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Students Gain New Perspective with Hino Academy Interaction

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Students Gain New Perspective with Hino Academy Interaction

Participants in Mid-South Community College’s Technical Center program enjoyed the opportunity of lifetime on Oct. 10 when their counterparts from the Hino Technical Skills Academy in Japan visited our campus. The three-hour event included presentations, gift exchanges, games, a tour, and performances that will help the young men and women understand a little more about the diverse cultures of each nation. As has become our tradition, MSCCTC students greeted the visitors with name cards and presented their partners with “dog tags” made...

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Partnership with Memphis Bioworks Continues to Pay Dividends

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Partnership with Memphis Bioworks Continues to Pay Dividends

Five years ago, Mid-South Community College began cultivating a relationship with the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, and the resulting partnership continues to pay great dividends for our students, our institution, and our region. It all started in June 2009 with an invitation to Dr. Steven J. Bares, president/executive director of the organization, to speak at a Distinguished Lecture Series event at MSCC. As we listened to his presentation, we understood very quickly that a long-term partnership would be of significant benefit to everyone in...

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MSCC Participates in TAACCCT Grant — Again

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

MSCC Participates in TAACCCT Grant — Again

The final round of President Barack Obama’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative included a familiar name as a grantee – Mid-South Community College. In the four years of the program, our institution has received funding each time, including twice as either the lead entity or the sole awardee. Our educational partners are different this time – Southwest Tennessee Community College, the William R. Moore College of Technology, and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – but our goal...

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FedEx Lends Financial Support, Credibility to Aviation Program

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

FedEx Lends Financial Support, Credibility to Aviation Program

One of the things that we fortunately have the pleasure of saying quite often at our institution is “if you ever wonder if God still works miracles, just come hang out at Mid-South Community College.” The recent announcement by FedEx Express of a $250,000 gift toward construction of a new aviation technology facility is another instance of amazing things happening to an institution that continues to partner with great folks while doing the right things for the right reasons in the right ways. Four years ago, FedEx supported our efforts to...

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Constitution Day Provides Opportunity for Reflection

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Constitution Day Provides Opportunity for Reflection

While it doesn’t come with the fanfare of Independence Day or with a day off like Memorial Day, Constitution Day provides a great opportunity to reflect on our nation’s earlier times. Constitution Day celebrates and commemorates the culmination of about three months’ worth of arguing, fussing, and fighting with the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. One participant called its passage “little short of a miracle,” and some thought the historic document would never last. George Washington was even heard to say...

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Legislative Panel Meets at MSCC, Eyes Workforce Education

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Legislative Panel Meets at MSCC, Eyes Workforce Education

The Joint Performance Review Committee of the Arkansas Legislature met Sept. 16 at MSCC for a first-hand look at our workforce training model with an eye toward replicating it across the state. The meeting gave us a golden opportunity to highlight employment-relevant programs and training efforts at Arkansas Delta colleges. For those who may not know, the JPRC consists of 10 state senators and 20 state representatives. The committee has the authority and responsibility for periodic performance reviews of governmental programs and agencies to...

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Grover Lloyd Stands Tall; Scholarship Honors His Efforts

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Grover Lloyd Stands Tall; Scholarship Honors His Efforts

Brenda Lloyd Barber and Kathy Lloyd Rice recently endowed a scholarship in their father’s memory, giving us all an opportunity to hear a wonderful story. By all accounts, Grover Lloyd wasn’t a great man in his own eyes, but he epitomized greatness in the way he took care of his family and treated others. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Mr. Lloyd personally, but his story is certainly heartwarming, humbling, and inspirational. One of seven siblings, Lloyd dropped out of school after the sixth grade to help support his family. He...

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MSCC Breaking Ground on Hospitality Facility

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

MSCC Breaking Ground on Hospitality Facility

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, Mid-South Community College will take another step toward a world-class Hospitality Management program with the official groundbreaking for the Jeremy Jacobs Hospitality Center. Because hospitality management is a globally-dynamic and growing industry, this facility is of vital importance to our region. According to the World Trade Organization, industry growth is expected to triple by the end of this decade. If that potential is realized, many new workers with knowledge and skills related to the industry will be needed...

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Employees Earn Recognition

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Employees Earn Recognition

We often find ourselves so consumed by efforts to make Crittenden County and eastern Arkansas a better place to live and work that we fail to take the time to truly recognize those who are making it happen. Last week, however, we carved out a significant portion of a Friday afternoon to pay tribute to a number of folks who are affecting positive change in our region. During a campus-wide meeting on Aug. 29, we recognized 20 employees with service awards ranging from 5 to 30+ years. To those who aren’t intimately familiar with Mid-South...

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Coach Stoglin Continues to Give Back

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Blog | 5 comments

Coach Stoglin Continues to Give Back

A little less than five years ago, a man who looked vaguely familiar walked into my office to talk about something that was bothering him. We exchanged a few pleasantries before he addressed the subject that had been troubling him. “I don’t understand why you don’t have a basketball program at Mid-South Community College.” As you might have guessed from the blog title above, the man in my office was the legendary basketball coach Andy Stoglin For 20 years I had wanted our institution to be in a position to have the opportunity and...

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