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CCC host area high school counselors in informative luncheon
CLARKSDALE – Just as the pieces of a puzzle must be strategically placed together to create the big picture, Coahoma Community College illustrated to local high schools why they are the pieces to the puzzle needed to achieve student success during an informative Counselors’ Luncheon Tuesday morning.

CCC host area high school counselors in informative luncheon

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Wed Nov 11, 2015

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CLARKSDALE – Just as the pieces of a puzzle must be strategically placed together to create the big picture, Coahoma Community College illustrated to local high schools why they are the pieces to the puzzle needed to achieve student success during an informative Counselors’ Luncheon Tuesday morning.

CCC welcomed area high school counselors during the event, hosted in the Gallery. In addition to highlighting the programs and services CCC has to offer, the counselors were given the opportunity tour CCC’s campus, engage with some current Tigers and treated to a delicious lunch, courtesy of CCC’s Culinary Arts Department.

“The entire day has been centered around teamwork, putting the pieces together for your students and our students,” said CCC Academic Counselor Yolonda Morton to the nearly dozen counselors in attendance.

“Although we’re different in that you all are high schools and we’re a community college, we all have to work together to be successful,” added CCC Academic Counselor LaShundra Harris. “That’s the main thing we want to stress today—teamwork. We want these relationships we’re creating today to continue to grow.”

The event opened with a greeting from CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner and continued with informational sessions regarding CCC’s admission policy, scholarships and financial aid from Director of Admissions and Records Michael Houston and Director of Financial Aid Dr. Luke Howard.

The counselors also learned about the services and programs offered in CCC’s Division of Enrollment and Student Services from Coordinator of Counseling Services Renee’ Sanford and opportunities in CCC’s Division of Career and Technical Education from Dean of Career and Technical Education Anne Clark and Career Technical Counselor Tolernisia Butler.

Tigers Ashley Miller, Valencia Taylor, Anfernee Morgan, Tre’Shawn Malone and Caitlin Wicks served on a student panel, sharing their experience at CCC and encouraging the counselors to sell CCC to their seniors.

“It was because of my high school counselor that I even considered applying to CCC,” said Morgan, a Political Science major. “But I can say being here has matured me, and it’s really affordable for me and my family. I initially wanted to attend a 4-year university, but was only awarded a partial scholarship. Here the most money I’m out of is paying for gas to and from school.”

“I heard a lot of negative things about CCC, but I didn’t listen and I don’t regret my decision at all,” said Elementary Education major Caitlin Wicks . “It’s people who have never been to college or even on campus before that have the worst things to say, but I tell anyone it’s best to live your own experiences.”

CCC Dean of Academic Affairs Rolonda Brown wrapped up the program by addressing the counselors and the role important role they play in K-12 education.

“Counselors are the most powerful people in the high school,” said Brown. “We wanted to be sure to offer you all something that was substantive and informative, and we thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to be here with us today.”

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