Education Briefs January 30, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ole Miss-Tupelo campus to hold grad programs information session
TUPELO – The University of Mississippi-Tupelo campus will host a Graduate Programs Information Session on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the school’s campus on Briar Ridge Road.
Area residents are invited to stop by anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. Educators who are interested in earning a master’s or educational specialist degree will have the opportunity to meet with UM School of Education representatives.
Advisers also will be on hand to discuss programs, admission requirements and financial aid. For more information, call (662) 844-5622 or visit www.olemiss.edu/tupelo.

Grant offers special education teachers financial fitness training
STARKVILLE – Mississippi special education teachers are invited to share in a grant program designed to help them provide high school students with lessons about personal finance.
Mississippi State University’s Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy, in partnership with the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, recently received the $10,000 federal award to support the Financial Fitness for Life curriculum. As many as 100 special education teachers may benefit.
Registration at www.mscee.org will include a choice of workshop locations and dates. They include Delta State University on March 23, MSU on March 30, Southern Mississippi on April 13 and Mississippi College on April 20. The project specifically targets high school teachers working in Mississippi Occupational Diploma programs.

ICC to offer nine-week culinary arts class at Belden Center
BELDEN – Itawamba Community College will offer Culinary Arts I at its Belden Center beginning today.
The nine-week class is limited to 12 participants. It is designed to provide the skills and knowledge to enter the culinary field in an entry-level cooking position. The course prepares students with a foundational knowledge of food safety, handling and storage, commercial food production and preparation techniques, as well as other skills. It also provides hands-on laboratory instruction. The class, which includes both classroom and food production components, meets from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
For more information, contact ICC’s Continuing Education office at (662) 620-5240 or rakelly@iccms.edu

MSU diversity conference highlights retention and recruitment issues
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University’s second Diversity Conference will be March 1 and 2 with the theme “Enhancing Diversity in Higher Education: Undergraduate Retention and Recruitment of Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff.”
The program includes a keynote address by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Adrienne R. Morris, chairwoman of the campus commission and conference coordinator, said the agenda is designed to share ideas and explore meaningful ways of using diversity as a tool to move forward communities, businesses and educational systems.
Online sign-up may be completed at http://ce.msstate.edu/DiversityConference/index.html. For more information, contact Morris at (662) 325-8124 or morris@hrm.msstate.edu.

ROTC to sponsor tuition extravaganza at NEMCC
BOONEVILLE – A Tuition Extravaganza event is set from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
The event will be in Holliday Hall and the Bonner Arnold Coliseum west parking lot to inform students of possible scholarship options available through ROTC.
“This is the first time we’ve done an event like this at Northeast,” said Tony Shackelford, Northeast’s ROTC program director. “We believe we have very viable options for students struggling to find the money they need to come to school and we decided an event like this is the best way to inform them about what ROTC has to offer.”
Shackelford said students can earn a two-year or four-year degree, despite the cost of tuition, by participating in the ROTC program. Representatives from Northeast, Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi will be on hand to answer any questions. For more information about the event, call Shackelford at (662) 687-2460.