MDCC Teachers Present Workshop

  • Wednesday, 24 September 2014 05:31

Two Mississippi Delta Community College instructors recently presented a workshop about teaching dual enrollment English at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Two Year College English Association of Mississippi (TYCAM).

“Dual Enrollment: Double the Pleasure, Double the Challenge,” presented by MDCC English teachers Emily Riser and Renee Moore, explored the highs and lows of teaching college level English classes to high school juniors and seniors.

Riser, who teaches at the Moorhead campus and is a dual enrollment instructor at Pillow Academy in Greenwood, Miss., explained how she often has to adjust assignments to make them interesting and relevant to younger students, while still maintaining the required rigor.

Moore, who teaches at MDCC’s Greenville Higher Education Center (GHEC), stressed the importance of a college’s dual enrollment instructors being flexible and diplomatic when they travel to high schools and must interact with a school’s students, staff, and parents.

Riser says, “Among the biggest challenges of teaching dual enrollment students are that they are graduating seniors, often experiencing senioritis, and that these students know each other very well.” On the other hand, as both teachers pointed out, “The students in dual enrollment are often the top students at their respective schools, and these classes give them and their parents an opportunity to interact with MDCC and the college’s quality programs.”

TYCAM is the professional association for English teachers at Mississippi’s community colleges, and is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, through its national and regional two-year college divisions.

In February, MDCC’s English faculty and other members of TYCAM will host the 50th anniversary Southeastern regional meeting of community college English teachers.

Ammons Elected to National Board

  • Monday, 15 September 2014 07:11

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Dr. John Ammons was recently elected to the Board of Directors of The National Science Teachers Association, the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Ammons is a 27 year veteran of the MDCC biological science faculty where he has taught Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, General Biology, and Zoology.Ammons. Elected by NSTA’s membership, the new board and council members began serving their three-year term June 1.

“The new board and council members bring a vast amount of experience and diverse perspectives to the table,” said NSTA President Juliana Texley. “They will use their expertise in the field of science education to bring about positive change and effective solutions to pressing issues facing the association and its members.”

The new board members join a 13-member board that oversees NSTA’s finances, policies and procedures, and strategic planning.

John Ammons is a member of the biological science faculty at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead. Prior to joining the NSTA council, he served on the NSTA board and was a member of the 2011 planning committee for the NSTA Area Conference in New Orleans. He also sits on the NSTA Awards and Recognition Committee and was selected to be on the NSTA science lab safety advisory board.

Ammons served for two years as president of the Mississippi Science Teachers Association (2008-2010) and continues to be a member of the MSTA board of directors. He has received a number of awards in Mississippi, including the 2004 Headware Teacher Award from the state legislature; the 2003 MSTA College Science Teacher of the Year; and the 2000 Lamplighter award selected by MDCC faculty for teaching excellence.

Ammons holds a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi, a M.S. from University of Southern Mississippi, and a B.S. from Mississippi State University. In addition, he has completed additional graduate work at The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Boston University and Oxford University, Oxford England.

 

Veteran Making a Presence at MDCC

  • Monday, 15 September 2014 07:06

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After serving in the Air National Guard with tours in Iraq and Korea, one Mississippi Delta Community College student is finding a new home and a new career path on the Moorhead, Miss., campus.

McLane Milner of Greenwood, Miss., is currently a welding student at MDCC.

A 2004 graduate of Pillow Academy, Milner considered joining the U.S. Army immediately afMcClane_Milner_Uniform_Pic.jpgter high school, but changed his mind at the last minute. Instead, he began his college career at MDCC, but discovered that he was lacking the direction and motivation necessary for college success.

Milner notes, “You are not going to learn what you don’t want to know. Some people learn the hard way, and some people figure it out.”

He quit college after a year to join the workforce, and soon joined the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th fighter wing as an F16 crew chief. During his service, he served a three and one-half month tour in Iraq in 2009 and a month and one-half tour in Korea in 2010. After being honorable discharged in 2012, Milner returned home to Greenwood, Miss.

“I didn’t really have a sense of direction coming out of high school, but I learned the advantages of what the military could provide,” Milner says. “I joined the military to help pay for school, and it’s paying off now.”

For those struggling to find their path after high school, he says, “The military is the perfect place to find the discipline and the gumption to want to do better for yourself. The biggest thing I learned in the military is discipline.” That discipline is paying off in the classroom, where Milner is currently enrolled in the school’s welding program.

MDCC’s welding program is a career course designed to develop skills in various methods of welding. Throughout the program, the student is taught arc welding, oxyacetylene torch, plasma arc cutting, mig welding, and tungsten inert gas techniques on both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Classroom instruction also is received in blueprint reading, welding metallurgy, welding theory, types of welding machines, and manual inert gas techniques. At the end of the second semester, students are prepared to take the American Welding Society Code Test for arc welders and seek employment.

Leading MDCC’s program is instructor Roger Wright. Milner says, “He’s a splendid teacher. He doesn’t tell you anything you don’t need to know. It’s all about safety.”

Milner previously worked for Wright in Wright’s private business, and the instructor was convinced his young employee could accomplish more through MDCC’s welding program.

The Milner family is not new to MDCC, as the younger Milner’s grandfather was instrumental in developing the college’s dental hygienist program.

The late Dr. Arthur Hugo Richter, Greenwood’s first dentist and an Air Force veteran himself, also got his start in the military. A Greenwood native, Milner says, “My grandfather saw that dental hygiene wasn’t a very big factor here in the Delta, and wanted to do something to correct that. He wanted people to take better care of their mouths.”

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Front row, from left, are Tyler Findley of Greenville, Jason Ables of Winona, Drew Pounds of
Grenada, Harley Rawles of Grenada, Lawrence Woods of Hollandale, Hunter Swider of Abbeville
and Tanner Bartlett of Kilmichael; back row, Randall Whitworth, instructor from Benton, Dylan Holcomb of Coila, Harrison Burford of Greenville, Lonzo Miller of Leland, Luke McCullough of Paris,
Hunter Holiday of Clinton, Grant Muncher of Greenville, Chase Carpenter of Grenada, Josh Mills
of Abbeville and Joe Curtis Sims, instructor from Hollandale.

Mississippi Delta Community College’s Electrical Utility Lineman Training program is breaking new ground in 2014 with the program’s first female trainee enrolled in its current class.

Harley Rawles of Grenada, Miss., is one of 16 trainees from across the state choosing to pursue a career in the electrical utility lineman industry through MDCC.

“She is no stranger to the industry as her father is a lineman with an area utility company. And as any good parent does, when their child is considering a career after high school graduation, her father set a utility pole in their backyard to begin practice climbing with a buck squeeze (safety climbing belt), boots, hardhat, and climbing hooks,” says John Conrad, MDCC’s project coordinator for the lineman program. “Harley is very familiar with the job requirements and knows the danger and conditions she will face when outages occur. She attended our spring lineman competition rodeo and was undeterred by the work and skill it takes to complete each event. She told me a few days ago that she is happy with her decision and enjoys the class.”

Since the fall of 2010, MDCC’s lineman training program has graduated eight classes. More than 90 percent of program graduates found work and have remained in the electrical utility lineman field.

“Few job training programs can take an individual from no experience through 16 weeks of intensive technical and mechanical skills training and receive job offers starting at $13 to $17 per hour after graduation,” according to Conrad.

Delta Workforce Investment Area and Mississippi Community College Board fund the MDCC lineman training program. This job training program includes 16 weeks of intensive technical and mechanical skills training and results in multiple job offers for the graduates. Dru Morgan, director of MDC’s workforce education division, says, “Our program is recognized regionally by area Electric Power Associations and utility construction companies and continues to save money and up to a year training new employees. Our trainees leave our training prepared to begin work and are ready for the next step to build on their skills and knowledge.  

For more information about the lineman training program, visit www.thecappscenter.com, or contact John Conrad at 662-887-2876 x 14 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lee Named Staff Member of the Month

  • Monday, 15 September 2014 07:00

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MOORHEAD, Miss. – Mrs. Marsha Lee was selected by her coworkers as Mississippi Delta Community College’s Staff Member of the Month. Mrs. Lee serves as vice president of business services. She joined the ranks in 1996 and has held several positions with the college including student accounts manager, staff accountant/assistant purchasing agent, and associate vice president of business services.

“I love this place!” said Lee. “I loved it as a student and now I love it as an employee.” She lives in Linn, Miss with her husband Don and their three children Shelby, Heather, and ‘Little’ Don.

The Staff Employee of the Month Award is sponsored by the MDCC Development Foundation, Inc. and Sodexo (MDCC Cafeteria).  The staff appreciation committee is comprised of staff members representing different areas of the college.  This committee randomly selects a department each month, and the employees working in that department select the award recipient. 

For more information about the selection process, contact Felicia Nash at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Notice to Bidders

  • Tuesday, 02 September 2014 12:46

GHEC Notice to Bidder September 2014

Walden Named VP of Instruction

  • Wednesday, 20 August 2014 06:37

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Carol Walden, Vice President of Instruction

Carol Walden has been named Vice President of Instruction for Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead, Miss. Walden, who most recently served as Interim Vice President following the retirement of Magdalene Abraham, has 43 years of professional experience in the educational system.

“Mrs. Walden’s experience is and will continue to be a tremendous asset to the college,” says President Nabors. Walden has worked at MDCC for 27 years as a business instructor, and has supervised the college’s business education department as division chair since 2000. She plans to continue teaching two courses per semester while serving as vice president.

“I absolutely love MDCC,” says Walden. “It’s such a great family atmosphere and a great place to work. The College is committed to providing the best educational opportunities to our community and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Walden holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from Mississippi State University and a Master of Education Degree from Delta State University. Prior to MDCC, she taught at Indianola Academy for 16 years.

“I appreciate the confidence Dr. Nabors has placed in me,” says Walden. “I’ve received so much support from him, Dr. Charlie Barnett, and the faculty and staff during my time as interim.”

Walden is married to Buddy Walden and they reside in Indianola. Buddy retired from MDCC after 27 years, serving as Assistant Dean of Students in addition to coaching softball and basketball. The couple has two adult children and four grandchildren.

 

Staff Members of the Summer

  • Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:23

Emily-Kathryn Chandler Simmons and Jimmy Free have been selected by their peers as Mississippi Delta Community College’s staff members of the summer. Simmons serves as the administrative assistant to the vice president of student services and Free is the College’s director of computer and information services.

A native of Parchman, Miss., Simmons is a graduate of North Sunflower Academy and Delta State University. She is currently attending graduate school at Mississippi Valley State University to obtain her master’s degree in criminal justice.

Simmons joined the staff of MDCC in 2008 and says, “I will always be a voice for the students, an advocate.”

Free is a native of Ruleville, Miss., and a graduate of Ruleville High School, Mississippi Delta Community College and Delta State University where he earned both bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree in business administration.

He has been a MDCC team member since 1970, and has taught computer classes, served as both director and vice president of the College’s computer and information services.

“There have been tremendous changes in technology during my years at MDCC. When I was hired at MDCC in June of 1970, MDCC had one computer that used punched cards, and MDCC now has thousands of networked computers at its five location,” says Free. “I will miss everyone when I retire at the end of the fall 2014 semester. It has been a privilege to work with such a dedicated faculty and staff at MDCC the past 44 years.”

The MDCC Development Foundation, Inc. and Sodexo (MDCC Cafeteria) sponsor the Staff Employee of the Month Award. The staff appreciation committee is comprised of staff members representing different areas of the college. This committee randomly selects a department each month, and the employees working in that department select the award recipient.  For more information about the selection process, contact Felicia Nash at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information, visit MDCC’s website at www.msdelta.edu or call 662-246-6322.

 

Institutional report card available

  • Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:48

In accordance with House Bill No. 1071 from the 2010 legislative session, Mississippi Delta Community College has released its 2012 report card. The report card is located online at the following web address: http://www.msdelta.edu/index.php/report. A copy may also be requested via mail by writing Mississippi Delta Community College; Office of Institutional Effectiveness; P.O. Box 668; Moorhead, MS 38761.

Nondiscrimination notification

  • Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:46

Mississippi Delta Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: The Associate VP for Institutional Effectiveness, Stauffer-Wood Administration Building, P.O. Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761, 662-246-6558.

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