Speaker’s Bureau Presenters Help Develop CCC Students
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s Division of Career and Technical Education hosted several guest speakers this week as part of a series of presentations sponsored by the division’s Speaker’s Bureau.
Each month, the Speaker’s Bureau invites presenters from local business and industry to speak to students in CCC’s Career Tech programs on an array of topics in an effort to help students grow and develop personally as well as professionally.
Dr. I.D. Thompson spoke to students in CCC's Office Systems Technology program on the topic "Keeping Your Dreams Alive".
Wednesday’s presenters included Dr. I.D. Thompson who spoke to students in CCC’s Office Systems Technology program on the topic “Keeping Your Dreams Alive.” Thompson is an actor known best for his role in “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sing.” He told the students that he dreamed of becoming an actor when he was just a young boy.
“A dream is a mental picture of what you want. Everything, at one point, was just an idea,” he said. “When you believe it and pursue it, it will happen. Most people give up on their dream at the first challenge.”
He closed by encouraging students to never give up.
“Look for the dream that keeps coming back—it is your destiny,” Thompson said.
Timothy Lampkin of Southern Bancorp spoke to CCC students Wednesday about setting and achieving goals.
Thursday’s presenters included a presentation on money management by Lois Erwin and Timothy Lampkin of Southern Bancorp to students in CCC’s Brick Block and Stone Masonry, Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Residential Carpentry and Welding programs.
Erwin schooled students on how to utilize their skills to open their own business.
“The career you all have chosen, there is a huge market. Research shows people that there are a shortage of individuals with trades,” she said. “You are in the position to make a lot of money, but you have to have business sense.”
Erwin encouraged students to work to build their credit scores and seek help in developing a business plan. Lampkin followed by encouraging students to set attainable short-term and long-term goals.
“Everyone has a different path to success. …Don’t ever let your age or background hold you back.”
Other presenters included Ray Sykes of Allimac Computers who spoke to students in CCC’s Computer Servicing program about workplace expectations; Donnie Jones of J&B Electric who spoke to students in CCC’s Industrial Maintenance program about workplace readiness skills; and Joseph McKee, CCC’s talent search director, who spoke to students in CCC’s Barbering program about entrepreneurship.