Students Invade CCC’s Pinnacle for High School Day
Students were full of energy Wednesday morning as Coahoma Community College President Dr. Valmadge Towner greeted them as they entered the Pinnacle at the opening of CCC’s annual High School Day. The crowd responded enthusiastically as the names of the participating schools were called aloud during a spirit check to open the day’s events.
“It’s good to see everyone this morning, Coahoma Community College has been open for 62 years and it can be used to your advantage to obtain an education, life-fulfilling richness, you could meet your soul mate and you can use Coahoma to help you go wherever you want to go in your life,” Towner told the crowd. “Whether you want to be a doctor, lawyer, athlete, businessman or teacher; I challenge you to use Coahoma as a vehicle to get you to the things you want to achieve.
“I went to Alcorn State, and I loved Alcorn. I went to Princeton, and I loved Princeton. I went to Ole Miss, and I loved Ole Miss … but all that I am came from this campus.”
Students were then given some insight into scholarship and social activities from Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Greg Hudson who related some of the most beneficial reasons that CCC should be considered by every student looking to begin their collegiate careers.
“Coahoma is the only school in the state of Mississippi that if you are Pell Grant eligible you will leave 100 percent debt free, we don’t participate in the student loan program, and you can leave here without any debt whatsoever,” Hudson said. “If you are not eligible, we have an institutional work program that will help you matriculate through your time here and graduate. We also have the safest campus in the state of Mississippi according to the Department of Education for the last two years … we are the only college that runs a tutorial lab from 8:30 in the morning to 9 p.m. at night for our students who are struggling … and we also have more than 32 clubs and organizations for our students to participate in as well.”
Visiting students went on to hear about all of the programs and departments and scholarship opportunities that are made available to students at CCC before being serenaded by CCC’s concert choir, and men’s and women’s ensembles, and show choir.
The Coahoma Community College and Agricultural High School band also made an appearance.
The schools then competed in knowledge bowl and free throw competitions and during the course of the program were treated to manicures and haircuts from some of Coahoma’s Career and Technical students, as well as, an array of door prizes and lunch before heading back to their respective schools.