2015, 9/6/2015, 9/7/2015, 9/8/2015, 9/9/2015, 9/10/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC welcomes new faculty members
ELLISVILLE – Four new faculty members were recently welcomed to the Jones County Junior College family. Administrators introduced them to various departments and equipped them with the tools to prepare them for their new students at a New Faculty Orientation.
Jay Aultman, Heating and A/C
Judson Vance, English
Barath Kandula, Physics
and Brad Ellzey, Automotive.

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

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Returning as the “voices” of East Central Community College football

Date(s): 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Warrior Football ‘Voices’

Returning as the “voices” of East Central Community College football for the 2015 campaign are longtime announcers
Gilbert Barham of Madden, Melvin Wooten of Starkville
and Frank Edmondson of Lake. Barham is in his 21st year as game analyst for radio broadcasts, Wooten returns for his 12th year as the play-by-play announcer on radio, and Edmondson begins his 18th year as public address announcer for home football games. All ECCC football games can be heard on 98.3 “The Groove” and by audio stream on the ECCC Web site, www.eccc.edu. In addition, all home games can be watched via livestream at www.eccc.edu.

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2015 ECCC Wall O’ Sound to Present ‘One Hit Wonders’

Date(s): 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015

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East Central Community College
2015 ECCC Wall O’ Sound to Present ‘One Hit Wonders’
Fans of the East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Marching Band can look forward to “fun entertainment” during the 2015 marching season, according to Ed Girling, interim director of bands.
Girling said, “Our halftime show is titled ‘One Hit Wonders’ and features tunes that were the only hit song by their respective performing group. Although the performers never gained a lot of notoriety, the songs were mega hits that stick in the brain.”
When the entire show is on the field, those in attendance will hear clips from “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice, “Vehicle” made popular by Ides of March, “8675309, Jenny” by Tommy Tutone, A-Ha’s “Take On Me,” “Mambo #5” by Lou Bega, “Macarena” made popular by Los Del Rios, Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” “Play that Funky Music” by Wild Cherry and “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.
“All of these tunes have been used in movies, TV, and commercials. They provide instant recognition for music fans of all ages,” Girling said.
The show is designed so that the home audience will see something new every time the Wall O’ Sound performs until the homecoming game on Saturday, October 17, when the entire show will be on the field.
The 2015 edition of the Wall O’ Sound boasts 170 members and performs for each home football game. The band will also perform at Pearl River Community College during ECCC’s road game scheduled Thursday, Oct. 22. The Wall O’ Sound Pep Band will perform during additional road games.
Members and their respective high schools include:
Treydon Green and Jarrod Taylor, both of Callaway

Kobe York and Cristen Jim, both of Choctaw Central

Kaitlyn Evans, East Rankin Academy

Jennifer Argueta-Martinez, Emily Dykeman, Alan Graham, Lindsay Hedge, Yuritza Rosas, Malcolm McBride and Chris Windham Pulaski, all of Forest

Katie Fortenberry, a home-school graduate from Forest

Taylor Bone, Acacia Brown, Jessica Reed, Tyler Sullivan, Katie Boone, Amanda Brown, Baylee Buckley, Adrianna Crout, Alexandria Crout, Anastasia Crout, Zachary Emmons, Anthony Emmons, Mikenia Ickom, Surpriyce McDaniel and Kaitlyn Ware, all of Lake

Tallie Johnston, a home-school graduate from Lake

Darryl Rogers, Laurel

Cole Atkison, Mariah Boyd, Hailey Clark, Tasha Dixon, Stafford Griffin, Stephanie Griffin, Madison Hannis, Angel Johnson, Tristen Johnston, Patricia Jones, Shannon Keene, Daleshia Leflore, Keyanna Luckett and Lorrie Moore, all of Leake Central

Te-Anna Viverette, Leake County

Amber Gill, Joelie Hill, Malek Penro, Kalee Stennis, Tammie Triplett, Ashley Young and Che'Darius McGuire, all of Louisville

Tehearia Campbell, Evan Derrick, Caleb Franklin, Aerian Keeton and Kayla Sudduth, all of Morton

Triston Coats, Tommy Burnside, Sara Thorne, Kelcey Burrage, Aleaya Carothers, Erin Cumberland, Destiny Files, Cami Goodin, Cardale Greer, Jonathan Keen, Taylor Phillips, Coco Porter, Kimberly Smith, Landon Bounds, Austin Gray, Thashanna Jackson, Jacolby Jenkins, Ticondria Gray and Mary Levin, all of Neshoba Central

Chris Kelley, Jeremiah Chapman and Meilii Tumbling, all of Newton

Cameron Boggan, Houston Martin, JoHannah Smith, David Wilson, Taylor Fulkerson, Nina LaBue, Brii Bout, Kaley Bufkin, Amber Chaney, Alyssa Chesney, AnnaLea Clarke, Rachael Havard, Sydney Kennedy, Ryan Packer, Abby Reeves, Michael Robinson, Stephen Stewart, Sylvia Thames, Benji Walton, Jacob Willis, Radiance Wright, Kaylee Yates, Harleigh Embrey, Dana Jones, KK Williams, Courtney Williams, Hannah Mitchell, Duster Allgood, Peyton Foreman, Troy Gregory, Hope Hennington, Alex Moore, Graham Murphree, Jalen Cox, Alex Evans, Louise Berryhill, Amberlynn Ratcliff, Courtney Tillman, Kirk Griffin and Brad Taylor, all of Newton County

Lily Addy Hickory, Newton County Academy

Chris Johnson and Anna Claire Webb, both of Noxapater

Justice Boler, Paige Brown, Tumese Brown, Kiara Cunnningham, Antonia Dupree, Kaelin Gentry, Kinsey Gentry, Jeremy Huddleston, Randi Kelly, Quormesha Lindsey, Tatiana Moore, Chandler Posey, Keona Sanders, Keanu Smith, Rissa Smith and Kaishanna Young, all of Philadelphia

Jacob McNeil and Justin Thornton, both of Raleigh

Adam Anderson, Jeremy Collins, Brianna Easterling and Douglas Kennedy, all of Scott Central

Makenzie Byrd, Garrett McDill, Chelsea Jackson and Alejandra Salgado, all of Sebastopol

Jacob Robinson, Southeast Lauderdale

Anna Claire Norman, Eariel Campbell, Lauren Cassel, Kris Davis, Danielle Horne, Rachael Justice, Matthew Mason, Christian Richardson, D'Auja Temple and Lindsey Vance, all of Union

Darnell Myrick, Velma Jackson

Taylor Alexander and Paige Johnson, both of Winston Academy

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Classes begin at JCJC

Date(s): 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015

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Jones County Junior College
Classes begin at JCJC

ELLISVILLE – The rain didn’t seem to keep Jones County Junior College students from making their way to the first day of classes on Monday (August 17). Although traditional classes have already begun, online classes begin Monday, August 24. Students have until Friday, August 21, to register for online classes unless they are currently enrolled.

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

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Tomorrow Is Not Promised Stage Play

Date(s): 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015

7:00 pm

Meridian High School Auditorium
Tomorrow Is Not Promised Stage Play on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 7pm, at Meridian High School Auditorium. Bring your whole family to this Inspirational, Life Changing, Hilarious, and Riveting Encore Production. Cast includes: Alfred Wright, Darius Ewing, Lynn Dickson, Pastor Perry Fletcher, Joanie Bolden, Anita Larkin, Lakken Johnikin-Davis, Veronica Mcdonald, Teresa Jones, Terry Kirk and many more. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets, Please stop by Sam's Fashions, or call (601) 620-8089.

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ECCC’s Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Honored Nationally

Date(s): 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015

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ECCC’s Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Honored Nationally

East Central Community College’s Theta Chi chapter of Phi Beta Lambda was recognized for the first time in chapter history as a Top 10 Chapter in the nation during the organization’s National Conference held this summer in Chicago, Ill. Theta Chi also received a first place award for membership in the southern region, second place in the nation for fundraising for the March of Dimes and third in the nation for membership. ECCC was also recognized as a Gold Seal Chapter, 7-up Chapter and Super Sweeps Chapter. ECCC had 14 students attend the annual event.
Leah Ferguson and Kimberly Watkins, both of Philadelphia, 14th in small business plan; Layne Lepard of Philadelphia, 10th in integrated marketing campaign; Madelon Taylor of Louisville, 7th in community service; CrisAnn Bryan and Katie Hillman, both of Philadelphia, 7th in social media challenge; and Virginia Easley of Philadelphia, 10th in integrated marketing campaign and Who’s Who in PBL;
Zach Allen of Louisville, 7th in community service; Ben Pace of Philadelphia, 10th in integrated marketing campaign; Caleb Brown of Philadelphia, 7th in social media challenge and recognized for his service as Mississippi PBL president; and Michael Elizondo of Forest, Austin Savell of Philadelphia and Bryan Burton of Louisville, 14th small business plan; and instructors Laura Sullivan, Thomas Fortenberry and Christy Ferguson; and Mark Hale of Little Rock, 8th in cybersecurity.

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Registration for ECCC Fall Online Courses Concludes August 25th

Date(s): 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015

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East Central Community College
Registration for ECCC Fall Online Courses Concludes August 25

Registration for the Fall Full Online Term and the Fall Intensive I Online Term at East Central Community College in Decatur concludes Tuesday, Aug. 25.

ECCC offers more than 300 online courses in three terms, including a Fall Intensive II Online Term.

Classes for the Fall Full Online Term begin Monday, Aug. 24, and end Friday, Dec. 4. Classes for the Fall Intensive I Online Term begin Aug. 24 and end Friday, Oct. 16.

Classes for the Fall Intensive II Online Term begin Thursday, Oct. 19, and end Friday, Dec. 11. The last day to register for the Fall Intensive II Online Term classes is Friday, Oct. 16.

“Online courses at East Central Community College, offered as part of the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC), allow for convenient and flexible learning opportunities,” said Dr. Krista LeBrun, dean of eLearning at ECCC. “Online learning allows the student to complete the work at a time that is flexible for them among their other life commitments.”

For a listing of online courses offered at ECCC, visit www.eccc.edu, click on MyEC, and then Fall 2015 Course Schedule.

To register for available MSVCC online courses at ECCC, visit www.eccc.edu and then MyEC or speak to a counselor at 601-635-6428.

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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JCJC’s Jasper County Center offering non-credit classes

Date(s): 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015, 9/1/2015, 9/2/2015, 9/3/2015, 9/4/2015, 9/5/2015, 9/6/2015, 9/7/2015, 9/8/2015, 9/9/2015, 9/10/2015, 9/11/2015, 9/12/2015, 9/13/2015, 9/14/2015, 9/15/2015, 9/16/2015, 9/17/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Jasper County Center offering non-credit classes
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s new Workforce Training Center in Bay Springs is offering five non-credit courses this fall:

Stained Glass, Introduction to Computers (Windows 7), Microsoft Excel 2013 Basic, Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Basic and Command Spanish.
Artist B.J. Hatten will be teaching a six-week non-credit course on the Introduction to Stained Glass. This class will meet on Thursdays, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., beginning on August 27 through October 1. The basic skills learned in this course include being able to construct a colorful glass creation. The cost is $75 plus supplies to be purchased by the student. Registration is in process with limited seating. To see some of her work, visit her Facebook page, Facebook@NorthRiverStudios.

Introduction to Computers (Windows 7) will meet on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The course begins September 1 through October 6, for $55. The CEU’s available for this course are 1.8 credits.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Basic will be offered on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The course begins October 13 through December 10, for $55. The CEU’s available for this course are 1.5 credits.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Basic will be offered on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The course begins November 17 through December 15, for $55. The CEU’s available for this course are 1.5 credits.

Command Spanish will be offered on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. for $75. The course begins in September with a start date to be determined. The CEU’s available for this course are 2.4 credits.
For $10.00, CEU’s will be available at end of class for Command Spanish and all computer courses. Registration and payment is required one week prior to class. In the case of low enrollment, class will be cancelled.

For more information and to register, call Lela Bryan at the Jasper County Workforce Training Center at: 601-764-9393.


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

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BANKFIRST DONATES $20,000 TO GOLDEN TRIANGLE EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

Date(s): 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015

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East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus
BANKFIRST DONATES $20,000 TO GOLDEN TRIANGLE EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

Representatives from BankFirst branches around the Golden Triangle attended the first ever convocation of Golden Triangle Early College High School Aug. 10 at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus to present a $20,000 donation to the new school.

EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus, is Mississippi’s first early college high school, offering students the opportunity to earn college credits while simultaneously earning their high school diploma.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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ECCC To Offer Conversational Spanish in Carthage

Date(s): 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015, 8/16/2015, 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015, 9/1/2015, 9/2/2015

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East Central Community College Carthage Career Advancement Center
ECCC To Offer Conversational Spanish in Carthage
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer a course in Conversational Spanish beginning Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the Carthage Career Advancement Center.
The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive Thursdays. The cost is $50 per student and CEUs are available. Martha Metcalf is the instructor.
The course is designed to develop individual basic conversational skills and grammar structure necessary for speaking the Spanish language.
For more information or to register, contact Matthew Riley, Carthage site coordinator and personal development specialist, at 601-298-0723. The email is mriley@eccc.edu.

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ECCC To Offer Pharmacy Tech, Facebook Classes in Carthage

Date(s): 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015, 8/16/2015, 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015, 9/1/2015, 9/2/2015, 9/3/2015, 9/4/2015, 9/5/2015, 9/6/2015, 9/7/2015, 9/8/2015, 9/9/2015, 9/10/2015

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East Central Community College ... Carthage Career Advancement Center
ECCC To Offer Pharmacy Tech, Facebook Classes in Carthage
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer courses in Pharmacy Technician and Facebook for Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations beginning Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at the Carthage Career Advancement Center.
Pharmacy Technician classes will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 18 consecutive Mondays. The cost is $275 per student and the textbook is included in the course fee. The national certification exam is an additional $129 and payable to the National Pharmacy Certification Testing Board at the time of the exam. Rhonda Wilson serves as instructor.
Facebook for Business and Nonprofits will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. for six consecutive Mondays. The cost is $50 per student and Russell Baty will be the instructor. This course is designed to provide new facebook users with the basic understanding of its application and how to utilize this digital platform to reach a larger audience.
For more information or to register, contact Matthew Riley, Carthage site coordinator and personal development specialist, at 601-298-0723. The email is mriley@eccc.edu.

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JCJC’s Maroon Typhoon March-Off Winners

Date(s): 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015, 8/16/2015, 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Maroon Typhoon March-Off Winners
ELLISVILLE –Jones County Junior College’s Maroon Typhoon Marching Band finished it’s week of camp by beginning a new tradition called a “March-Off.” Interim Director of Bands, Jeff Cannon introduced the marching fundamentals of a military style band with the nearly 200-member band, August 5. The goal, Cannon explained is to get everyone marching in sync and uniformly. After 40-minutes of listening, recognizing and executing new and complicated commands called out to a four-count beat, three students managed to survive to claim the title of “March-Off Winners.”

“It was amazing to watch because it is new to these students and they bought into the drill. I think they liked it!” said Cannon. “Ultimately, the marching drills are designed to perfect and prepare the Maroon Typhoon for its performance in the McDonald's® Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, Illinois on Thanksgiving Day, as well as our local performances.”

The 2015 Maroon Typhoon March-Off Winners were tuba player, Branson Coburn from Pearl taking first place, South Jones’ Lee Ann Nobles, who plays clarinet and percussionist Ty (Bret) Evans, a graduate of Northeast Jones took third place. Each student earned a trophy and bragging rights.

The first performance of the Maroon Typhoon will be at the annual Band Exhibition on Tuesday, August 25, and the first home JCJC football game is Saturday, August 29. For more information about the JCJC Maroon Typhoon contact Jeff Cannon at 601-477-4095.

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

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ECCC to Offer Certified Nurse Aide Course in Philadelphia

Date(s): 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015, 8/16/2015, 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center
ECCC to Offer Certified Nurse Aide Course in Philadelphia

The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center is offering a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) course at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center this fall.

Registration for the course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24-26 at the ECCC Integrated Technologies Center located at 377 Industrial Drive in Choctaw.

Classes will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for six consecutive weeks. Clinicals will also be required, with a date and time to be announced. The course will be taught at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center located at 900 Valley View Drive in Philadelphia.

The cost of the course is $766, which includes everything but a required TB Skin Test. A limited number of students will be accepted to the course.

To determine if you qualify for financial aid, contact your local WIN Job Center.

For additional information, please contact Debra Hutchins, ECCC workforce coordinator, at 601-635-6295 or dhutchins@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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SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES - RE-OPENING OF DEMOPOLIS HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER

Date(s): 8/18/2015

5:30 - 6:30 pm

Demopolis Higher Education Center 186 Field of Dreams Drive Gallion, AL
SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES
RE-OPENING OF DEMOPOLIS HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER
Tuscaloosa, AL – With a continuing focus on expanding services and opportunities, Shelton State Community College is excited to announce the re-opening of the Demopolis Higher Education Center.
Working in partnership with the University of West Alabama, Shelton State will utilize the site by offering enrollment options in the College’s electrical technology program and general education courses.
The community is invited to attend the grand re-opening of the Demopolis Higher Education Center, 186 Field of Dreams Drive, Gallion, Alabama, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
(205) 391-5823

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EMCC READIES ELECTRO-MECHANICAL AND MECHATRONICS PROGRAMS

Date(s): 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015, 8/16/2015, 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
EMCC READIES ELECTRO-MECHANICAL AND MECHATRONICS PROGRAMS

MAYHEW – East Mississippi Community College’s newest Career-Technical program will fill yet another urgent employment need produced by the Golden Triangle’s boom in automated manufacturing.
EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology & Engineering Division will launch the Electro-mechanical Technician Program this fall at the Golden Triangle campus. The program will teach students to troubleshoot and repair automated electronics and robotics used by local industries from PACCAR Engine Company and Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi to the Columbus Brick Company and the feed mill at Prestage Farms.
“This program will train technicians to troubleshoot fully functioning production lines that incorporate pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical controls, computer controls, PLCs (programmable logic controls) and robotics. And we’re even starting to integrate vision controls and RFID (radio frequency identification),” said Electromechanical instructor Ben Harris.
“A graduate with a two-year Electro-mechanical Technician degree from EMCC would have all the qualifications of an industrial maintenance professional, plus some of the PLC and robotics background you’d get from the Automation & Control Program. It’s basically a higher level of industrial maintenance professional.”
While EMCC is well-versed in training students to operate manufacturing machinery through its Workforce Services courses and to program the machinery through its Automation & Control Program, Electro-mechanical will prepare graduates for a new class of jobs. And Harris said the use of automated manufacturing has proliferated so fast in the Golden Triangle that industries are already having a hard time finding technicians to maintain their machines.
“We are behind and industries need these people now,” said Harris.
“With the high level of technology coming into the area, we’re really seeing a need for individuals who understand the PLC programming. Companies have engineers who can develop programming, but they need those engineers to stay in the office developing new systems for new products. So they need someone who is a technician available to troubleshoot the machines on the shop floor.”
Harris and the MTE Division have appealed directly to industries in the area to find out what systems their technicians need to know. Training modules are already set up at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus which mimic automated processes seen in the area, but that equipment will be continually upgraded to reflect the machinery and computers currently in use at area industries.
To offer students further specialization in the field, in 2017 EMCC plans to make a one-year Mechatronics Advanced Technical Certificate program available to Electro-mechanical graduates. The additional Mechatronics degree will build on the principles covered in the Electro-mechanical program and continue to refine the high level troubleshooting skills employers are seeking.
“It will develop those troubleshooting skills needed to look at highly automated systems and figure out which system needs work. This will be someone who can look at the information given by the computers, consider the symptoms, talk to the machine’s operator and figure out what direction they need to go. Whether they can make just a program change to correct an issue or will have to replace some components,” said Harris.
EMCC executive vice president Dr. Paul Miller described the Mechatronics degree as a “slightly shorter” engineering degree: “It’s shorter than a bachelor’s in engineering but longer than an associate’s. It’s focused more on application than theory.”
Registration for the fall semester is open until Aug. 14 at all EMCC locations. For more information on how to register, visit eastms.edu.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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JCJC’s Clarke County Center partners with Falck Safety Services ...

Date(s): 8/12/2015, 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015, 8/16/2015, 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Clarke County Center partners with Falck Safety Services to establish first petroleum safety training in Mississippi

ELLISVILLE – The Mississippi Community College System’s first oil and safety training program was established at Jones County Junior College’s Clarke County Center with the signing of a partnership with Falck Safety Services, which is a global petroleum safety training corporation.

“This is a first step in a long journey that is going to bring nothing but success in Clarke County and this region,” said JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith. “Falck’s expertise is safety training and we know that is a major part of what is needed for our folks in Clarke County to be able to go on and work and be a part of this great industry. It is lifesaving training and Falck is second to none.”

CEO of Falck Safety Services, Bryan Le Compte said his company is proud to be affiliated with JCJC and a part of the academic portion of the petroleum industry. As the industry changes, he explained, training is being more regulated and required.

“We have to prove that there are competencies rather than just taking a test and hoping our guys are safe off shore. We’re bringing all of our expertise to help make that happen,” said Le Compte.

The official agreement was signed in the presence of Clarke County and JCJC officials, community members and oil industry workers, like Allen Elmore, the senior health, safety and environment specialist for BHP Billiton’s petroleum division in Texas. The Clarke County native said he was especially happy to know safety certification training through Falck Safety Services will be offered close to home at JCJC’s Clarke County Center.

“I’m really excited because it’s going to offer everything; all of our certification and re-certification training on our days off, close to home instead of going to Houston or somewhere. Oil field guys value their time off with their families and there are so many certifications we need. Offering training here will allow us to still enjoy our families and our time off,” said Elmore.

Le Compte shared that 70 percent of the cost of training in this industry is travel related. He explained this partnership was an opportunity for the Texas and Louisiana based company to move east and to get a little business, but to also make sure all of the employees working off shore and in this industry come home safely.

“We can offer 130-safety courses and we can customize training if the market sustains the need. We are dedicated to making this work. We have the expertise and JCJC has the facility,” said Le Compte.

At the Clarke County Center, Falck Safety Services will provide an instructor teaching Well Control, utilizing a simulator, the first week of every month. By 2016, the company’s goal is to offer multiple classes and training every day.

“We have a thousand of our residents working in the oil industry. Our kids want to go off shore and the oil and gas industry is our main job base in Clarke County,” said, Clarke County Supervisor, Troy Smith. “Bringing the tax base back to the County, that’s the vision we all had as a board of supervisors. There’s no doubt with the help of JCJC, everything is coming together. This training and the Center are the biggest things that I feel has happened in Clarke County in a long time. I’m proud of it and I really appreciate it.”

Falck Safety Services has 400 employees nationwide and 4,000 worldwide in 48 countries. JCJC President, Dr. Smith shared taking this first step with the college’s first business and training partner at the Clarke County Center is part of the Clarke County Supervisors’ vision being fulfilled to help its citizens thrive at home.

For this safety training, as well as college courses, workforce development and adult basic information schedules and assistance, contact the Clarke County Center at 601-659-0622.

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

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ECCC Yearbook Takes Third Place in State Competition

Date(s): 8/12/2015, 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Yearbook Takes Third Place in State Competition
East Central Community College in Decatur was one of 10 Mississippi Community and Junior Colleges participating in the 2014-15 Mississippi Community and Junior College Press Association Yearbook Competition. ECCC's yearbook, Wo-He-Lo, finished third overall.

The yearbooks are judged on seven categories including cover, theme, structure, typography, design, copy and photography. The Wo-He-Lo took the top award in the photography category; second place in both the copy and design categories; third place in typography; tied for third place in the cover design and structure categories; and fifth place in the theme category.
The yearbook was led by editor Emily Cook of Carthage and is advised by Publications Coordinator Gennie Taylor of Forest.
The 2014-15 Wo-He-Lo staff members included Cook, Lillie Shuler and Anna Girling, both of Carthage; Kimberly Harrison, Kaitlin Smith, Samantha Haralson, Madison Pettigrew, Katlyn Patrick and Dominick Fields, all of Forest; Wil Johnson of Morton, DeeJay Rolison of Conehatta, Shannon McNeill of Sebastopol, Madison Herrington of Union, Brooke Smith and Madison Barnett, both of Noxapater; Hannah May of Little Rock, Madelon Taylor of Louisville; Allison Johnson and Kimberly Watkins, both of Philadelphia; Ashley Bozeman and Kaylee Yates, both of Decatur; Matthew Ferguson and Anthony Emmons, both of Lake; and Rachel Laird of Meridian.
Serving on the Wo-He-Lo editorial board were Cook, editor; McNeill, design editor; and assistant editors Smith, Shuler, May, Haralson and Taylor.

Gennie Taylor
Publications Coordinator

East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129 • 15738 Highway 15 • Decatur, MS 39327
Phone: 601-635-6364
1-877-462-3222
Fax: 601-635-4398
www.eccc.edu

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ECCC Invites Public to ‘Meet the Warriors’

Date(s): 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015

6:30 pm

East Central Community College ... at Bailey Stadium
ECCC Invites Public to ‘Meet the Warriors’

The public is invited to “Meet the Warriors” when East Central Community College hosts the annual pep rally and player introductions event scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24, at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart will welcome the anticipated large crowd for the event and provide comments about the upcoming athletics seasons.

Performing groups include the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, Centralettes and the Warrior cheerleading squad.

Members of ECCC’s men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and football teams will be introduced by their coaches.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams begin fall action at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively, on Friday, Aug. 21, at Meridian Community College.

The 2015 edition of the Warrior football team begins its fall season on the synthetic turf of Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, against Mississippi Delta. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $7.

The men’s golf team begins play Sept. 12-13 at a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges event at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Raymond.

Following the Pep Rally, the student-athletes will sign autograph posters for their fans.

For more information about “Meet the Warriors,” contact Chris Harris, dean of personnel services and athletics, at 601-635-6401 or email charris@eccc.edu.

Gennie Taylor
Publications Coordinator

East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129 • 15738 Highway 15 • Decatur, MS 39327
Phone: 601-635-6364
1-877-462-3222
Fax: 601-635-4398
www.eccc.edu

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ECCC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’ Workshop in Decatur

Date(s): 8/25/2015

5:30 - 7:00 pm

East Central Community College ... Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.
ECCC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’ Workshop in Decatur

East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a “How to Develop a Business Plan” workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, at the ECCC Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.

This free workshop is designed to assist participants in preparing a business plan, including industry research, description of company products and services, identifying target customer groups and a marketing plan. Financial components to be discussed are startup costs and preparation of a projected cash flow statement.

Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6296 or 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@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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Newton County Elementary School - Upcoming Events Calendar

Date(s): 8/7/2015, 8/8/2015, 8/9/2015, 8/10/2015, 8/11/2015, 8/12/2015, 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015, 8/16/2015, 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015

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Newton County Elementary School
Tuesday, August 11th, from 6:00-7:00 pm, Newton County Elementary School will host their annual WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Line-up and Sign-up Pizza Night for students, fathers, and father-figures at 15881 Highway 15. For more information, please call the Parent Center at 601-635-4902.

Thursday, August 13th, Newton County Schools will host "Meet the Cougars" in Cougar Stadium, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Monday, August 17th, at 6:00 pm Newton County Elementary School will host Parent Nights for 4th and 5th grade parents

Tuesday, August 18th, at 8:51 am, Newton County High School will host the Class of 2019 Cougar Commitment to Graduate Banner Signing.

Tuesday, August 18th, at 6:00 pm Newton County Elementary School will host Parent Nights for 1st and 2nd grade parents

Thursday, August 20th, at 6:00 pm Newton County Elementary School will host a Parent Night for 3rd grade parents

Monday, August 24th, at 6:00 pm Newton County Elementary School will host Parent Night for parents of Talented and Gifted students

Tuesday, August 25th, at 6:00 pm Newton County Elementary School will host Parent Night for kindergarten parents

Thursday, August 27th, at 6:00 pm Newton County Elementary School will host a Family Literacy Night with special guest Da Terrence Roberts, fun for the whole family!

Friday, September 11th, Newton County Salute to Troops Night at Cougar Football Stadium
(601) 357-0143

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ECCC to Offer Fall Softball Skills and Pitching Camps on Decatur Campus

Date(s): 8/7/2015, 8/8/2015, 8/9/2015, 8/10/2015, 8/11/2015, 8/12/2015, 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015, 8/16/2015, 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015

6:30 - 8:30 pm each night

East Central Community College
ECCC to Offer Fall Softball Skills and Pitching Camps on Decatur Campus

East Central Community College and University of Southern Mississippi softball coaches are teaming up to offer both skills and pitching camps on the Decatur campus this fall.

An All Skills Camp will be held Sept. 14, 21, and 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night. The cost is $150 per player.

A Pitching Camp will be held Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per player.

Another All Skills Camps is slated for Nov. 2, 16, and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $150 per player.

Leading the camps will be ECCC Head Softball Coach Kristin Chaney, ECCC Assistant Softball Coach Courtney Nunn, and Coy Adkins, the pitching and hitting coach for the University of Southern Mississippi.

To register, contact Coach Chaney at 601-635-6301 or kchaney@eccc.edu or Coach Nunn at 601-635-6416.

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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Newton County Elementary - Family Literacy Night

Date(s): 8/27/2015

6:00 pm

Newton County Elementary School Gymnasium
We, at Newton County Elementary School, have scheduled a Family Literacy Night on Thursday, August 27th.
Our special guest will be Terrence Roberts. We are excited about his potential positive influence on the students at NCES.

Janine Vincent Publicity Newton County Schools
601-357-0143

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EMCC LAUNCHES WGTC 92.7 FM AT GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS

Date(s): 8/3/2015, 8/4/2015, 8/5/2015, 8/6/2015, 8/7/2015, 8/8/2015, 8/9/2015, 8/10/2015, 8/11/2015, 8/12/2015, 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015

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East Mississippi Community College ... from the Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew
EMCC LAUNCHES WGTC 92.7 FM AT GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS

MAYHEW – East Mississippi Community College is live and on the air.
WGTC 92.7 FM went live last week from the Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew. The station is currently broadcasting a classic rock format with EMCC announcements, but will add a Hot 100 rotation and local and AP wire national news updates once the fall semester begins.
EMCC drama and speech instructor Dr. Don Vaughan, a former on-air personality for WKOR in Starkville and WTBC in Tuscaloosa, has been tapped to serve as station manager at WGTC. Vaughan said the station can currently be picked up across the Golden Triangle area, but technical improvements in the near future will carry the signal even farther.
“WGTC is a unique opportunity for EMCC to serve the community while serving as an in-house public broadcasting system for EMCC news and events. It’s truly thrilling to have such a versatile tool and public service right here on the Golden Triangle campus,” said Dr. Vaughan.
With the beginning of EMCC’s fall semester on Aug. 17, Vaughan, who formerly wrote news copy for WCBI in Columbus, will also teach a new journalism class at the Golden Triangle campus which will tie into WGTC’s format. Students will have the opportunity to serve as on-air talent from introducing Hot 100 Hits to reading and writing news updates.
“Students in JOU-1313 will learn to summarize and condense both local and national news, write it according to AP style, then deliver the news on the air at five minutes before the hour,” said Dr. Vaughan.
“Our journalism students will get real-life experience in writing and delivering news, done in real time, just like they would at a radio or television station. So they’ll learn everything from the immediacy of deadlines to how to properly enunciate while speaking on-air.”
Students will also learn how to operate the Zara automated software used by the station to schedule playlists and commercials.
New EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner, who took office July 1, expressed his pleasure at the launch of WGTC.
“Having our own radio station is a tremendous asset. This is true both for our students, who will gain invaluable experience and knowledge of the media in general and radio in particular, and for our branding efforts here at EMCC. What better way to express ourselves than to broadcast our voice across the Golden Triangle?” said Dr. Huebner.
Former EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, EMCC executive vice president Dr. Paul Miller and Dr. Vaughan filed for the radio station license for WGTC in November 2013. The Federal Communications Commission approved the license a year later. Dr. Vaughan said Ray Toney, a long-time radio station owner, was instrumental in the filing process and in recommending the broadcast equipment to purchase. Aaron Brooks and Jeff Harrell of EMCC’s Golden Triangle IT Department installed the equipment this summer.
Registration for the fall semester is open until Aug. 14 at all EMCC campuses. For more information on how to register, visit eastms.edu.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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ECCC to Offer 8-Week Residential Maintenance Class in Choctaw

Date(s): 7/31/2015, 8/1/2015, 8/2/2015, 8/3/2015, 8/4/2015, 8/5/2015, 8/6/2015, 8/7/2015, 8/8/2015, 8/9/2015, 8/10/2015

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Integrated Technologies Training Center in Choctaw
ECCC to Offer 8-Week Residential Maintenance Class in Choctaw

East Central Community College’s Workforce Development Program will offer an eight-week Residential Maintenance class at the Integrated Technologies Training Center in Choctaw beginning Monday, Aug. 10.

The class, which will cover basic residential wiring and plumbing repair and installation, will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday nights for eight consecutive weeks.

The cost of the class is $150.

The training center is located at 377 Industrial Drive in Choctaw, about 1.5 miles north off Highway 16.

For more information or to register for the class, contact Chris Clark, ECCC workforce development coordinator, at 601-635-6245 or cclark@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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ECCC Wall O’ Sound to hold Exhibition Performance August 7

Date(s): 8/7/2015

4:00 pm

East Central Community College
ECCC Wall O’ Sound to hold Exhibition Performance August 7
The East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Marching Band will hold an exhibition performance at 4 p.m. Friday, August 7, on the Decatur campus, announced Ed Girling, interim director of bands.

“We appreciate everyone’s support of the Wall O’ Sound and we invite them to bring their lawn chairs and get a sneak preview of our upcoming marching show,” Girling said.

Activities will last approximately one hour and will be held on the band practice field located behind Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium on the north end of the Decatur campus.

The band will perform songs from its 2015 show titled "One Hit Wonders."

Wall O’ Sound T-shirts will be on sale for $15 during the Exhibition, while supplies last.

For more information, contact Girling at 601-635-6123 or email egirling@eccc.edu.

Gennie Taylor
Publications Coordinator

East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129 • 15738 Highway 15 • Decatur, MS 39327
Phone: 601-635-6364
1-877-462-3222
Fax: 601-635-4398
www.eccc.edu

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ECCC to Give COMPASS and Residual ACT Tests Aug. 11-14

Date(s): 8/11/2015, 8/12/2015, 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC to Give COMPASS and Residual ACT Tests Aug. 11-14

To assist students who plan to attend East Central Community College for the fall 2015 semester, the college will be giving both the COMPASS and the Residual ACT tests prior to final registration, which is set for Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.

In addition to an application for admission and official high school/college transcripts, ECCC requires that students have ACT or COMPASS scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses.

East Central Community College will be giving the COMPASS math and English assessments at 8:30 a.m. or by appointment on Tuesday, Aug. 11; Wednesday, Aug. 12; and Friday, Aug. 14, in the Success Center located in the Burton Memorial Library on the Decatur campus. To reserve a seat, call 601-635-6346 or email mboulton@eccc.edu. The cost is $20, and it takes about two hours.

The Residual ACT will be given on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 8:30 a.m. in Success Center in the library. To reserve a seat, call 601-635-6346 or email mboulton@eccc.edu. The cost is $40, and it takes about three to four hours.

Fall classes begin on Monday, Aug. 17.


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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JCJC’s Horticulture program helping lawn care/landscapers earn required state license

Date(s): 7/30/2015, 7/31/2015, 8/1/2015, 8/2/2015, 8/3/2015, 8/4/2015, 8/5/2015, 8/6/2015, 8/7/2015, 8/8/2015, 8/9/2015, 8/10/2015, 8/11/2015, 8/12/2015, 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015, 8/16/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Horticulture program helping lawn care/landscapers earn required state license
ELLISVILLE – Some people naturally have a “green” thumb and have made some “green” by turning their talent into a business with the knowledge learned in horticulture classes at Jones County Junior College. However, some lawn maintenance and landscaping businesses may not be aware of a state requirement for doing business, especially if they did not get the proper training offered in classes. JCJC Horticulture instructor Wendy Wilkerson advises her students and the public, if they are operating a landscaping or lawn maintenance business without the required Landscape Horticulturist License they could be fined hundreds of dollars depending on the offense. JCJC’s horticulture two-year or certificate option applies classroom knowledge of the lawn, landscaping, turf, and nursery business with hands on experience in the field to prepare students for work and for the state license test.
“The purpose of the Horticulture Technology program is to meet the needs of the industry on all levels of training and skills. This applies to persons entering school directly from a secondary program or re-entering for specific training and/or license certification. At the completion of 32 or 47-credit hours, a student is eligible to receive a Certificate in Horticulture. If students complete the full 62-semester hour curriculum, they are eligible for an Associate in Applied Science degree,” said Wilkerson.
Hattiesburg restaurant owner, Scott Martin earned a degree in marketing from Mississippi State and owned two restaurants in Hattiesburg before he decided to expand into the lawn maintenance business. His love of the outdoors and cutting a couple of lawns turned into a blossoming and unexpected business very quickly. However, he desired to be more confident in his skills and looked to JCJC for help.
“With more customers came more jobs and requests to plant flowers and do irrigation,” said Martin. “I could trim plants and things but I didn’t know if I was doing it right and during the proper season. Now I have the knowledge and I can confidently give recommendations.”
Getting an Associate’s degree in Horticulture and the Landscape Horticulturist license, Martin said was not easy. He had to close one restaurant recently, while continuing to run Bop’s in Hattiesburg and then drive to classes in Ellisville. Martin and his wife also had two kids during the two years he was at JCJC. Nonetheless, Martin is now enjoying a thriving business as the “Lawn Ranger.”
“My degree and license allowed me to be confident about what I do. Since I graduated in May, my lawn and landscaping business has increased by about 40-percent. I wanted to do it right and I didn’t want to turn business away,” said Martin.
Not everyone planting flowers or cutting grass is required to get a license, but the law limits how businesses can advertise and the type of services they can offer. According to the Mississippi Agriculture and Commerce department, a Landscape Horticulturist License is required: “for persons engaged in landscaping services and the setting or replacement of any plants. No person shall advertise in any manner, solicit business, place bids, enter contracts or receive a fee to render landscaping services and setting of plants without first obtaining a license. A Landscape Horticulturist License is not required for irrigation installation and lawn maintenance (grass mowing, fertilizing, etc.). Persons engaged in lawn maintenance shall not have the words landscape or landscaping in their business name for it is considered a form of advertisement for landscaping and setting of plants.”
JCJC 2001 horticulture technology program graduate and owner of Adams Nursery in Petal, Ricky Adams said his business doesn’t require the state Landscape Horticulturist license. That’s because the three-generation owned business doesn’t do commercial nursery work or landscaping. However, Adams said getting a degree in horticulture and earning his license opens up the possibility for future opportunities.
“It never hurts to have a little more education and if we add landscaping to our business, we will need to be licensed and I will be ready,” said Adams.
Having a degree Adams added, even after working in the family business most of his life, is one of the reasons his business thrives.
“Not a lot people stay in the plant/flower nursery business because it’s a tough industry. Having a horticulture background and degree, gives me an added advantage to succeed. Confidently knowing the answers to my customers questions, assures them.”
Adams said if you’re working in any aspect of the horticulture business, JCJC’s plant materials class is also beneficial.
For more information about the JCJC Horticulture Technology program contact Wendy Wilkerson by email: wendy.wilkerson@jcjc.edu or call 601-477- 4172.


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

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FALL REGISTRATION OPEN NOW AT EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Date(s): 7/28/2015, 7/29/2015, 7/30/2015, 7/31/2015, 8/1/2015, 8/2/2015, 8/3/2015, 8/4/2015, 8/5/2015, 8/6/2015, 8/7/2015, 8/8/2015, 8/9/2015, 8/10/2015, 8/11/2015, 8/12/2015, 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
FALL REGISTRATION OPEN NOW AT EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Students can register now for the fall semester at East Mississippi Community College. Classes are available throughout the college’s district, including the Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses, as well as extensions at Columbus Air Force Base, Lion Hills and West Point-Clay County Center.
EMCC offers both on-campus and eLearning/online classes to accommodate students’ personal schedules. Options include both full terms and intensive “mini-terms.” The fall full-term semester starts Aug. 17; final registration is Aug. 13-14.
Many kinds of EMCC scholarships and other financial aid are available.
Students who graduated from high school this spring and live in the EMCC district are eligible to apply for financial assistance through the Tuition Guarantee program. Briefly stated, it means qualified students can attend EMCC tuition-free. Incoming students must apply for all the federal and state aid, and EMCC scholarships, for which they are eligible. If there's still a shortfall, and the student still owes money, the tuition guarantee program steps in and pays the balance. EMCC’s district is made up of Clay, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha counties.
Full-time students who complete registration by July 31 receive a $100 discount on their fees. This discount applies to both on-campus and online students.
Here’s a look at the options for the start of the fall semester:

Fall Full-term Semester
Aug. 14: Registration deadline
Aug. 17: First day of classes
Dec. 8-10: Final exams

Fall First Intensive “Mini-term”
Aug. 14: Registration deadline
Aug. 17: First day of classes
Oct. 7-8: Final exams

Fall Full-term Online Semester
Aug. 21: Registration deadline
Aug. 24: First day of classes
Dec. 4: Online classes end

Additional on-campus and online “mini-terms” will be offered in October.
For more information, look for the registration links on the home page at www.eastms.edu or email answers@eastms.edu.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296

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ECCC to Hold Final Fall Registration Session August 14

Date(s): 8/3/2015, 8/4/2015, 8/5/2015, 8/6/2015, 8/7/2015, 8/8/2015, 8/9/2015, 8/10/2015, 8/11/2015, 8/12/2015, 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

East Central Community College
ECCC to Hold Final Fall Registration Session August 14

New and transfer students who plan to attend the 2015 fall semester at East Central Community College and have not registered for classes are encouraged to attend the final registration session on Friday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Decatur campus.

Prior to attending registration, students should have on file in the Office of Admissions a completed ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or COMPASS 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.

Students who have completed the admissions process and have been accepted will have received a letter instructing them on where to report Aug. 14. Students who have not completed the admissions process should report to the Eddie M. Smith Student Union Building with their ACT or COMPASS score and official transcripts.

The COMPASS will be given at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, in the Success Center in the Burton Memorial Library. The cost is $20, and it takes about two hours. Students may register once complete.

On the day of registration, students will complete their fall class schedules, have photos made for identification badges and the college yearbook, apply for a parking decal and complete the online orientation.

Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 17.

For more information, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or email 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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ECCC to Hold Registration for Electrical Technology Program in Louisville August 13

Date(s): 8/13/2015

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Louisville Career Advancement Center 923 South Church Street
ECCC to Hold Registration for Electrical Technology Program in Louisville August 13

East Central Community College in Decatur will be registering students for its Electrical Technology Program on Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Louisville Career Advancement Center.

ECCC is now offering courses in its Electrical Technology Program at the Louisville Center beginning this fall.

College officials will be available from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Aug. 13 at the center located at 923 South Church Street to help students register for fall 2015 courses.

The for-credit courses, which can lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree, are offered via video conferencing, with a tech facilitator in the Louisville Career Advancement Center to assist with questions and hands-on course work and demonstrations.

Courses include Fundamentals of Electricity, AC and DC Circuits for Electrical Technology, Residential and Light Commercial Wiring, Blueprint Reading and Electrical Power.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Electrical Technology prepares students to be employed by industries both large and small, by electrical power companies, and in the construction industry.

The courses are being made available thanks to a $2.5 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, which the college was awarded last fall to provide workforce training opportunities in Winston County, including information technology, healthcare, energy and advanced manufacturing.

The college applied for the grant in response to the unemployment rate and the number of workers displaced due to the April 2014 tornado damage.

For more information on the Electrical Technology program, contact Wayne Eason, director of workforce development, at 601-635-6211 or weason@eccc.edu. Or, visit www.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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JCJC’s GED graduates begin a new journey

Date(s): 7/24/2015, 7/25/2015, 7/26/2015, 7/27/2015, 7/28/2015, 7/29/2015, 7/30/2015, 7/31/2015, 8/1/2015, 8/2/2015, 8/3/2015, 8/4/2015, 8/5/2015, 8/6/2015, 8/7/2015, 8/8/2015, 8/9/2015, 8/10/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s GED graduates begin a new journey
ELLISVILLE –About half of the 84 eligible students completing their GED at Jones County Junior College took part in a special graduation ceremony at JCJC’s Whitehead Advanced Technology Center July 20. Despite obstacles and challenges, this group of students found the inspiration they needed to begin a new journey in their lives, like Bryan Travis. The Louisiana native moved to Seminary in 2013 and had to drop out of school and work on the pipeline. After being laid off last year, he decided to go back to school and finish. Within five months, he completed the work and is proud to have his high school diploma. As a result of hi dedication, Travis earned the JCJC Foundation Inc., Scholarship as the GED student with the overall high score. He also earned another JCJC scholarship as the highest scorer from Covington County.

“I wish I had stayed in school to get my diploma but I’m glad I’m done now,” said a relieved Travis. “This is another stepping stone in my life that I hope leads me to a computer programming job.”

Laurel’s David Cooper, Jr. missed receiving his diploma last year by failing the State English Test by three-points. He said JCJC gave him a chance to see what he missed out on by earning his high school diploma and participating in the graduation ceremony.

“You can’t give up,” said the hopeful graphic design major at JCJC. “You have to keep trying.”

Besides the students, JCJC’s GED instructors had their work cut out for them according to Director of the JCJC Adult Education program, Jennifer Griffith. A change in the GED test and a change in the state curriculum translated to fewer students but a big challenge for the instructors who were trying to keep up with the changes.

“These guys are amazing!” said Griffith. Last year we had 567 GED graduates. This year we had 82 and that lets you know how talented these folks (GED graduates) are passing that GED test. It also lets you know our teachers, who rank the highest in the state among junior colleges in the number of GED completions have got it together. I’m very proud of them.”

Keeping it together is not easy, said keynote speaker Rev. David Clark, who also teaches the GED classes in Greene County for JCJC. Even though these graduates accomplished something great, they are going to be tempted to “park” instead of continuing their education.

“If you sit still and find yourself not moving then you will find yourself not accomplishing anything. It doesn’t matter your age. Whether you’re 16 or 65, there is a place in your life and you have a purpose to fulfill. I encourage you tonight to understand that life must go on,” said Rev. Clark.

The pastor of Canaan-land United Pentecostal Church in Leakesville shared he decided to go back to college with three kids and a business in limbo.

“I refused to quit,” Rev. Clark shared and then challenged the audience with this final thought, “If nobody can believe in you, would please find the courage to believe in yourself.”

Dylan Douglas of New Hebron was one graduate whose story of determination was shared by assistant to the president, Gwen Magee. She explained his mother had called several testing centers before she called Jones to see if someone could help her 16-year old son who had withdrawn from school. After scoring high on the pre- test, JCJC advised Douglas to take at least 12-hours of courses and then see how he would perform on the GED practice test before taking the final exam. Douglas passed everything on the first try and auditioned for the JCJC band, earning a scholarship.

“His mom let us know since he passed his GED and received the band scholarship, she had never seen her son more excited about anything other than attending graduation and starting at JCJC in the fall,” said Magee. “Our program and people made a difference in his life and this family is very grateful.”

Also proving they are not only courageous and determined to succeed, seven students earned a little bonus during the ceremony. Clarke County’s Caleb King of Enterprise, Covington County’s Bryan Travis of Seminary, Jasper County’s Michael Boyd of Bay Springs, Jones County’s Brittany Boleware of Ellisville, Perry County’s Ashton McLain of Richton, and Smith County’s Harley Jo Rhodes of Taylorsville each received a JCJC scholarship for being the highest GED scorer from each of the JCJC eight-county district. Greene County recipient and homeschool student, Terri Pittman of Leakesville has plans of majoring in pharmacy technology at JCJC, with hopes to continue her education to become a medical sonographer. She also plans to take online classes in the Hope Corps Apostolic College to utilize her training on future mission trips. Pittman said she could relate to Rev. Clarks’ words of encouragement and shared her own words of advice for future, uncertain students.

“Always do your best and apply yourself. Have faith in yourself, and God will help you. Many times I felt like I couldn’t do this but the Lord gave me the strength to continue,” said Pittman.

After the 41 graduates received their diplomas, the VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Samuel Jones encouraged students with a “fishy” story.

“It is my hope that we’re not just feeding you tonight with the GED graduation, and we’re not just feeding you for a lifetime. I hope we’re teaching you how to buy the pond so you can take this back to your family and your community and show them what’s possible.”

JCJC’s GED classes for the fall semester begin Monday night, August 10 with day classes beginning Tuesday, August 11. Call 601-477-4164 for more information.

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

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JCJC sophomores earn Gold Key Awards

Date(s): 7/23/2015, 7/24/2015, 7/25/2015, 7/26/2015, 7/27/2015, 7/28/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC sophomores earn Gold Key Awards

ELLISVILLE– Twelve Jones County Junior College sophomores are eligible to receive the Academic Gold Key honor because of their 4.0 GPA prior to final exams. Six other graduating students were awarded Leadership, Athletic and Merit Gold Key Awards during graduation practice.

The Merit Gold Key recipients are Jacob Ivy of Taylorsville and Brooke Miley of Sumrall. Leadership Gold Key recipients are Jonathan Nelson of Petal and Lindsay Miller of Ellisville. Baseball player, Chris Morgan of Madison and softball player and NJCAA Player of the Year, Tori Dew of Stonewall were selected for the Athletic Gold Key Award. These students were voted on by the sophomore class for this special recognition.

The twelve JCJC students expected to receive the Academic Gold Key honor include: Brandon Atwood of Seminary; Trent Black of Ellisville; Lauren Halase of Jayess; Emily Hill of Columbia; Anna Houston of Laurel; Kensey Jordan of Buckatunna; Lauren Lott of Hattiesburg; Lauren Sanders of Morton; Jordan Simmons of Laurel; Chandler Hardin of Raleigh; Lakin Thornton of Raleigh and Breanna Williams of Laurel.

18 students ended up earning 4.0! Here is the list:
Brandon Atwood - Seminary, MS
Trenton Black - Ellisville, MS
Lauren Halase - Jayess, MS
Emily Hill - Columbia, MS
Anna Houston - Laurel, MS
Kensey Jordan - Buckatunna, MS
Lauren Lott - Hattiesburg, MS
Lauren Sanders - Morton, MS
Jordan Simmons - Laurel, MS
Chandler Hardin - Raleigh, MS
Lakin Thornton - Raleigh, MS
Breanna Williams - Laurel, MS
Jacob Ivy - Taylorsville, MS
Meagan Brooke Miley - Sumrall, MS
Chris Morgan - Madison, MS
Jonathan Nelson - Petal, MS
Lindsay Miller - Ellisville, MS
Tori Dew - Stonewall, MS


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

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JCJC’s services in Jasper County expand with new Workforce Training Center

Date(s): 7/20/2015, 7/21/2015, 7/22/2015, 7/23/2015, 7/24/2015, 7/25/2015, 7/26/2015, 7/27/2015, 7/28/2015, 7/29/2015, 7/30/2015, 7/31/2015, 8/1/2015, 8/2/2015, 8/3/2015, 8/4/2015, 8/5/2015, 8/6/2015, 8/7/2015, 8/8/2015, 8/9/2015, 8/10/2015, 8/11/2015, 8/12/2015, 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015, 8/16/2015, 8/17/2015

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Jones County Junior College’s Jasper County Center in Bay Springs
JCJC’s services in Jasper County expand with new Workforce Training Center
ELLISVILLE – The expansion of Jones County Junior College’s Jasper County Center in Bay Springs to a three-building facility means residents in the area will have access to more educational services and economic development. The previous office space housed the original and JCJC’s first, off-campus center in 2008. Within three years, Jasper County Supervisors and JCJC administrators realized the need to expand to a larger facility. The new 31,103-square foot Center was officially opened to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony July 16. National, regional, state and local officials came together to celebrate the expansion.

“The (Jasper County) Board of Supervisors is the key to this whole facility (and) we wouldn’t have had this opportunity if it had not been for Dr. Smith (JCJC President),” said State Representative for Jasper County, Johnny Stringer. “Jones Junior College has never gone outside of Ellisville but other community colleges have gone out….It’s all because of Dr. Smith that we’re here in this building today. He’s given us an opportunity and the board has taken advantage of it, so we’re really grateful.”

The JCWTC has a 350-seat assembly room and auditorium, the Jasper County Economic Development Director’s Office, the Jasper County Workforce Development Center, and Jasper Hall which includes seven-classrooms, a welding lab, a computer lab, and Adult Basic Education/GED classroom and offices.
This is the fourth campus extension JCJC has opened in the last three years. Jasper County led the way in making education and job training available for all of its citizens, with the establishment of the first off-campus center said Dr. Jesse Smith.

“Our intent is to have a Center in each of the eight-counties we serve, eventually. Our area is not going to make it in America without more than a high school education,” said Dr. Smith.

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves agreed with Dr. Smith about the importance of improving the educational level of the state’s citizens. The JCWTC represents the chance to improve educational levels.

“This facility represents the opportunity for people to get better educated and to get better trained for the jobs of the future. The government’s role is to create the environment which encourages those of you in the private sector to invest capital and create jobs,” said Reeves.

Originally Jasper County Supervisors estimated they would need $2.5 million for their vision to become a reality. However, with the East Central Planning and Development Districts’ assistance in finding more funding, officials realized the impact of their vision was more than a dream. Eventually, $4.5 million in funding came together from four main sources: $1,750,000 from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce (EDA); $350,000 from the Delta Regional Authority; $1,400,000 from the East Central MS Planning and Development District; $1,000,000 from the MS Development Authority (CAP Loan).

“We want to commend Jasper County for their vision and the courage to step out on this project,” said Community Development Director for the East Central Planning and Development District, Jenifer Buford. “You have a board of supervisors in Jasper County that are very proactive. They are visionaries.”

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Jay Williams said he knew the ribbon cutting ceremony for the JCWTC was a monumental event because of the level of collaboration. He commended all of the participants who made the expansion of the Jasper County Workforce Training Center possible through funding or providing services. The former Youngstown, Ohio mayor said having the vision to excel and having the ability to provide education is a priceless gift to the public.

“Providing economic opportunity through education and through skills training is critical to keeping this region, this state and this country competitive. The investments we are making in education are invaluable….Making sure we have the skills that are necessary for today’s jobs and tomorrow’s jobs are some of the most important things that we in public service can do,” said Williams.

With 50 million people unemployed and five million available jobs, Alternate Federal Co-Chairman for the Delta Regional Authority, Michael Marshall said job training will be even more important in the coming years.

“Manufacturing will have fewer jobs but there is going to be more high skilled jobs. There will have to be workforce training programs in place like this facility here. That’s the key to our future. That’s the key to our economy. That’s the key to our growth. This is your money and it is being put to the right use,” said Marshall.

Jasper County Board of Supervisors attorney, Ricky Ruffin pointed out the impact the Center will have on the county is far reaching. He also added that taxes will not be raised to pay for the Center.

“Whether you’re a traditional student or a non-traditional student, you can get an education here. You can also learn a trade here. Through some of that innovation and progressive thinking by the board of supervisors, it’s not going to raise your taxes; not one dime. Be proud of this facility,” said Ruffin.

Bay Springs’ CEO of Hol-Mac Corporation, Charles Holder, is extremely proud of the new JCWTC. He believes if we can get the people who want to be trained it will be a blessing to the county.

“It will be a big help if they can come and train here for Hol-Mac Industries because the companies that don’t require training practically don’t exist anymore,” said Holder. “This is the best thing that’s happened in Jasper County as far as economic development. This is economic development.”

To ensure those economic development opportunities continue to grow and expand, the county’s Economic Development Director’s office is located within the Center. EDA Director, Haskins Montgomery said this is a perfect occasion for workforce development and economic development to work together.

“This facility will give our men and women an opportunity to apply themselves and to enjoy a better quality of life to provide for their families,” said Montgomery.

Currently, the JCWTC offers GED/ABE classes, academic college courses and non-credit workforce training in Microsoft Office software and welding. Machining and Commercial Truck Driving will be added in 2016 and future workforce training programs include Millwright, Mobile App Development and Health Care Assistant. College-credit for welding and commercial truck driving will also be offered soon.

While the main campus is located in Ellisville, Jones County Junior College’s newly expanded Jasper County Workforce Training Center is a part of a network of Centers in JCJC’s eight-county district. The Centers are located in Leakesville, Waynesboro and Stonewall. Each Center offers an “anchor” program, like health care, pipe-fitting and petroleum technology, as well as credit and non-credit college courses, Adult Basic Education, GED and workforce training, including technical skills training as needed.

For more information about the Jasper County Workforce Training Center, email Center Director, Gary Suddith at gary.suddith@jcjc.edu or Lela Bryan at, lela.bryan@jcjc.edu.

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

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EMCC ELECTRICAL PROGRAM DEBUTS NEW $20K LAB

Date(s): 7/20/2015, 7/21/2015, 7/22/2015, 7/23/2015, 7/24/2015

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East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus
EMCC ELECTRICAL PROGRAM DEBUTS NEW $20K LAB

MAYHEW – The Electrical Technology program at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus is stronger than ever thanks to a new $20,000 electrical lab and the support of local industries.
Electrical instructor Bobby Johnson said the new lab, completed during the spring semester, is the most up-to-date training module EMCC has ever offered electrical students. It was built by EMCC students, but designed with the input of local companies which hire students directly out of the program, some even before they’ve graduated.
“We solicit advice from industries about new processes in the workplace. As our students were constructing this lab, we made them meet a lot of those standards industries are looking for today. We’re industry-fed in what we do here,” said Johnson.
“Some students have already been able to use what they’ve learned in the lab where they’re working. That really shows that our program is keeping current with industries, and that’s what we strive to do.”
Even before the completion of the electrical lab, Johnson said the Electrical Technology program boasted a 98 percent employment rate for second semester students.
“Companies are starting to seek us out. We’re doing some grant positions through state funding that pay the students’ salaries while they’re enrolled. But lots of companies seek us out without the grant. We had one local company tell us, ‘We go nowhere else to get students. We come to EMCC,’” he said.
Bob Edwards, metering services supervisor for 4-County Electric Power Association, said his company is one among many taking notice of the students coming from EMCC’s Electrical Technology program.
“As far as residential and commercial wiring, the caliber of students EMCC is sending to 4-County for interviews and our work program is far advanced over what we normally find. Having someone come in the door who already knows how to read a print or how a motor works, these are things you’re just not going to find anywhere else,” said Edwards.
Daniel Hamilton is a 2014 graduate of EMCC’s Electrical Technology program and is now an electrician at Steel Dynamics in Lowndes County. He began his time with Steel Dynamics as an intern while still attending classes at EMCC and was hired full-time after graduating. He said EMCC’s new lab will facilitate the single most important kind of learning for electricians: hands-on training.
“Learning out of the book is necessary, but 99 percent of our job is hands-on. And the faster you can do your job, the better,” said Hamilton.
“The instructors at EMCC did a fantastic job of preparing us and making sure we understood everything. But when I got to work, I needed a lot of repetition to get faster. So if you can narrow that gap in school, it will make you that much more impressive when you get to the workforce.”
Johnson said the new electrical lab will also allow students to find out which kind of work best fits their interest and skill set. Half of the lab mimics a residential structure where students encounter every type of wiring and fixture used in a house with the exception of the hot water heater. And the other half of the lab is commercial wiring, including panels, motors, conduits and some heating and air-conditioning.
To keep pace with the computerized controls in most commercial settings, the Electrical Technology program even enlisted members of EMCC’s Information Technology department to teach a class on PLCs (Programmable Logic Controls).
Johnson said the advances made by the Electrical Technology program in the last few years can be traced back to EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology & Engineering Division, which assumed responsibility for EMCC’s manufacturing-related career-technical programs in 2013.
“That’s the only way we’ve been able to do all of this. Our assistant deans, Joe Cook and Susan Baird, took strides to find funding for us. Everything we’ve asked for, they’ve bent over backwards to get it for us. Through grants, they’ve brought in about a half a million dollars worth of new equipment for Electrical Technology, Industrial Maintenance, Mechatronics and other programs.
“They allow us to do our jobs and keep these students current with what’s going on in industry. During the last two years, the bar was raised. Then this semester we went over the bar,” said Johnson.
To learn more about Electrical Technology program or the more than 25 career-technical programs offered at EMCC, visit eastms.edu.
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Mississippi Sheriffs’ Association President to keynote JCJC’s summer graduation ceremony

Date(s): 7/17/2015, 7/18/2015, 7/19/2015, 7/20/2015, 7/21/2015, 7/22/2015, 7/23/2015, 7/24/2015, 7/25/2015, 7/26/2015, 7/27/2015, 7/28/2015, 7/29/2015, 7/30/2015, 7/31/2015

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Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Auditorium
Mississippi Sheriffs’ Association President to keynote JCJC’s summer graduation ceremony

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will hold summer commencement exercises Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. About 150 students are eligible for graduation with 90 students expected to participate in the commencement exercises. These students will leave Jones with either an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, or Vocational Certificate.

The keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony will be Jones County Sheriff and President of the Mississippi Sheriffs’ Association, Alex Hodge. The 1987Northeast Jones High School graduate immediately began serving his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force. After being honorably discharged, Hodge joined the Mississippi Highway Patrol in 1994 and served for eight years. He was elected as Jones County Sheriff in 2007 and was recently chosen by his peers to serve as president of his professional organization, the Mississippi Sheriffs’ Association. Hodge is the first Jones County Sheriff to serve in this position.

The Columbus, Mississippi native is also an active member in the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Laurel Kiwanis Club. He is also an appointed member of the Executive Board of the Joint Terrorism Task Force by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Among his accomplishments as Jones County Sheriff, Hodge cites the implementation of the inmate garden, the Working Inmate program, GED program, Outreach Ministry, partnering with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to provide an Inmate Anti-Litter Program and partnering with the City of Laurel’s Family First Program to implement Motherhood-Fatherhood Initiative programs. Hodge has also established a Community Appreciation Day on behalf of the Sheriff’s department in addition to working to combat crime.

He is a member of Glade Baptist Church where he serves as a licensed minister, deacon and Sunday School teacher. He and his wife Sharla Lott Hodge have been married 27 years and have two sons.

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

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ECCC to Offer ‘Starting a Business – First Steps’ Workshop in Carthage

Date(s): 8/13/2015

5:30 - 7:00 pm

ECCC Career Advancement Center in Carthage
ECCC to Offer ‘Starting a Business – First Steps’ Workshop in Carthage

East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a “Starting a Business – First Steps” workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 13, at the ECCC Career Advancement Center in Carthage.

This free workshop is designed to introduce participants to the basic steps of starting a business, including regulations such as licenses and permits, legal forms of business ownership, basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential, lending terminology, outline for a business plan, and other resources to assist in starting a business.

Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6296 or 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@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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Girling to Serve as ECCC Interim Director of Bands

Date(s): 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015

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East Central Community College in Decatur
Girling to Serve as ECCC Interim Director of Bands

Ed Girling of Carthage was recently named interim director of bands at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.

Girling has 33 years of experience as a band director and percussion instructor and has served as assistant band director at East Central since 2010.

He previously led high school bands at Forest, Scott Central, Stringer, Neshoba Central, Manchester Academy, Cleveland, North Sunflower Academy and Yazoo City.

Girling also has experience as a clinic and contest judge and as a band clinician and guest conductor. He is also a music arranger and composer and has served as a percussionist for various music groups.

Girling holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Delta State University in Cleveland.

The college’s Wall O’ Sound Band performs during football games, parades, concerts and other campus events throughout the year. The 2016 band is expected to boast more than 175 students and the halftime show is titled “One Hit Wonders.”

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ECCC Students Win Awards at National Skills USA Competition

Date(s): 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015

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ECCC Students Win Awards at National Skills USA Competition

Five East Central Community College workforce education students received awards at the 51st annual SkillsUSA National Skill and Leadership Conference held June 24-25 in Louisville, Ky.

Blake Faulkner of Carthage finished fifth in the nation in Carpentry, Jay Riser of Forest finished seventh in Cabinet Making, Asif Zaffar of Philadelphia finished 11th in Sheet Metal, Chad Simoneau of Louin finished 12th in Plumbing, and William Milner of Lena finished 16th in Electrical Construction Wiring.

More than 6,000 students participated in 100 hands-on skill and leadership competitions during the two-day event.

“I’m extremely proud of these students for their performances at the national level,” said Wayne Eason, director of workforce development at ECCC. “They demonstrated that their ECCC education had prepared them to compete head to head against the finest students from across the nation.”

The East Central students advanced to the national competition after finishing in first place in their respective categories at the Mississippi SkillsUSA State Competition held in Jackson this spring.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation.

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ECCC to Hold Fall Registration Session July 9

Date(s): 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC to Hold Fall Registration Session July 9

New and transfer students who plan to attend the 2015 fall semester at East Central Community College and have not registered for classes are encouraged to attend the next registration session on Thursday, July 9, on the Decatur campus.

Prior to attending registration, students should have on file in the Office of Admissions a completed ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or COMPASS 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.

“Students may arrive anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to register,” said Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services. “Students who have completed the admissions process and have been accepted for admission should have received a letter in the mail instructing them how to proceed on the day of registration. Students who have not completed the application process are welcome to attend if they have the ACT or COMPASS score report and transcripts turned in and will begin the process in the Eddie M. Smith Student Union on the west side of campus.”

On the day of registration, students will complete their fall class schedules, have photos made for identification badges and the college yearbook, apply for a parking decal and complete the online orientation.

Students who have not taken either the ACT or COMPASS test should be prepared to take it at 8:30 a.m. on the day of registration. The cost is $20.

A complimentary meal will be served for students and parents.

A final registration session will be held Friday, August 14. Fall classes begin Monday, August 17.

For more information, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or email 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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Lions All-State Band in concert at JCJC; defending international title in Hawaii

Date(s): 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015

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Lions All-State Band in concert at JCJC; defending international title in Hawaii

ELLISVILLE – To defend an international championship title for the 30th year, almost in a row, is no easy task for the Mississippi Lions All-State Band and the 32-staff and organizers. Students like South Jones senior and third-year Lions All-State Band dancer, Scarlett Sandifer said they plan on giving it their very best and bring home another win.

“It’s not about winning it’s about doing our personal best,” Sandifer quickly pointed out. “If I’m giving my personal best then the group is better. After that, it’s in the judges hands,” said Sandifer.

The 145-member band filled with the state’s best and smartest musicians have been preparing for another stellar performance at Jones County Junior College for a week. They all have expectations of earning first place at the Lions 98th International Convention and Parade of Nations on June 25 through July 1, in Hawaii, and continuing an incredible winning streak. The public is invited to see part of the show at a free concert at JCJC on Wednesday, June 24, at 2 p.m. before the group leaves for Honolulu at 9:30 p.m.

Leading the Lions Band is Hancock County’s Jacob Fletcher as the Drum Major. The senior said he is excited about the opportunity to lead this year’s band after playing in the brass section the last two-years.

“I’m ready to get to Hawaii and show the world what Mississippi is made of and how hard we’ve worked to give them an incredible show,” said Fletcher. “It’s a lot of hard work marching in the sweltering heat then practicing for concert band and the Lobby Show from 6 a.m. until 10 or 11 at night, for the last week. I think this group has the ambition to do great.”

Jeff Cannon, the director and manager of the Lions All-State Band and retired band director from Pearl said besides the International Parade of Nations Marching Competition and participating in the International Flag Ceremony, the Mississippi Lions Band will be playing a full patriotic concert at the USS Arizona Memorial.

“Our concert that will be held at JCJC will be transitional concert music leaning towards the patriotic side with ‘Stars and Stripes for Ever, ‘America Forever,’ which was written the night of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and America the Beautiful!,” said Cannon.

Graduating senior from Oak Grove, Yulianna Jimenez said she especially loves the selections from “West Side Story” which is featured in the parade competition. She said she is eager to see Hawaii and has cherished the memories of traveling with her “Lions friends” over the last three years.

“I enjoy making music with people who love music. Even if we didn’t go anywhere I’d still want to be a part of this group,” said Jimenez.

This is the second year Matthew Lewis of Lawrence County has been selected for the percussion section. The first chair snare drum player has his sights set on making music as a career. Being a part of the Lions Band is helping him rise to that higher level.

“I enjoy all of it; the audition challenge, the music and the physical demands. This band is beyond good and everyone on the drum line gets along great. This is a whole new level of performance for me,” said Lewis.

South Jones Director of Bands, Artie Adams will be making his fourth appearance as the Concert Band Director and his former assistant director of bands, Matthew Pickering will be Adam’s assistant concert director. Adams said it is an honor to be a part of a “phenomenal” musical group.

“I am looking forward to this performance because they are so good, they make me tear up. They’re performance is so beautiful!”

The Lions All-State band members and staff will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Hawaii between performances. A luau, snorkeling, sail boating off Waikiki Beach and touring Pearl Harbor are just a few of the activities planned during their week in Hawaii before they return to JCJC on July 1.

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

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JCJC’s Greene County Center is registering for non-credit courses

Date(s): 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015

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JCJC’s Greene County Center is registering for non-credit courses
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will be registering students for two non-credit courses offered at its Greene County Center in Leakesville on Monday, July 13, at 8 a.m., 3 p.m. and at 6 p.m. A deposit of $150 is required for the welding course and a deposit of $200 is required for the pipefitting course. The course will meet the same day as registration.

The non-credit pipefitting course will meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday beginning July 13, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and a night class will meet at 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. The course ends in December and costs $500.

Non-credit welding will be offered on Monday and Tuesday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., and at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. On Wednesday and Thursday, the class will meet from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. only, beginning July 13, through December for $350.
For more information about these courses contact the Center at 601-394-4421 or 601-394-4423 or email menyone.barrow@jcjc.edu or clint.james@jcjc.edu.

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

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ECCC to Offer ‘Starting a Business – First Steps’ Workshop in Decatur

Date(s): 7/30/2015

5:30 - 7:00 pm

East Central Community College ... at the ECCC Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.
ECCC to Offer ‘Starting a Business – First Steps’ Workshop in Decatur

East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a “Starting a Business – First Steps” workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the ECCC Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.

This free workshop is designed to introduce participants to the basic steps of starting a business, including regulations such as licenses and permits, legal forms of business ownership, basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential, lending terminology, outline for a business plan, and other resources to assist in starting a business.

Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6296 or 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@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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ECCC Transfer Students Again Earn Highest GPA at Four-Year Institutions

Date(s): 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015

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ECCC Transfer Students Again Earn Highest GPA at Four-Year Institutions

DECATUR, Miss.—For the second straight year, students who transferred from East Central Community College to four-year institutions earned the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) of all community college transfers in the state of Mississippi.

Students who transferred from East Central to one of the state’s eight public, four-year institutions earned a 3.22 GPA, according to data released from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). Students from the community/junior college with the second highest GPA earned a 3.21. The average for all 15 community colleges combined was a 3.13 GPA.

The report also again showed that community college transfer students performed academically as well or better in university courses than students who began their education at the senior institutions. The “native” students earned a 3.10 GPA.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said that he was extremely proud of the former students and for the role East Central Community College faculty and staff played in preparing the students to transfer to the four-year university level.

“This data, compiled and reported by the IHL, affirms the results of our college’s dedication to Student Success and Teaching and Learning, two hallmark commitments of our strategic plan for the future, 2020 Vision,” Stewart said. “When we adopted this plan in February 2013, these are the results we anticipated. Our faculty and staff are to be commended for preparing East Central transfer students well for the academic challenges of a university. Based on the performance of our transfer students, no one does that better in the state of Mississippi than East Central Community College.”

East Central Community College offers the two-year pre-baccalaureate Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees, with more than 201 areas of concentration. These academic courses are guaranteed to transfer as a result of an Articulation Agreement between Mississippi’s community colleges and the state’s public four-year colleges and universities.

The college also offers two-year terminal degrees in healthcare, career and technical fields of study.

For more information about attending East Central Community College, contact ECCC Student Services at 601-635-6205 or e-mail 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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Lions All-State Band in concert at JCJC; defending international title in Hawaii

Date(s): 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015

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Lions All-State Band in concert at JCJC; defending international title in Hawaii

ELLISVILLE – To defend an international championship title for the 30th year, almost in a row, is no easy task for the Mississippi Lions All-State Band and the 32-staff and organizers. Students like South Jones senior and third-year Lions All-State Band dancer, Scarlett Sandifer said they plan on giving it their very best and bring home another win.

“It’s not about winning it’s about doing our personal best,” Sandifer quickly pointed out. “If I’m giving my personal best then the group is better. After that, it’s in the judges hands,” said Sandifer.

The 145-member band filled with the state’s best and smartest musicians have been preparing for another stellar performance at Jones County Junior College for a week. They all have expectations of earning first place at the Lions 98th International Convention and Parade of Nations on June 25 through July 1, in Hawaii, and continuing an incredible winning streak. The public is invited to see part of the show at a free concert at JCJC on Wednesday, June 24, at 2 p.m. before the group leaves for Honolulu at 9:30 p.m.

Leading the Lions Band is Hancock County’s Jacob Fletcher as the Drum Major. The senior said he is excited about the opportunity to lead this year’s band after playing in the brass section the last two-years.

“I’m ready to get to Hawaii and show the world what Mississippi is made of and how hard we’ve worked to give them an incredible show,” said Fletcher. “It’s a lot of hard work marching in the sweltering heat then practicing for concert band and the Lobby Show from 6 a.m. until 10 or 11 at night, for the last week. I think this group has the ambition to do great.”

Jeff Cannon, the director and manager of the Lions All-State Band and retired band director from Pearl said besides the International Parade of Nations Marching Competition and participating in the International Flag Ceremony, the Mississippi Lions Band will be playing a full patriotic concert at the USS Arizona Memorial.

“Our concert that will be held at JCJC will be transitional concert music leaning towards the patriotic side with ‘Stars and Stripes for Ever, ‘America Forever,’ which was written the night of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and America the Beautiful!,” said Cannon.

Graduating senior from Oak Grove, Yulianna Jimenez said she especially loves the selections from “West Side Story” which is featured in the parade competition. She said she is eager to see Hawaii and has cherished the memories of traveling with her “Lions friends” over the last three years.

“I enjoy making music with people who love music. Even if we didn’t go anywhere I’d still want to be a part of this group,” said Jimenez.

This is the second year Matthew Lewis of Lawrence County has been selected for the percussion section. The first chair snare drum player has his sights set on making music as a career. Being a part of the Lions Band is helping him rise to that higher level.

“I enjoy all of it; the audition challenge, the music and the physical demands. This band is beyond good and everyone on the drum line gets along great. This is a whole new level of performance for me,” said Lewis.

South Jones Director of Bands, Artie Adams will be making his fourth appearance as the Concert Band Director and his former assistant director of bands, Matthew Pickering will be Adam’s assistant concert director. Adams said it is an honor to be a part of a “phenomenal” musical group.

“I am looking forward to this performance because they are so good, they make me tear up. They’re performance is so beautiful!”

The Lions All-State band members and staff will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Hawaii between performances. A luau, snorkeling, sail boating off Waikiki Beach and touring Pearl Harbor are just a few of the activities planned during their week in Hawaii before they return to JCJC on July 1.

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

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ECCC to Offer Electrical Technology Courses at its Louisville Center in Fall

Date(s): 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015, 7/15/2015, 7/16/2015, 7/17/2015, 7/18/2015, 7/19/2015, 7/20/2015, 7/21/2015, 7/22/2015, 7/23/2015, 7/24/2015, 7/25/2015, 7/26/2015, 7/27/2015, 7/28/2015, 7/29/2015, 7/30/2015, 7/31/2015, 8/1/2015, 8/2/2015, 8/3/2015, 8/4/2015, 8/5/2015, 8/6/2015, 8/7/2015, 8/8/2015, 8/9/2015, 8/10/2015, 8/11/2015, 8/12/2015, 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015, 8/16/2015, 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015

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East Central Community College ... Louisville Career Advancement Center
ECCC to Offer Electrical Technology Courses at its Louisville Center in Fall

East Central Community College in Decatur will begin offering courses in its Electrical Technology program at the Louisville Career Advancement Center in Fall 2015.

The for-credit courses, which can lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree, will be offered via video conferencing, with a tech facilitator in the Louisville Career Advancement Center to assist with questions and hands-on course work and demonstrations.

Courses to be offered in the fall include Fundamentals of Electricity, AC and DC Circuits for Electrical Technology, Residential and Light Commercial Wiring, Blueprint Reading, and Electrical Power.

East Central is offering the courses thanks to a $2.5 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, which the college was awarded last fall to provide workforce training opportunities in Winston County, including in information technology, healthcare, energy and advanced manufacturing.

The college applied for the grant in response to the unemployment rate and the number of workers displaced due to the April 2014 tornado damage.

“We are excited that we can help anyone displaced by the tornadoes or who needs additional training and education to work towards their degree,” said Wayne Eason, director of workforce education at ECCC. “Graduates will be well prepared for residential or industrial work or private business, among other electrical occupations.”

For more information on the Electrical Technology program, contact Eason at 601-635-6211 or weason@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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Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Covington County

Date(s): 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015

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JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Covington County

ELLISVILLE - Entrepreneurs in Covington County will now have the opportunity to realize their dreams of small business ownership with the help of Jones County Junior College’s, “Operation JumpStart.” The program has expanded from Ellisville, Bay Springs, Waynesboro and Hattiesburg to Collins. This six-week course is a nationally-recognized, highly successful training model delivered to individuals who want to start or expand a small business. The Operation JumpStart: First Step curriculum teaches participants essential small business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training from experts in the field.

“By offering hands-on training and business advice from our business sponsors and business leaders, participants can be more successful. They get to see how the process works instead of us telling them what they need to do to start a business.” said Crystal Nail, JCJC Entrepreneur Center Director.

The training program will be held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Monday, July 13, through Thursday, August 19. Classes will meet at Peoples Bank, located at 704 Main Street, in Collins.

“We're excited to see the Operation JumpStart program has been well received in the Pine Belt. The entrepreneurial spirit can bring jobs and new industries to the region. In some cases the new businesses that are generated from this program meet the unmet needs of a community.”
The Operation JumpStart tuition is $250 with the help of participating sponsors Peoples Bank of Collins.
Applications can be picked up at Peoples Bank in Collins or the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville.

Interested participants need to register by July 6, to be considered for the Operation JumpStart program. For more information or to apply for this new business coaching and training program, contact: Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114 or email: Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu or call Crystal Nail at 601-477-4235 or email: crystal.nail@jcjc.edu.


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

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JCJC’s Michael Yarbrough named Educator of the Year

Date(s): 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015, 7/15/2015, 7/16/2015

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JCJC’s Yarbrough named Educator of the Year
ELLISVILLE – The “newcomer” to the group of 11 GED teachers in the Jones County Junior College Adult Basic Education department earned a prestigious title recently. Michael Yarbrough of Laurel was named the Southern Region Adult Educator of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Adult and Community Educators at their annual conference. Yarbrough teaches adult education classes at the WIN Job Center in Laurel and has been employed with JCJC for a year-and-a-half. Director of the ABE/GED program at JCJC, Jennifer Griffith explained Yarbrough’s adaptability and his innovative teaching earned him the recognition.

“In his first year-and-a-half teaching for Jones, he has been flexible in his work assignments, moving from the traveling adult education tutor, to substitute adult education teacher, to full-time single-site instructor. He has introduced innovative methods and approaches to his students while also achieving significant success with his classes.”
Yarbrough gives credit to his co-workers for their willingness to show him “the ropes” as well as being open to new ideas and perspectives.

“The award was definitely a surprise, said Yarbrough. “I have taught in various educational settings, but for the seven-years prior to coming to Jones, I taught 6th grade math at South Jones Elementary. Some may not see the connection, but teaching middle school math perfectly prepared me for being an Adult Basic Education instructor. It’s at that middle school level where the majority of our students began to struggle or fall behind. Most were not successful in the traditional educational setting. This challenges me, as an educator, to look for new and various ways to teach them,” said the newest Adult Educator of the Year.

He further explained as the instructor, he is a part of the team in guiding and facilitating student’s discoveries. Yarbrough said most of his students already have job and real world experiences.

“I am thrilled to see the connections from what we are learning in class to situations they are experiencing outside the classroom. All educators realize they are much more to their students than someone who presents them with information; this is even more true with our students. When they see that you care and are investing in their life, the learning potential goes through the roof!” said Yarbrough.

To even be considered for this honor, Yarbrough had to be nominated by a fellow teacher or director and had to have at least one-year of teaching experience in Adult Education. Griffith said there are about 360 teachers in the state who are eligible each year. Yarbrough’s “fresh ideas” and innovative methods made him stand out from the other nominees. She added Yarbrough not only came to the conference but he also presented at this year’s ABE Summer Conference.

“This is rare because most teachers with fewer than three-years of experience hardly ever present at the Summer Conference. His presentation was on adapting to the environment one teaches in, using the tools you have in the classroom and to address and approach students’ problems in new ways. Michael is definitely a great asset to our team. He is committed to our students and our college and we are thrilled to have him at Jones.”

Griffith said she also thinks how he handled three job title changes in less than one-year without complaint while always tackling the new assignment with vigor, made him an obvious choice for the judges. Yarbrough joins three other JCJC ABE instructors who also received this award in previous years: David Clark at Greene County, Jane Jones at the JCJC campus and Caleb Smith at the JCJC campus.

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

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JCJC hosts Roger Bobo’s Brass Festival Concert

Date(s): 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015

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Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Auditorium
JCJC hosts Roger Bobo’s Brass Festival Concert

ELLISVILLE –With only a couple of days to rehearse, about 30 musicians from Hawaii, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, North Carolina, California, Virginia, Louisiana and Tennessee will perform a concert on Sunday, June 14, at 4 p.m. at Jones County Junior College’s Fine Arts Auditorium. The public is invited to this free concert featuring high school, college, pre-professional and professional brass musicians, which concludes the first, Roger Bobo Brass Festival.

Bobo is a 77-year old brass pedagogue, adjudicator, clinician and conductor who is known internationally for his performance on tuba, and has performed with the L.A. Philharmonic. Bobo may be best known for revolutionizing the brass musician’s role in the music industry with his release of a series of solo recordings. He has also recorded with the L.A. Philharmonic, including many of Hollywood’s most notable soundtracks including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and Close Encounters. He also appeared on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show several times and has taught in Switzerland, Japan, Italy and Mexico.

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

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EMCC COSMETOLOGY GRAD LINED UP FOR SUCCESS

Date(s): 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015

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EMCC COSMETOLOGY GRAD LINED UP FOR SUCCESS

MAYHEW – The first time Chris Clark cut someone’s hair other than his own, it did not go well.
“It was my first cousin when we were kids. I kinda cut a plug out of his hair. He reminds me of it to this day,” said Clark.
Clark, 22, of Starkville, can laugh with his cousin now because he doesn’t make many mistakes these days. And he estimates he has more than 40 regular customers at Kustom Kutz and Stylz in Starkville who will vouch for him.
Clark could have gone the route of many neighborhood barbers, cutting hair from home with no credentials. But as East Mississippi Community College Cosmetology instructor Coretta Johnson put it, barbers who want to make a career out of the trade owe it to themselves to get certified and licensed.
“Some guys need to be professional. And Chris is one of the guys that deserves professional pay, because he’s that good,” said Johnson.
Clark began taking classes under Johnson at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus in 2011 and graduated in 2012. He chose EMCC because he could get financial aid through the Career-Technical division. At a private barber college, he would have to pay out of pocket.
Although he had years of experience doing amateur clipper cuts, Clark had to prove himself in the classroom in all that the Cosmetology program entails. Johnson said that wasn’t a problem for Clark, who was very quiet, but spoke with his hands.
“He’s an artist, and he picked up on all the skills that were thrown at him. He can do female hair, long hair, braids. I remember when I showed him how to do braids and he picked it up instantly.”
Clark admits he dreaded learning procedures like manicures and weaves, but he is licensed if he ever decides to start doing them professionally. And he does have a few female clients who wear natural hair styles.
Alan Evans, owner of Kustom Kuts and Stylz, said he hired Clark on the strength of his versatility.
“I knew he would be good because he was always teachable and had the urge to learn,” said Evans.
Clark attributes his talents in cutting hair to skills he picked up as an amateur artist. Throughout his youth, Clark loved drawing, which helped him develop a steady hand and the ability to translate ideas from his mind to the physical realm.
“That’s highly necessary in cutting hair. You can develop hand-eye coordination to some degree through practice, but you have to have some natural ability to build on,” he said.
Clark’s artistic ability came in handy in a more traditional way when his hand-drawn submission was selected by Mississippi Skills USA officials as the T-shirt design all Mississippi competitors would wear at the 2012 Skills USA national competition in Kansas City.
Clark usually works at Kustom Kutz and Stylz Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. He accepts some walk-ins, but works mostly by appointment, which Johnson said is impressive.
“That is awesome to be so young and taking appointments as a barber. That’s wonderful,” she said.
To learn more about EMCC’s Cosmetology program, visit eastms.edu.
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879

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EMCC PRESIDENT’S AND DEAN’S LIST

Date(s): 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015

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EMCC PRESIDENT’S AND DEAN’S LIST

The following East Mississippi Community College students were named to the President’s List (3.5-4.0 GPA) and Dean’s List (3.2-3.49 GPA) for the Spring 2015 semester. Students are listed alphabetically by name with hometowns.

President’s List (3.5-4.0 GPA)

Salawa Abdulla – West Point
Amandalyn Abney – Olive Branch
Neely Abrams – Brooksville
Amanda Aigner – West Point
Savanna Alford – Carthage
Morgan Allstot – West Point
Richard Anderson – Vernon, Ala.
Robert Anderton – Vicksburg
Shelby Anthony – Philadelphia
Maycee Arnault – McCool
Mary Atkins – Hamilton
Chlesea Austin – Columbus
Ana Bacallao – Starkville
Casey Bailey – Terry
Tanner Bailey – Calhoun City
Brooke Baker – Louisville
Pepper Baker – Des Allemands, La.
Ladaisha Ballard – Macon
Saraah Bardwell – Starkville
Vivian Barksdale – Starkville
Elizabeth Barnacastle – Toomsuba
Austin Beck – Columbus
Lauren Belcher – Caledonia
Michael Bennett – Starkville
Jordan Berry – Mantee
James Betts – Starkville
Christa Biddles – Meridian
Alexica Black – Brooksville
Tacara Black – West Point
Courtney Blaine – McCool
Valiree Blair – Richland
Kristen Bobo – West Point
Bradley Bolin – Starkville
Christopher Bonner – Columbus
William Bonner – Columbus
Brittany Bontrager – Macon
Holly Bontrager – Macon
Trisha Boone – Columbus
Frederic Bourrage – DeKalb
Cassady Bovee – Columbus
Cole Bowman – Ackerman
Rachel Bowman – Starkville
Logan Box – Winona
Franklin Boyd – Columbus
Donna Boykin – Brooksville
Gregory Boyle – Columbus
Colter Branton – Starkville
Pamela Brantzeg – Caledonia
Victoria Brooks – Starkville
Kelly Brown – Louisville
Kylie Brown – Steens
Pressly Brown – Mathiston
Donald Buckner III – Starkville
Chandler Buntin – Starkville
Madison Buntin – Starkville
Nathan Burkis – Starkville
Drew Cade – Brooksville
Cambrielle Campbell – Pearl
Cassie Campbell – Macon
Melissa Canham-Craig – Columbus
Justin Canull – Caledonia
Katherine Carr – Starkville
Mac Carver – Columbus
Yolanda Chamberlain – West Point
Prentess Chancellor – Macon
John Cheek – Kosciusko
Hanna Christopher – Louisville
Russell Clanton – Starkville
Bailee Clark – Ackerman
Christina Clark – Jackson
Jenny Clark – Madison
Jimmy Clark – Mantee
Jonathan Clayborne - Columbus
Shannon Clay – Mathiston
Tori Clearman – Collinsville
Emily Coggins – Starkville
Hailey Cole – Columbus
Laura Coleman – DeKalb
Luke Coleman – Oak Vale
Taylor Coleman – Starkville
Charles Collins – Starkville
John Cooper – Florence
Michael Costa – Toomsuba
Danetta Cottrell – Sweetwater, Ala.
Jamiyah Covington – Starkville
Heather Cox – Starkville
Stephen Craft – West Point
Brandon Craig – Caledonia
William Craig – Columbus
Dusty Craven – Hamilton
John Crenshaw – Union
Casey Crimm – Starkville
Caitlyn Croft – Caledonia
Charles Cross – Scooba
Chad Crowley – Maben
Brent Crutchfield – Columbus
Ava Cumberland – Philadelphia
Joshua Cummings – Starkville
Richard Dalton – Mathiston
Brandon Darling – Hamilton
Hannah Daugherty – Leroy, Ala.
MacKenzie Davidson – Vicksburg
Juan Davis – West Point
Maxwell Davis – Columbus
Robert Davis – Kosciusko
Tyrone Davis – Durant
Mary Decker – West Point
Dana Delgatto-Tate – Caledonia
Angela Depew – Cedar Bluff
Sanju Devkota – Starkville
Jacob Dickens – Aberdeen
Kirsten Dickerson – Columbus
Andrew Dippel – Starkville
William Disbrow – Macon
Karina Doss – West Point
James Doty – Aberdeen
Johnny Douglas – Weir
Anna Dudley – Scooba
Taylor Dunn – Sturgis
Jacob Dunstan – Starkville
Lucas Eads – Caledonia
Steven Eilders – Ridgeland
Clyde Ellis – Ridgeland
Lamarcus Ellis – Starkville
Wade Ellis – Ridgeland
Carl Estes – Macon
Ethan Ewing – Macon
Lauren Ezelle – Decatur
Anna Fairley – Starkville
Joseph Fenner – Starkville
Nicholas Ferrell – Starkville
Troy Field – Meridian
Dandrick Fifer – Byhalia
Heath Fisackerly – Columbus
Hillary Ford – Houston
Ryan Forrester – Columbus
Somiya Forrest – Weir
Mark Fortune – Columbus
Mary Fowler – Columbus
Wendy Franklin – Starkville
Thomas Freel – Macon
Ashley Fulgham – Maben
Harris Fyfe – Starkville
Chris Gable – West Point
Tyne Gann – Starkville
Nathan Gaudin – Starkville
Robert Giles – Caledonia
Abigale Gillispie – Starkville
Brittany Ginn – Columbus
Breanna Glass – Noxapater
Kyle Gordon – West Point
Mikayla Gore – Columbus
Margaret Grant – Columbus
Hayle Gregory – Columbus
Mallory Griffith – McCool
Kelsey Groves – Tupelo
Michalina Gullett – Starkville
Paulina Gullett – Starkville
Kathryn Hackett – Starkville
Alexius Hamilton – Hamilton
David Hamilton – Columbus
Lowell Haney – Olive Branch
Zachary Hanna – Preston
Hunter Harmon – Vardaman
Jordan Harmon – Starkville
Tabatha Harmon – Preston
Jaleesa Harris – Quitman
Chellea Hatch – Steens
Taylor Hawkins – Columbus
Mallory Head – Poplarville
Ian Hebert – Laurel
Dallas Heim – Meridian
Johnathan Hendrix – Columbus
Morgan Hendrix – DeKalb
Charles Hicks – Steens
Austin Hight – Philadelphia
Jonathan Hight – Philadelphia
Mark Hill – Amory
Katherine Hisaw – Noxapater
Kristen Hitt – Starkville
Markanne Hobart – Starkville
Haileigh Hodges – Eupora
Ashley Holbrook – Starkville
Carrie Holder – Starkville
Madison Holdiness – Louisville
Carley Hood – Columbus
Melissa Howell – Starkville
Tiffany Huddleston – Maben
Selenia Hudson – Louisville
Daniel Hughes – Columbus
Douglas Hughes – Columbus
Emily Hughes – Starkville
William Hunt – Sturgis
Rebecca Hyde – Columbus
Betty Jackson – Columbus
Emmanuel Jackson – Starkville
Randall Jackson – Hamilton
Stephanie Jacobs – Ocean Springs
Andrew James – Brandon
Kaila Jefferson – West Point
Andrienne Jemison – Columbus
Eber Jenkins – Columbus
Ralph Jennings – Pheba
Christopher Jerkins - Collinsville
Brandon Johnson – Lena
Imam Johnson – Starkville
Tailer Johnson – Columbus
Zachary Johnson – Pearl
Zaria Johnson – Columbus
Justin Johnston – Poplarville
Kelly Johnston – Columbus
Amanda Joiner – Deatsville, Ala.
Darnell Jones – West Point
Jabria Jones – Columbus
Jordan Jones – Scooba
Kajuania Jones – Quitman
Tyler Jones – Starkville
Katelyn Jordan – Louisville
Jeffery Jowers – DeKalb
Chandler Kellems – Ridgeland
Marilyn Kelly – Pachuta
Katelyn Kendrick – Steens
Kelsey Kennemer – Anderson, Ala.
Zachary Kimbrell – Columbus
Kathryn King – Louisville
Hannah Knox – Starkville
Lily Kormom – Starkville
Chrissta Koutsovalas – Caledonia
Destyn Ladner – Poplarville
Logan Lambert – Carthage
Marissa Landrum – Biloxi
Anna Lane – Macon
Kailey Lavender – Caledonia
Briana Lawrence – Starkville
Emily Layman – Starkville
Eli Leathers – Kosciusko
Marcus Leflore – Olive Branch
Elise Lingle – Columbus
Brenda Lobato Ford – Starkville
Christina Loftin – Canonsburg, Pa.
William Loper – Starkville
Whitney Lowe – Carrollton, Ala.
Anna Lowrey – Preston
Shanna Lowrey – Preston
Vegetta Lucas – Aberdeen
Luke Thomas – Preston
Will Lummus – West Point
Francesca Magario – Starkville
Howard Maheu – Bailey
Rachel Mangum – Columbus
Jennifer Mann – Eupora
Jalen Martin – West Point
Angela Maynard – West Point
Malik Mayweather – Olive Branch
Linda McBride – Columbus
Rachel McCain – Aberdeen
Haley McCullough – West Point
Michael McDaniel – Caledonia
Tabor McGee – Madison
Deitra McIntosh – DeKalb
Zachary McKee – Steens
Brianna McKie – DeKalb
Anna McLain – Brandon
Molly McLeod – Meridian
Morgan McMahon – DeKalb
Roderick McNairy – Prairie
Kennedy McReynolds – Starkville
Hannah McVay – West Point
Darren Miller – Macon
Shakyla Miller – Starkville
Cacovia Millsap – Columbus
Katherine Mills – Benton
Grace Mitchell – Rome
Kristen Mitchell – Meridian
Diana Mixon – Caledonia
Chantay Montgomery – Starkville
Thomas Moore – Columbus
Dixie Morgan – West Point
Dustin Morgan – Starkville
Matthew Morgan – Ethel
Stephanie Morris – Starkville
Charles Mosher – Philadelphia
Kathleen Mostella – Columbus
Mantrael Nabors – Abbeville
Angela Najera-Perez – Philadelphia
Christopher Necessary – Starkville
Allison Newton – Columbus
Katelyn Nicholson – Lawrence
Alaina Nickoles – Columbus
Luke Nunley – Starkville
Natalie Nunnery – Louisville
Bryanna Oglesby – Columbus
Subrina Oswalt – West Point
Kaehla Outlaw – Starkville
Jacob Owen – Scooba
Alice Oyeleye – Columbus
Erica Parish – Starkville
Megan Partin – Mililani, Hawaii
Lisa Patel – Scooba
Mihir Patel – Vicksburg
Courtney Patterson – Columbus
Sarah Perkins – Columbus
Tiffany Perkins – Columbus
Braxston Perrigin – Mathiston
Christopher Phillips – Starkville
Candise Pierce – Columbus
Pauline Pimolle – Marseille, France
Lincharles Pippins – Macon
Anna Pittman – Eupora
Abbey Pope – Columbus
Max Porter – Columbus
Derek Prendergast – Starkville
Lisa Pruett – West Point
Kayla Pruitt – Hamilton
Erin Quinlan – Columbus
William Rawls – Maben
Glenn Rawson – Daleville
John Redden – Columbus
Allen Reed – Eupora
Ashley Reed – Columbus
Angela Reives – West Point
Corley Reynolds – Pascagoula
Jennifer Reynolds – Benton
Carrie Rice – Columbus
Markeliah Rice – Prairie
Caleb Rich – Starkville
Ryan Rigby – West
Kimberly Rigdon – Scooba
Madison Rigdon – Columbus
Jeannette Robbins – Macon
Madaline Roberson – Riverside, Ala.
Kendall Robinson – Saltillo
Christian Rodriguez – West Point
Precious Rogers – Byhalia
Jessica Rowland – Greenville
Natalie Runyon – Columbus
Erin Russell – Starkville
Desiree Savage – Columbus
Trenell Scales – Sturgis
Joseph Schrock – Aberdeen
David Scott – Columbus
John Scott – Demopolis, Ala.
Lakaia Scott – Emelle, Ala.
Malik Seals – Columbus
Chris Sellars – Starkville
Christian Shelby – Toomsuba
Darian Sherrod – Columbus
Justin Shinn – Cedar Bluff
Preston Shotts – Starkville
Lee Shumaker – Ethel
John Shurden – Mathiston
Cotina Simpson – West Point
Danzsley Skinner – Philadelphia
Alonda Smith – Aberdeen
Amber Smith – Odenville, Ala.
Bobby Smith – Starkville
Brian Smith – Starkville
Harold Smith – Columbus
Kathy Smith – Columbus
Sommers Spencer – Scooba
Taylor Stafford – Columbus
Christopher Standland – Hattiesburg
Erin Stanfield – Columbus
Kasey Stanfield – Columbus
Devin Starkey – Starkville
Ta’china Starks – West Point
Aliyah Staten – Meridian
Lauren Stephens – Meridian
Lanie Stokes – Philadelphia
Hannah Strider – Charleston
Arl Taylor – Caledonia
Destany Taylor – Starkville
Brittany Terry – West Point
Joann Thomas – Columbus
Timothy Thomas – Ackerman
Billy Thompson – Pelahatchie
Julia Thompson – Starkville
Deshawn Tillman – Pittsboro
Tranecia Topps – Columbus
Hunter Townsend – Collinsville
Ashley Tribble – Nettleton
Shona Tunnell – West Point
Bryce Turner – Shuqualak
Jomanda Turner – Columbus
Susan Tyson – Columbus
Amanda Underwood – Caledonia
Trest Underwood – Seminary
Michael Unruh – Caledonia
Candice Vanderwalker – DeKalb
Colt Vanover – Columbus
Teeria Vaughan – Walterboro, S.C.
Stephanie Vazquez – Columbus
Darren Wade – Maben
Erie Walker – West Point
Lauren Walker – Pheba
Elitor Wallace – DeKalb
Genna Wall – Vicksburg
Alice Ward – Starkville
Jacob Ware – West Point
Abby Watson – DeKalb
Jennifer Weathersby – Starkville
Cody Welde – Meridian
Demarcus Wells – Brookville
Saherah Wells – Brooksville
Haley Whitehead – Collinsville
Nancy White – Preston
Quentin White – Columbus
Roger White – Columbus
Jaquanteiz Whitlow – Lafayette, Ala.
Jonathan Wiggins – DeKalb
Rebecca Wilcutt – Starkville
Nathaniel Willers – Maben
Jelani Williams – DeKalb
Nakaila Williams – Columbus
Tasha Williams – Columbus
Joseph Willis – Madison
Michael Windhorn – Starkville
Ineshia Winston – Scooba
Ashley Woods – Preston
Jonathon Wynne – Lake
Adam Young – Columbus
Brittany Young – Starkville
Brittany Younger – Steens
Kayla Young – Scooba
Lacy Young – Louisville
Megan Young – Meridian

Dean’s List (3.2-3.49 GPA)

Heather Abney – Olive Branch
Nancy Alsobrooks – Columbus
Breanne Anderson – Columbus
Jordan Anderson – Steens
Stella Andrews – Starkville
T’kila Anthony – Lauderdale
Conner Baird – West Point
Jason Barfield – Jackson
Candace Barker – Aberdeen
Erica Barnes – Columbus
Logan Bell – Caledonia
Jakaylea Bennamon – DeKalb
Kala Benton – Reform, Ala.
Savannah Blair – Starkville
Misty Blendu – Starkville
Amanda Bluitt – Columbus
Mary Blunt – Columbus
Eric Boney – Hattiesburg
Katelyn Booth – Caledonia
Hailey Bowie – Forest
Elbert Bowser – Columbus
Ashley Boyd – Columbus
Jacob Bracewell – Chelsea, Ala.
Joseph Brackin – Caledonia
Michael Brandon – Shuqualak
Hunter Brannan – Lucedale
Dakota Brasher – Ackerman
Allison Brewer – West Point
Courtney Brooks – Starkville
Elizabeth Brooks – Columbus
Rhonda Brooks – Starkville
Christopher Brown – Starkville
Jason Brown – Columbus
Lanetra Brown – Starkville
Richard Brown – Hattiesburg
Caitlyn Buford – Starkville
Agnese Bukovska – Starkville
Eric Burney – Starkville
Rose Bush – Columbus
Wesley Buttrey – Columbus
Racheal Calhoun – Columbus
Vanessa Campbell – Columbus
Jennifer Candelaria – West Point
Aliya Cannon – West Point
Chekita Cannon – Cedar Bluff
Victor Carr – Starkville
Holli Carter – Caledonia
Simon Casey – Starkville
Joseph Caskey – West Point
Amanda Chandler – West Point
Kendrick Cheatham – Macon
Cathy Clark – DeKalb
Daytriona Clemons – Diberville
Melinda Daniel – Starkville
Angela Davis – Starkville
Tracy Davis – West Point
Jazmine Denman – Toomsuba
Robyn Depena – Starkville
Bliss Dinger – Caledonia
Brittani Dinning – Mathiston
Tanner Dinsmore – Macon
Raven Doss – Starkville
Steve Dragoo – West Point
Eric Duncan – Starkville
Marissa Dunlap – Starkville
Annessia Durham – Utica
Kathryn Dyck – Macon
Amanda Eaves – Louisville
Darian Edwards – Carthage
Kendall Edwards – Columbus
Kyle Ethridge – Collinsville
Megan Evans – Vicksburg
Laura Evins – Starkville
Lindsey Ezelle – Decatur
Jacob Fauver – Brookhaven
Christopher Fincher – Macon
Miguel Flores – Columbus
Paige Fogarty – Columbus
Nathan Fordice – Starkville
Akeyla Fox – Ackerman
Ashley Freeman – Caledonia
Dallas Fulton – Columbus
Dinah Gabitov – Starkville
Steven Gagle – Canton
Rhonda Galloway – Lauderdale
Devious Gandy – Starkville
Jacklyn Gates – West Point
Erin Gatlin – Columbus
Jessica Gehrett – Canton
Autumn Gilbert – D’iberville
Krista Greenwood – Carthage
Megan Grey – Starkville
Edward Griffin – Meridian
Jabresha Groves – Columbus
Charis Hadleman – Columbus
Courtney Hall – Columbus
Beatrice Harris – Columbus
Karleigh Harris – Canton
Peter Harris – Vicksburg
Allen Harvey – Columbus
Jessica Havis – Columbus
Larissa Hawkins – Steens
Michael Hays – Starkville
Jacob Hemphill – Louisville
Lexie Henley – Starkville
Shelvick Henry – Sebastian, Fla.
Shelby Henson – Weir
Tamiya Hibbler – DeKalb
Anna Hightower – Mathiston
Monica Hill – Shuqualak
Kelsey Hinton – Brandon
Megan Hogan – Columbus
Stephen Holder – Cleveland
Ariel Hopkins – Louisville
Katelyn Hopper – Columbus
Shanae Hunt – Columbus
Jelani Hutchison – Hinesville, Ga.
Kyle Jackson – Starkville
Rebecca Jenkins – Steens
Beverly Johnson – Columbus
Jamerron Johnson – Bruce
Keishana Johnson – West Point
Krystine Jolly – West Point
Jamarcus Jones – Columbus
Lucas Jones – Shuqualak
James Jordan – Bolton
Lesliee Kamaunu – Starkville
Joshua Kelley – Florence, Ala.
Deaundra Kelly – West Point
David Kennedy – West Point
Vera Keyes – Louin
Stephanie King – Ackerman
Michael Kozerovskis – Starkville
Wesley Lake – Columbus
Sara Langkawel – Starkville
Horacio Leal – Starkville
Ja’quaious Little – Artesia
Sarah Lolley – Meridian
Dwight Lomax Jr. – Orangeburg, S.C.
Kelsey Lowe – Natchez
Hayley Lowery – Columbus
Jaquitta Malone – Macon
Corey Massey – Meridian
Lauren Mathias – Macon
Shekeyna McAlister – Columbus
Anna McCrary – Columbus
Samuel McCrory – Starkville
Sarah McDaniel – Carrollton, Ala.
Kingdom McGee – Crawford
Beverly McKee-Beard – Columbus
John McRight – Vicksburg
Jessica McVay – West Point
Austin Merrill – Brandon
Melissa Miller – Philadelphia
Tiffany Miller – Starkville
Sarah Mitchell – Starkville
Raylee Moore – Meridian
Deloris Morgan – Columbus
Kimberly Morrow – Columbus
De’markis Mosley – Starkville
San-Antonio Mosley – Starkville
Dylan Murphy – Flowood
Raven Necaise – Kiln
Elisabeth Nolan – West Point
Timothy Pace – Lake
David Parker – Noxapater
Ruth Parker – Carrollton, Ala.
Stameka Parson – West Point
Vikash Patel – Louisville
Charles Patrick – Columbus
Emily Patrick – Coldwater
Clayton Patterson – Tupelo
Kiandria Patterson – Columbus
Kimberly Pearson – Starkville
Amber Peeples – West Point
Olivia Plant – Columbus
Jonathan Pounders – Caledonia
Alex Price – Foxworth
Dylan Propst – Madison
Leah Rayburn – Starkville
William Ray – Starkville
Joey Reed – Starkville
Marneisha Reed – Scooba
Frances Reilly – Brandon
Shelby Richardson – Macon
Richard Rigdon – Scooba
Kelly Robertson – Hamilton
Wyatt Roberts – Louisville
Ryan Robinson – Caledonia
Nicholas Roos – Columbus
Kennedi Sanders – Columbus
Christopher Sciple – Scooba
Troy Scott – Clinton
Adam Shackleford – Senatobia
Jared Shaw – Mountain Home, Idaho
Angela Smith – Columbus
Dustin Smith – Columbus
Emily Smith – Prairie
James Smith – Seminary
Javarjeh Smith – Cape Coral, Fla.
Shonda Smith – Mathiston
Diego Sotomeneses – Ackerman
Tayler Stephens – Decatur
Janice Stevenson – Aberdeen
Amos Stewart – Brooksville
Jercovie Stewart – Brooksville
Joi Stewart – Macon
Shayla Strickland – Pachuta
Wesley Swain – Columbus
Tia Sykes – Columbus
Thomas Taylor – Starkville
John Tedford – Columbus
Carlie Teffeteller – West Point
Heather Thompson – Mantee
Jill Thompson – Utica
Juanita Thompson – West Point
Nicholas Tiffany – Caledonia
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Abigail Turner – West Point
Madison Turner – Columbus
Randall Ulmer – Columbus
Andrew Vasser – Columbus
Kenneth Vowell – Weir
Dylan Vuncannon – Tupelo
Kayla Werner – Columbus
Alec Whalen – Marks
James White – West Point
Elizabeth Whitten – Bruce
Darius Williams – Macon
Jaalyn Williams – Brandon
Kayla Williamson – Starkville
Taylor Williams – Aberdeen
Mary Willis – Hamilton
Heather Wilson – Pheba
Isaac Wilson – Steens
Leah Wilson – Columbus
Shiloh Wilson – Columbus
Jackson Wood – Brandon
Jerome Woodson – Vicksburg
Katelyn Woodson – French Camp
Derrick Wooten – Louisville
Cortez Young – West Point
Kourtney Young – Columbus
Michael Young – Prairie
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Spring Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

Date(s): 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015

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Jones County Junior College
Spring Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

ELLISVILLE -Jones County Junior College has announced the 2015 spring semester honor roll scholars. Full-Time students with 15 hours or more and who maintain the following grade-point averages will make the honor roll: President’s List--4.0; Dean’s List--3.99-3.5: Faculty List--3.49-3.0.

(NOTE: Honor roll scholars from your area are listed according to county and then hometown in alphabetical order. Some names may be listed in your county but they also listed themselves as a resident of a city in another county. Example: the student may be listed under Lamar County but claims Hattiesburg as their hometown or Jasper County as their county but claim Laurel as their hometown or mailing address.
Please include these names according to the county they claim.)
JCJC President’s List
Spring 2015
Honor Roll


Covington, Louisiana: Kimberly Ann Nilsson.
Clarke Heidelberg: Emily Kay Harwell.
Clarke Quitman: Kallie Lynn Belcher, Hannah Elizabeth Hampton, Hannah Elizabeth Harlan, Joshua DaShawn Robinson and Jonathan Tyler Turner.
Clarke Stonewall: Katelyn Tori Dew and Bethany Paige Rivers.
Covington Collins: Dillon Wade Chain, Matthew Dwain Cross, Julie Renee Hall, Jalyn La'Prestiana Lockhart, Alexandra Kelly Phillips and Nolan Kyle Stapleton.
Covington Mt. Olive: Abagail Faith Burkes, Anthony Michael Hinton, Allison Denise Rutland and Taylor Ann Sasser.
Covington Seminary: Brandon Hosea Atwood, Rachel Suzanne Boling, Brandon Charles Carter, Richard Nathan Knotts, Angela Carol Pitts, Ryan Leon Smith and Kristen Marie Thompson.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Sara Katherine Anger, Timothy Dale Burke, Jason Brooks Byrd, Ronald Blake Crawford, Sara Elise Foster, Kirsten Alayna Groome, Phadre Yvonne Hocker, Stephanie Marie Horton, India Selena Kohli, Ryan Austin May, Arda'Sha Ariel Moody, Stephen Goyer Rogers, Natalie Beth Seales, Michael Isaac Wilson and Jermaine RoJohn Wright.
Forrest Petal: Krystal DaSharon Brown, Connor Joseph Chancellor, Anna Marie Dickinson, Jutta Hendri, David Landell Holmes Jr., Karen Anne Kennedy, Rachel Olivia Manning, Clayton Taylor Mikell, James Cory Moree, Lauren Danae Sheller, Jennifer Lynne Simmons, Anna Blake Smith, Callie Lorraine Stephens, Joseph Richard Tullos, Eric George Van Schaik, Seth Timothy Walters and Joshua Clinton Wilson.
Greene Leakesville: Emily Reve' Batley, Joseph Michael Storment and Hayden Mark West.
Greene State Line: Jamie Ray Parnell.
Hancock Bay St. Louis: Nathan Daniels Lambeth and Brandon Joseph White.
Hancock Diamondhead: Jared Layton Lal.
Harrison Gulfport: Toronzo Jamel McInnis.
Hinds Terry: Charitei Stehene' Anderson and Christopher Oneal Pendleton.
Jackson Gautier: Bryce Vaughn Kinzer and Gabrielle Idalis Scott.
Jasper Bay Springs: Robert Sean McCary.
Jasper Heidelberg: Jacqwa Jamale Lindsey.
Jasper Louin: Colby Kane Pilgrim.
Jasper Paulding: Jessica LeAndrea Carmichael and Leeza Lanee Ducksworth.
Jasper Vossburg: Raven Caroline Chancellor.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Tiffany Nicole Audevert and Jacob Lee Jackson.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Brady Chaz Boleware, James Charles Fuller and Malcolm Jamal Gray.
Jones Ellisville: Lacey Marie Ainsworth, Trenton Wayne Black, Adreana Lakera Crosby, David Jacob
Driskell, Sherry Shaffer Farmer, Logan Brehnin Gerlach, Janae Nicole Keyes, Gavin Wayne Knight,
Josiah Da-ren Lim, Dallas Alis McKinnon, Ashton Marie Miller, Sunny Navin Patel, Monica Leann
Rowell, Sara Elizabeth Stevens, Luke Lowery Tucker, Hans Derek Van Houten, Megan Brook Whatley, Kendra Michelle Wilson and Martin Berlie Spell.
Jones Hattiesburg: Ashley Elizabeth Martinolich.
Jones Laurel: Shelby Victoria Biglane, Richard Blake Boykin, William Patrick Chard, Joseph Preston Cooley, Mason Chase Cook, Karmon Nicole Davis, Sydney Nicole Dickerson, Courtney LaChae Edwards, Lauren Millicent Farragut, Kimberly G Franklin, Jacob Dillon Hosey, Anna Bethel Houston, Josiah David Jones, Christopher Gayle LaPan, Robert Christopher Laypath, Catherine Jane Lyles, Amy Savannah Lyon, William Jackson McFarland, Lauren Elizabeth Norris, Aubrey Nicole Parker, Harley Dawn Perdue, James William Pistole, Samantha Kate Powell, Jessica Mavis Rogers, Marisa Renee Rushton, Cristina Lucerito Serrano, Ryan Anthony Shoemake, Jordan Alexandra Simmons, Gabriella Marie Watson, Thomas Patrick Watson, Breanna Grace Williams, Lauren Elizabeth Williams, Lindsay Lyle Williams and Robert Steven Zugg.
Jones Moselle: Hailey Lauren Ishee, Katherine Anne Martin, Dennis Christian McWilliams and Shelby Nicole Reed.
Jones Ovett: Oma Latresa Byrd, Taylor Allen Byrd, Landon Blake James, Jacob Cheyenne Manning, Deana Louise Nichols, Rachel Victoria Tucker and Brianna Hope Woodward.
Jones Sandersville: Christen N Leggett and Charmayne Laroze Walker.
Jones Soso: Ethan Garret Davis, Summer Nicole DeLoach, Penny Lashia Ducksworth, Geoffrey Charles Grayson, Ashley Nicole Hite, Timothy Hayden Logan and Corey Ray Welborn.
Lafayette Oxford: Thedford James Hollis.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Kyle Thomas Arnold, David Shane Berry, Kylie Ann Bohannon, Silvino N Bravo Hernandez, Leiloni Lynn Davenport, Daniel Justin Harris, Tyler Glenn Henry, Rebecca Joy Kahler, Madison Alicia Knoll, Lauren Elizabeth Lott, Scott Howard Martin, Tashara Danielle McGee, Denice Renee Pearson, Kayla Marie Phipps, Megan Anne Pruett and Clayton Dean Rowley.
Lamar Lumberton: Sierra LeeAnn Holmes.
Lamar Purvis: Jenna Allyn Hauk and Rachel Viola Raynes.
Lamar Sumrall: Jeff Lee Adams, Heather Lynn Carter, Jessica Burdette Clark, Lisa Marie Guy, Sheri Denise Lowery, Ann Marie Norris, Nathaniel Cade Parsons and Dustin Keith Russell.
Lauderdale Meridian: Mason LouAllen Irby.
Lawrence Jayess: Lauren Elaine Halase.
Marion Columbia: Emily Renee Hill and D'Andre Darrell Watts.
Panola Batesville: Taylor Everette Karr.
Pearl River Lumberton: Sylvia Dawn Flowers.
Perry Richton: Tina Marie Breland, Lyric Ailiyah Brown, Jaricia Danielle Clark, Katie Lauren Pittman, Stephanie Cheri Valentine, Adam Reece Wigley and Eules Claude Williams.
Pike McComb: Ariana Luce Harrison.
Rankin Brandon: Olivia Jean Young.
Rankin Florence: Joshua Phillip Hester and Thomas Luke Sims.
Rankin Pelahatchie: Jordan Elizabeth Graves and Bailey Ann Miller.
Scott Morton: John Christian Rush and Lauren Gabriel Sanders.
Simpson Magee: Rebecca Suzanne Harrison, Danielle Dawn Marie Rando and Cady Nicole Smith.
Simpson Mendenhall: Tarena Michelle Marshall and Ashley Brooke Williamson.
Simpson New Hebron: Brody William Matthews.
Simpson Pinola: Damascus Luvell Sterling.
Smith Mize: Makayla LeAnn Bavido, Candace Megan Cole, Destiny Lynn Hux and Kaitlyn Nicole Sullivan.
Smith Raleigh: James M Arender, Chandler Dianne Hardin Lakin DanRielle Thornton.
Smith Taylorsville: Michael Robertson Coats and Dakota Lee Sills.
Stone Lumberton: Thomas Tyson Parker.
Walthall Tyletown: Breanna La'Shae Conerly.
Warren Vicksburg: Kristen Elizabeth Buchanan and Virginia-leigh Donohue.
Wayne Buckatunna: Kensey Lee Jordan and Victoria Hope Smith.
Wayne State Line: Kailey Breanna Scarbrough.
Wayne Waynesboro: Kayla Nichole Bishop, Rhonda Karen Brown, Alyssa Deione Cochran, Claymecia Shamere Everett, Jordynne Alexis Rose Grimes, Erin Elizabeth Knight, Kiana De'Marius McFadden, Michael Johnathon Platt, Felice A Ray, Rachel Amelia Reynolds and Abby Marie Trigg.
JCJC Dean’s List Spring 2015 Honor Roll

Franklin, Louisiana: Kaitlyn Amber Kennedy.
Lake Charles, Louisiana: Rebecca Ann Monceaux.
Sheyenne, North Dakota: Derek Hugh Duckworth.
Georgetown, Texas: Kayleigh Grace Williams.
Adams Natchez: Kiera Michelle Knight.
Clarke Meridian: Victoria Lea O'Quin and Sammi Jo Rich.
Clarke Quitman: Kristen Paige Parker.
Clarke Shubuta: Cinderella Chapman, Melinda L Gray and Justin L'Tre Tillman.
Copiah Crystal Springs: Ashlyn Georgia Gaddy and Caitlyn Suzanne Gaddy.
Covington Collins: Jessica Laporshia Alexander, Faith Marie Anderson, Chrissy Marie Casey, Yasmine Sha'neca Fairley, Karlie Blake Hart, Jacob Brody Keys, Amber Marie Little, Alexander William Lott, Suzanna Marie Salinas and Laken Olivia Sanford.
Covington Mt Olive: Marisa Nell Daniel, Denzel Xavier Edwards, Cory Arron Ellis, Me'lea Yasmeen Johnson, Katlin Hope Lack, Joel Brian McBeth, D'Corey O'Neal Sullivan, Mary Baylea Powell, Ryan Edward Weston.
Covington Seminary: Jarred Clint Ashley, Richard Lee Cothran, Austin Wayne Davis, Sarah Caroline Ferris, Brandon Marc Hand, Justin Thomas Hurtt and Timber Josi Lott.
Covington Sumrall: Aaron Wesley Ward.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Jacob Nathaniel Billingsley, Meagan Leanne Blackwell, Alicia Edell Brooks, Madelaine Beck Collins, Lauren Elizabeth Howard, Emily Claire James, Mary Louise Johnson, William Robert Lamunyon, Bailey James Magee, Taylor Jordan McKenzie, Mark Hudson O'Neal, Adam Lee Rigney, James Michael Sheasby, Bethany Anne Stewart, Savanah Danielle Thompson and Khadedryck Devonte Todd.
Forrest Lumberton: Kiersten Angelene Hickey.
Forrest Petal: Laurence Gerald Barhum, Chase Ryland Barnes, Mary Amanda Brady, Tyler Reid Brown, Chasity, Nicole Buckley, Meagan Katherine Clatworthy, Christopher Leon DeBolt, Robert Blake Dunn, Tara Elizabeth Fisher, James Christopher Goodin, Amanda Rose Hensarling, Charles Kody Hill, Franki LaRae Hubbard, Kimberly Elaine Maliden, Andreona Rachelle McLaurin, Cody Michael Mims, Janie BreAna Moreno, George Washington Nicholson, Cheyenne Palmer, Joseph Allen Rider, Jacob Myles Rollin, Amanda Ortego Rowley, Kayla Cheree Sledge, Melanie Kristen Soldinie, Jaida Keizandria Thompson, Taylor Dianne Waguespack, Dalton Grant Walley, Brittany Nicole Ward and Cheryl Angela Webb.
Franklin Meadville: Christopher Lane Ivy.
George Lucedale: Elise Jensen Bowie, Jacob Scott McLeod and Macy Cristine Rogers.
Greene Leakesville: Jennifer Lynn Byrd, Taylor Olivia Fountain, Caitlin Gaberielle Harvison, Perry Franklin Turner and Kayla Joann Williams.
Greene Lucedale: Anndra Marissa Havard.
Greene Neely: Leah Danielle Dueitt.
Greene Richton: Lindsey Lauren Byrd, Cassidy Marissa Graham, Jonathan Marshall Henderson, Cady Layne Howard, Samantha Carolina Lassiter, Summer Destini Meadows, Robert Adam Smith, James Christopher Turner and Lexus Caroline Watson.
Greene State Line: Kaitlyn Nicole Hovatter and Sabrina Faye Strickland.
Hancock Bay St. Louis: Victoria Alexis McCaa.
Hancock Diamondhead: William Richard Justice Hazen.
Hancock Kiln: Morgan Elizabeth Adam.
Hancock Waveland: Kendall Jon Island, James Patrick Ponder and Erubiel Alejandro Sandoval Araiza.
Harrison Biloxi: Bridgette Rochelle Wagner.
Harrison Gulfport: Jared Michael Brister, Jordan Alexander Jones, Heather Christine Nance and Alliyah Denise Thomas.
Harrison Long Beach: Savannah Jill Scafide.
Harrison Saucier: Kirstin Briana Woods.
Hinds Jackson: Toni Vontrell Leverette and Mickel Jared McCann.
Jackson Gautier: Justice Dukes Coleman.
Jackson Moss Point: Tiffany Elise McGuire and Shelby Lawson Nelson.
Jackson Ocean Springs: Jhadia Adajha Harris and Christian BreeAnne Miller.
Jasper Bay Springs: Laquisha Katrice Gavin, Cassidy Nicole Ulmer and Amber De'Vay Walker.
Jasper Heidelberg: Hope Elizabeth Beard, Brittny Kristen Belding, Destin Darnell Cooley, Kimberley Diane Guined, Keandra Nicole Lindsey and Annie Marie Shirley.
Jasper Laurel: Pamela Marie Brady, Donica Lynn Graham and Erin Elisabeth Miller.
Jasper Louin: Ricardo Ja'Roy De'nario Jones and Annette S Martin.
Jasper Raleigh: Rebekah LeAnne Sullivan.
Jasper Stringer: Michael Jason Gambrell, Bridges Case Johnson and Kaitlyn Bre'Ann Manning.
Jasper Taylorsville: Sharla Amanda Graham.
Jasper Vossburg: Courtney Lasha Darby.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Macon Cortez Holliman, Lisa Adelynn McNeil, Chandler Harper Brinson and Natalie Brooke Daley.
Jones Ellisville: Edwin Van Alford, Penny Cash Aultman, Malcolm L Bounds, Hunter Lamar Carpenter, Reagan Alana Chaney, Jacquelyne Carole Davis, Michael Paul Ellzey, Erin MiKaylan Ezell, Nathan Daniel Farrell, Jennifer Marianna Glaze, Jeffrey Adam Gregson, Aaron Maxwell Hall, Nicholas Stone Hardison, Elizabeth Enochs Herring, Christopher Shane Jackson, Landon Marquell Jackson, Jacob Scott Lightsey, Amanda Redditt Looney, Pamela G McDonald, Lindsay Michelle Miller, Priya Dilip Patel, Austin Allen Perkins, Sabrina Claire Rounsaville, Shelbie Elizabeth Suber, Alden Jae Swindle, Jami Leigh Taylor, Haley Brianna Wansley and Chris Norman Wallace.
Jones Hattiesburg: Shelby Leigh Gilliland.
Jones Heidelberg: Aubrey Suzanne Nickey.
Jones Laurel: Jeremy Arkel Arrington, Bailey Elise Brown, Miguel Antron Brent Brown, Evan Anthony
Buckley, Devin Leon Cartwright, Molly Marie Chandler, Brittany Alyssa Clark, William Chancellor
Clark, Rushie Antwanette Clayton, Courtney Michelle Corey, Nysha Nicole Crisp, Rosa Melissa Delgado, Morgan Phillips Duett, Lauryn Elizabeth Easley, Lucinda Mozingo Ellard, Andrea Alexandrea Ellis, Crystal Rose Farquhar, Megan Colleen Grafton, Christopher Lance Gray, Sarah Elizabeth Gregory, Kelsey Leann Hamilton, Seth Lee Harrison, James Wesley Herring, Jonathon David Hicks, Victoria Renae Hodge, Jordan Nichole Holifield, Matthew Hunter Holifield, Tamara Kali Hullings, Matthew Townsend Ishee, Shelby Reese Ishee, Kaitlin Elizabeth Johnson, Kiana Sharell Keys, Alexis Michelle King, Brock Duane Kizzar, Brittany Elizabeth Lee, Megan Elise Livingston, Lacy Angel Long, Latonya Rachelle Lyons, Collin Tyler McCraw, Christopher Jardian McDonald, Kaine Patrick Nichols, Destiny Alexis Odom, Cody Ryan Patrick, Christine B Pledger, Karlee Raelyn Reeves, Lance Richard Risher, Pertina Lasalle Roberson, Taylor Lynn Sanders, Eryn LeAnn Sanderson, Patrick Lee Scoggin, Amanda Lynn Smith, Ashley Brianna Smith, Erica Denike Smith, Madison Kate Smith, Morgan Elizabeth Smith, Kimberly Anne Steed, David JeMahri Neil Strickland, Jasper De'Vonta Thompson, Charles Guy Turner, Tabitha Jo Flora Wade, Brittany Nicole Walters, Mollie Renee Ward, Leslie Jeanine Weaver, Alison Diana Williams, Reshma Rani Williams, Ryce Nicole Williams, Sara Elizabeth Williams, Benjamin Caleb Wilson, Hannah Lynne Wilson, Matthew Evan Wilson, Hannah Renee Wimberly, Benjamin Austin Winpigler, Zanquelis Amontte DeVonne Wolverton, Ian Andrew Yelverton and Kirsten Young.
Jones Moselle: Katie Breanne Nelson and Kellie Dianne Nelson.
Jones Ovett: Anna Kaitlyn Hinton and Jamie Randal Sauls.
Jones Richton: British Ileana McKenith and Marley Reagan Mills.
Jones Sandersville: Shasta Michele Pitts, Christy Lee Reeves and Krystina DeAnn Saul.
Jones Soso: Kaitlyn Danielle Hite, Rachel Harley Holifield, Chantal Lewis, Marianna Gayle Lunsford, Kasey Lynn Merchant and Kelsey Cheyenne Quarles.
Jones Taylorsville: Mashayla Chauntell Harper, Cierra Leann Owens and Ca'Tory Al'Shun Waller.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Paul James Andrews, Jansen Keith Bounds, Rayna DeShae Brumfield, Matthew Aaron Burgess, Nicholas Daniel Canner, Sasha Chanell Coyle, William Aultman Folkes, Undrea Le'Anna Harris,Terry Curtis Jackson, Ashley R Lavallais-Hocker, Kaci Alicyn Raimey, Kevin B Rieder and AJ Thomas Robinson.
Lamar Lumberton: Kimberly Ellen Chisholm and Kelsey Grace Hannaford.
Lamar Purvis: Kelsey Elaine Addison, Benjamin Harrison Bramblett, Reo Jay Grover, Anna Lauren Herrin, Crystal Lynn Jones, Taylor Hayden Long, Ashley Nicole McGarrah, Preston Earl Pitfield and Brittany Mashea Whiddon.
Lamar Sumrall: Caleb Austin Butler, David Rae Hobold, Jeffery Scott Jones, Rebecca Gail Turner and Nicholas David Underwood.
Lauderdale Meridian: Eric Benjamin Fera.
Lawrence Monticello: Melissa Lorraine Errington.
Lee Saltillo: Anna Claire Price.
Lincoln Bogue Chitto: Quenetta Donishia Wilson.
Lincoln Brookhaven: Kerri Brooke McGehee and Michael Landon Nettles.
Lincoln Wesson: Destiny Adrieanna Lloyd.
Lowndes Columbus: Lauren Elizabeth Holifield.
Madison Madison: Emily Hannah Jones and William Christopher Morgan.
Marion Columbia: Jacob Terrell Ham, Leslie Taylor Pounds, Jenna Denise Smith and Bri'Anna M Warren.
Marion Kokomo: Danita Daichon Stevenson.
Marion Sandy Hook: Alicia Monet Harris.
Marshall Waterford: Joshua Guy Keel.
Perry Beaumont: Garth Alexander Breland, Bobbie Christine Martin and Katelyn Danielle Seeley.
Perry New Augusta: Samuel Lee Hinton.
Perry Richton: Cody Tyler Bridges, Lauren Taylor Carpenter, James Logan Cooper, Jered Russel Creel, Ryan Ellis Finley and Krista Noel Robinson.
Pike McComb: Dorian Venice Felder and Pennie Marie Frith.
Rankin Florence: Daylin Connor Britt, Dalton Layne Middleton, Lindy Lee Tabor and Abigail Faith Taylor.
Rankin Pearl: Randa Katherine Amason and Abbey Nicole Scallorn.
Rankin Richland: Seth Davis Nash.
Scott Lena: Phillip Michael Parker.
Simpson Magee: Tyler Gordon King, Hanna Nicole Lester, Christopher Matthew Pickering, Robert Walton Prince, Stephen Reed Schaub, Anfernee Darnell Showers, McKinsey Lee Stanton and Joanna Catherine Word.
Simpson Mendenhall: John Langston Scarborough and Allie Annette Wallace.
Smith Bay Springs: Austin Luke Cargile.
Smith Louin: Javanna Charmaine McLaurin, Jessica Shalane McLaurin, Jessica Machelle Moore and Candice Marie Wilson.
Smith Mize: Zachary Taylor Bryant, Brooks Thomas Howell, Donnette Rachel Lowery and Matthew Chase Roberts.
Smith Morton: Kerri Danielle Hamilton.
Smith Pulaski: Heather Nicole Baker and Victoria Rose Craft.
Smith Raleigh: Kelsey Elizabeth Martin, Haley Leeanne Middleton, Jared Dewayne Revette and Adrian Nicole Robertson.
Smith Taylorsville: Ashleigh Marie Blakeney, Macy D'Lyn Hegwood and William Kolton James.
Stone Perkinston: Amos Eugene Alexander and Traci Andrae Monroe.
Walthall Tylertown: Myeisha S Bickham and Cameron Edward Crawford.
Wayne Clara: Kaitlyn Nicole Freeman, Chelsea Breanna Miller, Allie Alyse Sehon and Donald Gray Utsey.
Wayne Richton: Brandi Nicole Woods.
Wayne Shubuta: Susan Lola Beasley.
Wayne State Line: Jennifer Annette Crager, Seneca Brenton Hayes and Michelle Elizabeth Walker.
Wayne Waynesboro: Madison LeAnn Allbrooks, Tyler Anne Beasley, Armanda Shaevon Bonner, Tracey Carol Bonner, Sharniece Verday Chambers, Haley Lynn Davis, Alexa Blake Deas, Brittany Renee Franks, Trenton Douglas Freeman, William Farish Freeman, Jacob Hildon Galjour, Jace Holden Gardner, Ashley Danielle Green, Logan Skylar Holyfield, Megan Shea Ingram, Rose Mary Odom, Jill Tonettee Phillips, Brandon Robert West, Breanna Nicole Whitfield, Raven Samon Williams and Laquisha Kristiana Wilson.
Wilkinson Woodville : Jennifer Dawn Chaffin.
Winston Louisville: William Austin Baskin.

JCJC Faculty List Spring 2015 Honor Roll

Mandeville, Louisiana: Tyler Jeffrey Schwaner.
Shreveport, Louisiana: Peyton Lee Attaway.
Tennessee Colony, Texas: Elizabeth Laura-Marie Hensarling.
Adams Natchez: Jacqueline Anne Owens and Daniel Glen Speed.
Amite Gloster: Robert Cage Ashley and Brandi LaShae Norwood.
Carroll Carrollton: Haley Melaine Morgan.
Clarke Heidelberg: Verlina Latracey Barnett.
Clarke Quitman: Madison Viola Gandy, Memory Daniell Morris and Sydne Elizabethanne Spencer.
Clarke Shubuta: Zacchaeus Lavon Harris and Johnny De'Andre McCarty.
Copiah Hermanville: Jimmie Davies Johnson.
Covington Collins: Reagan Gerald Arnold, Edwind Jamal Blackwell, Annette Wade Culpepper, Bianca Alexxandra Edwards, Michael Jerome Flowers, Tristen Balee Hanegan, Bailey Anzie Holder, Jasmine Jenay Keys, Alyson Leann Knight, Madison Taylor Madden, Trenity Hanegan McClure, Jesse Adam McKenzie, Brittany Renee Pegram, Brianna Michelle Rials, Brittany Marie Riley, Alyssa Gale Sanford, Samantha Rae Sasser, Amber Diann Stuart, Quindon Shavon Wheeler and Erica Dianne Wylie.
Covington Mt. Olive: Mindy Renee Dennis, Marcus James Ferguson, Bronna Nicole Magee, Akili Saifullah McInnis-Hammond, Kenneth Dean Niles and Magadelyn Quantavia Pickering.
Covington Petal: Rachel Inez Watson.
Covington Seminary: Allysia LeAnn Broome, Hannah M Dutton, Angelyn Tempe Easterling, Katelyn Nicole Herring, Trace Joel Johnson, Hannah Marie Kelly, Kelsie Ruth Pierce, Anna Cathryn Sanford and Michael Tanner Windham.
Covington Sumrall: Marissa Faye Ciraco.
Covington Taylorsville: Maricus A Walker.
Desoto Olive Branch : Gabriel Nathan Brown.
Desoto Southaven: Hailee Nicole Kolwyck.
Forrest Brooklyn: Katelyn Elizabeth Albritton.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Lauren Elizabeth Arnold, Corey Michael Barlow, Denisha Marie Bass, Madalyn McNeel Beckham, Jacob Matthew Blesse, Dalton Alexander Brewer, John Taliaferro Brown, Mary Katherine Carpenter, Dallas Joseph Carter, Marco Antonio Chapman, Noah Thomas Gower, Paige Louise Grayson, Ashley Lynne Green, Blythe Leighton Griffin, Katrina Evon Harrison, Lucas Kayne Hinton, Priscilla Sierra Holloway, Ian Aaron Hubble, Marsha Venitta Keys, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Darius De'Latti Magee, Samuel Carter Polles, Auston Jacob Simpson, J Daulton Speed, Phoebe Emily Jane, Strong, Summer Leigh Tyson, Jatasha Lanae Walker, Jennifer Elizabeth Williams, Alexandria Renee Wilson and Jessica Zamarripa.
Forrest Lumberton: Chance Levell Byrd and Kevin Matthew McCardle.
Forrest Petal: William Austin Boutwell, Zachary Tyler Bowman, Katelynn Renee' Brock, Thomas Josiah Byrd, Mitchell A Carley, Stacy Lashon Carter, Jewellisa Cheri Clay, Tyler Fondshay Hamby, Jenna Lynn Hegwood, Brittney Nichole Henley, Robert Allen Hertenstein, Jacob Matthew Hiatt, Kelly Grace Ingram, Jonathan Antonio Matheus, Christandre Chardette McCaskill, Brandon Rayshod McInnis, Brooke Rechelle Mcalexander, Mary Ellen Mitchell, Josiah Lee Montague, Robert Daniel Mullis, Justin Alexander Powell, Lauren Kate Raborn, Monica Rowell Rawlins, Carlton David Reid, Kelsey Marisa Riels, Crystal Lee Ross, Stephen Allen Ruffin, Michael Alexander Scott, Gabrielle Louise Shaw, Krissy Lynn Stutts, Ben Lee Swafford, Crystal Lynn Watkins, Joshua Tate Weatherford, Fredrick WR Woodruff and Tara Darlene Young.
George Lucedale: Crystal Elizabeth Beech, Geneva Ellyn Catlett, Jeren Douglas Ferguson, Christopher Edward Holland, Logan Wayne Mason and Juliana Leigh Rouse.
Greene Leakesville: Cody Alexander Brown, Collin Robert Erkhart, Audrey Noel Gibson, Joseph Tyler Hand, Candace Michelle Hillman, Nick Adam Merritt, James Curtis Mizell and Amanda Marie Noaker.
Greene Lucedale: Jaina Braylon Brockaway.
Greene McLain: Reginald Shaquille Ball.
Greene Neely: Joseph Montgomery Denmark and Kimberly Ann Parker.
Greene Richton: Jesse Tyler Brewer, Lindsey Le'Rayn Brewer, Mason Lee Brewer, Nikita Charanne Brewer and Carrie Alexandria Byrd.
Greene State Line: Paige Elizabeth Crager, Tim Lomorris Hill and Ariel Marshay Johnson.
Hancock Bay Saint Louis: Caleb Aaron Ladner, Courtney Jade Miller, Jenna Lanell Bordages and Morgan Alexandra Kowalski.
Hancock Kiln: Jon Colin Byrd.
Hancock Waveland: Corey Matthew Stinson.
Harrison Biloxi: Rachel Amanda Hayes.
Harrison Gulfport: Stephen Perry Byrd, Karla Yadira Santiago and William Coten Wales.
Harrison Long Beach: Brianna Cortlyn Burns, Kailey Lynne Cuevas and Shawn Carlton Howze.
Harrison Pass Christian: Aliyah Alyse Nicole Bell and Travis Daniel Brogle.
Hinds Byram: Tasharri Le'Jessica Landrum and Megan Leigh McGowan.
Hinds Clinton: Veronica Elizabeth Walker.
Hinds Jackson: Taylor Elise Dodd.
Hinds Raymond: Bennett Arthur Davis and Lauren Nicole DePriest.
Hinds Utica: Shelldreonna M Odoms.
Jackson Gautier: Tanner Allen Crabtree and Briahna Nyael Dickerson.
Jasper Bay Springs: Logan Kyndall James, Christopher Deanthony Jones, Autumn Rivers Mattox, Denise Lashelle McAdoo, Mallory Ann Odom, Cory Wayne Parker, Jacob Dale Stringer, Devyn Scott Stringer, Shayn Donovan Wardrop and Zhane Lynette Williams.
Jasper Heidelberg: Deneshia Shanta Clayton, Charles Edward Darty, Kelly Ann Henry, Morgan Lindsey Holifield, Elenora Jackson and Emily Tara Parker.
Jasper Laurel: Adam Michael Clark, Briana Elizabeth Dixon, Brandon Douglas Gray, Anthony Scott Hill, Donna Chanel James, Brekelshie Jo'Merreia Knight, Justin Ra'Shad Moody and Dustin J Rayner.
Jasper Louin: LaDonavan Kryshun Halton and Thomas Lewis Tullos.
Jasper Pachuta: Taylor Amanda Dixon.
Jasper Paulding: Roshita LaDream Gates.
Jasper Stringer: Brianna Grace Buckley, Jameson Keith Buckley, Melissa Kaitlyn Collins, Destiny Leann Patrice Cook, George Douglas Dominguez, Kasey Elizabeth Fox, Charles Ledrue Hegwood, Dalton Emette King, Taylor Renea Parker and Laken Breanna Wood.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Victoria Maria Delancey, Hannah Kate Hathorn, Brittney Marie Peyton-Parkman, Joshana Jacquette Thompson and Joel Phillip Wambolt.
Jefferson Davis New Hebron: Grant Randal Jones.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Lonnie Tavon Bass, Keyanna Untrell Booth, Valerie Holliman Evans, Keiana La'Chell Hartzog, Kiwanda Djuantavia Kelly, Kemisha Unique Miller, Jasmine Shaquilla Price, Calvin Lashad Sands and James Sterling Tanner.
Jones Ellisville: Abbey Dale Adams, Mary Frances Atwood, Haley Renee Biglane, Zachary Austin Biglane, Savannah Lee Boswell, Anthony Christopher Brown, Carla Jean Coleman, James Christopher Cooley, Carrie Allison Craven, Hayley Danielle Davidson, Kaylie Suzanne Flynt, Kelsie Hope Hathorn, Austin McKinley Herrington, Lea Crosby Jefcoat, William Corey Jefcoat, Thomas Kirk Johnson, Christopher Deshane Jones, Dylan Scott Leftwich, Crystal Suzanne Moreno, BreiAnna Dovie Morgan, Jerrica Dell Morgan, Jordan Olivia Niezgoda, William Matthew Poole, Brenden Alan Ramsey, Mary Peyton Roney, Clinton Thomas Sasser, Jonathan Blake Seymour, Harold Douglas Stewart, Abby Lynne Thornton, Stacey Elizabeth Varnell, Dalton Read Williamson and Alycia Marie Yarbrough.
Jones Heidelberg: Leonard Kyle Bell, John Aaron Broadhead, Kegan Bruce Kelley and Brittany Kay Kitchens.
Jones Laurel: Myrick Christopher Allen, Lamorris Cornelius Anderson, Colon Alexander Avera, Emily Kranz Bedwell, Abbey Elizabeth Boone, Illisia Marie Breazeale, Megan Taylor Bryant, Landon Blaise Bullock, Keundreiah Wa'ne Burns, Benjamin Wesley Carney, Katlyn Alexandra Carter, Jeremy Alexander Clanton, Colby Scott Cooley, Andrea Danyel Cox, Micheal Allen Cutrer, Emily Nicole Davis, Deavon Lee Dearmon, Alyssa Christine DiMauro, Brian Thomas Doyle, Dalton Christopher Drennan, Jordyn Robinson DuBose, Hunter Analisa Eady, Cassie Marie Ezzell, Joshua Wright Fisher, Peyton Rayburn French, Callen Mackenzie Gibson, Rachel Elizabeth Glossop, Jessie Leigh Hall, Hannah Grace Hankins, Rachel Michelle Hodge, Brittni Danielle Hollingshead, Aaron Holmes Huff, Joshua James Ishee, Alison Jaclyn Jenkins, Laken Nicole Jennings, Brynden Alexandria Johnson, Courtney S Johnson, Christopher Jacob Knight, Kimberly Jade Long, Tatina Jamika Lott, Jared Nathaniel Lowe, Andrew Shelton Luker, Katlyn Marie Martin, Jody Nicole Maxey, Jatari Dontae McCann, Amber Lorraine McCormick, Kissey Le'Trina McCray, Lacey Michelle McLain, Mikala Breanne McLaurin, Kyle Nathan Moorer, Lydia Noelle Myers, Cristen ShaLane Nash, Haleigh Lauren Nichols, Jeremy Loyd Noble, Mary Dianna Overstreet, Avery Gaines Owens, Robert Matthew Parish, Kadie Nicole Parker, Disha Bharat Patel, Daphney Danyelle Pickering, Billy Joe Pitts, Kalee Louise Poore, Adam Dean Poore, Joshua Ramos, Karly Lyn Ray, Sarah Mackenzie Rayner, Tiffany Lynn Renfroe, Brooke Alexandra Riley, Timothy Austin Rozek, Derrick Frank Russell, Aurella Marie Ruth, Jeremiah Samuel Scott, James Zachary Sherman, Matthew Chisolm Sherman, Katelyn Joy Smith, Madelyn Elizabeth Smith, Ricky Joe Smith, Victoria Eileen Sumrall, Hanna Da'Shae Tolbert, Dalton Adam Voge, Austin William Waldrup, Chikaylla Dejone Hearn Walker, David Thomas Walker, Haley Erin Walters, Lakken McKenzie Walters, Joseph M Watson, Kevin Jerome Watson, Christopher Alexander Whittington and Emily Nicole Wright.
Jones Moselle: Joshua Mack Byrd, Jessica Lynn Collins, Dakota Dewayne Davis, Brandi Lee Dayner, Wesley Michael Ross, Amanda Joy Schrader, Jessica Meagan Taylor and Dustin James Thompson.
Jones Ovett: Erica Faye Adams, Shaylee Khristine Ainsworth, Miranda Leighann Beesley, Cristy Lynn Kaufman, Madalyn Raine Walters and Brooke Erin West.
Jones Sandersville: Katy Nicole Mattison.
Jones Seminary: Rebekah Leigh Boe and Shelbi Felicia Coleman.
Jones Soso: Emily Renea Busby, Emily Lynn Davis, Jimmie Laverne East, Kasey Joy Gavin, Dustin Colt Logan, Tosha Lee Manasco, Mindy Dooley Mason, Trevor Aaron Moffett, William T Smith, Ross Graham Thompson, Lindsay Nicole Walters and Kristiona Lynn Williams.
Jones Sumrall: Ronald Trent Jefcoat.
Jones Taylorsville: Matthew Garland Huff, Sammie Lenar McDonald and Shavon Malise Young.
Jones Waynesboro: Eric Tristan Blackwell.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Paige Holland Arnold, Cruise Allen Beeding, Amber Renee Busha, Annie Kaitlyn Caulfield, Carley Marie Clary, Kendall Nicole Cobb, Raymond Brett Cole, Mary Jaclyn Creel, Zachary Michael Culpepper, Eden Danielle Dearman, John Addison Ford, Joshua Scott Friend, Lashunda D Gardner, Lindsey Allison Garrity, Raymond James Gilson, Jason Allen Gooch, Nicole Lynda Hebert, Kristen Jarnae Hollingsworth, Santana Wenter Jackson, Cherish Noel Johnson, Rohini Malkani, Brandt Jordan Massey, Victor William Merritt, Hunter Keith Miller, Jamal Antonio Moore, Don Alexander Morgan, Brenna Kathleen Morris, Jennifer Mims Niemeyer, Krishna Dilip Patel, Ashley Morgan Peterman, Kaitlyn Megan Pittman, Shakira Michelle Pittman, David Brian Scott, Tanner Scott Shutze, William Patrick Simon, Clifton Allen Tice, Aaron Robert Turner, Stacy Lee-ann Wall, Sara Lisann White and Carlie Danielle Youngblood.
Lamar Purvis: Tyler Brooks Ash, Noel Chandler Bell, Danielle Cherise Girod, Shelby Brooke Hensarling, Jonathan Michael Jones, Ashley Nicole Lee, Justin Wendell Lee, Timothy Shaun Milling, Morgan Tyler Shows, Chandler Slade Suber and Triston Cecil Yates.
Lamar Sumrall: Madison Drew Aultman, Christopher Theadore Bond, Robert Matthew Breland, Garrett AlanClement, Katherine Maria Forsmark, Olyvia Anastasia Freeman, Austin Brentley Jackson, Chasity Nicole Lowe, Chelsie Muse Lozada, Allison Denise Lucus, Michael Alan Mann, Caitlyn Allie McRaney, Jeremy Dean Newsom, Andrew Taylor Thrash and Taylor Craig Varnado.
Lawrence Monticello: Leigh Ann Reeves and Hunter Garrett Stephens.
Lawrence New Hebron: Candice Angeline Lott.
Lawrence Silver Creek: Dana Nicole Baker.
Madison Madison: William Andrew Edgar and Virginia Elizabeth Endris.
Marion Columbia: Daniel Lance Blair, Zana Rychell Bridges, Heather Nicole Broom, Chelsea Ne'Kia Galloway, Lakin Briana Hill, Samuel Kirklan Landrum, Tyler Matthew Sanders and Destini M Swanigan.
Marion Kokomo: Robert Dale Warner.
Newton Hickory: William Troy Brand.
Noxubee Brooksville: Javoris Montez Glenn.
Oktibbeha Starkville: Carolina Summer Berryhill.
Pearl River Picayune: Sarah Faith Richard, Alyssa Tere' Scott and Jenny Denine Shirley.
Perry Beaumont: Justin Ray Lott.
Perry McLain: Peyton Mackenzie Harvison.
Perry New Augusta: Shirlesia Khadijah Hathorne, Christina Lavonne Mixon, Damarcus Latraun Moore and Thomas Adam Phillips.
Perry Petal: Billy Dillon Byrd, Jestin Matthew Clark, Julie Linh Nguyen, Chelsea Elizabeth Sanford, Devin Lee Travis, Kristina Lynn Travis and Amanda Danielle Williams.
Perry Richton: Keely Shaye Beasley, Leah Michelle Carpenter, Lindsey Alyssa Crane, Lacey Kaitlyn Feduccia, Alec Travis Kittrell, Rachel Elizabeth Myrick, Albert Ryan Nicholson, Cheyanne Nicole Sketo, Brittany Kathleen Welsh and Victoria Lynn White.
Pike Magnolia: Desmon Da'Mon Robertson.
Pike McComb: Eniaya Janeise Leonard.
Pontotoc Pontotoc: Anna Marie Mills.
Rankin Brandon: Emily Ashlyn Moore, Caycee Lynn Sumrall and John Alan Wall.
Rankin Florence: Dillon Jared Boyte, Verl Parker Dykes, Victoria Renea Easley, Spencer Thomas Fyke, Joshua Thomas Hamby, Jake Kendall Holland and Sarah Beth Scarbrough.
Rankin Pelahatchie: Mary Katherine Shoultz.
Rankin Richland: Lauren Elaine Hosey.
Scott Morton: Hannah Elizabeth Beemon and Christyna Noel Mangum.
Sharkey Cary: Akeeia Shalese Carter.
Simpson Braxton: Madison Brooke Jones and Scott Claude Welch.
Simpson Magee: Nathan O Ashley, Jacob Mark Brown, Harley Diane Hilton, Molly Elizabeth McCool, Alison Nicole Padgett, Christopher Cullen Richardson and Jonathon Kevin Tebo.
Simpson Mendenhall: Charlene Michelle Hux and Kaci Danielle Powell.
Smith Bay Springs: Kimbra J Jones.
Smith Louin: Alexis Dominique Rambo, Victoria Jean Smith and Simeon Devon Wright.
Smith Mize: Tyler Cole Austin, James Allen Bynum, Bethany Hope Eubanks, Jean Luke Holston and Adam Brett Hughes.
Smith Morton: Vincent David Buffington.
Smith Raleigh: Steven James Craft, Treston Wilson Crumpton, April Littieanna Hall, Chitez Pwayne Keyes and Demarco Javez Sanders.
Smith Taylorsville: Connor Dewayne Atwood, Drew Autry, Kala Shontai Blackwell, Jeana Darlene Graves, Cassidy Noelle LeBlanc, Mildred Mechelle McCullum, Shannon Monique Nicholson, Keisha Sherree Payton, Yeshia Dyminyontia Pittman, Jessica Brianna Smith, Zachary Russell Walker, Landon Hall Wilson and Carlee Savannah Windham.
Stone Perkinston: Trinity Paige Henske.
Stone Wiggins: Reese Keeling Sloan and JaVarris Kentrelle Willis.
Sunflower Bay Springs: Patrick Douglas Lofton.
Walthall Tylertown: Jonathan Edward Novak.
Wayne Buckatunna: Shelly Linn Collinsworth, DeAshley Ariell Hill, Keri Ashley Rigney, Caitlin Elizabeth Taylor and Jared Levean Walley.
Wayne Richton: Amber Hope Landrum and Brandy Rae Nicholson.
Wayne Seminary: Lydia M McCall.
Wayne Shubuta: Shakela Latriece Leggett and Akeiba Kashona Spencer.
Wayne State Line: Bridgette Lynn Gardner, Skyler Hope McLain and Shalan Shyann Whigham.
Wayne Waynesboro: Taylor McKenzie Agent, Chandler Evan Beard, Maegan Danielle Beech, Bailey Montanna Blair, Cody Ryan Boyles, Kalli Dawn Bunch, Ricky Bernard Chambers, Deborah LaKeith Craig, Jerrika Artese Davis, Katlyn Brianne Davis, DeMarkius Keontaequantez Everett, Raymel Everett, LaDashia Bresha Fields, Madison Brittany Freeman, Richard Dustin Freeman, Zachary Dakota Freeman, Kayla Michelle Gordon, Shaquavous On'Yale Harris, Walter Andrew Haynes, Colton James Henderson, Amber Alexandria Hernandez, Kent Doby Herring, Marcus Deshawn Howard, Justin Grant Hutto, Derrion De'Vontae Johnson, Mitchell Lonenzo Johnson, Alexis Camille Johnston, Victoria Michelle Jones, Jonathan Tyler Lewis, Kadeem Steven Lott, Lauren Ashley McCarty, Steven Craig Miller, Ashley Nicole Mills, Mykell Cetera Patton, Jabe Andrew Powe, Brittany Lasha Rigby, Haley Breann Sharp, Whitney Ashleigh Tucker, Lindsey Claire Walker, Natalie Paige Walley, James Thomas Williams and Kenicia S Williamson.
Wilkinson Woodville: John Kline Bolden, Tailor Jordon-rome Cutrer, Hannah Michelle Lanehart and Justin Edwin Ryan.

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

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East Central Community College Graduates Record Class ....

Date(s): 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015

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East Central Community College Graduates Record Class, Realizes One-Year 62% Increase in Pre-Baccalaureate Degree Completions

Initiatives implemented as part of East Central Community College’s 2020 Vision strategic planning process have resulted in the largest graduating class in the two-year college’s history and dramatic one-year increases in the percentage of students receiving pre-baccalaureate degrees and those completing all programs.

ECCC awarded degrees or certificates to 568 students after the 2014-15 academic year, the largest one-year total in the Decatur, Miss., college’s 87-year history. The college also saw a 62 percent increase over the 2013-14 academic year in the number of students earning the two-year pre-baccalaureate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, and an overall 36 percent one-year increase in students completing all programs, including pre-baccalaureate degrees, technical degrees, and certificates.

The previous largest graduating class on record was 505 students in 2007.

ECCC third-year President Dr. Billy Stewart said the historic numbers are in part a result of initiatives developed and implemented in fulfillment of the college’s ongoing 2020 Vision strategic plan designed to shape and guide the institution’s future.

“These results over a one-year period are extremely uncommon, in our state or our nation,” said Stewart, who initiated the strategic planning process when he was named the college’s eighth president in 2012. “The success of our students is our top priority at East Central Community College. The initiatives we’ve implemented in fulfillment of the Student Success as well as Teaching and Learning institutional commitments of our 2020 Vision plan are helping to ensure that our students achieve their full potential, complete their degrees, and leave our college better prepared to achieve their career and life goals.”

East Central Community College researched best practices of two-year and four-year colleges and universities nationwide to develop several initiatives aimed at improving student success, particularly in the area of program completion. Among those initiatives were:

• The $40 graduation fee was waived beginning with the 2014-15 academic year as an incentive for more students to apply for graduation and officially complete programs of study.

“Among graduation fees nationally, $40 is probably on the low end,” Stewart said. “But to some of our students, it is a lot of money and a factor we felt was keeping them from graduating with their degree or certificate.”

• The number of hours needed for a two-year associate degree was reduced from 62 to 60.

“It takes 120 hours to get a baccalaureate degree, so it just made sense for us to lower our two-year associate of arts and associate of science degree requirement to 60 hours. At 15 hours per semester, our students have an opportunity to finish their requirements and receive their degrees in four semesters, or two years,” Stewart explained.

• The number of hours needed for a full-time course load was increased from 12 to 15 hours. Students successfully completing the full load of 15 hours over four semesters have an opportunity to graduate in two years.

• The number of hours needed for completion in the Associate of Applied Science technical degree and the career certificate programs was converted to allow exit points for students at 30 hours, 45 hours, and 60 hours.

“Our Associate of Applied Science and career programs are 60-hour programs, but by allowing exit points at 30-45-60 we are able to provide students with a stopping point if for some reason they need to exit their program,” said Stewart. “At 30 or 45 or 60 hours, a student will receive certification that will begin improving their career and life until they can come back and finish the full program at a later date.”

• Late registration was reduced from one week—or five class days—to two days.

“Every day a student registers late, after classes have begun, has a significant correlation with lower grades, not completing, or dropping out,” Stewart noted. “With only two days of late registration, our students only miss one Monday-Wednesday-Friday class or one Tuesday-Thursday class. Correspondingly, the attrition rate decreased 6 percent in two years.”

Stewart said that research at ECCC showed students missing three or more classes during the first week of a semester most times resulted in poor classroom performance and/or withdrawal.

• Every full-time faculty member at East Central Community College is now required to devote one hour per week tutoring students in the Success Center.

“Our research indicates that about one-third of ECCC students use the Success Center on a consistent basis, which is a tremendous amount considering we are considered a commuter college,” said Stewart. “And when they do, more than likely they will have a full-time faculty member ready to assist them.”

• The number of Reverse Transfers was increased by aggressively pursuing non-graduates at four-year colleges and universities and encouraging them to transfer credits back to ECCC for an associate degree.

In addition to these initiatives, ECCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa sponsored a “C4 Week” in November 2014 in conjunction with the national Phi Theta Kappa organization’s Community College Completion Corps, or C4, to create awareness on campus about the importance of completing a degree. Events included an address by Dr. Rod Risley, executive director of PTK, the international honor society for two-year colleges; a college fair; an emphasis on early advisement and registration; and a drive to get students to sign a pledge to complete their degrees at East Central Community College.

Stewart said that increasing the number of students who complete programs and graduate also is important as the state of Mississippi considers moving to a performance-based funding formula in the future.

“Many states now consider a college’s or university’s success at graduating students when awarding state funding instead of enrollment or other factors,” said Stewart, who is chairing a committee of community college administrators in Mississippi who are looking at the impact of such a formula for the state. “So it’s important that we continually seek improvements in our educational programs and learning environments that help our students successfully complete their programs of study.”

Adopted in February 2013, ECCC’s 2020 Vision strategic plan includes five institutional commitments—Student Success, Teaching and Learning, Community Partnerships, Resource Planning and Development, and Communication—which serve as core functions for the college to shape its vision and fulfill its mission. The plan includes the college’s long-term stated desire to be nationally recognized and locally preferred, while meeting the educational and training needs of its five-county district in Mississippi—Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, and Winston counties.

Stewart said that while he is pleased with the historic increases in student completions during the 2014-15 academic year at East Central Community College, it’s just one small part of a comprehensive plan for ECCC to be recognized as one of the finest community colleges in the nation.

“2020 Vision guides every decision we make as a college, whether it is student success or community partnerships, and we’ve made tremendous progress in the first two years of this plan in fulfillment of all five institutional commitments,” said Stewart. “There is much work to be done, and seeing the success this past year in creating a supportive learning environment for our students gives us that much more momentum as we move forward.”

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Registration Underway for July Term at East Central Community College

Date(s): 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015

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East Central Community College
Registration Underway for July Term at East Central Community College

East Central Community College in Decatur is offering several day and evening courses during its July Term and registration is currently underway.

This four-week summer term begins July 1 and ends July 29. Courses are being offered on the Decatur campus, as well as at the college’s Forest, Carthage, Philadelphia, and Louisville locations.

To view courses being offered at any of the five locations, visit www.eccc.edu and click on MyEC and Summer 2015 Course Schedule.

For additional information, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at rlee@eccc.edu or 601-635-6205.

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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JCJC hosts internationally known musician, Roger Bobo for a Festival of Brass Camp

Date(s): 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015

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Jones County Junior College M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium.
JCJC hosts internationally known musician, Roger Bobo for a Festival of Brass Camp

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Fine Arts Department will be hosting the first, Roger Bobo’s Festival of Brass Camp Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 for interested high school, college, pre-professional and professional brass musicians (trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba) regardless of proficiency or performing level. The festival will include masterclasses, daily warm-up routines, chamber ensembles, mass ensembles, guest artist recitals, special classes on brass and music careers, all under the direction of legendary artist and pedagogue, Roger Bobo. The Brass Festival will culminate in a Gala Concert held on the final day of the session, Sunday, June 14, at 4 p.m. in the JCJC M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium.

“Roger Bobo will be conducting along with Dr. Richard Perry from USM, Travis Scott from Michigan, Dr. Tom Lukowicz from Wright State University and Dr. Jonathan Helmick from Jones County Junior College. Performing groups include chamber and small ensembles comprised of the camp participants playing the latest and greatest music written for brass. This will include a solo performance by Dr. Richard Perry of “Celebration” by Soichi Konayaga,” said Dr. Helmick, JCJC Director of Bands.

Founders of the Brass Festival, Dr. Jonathan Helmick along with euphonium performer from Michigan and Helmick’s colleague, Travis Scott said they wanted to find a way to reach out to more to the music community. They saw Roger Bobo recently work in a masterclass at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference held in Bloomington, Indiana.

Helmick explained, “For those who are not aware, Roger is one of the patriarchs of brass playing and teaching. He has taught all over the world: Canada, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, the list is endless. He has appeared on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show and has been a musical hero to generations of musicians.” Helmick added, “After Bobo agreed to do the Festival of Brass, we started to get participants from all over the United States: Hawaii, Texas, California, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee, Louisiana, etc. This has turned into a national event for brass players everywhere!”

Bobo has released a series of legendary solo recordings that revolutionized the "game" for tubists, along with dozens of critically acclaimed recordings with the L.A. Philharmonic and many of Hollywood's most notable soundtracks including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and Close Encounters.

The Roger Bobo Brass Festival camp will provide students with the opportunity to work with Bobo in a one-on-one lesson setting, perform in chamber and large ensembles, and present a closing gala concert at the conclusion of the camp. Registration will continue through the first day of camp, June 11. There are limited dormitory housing plans available for participants in need which include a resident meal plan.

The cost of the camp is $275 for commuters and $330 for dorm residents, which includes meals. For more information click on the link: http://www.bobosfestivalofbrass.com/ or email, festivalofbrass@gmail.com or call JCJC’s Band Office at: 601-477-4095.

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

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Calendar of Events at Meridian Community College

Date(s): 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015

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Meridian Community College
Calendar of Events at Meridian Community College
College for Kids, June 1-5 and June 8-12, 8 a.m. to noon, campus-wide. Tanya Thompson, 601-481-1325.

ACT Review Workshop, June 6, 8 a.m.-noon, Webb Hall, Rosenbaum Room, 601-483-8241.

ACT exam, June 13, 7 a.m., Ivy Hall. Mark Gunn, 601-484-8652.

High School Boys Soccer Camp, June 15-17, 9 a.m. to noon, Smith Soccer field. Coach Alex George, 601-484-8697.

Basketball Junior Day Camp for boys and girls in grades k-5, June 15-17, 8 a.m. to noon, Graham Gym. Coach Cedric Drake, 601-481-1336.

Individual Basketball camp for boys in grades 6-8th, June 15-17, 8 a.m.-noon; Ivy Hall Gym. Coach Cedric Drake, 601-481-1336.

Freshman Orientation, June 19, 8 a.m.-noon. Ivy Hall, Marie Roberts, 601-483-8241.

Summer Day Term II classes begin, June 29. Dr. Angela Payne, 601-481-1357.
Kay Thomas
Director of College Promotions
Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 North
Meridian, MS 39307
601-484-8689
kthomas@meridiancc.edu

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ECCC to Offer ‘Understanding Business Financials’ Workshops in Philadelphia

Date(s): 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015

5:30 - 7:00 pm each session

Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia
ECCC to Offer ‘Understanding Business Financials’ Workshops in Philadelphia

East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer two “Understanding Business Financials” workshops in July at the Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia. The workshops will be on Tuesday, July 7, and Tuesday, July 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each evening.

This free workshop is designed to introduce participants to basic accounting theory, budgeting, performance indicators and accounting terminology for small businesses.

Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.

For more information or to register for one of the workshops, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6296 or 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu

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ECCC Announces Spring Semester Honor Roll

Date(s): 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Spring Semester Honor Roll
Students named to the 2015 spring semester honor roll, which includes those selected to the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honorable Mention List, have been announced at East Central Community College in Decatur, according to Deanna Rush, director of admissions and records.
PRESIDENT’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
Those named to the President’s List, students with a 4.0 grade point average, include the following:
BRANDON: Robert Taylor

CARTHAGE: Emily Cook, John Davis, Alec Doggett, Haley Ezelle, Anna Girling, Julianna Ingram, Parker Jones, Kelsey Sikes and Brooklyn Stewart

CHOCTAW: Erin Cantrell and Elias Jimmie

CHUNKY: Joseph Clark, Ashley Gressett, Mikayla May and JoHannah Smith

COLLINSVILLE: Malorie Hunt and Benjamin Pace

CONEHATTA: Nina LaBue, Kelsey McDonald and Genieveve Nichols

DECATUR: Adam Bout, Sharon Bout, Kaley Bufkin, AnnaLea Clarke, Leah Corhern, Lalah McMullan, Samuel Mitchell, Katie Sanford, Tyler Spence, Stephen Stewart, Rebecca Tero, John Thames, Charles Thorne, Caleb Vaughn and Kaylee Yates

DEKALB: Jeremy Hudson

DIAMONDHEAD: Pashien Kelley-Johnson

FLORENCE: Durham Norman

FOREST: Christopher Brown, Lori Cox, Bailey Easterling, Kristen Gordy, Jennifer Grove, Lindsay Hedge, Brittney Rawson and Kaitlin Smith

FOXWORTH: Joshua Parker

GULFPORT: Carrissa Stevenson

HICKORY: Aaren Avera, Katherine Jacome-Cluff, Alexa Roberts, Timothy Rose, Makenzie Rowzee, Tabitha Walker, Haleigh West and Courtney Williams

KOSCIUSKO: Ashley Williamson

LAKE: Erynne Breland, Anthony Emmons, Tallie Johnston, Christian Kelly, Matthew Mitchell and Tyler Richardson

LAWRENCE: Hannah Mitchell, Laura Shook and James Travassos

LENA: Blake Barnes, Shelly Dowell, Kristen Richmond and Haley Watkins

LITTLE ROCK: Danielle Gregory, Delton Harrison, Lacye Harrison, William Howington and Dylan Raines

LOUIN: Jacob McNeil

LOUISVILLE: David Boydstun, Alexander Bucklew, Bryan Burton, Tiara Coleman, Carly Dickerson, Cara Jackson, Dylan Jones, Barbara Lawson, Jordan Lovorn, Jessica Moffett, Warner Parkes, Jordan Prisock, Megan Robinson and Chandlor Swearingen

MCCOOL: Kierra Griffin

MERIDIAN: Rachel Laird, Hannah Mitchell and Samuel Robinson

MORTON: Morton Evan Derrick, Grayson Harrell, Carla Land, Joseph Patrick and Tyler Runnels

NEWTON: William Collins, Shannon St. Clair, Caleb Terry and Stephanie Willis

NOXAPATER: Candace Barrett and Anna Webb

PASCAGOULA: Katherine Moran, Megan Parrish, Brittany Rasco and Alana Walker

PHILADELPHIA: Rashada Boler, Caleb Brown, Kendall Brown, Christy Bryan, Brian Cloys, Elizabeth Curran, Chelsea Doss, Katlyn Duke, Dylan Dunn, Jessie Hennington, Kathryn Hillman, Allison Johnson, Colt Killen, John Kilpatrick, Chaiydreanna LeFlore, Joanna Maxie, Hosea McBeath, Bridgette McFarland, Kelly McLain, Michael McLain, Anna Nowell, Kendrell Peden, Zachary Peden, Madison Pike, Cappi Reese, Michael Skinner, Lydia Snow, Brittany Stinson, Sharon Strait, Kimberly Watkins, Michael Whitlock, Emma Winstead and Elizabeth Withers

PULASKI: Bethany Barnes

SEBASTOPOL: William Wragg

SOUTHAVEN: Katelyn Denton

UNION: Jonathan Adkins, Agatha Berryhill, Michael Hackett, Benjamin Killen, Karey Ladd, Keri Mayfield, Sean McElfish, Brady McElhenney, Brooke Payne, Leslie Smith and Taylor Townsend

WALNUT GROVE: Lauren Copeland

WEST POINT: Maegen Ellis

WIGGINS: Robert Owen

DEAN’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The Dean’s List includes the following students who achieved a 3.5 or above grade point average.
BATESVILLE: Robert Whitten

BAY SPRINGS: Kara Smith

BAY ST. LOUIS: Ramone Tate

BROOKHAVEN: Christen Benson

CALEDONIA: Tyler Armistad and Jonathan Comer

CAMDEN: Ariel Enoch

CARROLLTON: Patrick Morrison

CARTHAGE: Austin Anderton, Rhett Bradshaw, Gloria Burgess, Emily
Crane, DenNisha Harvey, Evangeline Harvey, Hannah Peoples, Kaitlin
Pittman, Ryan Posey, Enoc Reynoso, Cody Smith, Johnny Stephens and Chloe Thaggard

CHUNKY: Denise Glover and David Martin

COLLINSVILLE: Lauren Cantey, TaVia Moore, Mallory Turner, Kimberly Talbert and Dakota Wright

CONEHATTA: Katie Bradley, Andreka Buie, Garrett McDill, Joseph Shelley and Tiara Williamson

DECATUR: Mary Levin, Stephen Armstrong, Erick Bishop, BriAnna Bout, Melanie Brashier, Hannah Brown, Latoya Brown, Christopher Cain, Erika Cockrell, Sarah Freeman, Kaitlyn Holmes, Clayton Karcher, Yousef Khader, Alana Knowles, Alana Kron, William Mott, Christina Shoemaker and Ginger Vaughn

ELKHORN, WI: Dylan Moody

ELLISVILLE: Kaitlin Sellers

FLORENCE: Kayla Anderson

FOREST: Jeremy Collins, Candice Crimm, Katherine Fortenberry, Alan Graham, Evany Gray, Samantha Haralson, Taren Harrell, Grecia Hernandez, Kristine Jenkins, Catherine Kyzar, Taylor Lott, Judy Massey, Laron Moore, Madison Pettigrew, Bryce Power, John Reiss, Ephraim Ringo and Ananezia Triplett

FRENCH CAMP: Jesse Hosket

HARPERVILLE: Louis Tolbert

HICKORY: Regan Monk

HORN LAKE: Allie Turner

KILBOURNE, LA: Lacey Hill

KOSCIUSKO: Justin Moore

LAKE: Emily Emmons, Tracy Gray, Jasmine Moore, Brittney Taylor and Keifer Wolfe

LAWRENCE: Benjamin Davis, Dominique Evans, Natalie Lyles and Anthony Valentine

LENA: Lorrie Moore and Tymaiya Gray

LITHONIA, GA: Tashiana Thompson

LITTLE ROCK: Mark Hale, Leslie Howington, Abbey Rigdon, Shala Smith, Cody Warren and Dustin Yeager

LOUIN: Dustie Chisholm

LOUISVILLE: Zachary Allen, Mary Boswell, Kaci Ewing, Christian Grice, Joelie Hill, Kegan Humphries, Deyanna Ingram, Jonathan McAdory, Madelyn Peterson, Andrew Reel, Brody Richardson, Rebecca Rodman, Tristen Stanley, Madelon Taylor and Maya Wilmer

MADISON: Holly Logan, Kyle McCullouch and Kaitlin Thrash

MCCOOL: Samantha Morgan and Brittany Black

MENDENHALL: Cayla Myers

MERIDIAN: Erica Lewis and Acea Ange

MORTON: Rachal Aburto, James Cornelison, Hope Craft, Skylar Davidson, Jayson Dempsey and Memry Thompson

MOSS POINT: Stephen Eaker

NEWTON: Martina Jones, Brianna Buckley, Michael Buntyn, Audrey Carmichael, Michael Driggers, Ebony Ellis, Jazmine Evans, Julian Fuentes, Mackenzie Gannon, Kenneth Gipson, Ryan Godwin, Michael Hamrick, John Hedrick, Matthew Lee, Clancy Norman, Kanisha Reed, Sonji Rose, Miahja Tirado and Jamey Tune

NOXAPATER: Hanna Hamilton, Colton Horne, Haley Pierce and Brooke Smith

PEARL: Breanna Clemons

PELAHATCHIE: Jessica Jones and Matthew Pennypacker

PETAL: Rachel Davis and Erin Golden

PHILADELPHIA: Caitlin Bounds, Shannon Brazzle, Jessica Bryan, Ayla Burton, Mary Collins, Lauren Coward, David Creekmore, Bryan Drury, Margurite Ferguson, Ryan Gardner, Grant Gordon, Angela Harrison, Shelby Hemphill, Robin Isaac, Destiny Kilpatrick, Layne Lepard, Karliscia Moore, Daniel Powell, Micheal Reynolds, Saul Rosales, Clarissa Smith, James Spears, Jeremiah Tindol, Carson Vanderpoorten, Jana Warren and William Myers

PRESTON: Dustin Burton

QUITMAN: Amy Beasley

RIDGELAND: Summer Lavender

SAUCIER: Tyler Cook and Gabrielle Stapp

SEBASTOPOL: Natalie Guidry

SEMMES, AL: Dylan Little

SENATOBIA: Andrea Hannaford

STARKVILLE: Kathy Davis and Michael Miller

STATE LINE: Dylan Snypes

STONEWALL: Randy Creighton

TUPELO: Carlos Gutierrez Alonso

UNION: Ryan Burkes, Rebecca Hitt, Jessica Joyner, Victoria Malone, Breanna Morgan, Tyler Sistrunk, Sarah Tatum, Christopher Bankston, Ashley Bozeman, Brittany Bryan, Kirstin Eversoll, Jonathan Fortenberry, Samuel Kelly, Glenda Ladd and Sarah Ricamore

VOSSBURG: Walter Stallings

WALNUT GROVE: Nathanael Barber, Amber Chandler, Tatyana Johnson, Shannon McNeill, Dekendrick Rushing, Clay Summers-Jones and Sarah Wysocki.

HONORABLE MENTION
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The following students were named to the Honorable Mention List and earned a 3.0 or above grade point average:
BAY SPRINGS: Fredrick Milsap

BRANDON: Nicolaus Callahan, Jacob Huff and Keely Wilcher

CANTON: Jonathan Brown and Yumiko Linn

CARTHAGE: Kenshelsa Boyd, Madie Brantley, Hunter Brown, Thomas Brown, Jeremy Carson, Chelsey Daugherty, Brianna Dorricott, Greyson Dye, Tyler Faulkner, Jamari Green, Monica Hamilton, Payton Hinkle, Keanu Hoye, Wesley Jelen, Shannon Keene, Britney McCurty, Andrew McMillan, Victoria Sanders, Kayla Searcy, Lillian Shuler, Alycia Watkins and Kristin White

CHOCTAW: Merrell Mitch and Jonica Thomas

CHUNKY: Kayla Kennedy, Jordan Alonso, Everett Fisher, Taylor Godwin, David Goetz, Braydon Lewis, Colby Skelton and Zachary Skelton

COLLINSVILLE: Mason Wooldridge and Savannah Alawine

COLUMBUS: Matthew Sykes

CONEHATTA: Courtney Johnson, Austin Jordan, Tania Rhodes, Darrin Rolison, Shawn Smith, Hanna Williams, Tanner Davis and Robyn Johnson

CORINTH: Tesia Keith

CUBA, AL: Brenda Brunson

DECATUR: Alisha Dunn, Colby Amis, Angela Anderson, Leah Chandler, Katy Ezelle, Chassidy Gates, Savannah Gates, Rachael Havard, Traci Lewis, James Nance, Michaela Rayner, Angela Reeves, Raigan Renfrow, Amanda Smith, Shannon Smith, Tylin Sorrells, Nicole Tucker and O'Sheana Wheaton

DESTREHAN, LA Jacob Johnson

ENTERPRISE: Jean Chandler

FLORENCE: Christopher Yarbrough

FOREST: Acacia Brown, Arieel Carter, Dominick Fields, Louis Hernandez, Ian Lanthrip, Jaylon Lofton, Christain Mazique, John Miles, Lee Patrick, Shelby Patterson, Lauren Peterson, Chandler Powell, Jay Riser, Johna Shoemaker, Peggy Sims, Brandi Stewart and Chiquita Wilson

GAUTIER: Kevin Hughes

GREENVILLE: Charles Gammill

HARPERVILLE: Dean Martin

HATTIESBURG: Allen Fails, Johnta Hughes and Mahalia Gibson

HICKORY: Cody Buckley, Peyton Cain, Kelly Chapman, Stefan McClellan and Joseph Page

JACKSON: Denisha Jones and Treveontae Willis

KENNEDY, AL: Karoline Holsonback

LAKE: Jonathon Hodge, Lacie Williams, Taylor Bone, Juan Cervantes, Rachel Clay, Rienzi Gray, Mara Hines, Wesley Hines, Melanie Moore, Clarissa Vanish and Colby Yarbrough

LAWRENCE: Glenn Bender, Shawna Bush, Daneisha Fulton and Tasha Willis

LENA: Katie Pigg

LITTLE ROCK: Duster Allgood, Christian Blum, William Cress, Samantha Ellingburg, Hannah May, Daniel McMahan and Emily Skinner

LOUIN: Edward Jones and Kurtis Simoneau

LOUISVILLE: Bailey Talbot, Taylor Alexander, Blaire Bankston, Christopher Barnett, Faith Brown, Bristol Buffington, John Carter, Jason Dempsey, Benjamin Duty, Kira Hardin, Morgan Hillhouse, Kayla Jenkins, Cody Johnson, Lane Johnson, Dyquan Jordan, Jenna Lovorn, John Moore, Morgan Orr, Charles Parkes, Chandler Smith, Jennifer Smith, Kelsey Smith, Justice Steele, Carl Steward, Hayden Stokes, Channing Wall, Javon Yarbrough and Chapin Walters

MACON: Reagan Fleming

MAGEE: Addie Ambrosier

MERIDIAN: Shelby McKelvaine, Sharon Blanks, Brandon Downing, Jamie Mathis and Lasondra Mercer

MORTON: Hunter Aycock, Melissa Barham, Tynequa Bryant, Patrick Harrell, Paxton Holmes, Meagan Johnson, Rachel Lopez, James O'Cain, Kelsey Porter, Kayla Sudduth, Daniela Vargas, Neely Watford and Kara Yates

NEWTON: Samantha Adams, Tiffany Anderson, Catherine Arrington, Tyteania Bell, Shaneka Blaylock, Anthony Broach, Marvell Buckley, KimberLee Dawes, Jovodaka Finley, Zachary Hammons, Cedric Harris, Malinda Harris, Justin Hawkins, Dustin Hines, Cathy Johnson, Jurnee Jordan, Christopher Kelley, Hester Knight, Tanya Lewis, Austin Mize, Zachary Munn, Toretha Norman, Trenea Pruitt, Hannah Robinson, Charles Roebuck, Anthony Wansley and Catherine Yohe

NOXAPATER: Steven Curtis, Taylor Deese, Weiying Wang, Anna Wells and Shamari Williams

OLIVE BRANCH: Lacey Field and Megan Yarbrough

PETAL: Caitlyn Aldous

PHILADELPHIA: Shaneisha Willis, Brittany Anderson, Clymene Bacon, Fallon Beckham, Jessie Boatner Jason Bradley, Cheryl Brown, Erin Cumberland, Quantel Deaton, Tammie Easley O'Neal, Virginia Easley, Shana Ely, Aaron Hancock, Leslie Heath, Jordan Jay, Amber Jones, Myeisha Jones, Sherry Keith, Colt Kilpatrick, Christina Lewis, Christopher Lyons, Grayson Moorehead, James Parten, Contessa Peebles, Dudrika Pickens, Lauren Posey, Damian Savage, Daniel Skipper, Brittnae Smith, Mackenz Smith, Tashina Taylor, Jeannie Triplett, Savannah Vanlandingham, Christopher Warren, Jeremy Watkins, Peyton Williamson, Sa'Toya Wilson and Andrew Winstead

PRESTON: Karla Higginbotham, Jessica Richardson and Jwanaque Triplett

PULASKI: Kimberly Harrison and Robert Strong

QUITMAN: Mallory Lee and Jelisa Pearson

RALEIGH: Justin Thornton

RIDGELAND: Eula Lewis

SALLIS: Caitlyn Burnley

SALTILLO: Abimael Rivera Romero

SARDIS: Keyon Jefferson

STARKVILLE: Patricia Young

STURGIS: Bay White

SUMRALL: Trenton Haden and Jordan Thomas

TAYLORSVILLE: George Owens

TOOMSUBA: Ashley Bell

TUPELO: Omar Gutierrez Alonso

TUSCALOOSA, AL: Racine Talla

UNION: Tiffany Smith, Jennifer Anderson, Katelynd Andrews, Brittany Burnham, Toby Edwards, Rachael Justice, Brandi Kilpatrick, Matthew Mason, Ryan Montgomery, Casey Parker, Maggie Peebles, Daniel Giles, Kirkland Griffin, Rebecca Harrison, Kristen Hawks, William Kennedy, Stephanie McCrary, Courtney Moorehead, Haley Moorehead, Russell Smith and Colby Todd

WALNUT GROVE: Ashland Ellington, Tanisha Imhof, Amber Pierce, Erin Thornton, Reba Thornton and Emily Price.

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JCJC registering for half-price summer classes

Date(s): 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC registering for half-price summer classes

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is holding regular registration for summer classes on Friday, May 29, in Jones Hall from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The half-price summer tuition special is available for the two summer sessions which begin June 1, and July 6. This special tuition rate of $60 includes all online and traditional classes and it is available for all current and new students. Students will still be required to pay for books and other standard fees. Friday, May 29, is the last opportunity to register for summer classes. Students may register for Fall classes through the Student Success Center. Fall classes begin August 17 with the last opportunity to register for fall classes are during regular Fall Registration on Friday, August 14.

All prospective students should begin the registration process by completing an Application for Admissions Application which can be found on the JCJC web page or by clicking on the link. Previously enrolled students or transferring students may call the Student Success Center for an early registration appointment for summer or fall classes at (601)-477-4184.

Individuals who have not yet attended Jones for college credit should visit the New2Jones section of the website for guidance by clicking on the link: http://www.jcjc.edu/new2jones.php. Future students will find a checklist for requirements for admissions, ensuring all necessary paperwork is complete before classes begin.

To register for summer or Fall 2015 classes, new students are required to make an appointment for “Jones UpClose.” The half-day program is designed to welcome new students to the Jones community in a small group setting. The dates for Jones UpClose can be found at http://www.jcjc.edu/registration. New students must make an appointment for one of these dates by calling the Office of Recruiting at (601)-477-4116.

Before students can register, all entrance requirements must be met. Students must have a final high school and /or college transcript, or a GED score. An ACT score is also required. The Admissions and Records Office in the Hutcheson-Hubbard Administration Building can determine if entrance requirements have been met. For more information call the Admissions and Records office at (601)-477-4025.

Jones also offers convenient class times and online classes for those who are unable to attend classes at the Ellisville campus. Students enrolling in the MSVCC (100% online classes) or Jones hybrid on-line classes (75% online classes) should register prior to June 1 by contacting the Student Success Center at (601)-477-4184. General information concerning the requirements of the online classes is available through the JCJC eLearning web page at http://www.jcjc.edu/elearning and at specified registration terminals. Initial communication from online instructors to students will be through the campus e-mail system. Online classes begin Monday, June 1, through July 24. The online class fee is an additional $30 per MSVCC online class. Students can call the eLearning office for additional information at (601)-477-5454.

The summer registration fee is $40. Mississippi students will be charged $60 per semester hour this summer and out of state students will be charged an additional $10 per semester hour. All students are charged a Technology fee of $3 per hour up to $36 and a $40 health fee for free visits to the campus nurse practitioner and use of fitness center. Additional lab fees and eBooks may also apply. For more information call (601)-477-4000 or (601)-477-4184.


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

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JCJC sophomores earn Gold Key Awards

Date(s): 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC sophomores earn Gold Key Awards

ELLISVILLE– Twelve Jones County Junior College sophomores are eligible to receive the Academic Gold Key honor because of their 4.0 GPA prior to final exams. Six other graduating students were awarded Leadership, Athletic and Merit Gold Key Awards during graduation practice.

The Merit Gold Key recipients are Jacob Ivy of Taylorsville and Brooke Miley of Sumrall. Leadership Gold Key recipients are Jonathan Nelson of Petal and Lindsay Miller of Ellisville. Baseball player, Chris Morgan of Madison and softball player and NJCAA Player of the Year, Tori Dew of Stonewall were selected for the Athletic Gold Key Award. These students were voted on by the sophomore class for this special recognition.

The twelve JCJC students expected to receive the Academic Gold Key honor include: Brandon Atwood of Seminary; Trent Black of Ellisville; Lauren Halase of Jayess; Emily Hill of Columbia; Anna Houston of Laurel; Kensey Jordan of Buckatunna; Lauren Lott of Hattiesburg; Lauren Sanders of Morton; Jordan Simmons of Laurel; Chandler Hardin of Raleigh; Lakin Thornton of Raleigh and Breanna Williams of Laurel.

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

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East Central Most Beautiful & Most Handsome Pageant

Date(s): 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015

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East Central Community College
East Central Pageant Selected as the Outstanding Pageant of the Year
DECATUR - The Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges selected East Central Community College’s Beauty and Beau Pageant as Outstanding Pageant of the Year recently. Each year, the association presents an award for an outstanding pageant that recognizes excellence in the pageant industry. The award was presented to Maria McLeod, co-chairman of the ECCC pageant during the organization’s annual awards’ banquet.
The Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges Board made selection of this award. The pageant was judged and nominated by a member of a panel of judges selected from the Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges membership who feel the pageant is excellent in areas of organization, contestants’ knowledge of competition expectations, knowledgeable and rehearsed masters of ceremony, attention to detail in decoration, programs, admission, score sheet and tabulation structure and contestant flow, etc.
“For East Central to be recognized by such a distinguished group as the Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges is quite an honor especially considering the number of pageants throughout the state with which they are involved each year,” said McLeod.
Shirley agreed with McLeod and said she was exceptionally excited to receive the news that the pageant had been chosen for such a prestigious honor.
“There is a lot of work, behind-the-scenes prior to the pageant actually takes place that is key to the success of the event,” Shirley said. “We are fortunate to have a good group of people working together to host a top-notch production.”
The ECCC Pageant Committee members include Co-chairman McLeod and Shirley, Bill Wagnon, Ronald Westbrook, John Everett, Ed Girling, Gennie Taylor, Deanna Rush, Daniele Brock, Amanda Walton, Carla Jacome-Cluff, Barry Karrh, Stacey Pollock, Kristie Pilgrim and Mae Thornton.

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ECCC Receives $10,000 Grant to Enhance Online Learning Programs

Date(s): 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Receives $10,000 Grant to Enhance Online Learning Programs

The East Central Community College eLearning Education Program has received a $10,000 grant through the Mississippi Virtual Community College Innovative Learning and Design Grant Program designed to enhance the experience and success of students enrolled in online learning courses.

Dr. Krista LeBrun, dean of eLearning Education, said that ECCC will use the grant to expand the college’s eLearning Education facilities and testing services and for faculty professional development.

“East Central Community College has seen a significant growth in online enrollment in the past decade, which has resulted in an immediate need to expand our testing services and facilities, and this grant will help us achieve the first phase of a three-phase process,” said LeBrun.

ECCC’s eLearning Education Program will move to a larger physical location in fall 2015 to better accommodate the increasing online enrollment. The new location will include expanded office and lounge space to allow faculty and staff to better serve students and a testing center that accommodates 29 testing carrels and proctoring computers to replace the 14 testing stations available in the current location.

LeBrun said that ECCC currently services about 5,000 online testing and proctored examinations each semester.

“Doubling the capacity of our testing center will give us a facility that is comparable to national standards and ensures academic integrity and reliable proctoring services using the most state-of-the-art technology,” she said.

The expanded testing center will allow for future implementation of non-traditional services for peak, night, and weekend testing, as well as be ADA compliant.

The grant also will support professional development for eLearning faculty on Canvas, the learning management system that East Central uses to deliver online instruction.

“It is important that our instructors have opportunities to learn new and emerging technologies,” said LeBrun. “Technology changes almost daily and this will allow our faculty to be at the forefront of the most recent changes in order to enhance the educational opportunities for our students.”

MSVCC is a consortium of Mississippi’s 15 community colleges that makes it possible for these colleges to leverage their distance learning resources, including faculty, courses, support services, and technology.

MSVCC’s Innovative Learning and Design Mini-Grants, or MILD, are awarded to consortium institutions to support faculty and staff through innovative learning and design services and activities that benefit the mission and strategic plan of the MSVCC to better serve and educate students.


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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ECCC Announces 2015 Kids’ College Schedule

Date(s): 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015, 7/15/2015, 7/16/2015, 7/17/2015

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East Central Community College Decatur, MS
ECCC Announces 2015 Kids’ College Schedule
The 2015 Kids’ College Program at East Central Community College in Decatur kicks off July 6 and continues through July 17 with classes ranging from athletics to archery to baking.
The registration fee is $50 per class and each participant receives a Kids’ College T-shirt. The deadline to register is Friday, May 29.
Kristi Smith serves as Kids’ College director.
“We are excited about this year's Kids College program, which offers a variety of classes that we hope participants will enjoy” Smith said.

Course offerings include the following:
July 6-10
Little Warrior Tennis: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 to noon. Participants will learn and practice basic grips, forehand and backhand strokes, and how to serve and volley. Students should bring a tennis racquet and wear tennis shoes. Pete Mazella will serve as instructor.
Theater: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn theater skills and techniques through creative exercise and games, and performances of short theater plays. ECCC English Instructor Rachel Tyson will provide instruction.
Little Warrior Baseball: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn various skills including pitching, hitting, catching and running, along with offensive and defensive plays. Students should bring baseball equipment including bats, gloves and cleats. ECCC Assistant Baseball Coach Jake Rowell will serve as instructor.
Archery: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9 -12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Archery for beginners is sponsored by Archery Addicts Anonymous. Participants will learn the basics of shooting a compound bow like a pro in competitive 3-D, field and hunting applications. Every student will need to bring his or her own bow simulator (an inexpensive long ladies’ synthetic silky scarf). Terry Rivers will serve as instructor.
Little Warrior Basketball: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9 -12, 10:30 to noon. Instructions will be provided in the areas of dribbling, passing, shooting and offensive and defensive plays. ECCC Assistant Basketball Coach Devarus Walker will serve as instructor.
Little Warrior Softball: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 to noon. Participants will learn the skills needed to pitch, hit, catch and run, along with offensive and defensive plays. Students should bring softball equipment including bats, gloves and cleats. ECCC softball assistant coach Courtney Nunn will serve as instructor.
Chefs in Training: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn to make simple dishes full of flavor and fun. ECCC Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Barry Karrh will serve as instructor.

July 7 and July 8
Spa Kamp- 8:30 a.m. to Noon; Ages 5-9, Tuesday, July 7; ages 10-12, Wednesday, July 8. Students will learn the steps of a guided facial, have their hair washed and styled, have their nails painted and receive a foot bath and pedicure. ECCC cosmetology instructor Carla Jacome-Cluff will supervise the day’s activities and cosmetology students will perform procedures. Please Note: space is limited for these classes and seating is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

July 13-17
Little Warrior Soccer: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn the techniques of dribbling, passing, defending and scoring. Students should bring soccer equipment including cleats, ball and shin guards. ECCC soccer oaches Kenneth Thompson and Gray Massey will serve as instructors.
Little Warrior Football: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn skills needed to pass, score, catch and kick while mastering offensive and defensive plays. Students should bring cleats. ECCC football assistants Ben Cooper and Tylan Martin will provide instruction.
Budding Bakers: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn to make kid-friendly Southern desserts. ECCC Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Barry Karrh will serve as instructor.
Mad Scientist: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9 -12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn that science is fun by experimenting with crazy concoctions, including gruesome goo, monster bubbles and an active volcano. ECCC Science Division Chair Curt Skipper will serve as instructor.
Drawing/Painting: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 to noon. Participants will learn basic drawing and painting techniques and learn to use a variety of different art utensils. Ben Wall will provide instruction.
Little Warrior Cheerleading: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9 -12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn sideline cheers, floor cheers, stunts and dances. Chafony Poole will serve as instructor.
For more information, contact Smith at 601-635-6213. The e-mail address is ksmith@eccc.edu. The registration form can be downloaded from the college’s website at www.eccc.edu.
601-635-6213

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“Impossible goal” attained by new JCJC graduate, Jami Taylor

Date(s): 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015

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Jones County Junior College
“Impossible goal” attained by new JCJC graduate, Jami Taylor
ELLISVILLE- Among the hundreds of Jones County Junior College graduates recently was 57-year old Jami Taylor of Ellisville. Faced with unemployment when the sewing factory in Laurel and Richton closed where she had worked in accounts payable for 18-years and sewed for 10-years, she didn’t know if she could find another job. She discovered, through the help of family and friends, an opportunity to return to college and get “re-trained.” Having only a 10th grade education and not feeling confident in her educational skills, Taylor was very hesitant about taking college courses.

“I was scared to death at the thought of coming back to school! I have to support myself so I really didn’t have a choice. College wasn’t in my plans but God opened the doors,” said Taylor.

Among some of the “Guardian Angels” at JCJC, as Taylor calls her teachers are Jane Jones, Kimberly Bradshaw and Teresa Robertson. She said they helped her every step of the way. Taylor explained, growing up she never went to the same school for an entire year because her parents constantly moved. In second grade she failed reading and was terrified of taking Algebra.

“I have to have help. I thought college was too big of a goal for me to reach,” shared Taylor. The difference she said was, “Some teachers went above and beyond to help me, tutoring me, wiping my tears, counseling me and even working with me until I fell asleep,” said Taylor. “Jane Jones held my hand and prepared me to take the ACT again. Without these teachers I would not be here today, graduating!”

The upbeat single mother of two adults, Wendy Allen of Petal and Laura Parker of Ellisville, took on the challenge for two years and “did nothing” but study. Her hard work paid off because she graduated with a 3.96 GPA. Last fall, she received an invitation to join the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. As an active member, she generously gave her time helping with community and campus activities. Taylor also earned a couple of scholarships through the Non-Traditional Student Association.
“I had no desire or even thought I could do this. Now, I can’t wipe the smile off my face because I can’t believe I graduated with honors! If I can do it, anyone can do it,” said Taylor, who is grateful for the JCJC teachers who made her realize anything is possible.

While the teachers made a huge impact on her, Taylor said the kids also made an impression on her too. Jatari McCann of Laurel is one of the many new friends she gained over her two years who encouraged Taylor, and vice versa.

McCann said, “I just reminded Jami, ‘We got this!’ every time she got stressed.”

Now with a smile on her face, Taylor says proudly, she is a graduate of JCJC and would recommend Jones to anyone because everyone was so helpful. “I never thought I'd graduate from college!”

Her daughter Laura Parker of Ellisville admitted, while preparing for the commencement ceremony, her mother’s success has inspired her to think about getting her college degree.

“I’m extremely proud of my mom. She worked hard with lots of late nights studying. I’m thinking about coming back to school now that my kids are older,” said Parker.
Taylor found a job about three weeks ago at a local transportation company in accounts receivable. She said she’s also hoping she will be able to help her daughter Laura reach her college goals while spending some fun time with her grandkids.


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

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JCJC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Application Deadline Extended

Date(s): 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Application Deadline Extended

ELLISVILLE- The application deadline for Jones County Junior College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program for the fall 2015 semester has been extended to June 5, 2015. The program at Jones County Junior College is designed to train a sonographer to work in each type of general sonography setting and to proficiently perform each task. General sonography includes, but is not limited to; abdominal organs, pediatric studies, obstetrics and gynecology and the endocrine system. Although our program does not offer a full vascular study, due to the organization of our clinical sites, our students are exposed to a considerable amount of vascular sonography.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography curriculum offers three and five month options as well as a one-Year program completion. This program combines classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical experience to prepare students for employment and advancement in the sonography field.

Admission requirements for the program include: must be accepted to or eligible for enrollment at Jones County Junior College, have a minimum composite score of 17 on the American College Test (ACT), have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5, have either a Bachelor’s of Science degree in any field from an accredited institution OR be a Registered Radiologic Technologist (A.R.R.T.) and in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, OR have successfully completed a two-year patient care based program from an accredited institution and complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography application package. Students must have also completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II, college algebra and a physical science course.

Each freshman Diagnostic Medical Sonography class at Jones County Junior College begins in the fall semester. Students receive approximately forty (40) hours of combined classroom instruction, clinical instruction and practical experience each week during the one-year program. Classroom and lab instruction are offered at Jones County Junior College. Clinical participation and scheduled rotations are offered at the clinical sites. Clinical Affiliates are located in Hattiesburg, Collins, Picayune and Magee. In the future, the Sonography Program may offer additional sites.

Graduates of this program will have the skills necessary for employment as sonographers under the direct supervision of a physician. Students will be prepared to work in any sonographic setting and will be trained in all areas of general sonography. Upon completion of the program students will be eligible to sit for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography exam to become registered sonographers.

For more information or to request an application packet call, 601-477-4220, or email Wanda Finch at wanda.finch@jcjc.edu or visit the website at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/medicalsonography/index.php.

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

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Meridian High School will host graduation on Friday, May 22 at 7:00

Date(s): 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015

7:00 pm

Meridian High School Ray Stadium
Meridian High School will host graduation on Friday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Ray Stadium.

Here are a few items that we would love your help in spreading the word about:
-Guest seating will be limited to the West side of the stadium (press box side) due to on-going construction on the East side of the stadium.
-For those who may need wheelchair accessible accommodations, parking will be available in front of the Multi-purpose building. Wheelchairs will enter through the gate beside the Multi-purpose building, and a seating area has been designated for Wheelchairs Only.
-Parking will be available on the band practice field, the student parking lot, and the football practice field.


Elizabeth McDonald
Public Relations Director
Meridian Public School District
601.482.0423
emcdonald@mpsdk12.net

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St. Patrick Catholic School Ribbon Cutting

Date(s): 5/21/2015

10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic School 2700 Davis Street Meridian, MS
What: St. Patrick Catholic School Ribbon Cutting

When: Thursday, May 21st at 10:00 a.m.

Where: 2700 Davis Street
Meridian, MS 39301

Why: The EMBDC will host a ribbon cutting event to commemorate an new addition to St. Patrick Catholic School in Meridian, Mississippi.



Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org

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EMCC INVITES COMMUNITY TO ATTEND ALUMNI & FRIENDS NIGHT

Date(s): 5/28/2015

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Kahlmus Auditorium on the campus of Mississippi State University-Meridian
EMCC INVITES COMMUNITY TO ATTEND ALUMNI & FRIENDS NIGHT

East Mississippi Community College invites the public to an “Alumni & Friends Night” on Thursday, May 28.

The event will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kahlmus Auditorium on the campus of Mississippi State University-Meridian. The evening will begin with an hour of visiting. Several members of the EMCC team will give updates and take questions beginning at 6 p.m.

“We had a gathering like this several years ago, and we felt like it was time to touch bases again with alumni, friends and supporters in Lauderdale County,” said Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs.

EMCC President Dr. Rick Young said the college hopes to host similar events throughout its six-county district.

“It’s a chance to call our alumni and friends together, talk about the good things that have happened and share some of the things the college has planned for the future,” Young said. “When I speak, I’ll be updating the group on plans for new building projects at the Scooba campus. These include an athletic administrative center and a new dorm, which has been sorely needed for several years.”

Dr. Raj Shaunak, vice president for EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Division, will give an update on a new workforce center to be built soon near Columbus and the college’s role in training employees for the first phase of Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi’s new plant in West Point, scheduled to begin production this fall.

“There is a direct correlation between the economic prosperity of an area and the level of service provided by community colleges,” Young said. “We want to partner with Meridian Community College and the economic development officials in Lauderdale County to replicate the successful workforce model EMCC has helped build in the northern end of its district.”

Also scheduled to speak is head football coach Buddy Stephens, who has led the EMCC Lions to three NJCAA national championships in the last four years. Director of Bands Stephen Stringer, whose Mighty Lion Band has grown 400 percent since he arrived in Scooba in 2009, will round out the evening’s reports.

All members of the community are welcome to attend. There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by telephone or email to Gina Cotton of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, gcotton@eastms.edu or (662) 476-5063.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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SEVENTH ANNUAL EMCC SPORTING CLAYS CHALLENGE CUP STAND-ALONES

Date(s): 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
SEVENTH ANNUAL EMCC SPORTING CLAYS CHALLENGE CUP STAND-ALONES


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP FIRST PLACE
One of four teams fielded by presenting sponsor Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus took First Place at the 7th Annual East Mississippi Community College Sporting Clays Challenge Cup Friday at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, Nicky Fleming of Shubuta, Brian Fleming of Shubuta, John Roberts of Quitman, Gary Holcomb of Randolph and Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs. The Pryor & Morrow team hit 347 of 400 targets, and Holcomb (90/100) and Brian Fleming (89/100) earned First and Second Place, respectively, among individual shooters.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP FIRST PLACE
One of four teams fielded by presenting sponsor Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus took First Place at the 7th Annual East Mississippi Community College Sporting Clays Challenge Cup Friday at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
Gary Holcomb of Randolph, Brian Fleming of Shubuta, John Roberts of Quitman and Nicky Fleming of Shubuta. The Pryor & Morrow team hit 347 of 400 targets, and Holcomb (90/100) and Brian Fleming (89/100) earned First and Second Place, respectively, among individual shooters.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP SECOND PLACE
The Deerbrook Farms team took Second Place at the 7th Annual East Mississippi Community College Sporting Clays Challenge Cup Friday at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, Will Chancellor of Brooksville, Trey Chancellor of Brooksville, Lee Dubois of Birmingham, Ala., John Brown of Hoover, Ala., and Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs. The Deerbrook Farms team hit 313 of 400 targets. The event was presented by Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP SECOND PLACE
The Deerbrook Farms team took Second Place at the 7th Annual East Mississippi Community College Sporting Clays Challenge Cup Friday at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
Trey Chancellor of Brooksville, John Brown of Hoover, Ala., Will Chancellor of Brooksville and Lee Dubois of Birmingham, Ala. The Deerbrook Farms team hit 313 of 400 targets. The event was presented by Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP FIRST PLACE INDIVIDUAL SHOOTER
Gary Holcomb of Randolph was the First Place individual shooter Friday at East Mississippi Community College’s 7th Annual Sporting Clays Challenge Cup at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
Gary Holcomb, with EMCC President Dr. Rick Young and Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, hit 90 of 100 targets. Holcomb’s team, one of four fielded by presenting sponsor Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus, won First Place, hitting 347 of 400 targets.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP SECOND PLACE INDIVIDUAL SHOOTER
Brian Fleming of Shubuta was the Second Place individual shooter Friday at East Mississippi Community College’s 7th Annual Sporting Clays Challenge Cup at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
Brian Fleming, with EMCC President Dr. Rick Young and Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, hit 89 of 100 targets. Fleming’s team, one of four fielded by presenting sponsor Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus, won First Place, hitting 347 of 400 targets.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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SMPDD establishes new JCJC scholarship

Date(s): 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015

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Jones County Junior College
SMPDD establishes new JCJC scholarship
ELLISVILLE –The newly established scholarship by the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, Inc. was awarded after Jones County Junior College’s May commencement ceremony to ten JCJC students. The largest and most diversified regional planning and development entity in the United States, endowed $100,000 to provide $750 scholarships to the following incoming sophomore students: Covington County’s Nolan Kyle Stapleton and Paris Ramon Edwards; Greene County’s Tyshayla Mimbes and James Christopher Turner; Jones County’s Matt Ishee and Zachary Biglane; Perry County’s Samuel Lee Hinton and Lacey Kaitlyn Feduccia; Wayne County’s Justin Hutto and Shakela Leggett. These five counties are part of the SMPDD’s 15-county district.

“On behalf of the SMPDD Board of Directors we are thrilled to be able to offer these scholarships to this group of future leaders in our communities. One of our main goals at SMPDD is to look for educational opportunities for our citizens,” said Leonard Bentz, Executive Director of the SMPDD. He added, “Each year, this scholarship will be awarded to two students from each of the five counties with one student in an academic program and one student in a skills related program who meets the full-time status and cumulative GPA requirements.”

The Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, through the leadership of the local officials comprising its Board of Directors and through the synergy of its staff, assists 38 municipal governments within its 15-county district of Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone and Wayne Counties. Since its beginning in 1967, SMPDD has continually evolved to meet the needs, discover opportunities and anticipate the trends challenging the economic vitality, environmental integrity, and overall quality of life enjoyed in South Mississippi, which includes offering assistance to future leaders.
Jones County Supervisor, Johnny Burnett said he is glad to be a part of this new scholarship opportunity for some of his constituents. “I appreciate the opportunity to be able to give to the children in our area because they are our future.”
JCJC forestry major, Samuel Hinton said he feels honored to be one of the first recipients of this newly established scholarship. “It will help a lot!” said Hinton. “It is going to be great not to have to worry about paying for all of my college expenses.”
Hinton’s future plans include transferring to Mississippi State University after graduating next May from Jones and work with his family’s timber management company.
JCJC VP of Advancement and the Executive Director of the JCJC Foundation, Charlie Garretson said scholarships are one way to extend and perpetuate the legacy of a company and its community. “We appreciate every donation we receive to assist students and their families with funding college expenses. This scholarship endowment will also help two incoming freshmen this inaugural year, which have not yet been identified.”

According to the District’s web site, it perceives its function as “a change agent to add value to the information and resources it possesses.” True to its mission, JCJC officials and students are already seeing the positive effects changing the future of ten JCJC students with this new SMPDD Scholarship.
The District consists of 15 counties including the following counties and cities within the county: Covington County: Collins, Mount Olive, Seminary; Forrest County: Hattiesburg, Petal; George County: Lucedale; Greene County: Leakesville, McLain, State Line; Hancock County: Bay St. Louis, Diamondhead, Waveland; Harrison County: Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport , Long Beach, Pass Christian; Jackson County: Gautier, Ocean Springs, Moss Point, Pascagoula; Jefferson Davis County: Bassfield, Prentiss; Jones County: Ellisville, Laurel, Sandersville, Soso; Lamar County: Hattiesburg, Lumberton, Purvis, Sumrall; Marion County: Columbia; Pearl River: Pearl River County, Picayune, Poplarville; Perry County: Beaumont, New Augusta, Richton; Stone County: Wiggins; Wayne County: Waynesboro.

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

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EMCC HONORS SCOOBA RETIREES

Date(s): 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
EMCC HONORS SCOOBA RETIREES

East Mississippi Community College held receptions May 14 at its Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses for retiring faculty and staff members. The Scooba campus had two honorees, Bob Walker and James McMullan, both of Meridian. Bob Walker was recognized for 14 years of service to the college as a Forestry Technology instructor. Before joining the faculty at EMCC, Walker worked as a registered forester for 30 years with three private companies.
James McMullan was recognized for nine years of service to the college. Over the years, McMullan has taught psychology, human growth and development and criminal justice. He has also served as distance learning coordinator and director of EMCC’s extension location at Naval Air Station Meridian.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879

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EMCC OFFERS SUMMER CAMP IN MANUFACTURING CONCEPTS

Date(s): 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015, 7/15/2015, 7/16/2015, 7/17/2015, 7/18/2015, 7/19/2015, 7/20/2015

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EMCC OFFERS SUMMER CAMP IN MANUFACTURING CONCEPTS
TO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

MAYHEW – East Mississippi Community College’s Manufacturing, Technology & Engineering Division, in partnership with Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi and the Corporation for National and Community Service, is offering a summer camp for students in middle and high school.

Camp AMP (Advanced Manufacturing Professionals) will be held at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus. The week-long sessions in June and July will run from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“Camp AMP is the perfect opportunity for both middle and high school students to be exposed to what awaits them in the real world,” said Susan Baird, assistant dean in the Manufacturing, Technology & Engineering Division.

“Unfortunately, most students do not realize how many job opportunities are available to them right here in their own back yard. Camp AMP will provide both industry tours and hands-on skills training for students so that they can get a better understanding of the technology that is involved in the advanced manufacturing companies in our area.”

Camp AMP will introduce seventh- through 12-graders to manufacturing methods such as computer-aided design, 3-D printing and rapid prototyping. Students will learn about job opportunities in and around the Golden Triangle and will get a first-hand glimpse at what those jobs look like via tours of local industries.

Slots are still available in five of the six Camp AMP sessions. Seventh- and eighth-graders will attend Camp AMP June 1-5 (full) and July 6-10. Ninth- and 10th-graders will attend June 8-12 and July 13-17. 11th- and 12-graders will attend June 15-19 and July 20-24.

Only 12 slots are available for each session. Students do not have to live in the EMCC district to attend Camp AMP. The registration deadline for all sessions is May 29. Visit the “Camp AMP” link on the home page at www.eastms.edu to download registration forms and liability waivers. Hard copies of the paperwork can be mailed, delivered or faxed to EMCC. Registration is $25.


For more information, call Susan Baird at (662) 243-2686 or email sbaird@eastms.edu.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296

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District Attorney shares life experiences to inspire JCJC graduates to succeed

Date(s): 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015

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Jones County Junior College
District Attorney shares life experiences to inspire JCJC graduates to succeed
ELLISVILLE-The Jones County Junior College 2015 Graduation was a day of memorable firsts: a noteworthy number of graduates, the first honorary degree awarded, and the first time in recent memory the guest speaker was a parent of a participating graduate.
A record number of 901 students were eligible to graduate with 629 participating in commencement exercises. Thousands of friends and family turned out to watch the day’s event.
The keynote speaker, Jones County District Attorney, Tony Buckley shared with students how he first came to America, with two suitcases, $600 and knowing no one. He gave students this advice: visualize a goal, have a plan to achieve that goal and then put it into action, and he used his own life as an example. Taking a class on the U.S. Constitution was his inspiration to go to law school, which in turn inspired him to become district attorney.
“One of the main things I think is great about America is your education system,” said Buckley. “It allows you time to figure out what you want to do with your life. If you couple the education system with the American work ethic and integrity, then you can succeed in whatever you set your goals to. America still rewards those who are educated, work hard and have integrity.”
To illustrate another lesson, Buckley held up a golf ball for the audience to see, a golf ball that he keeps on a shelf in his office next to the scales of justice. He explained that when the golf ball was first created in Scotland, it was originally smooth, but it wouldn’t go far or in the direction it was hit. It was discovered that the more dings and nicks the ball received, the straighter and farther the ball would go.
“That’s the same with life for you,” Buckley said. “You’re going to have setbacks and disappointments, dings and nicks like that golf ball, but it’s how you react to them and learn from them. Instead of seeing them as a roadblock, you can knock it down that fairway far and straight.”
His son, Evan Buckley, a pre-med major and a top soccer player for the Bobcats, participated in the graduation ceremonies. Although he had opportunities to attend other colleges, Evan chose Jones and said he was happy with his choice.
“Everyone here has been fantastic. My experiences have been great,” he said. “I realize I still have a lot more work to do, but I’ve had a really good two years and hopefully the rest of the years will match up to what it’s been like here at Jones.”
Evan plans to continue his education at Ole Miss, where his older sister, Emily, went straight out of high school.
“I saw how hard it was for her transitioning from high school to a university, so it helped me decide it would be better to go to a junior college.”
His younger brother, Erik, will begin JCJC this fall and will play soccer like his brother.
When Evan first heard that his father was speaking at his graduation, he didn’t believe it.
“I really thought he was joking because he jokes all the time. Turns out he wasn’t. It’s definitely cool to have your dad giving your college graduation speech.”
The college’s first Honorary Degree was awarded to Richton businesswoman Oma Hibbler, owner of Community Development Incorporated (CDI). The $3 million business assists the community through services such as assisted living, adult daycare, personal care and transportation. Her company provides transportation for students from Wayne and Greene counties to JCJC.
JCJC Dean of Students Dr. Samuel Jones nominated Hibbler for the Honorary Degree because of the work she is doing in communities within the college district.
“Ms. Hibbler created this business because she saw a need in her community because she has the heart of a servant. She is truly an asset to the community and she has been a beacon of light for many. I believe because of her, many have been inspired, challenged and provoked to see themselves as people who can overcome barriers to press toward a better life,” said Jones. “She’s really inspiring our students to be great every single day. She’s a great example for us all. Even if you don’t have a college degree, you can still work hard and make a difference in your community, and that’s why she’s being recognized.”
Said Hibbler of her first college degree, “Words cannot explain how I feel. It is so hard to come to the realization that people who love and care for you would go to the lengths to help you achieve your dreams. I often tell my staff, I do not have an education and often dream secretly of how it would feel. I am humbled by the award.”
Hibbler credits God with the start and success of her business. Although she hesitated beginning her business due to fear of rejection and her lack of a college education, with her faith she persevered, and today, not only does she own a multi-million dollar business, but she has now received the diploma she always wanted.
“I am grateful, humbled, amazingly excited and praise God for His miracles,” she said, quoting Phillipians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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

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ECCC’s Annual Report Card Shows Continued High Marks ...

Date(s): 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC’s Annual Report Card Shows Continued High Marks in Student Success, Retention, and Other Measures

In accordance with Mississippi House Bill No. 1071 from the 2010 legislative session, East Central Community College in Decatur has released its 2013 Community College Performance Profile, or Report Card. The bill created an Education Achievement Council which was established to set education achievement goals for institutions of higher learning and community and junior colleges in the state and to assist in monitoring progress towards those goals through the preparation of annual institutional and state report cards.

The Community College Report Card, designed to reflect the unique mission of community colleges, incorporates measures closely aligned with the Voluntary Framework of Accountability developed by the American Association of Community Colleges. Therefore, each report card includes information for the specific community/junior college, along with corresponding figures for the state system, which includes all 15 Mississippi community/junior colleges. Information contained in the report includes student enrollment, degrees awarded, student success, student retention, student progress, workforce development information, and GED® and adult basic education statistics, as well as enrollment and success in remedial coursework (college readiness).

In the 2013 Community College Report Card, ECCC compared well against state averages in numerous categories. In the crucial category of Student Success, ECCC excelled in the area of overall graduation rates, particularly among pre-baccalaureate and technical students. Also evident is ECCC’s top-tier performance in preparing students to transfer to four-year institutions. In the overall summary measurement of student success, ECCC achieved elite status.

Another category of excellent comparative strength for ECCC within credit programs was overall student retention (freshman students progressing in enrollment to the next year), particularly in pre-baccalaureate programs.

In workforce training activities, the data reveals ECCC continued to be a leader in the number of individuals served, and ranked in the top third in the state in the number of individuals experiencing increases in wages subsequent to training.

In addition, ECCC continued to display a commitment to outreach and excellence in the awarding of GEDs, placing among the state’s very best in the number of GEDs awarded.

“The 2013 Report Card documents that ECCC is continuing to do many things well as we fulfill our 2020 Vision strategic plan,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “We are very proud of that and look to strengthen those aspects of our vision and mission that rank above the state average. However, as it does each year, the Report Card has identified areas of improvement for our college. Likewise, we look forward to working with faculty, staff, and students to improve in those areas as ECCC strives to become nationally recognized and locally preferred. The overall results of the Report Card demonstrate that ECCC is making progress in many areas that enable our students to experience an excellent postsecondary education right here at home.”

The 2013 Performance Profile (Report Card) for ECCC can be found on the college’s website at http://www.eccc.edu/consumer-information. In addition, a copy of the 2013 Performance Profile can be obtained from the Office of the President.


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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JCJC says farewell to longtime band director, Jeff Brown

Date(s): 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC says farewell to longtime band director, Jeff Brown
ELLISVILLE – Longtime Jones County Junior College band director, Jeff Brown has called the band hall his second home for the last 33 years. He has been the Fine Arts Division Chair, Director of Bands, Assistant Director of Bands, JC Jazz Band Director and “percussion guru” over those years, impacting thousands of students. His last performance as conductor and drummer was at the April Java & Jazz concert which had many former students and friends bid him “farewell,” like JCJC alumnus and former JCJC Director of Bands, and current Pearl High School Band Director, Matthew Pickering. He explained Brown taught him a hard life lesson about procrastination.

“I submitted my Music Theory 4 final project two days after the deadline. He accepted my work but deducted ten points per day for each day that it was late, and that resulted in my final grade for the class being a B. Although I was disappointed in making a B in my favorite class, I knew that I deserved it and I did not question his grading policy or ask for an exception,” said Pickering. He added, “Jeff Brown is one of the most compassionate and selfless individuals with which I have ever worked. He sincerely enjoyed sharing his knowledge and skill sets with his colleagues and students, and his work ethic was phenomenal. In short I guess you could describe him as a gentleman and a scholar, and I will forever be grateful for the time that I was allowed to work with him.”
Another JCJC Maroon Typhoon alumnus, Ricky Williamson remembers how Brown taught him to be on-time for practice.

“During band camp in 1993, I remember I stayed out too late one night and overslept. Mr. Brown sent someone to my dorm room with some 20-inch Zildjian cymbals and used them as an alarm clock. Needless to say, I didn't oversleep again. Thanks Mr. B. for the privilege of playing snare at JC.”

Williamson said Brown inspired hundreds of musicians over the years. Although most have quit playing since college, he said Brown gave them something they can take with them for a lifetime: self-discipline, a hard work ethic, the importance of comradery, and memories that will last forever.

“To this day my friends and I still talk about the impact Mr. Brown made in our lives. I know that we were hard to deal with at times and tested his nerves, but he always had enough patience to let us be college kids and at the same time trusted us to make JCJC's drumline great,” said Williamson.

Another 1993 JCJC alumnus, Ryan Walker added, “Mr. Brown was and still is a great influence on my life. He is the sole reason I chose JCJC. I wanted to be a better player and I knew I could be under his supervision. He entrusted me as Captain and allowed me the freedom to write and teach my own pieces for the drumline. That year our drum line won the top section award six times and we dedicated our year to him. As you know, drummers are usually the rebellious ones in a band, so winning six times meant we were focused. We were for him and would run through walls for him and still would. He is a class act and helped mold thousands over his career. I'm blessed to be one.”

While the Lexington, Mississippi native said he’s looking forward to retirement after a total of 40-years of teaching students, there is one thing Brown will unequivocally not miss about teaching.

“The thing I will not miss is ‘paperwork.’ No one gets into the teaching profession to do paperwork, and I realize that there is a certain amount of paperwork that must be done. However, over the years it seems that the amount of paperwork has dramatically increased, or maybe I am just tired of paperwork. Anyway, I won't miss paperwork!” said Brown.
Of course, he said he will miss students, especially the students who were eager to learn, who always had questions, and never gave up. When asked if there is a favorite memory over his years of teaching, Brown shared this story.
“It is extremely difficult to select one favorite moment or trip. There are so many moments from which to choose. There have been some memorable comments, however. After one rather poorly attended jazz concert a student told me ‘I had fun, even if there was no one in the audience.’ I also had a parent tell me after a concert, ‘You made my daughter fall in love with the saxophone again!’ I will cherish those times!”
In his spare time Brown said he plans to play more on his drums and with his two grandchildren, write music, teach a few private lessons and volunteer at Jones. The question the students wanted to know is, will there be a “Party at Mr. Brown’s House” in the near future? That phrase became a joke at the end of each summer band camp because they knew Mr. Brown never rested.

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

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Meridian Public School District - "Winding Down in May Events"

Date(s): 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015

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Magnolia Middle School Red Carpet Affair
*This event is really neat – the students get to really dress up and get treated like stars!*
Saturday, May 16 – 5:00 p.m.
First New Hope Baptist Church Association Building at Hawkins Crossing
Magnolia students will be honored for good grades and behavior during this special event.

Poplar Springs Elementary ‘Celebrate Arts!’ Arts Festival
Monday, May 18 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Arts is a school wide arts festival featuring local artists. Students rotate to stations to view art and create art in all forms. This is sponsored in part through the Meridian Council of the Arts. A Brown Bag Lunch concert will be held featuring the MHS Lamplighters.

MPSD Retirement Reception
Tuesday, May 19 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Kahlmus Auditorium – MSU Meridian
Please join us as we honor the 2015 retirees of the Meridian Public School District.

Meridian High School Graduation
Friday, May 22 – 7:00 p.m.
Ray Stadium

We will have early dismissal of school on the last three days ...
Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21 – Elementary dismisses at 12:40 p.m. and Middle and High at 1:10 p.m.
Friday, May 22 – Elementary dismisses at 12:00 p.m. and Middle and High at 12:30 p.m.

Elizabeth McDonald
Public Relations Director
Meridian Public School District
601.482.0423
emcdonald@mpsdk12.net

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YOKOHAMA RECEIVES TOP HONOR, MAKES DONATIONS AT EMCC INDUSTRY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

Date(s): 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
YOKOHAMA RECEIVES TOP HONOR, MAKES DONATIONS AT EMCC INDUSTRY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

MAYHEW – Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi stole the show Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College’s Industry Appreciation Luncheon.
The Japanese tire manufacturer, preparing to open its 1 million-square-foot Clay County factory this fall, received the Director’s Award, the event’s highest honor. YTMM President Tadaharu Yamamoto delivered a progress report on the plant – and checks for $250,000 to EMCC and Mississippi State University.
Other honorees included PACCAR Engine Company, which took home the Best Practices Award, and special recognition for Randy Kelly of The Mississippi Partnership, and Wanda Land, who is retiring from the Mississippi Development Authority.
“We need people with more than just the ability to work hard. We need people who can think and solve problems. And that’s what all the people in this room are working toward,” said Dr. Raj Shaunak, vice president of EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology and Engineering division.
In presenting YTMM with the Director’s Award for “the highest level of recognition through workforce training, demonstrating management excellence with superior outcomes, continuing to improve and build upon outstanding results and excellent systems and deploying world-class processes,” Shaunak said EMCC looks forward to a “very long relationship” with the company.
He said the $250,000 YTMM presented to EMCC will provide scholarships to eleventh and twelfth grade students to take MTE division credit courses, particularly in the recently added electro-mechanical and mechatronics programs, as well as manufacturing summer camps for sixth grade students.
“We need every business in this room, government as well as private business, to expose these students to real work environments,” said Shaunak.
Some of the money donated by YTMM will also be used to bolster manufacturing training at EMCC’s West Point Center.
During his progress report, Yamamoto said the YTMM plant should be operational sometime in October, producing about 1 million truck and bus tires per year with a staff of around 500 employees.
Explaining the rationale behind locating the YTMM plant in Clay County, Yamamoto said the company looked at 3,000 U.S. counties, including 116 in the Southeast, before settling on Clay County due to cost, available workforce, government incentives and “Southern hospitality.”
As of April, YTMM had hired 180 employees, with more than half having been trained at EMCC.
EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, who is retiring in June, took one final opportunity to brag about the Workforce Services team at EMCC, which worked in concert with the Golden Triangle Development LINK to bring Yokohama to Clay County.
“Our Workforce training team is among the best in the nation, without a doubt. And our success is the community’s success,” said Young.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296

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JCJC welding students win Hammerhead 500

Date(s): 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC welding students win Hammerhead 500
ELLISVILLE – A special class project turned into a big win for a team of Jones County Junior College welders. The team of four students, Jared Revette of Raleigh, Ethan Wimberley of Myrick, Matt Arender of Raleigh and Nestor Castro of Laurel brought home the Hammerhead 500 winner’s trophy and some cash with the “car” they created.

“This car was designed and built in the JCJC welding shop at the Ellisville campus by students,” said Rod Tolbert, JCJC welding instructor, race coach and Industrial Services Division Chair. “The car was made out of a steel square tubing frame with an aluminum body. This is a fun project that the students look forward to each year because the welding students get some great fabrication experience as well as the satisfaction of winning.”

JCJC students not only won first place in the college division at the Hammer Head 500 in Bay Springs after being unsuccessful in last year’s competition, but they also beat out a big competitor: Mississippi State University.

Jared Revette said the win was extra special beating MSU. However, the experience was even more important. “This was a great opportunity for us to learn multiple fabrication techniques, which are skills that will help us in the workforce.”

The Bobcat team also earned third place in the Open Division of the annual Brick Street Derby with the car that had to be less than 500 pounds and no more than 12 feet long or 5 feet wide. The re-engineered Bobcat car earned the team $300 for first place.

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

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ECCC Announces Summer Registration Sessions

Date(s): 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Summer Registration Sessions
New and transfer students planning to attend 2015 fall classes at East Central Community College are encouraged to attend one of three remaining registration sessions scheduled this summer on the Decatur campus.
The three sessions will be held Saturday, June 6; Thursday, July 9; and Friday, August 14, announced Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services.
“We encourage students to attend the earliest session possible in order to get the classes they want for the fall semester,” Lee said.
Prior to attending registration, students should have on file in the Office of Admissions a completed ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or COMPASS 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.
“As in years past, students may arrive anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to register,” Lee said. “Students who have completed the admissions process and have been accepted for admission should have received a letter in the mail instructing them how to proceed on the day of registration. Students who have not completed the application process are welcome to attend if they have the ACT or COMPASS score report and transcripts turned in and will begin the process in the Eddie M. Smith Student Union on the west side of campus.”
On the day of registration, students will complete their fall class schedules, have photos made for identification badges and the college yearbook, apply for a parking decal and complete the online orientation.
Students who have not taken either the ACT or COMPASS test should be prepared to take it at 8:30 a.m. on the day of registration. The cost is $20.
Lee added, “A complimentary meal will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria for students and parents.”
Fall classes begin Monday, August 17.
For more information, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or email rlee@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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ECCC, Town of Decatur Dedicate Paving, Sidewalk, Lighting Projects

Date(s): 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015

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East Central Community College and the Town of Decatur
ECCC, Town of Decatur Dedicate Paving, Sidewalk, Lighting Projects

East Central Community College and the Town of Decatur officially dedicated the completion of paving, sidewalk, and lighting projects with a joint ribbon-cutting on West Broad Street in front of the campus Tuesday, May 12. Helping cut the ribbon, were ...
Decatur Alderman Mark Buntyn, ECCC Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth, ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, Mississippi Department of Transportation Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, Decatur Mayor Pat O’Neill, State Rep. Randy Rushing (District 78), and ECCC Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Jerry Smith. The projects were made possible by Surface Transportation Program and Transportation Alternatives Program grant funding provided through the Mississippi Department of Transportation

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JCJC is offering non-credit computer class in Waynesboro

Date(s): 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015

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Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center
JCJC is offering non-credit computer class in Waynesboro
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center will be offering an Introduction to Personal Computers class beginning Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The class will meet each Tuesday night for six weeks from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The cost for the class is $55.00 which includes books. CEUs are available at the conclusion of the class for $10. Registration is required one week prior to the start date of the class. For more information or to register for the class, please contact Melanie James at 601-735-2228.
For the most current schedule of JCJC’s non-credit courses, please visit the website: http://www.jcjc.edu/atc/eventscalendar_noncreditclasses.php or visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jcjc.atc.

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

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ECCC ADN Graduates

Date(s): 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC ADN Graduates
These East Central Community College students received their Associate Degree Nursing pins during a special ceremony held Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Graduates and their respective hometowns include
Tiara Bailey, Meridian; Melissa Barham, Polkville; Sherrie Perry, Decatur; Jessica Steen, Kosciusko; Robyn Johnson, Sebastopol; Kenya Hickman, Louisville; Casie McClendon, Forest; Shelby Harthcock, Newton; and Hayden Stokes, Louisville
Tiffany Anderson, Newton; Kayla Jenkins, Louisville; Traci Lewis, Decatur; Hailey Smith Jones and Bethany Jones, both of Philadelphia; Aimee Woods, Louisville; Chassidy Gates, Decatur; Mary Catherine Hunt, Louisville; Taylor Deese, Noxapater; Reagan Anderson, Philadelphia; Tony Sistrunk, Sebastopol; John Mark Carter, Louisville; and Amber Pierce, Carthage
Nikki Smith, Union; Sharley Hardin, Rebecca Wicker and Danielle Pettigrew, all of Forest; Bailey Talbot, Louisville; Aleta Shade, Carthage; Kimberly Noblin, Forest; Amy Whittle and Chesney Spence, both of Philadelphia; Kayla McCleary and Victoria Sanders, both of Carthage; Angela Reeves, Decatur; and Alex Meador, Chunky
Marty Boatner, Louisville; Kalecia Bean, Bruce; Emily Price, Sebastopol; Katie Pigg, Carthage; Eula Lewis, Brandon; Darryl Cooks, Walnut Grove; Trilandra Ware, Forest; Kurt Simoneau, Louin; Patience Haynes, Noxapater; Jordan Clearman, Philadelphia; Samantha Ellingburg, Little Rock; Shakeela Flournoy Taylorsville; and Shane Wilbourne, Forest. Denita Thomas serves as Dean of Healthcare Education.
Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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ECCC Retirees Honored at Luncheon

Date(s): 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015

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East Central Community College in Decatur
ECCC Retirees Honored at Luncheon

East Central Community College in Decatur honored four retirees during its annual end-of-the-year luncheon held Friday, May 8, 2015, in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria on campus.

Bubby Johnston of Forest (vice president for public information), who retired after 28 years of service; Joe Barrett of Decatur (workforce development coordinator), who retired after 10 years; Robin Fulton of Louisville (mathematics instructor), who retired after six years; and Debbie Gordon of Louisville (computer science instructor), who retired after 11 years.

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Top of Class Honored At JCJC

Date(s): 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015

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Jones County Junior College
Top of Class Honored At JCJC


ELLISVILLE- Jones County Junior College recently hosted WDAM-TV’s annual Top of Class recognition program. Enterprise High School Valedictorian Justin Williams and Salutatorian Miranda Espey participated in this year’s celebration.

WDAM-TV news personalities Ryan Moore, Karrie Leggett-Brown, and Megan Hodge awarded the area’s valedictorians and salutatorians with a certificate of achievement. The group of 100 high school students was honored with a day of entertainment, speakers, and breakfast.

The WDAM-TV production crew videotaped the event to be featured during the WDAM-Sunrise at 5:58 a.m., beginning May 18 through June 19, and on the WDAM-TV web page. WDAM-TV and Jones County Junior College are sponsors of this event
Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Top of Class Honored At JCJC

Date(s): 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015

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Jones County Junior College
Top of Class Honored At JCJC


ELLISVILLE- Jones County Junior College recently hosted WDAM-TV’s annual Top of Class recognition program. Wayne County High School Valedictorian Taylor Hathorn and Salutatorian Mackenzie Hutto participated in this year’s celebration.

WDAM-TV news personalities Ryan Moore, Karrie Leggett-Brown and Megan Hodge awarded the area’s valedictorians and salutatorians with a certificate of achievement. The group of 100 high school students was honored with a day of entertainment, speakers and breakfast.

The WDAM-TV production crew videotaped the event to be featured during WDAM-Sunrise at 5:58 a.m., beginning May 18 through June 19, and on the WDAM-TV web page. WDAM-TV and Jones County Junior College are sponsors of this event.
Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Jones County D.A. keynotes JCJC’s Spring Commencement

Date(s): 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015

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Jones County Junior College ... in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium.
Jones County D.A. keynotes JCJC’s Spring Commencement

ELLISVILLE - Jones County Junior College’s Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium. Overflow seating will be available in the Fine Arts Auditorium with a simulcast of the ceremony. Commencement will also be streamed on the web page, www.jcjc.edu or www.jcjc.tv.

A record number of 901 students are eligible to graduate with either, an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, or a Vocational Certificate. Additionally, 242 students have already met graduation requirements after the fall semester and may participate in spring commencement ceremonies with 629 who have said they would participate in commencement exercises.

The keynote speaker will be Jones County District Attorney, Tony Buckley. He has been the top prosecutor since 2003, when he first ran against an incumbent. In his third term beginning in 2011, Buckley did not to have an opponent and became the first District Attorney in Jones County to be elected for more than two terms. During this election year, he again faces no challenger and will begin his fourth term as Jones County’s District Attorney in January of 2016.
The Sheffield, England native went to school in Ecclesfield, South Yorkshire and graduated with Honors in 1987, from the University College of Swansea in the United Kingdom. As part of his undergraduate degree he was required to complete a year at the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville. After undergraduate school, he pursued a master’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg before going on to law school at Mississippi College in Jackson to earn his law degree in 1992.
Buckley calls Calhoun his home, where he lives with his wife of 26 years, Michelle and his three children, one of whom is graduating from Jones.

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

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Top of Class Honored At JCJC

Date(s): 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015

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Jones County Junior College
Top of Class Honored At JCJC
ELLISVILLE- Jones County Junior College recently hosted WDAM-TV’s annual Top of Class recognition program. Hattiesburg High School Valedictorian Janecia Seymore and Salutatorian Millicent Krebs participated in this year’s celebration.
WDAM-TV news personalities Ryan Moore, Karrie Leggett-Brown and Megan Hodge awarded the area’s valedictorians and salutatorians with a certificate of achievement. The group of 100 high school students was honored with a day of entertainment, speakers and breakfast.
The WDAM-TV production crew videotaped the event to be featured during the WDAM-Sunrise at 5:58 a.m., beginning May 18 through June 19, and on the WDAM-TV web page. WDAM-TV and Jones County Junior College are sponsors of this event.

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

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Allen Addresses Fellow Graduates During ECCC Commencement

Date(s): 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015

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Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia
Allen Addresses Fellow Graduates During ECCC Commencement

Addressing his fellow graduates during East Central Community College’s 86th Commencement held Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia, Zach Allen of Louisville encouraged his classmates to overcome their fears.

“Ed Helms said, ‘Don’t be afraid of fear. Because it sharpens you, it challenges you, it makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self.’ Fear is a major obstacle in the world today. Whether it is a fear of trying new things or what people think of us, in the end, it all doesn’t matter,” said Allen, who is an ECCC Hall of Fame recipient and president of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

He continued his remarks by reminiscing about the fear he had during his first week at East Central and how he chose joy as opposed to worry or dread, which in turn lead to a great college experience.

“I came to East Central in hopes of receiving a good education that would equip me for further learning,” Allen said. “I am leaving East Central better prepared not only academically, but spiritually as well. Thank you to all of the faculty and administration for investing your time in us students on campus and especially me. You all have played a part in making East Central the No. 1 community college in the state where we do things the EC Way-Excellence With Class.”

He concluded his remarks by quoting Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear because God is with you.”

In addition to Allen, those participating in the program included graduating sophomores Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia, invocation; Ramone Tate of Bay St. Louis, benediction; and Haleigh West and Makenzie Rowzee, both of Hickory, who presented the musical selection “Whenever You Remember.”

College President Dr. Billy W. Stewart awarded degrees and certificates to nearly 600 graduates. Dr. Teresa Houston, Vice President for Instruction, presented candidates.

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EMCC GRAD LEAVES MARK ON TURF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM ...

Date(s): 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015

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East Mississippi Community College ... Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses
EMCC GRAD LEAVES MARK ON TURF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

MAYHEW – Arl Taylor is proud to be a part of East Mississippi Community College history.
Taylor, of Caledonia, was part of the first class to enter the Recreational Turf Management program at EMCC’s Lion Hills campus when the program was launched in 2013. He graduated along with more than 500 EMCC students who took part in three separate commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday at the Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses.
Taylor, 45, wanted his sons to see him receive his associate of applied science degree. And he also wasn’t about to let his instructor down.
“Mr. Danny asked all the members of the fist class to walk. And if Mr. Danny asks, I’ll be there,” said Taylor.
Danny Smith has helmed the fledgling program at Lion Hills — formerly the Columbus Country Club —since its inception. He did most of the footwork to get the program off the ground, and Taylor’s class accompanied Smith through many changes in its first two years, helping it evolve into the program students will know in the future.
“Arl is like having a second instructor in the class. He came to the program with experience maintaining a golf course, but he’s always been a team player and he accepts criticism. He’s dependable. He’s got a positive attitude and good communication skills. He was a great mentor for the young guys in the program,” said Smith.
Taylor’s help was right on time as the program found its footing in its first years.
“The first year was totally different from the second. We were helping with a lot of really hard projects for the golf course. The bunker renovation and helping with the new irrigation system on the front side.
“The young guys would complain sometimes, but Mr. Danny would tell them this is very valuable experience. The golf side of things isn’t all riding around on equipment and using expensive tools. A lot of it is getting your hands dirty.”
Taylor had worked in golf course maintenance since leaving Weyerhaeuser in 2003. It was during that time that he says he “figured out what I want to do with my life.”
He had considered going to school at Mississippi State on multiple occasions, but said he wouldn’t change the scenario that brought him to EMCC.
“If a person wanted a four-year degree in turf management, I would tell them to spend the first two years at EMCC. You’re going to get more practical skills. More hands-on knowledge. And Mr. Danny is going to be very involved with you and push you hard to get you ready,” he said.
During his time at EMCC, Taylor was awarded an Outstanding Achievement scholarship from the Mississippi Turf Grass Association and was honored by Smith two years in a row as Recreational Turf Management’s Outstanding Freshman and Sophomore Student of the Year at the annual Awards Day program at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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