Cindy Hodges Williams of Wesson was inducted into the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet held recently on the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College.
Williams played basketball at Copiah-Lincoln Community College from 1975 to 1977, where she was a member of Hall of Fame Coach Gwyn Young’s first Co-Lin team. As a freshman, Williams led Co-Lin to the regional tournament where she scored 29 points in the first half of a game, before the addition of the three-point line. Her sophomore year, she averaged 26 points and six assists per game, including one game in which she scored 42 points. She was selected First Team All-State and All-Region in both her freshman and sophomore years.
After Co-Lin, Williams went on to play at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she was selected All-State, All-Region, and All-American. At the national tournament, she set a national assist record with 19 assists in one game and 59 assists in the tournament. She currently holds the single game assist record (19), the single season assist record (364), and the school career assist record at Southeastern. Williams was drafted and played professional basketball with the New Orleans Pride in 1979 and 1980, after which the league folded. Williams was inducted into the Co-Lin Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Southeastern Louisiana Hall of Fame in 1990, where she was one of the first two women ever selected.
Williams is married to Johnny Williams and they have two children, Ryan and his wife Loren, and Wade and his wife Brea. They have three grandchildren. Williams is currently a 5th grade math teacher at Wesson Attendance Center.
Other members of the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame from Co-Lin are the late Carl Medley, Alton Ricks, the late Henry “Hook” Stone, the late M. K. Turk, the late “Chunkin” Charlie Ward, Alton Greenlee, the late A.J. “Red” Mangum, the late Bob Ricketts, Gwyn Young, the late Bucky Waters and Albert “Sonny” Hill.
Co-Lin's Workforce Education Division recognized three businesses and industries for their service and partnership at the annual Business and Industry Appreciation Luncheon held recently at The Thames Center on the college’s Wesson Campus. The Career, Technical and Workforce Education division annually honors businesses or organizations that have provided exceptional support for Co-Lin students.
This year, the President’s Award, was presented to Rex Lumber Company in Brookhaven. Doug Boykin, Tom Myers and many others at Rex Lumber, have donated time and effort to both Career-Tech and Workforce Education. For Career-Tech, they have visited and toured our Wesson campus to see what programs are offered, they have provided tours of the mill to our Career-Tech instructors so that our instructors may better understand their needs. They host internships for our Career-Tech students, are currently working on an employability project for certain programs on how to complete job applications and interviews, and assisted Career-Tech with a video project on the importance of a partnership among industry and education.
Rex Lumber has utilized our Workforce Division and its instructors to train their employees on various training topics including safety, forklift and CPR. Seeing a need for individuals to be trained as millwrights, Rex Lumber brought together a group to begin talks of Co-Lin offering a millwright program. They have donated countless hours and expertise to get this program started. Rex Lumber continues to advise, listen and partner with both Career-Tech and Workforce for the betterment of our area workforce.
Special Recognition Award was presented to Rogel Ford in Crystal Springs for their support of Co-Lin’s Automotive Technology program. Rogel Ford has donated two vehicles in the past and are in the process of providing four more vehicles that provide much needed hands-on experience for our students. They also hope to provide a scholarship in the future. Greg Smith is Rogel Ford’s Service Manager and he serves on the Automotive Craft Advisory Committee. The owner, Carl Rogel, is known for being a community supporter and both gentlemen strongly support our Automotive Technology Program.
Also receiving a Special Recognition Award was Pioneer Health Services of Magee. Pioneer Health Services, owned by Joe McNulty, has worked with Co-Lin’s Workforce Education Division since 2008. Their workforce project has covered their in-house training, online training and Co-Lin provided training. Three years ago, they approached us about customizing a Medical Billing and Claims Program for the Simpson County area. Through countless meetings, pouring through curriculum, identifying needed skills and the donation of their employee’s time and efforts, the Medical Billing and Claims Program came into existence. It is a semester long program that provides individuals with medical billing and claims knowledge as well as Excel skills so that they may work in any number of healthcare billing and claims offices. Pioneer Health also hires individuals from this program upon their successful completion. This program would not have been possible without the vision and partnership of Pioneer Health Services.
For well over a decade, Georgia-Pacific has provided their Catfish Cooking Team to prepare a delicious catfish meal at our Business-Industry Appreciation Luncheon.
Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles (left) presents Rex Lumber Company’s Human Resources Manger Lorraine Stephenson with the President’s Award at the Business and Industry Appreciation Luncheon held at The Thames Center on Co-Lin’s Wesson Campus.
Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles (left) presents Rogel Ford’s Service Manager Greg Smith with a Special Recognition Award at the Business and Industry Appreciation Luncheon held at The Thames Center on Co-Lin’s Wesson Campus.
Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles (left) presents Pioneer Heath Services Human Resources Manager Greg Baldwin with a Special Recognition Award at Co-Lin’s Annual Business and Industry Appreciation Luncheon held at The Thames Center on Co-Lin’s Wesson Campus.
Co-Lin freshmen diesel equipment technology students recently toured Puckett Machinery in Pearl. Those attending were from left, Co-Lin diesel instructor Steven Esch, Justin Tidwell of Oakvale, Clifton Barlow of Brookhaven, Bryce Ballas of Bogue Chitto, Dylan McManus of Hazlehurst, Demarkus Walls of Brookhaven, Jerrey Hannon of Roxie, Samuel Erin of Hazlehurst, Carl Jackson of Roxie, Marcus Minninger of Madison, Miranda Rutland of Monticello, and Alec Rollins of Jayess.
Co-Lin will hold cheerleader tryiouts for the 2015-2016 squad on Friday, April 10, at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 11, 8:30 a.m. at Callender Hall on the college’s Wesson Campus. Application deadline is March 31, 2015. There is a $20 tryout fee.
Candidates must attend both sessions and be prepared to perform a cheer or chant that you have prepared. You will be taught a cheer and part of a dance on Friday, April 10, and will be asked to perform those skills as well as perform basic partner stunts and tumbling skills on Saturday, April 11. Male cheerleaders may be asked to do a cheer or part of the fight song along with basic partner stunts.
To prepare for basic skills associated with partner students, open gym is currently being held on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. in Callendar through April 9.