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Working for MSCC is the Best Job I’ll Ever Have

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

Working for MSCC is the Best Job I’ll Ever Have

At the end of the day on June 30, I will step down as president of Mid-South Community College to lead the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce initiative. I will do so with extremely mixed emotions because I will be leaving the best job I ever expect to have. I can state with a significant level of certainty that I’ll never have another set of circumstances as empowering, energizing, and rewarding as this. In a perfect world, we would all get to stay frozen in time at the place where we enjoy life the most. Unfortunately,...

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Student Success Stories Continue to Abound

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Student Success Stories Continue to Abound

Less than a month ago, I wrote about the ongoing successes of our students on state and national assessments and professional licensure exams, and almost before I made the last keystroke, more stories about high achievements came across my desk. Because our job is to help our students succeed, we are indeed proud of them when they triumph in the classroom or in their chosen profession. The following is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it is representative of additional good things happening because of our students’ ability to access...

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Mid-South’s New Leader a Great Fit for Institution, Region

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Mid-South’s New Leader a Great Fit for Institution, Region

On June 5, Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch announced the selection of a former Mid-South Community College employee as the first chancellor of what is tentatively scheduled to become ASU Mid-South on July 1. Pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission at its June 25-26 meeting, the college will join the university system at the beginning of the new fiscal year, and Dr. Debra West will serve as the chief executive officer starting Aug. 1. The ASU System conducted an extensive national search for the position,...

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Trustees Have Paved the Way for MSCC’s Great Success

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Trustees Have Paved the Way for MSCC’s Great Success

On June 8, I enjoyed the distinct pleasure of awarding Board of Trustees members honorary associate of arts degrees from Mid-South Community College, likely the last that will ever be bestowed. Pending Higher Learning Commission approval of our merger with the Arkansas State University System, we will become ASU Mid-South on July 1, and all subsequent honorary degrees will bear that name. Our institution has flourished for a number of reasons. I’m very proud of the number of people who have worked for our institution after starting out as...

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Jacobs Hospitality Center – Taking Good Ideas and Making Them Great

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Jacobs Hospitality Center – Taking Good Ideas and Making Them Great

While it isn’t the absolute final step, Mid-South Community College moved closer to a world-class hospitality management program with the dedication of the Jeremy Jacobs Hospitality Center on June 2. The traditional African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” may not have direct application to the effort, but its reference to the need for many people working together to accomplish something significant certainly fits. The list of partners is long, but it’s something that we’re going to make certain we fully...

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College, Students Continue to Excel Despite Challenges

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

College, Students Continue to Excel Despite Challenges

Mid-South Community College recently aced its State Performance Funding Methodology “exam,” and our students continue to excel in variety of academic, technical, and professional pursuits. Both our institution and our students persist despite what many would consider overwhelming obstacles as we repeatedly demonstrate what can be accomplished when commitment, effort, and divine intervention come together. MSCC earned 9.87 points out of 10 (98.7%) on the annual Performance Funding Methodology assessment conducted by the Arkansas Department...

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Scholarship Effort Focuses on Helping ‘Working Poor’

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Scholarship Effort Focuses on Helping ‘Working Poor’

Mid-South Community College’s Foundation has announced an aggressive campaign to raise $250,000 for a scholarship endowment designed to help folks trapped by circumstances beyond their control. The “Working for the Future Scholarship” will provide six $1,000 awards each year to boost working parents interested in improving their lot in life. The biggest challenge we face as a community is taking people who are destined to be ensnared by their environment and giving them the resources they need to move beyond what they ever thought...

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Barbara Baxter Receives Well-Deserved Recognition

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Barbara Baxter Receives Well-Deserved Recognition

It is not uncommon for me to explain to folks that if they wonder if God still works miracles, all they have to do is come to Mid-South Community College. Last week, we celebrated what I consider to be one of our most compelling examples: the legacy of Dr. Barbara Baxter and her two decades of remarkable contributions to this institution and the profound manner in which her work has touched untold lives. Only a few of us can remember what Mid-South Community College was like in 1992, a mere two years before Dr. Baxter graced us with her...

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Career Pathways Study Will Reinforce What We Already Know

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Career Pathways Study Will Reinforce What We Already Know

The Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative has announced a comprehensive study that will evaluate the state’s nationally-recognized program which provides education and job training for low-income residents with children. Through careful analysis of more than 30,000 student records, the study, a joint project of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Annie E. Casey Foundation, will focus on CPI’s social and economic impact on our state. Not surprisingly, at least to anyone even remotely familiar or associated with Career...

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MSCC Hits Home Run with Sonja Tate Hire

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

MSCC Hits Home Run with Sonja Tate Hire

While the name of the game isn’t baseball, our hiring of Sonja Tate to lead the women’s basketball program prompted at least a couple of people to declare that we had “hit the ball out of the park.” Maybe they should have said we had swished a game-winning, three-pointer at the buzzer, but we all understand what they meant. Knocking the ball out of the park is the ultimate accomplishment for a hitter, and we have essentially matched that feat by landing one of the rising stars in the coaching profession. Our institution thrives in...

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