Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – It’s been an eye-opening school year for two Coahoma Community College staffers who recently completed the 2014-15 Mississippi Education Policy Fellowship Program (MS-EPFP).
CCC Dual Enrollment Coordinator Shanelle Frazier of Clarksdale, MS and Director of Talent Search Joseph McKee of Cleveland, MS were two of 18 professional and civic leaders from across to the state to participate in the 10-month intensive professional development program designed for emerging leaders in education and related fields to help equip them in working towards sound education policies and practices in Mississippi.
The two received diplomas recognizing their successful completion of the leadership program focusing on public policy in education last month during a ceremony hosted at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS.
“I definitely benefitted from the key components of the program, which are networking and leadership,” said Frazier. “I look at leadership in a different way now, and I’ve made some life-long connections with my cohorts.”
McKee said he was most intrigued by the inside look at the politics behind educational policy.
“I had an idea, but the three-hour simulation we were able to experience changed my entire life,” he said. “I learned that you definitely have to be prepared to ‘offend and defend’— offend someone else’s agenda, while simultaneously defending your own.”
Program highlights included an extensive four-day Civil Rights bus tour that began in Philadelphia, MS and included stops in Meridian, MS and Selma, AL before ending in Birmingham, AL.
Most recently, the two were also afforded the opportunity to travel to the nation’s capitol in April to participate in a four-day Washington Policy Seminar and tour the city.
The MS-EPFP is an initiative of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development, located at Mississippi State University. The program operates under the auspices of the national Education Policy Fellowship Program of the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.