It is my pleasure to welcome you to Copiah-Lincoln Community College. I invite you to learn more about all that Co-Lin offers by exploring our Web site or visiting one of our beautiful campuses. You'll find that Co-Lin is a place where you never meet a stranger.
Building for the future was the theme of the 2012-2013 academic year as we initiated plans for several new construction and renovation projects at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
The need to constantly repair and renovate an aging Wesson Campus was benefited by several grants this year including a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation wellness grant that was used to renovate our track for campus and community use. Co-Lin also received a $1 million federal DOT grant to convert Co-Lin Drive into a pedestrian walkway for our students and staff. Another project that finally kicked off this year was the long awaited restoration of Ellzey Hall. Crews moved on campus to begin the external restoration of one our college’s original buildings.
Later this year we expect to start construction on a new instructional building for our Early Childhood Development program. We are also preplanning construction of a new women’s dormitory and hope to have financing lined up for that project at this time next year.
It was also a year of success for our athletic programs proving once again that having a courageous heart and dedication are important when competing against teams with larger enrollment and better facilities. One of the highlights of the year for me as President was to have the opportunity to be on the field after our Co-Lin Wolves football team won their first state championship since 1985. I was very proud of how our team and coaches represented the college in what was truly a miracle season for our team. We also had state championships in Women’s basketball and Men’s Golf as well as individual state championships in Women’s Tennis. Just as importantly, three of our athletic teams finished the year ranked in the top two nationally in academics.
The faculty and staff at our three campuses continued to do great work to benefit our students. Not only were they involved in our campus work, but many were actively involved in various academic, economic, and community organizations.
In 2012-2013, the Co-Lin Foundation experienced one of its best years ever in collecting donations and gifts to benefit the college. Our Foundation assets now total almost $7 million and provide a needed financial resource to Co-Lin. It is my hope all of our Co-Lin supporters and alumni will continue to assist our college grow and develop through their donations to the Foundation.
As college President, I am very proud of all that has been accomplished this past year and I look forward to the years ahead. All of us at Co-Lin are optimistic about the future of our college and are committed to providing quality education and support services to the students and communities we serve.
Whether your interest is in academics or career and technical, there is a place for you at Co-Lin. Co-Lin offers you a gateway to opportunities and is truly…the place to be.
Dr. Ronnie Nettles, President