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Northwest distributes more than $1.4 million in CARES funds

A total of 2,185 Northwest Mississippi Community College students have collectively received over $1.4 million in emergency grant funds after Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March. At that time, the college was awarded over $2.8 million from the US Department of Education through the act, which sought to aid students during the disruption of campus activities across the nation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We continue to support our students’ personal success during this unprecedented time,” said Dr. Michael Heindl, Northwest president. The college has opened the second round of applications for students who did not previously submit an emergency grant request. Students eligible to receive funds are those who were enrolled in on-campus classes on or prior to March 13 and who are eligible to receive funding under Section 484 Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by completing a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who were exclusively enrolled in online (eLearning) classes will not be eligible for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds due to the formula provided by Congress in the CARES Act. Eligible students have received directions via email that include links to the Northwest CARES Act webpage and a link to the emergency relief funds application. Northwest students who filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA may complete the Emergency Financial Aid Application at the following link: https://nwcc.wufoo.com/forms/cares-act-student-emergency-grant-claim-form/. The application period runs from June 22-June 30. Northwest students who did not file a 2019-2020 FAFSA may check their eligibility for grant funds by first completing the FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa  and including the Northwest school code, 002427. For assistance in completing the FAFSA, contact the Northwest Financial Aid Office at (662) 562-3271 or email fin_aid@northwestms.edu. After completing the FAFSA, students may submit an application for grant funds through the above link. Emergency financial aid grant funds will be disbursed on or before July 17, 2020. The funds will be disbursed by BankMobile, which partners with the college to disburse all student financial aid refunds electronically. Students should be sure to complete the BankMobile account setup process and select refund preferences by visiting https://www.refundselection.com/refundselection/#/welcome/continue. For more information on CARES Act funding and student eligibility, please visit the Northwest website at northwestms.edu.

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Groundbreaking held for new residence hall

Northwest Mississippi Community College administrators and members of the Board of Trustees as well as local government officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony June 11 for the college’s newest residence hall on the main campus in Senatobia. The new building will be constructed between the McLendon Center and the Ranger Outdoor Complex, facing Alumni Drive. The facility will be segmented into two wings, allowing flexibility for male students in one wing and female students in the other wing. According to Mary Ayers, director of Northwest’s Physical Plant, it has not yet been decided whether the residence hall will be all male, all female or a combination. A central courtyard area at the front entry to the building will provide outdoor space and benches for student gathering. Each floor of the facility will have a large student lounge, quiet study rooms, laundry facilities and vending. Each room will have a private bath, and will accommodate living space for two students. A parking lot will be provided on the south side of the building. The new 45,170-square-foot, two-story residence hall will offer 168 beds and 84 rooms. Eight of those rooms will be constructed to meet Americans with Disabilities (ADA) guidelines. The architect for the $10,523,500 project is Eley Guild Hardy of Biloxi, with the work helmed by contractor Murphy and Sons, Inc, of Southaven. Construction is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2021 for occupancy in the fall of 2021.                                       PHOTO 1: Members of the Northwest Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees Building Committee join Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl (far right) June 11 at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new residence hall on the Senatobia campus. The new residence hall is scheduled to be completed next summer for occupancy in the fall. Committee members include (from left) Dr. Adam Pugh, board chairman, Lafayette County; Jerry Barrett, Tate County; Jamie Anderson, committee chairman, Tallahatchie County; and William Austin, DeSoto County.   Photo by Natalie Ehrhardt PHOTO 2: Members of the Northwest Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees join Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl (far right) June 11 at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new residence hall on the Senatobia campus. The new residence hall is scheduled to be completed next summer for occupancy in the fall. Participating are (from left) Dr. Rachell Anderson, Tunica County; David Hargett, Tallahatchie County; Dorothy Kerney-Wilbourn, Panola County; Dr. Adam Pugh, board chairman, Lafayette County; Jerry Barrett, Tate County; Jamie Anderson, Tallahatchie County; William Austin, DeSoto County; Steve White, Lafayette County; and Steve Cummings, Yalobusha County.  Photo by Natalie Ehrhardt PHOTO 3: Members of the Tate County Board of Supervisors join Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Michael Heindl (far right) and Senatobia Mayor, Dr. Greg Graves (second from right) June 11 at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new residence hall on the Senatobia campus. The new residence hall is scheduled to be completed next summer for occupancy in the fall. Participating are (from left) Cole Massie, county administrator; Eddie Brannan, district 2 supervisor; Tony Sandridge, president; and Daryl Ricks, district 5 supervisor.  Photo by Natalie Ehrhardt PHOTO 4: Members of the project team join Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Michael Heindl (far right) June 11 at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new residence hall on the Senatobia campus. The new residence hall is scheduled to be completed next summer for occupancy in the fall. Participating are (from left) Northwest Vice President of Administration and Finance Jeff Horton; Northwest Physical Plant Director Mary Ayers; Taylor Guild, Eley Guild Hardy Architects; Brandon Woods and Clayton Rhea, Murphy and Sons, Inc., contractors.     Photo by Natalie Ehrhardt PHOTO 5: Members of the Northwest Mississippi Community College Executive Council join Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl (center left) June 11 at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new residence hall on the Senatobia campus. The new residence hall is scheduled to be completed next summer for occupancy in the fall. Participating are (from left) DeSoto Center Dean, Dr. Keith Reed;  Executive Director, Institutional Advancement Patti Gordon; Vice President, Administration and Finance Jeff Horton; Chief of Staff Dan Smith; Dr. Heindl; Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Matthew Domas; Associate Vice President, Student Services and Enrollment Management, Dr. Tonyalle Rush; Associate Vice President, Academic Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Carolyn Wiley; Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center Dean, Dr. Don Jones; and Associate Vice President, Workforce Solutions and Career-Technical Education, Dwayne Casey.  Photo by Natalie Ehrhardt

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Outstanding Students recognized at Northwest

Faculty members at Northwest Mississippi Community College have named the college’s 2019-2020 Outstanding Students, according to college officials. One outstanding student is chosen by faculty for each pathway or program within a department. Outstanding students are named on Senatobia, DeSoto Center and Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center campuses, with a requirement of each student attending full-time. To view the full list of Northwest's outstanding students, click here.

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Northwest's Dortch receives promotion

Northwest Mississippi Community College officials have announced the promotion of Assistant Registrar Angela Dortch to district director of Admissions/Registrar. “I am truly thankful and excited about my new position,” Dortch said. “This will be a new challenge, but I believe in myself, and know that I’m up for it.” Dortch has been a Northwest employee since 2015, first serving as a Financial Aid counselor before being hired as an Admissions/Registrar coordinator. She became the college’s assistant registrar in January. “This is an exciting opportunity for her,” said Dr. Tonyalle Rush, associate vice president for Student Services and Enrollment Management. “I am extremely proud of her, and I’m confident in her abilities. She brings 15 years of customer service and supervisory experience. She will bring a lot of hard work and dedication to the role.” Dortch earned an Associate of Arts in business/accounting from Northwest, a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from Lemoyne Owen College and a Master of Business Administration in general business from Delta State University. For more information about Northwest, visit northwestms.edu.

Angela Dortch

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Northwest taps Robbins as Enrollment Services lead

Arriving at Northwest Mississippi Community College with almost 30 years of experience, Dr. Ginger Robbins has been tapped to act as the college’s first district dean of Enrollment Services. “We are really excited about this new position,” said Dr. Tonyalle Rush, associate vice president for Student Services and Enrollment Management. “This is a great start for Enrollment Services, and we are so happy to welcome Dr. Robbins.” Robbins comes to Northwest from the Make-A-Wish Mississippi office in Ridgeland, where she worked as the organization’s Donor Relations coordinator. Prior to her work with Make-A-Wish, Robbins spent five years with Mississippi College as the college’s registrar and seven years with Hinds Community College, where she is an alumna, serving in multiple roles. “Having a background deeply embedded in the community college system, I am impressed by the strategic impact Northwest makes for students, families and the local economy,” Robbins said. “I am proud to be joining a college with such a rich history, and I’m very excited to be a part of the future of Northwest.” Robbins earned an Associate of Arts from Hinds Community College, a Bachelor of Science in educational psychology from Mississippi State University, a Master of Science in therapeutic recreation from the University of South Alabama, and a Doctor of Philosophy in human capital development from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a Mid-South Community College Fellowship Program Fellow, a Hinds Community College Administrative Nonteaching Professional Lifestar Award winner and a 2010 Mississippi Business Journal “50 Leading Business Women” honoree.

Dr. Ginger Robbins

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Mullins receives promotion at Northwest

Northwest Mississippi Community College officials have announced the promotion of Dr. Stephanie Mullins, director of Practical Nursing and Health Care Assistant Programs, to dean of Health Sciences. “We are excited to have Dr. Mullins as the college’s first dean of Health Sciences,” said Dr. Matthew Domas, vice president for Instruction. “She has a proven record of growing the Practical Nursing program, and we look forward to harnessing her expertise to grow all of the Health Sciences programs.” Mullins’ responsibilities in her new role will include planning, directing and supervising the Practical Nursing, Health Care Assistant, Cardiovascular Technology, Medical Office Technology, Emergency Medical Technology, Funeral Service Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, and Physical Therapy Assistant programs in Career-Technical Education and the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. “I am both humbled and honored to serve as the dean of Health Sciences,” Mullins said. “The priorities, which govern my actions, are to support the dedicated faculty, promote excellence in our healthcare programs and increase community engagement. Northwest health science programs will exceed in meeting the state, national and world health demands by graduating exceptional healthcare professionals.” Mullins earned her ADN from Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Union University, her Master of Science in Nursing from Arkansas State University, and both her Acute Care Nurse Practitioner license and Doctor of Nursing Science from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Dr. Stephanie Mullins

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Changes coming in Northwest fall semester

As institutions around the country prepare for the upcoming academic year, Northwest Mississippi Community College has announced a number of changes that will take place in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In keeping with an emerging trend in higher education and having determined it is in the best interest of the health and safety of students and employees, the college will bring the fall semester to an early close in anticipation of possible future waves of the pandemic. The new schedule will allow students to complete the semester prior to Thanksgiving break, with the intention of minimizing the number of people on campus during the height of flu season. According to Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl, the fall semester will begin as originally scheduled, with day and evening classes beginning on August 17. For academic on-ground classes, the college will adopt a new hybrid instructional model, moving from 16 weeks of instruction to 12 weeks. Courses will hold two 50-minute in-person class meetings each week, Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday, and 80 minutes of online instruction. This new model will be substituted for classes formerly scheduled for the current Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Tuesday/Thursday sequences. More modest alterations will be made to the schedules of career and technical classes on a program-by-program basis. The eLearning calendar will continue to observe the state-wide virtual college calendar dates. “The new schedule will allow sufficient flexibility should health conditions necessitate a move to a fully online environment for a period of time,” said Dr. Matthew Domas, vice president of Instruction. “It is also designed to allow a seamless transition for students currently priority registered for the fall semester. No schedule changes will need to be made by those students.” Additionally, for the first time, Northwest will offer an online winter session, which will help students make faster progress toward their degree goals, as well as potentially increase enrollment. The winter session will run from Dec. 14 - Jan. 15, with students on a break the week of Christmas. “We will analyze student needs and offer the most desired courses during this session,” Domas said. “This will provide new students and existing students the opportunity to get ahead or catch up if they missed out on a course in the fall.” The Spring 2021 semester will begin on Jan. 25, use the same hybrid model for courses and will conclude on May 8, 2021, as scheduled. Scheduled holidays and breaks will occur as currently scheduled, with the exception of Easter break. A change in the schedule will allow Easter break to occur on a Friday and Monday, as opposed to the current Thursday and Friday. While classes will end early, offices will remain open when not on an already scheduled holiday or break. Normal operations will continue. For more information about Northwest, visit northwestms.edu.

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Mississippi community colleges resume traditional classes for fall 2020

All 15 colleges in the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges system plan to resume traditional operations and classes on their campuses this fall, according to a statement issued today by the MACC President’s Association. “There is a great deal of anticipation about reopening our respective colleges this fall,” said Southwest Mississippi Community College President Dr. Steve Bishop, who will soon begin a term as MACC president. “Along with much excitement about getting back to campus, all of our colleges are taking the proper precautions to help keep our students, faculty, staff and visitors safe and healthy,” he added. “We look forward to continuing our long tradition of excellence as we provide quality education and training opportunities for our citizens.” “We are excited to have our new and returning students back on campus this fall,” said Dr. Michael Heindl, Northwest Mississippi Community College president. “The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to us, so we are implementing specific protocols with guidance from the CDC and Mississippi Department of Health to keep the learning, living and working environments on our campuses as safe as possible.” The MACC system was forced to move to all online operations in mid-March due to COVID-19. Since that time, each community college in the state has organized committees and established protocols to safely restart traditional activities at their campuses. Individual colleges will announce updated operational hours and procedures in the coming weeks. The MACC is made up of Coahoma Community College, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, East Central Community College, East Mississippi Community College, Holmes Community College, Hinds Community College, Itawamba Community College, Jones College, Meridian Community College, Mississippi Delta Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Pearl River Community College and Southwest Mississippi Community College.

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Northwest announces Spring 2020 President's and Vice President's lists

The President’s and Vice President’s lists for the Spring 2020 semester at Northwest Mississippi Community College have been released by college officials. Those students completing 12 or more semester hours with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in a four-point system are on the President’s List. The Vice President’s List includes students completing a minimum of 12 semester hours with a 3.50 to 3.74 average. Click here for President's List. Click here for Vice President's List.  

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Northwest announces Casey promotion

Northwest Mississippi Community College is pleased to announce that Dwayne Casey, district dean of Workforce Solutions, has been promoted to the position of associate vice president for Workforce Solutions and Career-Technical Education. “I look forward to working with the Workforce Solutions and Career-Technical Education team to develop the workforce necessary for the community and economic success of Northwest’s district,” Casey said. A Northwest employee for 20 years, Casey has held a variety of positions with the college, including Workforce Development coordinator, assistant director of Workforce Development, director of Workforce Development and Community Services, and associate dean of Workforce Solutions and Manufacturing Programs. “I’m pleased to have somebody as experienced as Dwayne to take over the reigns of this important branch of the college, and I look forward to working closely with him,” said Dr. Matthew Domas, vice president of Instruction. A Northwest alumnus, Casey earned an Associate of Arts degree from the college before earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Memphis and a Master of Science degree from Amberton University. For more information about Northwest, visit northwestms.edu.

Dwayne Casey

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