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Colleges formalize partnership for technical education programs

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Hinds Community College and Mississippi State University have agreed to formalize partnerships for students enrolled in technical education programs.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions sets guidelines to complete MSU’s new Bachelor of Applied Science program, which clears a new pathway to advanced degrees for students in career and technical education.

“The idea of transferring technical credits toward a baccalaureate degree is unique and shows the kind of flexibility Mississippi State University has,” Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse said during a virtual signing ceremony held Thursday, Nov. 14. Muse and MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum sat in their respective executive office spaces and talked via video conference.

“We’ve had a number of these types of memorandums with Mississippi State, but in all these years we’ve never had a virtual signing,” Muse said. “It’s due to the great work of the people of both Hinds and Mississippi State University to put this together. The idea of transferring technical credits toward a baccalaureate degree is unique and shows the kind of flexibility Mississippi State University has.”

Effective Jan. 1, the agreement allows for a directory of acceptable technical courses delivered at Hinds which will apply to the new bachelor’s program at MSU. An advisor is to be housed at the Hinds Raymond Campus and will be employed jointly by the two institutions. Also, Hinds and the university’s Meridian Campus will work together to provide classroom space to deliver synchronous online courses.

“For the first time ever in the state of Mississippi, one of our IHL institutions can now accept your graduates and accept all 60 of their hours – with 45 of those being technical hours – and apply them toward a bachelor’s degree,” Keenum said during the ceremony.

MSU launched its Bachelor of Applied Science program in August, significantly expanding the university’s acceptance of technical credit from community colleges and military training. It is intended to serve the needs of adults who have completed a technical associate degree program through a community college or the military and need additional education to advance their careers.

For more on the Bachelor of Applied Science program, visit https://www.msstate.edu/students/bachelor-of-applied-science.

 

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Mississippi native elected as Harvard student body president

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(photo courtesy Noah Harris)

A Mississippi high school graduate has been elected as Harvard University’s student body president.

Noah Harris, a 2018 graduate of Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the first African American to serve in the role at prestigious Harvard University in Massachusetts.

“I’m really grateful that the student body is entrusting me with such a historic and unprecedented moment,” Harris told WDAM. “To make the right moves and to really bring their voices to the forefront. I just never expected that I would be in a position to run for this.”

Harris is a junior and a political science major at Harvard. He served as treasurer on the finance committee in his first two years. His vice president and running mate is neuroscience major Jenny Gan. Both plan on making a difference at the university.

Harris and Gan will be sworn in Dec. 6.

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Corey Wilson is Warren Central’s Teacher of the Year

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Warren Central's Principal Eric Green, left, presents teacher and coach Corey Wilson Sr. with a basket of goodies. (photo courtesy WCHS)

Warren Central High School teacher and football coach Corey Wilson Sr. has won the WCHS Teacher of the Year award for the 2020-2021 school year.

Wilson has been teaching at Warren Central for 19 years and has helped educate thousands of students over the years. He teaches introduction to architecture construction mechatronics and engineering.

Wilson is also a football coach for the school and has helped plenty of young athletes gain athletic scholarships. He is well respected by his students, colleagues and the Vicksburg community.

“A well deserved award for a guy that goes beyond the limit. Proud to be mentored and work with him. Great coach,” said fellow teacher and coach Ced Jackson in a text message.

Wilson will help lead the Vikings football team Friday as they travel to face Tupelo High School.

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Vicksburg Warren School Districts reports three new COVID-19 cases

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For the week of Nov. 2 through Nov. 6, the Vicksburg Warren School District reported two new COVID-19 cases and four individuals quarantined due to possible exposure to the virus in the same time period.

Cases were reported at the following schools:

Warren Central High School
Two new positive cases – teachers/staff

Warren Central Intermediate
Four quarantined – teachers/staff

For the prior week, Oct. 26 through Oct. 30, the district reported one new COVID-19 case, a student, at River City Early College High School.

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