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Carey inducts 4 into Hall of Fame

The William Carey University Alumni Association recently inducted four graduates into its Hall of Fame. The inductees were Mary Strebeck Morton (‘65), Rose Lavern Rainey (‘74), Alan K. Sudduth (‘11) and Terry R. Tinsley (‘88). Morton earned the Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Carey in 1965. Morton is a retired school teacher and counselor who currently serves alongside ...

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Graham to chair board

Dr. Mary S. Graham of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has been named chair-elect of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges. The national organization, which represents more than 1,200 two-year colleges and their more than 13 million students, is governed by the 32-member board of directors. There has not been an AACC chair from Mississippi ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Most 12th graders are not college or career ready

“Most High School Seniors Aren’t College Or Career Ready, Says Nation’s Report Card,” read the headline.    A look at “The National Report Card” for 2015 produced by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) shows just 25% of U.S. 12th graders scored proficient or higher in math and just 37% in reading.    Andrew Ho, a measurement expert at the ...

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Entergy unveils $1 million educational initiative

MBJ staff Entergy Mississippi announced on Thursday its People Power Initiative , an investment of more than $1 million from shareholders to help prepare the state’s work force and raise its competitive level to attract business and industry. Unveiled at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual meeting, it comes on the heels of a $75,000 commitment parent Entergy Corp. made to ...

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State’s failure to refill prepaid college fund, tapping of abandoned property fund worry Treasurer

By TED CARTER Two approaches Mississippi legislators took to help make fiscal ends meet in the 2016 session are especially troublesome to Treasurer Lynn Fitch. One is a refusal to replenish the Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Fund to cover a $127 million shortfall the fund incurred before Fitch suspended new sign-ups for 18 months. Fitch reopened the fund on Oct. ...

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Franks promoted at MGCCC

Tammy Franks, formerly dean of Business Services at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County Campus, has been named vice president of that campus. Franks previously was interim vice president in 2011 and 2012. A life-long resident of Jackson County and graduate of Pascagoula High School, Franks has been with the college since 1998 and has served as the dean ...

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Instructor gets scholarship

Joanna Alston, business administration instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jefferson Davis Campus, has received the Emma Giles Scholarship from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. A member of the society’s Alpha Lambda Chapter in Mississippi, she is attending The University of Southern Mississippi, where she is majoring in adult education. She earned one of eight scholarship granted nationally.

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High school graduation rate up, still below national average

Mississippi’s high school graduation rate continued its push up toward the national average in the 2014-2015 school year. While the rate at which students graduate high school in four years is still below the national average of 82 percent, that number has increased since 2011, according to the State Department of Education. School districts showed a statewide four-year graduation rate ...

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Scaggs named to post

Dr. Susan Scaggs, a former administrator at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, has been named Phi Theta Kappa’s Vice President of Membership and Student Engagement. Scaggs will lead and coordinate programs, benefits, marketing and initiatives that promote membership and student engagement. She will also provide leadership for the development of regions, chapters, advisors and members in addition to forwarding the ...

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Hardin board adds Bailey

The Phil Hardin Foundation Board of Directors has elected Kacey Guy Bailey, a Meridian attorney and community leader, as its newest member. Bailey will join the seven-member board of the statewide education philanthropy at its April meeting. A Laurel native, Bailey is a partner in the Meridian law firm of Barry, Palmer, Thaggard, May & Bailey. She is a 2001 ...

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