Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – A group of Tigers recently visited the Mississippi State Capitol where they received a history lesson outside of a Coahoma Community College classroom.
Seven students in CCC’s Social Science Society participated in a fieldtrip to Jackson Thursday, March 17, to observe and learn how the Legislature functions. The club is designed to provide students the opportunity to discuss vital social issues and engage in projects that address social problems and/or benefit the college or community.
During the visit, Tigers had the opportunity to fellowship with local Senator Robert Jackson and Representative Orlando Paden. They also were introduced to several lobbyists and had a unique opportunity to learn about the history of the Capitol Building.
According to CCC History Instructor John Mayo, one of the club’s advisors, the purpose of the trip was to familiarize students with the workings of the Mississippi Legislature as well as to present them with an opportunity to meet Senators, Representatives, lobbyists, clerks, lawyers, and staff who all play an essential role in the day-to-day operations of the legislature.
“It is very difficult to teach how government works without students being able to connect the classroom teachings with the hands-on experience of seeing it happen,” said Mayo. “Now, when I talk of particular issues I can add, ‘Do you remember when you saw?’”
Mayo said the trip was very insightful and beneficial to those students attending.
“Trips like these not only enhance teaching but bring off the pages or out of the videos the real life stories of history and government,” said Mayo.
“My only regret is I cannot take the whole class. …How can you adequately teach an appreciation of the Civil War without walking the hills of Vicksburg, the graveyard at Shiloh, or the fields of Gettysburg?”
CLICK HERE to view more photos from the trip on CCC's Facebook page!