Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – High school juniors and seniors from across the Mississippi Delta received a lesson in agriculture and a free trip to Washington D.C. during Coahoma Community College’s 2nd Annual Presidential Leadership Camp last week.
Sponsored with a $75,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Village Project, the summer camp gave students the opportunity to spend three days and nights, July 6 -8, on CCC’s campus. Each day, morning workshops were geared towards agriculture while evening sessions were designed to help foster leadership skills
“Our main priority was to expose the students to the field of agriculture—show them what this field has to offer and how broad it is so that they can determine if they could possibly fit into this world and offer the field of agriculture something new, something great,” said CCC Dean of Academic Affairs Rolonda Brown.
The camp culminated with an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. that included visits to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, The Smithsonian Museum and a tour of the city.
“This trip to Washington D.C. was life-changing for many of the participants—at least that’s what they told us. They had the opportunity to see the nation’s capitol free of charge … many of them may not have had the opportunity otherwise,” Brown said.
Brown said the main goal of the camp is to expose students to new experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime.
“We believe that not only does learning take place in the classroom, but there are so many more ways that students can learn and so many more places where learning can take place,” said Brown. “Being able to experience different cultures and lifestyles—that’s where a different type of learning takes place for students and that’s what we wanted to provide them with this camp.”
Camp organizers included Brown; CCC Academic Counselor Yolanda Morton; and CCC Business Chair Deborah Carter.