Renee Moore (3rd from left) with her co-panelists at the Teaching and Learning Conference 2016.
MOORHEAD – On March 12, veteran English instructor Renee Moore spoke before peers during a session at the Teaching and Learning Conference 2016 in Washington, D.C.
Her talk was titled “Cultural Competence: A Journey to Excellence.” The sessions featured work of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Moore was selected by the White House to participate in the conference.
“We are so proud of Renee for being selected to participate in the conference,” says Mary Ruth Brindley, MDCC’s English division chair.
“Renee is an excellent teacher, and I think she is the only instructor from MDCC selected to speak at this conference.”
The conference is sponsored by The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and is open to all educators, policymakers, elected officials, college deans, researchers and other who work to improve teaching and learning.
Many issues were discussed including teacher leadership, computer coding, Common Core, global education, special education and much more.
Several MDCC students competed at the Skills USA State Competition in Jackson on March 1-2. From left, Cordarious Walker, 2nd Place Electronics Technology, Jibril Jackson, 3rd Place Industrial Motor Control, Keith Clay and Matthew Adams (not pictured), 1st Place Masonry, Donald Jackson, 3rd Place Sheet Metal and Ricky Cooper, Stephen Elmore and Quanderius Williams all won 1st Place in Teamworks. All of the 1st Place winners are invited to compete in the National Skills USA competition in Louisville, Ky in June.
Head Coach Jeff Tatum (back, left) and Assistant Coach Juran Bolden (back, center) along with some of the Trojan football team played a flag football game with the third, fourth and fifth grade boys at James C. Rosser Elementary School in Moorhead Tuesday afternoon. After the game, the players and coaches reminded the youngsters to obey their teachers and parents and have fun in everything they do.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame is inducting five new members Saturday, April 9 during its annual banquet and induction ceremony in the J.T. Hall Coliseum. The event starts at 5 p.m.
This year’s athletes include; Douglas Schultz (1976-78) basketball, Candy Green Vickers (1986-88) basketball and softball, Anthony Felston (1993-95) baseball and Juran Bolden (1993-95) football. The Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan recipient is the former MDCC Sports Information Director Joe Wilson.
Tickets for the event are $20 per person ($5 for children 12 and under) and may be ordered by mail from the MDCC Athletic Department, P.O. Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (662) 246-6478. The deadline to order is April 4. Make checks payable to the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame.
Mississippi Delta Community College is excited to welcome its new Vice President of Workforce Todd Donald to the Trojan family. The Alabama native, who will be housed in the MDCC Charles W. Capps Jr. Technology Center, touts an impressive resume holding 26 years of experience in leadership, budget management, recruitment, curriculum development, workforce training, structural pipefitting, structural pipe welding and production and cost monitoring.
He is eager to get his feet wet serving the Delta region and says he plans to first reach out to current businesses and satisfy their needs to help them succeed and grow. He then looks forward to expanding resources.
“We have to satisfy the skill level the existing businesses are expecting, so we have to get that done first,” says Donald.
Donald also wants to focus on developing the skills of the rural population by providing more training opportunities.
“One of the ideas I have in mind for some of the rural communities is possibly setting up remote craft training,” he says.
“So whether people have to travel to Greenville or Louisiana or Texas to find work, they’ll bring that money back to the community.”
Donald and his wife Ashley have been married for over 10 years and have four children, Megan, 23, Nathan, 18, Hailey, 8, and 5-year-old Kaelyn.
The Capps Center is a division of MDCC located in Indianola that provides customized training, education and skills improvement to new and existing businesses and industries within the Mississippi Delta service area.
The Capps Center's 30,000 square feet physical plant houses an office wing, a seminar room, food preparation area, and four high bay areas that occupy a total of 8,000 square feet of training space for mechanical, electrical, process and assembly skills. Classroom space, three computer labs, and a distance-learning lab complete the accommodations available in the Capps Center.