CCC CYCDC wraps up successful year
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College is proud of the growth of its Community Youth Career Development Center (CYCDC).

CCC CYCDC wraps up successful year

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Fri Jul 21, 2017

CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College is proud of the growth of its Community Youth Career Development Center (CYCDC).

In partnership with Families First for Mississippi, CYCDC was initiated in 2016 to help address service gaps and implement preventive measures for secondary ages students in Coahoma County.

Currently, the program targets local middle and high school students and equips them with viable leadership and life skills

“We officially kicked-off in January of this year and have been gaining momentum since that time,” said Tara Bell, who serves as the program coordinator.

CYCDC recently celebrated the milestone with a Recognition Ceremony.

The ceremony, hosted at the Coahoma County Youth Outreach Expo Center, was highlighted by guest speaker Charlie Smith, regional liaison for Family First.

During the event, program participants also received special recognition, including awards for “most improved” and highest attendance.

Bell said the program’s participants serve as evidence of the positive impact CYCDC is making in the community

“We were in our first year, so it’s a given that we would encounter challenges,” Bell said.

“Nevertheless, we are seeking to build capacity within this program so that it is not a one-time experience for our students. …We want them to grow with the program.”

CYCDC was created to help the institution meet its mission of providing services that enhance the quality of life for disadvantaged families in the Mississippi Delta.

The center offers local secondary students academic tutoring, life skills, health training, recreational activities, and family interventions.

CYCDC is open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and serves students from Clarksdale High School, Oakhurst Intermediate School, W.A. Higgins Middle School and J.W. Stampley 9th Grade Academy.

For questions or more information about participating in the program, contact Tara Bell at (662) 621-4701 or tbell@coahomacc.edu