Shirley Johnson

There is No Time Limit on Goals
“Johnson set to graduate years after becoming CCC’s first female security officer.”

Shirley Johnson has come full circle here at Coahoma Community College.  The Juvenile Justice and Business double major and native of Belzoni is graduating Saturday from CCC, the place where she first started her full-time career in 1998.

There is No Time Limit on Goals

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy , Glynda Duncan, contributing writer

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Fri May 11, 2018

“Johnson set to graduate years after becoming CCC’s first female security officer.”

Shirley JohnsonShirley Johnson has come full circle here at Coahoma Community College.  The Juvenile Justice and Business double major and native of Belzoni is graduating Saturday from CCC, the place where she first started her full-time career in 1998.

Johnson, a mother and grandmother, was the first female security officer to work for the CCC police force in 1998.  She remained an officer until 2002 when she decided to become a police officer in the Town of Friars Point.  When her opportunity to return to CCC came along, she grabbed it.  Johnson enrolled as a non-traditional student in Summer Session 2017. “My grandkids encouraged me to come back and get my degree in Criminal Justice, so I did,” said Johnson.  

She remembers feeling apprehensive and a little fearful in those first couple of days of English Composition I with Mr. David L. Jones, instructor, mainly because there were lots of football players in her class as well as much younger students.   “Mr. Jones encouraged me to speak out.”  After that, she thrived in his class and loved writing and reading short stories.

Shirley JohnsonIn Fall 2017, she became adept in research working in Ms. Glynda Duncan’s English Composition II class and writing the dreaded research paper. “I knew I had to do it, so I got started on it right away in class.  Once I got into it, I was hooked.  It was interesting,” said the double major who also wants to deal in real estate.

The versatile Johnson was busy with studies, but found time to serve as a Dormitory Resident Assistant.  Being a veteran, 57, mother and grandmother, she knew the things her dorm mates would need; being a colleague and peer, she related to their schedules, frustrations, and stress levels. “I just love mentoring and helping younger students.”
Well-respected by her peers and instructors, Johnson is involved in many campus activities and honor. Her interest in real estate and business law, taught by Jeremy Pittman, led her to one more new venture.  She is currently running as a candidate for Justice Court Judge in Belzoni.   

Headed to Mississippi Valley State University this fall to continue her education, the mother and grandmother is excited about her future in criminal justice, politics, and, of course, her family: daughter Jennifer Johnson-Rush; her three children – Aaron, 16, Chelsea, 12, and Gi’Myiah, 9; and son Marcus Johnson and grandson, Marquis, 16; her son-in-law Derrick Rush and her daughter-in-law, Equanna Jones-Johnson.