Members of the Practical Nursing Program at East Central Community College in Decatur recently donated school supplies to students in the Winston County School District. Pictured with the donated items include Practical Nursing Club officers, Lydia Wolfe and Megan McElhenney, both of Decatur, president and vice president, respectively; Lauren Whitehead of Louisville, secretary; and Nikki Tucker of Philadelphia, treasurer.
Selected to lead East Central Community College’s student body for 2014-15 and their respective high schools are (front row, from left) Kaley Bufkin, freshman class president and Kaylee Yates, freshman vice president, both of Newton County; Anna Claire Webb, freshman class secretary, Noxapater and Hannah May, freshman class treasurer, also of Newton County; (back row, from left) Zack Allen, sophomore class president of Neshoba Central; Megan Robinson, sophomore class vice president and Cara Jackson, sophomore class secretary, both of Nanih Waiya; Matt Ferguson, sophomore class treasurer, Lake; Leah Ferguson Student Body Association (SBA) president, Neshoba Central; Hannah Mitchell SBA vice president, Newton County; Addie Ambrosier, SBA secretary, Magee; and Warner Parkes, SBA treasurer, Nanih Waiya.
Students at East Central Community College celebrated Constitution Day on September 17 with the student-led reading of the U.S. Constitution, distribution of copies of the Constitution and an American history trivia questions session to win prizes on the Decatur campus. Pictured Madison Pettigrew of Forest signs in to take part in the reading of the U.S. Constitution in the mall area outside Mabry Cafeteria on Constitution Day. ECCC History instructor Betsy Anderson led the event.
Valerie Goss Nicholson of Philadelphia is a recent addition to the nursing faculty at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.
Prior to beginning fulltime employment on August 14, 2014, Nicholson served part-time at ECCC since 2011, teaching certified nurse assistant classes as well as serving as clinical instructor for several levels of nursing students.
She has also served as a full-time nurse with Rush Health Systems for seven years, at Homecare Hospice of Sebastopol for one year, and at the Sebastopol Medical Clinic for two years.
An honor graduate of Sebastopol Attendance Center, Nicholson continued her education at ECCC, where she completed the Licensed Practical Nursing program in 2004. She was also recognized as LPN Student of the Year and received Student of the Month honors.
Nicholson returned to EC to complete the Associate Degree Nursing program in 2010. In addition, she was a member of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.
She is a cum laude graduate of Mississippi University for Women, where she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2012. While attending MUW, she became a member of the Zeta Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, a nursing honor society.
Nicholson earned a master’s degree in nursing from William Carey University earlier this year.
Her community activities include serving as pianist at Rocky Hill Church of God in Sebastopol and volunteering with the local 4-H Club.
She is married to Billy Nicholson of Philadelphia. They have four children: son, William and three daughters, Breann, Olivia, and Heather.
Registration is under way for Intensive Term Two classes offered by East Central Community College during the 2014 fall semester.Traditional course offerings and class locations include Intermediate CAD (8 to 9:55 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday), Tucker Technology Center, Room 315, Decatur campus; English Composition I (10 to 10:55 a.m., Monday through Friday), Room 106, Newton Hall, Decatur campus; English Composition II (10 to 10:55 a.m., Monday through Friday), Room 109, Newton Hall, Decatur campus; English Composition II (6 to 10 p.m. Monday and Thursday), Forest/Scott County Career and Technology Center; English Composition II (6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday), Leake County Vocational Complex; and English Composition II (6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday), Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center).
Classes begin Thursday, October 9 and end December 10, 2014.
Online courses include Nutrition, Medical Office Terminology II, Computer Applications, World Literature II, Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Western Civilization I, Career Exploration, College Study Skills, Geometry Measurements and Probability, Music Appreciation, Old Testament Survey, Jesus and the Gospels, Introduction to Philosophy, Marriage and Family, Cultural Anthology and Public Speaking I.
Classes begin Thursday, October 20 and end December 12, 2014.
For more information, contact ECCC Student Services, at 601-635-6205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the 2014-2015 Collegians rock-n-roll band have been selected at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced director Chas Evans.
Those selected and their respective high schools include vocalists Ryan Godwin, Newton County; Garrett McDill, Sebastopol; Nick Stewart, Neshoba Central; Anna Wells, Winston Academy; Cara Jackson, Nanih Waiya; and Tallie Johnston, a homeschooler from Lake; rhythm section members Houston Martin (bass guitar) and Stephen Stewart (guitar), both of Newton County; Anna Girling (keyboard), Leake Central; Chris Kelly (drums), Newton; and Matt Mason (auxiliary percussion), Union; horn section members Zach Peden (saxophone) of Neshoba Central; Evan Derrick (trombone) of Morton; Nina Labue (trumpet), Newton County; and Daniella Vargas (trumpet), Morton; and technicians Acea Ange, Michael Buntyn, Hannah Mitchell, Patrick Embrey, Ryan Packer and Ben Avera, all of Newton County; Justin Moore, Leake Academy; Ryan McClendon, Forest; and Jeremy Collins, Scott Central.
The group’s fall campus concert is schedule for 7 p.m. Novemeber 17, 2014 in Huff Auditorium.
For more information, contact Evans at 601-635-6227 or email email@example.com.
Some of Mississippi’s most successful basketball coaches will serve as featured speakers when the East Central Community College Fall Coaches Clinic is held Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building on the Decatur campus.
Registration for the all-day event is scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Brackeen-Wood lobby.
The first session begins at 10 a.m. and features Gina Skelton, head coach of the Quitman Lady Panthers.
Stephanie Murphy, Brandon Lady Bulldogs head coach, headlines the second session. Her remarks begin at 11 a.m.
A lunch break with pizza and drinks is set for noon to 1 p.m.
Serving as Session III speaker is Ron Norman, Pascagoula Panthers head coach, who will address the group at 1 p.m.
Anthony Carlisle, Velma Jackson head coach, is the speaker for Session IV, which starts at 2 p.m.
Remarks by former Mississippi State University men’s head basketball coach Richard Williams at 3 p.m. will conclude the clinic.
Registration fee is $40, which includes lunch.
For more information, contact ECCC Lady Warrior head basketball coach Crandal Porter, at 601-635-3243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Warrior head basketball coach Robert Thompson, 601-635-3372 or email email@example.com.
In an effort to help students pass the GED Test, East Central Community College is providing free GED Practice Sets for a limited time, announced Ryan Clarke, Director of Adult Basic Education/GED Testing.
Clarke said the free GED Practice Sets will be available from Sept. 22 through October 3, 2014, to all students who come to the college’s GED Testing Center, located in Ethridge Hall, Room 10, on the College’s South Campus.
Students who take the GED Ready can determine for free if they are ready to pass the GED Test and have the skills needed to pass the exam. The GED Practice Set also includes a personalized study plan detailing pages and chapters to study to further assist students in preparing for the GED Test.
Clarke said students can also learn about the classes and other resources to help them prepare for the GED Test.
To learn more or to schedule a free GED Ready practice set, contact Ryan Clarke, at 601-635-6387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freshman forward Lacey Field (14) was among scorers during East Central Community College’s 3-1 victory over Holmes Community College Friday, Sept. 19 on the Decatur campus. The Lady Soccer Warriors improved to 7-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the MACJC North Division following division matchup. Field is a product of Lewisburg High School. In the background is teammate Katelyn Denton, a freshman midfielder, also of Lewisburg.
East Central Community College sophomore goalkeeper Matt Sykes demonstrates his leaping ability in keeping Holmes Community College from scoring during the MACJC North Division battle held Friday, Sept. 19 on the Decatur campus. The Warriors took an early 1-0 lead but the visiting Bulldogs rallied for two goals and held on for a 2-1 victory. Sykes is a product of Heritage Academy in Columbus.