Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - email@example.com
Industry leaders joined CCC faculty, staff and students in celebrating "MI-BEST Week" Thursday morning during a special program hosted in the Gallery.
CLARKSDALE – Some had problems in the past remaining dedicated to attending GED classes. Others didn’t take their high school studies seriously or found themselves hanging with the wrong crowd, eventually fueling a decision to drop-out.
Whatever the reason, students enrolled in Coahoma Community College’s Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST) program expressed gratitude for a second chance at obtaining a high school diploma and college education.
Students were given the opportunity to share their stories during a special program hosted in honor of “MI-BEST Week”, designated Oct. 17-22 by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant.
“For the past five years I would sign up for GED classes then after two-weeks or so I would drop out,” shared Jacqueline Campbell of Clarksdale, Miss. “After signing up for MI-BEST, I have learned to be persistent and persevere. …For the first time in my life, I am motivated and determined. I will not stop this time. I can not give up.”
Xavier Daughrity of Mound Bayou, Miss. said he was always a good student until middle school.
“Once I fell off academically, I had a hard time getting back on track. That’s why I tell kids all the time to stay focused,” he said.
After repeating a grade in high school, Daughrity felt ashamed that he would no longer be graduating with the kids he’d known since pre-school. He decided not to return to school.
Daughrity initially believed his chances to experience college were over, but thanks to the MI-BEST program, he’s since been able to earn his GED, enroll in CCC’s Welding program, and even join the Tigers Band.
“I can’t blame anyone for my past mistakes but myself… but MI-BEST has given me the opportunity to own up to them and make them right,” he said.
MI-BEST offers individuals the opportunity to enroll in GED courses, while also obtaining college credits, job readiness skills and industry credentials. Program participants may also be eligible for other incentives, such as free GED testing, college tuition assistance, as well as stipends to help cover gas and childcare.
During the event, hosted Thursday in the Gallery, students in CCC's MI-BEST program received some guidance, as well as encouragement, from CCC staff and local business/industry leaders.
Presenters included Charlestien Harris of Southern Bancorp Community Partners; CCC Admissions Recruiter Kerry Lee; Christie Sledge of the MS Developmental Authority; CCC Director of Enrollment and Student Services Karen Done; CCC Financial Aid Counselor Taneshia Young; Jeremy Robinson of Sivad, Inc.; CCC Dean of Career and Technical Education Anne Clark; and CCC Coordinator of Career Services and Placement Trina Cox.
In addition, the program’s first group of participants were recognized for receiving a Certificate of Recognition from U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) for their dedication to the program.
“This is just our second semester and we’ve been able to grow from eight students to nearly 50 students,” said CCC Workforce Navigator Nekedra Blockett. “I thank each of our students from their participation and dedication in our MI-BEST program. Without them, it wouldn’t be as successful as it is today.”
MI-Best was made possible through a $6 million grant awarded to the Mississippi Community College Board in 2015 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It is also supported by a $100k grant from the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi.
Registration for CCC’s Spring 2017 MI-BEST program is now open.
For questions or more information, contact Blockett at (662) 621-4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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