05 Feb 2015

National Grant Partners visit MDCC

Edited Meet Greet
Photo: Sandy Goodman, director of Career Pathways with the National College Transition Network in Boston, visits with Vanessa Smith, MDCC student mentor.

MDCC’s Career-Technical Education Department recently hosted national grant partners on the Moorhead campus. Mississippi Delta Community College is in its third year of funding as a recipient of a Department of Labor grant totaling $886,965.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program (TAACCCT) grant was established to address job losses in trade-affected industries such as auto manufacturing, shipbuilding, and furniture building.

MDCC is one of nine colleges from Mississippi and Louisiana benefitting from this grant. Together, the consortium received a total of $14.7 million.

During their visit, TAACCCT grant partners from across the nation were on hand to answer questions, share insight, and meet the group of MDCC mentors that are supported by the Mississippi Women’s Fund, a braided funding partner of the grant.

According to Martha Claire Drysdale, MDCC’s director of career-technical education, nine individuals from across the nation made the trip to MDCC. “Having the opportunity to be coached by our partners is an invaluable experience,” says Drysdale. “This nearly $1 million grant has provided individuals the opportunity to pursue co-enrollment in GED and career technical programs.”

MDCC students participating in the grant have access to support services such as career counseling, advising, and case management. MDCC’s team teachers and mentors guide students towards successful completion of both their GED and a career-technical program simultaneously.

Edited Teachers Mentors
Photo: MDCC C-4 program directors Emily Phillips (far left) and Jamie Hargett (far right) are pictured with student mentors (l. to r.) Latonya Warren, Melissa Selman, Renee Johnson, Caroline Bradley, Emily Woodward, Jennifer Boyd, and Nikendria Dotson