Ready to begin their new careers in the healthcare field are the above students who recently completed the 12-month surgical technology program at East Central Community College in Decatur. The special group was honored at the program’s annual pinning ceremony held Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus. Graduates include (first row, from left) Brandi Sanders, Morton; Kierra Lanay Griffin, Louisville; Victoria Smith, Morton; Jessica Delon Thames, Decatur; and Tywonna Kyerica Harris, Lena; (second row, from left) Con’Brianna T. Evans, Clinton; Heather Lee Clark, Nichole Wilson (Surgical Technology Student of the Year) and Dakota Wilcher, all of Philadelphia; (third row, from left) Julie Ann Pierce, Philadelphia; Veronica Shan’ta Ramsey, Meridian; and Shawna Danielle Peets, Union; and (back row, from left) instructor Kristie Pilgrim; DeMarcus Antwan Brown, Meridian; and program director/instructor LeAnn Shirley. For more information on ECCC’s healthcare programs, contact Denita Thomas, dean of healthcare education, at 601-635-6294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer a class in Industrial Maintenance-Core & Level 1 beginning in January, 2015, at the Louisville Career Advancement Center.
Registration will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 6 and Thursday, January 8, 2015. Classes begin Tuesday, January 13, 2015, and will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday for 12 weeks.
Greg Forsythe will serve as instructor and the cost to attend is $625 per person. The 8 Module “Core” program must be taken as a pre-requisite for all NCCER areas and includes Basic Safety, Shop Math, Electrical Safety and Employability Skills.
For more information, contact Melissa Allaman, Louisville Site Coordinator, at 662-773-2292. The email is email@example.com.
These students at East Central Community College in Decatur were recently named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges for 2014-15. Students were nominated by faculty and staff and are chosen based on academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular clubs and organizations. Honorees and their respective hometowns include (kneeling in front, from left) Rachel Laird, Meridian; Haleigh West and Mak Rowzee, both of Hickory; Danielle Gregory, Little Rock; and Nikki Triplett, Forest; (seated, from left) Lacye Harrison, Little Rock; Sarah Freeman, Decatur; Anna Girling, Carthage; Lorrie Moore, Lena; Jenny Grove, Forest; Cara Jackson, Nanih Waiya; Grayson Harrell, Morton; Jessica Moffett, Meridian; Aaren Avera, Hickory; and Alana Kron, Decatur; (third row, from left) Alex Bucklew, Louisville; Jordan Alonso, Chunky; Daniel Giles, Union; Colton Horne, Noxapater; Justin Moore, Thomastown; Jenna Lovorn and Samantha Morgan, both of Louisville; Bridgettte McFarland, Philadelphia; Lauren Cantey, Collinsville; Chance Lovern, Philadelphia; Emily Cook, Carthage; Megan Robinson, Nanih Waiya; Mackenzie Gannon, Decatur; Hannah Mitchell, Meridian; DeeJay Rolison, Conehatta; and Kardarius McClendon, Brandon; (fourth row, from left) Kyle McCullough, Madison; Jeremy Hudson, DeKalb; Katherine Jacome-Cluff, Hickory; Katie Sanford, Decatur; Dakota Wright, Jana Warren, Leah Ferguson and Allison Johnson, all of Philadelphia; Erika Cockrell, Birmingham, AL; Tesia Keith, Corinth; Anna Katherine Nowell, Philadelphia; Kimberly Harrison, Forest; Haley Pierce, Noxapater; Katy Ezelle, Decatur; Kristen Gordy, Forest; Madelyn Peterson and Bryan Burton, both of Louisville; (fifth row, from left) Jage Doss, Enterprise; Ben Killen, Union; Hunter Thrower, Meridian; Faith Emmons, Lake; Chase McNair, Philadelphia; Warner Parkes, Nanih Waiya; Virginia Easley, Philadelphia; Tyler Runnels, Morton; Mallory Turner, Meridian; Karoline Holsonback, Kennedy, AL; Trent Haden, Sumrall; Christopher Brown and Dominck Fields, both of Forest; Alec Doggett, Carthage; Lauren Peterson, Forest; and Noah Corcoran, Louisville; and (top row, from left) Tyler Cook, Gulfport; Todd Hughes, Meridian; Chance Whitten, Batesville; Brittney Taylor, Lake; Regan Reiss, Forest; Charles Thorne, Decatur; John Davis, Carthage; William Howington and Delton Harrison, both of Little Rock; Dylan Little, Mobile, AL; Will Myers, Philadelphia; Brody Richardson, Louisville; Tyler Armistad, Caledonia; Tyler Faulkner, Carthage; Asif Zaffar, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan; Zach Allen, Louisville; and Jonathan Hodge, Lake.
Sophomore Megan Montgomery of Union is the recipient of the Fred Preston Dallas and Maudie Threatt Dallas Memorial Scholarship at East Central Community College in Decatur. The Dallas scholarship was established in 1991 by the children of Mr. and Mrs. Dallas in their memory and in honor of their interest in education. During 2014, more than 120 students received 124 endowed or annual scholarships totaling approximately $89,000 in value.
The “Real Contenders” took top honors during the East Central Community College Wellness Warrior Healthy Habits Challenge. The competition, which was held during October and November, 2014, was a points-based event that challenged employees to eat healthier, drink more water and exercise. “There were 109 participants in the Challenge,” said Dr. Krista LeBrun, event chairperson. “Many participants stated this was just the motivation they needed to get their health on track and that this was a fun activity to complete with their colleagues.” Pictured (from left) are team members Joe Barrett, Chris Clark, Virgie Thames and Emilee Smith, all members of the Workforce Development staff. Team members not pictured are Melissa Allman and Lucretia Williams.
Alexia McDonald (12) makes this shot for East Central Community College during Monday (Dec. 8) night’s MACJC South Division battle with Jones County Junior College in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building. McDonald is a freshman guard/forward from Petal. The visiting Lady Bobcats rallied for a 91-87 decision to knock EC from the unbeaten ranks.
Ravion Henry (21) doesn’t let a little defensive pressure kept him from scoring for East Central Community College during the Warriors’ MACJC South Division matchup with Jones County Junior College Monday (Dec. 8) in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building. Henry, a 6-3 freshman guard from Leake Central, led EC with 17 points. Jones County rallied to post an 80-72 victory.
East Central Community Gospel’s Choir is shown prior to the talented group’s fall semester concert held Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Pictured are (first row, from left) T’keya Backstrom and Keona Foster, both of Philadelphia; Andrea Riley, Walnut Grove; Chaiydreanna Leflore, Carthage; Tanzania McCalphi, Newton; and Terry Bolar, Newton; (second row, from left) Ke-Yanna Kidd, Newton; Brandon Davis, Decatur; Contessa Peebles and Paige Brown, both of Philadelphia; Tammie Triplett, Louisville; and Malcolm McBride, Morton; and (third row, from left) Christopher Kelley Newton; A.J. Mapp, Decatur; Glenn Bender, Newton; Dekendrick Rushing, Walnut Grove; and sponsor Mrs. Brenda K. Johnson, Lawrence. Not pictured are Chesea Clay of Philadelphia, Chris Hickman of Louisville, Da’Quan Robinson of Decatur, Keron Evans of Hickory, and Alysia Johnson and Karimeka Britton, both of Carthage. Bill Flowers of Newton served as guest speaker. Flowers, an ECCC graduate serving as an assistant basketball coach for Newton Public Schools, spoke of “Making the Right Choices” Campus Life – Part III. The Rev. Marcus Mann, also an ECCC alumnus, served as master of ceremonies. ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart also provided remarks. ECCC women’s basketball coach Crandal Porter introduced Flowers, who is also a former ECCC basketball assistant. Gospel choir members who participated in the program included Andrea Riley, introduction of master of ceremonies; and Keona Foster of Philadelphia, who performed a mime dance.
Mrs. Brenda K. Johnson (center) of Lawrence, longtime sponsor of the East Central Community College Gospel Choir, received a surprised honor at the talented group’s fall semester concert held Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus. ECCC Board of Trustees members Delane Hudson (front left) of Louisville and Jerry Smith (right) of Philadelphia, who serves as Board vice chairman, announced the establishment of the Brenda K. Johnson Gospel Choir Scholarship at ECCC. Details of the scholarship will be announced at a later date. Mrs. Johnson has led the Gospel Choir since 1988. Pictured in back are (from left) Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, and ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, who also provided remarks.
These students serve as Gospel Choir officers at East Central Community College in Decatur. From left are Keona Foster, president, and Contessa Peebles, vice president, both of Philadelphia. Brenda K. Johnson of Lawrence serves as Gospel Choir sponsor.