Aycock finishes community college fellows program

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.

24 Jun 2018

Four chosen to state-wide all-academic team

PTK All Mississippi Moorhead Campus PTK All Mississippi GHEC
Hannah-Linn Holcomb and Heather Lee MaryClare Barnes and Kyla Rice

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.

25 Jun 2018

MI-BEST student completes Health Care Assistant program

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.
04 Jun 2018

Trio of MDCC Baseball standouts earn All-State honors

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.

Phlebotomy holds program's second pinning ceremony

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.

30 May 2018

MI-BEST students graduate during academic, career and technical ceremony

MOORHEAD – Three MI-BEST students participated in Mississippi Delta Community College’s (MDCC) graduation ceremony on May 4 in the J.T. Hall Coliseum. Fatimah Sabir, of Greenville, Melrose Brewer, of Greenwood and Gloria Evans, of Ruleville, earned degrees in their respected career-technical fields of study. 

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(L to R) Fatimah Sabir and Melrose Brewer Gloria Evans

The trio enrolled at MDCC through the Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST) program. The MI-BEST program offers individuals the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency (HSE) diploma, formerly known as GED, while taking college courses and earning stackable credentials. 

After hearing an advertisement on a local radio broadcast, Sabir inquired about the MI-BEST program during the summer of 2017. She enrolled in the welding program. During the interview process, Rosalind Shaw, project coordinator and student navigator for MDCC’s MI-BEST program, asked Sabir about her motivations to participate in the program. “I would like to participate because I have potential. I want a better life for my children,” said Sabir. She has three daughters, ages 4, 5 and 8. 

Sabir earned a One-Year Career Certificate in Welding. Welding instructor Roger Wright applauded her as one of the top welders in his class. Sabir recently competed in the state Skills USA competition held in Jackson on April 11. At MDCC’s Service and Leadership Luncheon, Wright presented Sabir with the Metal Arc Achievement Award. 

Brewer and Evans completed the 15 college credit hours as required by the MI-BEST program at the end of the fall 2017 school semester. They continued their education in the Business Office Technology program, earning a One-Year Career Certificate. Brewer was also an honoree at MDCC’s Service and Leadership Luncheon. She was presented the Certificate of Merit for Service as MDCC’s Phi Beta Lambda Treasurer by instructor, Amanda Hardin.

20 May 2018
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