CCC receives $50,000 grant for academic, career success of female students
CLARKSDALE – Thanks to a $50,000 grant awarded to Coahoma Community College this fall, a group of female students are now receiving the assistance needed to achieve academic and career success.

CCC receives $50,000 grant for academic, career success of female students

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

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Wed Jan 14, 2015

CLARKSDALE – Thanks to a $50,000 grant awarded to Coahoma Community College this fall, a group of female students are now receiving the assistance needed to achieve academic and career success.

CCC’s is proud to highlight its new Career Counseling and Remedial Prep Program for Women, funded by a grant awarded to CCC by the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi.

The 16-hour program offers both academic programing and career counseling to female students who have been required to take remedial developmental courses before enrolling in regular courses. It gives those students the opportunity to “test out” of the required developmental courses—eliminating 9 hours the student would otherwise be required to fulfill as a prerequisite.

“We chose this idea because a significant number of our students need some form of developmental reading or developmental math, so we felt it would be great to offer them remediation on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon,” said Program Director Rolonda Brown, CCC’s dean of academic affairs, who worked with Development Officer Letha Richards to organize the program.

Under the academic component, the program is providing preparatory training classes to female students needing remedial Beginning Math, Intermediate Algebra, Reading, and English classes. It’s being led by Academic Coordinator Yolonda Morton, CCC’s academic counselor, and instructors for the program include Pamela Tucker for Intermediate Math and Beginner Algebra and David Jones for Beginner English.

The grant also provided 25 iPads to be used during instruction.

“We wanted to have a strong technology component, so the instructors are using apps to teach a lot of the Math and English,” Brown said.

In addition to the preparatory classes, the female students are also given the opportunity to work with college and career counselors and attend workshops to develop and enhance their professional development skills.

Organized by Career Coordinator Karen Woods-Done, CCC’s director of student affairs and career services, the career component of the program is designed to assist participants with making and implementing informed educational and occupational choices. So far, the students have enjoyed several guest speakers from the community and have covered several topics including, resume writing, interview skills, time management, stress management, managing your online presence and professional attire.

As the first semester of the program comes to a close, three students will receive a cash award during a special press conference at 11 a.m. Friday in the Gallery, thanks to a generous $2,500 grant awarded to CCC by the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi through Entergy Mississippi.

“We’re thankful to the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi for supporting us and allowing us to make this opportunity available to our students,” said Brown. “We know it’s making a big difference because we’ve had one student to test out of remedial courses already.”

For information about CCC’s Career Counseling and Remedial Prep Program for Women, contact Brown at (662) 621-4244 or Richards at (662) 621-4088.