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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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SkillsUSA Students Invest Time, Energy to Compete

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

SkillsUSA Students Invest Time, Energy to Compete

Mid-South Community College’s top SkillsUSA students will travel to Hot Springs early next week to take on challengers from across Arkansas in the annual State Leadership and Skills Championship. We are sending about 50 of our best and brightest for a great experience, a great opportunity, and a chance to make us proud once again. Our SkillsUSA chapter is less than a decade old but has already produced 146 gold, silver and bronze medals, an average of 18 per year. About the only competitions in which we haven’t finished in the top three...

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Delayed Black History Event Worth the Wait

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

Delayed Black History Event Worth the Wait

Our 11th Annual Black History celebration didn’t go exactly as planned because of Old Man Winter, but when the weather finally cleared, we enjoyed a program that was well worth the wait. Guest speaker Derwin Sisnett, a trail-blazing educator who worked at Mid-South Community College before tackling a major challenge in Memphis, provided an inspirational, motivational address about his early struggles and later successes. Born in the rough Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., Sisnett painted a bleak picture of his childhood. He told us...

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Tommy Goldsby Leaves the World a Better Place than He Found It

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Tommy Goldsby Leaves the World a Better Place than He Found It

Albert Einstein, generally considered one of the greatest scientists of all time, once offered this bit of advice about making a positive impact on the world: “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” I can think of many people who have attained the former but far fewer who have accomplished the latter. I don’t know if the late Thomas B. Goldsby Jr. had heard or read Einstein’s quote, but he certainly epitomized it. Mr. Goldsby could easily be described as successful by any applicable measures, but,...

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Adjunct Faculty Making ‘Super’ Contributions to MSCC

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Adjunct Faculty Making ‘Super’ Contributions to MSCC

Mid-South Community College recently recognized seven adjunct faculty members for extraordinary contributions during the fall semester to our mission to change the educational landscape of the Arkansas Delta. Nakeisha Griffin, Daphne Jones, Murat Kavuncu, Roxanne Lee, Angela Payne, Darlene Smith, and Amy Ware received certificates and financial incentives for their above-and-beyond efforts to encourage our students. Lee is the “dean” of the honorees with service to the College dating back to 2002. She served as a part-time instructor for...

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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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