Lineman Training Program Continues to Meet Industry’s Needs

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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.

15 Sep 2014

Lee Named Staff Member of the Month

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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.

 

15 Sep 2014

Trojans Travel To Wesson To Face Co-Lin

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.

Free GED Practice Tests Offered for a Limited Time

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
Moorhead, MS

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.

 

04 Sep 2014

Trojans Hope To Continue Winning Ways Against Southwest CC

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will be looking to build on their week one 21-12 win over East Mississippi when they travel to Summit Thursday night to take on the Southwest Community College Bears at 7 p.m.

The Bears are coming off a 52-14 drubbing by the East Mississippi Community College Lions. The Lions are the defending NJCAA National Champions are looking to add their third national title in four years. The Trojans will travel to Scooba on October 23 for the last game of the season.

The Bears are led by quarterback De’Angelo Ballard, a 6-1, 194-pound sophomore out of Noxubee County. Ballard completed 11 of 19 passes last week for 197 yards (58%) and both of the Bears’ touchdowns. He also was the team’s second leading rusher with 14 carries for 33 yards (2.4/carry).

Southwest’s leading rusher was sophomore running back Chris Jones (5-9, 181 of Tylertown) who carried the ball 15 times for 73 yards (4.9/carry). The Bears’ leading receivers were freshman Kameron Williams (6-0, 160 of Bassfield) who had four receptions for 50 yards (12.5/catch) and sophomore Ladarius Slocum (5-10, 160 of Tylertown) who had three catches for 51 yards (17/catch) and two TD’s.

In week one the Bears rushed 33 times for 108 yards (3.3/carry) and hit 11 of 19 passes for 197 yards (17.9/catch) and two TD’s. The Trojans, in game one, rushed 38 times for 148 yards (3.9/carry) and hit 8/17 passes for 66 yards (8.25/catch).

Trojans’ sophomore running back Roshard Burney (5-11, 219 of West Palm Beach, FL.) was one of the leading rushers in the state last week with 20 rushes for 116 yards (5.8/carry) and two touchdowns.

Mississippi Delta was one of only three schools in the North Division to post wins last week. East Mississippi defeated Southwest and Holmes Community College defeated Hinds Community College 28-21. Northwest CC lost to Jones JC 28-20, Coahoma CC lost to Pearl River CC 36-6, Itawamba CC lost to Co-Lin CC 37-13, and Northeast CC lost to Gulf Coast CC 41-8.

MDCC Trojans Win Season Opener

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans opened the 2014 football season with a 21-12 win over the East Central Warriors Thursday night in Moorhead.

The Trojans put the first points on the board with just over a minute on the clock when sophomore running back Roshard Burney plunged in from three yards out. The score was set up when freshman defensive back Denarius Howard picked off quarterback Andrew Dunn and returned the ball 24 yards to the East Central six yard line. It took two plays to score and Zacarion Goodman’s PAT put MDCC up 7-0.

The Warriors answered midway through the second quarter by driving 59 yards in seven plays. The drive culminated in a 33 yard field goal by Brennan O’Keefe. That ended the scoring for the first half leaving Delta up 7-3.

The Warriors recovered a Trojans’ fumble midway through the third quarter but were only able to move the ball 28 yards in eight plays and were forced to settle for another O’Keefe field goal, this one from 35 yards out to close the gap to 7-6.

Mississippi Delta extended its lead early in the fourth quarter by mounting a 64 yard, 11 play drive that ended with another three yard TD run by workhorse Roshard Burney who rushed 20 times for 109 yards. The PAT kick by Goodman put Delta ahead 14-6 with 12:03 left in the fourth quarter.

The Trojans iced the win six minutes later when kick returner Se’Quan Steele hauled in a punt at his own 15, scooted between two would-be tacklers, and raced 85 yards untouched for the Trojans’ final points on the game.

East Central proved they could move the ball when they took the ensuing kickoff and marched 95 yards in 11 plays with the touchdown coming on a 54 yard toss and catch from quarterback Ethan Hamilton to wide receiver Xavier Willis. A two-point PAT run failed and the Trojans ran the final minute and 37 seconds off the clock for the win.

Unofficial statistics show the Warriors out-performed the Trojans between the end zones. East Central rushed 23 times for only 63 yards but completed 15 of 32 passes for 227 yards (with three interceptions) for a 290 yard total. The Trojans rushed 38 times for 145 yards but only managed to complete 7 of 17 passes for 59 yards (with two interceptions) for a 204 yard total.

Individually, Roshard Burney rushed 20 times for 109 yards while freshman quarterback Devin Adams hit 7-17 for 59 yards. Running back Quadre Butler caught two passes for 26 yards while wide receiver Derrick Jenkins hauled in three passes for 23 yards. Defensively, Denarius Howard had an outstanding night picking off two interceptions while Terence Phinisee grabbed a tipped pass for a third INT.

In other stats, the Trojans earned 11 first downs and were flagged six times for 55 yards while the Warriors collected 12 first downs (only four in the first half) and were penalized 10 times for 86 yards.

The Trojans will be on the road next Thursday when they travel to Summit to take on the Southwest Community College Bears at 7:00 p.m.

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