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Two Northwest students named as first Get2College interns

Northwest Mississippi Community College students, Kendall Kimberlin of Olive Branch and Jamison Payne of Batesville have been chosen as Northwest’s first Get2College Corps interns, according to Dawn Stevens, Northwest Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) sponsor. PTK is an international scholastic and leadership honor society for students at two-year colleges. As interns, they will each receive a $5,000 scholarship, disbursed in two payments during the 2017-18 school year. Interns are required to volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours per week with the Get2College staff to increase FAFSA completions. Kimberlin is a sophomore studying elementary education, and is currently serving as vice president of the Theta Sigma Chapter of PTK, as a student recruiter and is a member of the Northwest Education Association. Payne is a sophomore studying accounting. She is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematics honor society and is president of the Theta Sigma Chapter of PTK. I am extremely excited that two of the five applicants from the Theta Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa were selected. This is the first time that Phi Theta Kappa has offered this opportunity and I'm very proud of our interns,” Stevens said. According to their website, Phi Theta Kappa is proud to partner with Woodward Hines Education Foundation Get2College to assist high school students and their families with navigating the complex financial aid process by supporting their FAFSA completion efforts. Financial aid is one of the barriers for college access and completion for underserved students. Completion of the FAFSA has strong correlation to college access. In addition, completion of the FAFSA by priority deadlines links low income students to financial resources. The goal of the Get2College Corps completion program is to increase FAFSA completion statewide and to increase FAFSA completion by the March 31st priority deadline for the MS HELP grant, Mississippi’s only need-based financial aid. For more information on Northwest’s PTK chapters, visit the website at www.northwestms.edu. Pictured:  Northwest Mississippi Community College students Jamison Payne of Batesville (left) and Kendall Kimberlin of Olive Branch (right) have been chosen as Get2College Corps interns for the 2017-2018 school year. They will each receive a $5,000 scholarship and will be required to volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours per week with the Get2College staff to increase FAFSA completions. The program is the result of a partnership between Phi Theta Kappa and Woodward Hines Education Foundation. Get2College helps assist high school students and their families with navigating the complex financial aid process by supporting their FAFSA completion efforts. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)      

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Northwest Civil Engineering Technology program looks to future

These days it seems that drones are everywhere. While they have become inexpensive enough for recreational use, they are also used in a variety of ways, including in commerce, agriculture and surveying.  In Tommy Watson’s Civil Engineering Technology program at Northwest Mississippi Community College, learning to use drones will help keep his students up to date with the latest technology. A drone is defined as “an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control or onboard computers.” According to Watson, he discovered drone technology a few years ago, and through studying about them, learned about how drones were being used in mapping, construction and inspection. “We try to keep up with industry. To do that, we have to make our students marketable, by making sure they know the latest technology,” Watson said. He emphasized that Northwest is not starting its own drone program, but is using drones to help students in the classroom. He explained that before information for mapping, construction inspection and biometrics could be obtained through satellite imagery, which by the time it was obtained, was already old and was very expensive. Using drones would afford the opportunity to fly the drone on the site and bring real-time information to a project manager. “I decided it was the next big step and decided to look into it and see what we could do to get it on board here at Northwest,” Watson said. He requested money through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), which is a principal source of federal funding to states and discretionary grantees for the improvement of secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs across the nation. He did not find it hard to convince the administration that it was a necessity. “Our dean, David Campbell is a visionary, so it was not a hard pitch to him,” Watson said, adding that the administration understands the need for Northwest’s students to keep up with industry standards and new technology. He explained that the drones are used for doing real-time imagery that can be used in the Mapping and Topography classes. “We take the imagery and tie it into a GIS (geographic information systems) solution. The most important thing is that is a real-time, up to date image.” One of the challenges Watson faced was being able to legally justify that they could fly the drones, which ended up in him being certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). “Last year the FAA separated recreational from commercial use of drones. For example, a recreational pilot cannot fly within five miles of an airport without written permission to fly in that airspace. So, if you are in Oxford, you really cannot fly a drone anywhere. I thought it was easiest to go ahead and get my commercial license,” Watson said. He feels comfortable with the idea of his students flying the drones, as they are GPS stabilized and are very safe. “I just have to make sure that they get everything set up correctly, know the ranges they can fly in and what the home point setting is. I am supervising them closely as I am the pilot in command,” Watson said. One of the things he sees for future success in the working world for graduates of his program who are familiar with and have worked with drones is cell tower and construction inspection. “As the industry grows, you are not going to have to fly in the line of sight and jobs are going to become available for people who log flying hours and get certifications. Our strategy is to get our students familiar with drones and what jobs there might be out there. We are not a drone program, but you can learn some fundamentals and all of our curricula fits with using drones,” he said. The Civil Engineering Technology Program at Northwest prepares a person for entry-level positions in civil engineering, surveying and similar technical fields. The curriculum includes boundary and construction surveying, principles of road construction, construction materials testing, mapping, GPS and GIS, computer aided drafting (CAD), building information modeling (BIM), project management and construction practices. The graduate of the program is prepared to work with surveyors, civil engineers or other professionals in the performance of general engineering practices. The program can lead to a civil engineering certificate (29 credit hours) or an Associate of Applied Science (64 credit hours). The program is located on the Senatobia campus. For more information, contact Watson at 662-562-3364 or email twatson@northwestms.edu.  

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2017-18 Student recruiters named

The Northwest Mississippi Community College Student Recruiters for 2017-2018 are front row (l-r) Lindsay Douglas of Enid, Kallie Adair of Senatobia and Calla Basil of Blue Springs. Second row (l-r) Mary Cassidy McLaughlin of Senatobia, Montana Hussey of Hernando, Teaira Wheatley of Crenshaw, Kristen Roberson of Strayhorn, Elyse Jones of Senatobia, Marcus Suiter of Southaven, Lloyd Newson of Senatobia and JaDarrius Hodges of Lake Cormorant. Back row, Zach Brown of Tunica, Dakota Kelso of Senatobia, Dylan Rakestraw of Senatobia, Brandon Smith of Strayhorn, David Worley of Independence and Zach Farrow of Senatobia. Not pictured are Kendall Kimberlin of Olive Branch, Marissa Edwards of Southaven, Branden Holly of Southaven and Anna McMasters of Senatobia.  (Photo by Abby Embrey)

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Theatre department to present "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

The Northwest Mississippi Community College Theatre Department will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” by William Finn. Left to right, Chip (Brynden Foster of Senatobia); Marcy (Cari Wiley of Olive Branch); Schwarzy (Preslie Cowley of Cleveland) and Leaf (Zach Farrow of  Senatobia) watch as the final two spellers in the contest fight for the win.  The play will be held at the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Senatobia campus Oct. 18, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. General admission is $5 and free for students. (Photo by Sadie Shannon)

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Sellers recognized as Outstanding Business Officer

Matt Sellers, director of accounting at Northwest Mississippi Community College was recognized with the Outstanding Business Officer Award at the Community College Business Officers (CCBO) Annual Conference held in New Orleans, Sept. 24-26. The Outstanding Business Officer Award honors those individuals with distinguished service to their institution and community. Award winners are nominated and chosen by their peers. Congratulating Sellers is his wife Regan Sellers. (photo submitted)

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Northwest celebrates first C2C graduate

    Franchesca Ramsey of Horn Lake has become the first Northwest Mississippi Community College student to earn her Associate of Arts degree through the state’s new “Complete 2 Compete” (C2C) program, according to college officials. According to their website, C2C is a statewide program sponsored by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and the Mississippi Community College Board. Its mission is to help Mississippi adults who attended college but don't have a degree get their degree and create a brighter future. Ramsey, who is originally from Coldwater, graduated from Coldwater High School in 2004. She attended Northwest from 2004-2006 on the Senatobia campus, studying journalism and communications, but did not complete her degree at that time. “I took some time off to help my mom, who is a single mother and my hero. I decided to return to school after being out for many years,” Ramsey said. Ramsey’s mother, Quince Ramsey Gordon was also proud of her daughter’s success. “I am so proud of her, and she has been such an inspiration to me,” Gordon said. Ramsey attended Northwest part time at the DeSoto Center from 2013-2016. She had changed her pathway to computer information systems at that time. “I was still working full time and trying to take some classes to finally finish,” Ramsey said. She tried to re-enroll in the summer, but was told by an adviser that she needed one last class. “I started looking into my records and checking on what I might owe. I realized I owed some tuition, so I paid that off, but missed the deadline to enroll in the class. I was looking around online when I discovered the C2C, so I submitted my information and here I am,” Ramsey said. Persons who are interested in pursuing the C2C program should visit www.msc2c.org to access the C2C Pathfinder, an easy-to-use, interactive tool developed exclusively for the state of Mississippi. “It will help you understand how close you are to a degree and provide the best pathway for you to get that degree. It can be accessed on your home computer, laptop, or smartphone.  By answering a few questions, you begin the process of reviewing past credits and connecting with a C2C coach. You may be one of more than 30,000 Mississippians who have already earned enough credits for an associate or bachelor’s degree. If you are short of a degree, your C2C coach will help you maximize your previous experiences and earned credits and determine how close you now are to a degree,” according to the C2C website. Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears was on hand to congratulate Ramsey on her achievement. “I am so pleased with the work our administrative staff people have done to facilitate the completion of graduation under the C2C program. Congratulations to Franchesca Ramsey for her commitment to seeing the process got finished,” Dr. Spears said. “I am very excited to be the first one at Northwest to do it. I am just ecstatic about it and I thank God for it,” Ramsey said. For more information about the C2C, visit  www.msc2c.org. For more information about Northwest, visit the college’s website at northwestms.edu. Pictured:  Franchesca Ramsey of Horn Lake (center) was the first Northwest Mississippi Community College student to receive her degree through the state’s new “Complete 2 Compete” (C2C) program. Congratulating Ramsey are (l-r) Aime Anderson, registrar; Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears; Jere Herrington, director of Recruiting, and C2C coach and Richie Lawson, vice president for Education. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)

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October ACT Workshops offered at Northwest

Northwest Mississippi Community College is offering an ACT Preparation Workshop on Monday, Oct. 16 and Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Deadline to register for the workshop is Thursday, Oct. 12 by noon. This workshop provides an overview of the ACT format, followed by a review of verbal and mathematics fundamentals for solving typical test questions. Time management and test-taking strategies will also be discussed. Students will need to bring a calculator, notebook and pen or pencil to the workshop. The workshop will be taught by Shelley Miller and Samantha Moore for a fee of $105 with the textbook included. It will be held in Room 104 in the Haraway Center on the Senatobia campus. Those interested may print out a registration form from the Northwest website at www.northwestms.edu/ACTprep. Mail it, along with payment, to the address on the form. For more information, contact Pam Wooten, coordinator of Continuing Education, at 562- 3968 or e-mail pwooten@northwestms.edu.  

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Northwest Homecoming Court 2017

The 2017 Homecoming Court at Northwest Mississippi Community College were (l-r) from the Senatobia campus, Homecoming Queen Mia Mays of Independence, sophomore; Wisdom King of Southaven, freshman; Kallie Adair of Senatobia, sophomore and Cari Wiley of Olive Branch, freshman. From the DeSoto Center were Tori Bounds of Horn Lake, sophomore; Brittany Shoffner of Hickory Flat, freshman; Mariah Wallace of Hernando, sophomore and Jessica Mendoza of Memphis, freshman. From the Lafayette -Yalobusha Technical Center were Katelyn Love of Oxford, sophomore; Cortlin Craft of Florence, freshman, Cassidy Louwerens of Senatobia, sophomore; Claire Carter of Bruce, freshman and Kaitlyn Moore of Oxford, sophomore. Escorts were (l-r) Jordan Volner of Nettleton, Ark., a sophomore Ranger baseball player and Alec Rayburn of Senatobia, a sophomore Ranger basketball player. The court was presented during halftime festivities on Sept. 21. (Photo by Julie Bauer)  

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Alumna of the Year, Sports Hall of Fame Inductees honored at Homecoming

Longtime educator Dr. Susan Avery Mitchell, right, was honored as Northwest Mississippi Community College Alumna of the Year on Sept. 21 during Homecoming festivities. Mitchell attended Northwest from 1966-1968. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Delta State University and her doctorate in Special Education from the University of Alabama.  Presenting the traditional proclamation to Mitchell is Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears, left.       Northwest Mississippi Community College inducted two former athletes and one coach into the Northwest Sports Hall of Fame during Homecoming ceremonies on Sept. 2. Inducted into the 17th Sports Hall of Fame class were (l-r) Don Edwards, women’s head basketball coach, 1982-present; Dr. Gerald Hasselman, basketball, 1964-66 and Marcus Van Every, baseball, 1998-1999.     (Photos by LaJuan Tallo, assistant director of Communications/Public Information)

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Sophomore Mia Mays elected Homecoming Queen

Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears (right) congratulates 2017 Northwest Homecoming Queen Mia Mays of Independence. Mays is a sophomore studying social work on the Senatobia campus. She is the goddaughter of Dewayne Williams and Alice Davis. The queen and court were presented during halftime festivities on Sept. 21. (Photo by Julie Bauer) 

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