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Building relationships: West Tallahatchie’s Construction class visits CCC
CLARKSDALE – Junior and seniors from West Tallahatchie High School’s Construction I & II class got their hands dirty Wednesday morning during a visit to Coahoma Community College’s Brick, Block & Stone Masonry class.

Building relationships: West Tallahatchie’s Construction class visits CCC

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

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Wed Nov 16, 2016

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CLARKSDALE – Juniors and seniors from West Tallahatchie High School’s Construction I & II class got their hands dirty Wednesday morning during a visit to Coahoma Community College’s Brick, Block & Stone Masonry class.

The group of 14 high schoolers were given the opportunity to get some hands-on experience spreading mortar and laying bricks under the guidance of CCC Brick, Block & Stone Masonry Instructor Mitchell Neal and his students.

Junior Rodkeevian Thomas of Webb, Miss. said the trip was particularly insightful as he plans to start his own construction company one day.

“I enjoyed learning and practicing how to lay brick correctly,” Thomas said. “Mr. Neal was really helpful.”

Senior Sandreka Hatten of Glendora, Miss. said she also enjoyed the visit.

“I really liked having the opportunity to practice what we’ve been learning in class. …It’s been really fun,” she said.

The students concluded the trip with a tour of several other CCC Career and Technical Education programs.

Neal said his goal was to use the visit as a recruitment tool to showcase one of the many career pathways CCC offers.

“We just wanted them to see what we have to offer here in the Brick, Block and Stone Masonry program and in the Division of Career and Technical Education,” he said.

West Tallahatchie Construction Instructor Freddie Walker said he hopes the trip is the beginning of a continued relationship with CCC.

“Hopefully we can make this an annual thing,” said Walker. “We try to motivate the kids—even if they don’t go into construction or masonry—to seriously consider Coahoma.”