Education Notes

ICC to host informational sessions on HIT program
– Itawamba Community College will host two information sessions about the new Health IT Workforce Training program.
The school will host one session on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Belden Center and another one on Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the E.F. Yerby Conference Center at the University of Mississippi.
Program administrators will be available to answer questions regarding the fast-track program that is designed to be completed online in six months or fewer.
Application deadline is Sept. 24 and classes begin Sept. 30. Applications are available at For more information on the program, contact Mallory Pennington at (662) 620-5145 or Lori Little at (662) 620-5122.

Thomas Street Elementary receives arts grant
– Thomas Street Elementary in Tupelo has been awarded a $1,725 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission to fund the school’s arts integration initiative. The grant is a portion of the $1.64 million in grants the Commission will award in 2010-11.
Thomas Street Elementary was designated as a Model School by the Mississippi Arts Commission. The school will teach through the arts to support and enhance instruction.

MSMS, MSU partnership fuels student discovery
– An innovative partnership between Mississippi State University and the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science is fueling student discovery in a wide range of academic disciplines. During the yearlong internship, MSU faculty members provide hands-on learning for the participating MSMS seniors in the university’s labs and research centers.
The high school students receive credit from MSMS for their work and also have the opportunity to conduct research at the university. Shelby Bierig from Itawamba Agricultural High School and Joshua Stone and Wilton Liano from Starkville High School are among the participating MSMS students this year.

UM School of Business to host distinguished speaker series
– A speaker series sponsored by the School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi offers a look into ethical dilemmas, entry-level career opportunities and more.
The series began last week but continues on Thursday with John Bierbusse, retired manager of security and research administration at A.G. Edwards. Other events will be held every Thursday until Nov. 18, except Oct. 21. There will also be speakers on Friday Sept. 17 and Oct. 1 and on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
All of the Thursday programs will be held in Holman Hall, Room 30 at 4:30 p.m. Events are free and open to the public.

NEMCC plans summer study-abroad tour for 12 days
– Registration is under way for Northeast Mississippi Community College’s summer study-abroad program. Tour participants will spend 12 days touring Istanbul, the Greek islands and Athens during June 2011. Continuing education credit is offered.
The trip is open to current Northeast students, high school students, students from other colleges and universities, teachers and any other interested adults. Credit hours through Northeast are optional and require summer school registration and pre-trip and post-trip classroom sessions.
The deadline to register is Oct. 31. For more information, interested persons should e-mail Rhonda Lansdall at or call at (662) 720-7183.

College, career readiness workshops held for school counselors
– A series of workshops this fall will give school counselors information about the latest ACT updates and how Mississippi’s students are performing on the ACT.
ACT’s 2010 College and Career Readiness Workshops will also provide information on measuring college and career readiness.
Representatives from the Mississippi Department of Education, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and the State Community College Board will also provide updates on their educational sectors.
Workshops will be held in Northeast Mississippi on Sept. 14 at Mississippi State and Sept. 15 at Northeast Mississippi Community College. Counselors interested in participating can register at

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