Employees of the Month

Young and Reynolds Honored as Employees of the Month

Helen Young and Angela Reynolds have been selected as CCC Employees of the Month for September 2018.

Young and Reynolds Honored as Employees of the Month

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4157 - Melody Dixon

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Fri Sep 7, 2018

Helen YoungFor longtime CCC staff member Helen Denise Young, Sept. 5 is a significant date. In 1995, it was the date she got hired at Coahoma Community College. This year, it was the date she was informed of her Employee of the Month win as a staff member. She has been employed here for about 23 years, but she has more history with the institution.

“After graduating from Coahoma Agricultural High School on May 27, 1981, I enrolled at Coahoma Junior College as a general studies major,” Young said.  “I started working and got laid off. I went back to college to stop again. Then, I got hired here as a full-time custodian.”

Her job in Quitman County brought her back home to an affectionate and caring staff of co-workers. The mother of three ultimately found the success she had been after since her high school graduation.

In 2013, she graduated from Coahoma Community College with her Associate of Arts degree in general studies.

“I felt proud of myself,” she said. “It’s a great institution, and they don’t give up on you.”

Young said she is planning to go back to school. She will soon earn her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi Valley State University.

A Bible scripture most comforting to her is Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Though losing her son to gun violence, she continues taking life one day at a time by simply enjoying it. She spends her free time exercising and recently took a recreational ride on a ‘Fit for Life’ bike around campus.

“I rode a bike the other day, and they couldn’t believe I could ride one. I hit that curve so fast,” she bragged.

Young is a member of Damascus Missionary Baptist Church. As an alumna, she strives to be an influential worker to current students.

 “I try to motivate them to stay here at Coahoma Community College because when I graduated, it was a big change in my life,” she said.

She says students are always complimenting her on a job well done. When students ask her for directions to their class, she stops what she’s doing to show them where to go.

Young is elated to be selected as one of the 2018 Employees of the Month. Working at CCC has taught her how to mentally and emotionally handle whatever life throws her way.

“Thank you CCC for helping me become a better person,” she expressed. “I love my CCC family, my Tiger Nation.”

 

Angela ReynoldsAngela Reynolds scoops the Employee of the Month title for the faculty category. The biology instructor and CCC coordinator for the NASA Mississippi Space Grant Consortium wholeheartedly accepts the duty of ensuring students leave her class ready to professionally contribute to society.

“It is my responsibility to help broaden the horizons of the students by not only preparing them for graduation but also for a career,” Reynolds said.

“I am devoted to my task as a facilitator of learning to help our students become knowledgeable.”

Reynolds compares her philosophy of education to an airplane ride. When passengers board the airplane, the pilot already knows the destination of the flight. He or she is held responsible for flying them to the desired location.

“Sometimes it’s not a smooth transition. However, the pilot usually gets the passengers there safely,” she says.

Shelby, Mississippi is the place Reynolds calls home. She started teaching at Coahoma Community College in 2001. Reynolds attained her bachelor’s degree in biology from Alcorn State University and a master’s degree in biology education from Delta State University.

As a NASA MSGC coordinator, Reynolds was instrumental in helping eight CCC students get scholarships of more than $1,000 in 2015.

Balancing out work life, she gives her teaching materials a break to spend quality time with family, listen to music, read and go shopping.

Of her recent win, she says, “It is an honor as well as a privilege to have been selected as the Employee of the Month. I appreciate the fact that at Coahoma Community College your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed.”