City Officials Visit CCC for Mayors’ Summit
CLARKSDALE – Mayors of cities and towns in Coahoma Community College’s five districts gathered under one roof Wednesday afternoon for the opportunity to learn about the resources and opportunities available for their municipalities through Coahoma Community College.
The summit, held in The Gallery on CCC’s campus, was organized by CCC’s Enrollment/eLearning Specialist Dr. Rolonda Brown. It included mayors from Coahoma, Tunica, Quitman, Tallahatchie and Bolivar counties.
“We want you to be assured that we are here for you should you ever need to call on us,” said Brown to the more than two dozen mayors and city officials present.
President Dr. Valmadge Towner echoed that same message during his closing remarks. “Coahoma wants to be of service to you. We want to let you know that we have a lot of good things going on,” he said.
Towner cited a recent study that showed 70 percent or three out of 10 workers are disengaged with their job.
“One common denominator is a lot of them are not educated or trained properly. A well educated citizenry and a well-trained workforce tends to bring better workers,” said Towner. “Coahoma wants to be able to reach out to educate, train, and provide skills to our people so, in turn, they can be engaged and bring the skills back to your municipalities.”
The summit covered a wide-range of topics, from securing funding to establishing a town website, during brief sessions with five guest speakers. Emanuel Edmonds, program manager for Delta Regional Authority (DRA), discussed a variety of grants and funding currently available to municipalities located in CCC’s five districts.
Brown gave a brief overview of CCC’s Township eLearning Program, which provides citizens access to online courses available at CCC by setting up computers and offering training to citizens in their respective town.
Orlando Paden, CCC’s student employment coordinator, and Michael Houston, director of admissions, explained to the officials how easy the process is for their citizens to enroll and secure financial aid at CCC. Ezra Howard, CCC’s director of web services, discussed the importance of having a town website and explained different options available to create one.
If you don’t have website, it’s like you’re non-existent to many people, Howard explained.
In closing, the mayors were all presented with CCC pins and given the opportunity to exchange information and fellowship.