BOONEVILLE, Miss. — For the first time, Northeast Mississippi Community College students will be able to complete full coursework for select associate degrees at the New Albany campus location.
Associate degree offerings in general studies, psychology, social work, and nursing will expand access to postsecondary education in Union County. Coursework in the select programs will be offered in the evenings.
New offerings at this branch campus of NEMCC were developed to assist students wishing to transfer to University of Mississippi campuses in Tupelo or Booneville to complete a bachelor’s degree. Upon completing the appropriate associate degree, students will have coursework required for transferring into a bachelor’s degree program at University of Mississippi regional campuses in Tupelo or Booneville.
“As we planned the establishment of our off-campus sites, it was always the goal to be able to offer bachelor’s degree opportunities through partnerships with area four-year colleges and universities,” NEMCC President Ricky G. Ford said.
NEMCC has offered courses in New Albany since 2003. Now students in the Union County area will be able to complete all coursework necessary for an associate degree without the need to travel to the main campus in Booneville.
“As a result, we are looking forward to the launch of a two-plus-two program with Ole Miss campuses in Tupelo and Booneville. We believe the programs of study included in this initiative will be very attractive to our students as well as potential students in Union County and the surrounding communities.
“A higher level of educational achievement can only lead to an improved quality of living in north Mississippi. Northeast is proud to be a part of that.”
The University of Mississippi offers bachelor’s degrees in programs including social work, general studies, education, business, criminal justice, accountancy, and liberal studies at regional campuses in Tupelo and Booneville. The university has had a longstanding partnership with area community colleges in efforts to expand access to bachelor’s degrees in the region.
“Under the leadership of President Ford, NEMCC has taken bold steps to expand educational opportunities for people in northeast Mississippi,” Derek Markley, UM executive director of the Tupelo and Booneville campuses said.
“We’re pleased that the university has been given the opportunity to assist students from New Albany further in their academic goals.”
For additional information about NEMCC, prospective students can contact David Goode, NEMCC-New Albany Director at 662-692-1508 or Louis Sacran, NEMCC-New Albany Counselor at 662-692-1512.
Timaya Stewart ensured that the Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team would not suffer another heartbreaking playoff defeat for a second consecutive week.
Stewart’s last-second heroics sent the Lady Tigers to overtime with Southwest Mississippi Community College, where they eventually won 64-55 in the first round of the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 Tournament on Tuesday, March 7 at A.E. Wood Coliseum.
The Lady Tigers earned a rematch with Hinds Community College, who eliminated Northeast in the opening round of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament, in the semifinals on Thursday, March 9 at 1 p.m. on the campus of Mississippi College.
This was the first victory at the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament for the Lady Tigers since they won their last regional championship over Copiah-Lincoln Community College on March 9, 2006.
“We talked about never giving up and don’t stop playing until it’s over,” said Northeast head coach Brenda Mayes. “Before the game, I said we don’t just want to stay in the game physically. We want to stay in the game mentally and I think that was the key factor.”
Stewart was one of three double-digit scorers for the Lady Tigers with 18 points, but none were more important than the two she accounted for in the very last second of regulation.
The Lady Bears seemingly put the game out of reach for Northeast following a pair of free throws by Danyelle Lewis that increased their advantage to two possessions with only 19 seconds remaining.
But Aundrea Adams gave the Lady Tigers new life moments later. She completed an old-fashioned three-point play after being fouled on a layup that brought Northeast within 52-51 with 5.3 seconds showing on the clock.
The Lady Tigers quickly fouled on the ensuing in-bounds play and Alissa Adam made the second of two free throws in the double bonus. Northeast called timeout after the make and chose to advance the ball into its offensive side of the court.
The strategy paid off for the Lady Tigers after Stewart inbounded the ball to LaKeiya Lane. She in turned passed it back to Stewart, who drove down the baseline and laid it in with just four-tenths of a second left to tie the contest at 53-53.
“That’s the first time that we’ve ran that,” Stewart said. “I was just thinking I’m going to make this layup. I feel like after I made it, it just seemed like it was meant to be and that’s how we felt. Everything worked out very well.”
Northeast firmly had control of the momentum in the extra period. The Lady Tigers outscored state runner-up Southwest by an 11-2 clip in overtime and did not allow a single field goal during the additional five minutes.
Adams gave Northeast (16-9) its first lead since the one minute mark of the third quarter with an offensive rebound and putback only 43 seconds into the bonus session.
The Lady Tigers never relinquished their advantage from that instant. Northeast ended the matchup with a 7-0 run that featured two buckets from Stewart plus two key makes at the charity stripe from Jada Tubbs.
The matchup went back-and-forth all afternoon and included 13 separate instances in which the score was tied, including at the break when both squads battled to a 26-26 stalemate.
Tyra Tucker’s three-pointer put the Lady Tigers ahead for the first time in the second half with 4:03 to go in the third. Lane bumped that lead up to 38-35 with two free tosses.
However, the Lady Bears (18-9) pieced together an 8-1 spurt that pushed them up once again at 41-39 after three complete periods and set the stage for Northeast’s come-from-behind efforts in the final stanza.
Adams compiled her second straight double-double in the postseason. She posted a game-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds, which included six offensive boards, and four blocks.
“Our sophomores kept us up and in the game,” said Adams. “We pushed the ball and played hard on defense. It’s very exciting. I’m looking forward to what we have in store for the future.”
Wilbanks recorded the 20th double-double of her phenomenal career in the City of Hospitality with identical figures of 13 points and 13 boards. It was her 46th double-digit performance with the Lady Tigers.
Northeast outscored Southwest by a 36-22 margin on points in the paint. The Lady Tigers shot 35.8-percent from the floor, forced 21 turnovers and held a plus-six edge in total rebounding.
CUTLINE – Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Timaya Stewart looks to pass the ball during a matchup earlier this season with Northwest Mississippi Community College. Stewart tallied 18 points during the Lady Tigers’ 64-55 victory over Southwest Mississippi Community College on Tuesday, March 7 in the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 Tournament at Mississippi College. (PHOTO: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
Kendall Stafford made certain that an exclamation point was placed onto the end of Northeast Mississippi Community College’s exhilarating state semifinal matchup.
Stafford’s sweet slam dunk with less than 15 seconds remaining sealed the Tigers’ 91-88 victory over Southwest Mississippi Community College in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament on Wednesday, March 1.
Northeast (19-6) advances to the state championship to face host Jones County Junior College, who eliminated Holmes Community College in the other second round matchup, on Thursday, March 2 in Ellisville.
The Corinth High School graduate had a sensational game with a career-high 27 points. Stafford was 10-of-18 from the floor, including a 50-percent success rate from long distance, and grabbed six rebounds as well.
He clinched the victory for the Tigers by completing an old-fashioned three-point play with just 13 seconds to go. The sequence started with a beautiful one-handed jam in which Stafford drove the baseline and was fouled on an attempted charge at the basket.
“I just turned the corner and I saw him in the lane,” said Stafford. “I had already gone up so I just had to dunk on him. I knew we were going to have to play big. All of us. So I just did my part and played for my brothers.”
Northeast trailed as the clock reached the final minute. But Shunn Buchanan banged home a three-point jumper that was assisted by his brother Leroy to push the Tigers ahead for good at 87-86.
The younger Buchanan added a free throw late to account for Northeast’s winning margin. The Bears (17-8) were able to get off a last-ditch effort, but it fell shy of the goal to secure the Tigers’ place in the state title matchup.
“I thought it was an exciting game,” Northeast head coach Cord Wright said. “Both teams competed at a high level. We were fortunate to make some plays late and come out with a win.”
The contest featured 16 different lead changes and 10 other instances in which the score was tied. Southwest actually held the largest advantage of the entire game at 11 points midway through the opening half.
The Tigers got back into the matchup behind an 11-2 run that lasted just over two minutes. Bryce Smith got things going with a dunk while Stafford accounted for eight points in that stretch.
Northeast trailed 39-38 at the break, but quickly went up moments into the second on a pair of free throws by Zach Hudson. The lead shifted frequently from that instant throughout the second half.
The Bears seemingly pulled away once again at 73-64 with 7:32 showing on the clock. However, a 10-0 run that was capped by a Darius Williams trey gave the Tigers a 74-73 lead only two minutes later.
Northeast made six consecutive free throws to keep pace with Southwest over the final minutes before the heroics of Buchanan and Stafford in the final 60 seconds of the contest.
“I’ve got tough kids,” said Wright. “We recruit kids from winning programs that are used to winning and being in these environments and I think it pays off in these type of games.”
Leroy Buchanan followed Stafford with a stellar outing of his own. He compiled 18 points for his 26th straight game in double figures plus had seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.
“We never give up and we’ve got multiple scorers,” he said. “That’s what makes our team so great. You shut one person down then somebody else is going to get there’s. It feels great to knock off the defending champ.”
Shunn Buchanan poured in 17 points and five dimes while Williams completed the list of double-digit scorers for the Tigers with 11 points. Smith was solid in the post as well with seven points and five boards.
Both squads shot at a high percentage with Northeast connecting on 55.2-percent of its field goals while the Bears were also successful at a near 50-percent rate. The Tigers had a plus-six margin in rebounding and 19 total assists.
Northeast has reached the state championship contest for the first time since capturing the crown in 2000. It is the second year in a row that the Tigers are playing for a major title after winning the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 Tournament.
CUTLINE – Kendall Stafford dribbles during Northeast Mississippi Community College’s state semifinal matchup against Southwest Mississippi Community College. Stafford scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Tigers to a 91-88 victory and to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship game. (PHOTO: Matt Bush/JucoWeekly.org)
High school students from Northeast’s five-county district (Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union) may submit entries in the drawing, 2D design, 3D design/ceramics, painting/mixed media, and photography/printmaking/computer graphics.
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. until 3:30 p. m.
For more information contact Terry Anderson at 662.720.7336 or email@example.com.
#NEMCC Theatre director Christopher Schager instructs his class in a “character study” from the second floor of the Haney Union in #NETigerNation. Schager uses the outside-the-classroom exercise to help students understand people, movements and the reasons behind certain body movements. By getting his students out of the classroom and helping his students to understand more about human movement, Schager and the Fine Arts division is helping to #GrowNortheast by producing quality actors and actresses.