Melody Dixon

CCC’s Office of Communications and Marketing Hires New Talent

Melody Darneice Dixon has truly made her mark at Coahoma Community College. She’s very familiar with the place she’ll be working as a multimedia specialist after attending and receiving her associate’s degree in psychology from here in 2013.

CCC’s Office of Communications and Marketing Hires New Talent

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Melody Dixon

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Wed Jul 11, 2018

Melody DixonMelody Darneice Dixon has truly made her mark at Coahoma Community College. She’s very familiar with the place she’ll be working as a multimedia specialist after attending and receiving her associate’s degree in psychology from here in 2013.

While finishing up her second semester as a freshman, longtime CCC staff member LaShasa Griffin encouraged her to run for Miss Coahoma Community College 2012-2013, a position she ended up winning after being interviewed and voted for by the student body.

“During my reign as Miss CCC, I was shown a tremendous amount of love from the faculty, staff and student body,” she says. “They really made me feel like a queen.”

Dixon is the daughter of the late Darrell Keith Dixon, Sr. and Evelyn Williams Dixon. She’s the youngest of four children.

The 25-year-old journalist attended Higgins Middle School and Clarksdale High School where she participated in the marching and concert band and was even awarded most valuable player a few times. She was inducted into the National Honor Society and took honors and advanced placement classes in high school.

While playing the flute and piccolo in the band and her church organization’s orchestra, singing in the choir and listening to various genres of music, an appreciation for music was developed, she said.

A few things that are most important to her are keeping God first, spending time with family and attending church regularly. She enjoys taking up time with her nieces and nephews and reading Christian books.

Dixon believes that when one receives God’s abundance of grace and His gift of righteousness through Jesus’ finished work, they will reign in life, as promised in the biblical book of Romans chapter five, verse 17.

After graduating from CCC in May of 2013, she desired to follow in her sisters’ footsteps, continuing her education at the University of Mississippi. There, she chose to study journalism, emphasizing in editorial writing.

“I love the idea of getting creative with writing a story lead. A news writer can be as colorful as they want simply because they have to grab the reader’s attention,” Dixon expressed.

After finishing her studies at Ole Miss in 2015 and participating in commencement exercises in 2016, Dixon had officially graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English.

When she completed all required courses at the Ole Miss, she jumpstarted her career by freelance writing for her local newspaper, The Clarksdale Press Register. Dixon also wrote a few feature stories for the Coahoma Living Magazine, which was quite a fulfilling experience for her. With aspirations of becoming a magazine writer, she realized she made a good decision to change her major in college.

In 2017, Dixon began contributing articles to the Mississippi Delta edition of Parents & Kids Magazine. A feature story she did during her senior year was also featured on the front page of The Commercial Dispatch newspaper after going on a news reporting trip led by two college professors from Ole Miss.

Marriel Hardy, chief communications officer, welcomes Dixon to his team and is glad to add new life to the Office of Communications and Marketing.

"We are ecstatic to have Ms. Dixon join our marketing and communications team,” said Hardy. “I am confident that her skills in the realm of media and communications will excel our efforts in effectively telling Coahoma's story. Her energy and enthusiasm will take her far."

At Ole Miss, she spent her last semester in student organizations like UMGC, the school’s gospel choir.

“I joined an organization called E.S.T.E.E.M. (Educated, Successful, Talented, Evolving, Empowered, and Motivated), a girl group that inspired students to be their best selves,” Dixon said.

Although she was a member for only a short time, she says it was one of the best decisions she has ever made.

Dixon sees these enriching life experiences as a catalyst moving into her new career at CCC.  

"I'm ready to bring to the table the skills I've picked up during my college experience. I'm excited about loving on CCC the way they loved on me when I was a student," she added.

She can be contacted at medixon@coahomacc.edu  or by phone at 662-621-4157.