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Chief Clifton King Debra Martin

MOORHEAD – During the June Board of Trustees meeting, Clifton King was promoted to Chief of Police for the MDCC Campus Police force while Debra Martin was welcomed to campus as the Director of Financial Aid.

Each in a large role of service to faculty, staff and students, which is why Chief King says he was fascinated with law enforcement from an early age. 

“I always admired police and the work they did and how they display professionalism. I’m very excited to be here as Chief,” he says.

Chief King, originally from Minter City with connections to Itta Bena and Greenwood, graduated from Greenwood High School in 1984 and headed straight for the Army where he served for 20 years. He graduated from Mississippi Valley State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice in 1997 and two years later graduated from the MDCC Law Enforcement Training Academy. 

He worked for the Mississippi Department of Corrections before coming to MDCC in 2004 as a part-time patrolman and served in Iraq from 2004-2005. Chief King also served as Assistant Chief of Police and Chief of Police for the City of Moorhead and takes pride in the fact that his mentor the late Chief Henry Manuel hired him to work for both the city and MDCC. 

Chief King has served as Interim Chief of Police for MDCC since the passing of Manual in February. He admired Chief Manuel for his wisdom, knowledge, skills and professionalism he provided and carries those with him as he leads his new department with the vision of safety as a priority.

“We strive to keep everyone in a safe environment because safety comes first. It’s good to be in a place where you’ve worked for 15 years and know everyone and what needs to be done to keep everyone safe,” Chief King says. 

“I want to thank the MDCC family for giving me the opportunity to serve them.”

Martin, originally from Charleston, touts over 19 years of experience in financial aid and higher education. 

Before coming to MDCC, she worked in human resources and payroll for the East Tallahatchie School District and prior to that she served as bookkeeper for the Leflore County Tax Collector from 2014-17. From 1994 to 2013, she served as a Financial Aid Officer and Electronic Data Exchange Coordinator respectfully for MVSU. 

She graduated from Charleston High School in 1989 and earned a B.S. in Accounting from MVSU in 1996.

Martin wants to be a face to recognize on campus and in the community so students feel comfortable in her office and dealing with her department. She plans to be more involved with the recruiting process by attending events with the counselors and recruiters to assist with any financial aid questions or road blocks they may encounter. 

“By attending recruiting events, I feel I can be more hands on with students and parents with their financial aid process,” she says.   

“Making sure the parents and students are informed about different financial options including scholarships and other aid to help with their cost is a primary goal of mine.”

Martin is a mother of one daughter, Dr. Jessica Lewis, but considers herself a mom to many. She likes to spend her spare time with friends, family, listening to music, dancing and traveling.

Wilson named Student of the Month

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MOORHEAD - Angela Wilson attends Mississippi Delta Community College’s Greenwood campus and was selected as the Adult Education Department’s Student of the Month for June. Angela is also enrolled in the MDCC Mi-Best program, which prepares students to succeed in school and compete in the workforce by working on technical and basic skills education. Wilson registered in March and earned her high school equivalency diploma on June 28. 

Her fast progress in the program is a true testament to her dedication to completing her high school education. Wilson’s instructors say she is one of the hardest working students they have encountered in the program.

Her daily routine starts at 3:00 a.m. when her alarm clock sounds. Why so early you ask? It’s because she works the morning shift at McDonalds. 

After her shift, she attends class and works hard to prepare for her tests. However, Wilson’s hard work doesn’t end when class does. She leaves campus headed home to care for her son for whom she is the sole provider.

Wilson never complains about her workload, but instead uses it as motivation to better herself and her family. Now that she has passed her GED test and received her HSE, she plans to enroll in the Health Care Assistant program at MDCC with the Mi-Best program. Wilson then plans to continue her education and seek a career in nursing.

She started the path to completely change her life just a few months ago and others can have the same opportunity. On July 9, MDCC’s Adult Education program has a new registration at all of its campuses. For more information, call 662-246-6524.

Successful June registration session close

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MOORHEAD – During its June 19 and June 21 registration sessions, MDCC’s Moorhead campus hosted over 350 first time students. Stations were set up in the J.T. Hall Coliseum so students could stay in one location and access all the necessary departments such as admissions, financial aid, housing, the bookstore, advisors for schedule making, the Baptist Student Union and even receive their campus ID. 

Some students were selected at random to participate in the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) advising sessions which were held on the main campus on June 18 and June 20. 

If you were unable to attend the June sessions, click here to save your place for the July 17 registration session at the Greenville Higher Education Center at 10 a.m. or the July 19 session at the MDCC Greenwood Center at 5:30 p.m.

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Pictured: Johna Peyton receives her award accompanied by co-workers. Pictured are (from left) Teresa Smith, Gary Hays, Elizabeth Melton, JoAnn Tisdale, Johna Peyton, Jamie Hargett, Suzanne Thompson and Chris Lee.

During the Adult Education Summer Conference, MDCC’s Johna Peyton was named the Adult Education Support Staff of the Year from the Mississippi Association of Adult and Community Educators.

“I am so honored and humbled to have been chosen for this award,” says Peyton.

“It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to work with the Adult Education staff at MDCC. Their hard work, compassion and dedication is contagious. It is truly a privilege to work in a position that allows me to be a small part of what they do.” 

CCFP Jim AycockJim Aycock with Dr. Steve Katsinas (Education Policy Center, University of Alabama) and Tyson Elbert (Stennis Institute of Government, Mississippi State University)


Moorhead - Jim Aycock, director of information technology, recently completed the Community College Fellow Program (CCFP).

The program gives leaders in the community college system the knowledge and networks to advance the core of the education policy. Fellows that participated came from both Alabama and Mississippi.

The nine-month program consists of two major parts. The first part of the program focused on Civil Rights history and issues. The second part of the program was focused on advocacy. 

“We got together to look at current policy issues that affect community colleges, primarily on the federal level. This year the focus was on the continuing support of year-round Pell. As well as protecting our Pell reserves. Pell funding is vital to MDCC and to all community colleges,” said Aycock.

The final project to become a Fellow was a trip to Washington, D.C.

“We visited all Congressmen and Senators who represent Mississippi. It was a positive experience. We visited at a positive time. Congress recently passed the Omnibus, which included an increase in Pell and it also protected our reserves,” said Aycock. 

“We were able to say ‘Thank You’ in person to our Congressmen and Senators for their support. The entire program has been a great experience. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity.”

The program is co-sponsored by the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, the Research and Curriculum Unit, and the Office of Research and Economic Development, all located at Mississippi State University and the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.

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Moorhead – Four students represented MDCC on the Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic Team. Hannah-Linn Holcomb and Heather Lee were named as second team selections for the Zeta Zeta Chapter on the Moorhead campus while MaryClare Barnes and Kyla Rice represented the Beta Rho Omicron Chapter on the Greenville Higher Education Center campus as second and first team members respectively.  

The Zeta Zeta Chapter of PTK was chartered on the Sunflower Junior College campus is 1947. 

The Beta Rho Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was chartered at the Greenville Higher Education Center in December 2008 with a charter group of eleven inductees. 

The purpose of PTK is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, PTK provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

The All-Mississippi Academic Team recognizes scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of community and junior college students across the state of Mississippi. Each college is eligible to nominate two students per campus for the Academic Team Competition.

GREENVILLE – Angela Summage, a MI-BEST student in the Health Care Assistant program, was recognized by instructor Brittany Robertson at the HCA ceremony on May 3 at the Greenville Higher Education Center. Summage received a certificate in her field of study. 

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Angela Summage is pictured with Health Care Assistant Instructor Brittany Robertson.

MOORHEAD - The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans baseball program had a trio of student-athletes named to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State second team recently.

Parker Caston (Cleveland), Dawson Ivey (Clarkdale) and Parker Lane (Columbus) were the MDCC standouts chosen for the prestigious honor.

Caston, a sophomore right-handed pitcher who will continue his academic and athletic career at Delta State University, finished with a 3-1 record with a 4.11 ERA and a 28/17 strikeout/walk ratio in 32.1 innings out of the bullpen. He also earned a save, and later received the program’s Best Pitcher Award.

Ivey, a sophomore infielder who will join Caston next season at DSU, hit .378 with 12 doubles, one triple, two home runs and a team-leading 44 RBI. He also had four stolen bases and a very impressive 31/20 base on balls/strikeout ratio. For his efforts, he was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2018.

Lane, a freshman infielder/designated hitter, had a stellar rookie campaign, hitting .370 with a team-leading 16 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 26 RBI, to go along with two stolen bases. He was chosen as the Best Offensive Player for the 2018 campaign.

MOORHEAD - Mississippi Delta Community College held its Phlebotomy Pinning Ceremony Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in the Greer-Stafford Allied Health Building on the Moorhead Campus. This was the second pinning for the one-semester program. Students participated in lectures and performed clinical rotations at Greenwood Leflore Hospital and Bolivar Medical Center.

Phlebotomy is the study or art of drawing blood for diagnosing and treating health problems or for blood donation. People who specialize in this study are called phlebotomy technicians. Phlebotomy technicians work in hospitals, clinics, blood banks, clinical laboratories and diagnostic centers. Phlebotomy technicians play an important role in health care. 

The primary job of a phlebotomy technician is to take blood samples from patients. The blood samples might be taken either for diagnosing illness or for blood donation. Blood analysis is one of the most important diagnostic tools available to medical clinicians, so it is vitally important that a blood sample is obtained in a way that does not compromise it in any way.

If more than one test has been ordered, blood collection tubes must be drawn in a very specific order, and the phlebotomist is responsible for knowing that order. Additionally, venipuncture is an invasive procedure that can be frightening or even painful to the patient if performed incorrectly.

For information about MDCC's Phlebotomy Program, please click here to visit the program's website.

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