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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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Two-Year College Group Changes Name, Retains Focus

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Two-Year College Group Changes Name, Retains Focus

It didn’t make the national news and hardly made a media ripple at home, but the group originally known as the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges has become “Arkansas Community Colleges.” Under new leadership for the first time since its inception, the organization chose a different name to better reflect the diverse nature and mission of its 22 member institutions. In announcing the change, the ACC explained it thusly on its website: “We are the same Association you have known since 1989, but we have a fresh new look that we...

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Potential Merger Between MSCC, ASU Would Benefit Community, State, Region

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog | 3 comments

Potential Merger Between MSCC, ASU Would Benefit Community, State, Region

We are privileged to often be able to share cool things that are happening at Mid-South Community College that positively affect our region. And I cannot think of greater news than this recent development. In this past week, our Board of Trustees, with the involvement of the Foundation’s leadership, has agreed to enter into discussions to potentially become a part of the Arkansas State University System. I think it’s safe to say that our position in the workforce education conversation in our state, region, and even our country is probably...

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Academic All-Star Beats Odds, Shines Brightly

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Academic All-Star Beats Odds, Shines Brightly

By his own admission, Mid-South Community College student Treyvon Olden is unaccustomed to recognition for academic success. To this point in his life, most of the 19-year-old’s accolades have come from athletic endeavors. So when he earned our institution’s highest honor for a student, he had a simple question – why? The answer is also very simple; the story behind it is much more complex. Treyvon Olden is a classic example of why Mid-South Community College exists. Raised in a one-parent home in a rough section of Memphis, Olden’s...

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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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