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.
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 after 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.”
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.
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.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans are hoping to play their second game of the season Thursday night when they travel to Wesson to take on the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves at 7 p.m.
Last week’s game against Southwest Community College in Summit was cut short midway through the first quarter when the referees sent both teams to their locker rooms due to lightning in the area. The game was declared “No Contest” after more than an hour-and-a-half and will not be rescheduled unless the outcome would affect the final standings.
This leaves the Trojans with a 1-0 record as they take on the Wolves who were ranked No.3 in the nation after handing Itawamba Community College a 37-13 loss in the first game of the season. They dropped to No. 11 this week after East Mississippi showed why they are Ranked No.1 in the nation by handing Co-Lin a 46-10 loss.
The Wolves are expected to fill the air with football Thursday night against the Trojans. Sophomore quarterback Daniel Fitzwater (6-6, 235) of Shreveport, LA. is one of the hottest passers in the state hitting over 64 percent of his passes and averaging 339 yards per game through the air with four TD’s and two interceptions.
Fitzwater also has a pack of capable targets to throw to including wide receiver Donald Gray (5-11, 180) freshman from Memphis who is averaging 139 yards per game (19.9/reception) and has all four TD receptions thus far this season. He is joined by sophomore wide receiver Germaine Martin (6-1, 180) of Bouge Chitto who is averaging 49.5 yards per game. Two more wide receivers, Koy McFarland (5-11, 175) of Wesson and Courtney Foy (5-10, 195) of Birmingham, AL. are both averaging just over 28 yards per game.
On the ground, the Wolves are averaging just 87.5 yards per game with the lion’s share of that coming from sophomore running back DeLance Turner (5-11, 205) of New Augusta who is racking up 72.5 yards per game and has scored Co-Lin’s other two touchdowns this season.
The Trojans enter game averaging 214 yards per game with 148 yards of that coming through the air and 66 yards coming on the ground. Defensively, the Trojans are giving up 320 yards per game while the Wolves are giving up 368 yards per game.
Across the state, the Lions of East Mississippi (2-0) remain ranked No.1 in the nation with Gulf Coast CC (2-0) and Jones Junior College (2-0) ranked fourth and fifth respectively. Co-Lin is 11th and Pearl River CC (2-0) is No. 18 nationally.
In the MACJC North Division East Mississippi is first, the Trojans (1-0) are in second and Holmes CC (1-1) is third. Itawamba CC, Coahoma CC, Northwest CC and Northeast CC are all 0-2 for the season. North Division play begins this week for every team except the Trojans. Delta begins conference play next week against Coahoma Community College at home in Moorhead.
Mississippi Delta Community College's GED Testing Center will be giving FREE GED practice tests for a limited time!
WHEN: September 22 – October 3, 2014
WHERE: MDCC GED Testing Center
Highway 3/Cherry Street
Students can also learn about classes and other resources to help them prepare for the GED test. To learn more or to schedule a free GED Ready practice test, contact Mississippi Delta Community College GED Testing Center at 662-246-6524.
For more information, click here to download the flyer.