Northeast Mississippi Community College has been awarded a $982,772 grant to establish Community Youth Career Development Academies (YCDAs) on the Booneville, Corinth and New Albany campuses.
Through this grant, Northeast will provide afterschool and summer academic and enrichment activities for youth ages 12 to 18.
“The program is expected to improve academic performance, increase recreational opportunities, cultural awareness, and employability/life skills among students, and provide parenting, life skills and employability skills training for parents,” Northeast grant writer Pam Meeks explained.
Students will attend class Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. During this time, they will receive intensive tutoring in academic work, life skills and career development.
“Northeast is pleased to partner with our local school districts to provide instruction, leadership, and mentorship to our youth. Our goal is to enhance the academic, social, and physical needs of the students of Northeast Miss. Hopefully, upon completion the students will be better equipped to reach their dreams and goals they have set for themselves,” said Northeast President Ricky G. Ford.
Each summer, Northeast will offer a six-week summer camp for participants. During these camps, students will continue to receive tutorial assistance for remediation or enrichment. In addition, participants will engage in cultural enrichment activities and work with the career-tech staff at the college to learn about the exciting career opportunities offered at Northeast.
Camps this summer include Fitness and Healthy Lifestyles (June 4-8), Career Exploration (June 11-15), STEM– Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (June 18-22), Tiger Tech (July 9-13), Reading and Theatre (July 16-20) and Art (July23-26).
“This program will allow Northeast to establish a relationship with students and their parents; thereby making transition to college much easier,” Meeks continued.
Northeast will partner with the Alcorn County School District, Corinth School District, Booneville School District, Prentiss County School District, New Albany School District, and Union County School District to conduct the YCDAs. These schools will identify and recommend students to the academies and will recommend instructors from their schools to serve as tutors for the program. Thereby, ensuring that students receive relevant instruction from their own curriculums.
Northeast President Ricky G. Ford appointed Beth Benson, YCDA Project Manager; Mr. Jeffrey Powell, Academics Coordinator; and Mrs. Carrie Cobb, Enrichment Activities Coordinator to manage the academies. Northeast is excited to announce the hiring of Austin Beasley, Jelissia Bell and Josey Pettigrew as YCDA Coaches.
For more information about enrolling your child into the Youth Career Development Academy, contact Beth Benson at 662-720-7223.