During the recent 2016 MS Association of Adult and Community Education (MAACE) Annual Conference, Mackenzie Davis from NEMCC (Northeast Mississippi Community College) received the 2016 MAACE Student of the Year Award. Each year, MAACE members nominate individuals within the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program in Mississippi who have demonstrated exceptional performance within the department. This year, in the historic Vicksburg, MS, 412 MAACE members nominated over 1000 individuals to be considered for various awards.
Mackenzie Davis, affectionately known to all at NEMCC as “Mack”, began his journey toward obtaining his High School Equivalency (HSE) in 2009 after completing a Special Education Diploma from Thrasher Attendance Center. He quickly realized that in order to accomplish his career goals, he would need to further his education. Mack had struggled academically throughout his young life and sought help from the ABE center in Booneville, MS for career and educational counseling. The late Mrs. Madeene Lambert, a former ABE instructor at NEMCC, utilized various learning assessments and created Mack an individualized success plan. Mack progressed slowly by increasing one learning level at a time. He ultimately completed his HSE in early May of 2016, just in time for the 2016 graduation! Not only did Mack earn his HSE, but he also gained three hours of college credits via Non-Credit to Challenge Exam Credit which he can apply towards an associate’s degree at NEMCC. Mack is currently enrolled in the Workforce Career Pathway Certification Program and is working diligently to complete a certification in Medical and Business Office Assisting.