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The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation recently provided iPads to be given away to five lucky high school science teachers during the annual Science Quest competition held on the Wesson campus. Winners included front row from left, Jamie Gibson of Cathedral High School, Allison Smith of Adams County Christian School, Billy Walker of Magee High School, Leslie Hood of Brookhaven Academy and Kathy McKone of Enterprise High School; back row from left, Tammy Torrey, president of the Co-Lin Foundation Board of Directors and David Campbell, executive director of the Co-Lin Foundation and Alumni Affairs.

kdmcThe Copiah-Lincoln Community College Workforce Education Division recognized three businesses and industries for their service and partnership at the annual Business and Industry Appreciation Luncheon held Thursday 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 Kings’ Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven. KDMC is committed to the community and the overall health and well being of our citizens. They consistently receive awards and accolades for the services they provide and are continually promoting community education and events. 

Their partnership with Co-Lin’s Career-Technical Division provides internships in their medical laboratory, radiology department, nursing department and respiratory care department. KDMC continues to allow their employees to serve on various advisory committees for these programs.

They are an excellent example of how an organization invests time in students and shows the benefits for both the business and the students. They have demonstrated a very strong commitment to students’ selection of career pathways through Co-Lin’s Scrubs and Scopes Conference.

Through their Workforce Education project, they are financially assisted for their well-established in-house training program and now their on-line training.

In addition to all their contributions with the Career, Technical and Workforce Education Division, they also contribute their time and funding through the Co-Lin Foundation, the college’s Wellness Initiative, athletics, and other campus events and activities.

Special Recognition Award was presented to Puckett Machinery for their outstanding support for the Diesel Technology program. They serve on the program's craft and advisory committee and have donated engines and parts for instruction to continually ensure this program is up-to-date. Co-Lin students are provided the opportunity to tour their facilities and they provide many employment opportunities for graduates of Co-Lin’s diesel program. This year, Puckett Machinery has established a scholarship specifically for students majoring in Diesel Technology Program.

Also receiving a Special Recognition Award was presented to Enersteel of Natchez. Enersteel has gone above and beyond to identify and solve an issue within Workforce Welding Program curriculum at Co-Lin.  They are one of the most safe, dependable, and quality conscious suppliers of specialty fabrication in the nation. Their Natchez facility is fully equipped with state of the art machinery and staffed with ASME certified welders, engineers and estimators. Their workforce has the utmost experience in successfully performing the most complex and demanding projects.

Through providing employees that serve on our Career and Technical Advisory Committees and also our Workforce Advisory Council, Enersteel continually supports Co-Lin’s welding programs. They visit classrooms, speak directly with our students, provide valuable feedback to our instructors and Workforce personnel, supply Co-Lin with countless sheets of metal and hire our graduates.

Working with Co-Lin’s Workforce Education Division, the Natchez and Wesson night welding curriculum has been revised to now follow the NCCER Contren curriculum and to add skills that were lacking from the old program. This curriculum change will provide more value to our students as they enter the workforce. Without Enersteel’s initiative to open this dialogue, these changes would not have taken place.

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Ora Franklin of the Brookhaven WIN Job Center for her 25-plus years of service to Career-Technical and Workforce Education. She has served on Career and Technical Advisory Committees, assisted Workforce with promoting their classes and guided countless individuals searching for jobs.

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.###

Dean of Career, Technical, and Workforce Education Jackie Martin (left) presents King’s Daughters Medical Center CEO Alvin Hoover with the President’s Award at the Business and Industry Appreciation Luncheon held at The Thames Center on Co-Lin’s Wesson Campus.Dean of Career, Technical, and Workforce Education Jackie Martin (left) presents Teresa Odom of Puckett Machinery with a Special Recognition Award at the Business and Industry Appreciation Luncheon held at The Thames Center on Co-Lin’s Wesson Campus.

Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education Jackie Martin (left) presents Aaron Shermer of Enersteel 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.     

Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education Jackie Martin (left) presents Ora Franklin of the Brookhaven WIN Job Center with a Certificate of Appreciation at Co-Lin’s Annual Business and Industry Appreciation Luncheon held at The Thames Center on Co-Lin’s Wesson Campus.

allmississippiSix outstanding sophomores were recently honored by the Mississippi Legislature as members of the All-Mississippi Academic Team. Selected to the All-Mississippi Academic Team are front row from left, Jacob Tarver of Wesson, First Team; Erin Whittington of Hazlehurst, Second Team; Kasey McWilliams of Mendenhall, Second Team; Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles, Christy Wilson of Magee, Second Team; Denise Collier and Kevin Campbell, both of Natchez; back row from left, Mary Warren and Erin Smith, co-advisors Wesson Campus; Dr. Amy Bishop and Charlotte Stewart, co-advisors Simpson County Center; and Deren Konecky, advisor Natchez Campus.

majordonorinductees2014Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation inducted four new members into its Hall of Fame at a major donor appreciation banquet held March 22 at the Thames Center on the college's Wesson campus. Those inducted were Bank of Franklin, Dr. Dennis Granberry of Hattiesburg, Lamar and Pauline Stokes of Summit and Short Line Implement Company.

Bank of Franklin
The Bank of Franklin was chartered in 1911 and opened for business in October 1912 in a one-room structure on Main Street in Meadville. The bank now operates in a larger structure at the same location and has branches in Brookhaven, Bude, and Meadville. Another branch will open in McComb this spring. The bank was named for Franklin County, which was named for philosopher and statesman Benjamin Franklin.

Representing Bank of Franklin at the dinner was Bradley B. Jones. Jones was elected president of the bank in 2005 and became chief executive officer of the bank in 2010. He is a former attorney and previously served on the board of directors. The Bank of Franklin has supported the Foundation through special events at both the Wesson and Natchez campuses.

Dr. Dennis Granberry
Dr. Dennis L. Granberry of Hattiesburg was honored for his contributions to the Foundation's general fund. He is a 1966 graduate of Co-Lin, and completed his dental school training at the University of Tennessee at Memphis and received a master's degree in orthodontics from Georgetown University. He has been practicing orthodontics for 41 years. He has been board certified for over 20 years and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Dr. Granberry is involved in numerous community and professional organizations such as the American Heart Association and the Mississippi Association of Orthodontics, in which he is past president, and Main Street United Methodist Church. He is a past board member of the Area Development Partnership and the Southern Society of Orthodontics, as well as the Hattiesburg Racquet Club, Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera and Just Over the Rainbow Theater. He is married to the former Erin Finley of Mendenhall, and they have two sons, Lee and Eric.

Short Line Implement Company
Short Line Implement was recognized for its contributions to the Henry and Mary Lehmann Hadskey Scholarship. Founded in 1967 by Glynn E. Hadskey, Sr., Short Line is a multi-faced company with the ability to warehouse, unload, package and ship products. The firm is located centrally in Memphis– a distribution hub for all of North America. Situated upon the Mississippi River, Short Line Implement occupies a 20,000 square foot enclosed warehouse, and has 60,000 square feet of secure, outside storage. With their ability to unload cargo containers and distribute goods throughout the U.S. and Canada, the company is able to meet the demands of a variety of imports as well as both regional and national manufacturers. Bobby Hadskey serves as president of the company.

Representing Short Line Implement at the dinner was Jerry Nettles, a nephew of Glynn Hadskey, Sr. He serves as territory manager of Short Line.

Lamar and Pauline Stokes
Lamar and Pauline Stokes of Summit were honored for their contributions to the Lamar and Pauline Stokes Scholarship. The Stokeses met at Co-Lin in 1946. Lamar Stokes attended Co-Lin in 1943 before serving in the military and returned in 1946 and studied for a year before transferring to Mississippi State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering. Stokes farmed and operated a farm supply store before going to work for Magnolia Electric Power Association, where he served as operations director and member services director until his retirement in 1989. He served on the board of Pike County Farm Bureau and the Farm Bureau state board for 43 years, and served on the Pike County Fair Board for 30 years. He was awarded the Golden Deeds Award by the McComb Exchange Club in 2006 and was selected as McComb Junior Auxiliary Azalea Ball King in 2009.

Pauline Stokes, originally of Pinola, is a 1947 graduate of Co-Lin and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. She played basketball at Co-Lin and was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. She taught school for two years before she became a homemaker. She worked at Kellwood manufacturing plant in the mid-1960s and later worked for the Pike County welfare office. She continues to serve as a Pink Lady volunteer at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.

They have two daughters, Phyllis Waller of Summit and Dixie Fouche' of Fairhope, Ala., and four grandsons. Both are members of Pisgah United Methodist Church and have served in many positions for over 60 years.

The Hall of Fame honors persons and organizations who have given a cumulative total of $10,000 or more to the Foundation. Plaques honoring the Hall of Fame members hang in the college's cafeteria in the Henley Building on the Wesson campus.

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation inducted four new members into its Hall of Fame at the annual major donor appreciation banquet held March 22 at the Thames Center on the college's Wesson campus. Pictured are from left are Hall of Fame members Lamar and Pauline Stokes of Summit, Brad Jones representing Bank of Franklin, Jerry Nettles representing Short Line Implement Company and Dr. Dennis Granberry of Hattiesburg.

jacobtarverJacob Tarver of Wesson, a sophomore at Copiah-Lincoln Community College has been named a 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Gold Scholar receives a $1500 scholarship and a special medallion.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Academic Team scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states. Student scholars also receive recognition locally during ceremonies held on campus and internationally for those who are able to attend Phi Theta Kappa's Annual Convention.

Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

"We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their vote of confidence in community college students by investing in their futures," said Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa. "Their support is especially welcome during this challenging economic climate, as more and more community college students need additional resources to help them complete their degrees."

"The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges," said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. "We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals."

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.


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