13 Feb 2017

MDCC receives funding for new programs

The Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) has named Mississippi Delta Community College the recipient of three grants for more that $1.1 million via the 2017 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Challenge Grant.

The funding will be used to create the Industrial Maintenance Technology, Pharmacy Technology and Physical Therapist Assistant programs. The CTE Challenge Grants provide funding for workforce training programs in specific work fields within a college’s service area that do not qualify for traditional workforce training funding.

The Industrial Maintenance Technology program received $742,325, the Physical Therapist Assistant program received $215,300 and the Pharmacy Technology program received $175,500. The college is in the planning stages for developing curriculum, hiring instructors and sculpting the application process for each program.

Pending the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approval, MDCC intends to admit students for the Industrial Maintenance Technology and Pharmacy Technology programs beginning August 2017 and during the 2019 year for the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

In a letter penned by the MCCB to MDCC announcing the funding, Assistant Executive Director for Workforce & Economic Development Dexter Holloway stated the college’s application for all programs “demonstrates a critical need to meet the workforce demand requested by the local business community to reduce the skills gap in your district.”

“Career and Technical programs, along with workforce training, are a necessity in the delta, and Mississippi Delta Community College is proud to offer those programs and technical training to its residents. The addition of these new programs will offer more educational opportunities for students in the region,” says MDCC President Dr. Larry Nabors.

CTE Challenge Grant funds are to assist in the creation of each program. MDCC will be responsible for sustaining the programs’ expenses once the awarded funding is used.