Career-Tech Student Receive Valuable Info from Two CCC Alumnus
CLARKSDALE - In observance of National County Government Month, Coahoma Community College’s Career and Technical Division held it’s first annual County Government Resource Forum Thursday morning.
The day was filled with several activities, including a program held in The Gallery that was highlighted by guest speaker Coahoma County District 4 Supervisor Johnny Newson.
“It’s critical and vitally important that students learn more about the county government process, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to nurture and cultivate their interests,” said Career-Tech Counselor Charles Butler, one of the event’s chairs.
Following the program, Cosmetology and Barbering students received some valuable from information from Jessica Pleasant, a regional executive with Regis Corporation.The event concluded with SkillsUSA cookout for students, faculty and staff members in the Division of Career and Technical Education.
Newson is a 1973 graduate of CCC and continued his education at Delta State University where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science. He spoke to students about several issues, inlcuding economic development, the gaming industry, community service block grants, community revitalization initiatives and the essential components of the political process.
Newson also detailed for students the many functions of the county government, from levying taxes and road repairs to the duty of the supervisors and re-districting. He ended with a question and answer session that sparked a dialogue with students about the challenges facing Coahoma and surrounding counties.
“What affects Coahoma County has an effect on Tallahatchie County, Tunica County, Bolivar County, Quitman County. …We live in this region called the Mississippi Delta and that’s why we come together to uplift and support one another.”
He encouraged students to not only register to vote, but to also be active and involved in their communities.
“Who’s going to pick up the baton when I drop it? Who’s going to carry on the dream of Martin Luther King, Barack Obama or Aaron E. Henry?” questioned Newson.
He also encouraged students to continue to work hard to achieve individual success.
“I too attended Coahoma Community College—this was my foundation. You have to have a foundation no matter where you go. Each of you have a foundation, but it’s up to you what you build on top of that foundation,” said Newson as he alluded to the story, “The Three Little Pigs”.
“Your education is your foundation, but what you want to use your education for is up to you.”
Pleasant is a 2008 graduate of CCC where she received and associate’s degree in Cosmetology.
“My time here was the best time of my life,” Pleasant told the students. “I learned so much from ( Shirley Ferguson-Hicks, CCC cosmetology instructor)—I am a product of her. If you’re enrolled under her, please be proud and take all you can from here; she’s very knowledgeable in this beauty industry.”
She continued her education at Delta State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.
She began at SmartStyles, a salon under the Regis Corporation and available at Walmart Supercenters, as a junior at DSU.
“It was the start of something great for me,” said Pleasant.
In just two years, Pleasant worked her up from a stylist and currently serves as district leader. Her job includes overseeing SmartStyle salons in five permanent location and two temporary locations.
She gave students information about how to jumpstart their careers through the Regis Corporation following graduation.
“As long as you are confident in your abilities to style and sell yourself, you will be successful,” Pleasant said.
The events were organized by chairpersons Hicks and Butler and committee members Mary Wilson, Shelia Sanders and Fran Howard-Noah.