22 complete CCC’s first Drone Technology training
CLARKSDALE – Kieanna Henry never imagined that she would have the opportunity to secure a career in drone technology right in her hometown—Clarksdale, MS.

22 complete CCC’s first Drone Technology training

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

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Tue Sep 5, 2017

Twenty-two individuals completed CCC's first Drone Technology training. Pictured (front row, from left) are graduates Dewayne Miller of Clarksdale, MS; Adrian Johnson of Clarksdale, MS; Kieanna Henry of Clarksdale, MS; Teina Childs of Tutwiler, MS; Christy Floyd of Clarksdale, MS: Carlos Fair Sr. of Clarksdale, MS; Destiny Bailey of Clarksdale, MS; (second row) Dominique Jackson of Clarksdale, MS; Camille Staten of Marks, MS; Darius Gates of Tunica, MS; Leon Brown of Clarksdale, MS; Christopher Mullins Sr. of Clarksdale, MS; (back row) Thomas White of Cleveland, MS; and Michael Henderson of Clarksdale, MS; Sherron Turner of Rome, MS; Derrick Roberson of Clarksdale, MS; Katrel Brown of Clarksdale, MS; Calvin Suggs of Jonestown, MS; Terrance Homes of Jonestown, MS; and Rickey Smith of Clarksdale, MS. Not pictured is Michael Self of Clarksdale, MS.

Kieanna Henry never imagined that she would have the opportunity to secure a career in drone technology right in her hometown—Clarksdale, MS.

“I’m very excited. …It was really unexpected,” said Henry, who was recently selected as the first hire for the new, Clarksdale-based drone factory Delta Southern UAS after completing a training with Coahoma Community College (CCC).

“When I learned about the drone training at Coahoma Community College, I saw it as an opportunity to pursue an interest of mine.” said Henry. “This job is very different from anything I’ve done before, but because of this opportunity, I’m able to make a better living for myself.”

Henry was one of 22 individuals recognized for completing CCC’s first Drone Technology training Thursday night at the CCC Workforce Development Center.

The 45-hour class is the first of its kind in the area and was introduced by CCC to meet the industry needs of the new business.

In addition to Henry, one other graduate has also landed a job with the unique company, and Delta Southern UAS President Bill Blackwelder said he expects to hire even more in the near future.

“We’re excited about this partnership,” said Blackwelder. “These are just regular people from the community that are applying for jobs and wanted to know the drone industry.”

According to Blackwelder, the training, led by instructor Charles Sledge, provided the individuals with a firm foundation in assembling and flying the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

“They can just about build a drone now, and they’ve also done flight training,” said Blackwelder. “What we’re accomplishing now are the first steps to bringing in the high technology that Clarksdale and the Delta needs.”

During Thursday night’s event, graduates received words of encouragement from entrepreneur and motivational speaker Pam Chatman.

“To see so many of you taking control of your lives is really impressive,” said Chatman. “You all have prepared yourself for opportunity. ….Coahoma has opened the doors right in your own backyard, and I salute you for taking the chance to learn something different.”

Chatman reminded the graduates to stay focused and to always remember that they can shape their own destiny.

“You have the power to empower, but you have to activate that power,” said Chatman. “Don’t let people define you.”

The event concluded with presentation of certificates by CCC Workforce Executive Director Steven Jossell and Drone Technology Instructor Charles Sledge.

Those graduates recognized included: Dewayne Miller of Clarksdale, MS; Adrian Johnson of Clarksdale, MS; Kieanna Henry of Clarksdale, MS; Teina Childs of Tutwiler, MS; Christy Floyd of Clarksdale, MS: Carlos Fair Sr. of Clarksdale, MS; Destiny Bailey of Clarksdale, MS; Dominique Jackson of Clarksdale, MS; Camille Staten of Marks, MS; Darius Gates of Tunica, MS; Leon Brown of Clarksdale, MS; Christopher Mullins Sr. of Clarksdale, MS; Thomas White of Cleveland, MS; and Michael Henderson of Clarksdale, MS; Sherron Turner of Rome, MS; Derrick Roberson of Clarksdale, MS; Katrel Brown of Clarksdale, MS; Calvin Suggs of Jonestown, MS; Terrance Homes of Jonestown, MS; Rickey Smith of Clarksdale, MS; and Michael Self of Clarksdale, MS.

For questions or more information about upcoming drone trainings, contact CCC's Workforce Development Center at (662) 627-9139.

CLICK HERE to view more photos from the ceremony on CCC's Facebook page!