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Career Coach Program Providing Great Opportunities

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Career Coach Program Providing Great Opportunities

Thanks to the special efforts of Mid-South Community College Career Coach Cortez Washington, two MSCC concurrent-enrollment/Academies of West Memphis students and one AWM student spent a day helping state lawmakers with their legislative duties. On Feb. 10, Washington transported Mid-South students Kelsi Burns (taking three classes at MSCC) and Anna Beth Haney (taking two college classes), as well as Academies student Sabina Therenciel, to Little Rock to participate in the 90th General Assembly of the Arkansas State Legislature. The young...

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Legislators Unlikely to Boost Higher Education This Year

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Legislators Unlikely to Boost Higher Education This Year

The 90th General Assembly of the Arkansas State Legislature is nearing the end of its sixth week of the 2015 regular session, and it appears unlikely to provide much, if any, new money for higher education. Arkansas fiscal policy has always leaned heavily toward conservatism, and that policy will likely not be challenged at this point. If we were in any other session where it wasn’t occurring under a newly-elected, first-term governor with a large number of new lawmakers, we would probably find ourselves in a fantastic position. Why? Our...

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Fans Needed for Saturday Showdown at The Dog House

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Fans Needed for Saturday Showdown at The Dog House

March Madness, Mid-South Community College style, is coming to West Memphis in mid-February. The Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds will host North Arkansas College on Saturday, Feb. 14, in a crucial Region 2 showdown, and we need your help to create the optimum home-court advantage. The winners of Saturday’s games will host the regional tournament, and the more fans we have cheering for the Greyhounds, the better our chances will be of playing at home again on Feb. 28. When the Pioneers/Lady Pioneers walk into our gym on Saturday, they will...

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Hail to the Chief – Time is Right for Free Tuition

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Hail to the Chief – Time is Right for Free Tuition

When President Barak Obama unveiled his “America’s College Promise” proposal on Jan. 7, his presentation struck a chord with two-year institution students and leaders throughout the country. The President’s plan, if it survives the political minefield that can be our nation’s capital, would make two years of community college free for students who maintain a 2.5 grade-point average and make steady progress toward completion of a certificate or degree. Considering that public, two-year colleges serve nearly 40 percent of all of the...

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Adult Education Program Providing Second Chances

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Adult Education Program Providing Second Chances

The most recent U.S. Census (2010) indicated that as many as 39 million Americans lack a high school credential. That astronomically-high number represents about 18 percent of the nation’s adult population and also represents hopelessness. Mid-South Community College’s Adult Education program is doing its part to decrease those figures and increase the hopes and opportunities of people in our region. Under the direction of Donnylle Hampton, our staff members are working with teenagers through senior citizens to help them improve their...

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Merger With ASU System Becomes Official, Takes Effect July 1

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Merger With ASU System Becomes Official, Takes Effect July 1

Mid-South Community College has taken a historic step forward by joining the Arkansas State University System. Both boards approved a merger agreement on Jan. 9, and the change will take effect on July 1, pending approval by our mutual accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Our campus will become known as Arkansas State University Mid-South. The merger will provide great benefits, some of which we probably haven’t even contemplated at this point. First and foremost, the strengthened partnership...

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College Resolves to Keep Students No. 1

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

College Resolves to Keep Students No. 1

The New Year has arrived, and if 2014 statistics hold true, many resolutions made a mere week ago have already been abandoned. According to information compiled by the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, 25 percent of the people who profess to making resolutions fail to maintain their determination beyond the first week. By the end of the 12-month period, nearly half of all those who vowed to change something about themselves admit to infrequent success or abject failure. We’re going to do better than that. While Mid-South...

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MSCC Enjoys Banner Year, Blessings in 2014

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

MSCC Enjoys Banner Year, Blessings in 2014

It hardly seems possible, but the days of December have wound down, and 2014 is history. Mid-South Community College enjoyed another banner year highlighted by many accomplishments and more than a few instances of divine intervention. In January 2014, The Manufacturing Institute recognized our welding program for teaching to industry standards. Also in the tech world, instructors Gary Giordano and Kelly Bearden earned 18 National Institute for Metalworking Skills certifications, an amazing feat and an important step toward overall program...

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Adaptive Learning System Helping Math Students

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Adaptive Learning System Helping Math Students

More than 200 Mid-South Community College Developmental Math students worked with instructors, tutors, and adaptive instructional software this semester to complete at least one course, a major accomplishment for all concerned. Adding to the excitement is the fact that 24 of those students earned credit for multiple classes, and a dozen even worked their way through all three prep courses to meet the requirements for taking the next step toward a brighter future. On December 4, our math faculty recognized individuals who completed multiple...

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Third-Party Certifications Helping Our Students

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

Third-Party Certifications Helping Our Students

Eight of our Machine Technology students recently took giant steps toward lucrative and rewarding careers by earning National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification in Measurement, Materials & Safety. In fact, one of the students used his newly-acquired certificate to land a job at Hino Motors Manufacturing in Marion. West Memphian Bernard Grier, who completed two of the four course modules before earning his certification, told course instructor and program lead Gary Giordano that having the credential “definitely...

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