Wildcats Visit Tigers for CCC Middle School Day
CLARKSDALE - Students at W.A. Higgins may be known as the Wildcats, but on Friday they got the opportunity to experience first hand what it feels like to be Coahoma Tigers during the community college’s Middle School Day. Around 250 eighth grade students spent the morning touring the campus and getting an up close look at the programs offered in their own back yard.
In keeping with that theme, the morning started off with a welcome in the backyard of the President’s house on the CCC campus where the group kicked things off with a gigantic “selfie” that included Dr. Valmadge Towner, CCC Director of Admissions, Michael Houston and W.A. Higgins Principal Edwin Robinson.
The event was designed to be educational about Coahoma, but most of all, it was aimed at getting the point across to the eighth graders that it’s not too early to be thinking about college.
“Before you know it, four years will be here. Time just zips on by, and soon you’ll be at the point where you’ve graduated high school and you have to make a decision,” Towner said. “I proudly went to Coahoma and, let me tell you, Coahoma can help you go wherever you want to go in life.”
After their initial welcome, the students toured the CCC campus with multiple stops at various programs in the Career and Technical Division. The visitors were treated to haircuts and manicures by the barbering and cosmetology students, got an up close look at a restoration project being completed by the collision repair students and were served a hamburger lunch by CCC’s Culinary Arts students at the end of their visit.
The tour included a stop at the Zee A. Barron Student Union where students were greeted by staff members of the Division of Student Affairs and treated with hot, buttery popcorn and continued on to Whiteside Hall where students learned about the many areas of study being offered by the Division of Academic Affairs. They also participated in some friendly competitive games including CCC Bingo.
The Tiger Pride Marching Band performed for the visitors outside of Carters Music Hall, and the tour even included CCC most recent addition — The Vivian M. Presley Administration Building where the President’s office is located.
The event conlcuded at The Pinnacle, where students received additional tips and information about college preparation before enjoying the hamburgers and loading up to return to Higgins.
W. A Higgins Principal Robinson said that the Middle School Day event was a great way to cap off 162 days of preparation for the MCT2 test.
“Our kids need exposure to college campuses, and this visit allows us to help them get ready to begin setting goals for themselves as it pertains to college,” Robinson said. “We wanted to expose our kids to (Coahoma), and we want them to know that the opportunity for a quality education is right down the street. We are working with them to begin setting personal goals now and working to achieve them.”
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