Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC) was awarded $3 million from the U.S. Department of Education through the Predominately Black Institutions (PBI) Program. MDCC applied for this competitive-based grant for the purpose of improving educational outcomes of African American males through the implementation of an Integrated Student Success Initiative. The college will receive $600,000 annually for five years to fund the Success Initiative.

“Students at MDCC will benefit tremendously thanks to this award being provided by U.S. Department of Education,” said MDCC President Larry Nabors. “The College will be able to create a very valuable Student Success program aimed at increasing student achievement.”

The program will identify and address black males’ challenges related to poverty, academic unpreparedness, lack of academic and social integration into the education system, low levels of meaningful student engagement, retention issues, and low levels of achievement.

Through participation in Student Success, Black males will have access to an online student success credit course, educational materials, technology, tutoring, academic advising, counseling, mentoring, career preparation, and cultural awareness services. An online early alert and advising system will provide a means for advisors, counselors, and PBI staff to help black males stay on track and persist to graduation.

Mississippi Delta Community College is a two-year public, rural, residential and commuter campus, headquartered in Moorhead, Mississippi, with four off-campus centers in the cities of Greenwood, Greenville, Indianola, and Drew. For more information, visit www.msdelta.edu or call 662.246.MDCC.