Education Briefing

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ole Miss-Tupelo holds graduate info session for the public on Thursday
TUPELO – The University of Mississippi-Tupelo campus will host a Graduate Programs Information Session on Thursday between 4 and 6 p.m.
Area educators who are interested in earning an Educational Specialist degree in elementary education will have the opportunity to meet with an Ole Miss School of Education adviser who will discuss the formation of a cohort in this program scheduled to begin on the UM-Tupelo campus in spring 2012.
Advisers will be on hand to discuss each program, admissions requirements and financial aid. For more information, contact Sovent Taylor at (662) 844-5622 or

MDE education forum to feature CEO and author Marc Tucker
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Education will host a Statewide Education Forum featuring Marc Tucker, CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy and author of Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.
The forum will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday Sept. 14 at the Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College.
Interested faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the program. Tucker will focus his remarks on examining what the education policies and practices of the United States would be if they were based on those of the countries that now lead the world in student performance.
The event is free and open to the public.

Blue Mountain launches new masters of education program
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Blue Mountain College has added a second master’s degree program to its graduate school.
BMC now offers a Master of Education in Literacy/Reading Education K-12. The degree is designed to enable classroom teachers to serve as advocates for school-wide literacy and reading instruction.
The 30-hour master’s degree program will provide teachers with an in-depth knowledge about the literacy/reading process and equip them to use best practices, materials and strategies. Teachers certified in elementary, secondary and special education can apply.
For more information, contact Janice Nicholson at (662) 685-4771, extension 126, or

ICC offers new JOBS4U program
FULTON – Individuals up to age 25 can qualify for a new JOBS4U program at Itawamba Community College. Those who meet one of several employment barriers could be eligible.
Participants will be required to take a free five-week course which includes life skills training for the workplace. Students who have received neither a high school diploma nor a GED certificate will be referred to the appropriate ABE/GED location.
Following the training, participants will be assigned to an appropriate workplace for 10 weeks of paid internship. For more information, contact Ulaunda Ivy at ICC-Belden at (662) 620-5206.
USM initiating new smoking policy
HATTIESBURG – With an eye toward going smoke-free in the future, the University of Southern Mississippi is issuing a new smoking policy to be phased in during this fall semester on the Hattiesburg campus.
The policy will include designated areas of the university’s Hattiesburg campus with tobacco receptacles where people can smoke. The fall semester will serve as a period to educate members of the university community about the new policy, followed by enforcement during the spring 2012 semester.
The university’s move follows new smoking policies at a couple of Northeast Mississippi community colleges. Itawamba Community College became tobacco free last January, and Northeast Mississippi Community College will become tobacco free this January.

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