McCorkle goes from Military to Moorhead

  • Monday, 13 August 2018 15:46

Growing up the youngest of six adopted children in the small city of Hollandale, William McCorkle often found himself on the wrong end of mischief. He grew up a rebellious teen who bounced from school to school and eventually dropped out of high school to join the Army.

He enlisted as an infantryman and attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Once he graduated from training in 2006, McCorkle was assigned to Aco 3-187 INF 3rd Brigade 101st ABN ASST in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. 

He deployed for the first time at age 19 to Iraq where he spent over 14 months. He finished that deployment to return home with his unit only to deploy a second time 10 months later. He was deployed overseas three times during his active duty, twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq.

McCorkle was informed during his last deployment he would not be allowed to reenlist due to military cutbacks. 

“This is where it really became difficult,” he says.

“I left the Army on March 10, 2014 and began my journey to find myself. What was my true purpose? As a husband and a father of a 2-year-old son and a newborn daughter, I had no idea what I wanted to do, much less what I was meant to do with my life.”

When he returned, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky with his family and bounced from job to job until he realized the big city life was not the right fit for him. McCorkle started to explore the possibility of going to college, which is when he realized he was still eligible to participate in athletics.

He decided to email different schools to see if they had open spots or tryouts. This is when he found himself coming home to Mississippi Delta Community College.

During the spring 2018 semester he enrolled in classes and was a walk-on on the defensive side of the ball for the Trojan football team. He soon realized the physical requirements of his Army career left his body drained of its ability to perform on the gridiron. He decided to trade his cleats in for a whistle and became a student assistant coach, a role he will be active in this fall. 

“I found my calling and was granted the greatest blessing I could hope for,” he says.

“The coaches saw that I had the potential to help the team, not as a player but as a coach. I was offered the opportunity to begin my coaching career while working towards my degree.”

We are pleased to announce another round of funding via The Robert W. Steinriede Faculty & Staff Development Fund. This fund seeks to provide faculty and staff with grants for projects, professional development/training, equipment and other areas that support the educational mission of the college not usually covered by the budget. All faculty and staff (full-time & part-time) are eligible to apply. The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2018. Individual requests are limited to a maximum of $1,000 each. Joint proposals, submitted by a partnership of faculty/staff across different areas/departments of the College, may request up to $2,000.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff. Announcements will be made by January 2019 (if not before). The MDCC Development Foundation encourages you to take this opportunity and apply today! Please contact their office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Click here for the application

Fire Damage Repairs to Stauffer-Wood Administrative Building
Mississippi Delta Community College
Moorhead, Mississippi

Sealed bids will be received by Mississippi Delta Community College in the Conference Room of the Vandiver Student Union located at Hwy 3 & Lucas Street; Moorhead, MS  38761, on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm, at which time and place Bids will be opened and publicly read.  

For the advertisement for bids, click here.

MOORHEAD – The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program is set to host a fall showcase camp on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead. The showcase will get underway at noon.

The showcase camp is designed for players in the 9th-12th grades to get exposure to college coaching staffs expected to be in attendance. The cost of the event is $75.

Each of the players will be seen at their respective position and pitchers, who are dual players, will be allowed to participate at both spots. Campers will be put through a pro-style workout.

Campers will run the 60-yard dash, be tested at their defensive positions, as well hit on the field at Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex. Lunch will not be provided and the camp will be limited to the first 100 applicants.

Pre-registration is highly recommended as spots are filling up quickly. Click here to visit the Trojan Baseball Fall Showcase page for the registration form.

Please download the form and send the completed copy (information form and waiver form) to: Dan Rives, Head Baseball Coach, PO Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761.

Make sure to include your $75 in the mailed form and make checks payable to “MDCC Baseball.”

Check-in time and late registration for the showcase event is at 11 a.m. on Sept. 23.

For more information, contact coach Jarrod Parks at 601.502.5968 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Adult Education Graduation

MOORHEAD - Fifteen students walked across the stage Thursday morning as participants in Mississippi Delta Community College’s Adult Education graduation ceremony.

This was the next step in the lives of these students after earning their High School Equivalency Diploma by completing the GED or HiSET test.

While 15 chose to participate in summer graduation and 19 others participated in the winter graduation, the program has produced more than 40 success stories in the 2017-18 school year thanks to the tireless work and dedication of both students and teachers alike.

“It just felt good to know that I had done the best I could do,” said graduate Kenisha Roper.

“It was exciting,” added Angela Wilson. 

“Exciting knowing that I had finally gotten something that I have wanted for so long.”

Roper and Wilson were both recently accepted into the Health Care Assistant program at MDCC as part of the MI-BEST program.

Three MI-BEST students participated in the graduation ceremony and were presented with a $200 incentive check for passing the GED. 

More than half of Thursday’s graduates would like to thank the MDCC Development Foundation, who financially assisted the students via GED vouchers. The Foundation assisted 25 students to date to pass more than 38 separate parts of the four-part GED test.

While many of the Adult Education graduates are on their way to taking the next step, many more will be working toward taking their first step toward the stage when the Adult Education class has new student registration at all of its sites on August 14-16.


Johnson takes on new role at MDCC

  • Monday, 23 July 2018 14:58

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MOORHEAD – LaShandar Johnson, originally from Itta Bena, was recently named Student Success Initiative Program Director. She served as a Student Success Coach for six years prior to taking the new position. 

Johnson is a 1991 graduate of Leflore County High School and earned a bachelor’s in social work from Mississippi Valley State University. She graduated in 2012 from Walden University (WU) with a master’s degree in healthcare administration and received her post graduate certification in clinical research from WU in 2013.

Her new job requires her to supervise seven student success coaches along with part-time faculty tutors on all three MDCC campuses. Johnson’s department also focuses on all student support services such as tutoring, mentoring, counseling, pre-academic advising and cultural activities.

“In this new role, my goal is to make sure the students are a priority and are connected to all support services on the three campuses,” she says.

“My goal is to work strategically on improving MDCC’s retention and completion rates by connecting students to campus services at the beginning of their college journey.” 

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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

  • Wednesday, 27 June 2018 20:12
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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

  • Wednesday, 27 June 2018 14:47

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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.” 

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