Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - email@example.com
Pictured, from left, are CCC Instructors Yuvonie Gardner, Elizabeth Melton, Vivian Williams, Emmitt Riley; Broadstreet Principal Sonya DeBose; BroadStreet Lead Teacher Patricia Flowers; and CCC Social Science Department Chair Barbara Boschert.
CLARKSDALE – A group of Coahoma Community College faculty members left their college classrooms to travel to a local high school and tutor students preparing to take their state exams and mentor another group regarding making the right choices in life.
A partnership with CCC and Broad Street High School in Shelby, MS initially formed last fall, with faculty from CCC’s Social Science Department visiting the high school to engage first-year teachers in an interactive Reading Apprenticeship Workshop and provide assistance with English II and U.S. History Subject Area Testing Program (SATP) that students must pass to receive their high school diploma.
Sonya DeBose, the first year principal of the 170 Broad Street 9th through 12 graders, said it was a pleasant surprise when CCC Social Science Department Chair Barbara Boschert contacted her about building the partnership.
“I had the opportunity to work with Ms. Boschert a few years ago, so I was excited when she called to inform me about an initiative by (CCC President) Dr. Towner to send Coahoma into some of the local schools to offer many type of services,” said DeBose. “We are very fortunate they chose to reach out to us.”
That partnership continued March 27 with members of CCC’s Social Science Department visited the school again to offer a review of material on the state test, as well as the opportunity to talk to students about how their actions today could affect their life in the future.
The English II SATP session was led by CCC Instructor Emmitt Riley and a US History SATP session led by Boschert and CCC Instructor Elizabeth Melton. A third session, led by CCC instructors Vivian Williams and Yuvonie Gardner, focused on creating goals and making appropriate choices.
“By all accounts this was a successful visit,” said Boschert. “Principal DeBose welcomed the unexpected gesture and was enthusiastic about out visit; she could not have been more accommodating. The positive response from administration and the students demonstrates that an ongoing relationship with the high schools in our districts is one of the keys to CCC’s future.”
Debose said the visits are making a big difference and fueling the students’ eagerness to attend college.
“CCC came in and the kids are really comfortable with them and enjoyed them. I think it’s great that they’re coming into the schools, building relationships with our students,” she said. “We have a number of students who are planning to attend CCC so it’s been a great partnership. …Our seniors, in particular, are looking forward to seeing (CCC instructors) next year, and it’s great that they’re building that relationship early so that once they attend CCC in the fall they’ll already have someone on campus they’re familiar with.”
Boschert said she believes an ongoing relationship with the district’s high schools in one of the keys to CCC’s future.
“This partnership is a successful example of a community partnership that could ultimately result in student recruitment,” she said. “This also presents a further opportunity for CCC to serve as a beacon of light and support for the larger educational community.”
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