Posts Tagged ‘learning’

City, county to operate career training center

OLIVE BRANCH — The DeSoto County school system’s new Career Technology Center in Olive Branch will be maintained with a big helping hand from the city of Olive Branch and DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports the board unanimously approved an interlocal agreement with Olive Branch and the county to pay maintenance costs for the […] [...]

Board names acting president at Mississippi Valley State

ITTA BENA — The state College Board has named Alfred Rankins Jr. as acting president of Mississippi Valley State University. He was meeting with students, faculty and staff yesrterday in Itta Bena. In October, the board declined to retain current president Donna Oliver. Her contract runs through Dec. 31, although she is expected to take […] [...]

Pharmacy school gets $10M biomedical research grant

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi and its School of Pharmacy have received a five-year, $10-million Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, or COBRE, grant from the National Institutes of Health. COBRE is one of the main components for NIH’s Institutional Development Award program, which is designed to broaden funding for biomedical and behavioral research. The […] [...]

New career tech center prepares for first students

OLIVE BRANCH — DeSoto County School’s new career technology center is almost finished. The career technology center, located in the Olive Branch Metro Industrial Park, is expected to be filled with students within a few days. DeSoto County Schools partnered financially with the City of Olive Branch and DeSoto County government to renovate the warehouse […] [...]

School district expanding early childhood education program

TUPELO — The Tupelo Public School District says it will expand its pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports starting Dec. 1, the pre-K program will go from 12 classes to 13. That will increase the enrollment from the current 240 children to 260. The announcement of an additional class at the […] [...]

University’s proposal to offer flat tuition rate approved

CLEVELAND — The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning approved Delta State University’s proposal to offer a single flat tuition rate for all students, resident and non-resident. All new non-resident undergraduate and graduates enrolling at Delta State next fall will be eligible for the new tuition rate. Currently enrolled non-resident students will […] [...]

Private early-education group lobbies lawmakers for funds

JACKSON — A private group is asking the state for $5 million to continue efforts to improve childcare and education for preschool children. Mississippi Building Blocks works to make preschoolers ready for kindergarten by training preschool teachers and helping child care operators. The group has used $7 million in private money to run its program […] [...]

Ole Miss, Mississippi State drop rivalry for partnership

OXFORD and STARKVILLE — Mississippi’s two big rival universities are working together more closely today than they have in recent memory, leaders said. Their collaboration began two-and-a-half years ago when the heads of the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University announced their institutions would join forces on a task force dedicated to improving Northeast […] [...]

Noonkester, longtime William Carey president, dies at 88

HATTIESBURG — J. Ralph Noonkester, who served as president of William Carey University for 33 years, has died at the age of 88. Officials with Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg say Noonkester died early Monday after a brief illness. The cause of death was not released. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at […] [...]

Public universities asking lawmakers for $72.4M budget increase

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s institutions of higher learning have asked lawmakers for $72.4 million more for the fiscal year that begins next July 1. “We’ve made a lot of cuts. We have consolidated programs. Now we have hit a wall,” higher education commissioner Hanks Bounds told members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee yesterday. Bounds […] [...]

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