Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – A former Mississippi attorney is planning to use his second chance at life to help Coahoma Community College give adult learners a second chance at a brighter education and better jobs.
Representatives from Second Chance MS, a non-profit organization founded by once highly-successful trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs, met with CCC GED/ABE Director Tamara Washington-Travis Tuesday afternoon to learn more about barriers faced by individuals seeking to gain their GED and/or job training skills in CCC’s five-county district.
Best known for successfully taking on cases against big tobacco companies in the 1990s, Scruggs was disbarred and sent to federal prison for six years after pleading guilty to a judicial bribery scheme in 2008. While in prison, he reportedly found a new purpose in helping inmates receive their GED education and founded Second Chance Mississippi after his release.
According to Washington-Travis, roughly 400 students are enrolled in CCC’s five GED training sites each year. She shared that some of the many barriers for those students include transportation, childcare and lack of financial support.
Scruggs’ son, Zach, and Catti Beals of Second Chance MS said the organization is committed to raising awareness and funds for adult education and work skills training at all 15 Mississippi Community Colleges.
“Our mission is to work with foundations who have the money to mobilize and coordinate resources to help with every community college, but certainly Coahoma,” said Zach. “We want to see where we can help. We can’t do everything, and no one can solve all problems, but we can help all we can.”
Washington-Travis said she’s looking forward to partnering with the organization to help.
“I am extremely excited about this new partnership with Second Chance MS,” she said. “Second Chance MS, as it is appropriately named, understands the limitations and barriers our students face and is helping to raise not only awareness, but funding also for adult education and work skills.”
To learn more about Second Chance MS, visit www.2ndchancems.org
For more information about CCC’s GED program, call (662) 621-4314.