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CCC celebrates first MI-BEST students with special program
CLARKSDALE – “It was scary for me at first because I’ve been out of school so long,” said Aquadrius Harris, a husband and father from Dundee, MS who recently decided to tackle pursuing his GED and associates degree from Coahoma Community College while holding down a job.

CCC celebrates first MI-BEST students with special program

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

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Thu May 12, 2016

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Pictured front row, from left, are CCC Workforce Executive Director Steven Jossell; CCC Career Pathway Navigator Nekedra Blockett; student Anthony Wilson of Gunnison, MS; student Devontavious Clark of Clarksdale, MS; (back row) student Aquarius Harris of Dundee, MS; student Charles Williams of Tunica, MS; student Christopher Harthcock of Clarksdale, MS; and student LaXavier Dunn of Clarksdale, MS.

CLARKSDALE – “It was scary for me at first because I’ve been out of school so long,” said Aquadrius Harris, a husband and father from Dundee, MS who recently decided to tackle pursuing his GED and associates degree from Coahoma Community College while holding down a job.  “But being in this program made me feel like I could. … I really appreciate this opportunity.”

“It’s been a great experience. …It’s just been a good environment for me,” added student LaXavier Dunn of Clarksdale, MS, who recently obtained his GED and is working towards a degree in Welding.

Harris’s and Dunn’s stories were just a couple of the many testimonials shared by students during CCC’s new Mississippi’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST) end-of-the-year celebration, hosted at the Ned Gathwright Workforce Development Center Wednesday morning.

MI-BEST gives eligible students the opportunity to begin training to become part of the workforce while earning their GED at the same time. The program offers many incentives for participants, such as paying for their first six college hours and even providing stipends.

While specifically designed for those pursing a GED, the program is also open to individuals who already have their GED/high school diploma, but would like to pursue a degree or gain job skills.

"This is the first year the MI-BEST Program is being offered here at CCC," said CCC Career Pathway Navigator Nekedra Blackett  "It was the perfect opportunity to show these students our appreciation for their commitment, participation and dedication in the program."

CCC Workforce Development Executive Director Steven Jossell said he's proud of the success of the program's first class.

“I am beyond the moon in terms of the success of this program and the participation rate,” said Jossell. “It’s really been a life-altering program for the individuals, and I’m really excited about what’s going to come about in the future.”

During the event, participants received information on the financial aid process from Financial Aid Counselor Taneshia Young and obtaining a Career Ready Certificate (CRC) from CCC Industrial Training Coordinator Kaye Bennett and CCC Personal Development ISP Coordinator Marilyn Shelton.

In addition to receiving Certificates of Completion, two students, Dunn and Christopher Harthcock of Clarksdale, MS, received $200 stipends for successfully passing their GED test. Other participants also received $20 incentives for successfully completing their first semester of coursework.

“I was shocked to learn that a program like this existed and that I qualified,” said student Anthony Wilson of Gunnison, MS. “It’s definitely a great class to be in. I’ve really learned a lot, and I feel like I’m a better person.”

Jossell said while the students expressed their gratitude, they should be proud of their role in helping to launch the program.

“We just wanted to show our appreciation,” said Jossell. “Our expectation level is high. Our phones are ringing off the hooks from individuals interested in the program, so we’re optimistic that we’re going to have another successful semester in the fall.”

CCC’s MI-Best program plans to hold orientation for the 2016 Fall semester Wednesday, May 18, at the Ned Gathwright Workforce Development Center.

For questions of more information, contact Blockett at (662) 621-4301 or nblockett@coahomacc.edu.

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