PMMT program receives $10,000 donation for student scholarships

The Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology (PMMT) program at Northwest Mississippi Community College recently received a $10,000 donation from the Gene Haas Foundation. The money is to be used for student scholarships. Pictured (l-r) are Dwayne Casey, associate dean of Workforce Solutions and Manufacturing Programs; Hugh Sims, sales engineer, Trident Southwest; Northwest President Dr. Michael Heindl; Jim Gilliam and Jeff Covington, PMMT instructors and Dr. David Campbell, vice president of Workforce Solutions and Career-Technical Education. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)

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Upcoming Reading Roundtable set for Nov. 27

The November meeting of Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Reading Roundtable, made possible with funds from Sycamore Bank, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m., in the R.C. Pugh Library on the Senatobia campus. Leading this month’s discussion will be Northwest Police Officer Derek Brauer. Tajon works hard and tries his best to be good. He does OK in school. He has plans. He’s determined. Tajon is the kind of son who cares about his family. He’s the kind of brother who stands up for his sister. He’s the kind of kid who dreams big dreams to get himself and those he loves up and out of the hood. The Day Tajon Got Shot,written by 10 teenage girls in Washington, D.C., thoughtfully explores issues of race, violence, loyalty, and justice in a community torn apart but seeking connection. The purpose of the program is to provide a forum to read and discuss a variety of books during the course of every semester. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month. Participants must fill out a registration form, and those wishing to purchase a copy of the book being discussed may do so for $5. Personal or library copies may also be used. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Melissa Wright, director of Learning Resources at (662) 562-3277 or e-mail    

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State releases 2017 Community College Report Card

The Education Achievement Council (EAC) has approved the 2017 Report Card for Northwest Mississippi Community College. In 2010, the Education Achievement Council was created by the state legislature to bring Mississippi's educational attainment and skill levels of the working-age population to the national average by 2025. Pursuant to §37-163-1, an electronic copy can be viewed at Copies can also be obtained from the college’s Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.   The report cards show the progress that has been made toward educational goals for each community college and university. The measures that are used align closely with the Voluntary Framework of Accountability developed by the American Association of Community Colleges.   College officials were pleased to report Northwest’s performance in retention, college readiness success, and job placement for Career-Technical and Health Science graduates were higher than the state averages.   Retention in Associate of Applied Science programs was 6.9 percent higher than the state average at 55.9 percent, while retention in the college’s Associate of Arts pathways was one-half point below the state average of 60 percent. Total retention was at 59.8 percent, almost half a percentage point above the state’s total retention average.   In college readiness success, Northwest students fared better than the state average for all students. The percentage of students who took developmental English and went on to successfully complete English composition I was 52.7 percent, nearly eight points higher than the state average. The percentage of students who took developmental math and went on to successfully complete college algebra was 34.4 percent, almost even with the state average.   Job placement of Northwest’s Career-Technical and health science graduates was 98.5 percent, which was more than 10 percentage points higher than the state average. Northwest’s CTE students earned 422 state- or nationally-recognized credentials, confirming that students in those programs are receiving a career-relevant education and attaining quality employment.   The college’s Workforce Development Division is also providing necessary training to citizens of the 11-county district. Nearly 7,000 participants received workforce training in areas such as manufacturing, industrial maintenance, soft skills and safety/OSHA. In addition, nearly 1,500 National Career Readiness Certificates (CRC) were awarded through the college’s WIN Job Center. The CRC is a nationally-recognized work skills credential that is widely used by employers to evaluate an employee’s or potential employee’s essential work skill level needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations.   Information on the Community College Report Card includes student enrollment, degrees awarded, student success, student retention, student progress, workforce development information, HSE and adult education statistics, as well as enrollment and success in development or remedial coursework (college readiness). Each report card includes information for the specific college, along with figures for the system. Most metrics are based upon a specified cohort of students, defined as a group of students who enter or start a program at the same time. Specific cohort definitions and dates are indicated with each metric. Cohort dates will vary, depending on whether the metric reflects entry or outcome data.   Where possible, these Reports Cards use data being reported annually to the State Workforce Investment Board, the U.S. Department of Education, and to Complete College America. Other data comes in part from the Mississippi LifeTracks systems and have been independently validated by the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (nSPARC) at Mississippi State University.

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College mourns loss of former athletic director

by Kevin Maloney, Sports Information Office SENATOBIA – The Northwest Mississippi Community College family is shocked and saddened at the sudden passing of former director of athletics and intramural sports, Cameron Blount, on Tuesday. Blount worked at Northwest from 2002-14, overseeing a 12-sport athletic department in addition to intramural sports, supervising the McLendon Center and as an adjunct instructor for health classes. Before his employment at Northwest, Blount worked for eight years at the Baddour Center in Senatobia as a resident manager and director of Vocational Services from 1995 to 2002. A Northwest alumnus, Blount played second base for the Rangers during the 1987-88 seasons and was an all-conference, all-district and all-region nod during his career. The Rangers were NJCAA Region 23 and north division champions his sophomore season and conference runners-up. Blount finished his baseball career at Arkansas-Little Rock where he was selected All-TAAC in 1990 and earned a bachelor's degree in health education and a minor in sociology. The Independence native is survived by his wife, Kenda, his three sons Kyle, Cayman and Kenzee, and his parents Lynda and Ellis Blount. Visitation and funeral arrangements aren't available at this time. Please keep family and friends of Cameron in your prayers during this difficult time.

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Nursing students inducted into Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society

These Northwest Mississippi Community College Nursing students were recently inducted into Northwest’s Gamma Zeta chapter of Alpha Delta Nu, a national nursing honor society. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in nursing classes and overall. Front row (l-r) are Lindsey Stewart of Hernando, secretary; Alexis Horton of Walls, treasurer; Hayley Moore of Southaven, vice president; Allie Hutchens of Southaven; Ashley Hanna of Hernando; Lauren Hampton of Southaven, president; Carla Dudas of Olive Branch and Elizabeth Lambert of Paris. Back row (l-r) are Adrianne Browning of Southaven; Vasity Acklin of Oxford; Davonne Gilley of Hernando; Calyn Payne of Coldwater; Katie Martin of Senatobia; Daniel Carrera of Coldwater; Shannon Baird of Holly Springs and Brenden Jackson of Brandon. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)  

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Men's Basketball Interim Head Coach speaks to Rotary Club

Northwest Mississippi Community College Men’s Basketball Interim Head Coach Shane Oakley, second from left, was the speaker at the Nov. 9 meeting of the Senatobia Rotary Club. Oakley gave an overview of the upcoming season. Welcoming Oakley (l-r) was Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl, Rotary member and program leader; Jerry Brewer, Rotary president and Dr. Matthew Domas, vice president of Academic Instruction and College Parallel Programs at Northwest. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)  

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Fine Arts Division to present "A Northwest Christmas" Nov. 29

Susanne VanDyke, director of Choral Activities at Northwest will again lead the audience in a Christmas carol sing-along this year when the Northwest Mississippi Community College Fine Arts Division presents “A Northwest Christmas.” The concert will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Senatobia campus. Featured groups include the Northwest Wind Ensemble, Northwest Singers, Northwest Entertainers, Northwest Clarinet Ensemble and Northwest Low Brass Ensemble. The Northwest Steel Band will give a pre-concert performance in the lobby at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free to the public. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)

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Entertainers to present "Dance the Night Away" on Nov. 15

 The Northwest Mississippi Community College Entertainers  will present their fall concert entitled  “Dance the Night Away” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Senatobia campus. The Entertainers are under the direction of Dr. Saundra Bishop. The concert is free to the public. (Photo by Jennifer Corbin)

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Canon honored as Senatobia Rotary Club's Teacher of the Month

Sybil Canon, English composition instructor and associate vice president of Development and Special Projects (second from right) was named the Senatobia Rotary Club’s November Teacher of the Month for Northwest Mississippi Community College. Congratulating Canon (left to right) are Rotary President Jerry Brewer, Julie Correro, division director of Education, her husband Al Canon and Dr. Michael Heindl, president of Northwest. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)

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Williams named Senatobia Rotary Club Student of the Month

Greg Williams (second from right), a sophomore from Sherman studying psychology, was named the Senatobia Rotary Club’s November Student of the Month for Northwest Mississippi Community College. Williams is the son of Sherlonda Morris and Edward Coleman and he is a member of the Northwest Ranger Cheerleaders. Congratulating Williams (l-r) is Bonnie Griffis, sociology instructor, Kristin Watson, division director of Social Science and Dr. Michael Heindl, president of Northwest. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)    

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