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Admin Building 1Co-Lin has received notification from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History of grant funding in the amount of $100,000 for assistance with the roof replacement on the historic J. M. Ewing Administration Building on the Wesson Campus. The grant award was announced at a special meeting in early December of the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for twenty-six grants totaling 2,980,194. These funds will be used for the preservation of historic courthouses, schools, and other historic properties in specially designated Certified Local Governments. This award is expected to cover approximately one-third of the cost of the re-roofing project for the building, with additional funding coming from the Mississippi Bureau of Building, Grounds, and Real Property, and additional local county maintenance funds. 

“The J. M. Ewing Administration Building at Copiah-Lincoln Community College is one of the remaining historical buildings remaining at the college and has been in major need of a roof replacement with the current roof installed in 1991,”  said Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles. “We are very grateful to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for assisting us with funding this worthwhile project.” 

In order to be eligible for grant funds, school properties have to be registered as a Mississippi Designated Landmark Property. In 1996, the Ewing Administration Building was registered as a Landmark Property with 10 other properties in Copiah County, with only two in the city of Wesson. The J. M. Ewing Administration Building was built in 1938 and designed by Hull and Drummond Architects of Jackson. The Georgian Revival style building contains 15,327 assignable square feet and contains the R. E. Rea Auditorium, which seats over 700 guests and hosts over 10,000 visitors to the building each year. 

To address the needs of the aging roof, Dr. Jeff Posey, Director of Facilities Planning, began researching grant options to assist with the project and found out about the Mississippi Community Heritage Preservation Grant Program, which was passed in Senate Bill 2906 in 2015. 

“We felt the Ewing Building was the perfect property for this type of grant, because of its historic character and its extreme need for roof replacement,”  said Posey. “By participating in the Historic Landmark Property designation, we will enter into a 25 year protective maintenance covenant. The current covenant on the property expires in 2021 with the next one expiring in 2046.”  These covenants require that the college have all building improvements approved by a special historic preservation board at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to help preserve the historic integrity of the building. 

Grant awards are paid on a reimbursable basis upon the successful completion of the entire project or at the time of the completion of pre-established phases of the project. Prior to application all buildings must have been designated Mississippi Landmarks.

For more information about any of the facilities renovation and historic preservation projects ongoing at Co-Lin, contact Dr. Posey at (601) 643-8411. 

underwoodscholarshipA new scholarship has been endowed with the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation by the Underwood family. Don Underwood of Brookhaven, his sister Tammy Underwood Torrey of Meadville, and their mother, Ann Underwood of Brookhaven have endowed the Underwood Family Scholarship, which will be awarded in the fall of 2017 to a Co-Lin student who is a graduate of Brookhaven High School.

The Underwood family has been involved with Co-Lin for many years. Don is a 1979 graduate of Co-Lin, Torrey a 1980 graduate, and the most recent graduate in the family is Stone Underwood, who was a standout on the Wolfpack’s 2012 state championship football team. He graduated in 2013 before transferring to the University of West Virginia where he was a member of the offensive line for the Mountaineers. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of West Virginia. Torrey is also a member of the Co-Lin Foundation board of directors.

“We are very fortunate to have the support of the Underwood family,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles. “That support has transferred across generations, and they have been excellent representatives of our college in many different ways.”

For information on ways to give to Co-Lin, visit www.colin.edu/foundation. To apply for a 2016-2017 endowed scholarship, visit www.colin.edu/financial-aid.

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The Underwood family recently established a scholarship with the Co-Lin Foundation. The scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2017 to a Co-Lin student who is a graduate of Brookhaven High School. On hand for the presentation were from left, Don Underwood of Brookhaven, Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles, Tammy Underwood Torrey of Meadville, and Stone Underwood of Morgantown, West Virginia.

Tele mental Health copyCo-Lin is the first community college in the nation to partner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide timely, specialized mental health benefits to veterans who are students at the college.

Tele-mental health provides veterans quicker and more efficient access to the types of care they seek while leveraging technology to reduce the distance they have to travel, increase the flexibility of the system they use, and improve their overall quality of life. This is an expansion of VA mental health services beyond the major medical centers and treating veterans closer to their homes. Available only to student veterans at this time the secure video teleconferencing technology is used to connect the veteran to a provider within VA’s nationwide system of care. As a result, veterans can arrange appointments at times more in synch with their schedules at a safe and convenient setting.

"It's a true partnership between the college and the VA Medical Center (in Jackson)," said psychologist Patricia Grigoryev, who led the VA's development of the collaborative model. "We're helping to provide specific tele-mental health services for veterans so they don't have to travel as far or leave campus for services."

Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles said the partnership continues the college's longstanding tradition of veteran support.

"For several years running Co-Lin has been recognized among the top military-friendly colleges and universities nationally for the military-related populace to pursue their educational goals, and this partnership will be a tremendous asset for our veterans enrolled at the college," he said. "We are proud to be part of this program."

During the past months, Co-Lin and VA officials formalized their agreement to provide the services in conjunction with Jackson's G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery VA Medical Center. Co-Lin’s Veteran Services Office will act as the site liaison as the Jackson VA provides the interactive services.

"I think it's a very worthy project for the college to be partnered with the resources from the VA system so that we can bring better product of healthcare to the veterans," said Grigoryev. "The more we can get services into rural areas and convenient to the veterans, the more complete their treatments can be."

Tele-mental health services will be available beginning in this spring semester.

Pictured are from left, VA Staff Psychologist Dr. Patricia Grigoryev, Co-Lin’s Veteran Services Director Dr. Tim Lea, VA Facility Telehealth Coordinator Eulanda Armstrong, and VA CVT Home Coordinator Linda Swann as they overview the delivery system for tele-mental health services.

colinlogoWASHINGTON, DC – Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Copiah-Lincoln Community College as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships.

“I am very confident that this recognition is a result of the dedication of our faculty and staff to the success of our students,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles. “Our focus and institutional commitment in recent years on advisement, retention, instruction, and completion of our students is making a difference.”

The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students.

Nearly half of America’s college students attend community college, with more than seven million students – youth and adult learners – working towards certificates and degrees in these institutions across the country.

“Community colleges have tremendous power to change lives, and their success will increasingly define our nation’s economic strength and the potential for social mobility in our country,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.   “This competition is designed to spotlight the excellent work being done in the most effective community colleges, those that best help students obtain meaningful, high-quality education and training for competitive-wage jobs after college. We hope it will raise the bar and provide a roadmap to better student outcomes for community colleges nationwide.”

A full list of the selected colleges and details on the selection process are available at www.aspenprize.org.

Scholarship Opportunities

For the first time, the 150 Prize-eligible institutions are also invited to nominate exceptional students enrolled in their best middle-skill STEM programs for scholarships. Up to 50 Siemens Technical Scholars will be selected from programs that provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in manufacturing, energy, health care, and information technology. A partnership between the Siemens Foundation and the Aspen Institute, the Siemens Technical Scholars Program intends to help our nation’s community colleges and their business partners bridge the gap between projected shortages of skilled workers and the millions of high-demand jobs in these STEM industries. Scholarship winners and the programs that deliver rigorous training enabling their success will be announced in fall 2016. For more information and to view video profiles of 2015 Siemens Technical Scholars, go to: http://as.pn/stscholars.

Co-Lin is one of eight Mississippi community colleges out of the 149 community colleges were selected from a national pool of over 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes in three areas:

· Performance (retention, graduation rates including transfers, and degrees and certificates per 100 full-time equivalent students)

· Improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time)

· Equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students)

Co-Lin has been invited to submit an application to the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence containing detailed data on degree and certificate completion (including progress and transfer rates), labor market outcomes (employment and earnings), and student learning outcomes.

Ten finalists will be named in fall 2016. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prizewinner and a few finalists with distinction in early 2017.

The Aspen Prize is funded by the Joyce Foundation, the Siemens Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.

The Aspen College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices, policies, and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the New College Leadership Project, and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org/college-excellence.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.

Children PhotoCo-Lin holds open house for the new Early Childhood Technology Education building. The facility serves as the College’s laboratory school for early childhood education and was completed in November of 2015 at a cost of $2.4 million.  

We are very pleased to continue upgrading facilities at Co-Lin,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles. “This new building supports our mission to provide a quality instructional program for our students.”

The building, designed by Burris-Wagnon Architects in Jackson and constructed by Paul Jackson and Sons of Brookhaven, is 8,046 square feet and sits at the north end of campus. The masonry bearing wall building features classrooms for infants, one-year olds, two-year olds, and preschoolers along with dining space, child-friendly restrooms, a commercial kitchen, and laundry. The building also includes office space for the program director Mary Price and early childhood technology instructor Amy Lewis, as well as a teacher workroom, student workroom, sick room/conference room, computer lab, and student classroom.      

Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Technology Program are able to assist in the care of children who are enrolled in the full-time day care center, which operates five days per week during the academic year. The center also has a state of the art observation window system so students and staff can view child development classrooms in action to learn best practices for early childhood education. The building also features a child-friendly playground offering developmentally appropriate outdoor play stations located on a soft-surface and features a covered play area for rainy days and abundant storage for tricycles and outdoor play gear.

The center features a covered drop-off area designed with a cantilever-style roof.  Considered a modern style design, the center has a combination pitched roof and flat roof system featuring colorful light wells to bring the outdoors into the building. The facility is considered one of the most energy efficient designs on the Wesson campus with automatic thermostatic controls, Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) cassette ceiling units for heating and cooling, and lighting that automatically dims and brightens based on the outdoor sun levels. It is also the building the first building on campus to feature all LED lighting and full-size plate glass windows throughout the building to allow constant supervision of children. 

Students interested in enrolling in Co-Lin’s Early Childhood Education Technology Program should contact Sonya Sims at 601.643.8324.

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