Education notebook

BOONEVILLE
Northeast to offer ACT workshop
- Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Division of Continuing Education will host an ACT preparation workshop in Hargett Hall on the Booneville campus on Oct. 12-13 and 19-20. Sessions will meet from 4 to 8 p.m. Cost is $40.
The session will focus on English, math, reading, science reasoning and test-taking strategies. Classes will be limited to 14 students. Pre-registration is required, and applications should be turned in one week prior to the class. For more information, perspective participants should call (662) 720-7277 or (662) 720-7296 or email continuinged@nemcc.edu.
NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI
Application deadline nears
for ICC’s Health IT program
- The registration deadline for a Health IT Workforce Training program administered through Itawamba Community Colleges is Friday. Classes begin Sept. 30.
Eligible students must have a certificate, diploma or degree in any medical area or IT background or a minimum of one year experience in a health or IT field, both verifiable.
The education is designed to be completed online in six months or fewer. For additional information, access ICC’s website, www.iccms.edu, or contact Mallory Pennington at (662) 620-5145 or Lori Little at (662) 620-5122.
OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
Author Mortenson to lecture at MSU on Thursday
- Humanitarian and Nobel Prize-nominee Greg Mortenson, author of the best-selling “Three Cups of Tea,” will lecture at Mississippi State on Thursday.
The 7 p.m. event in Humphrey Coliseum is sponsored by the university’s common freshman reading program, Maroon Edition, and by the Shackouls Honors College and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The event is free but requires a ticket for admission. Tickets are available at Barnes and Noble, the Campus Activities Board office and the College of Arts and Sciences. For information, see www.maroonedition.msstate.edu.
“Three Cups of Tea,” was a New York Times No. 1 book. It is about Mortenson’s near fatal attempt to climb one of Pakistan’s highest mountains and his ensuing effort to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
ITAWAMBA COUNTY
ICC to present speakers
bureau program
- Brian Anderson will present “Understanding Osama bin Laden” as part of the Mississippi Humanities Council Speakers Bureau program on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Crubaugh Technical Education Building seminar room on the Itawamba Community College Fulton campus.
Anderson is a professor of political science at Mississippi University for Women, where he has taught for more than 12 years, offering a broad range of courses from “Terrorism” to “Campaigns and Elections.”
His research includes a book chapter on post-cold War U.S. foreign policy and an award-winning article on Bill Clinton’s town hall debate style in the 1992 and 1996 campaigns.
For more information, contact Larry Armstrong at (662) 862-8160.
UNITED STATES
Essay contest focuses on American citizenship
- U.S. high school students and their teachers are invited to compete for nearly $115,000 in prize money by participating in the Bill of Rights Institute’s fifth-annual Being an American Essay Contest. The essay’s topic is “What civic value do you believe is the most essential to being an American?”
The top three student winners and their teachers from each of the nine geographic regions will be announced at a special Washington D.C. Awards Gala in the spring of 2011. They will be awarded cash prizes of $5,000 (first place), $1,000 (second place) and $500 (third place). The contest will also award $100 honorable mention prizes to seven students and their teachers from each region.
More information is available at www.BeingAnAmerican.org.
LAFAYETTE COUNTY
First Read Aloud award given to Michigan author
- The University of Mississippi School of Education awarded its first Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction Read Aloud Book Award to “My Daddy Likes to Say,” written by Denise Brennan-Nelson of Howell, Mich.
Angela Rutherford, director of the center, said the award recognizes quality children’s literature which was read aloud to students and evaluated by children in kindergarten to the sixth grade. Only one book will be selected each year.

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