CCC alum thanks Instructors for launching new army career
CLARKSDALE – It’s on some people’s bucket list to do once in their lifetime. But CCC alumnus Mikeius Stokes has parachuted from a plane seven times and counting.

CCC alum thanks Instructors for launching new army career

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

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Fri Feb 13, 2015

Pictured, from left are Computer Servicing Technology Instructor Melvin Newson; CCC alumnus Mikes Stokes; and Computer Servicing Technology Instructor Chivas Davis.

CLARKSDALE – It’s on some people’s bucket list to do once in their lifetime. But CCC alumnus Mikeius Stokes has parachuted from a plane seven times and counting.

“I was a little scared the first two times, but after that it just became natural for me,” said Stokes who currently serves a Parachute Rigger in the United States Army.

A Farrow, MS native, Stokes departed CCC Division of Career and Technical Education’s Computer Servicing Technology program in 2013 to enlist in the Army.

Now stationed in Washington, Stokes visited home this week to touch base and thank two of his former Computer Servicing Technology Instructors and mentors Melvin Newson and Chivas Davis.

“They (Newson and Davis) we’re two great mentors to me. …They’ve always been a big support,” Stokes said. “After I shared with them that I was interested in joining the army, they made sure that I had everything that I needed and supported me 100 percent.”

Newson said that watching his student move forward in life was a bittersweet moment.

“I really hated to see such a good student leave, but he finished one year in our program and he was ready to enter his career. I’m very happy for him, I’m happy to see his success and I wish him luck, ” Newson said.

According to Stokes, the knowledge and skills he gained during that time has been a big asset.

“I can really say their classes helped to prepare me,” said Stokes. “Most of the information they taught in class was actually on the ASVAB test, so they really helped me to get where I am today.”

Davis said it’s a great feeling as an instructor to see his students do well.

“I’m proud to see a former student serve our great country,” Davis said. “I hope he continues his endeavors to be successful in the military.”