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Two-Year College Group Changes Name, Retains Focus

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

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 | 2 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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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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