Hood participates in Community College Policy Fellows Program

February 20, 2020

Co-Lin Director of eLearning Dr. Amanda Hood has been selected to participate in the Community College Policy Fellowship Program. The Community College Policy Fellowship Program (CCPFP) is a 10-month professional development program sponsored by the Mississippi Community College Board and directed by Tyson Elbert of AdvocacyBuild, LLC. The mission of CCPFP is to create and support institutional and state system engagement, develop a diverse and inclusive community of strategic leaders for public policy, and impact collective action through collaboration and partnership. The framework of the program is based on four pillars: policy, leadership, networking, and advocacy.

This year’s cohort includes 14 participants from a wide variety of backgrounds. The group will meet monthly and will participate in the Washington Advocacy Seminar later this year to gain a national perspective of large-scale communications, advocacy, and lobbying operations. Fellows will also take part in an advocacy project which will allow them to build relationships with elected officials and their staffs and gain insight into how national media operations work.

Dr. Hood graduated from Co-Lin in 2000 and went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi College. In 2011, she began teaching mathematics at Co-Lin’s Natchez Campus, during which time she earned a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Mississippi State University. She has served as Director of eLearning for the past two years.

Dr. Hood has received the Horizon Award from the MS/LA Region of Phi Theta Kappa, S.O.A.R. Golden Apple Award, Outstanding Academic Faculty Advisor, Howell Garner High Performance Award, and has been chosen as the Faculty/Staff Member of the Year at Co-Lin. She currently serves as secretary for the MCCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors and the MS eLearning Association. Dr. Hood is a 2015 graduate of the MCCB Leadership Academy and a 2017 graduate of Leadership Natchez.

Photo and copy by Scarlett Hart