Northeast Lauderdale High School junior Braxton Lee, at left, threads a belt on a pulley in East Mississippi Community College’s Automotive Technology. Lee was among 160 Northeast Lauderdale students who toured EMCC’s Lion Hills Center and Golden Triangle campus last Friday.

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Northeast Lauderdale High School junior Braxton Lee, at left, threads a belt on a pulley in East Mississippi Community College’s Automotive Technology. Lee was among 160 Northeast Lauderdale students who toured EMCC’s Lion Hills Center and Golden Triangle campus last Friday. School photo
From school reports



MAYHEW — About 300 Lauderdale County high school students are touring East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus and Lion Hills Center to learn about educational opportunities in the college’s Career Technical and Manufacturing Technology & Engineering divisions.

Last Friday, some 160 students from Northeast Lauderdale High School visited the EMCC facilities. This Friday, about 140 students from West Lauderdale High School will do the same. The tours were timed to coincide with February’s designation as National Career and Technical Education Month.

Before the visit, the students were shown a recent “60 Minutes” documentary about the Golden Triangle Development LINK’s successful efforts to attract industries such as Steel Dynamics, PACCAR, Airbus Helicopters and Yokohama Tire to the area. EMCC provides training for students interested in working at the high-tech companies.

“The kids were really excited when they learned they could get very good training up here and go to work making good money at one of the industries,” said Elaine Webb, student services coordinator at both Northeast Lauderdale and West Lauderdale high schools. “They wanted to know more about what is offered at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.”

EMCC Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement Leia Hill said many people are not aware that EMCC’s Tuition Guarantee Program is available to Lauderdale County students at all of the college’s locations. Tuition Guarantee covers the cost of tuition less federal and state aid and EMCC scholarships.

“Not only can they attend the Scooba campus and maybe play athletics, or live on campus if they want to, they can go to the Lion Hills Center in Columbus and enroll in Turf Management or Culinary Arts,” Hill said. “At the Golden Triangle campus, we have all the Workforce and Career Technical programs available to them.”

On Friday, Lauderdale County students in grades 10 through 12 started their morning out at Lion Hills Center in Columbus, which offers Associate Degrees and one-year certificate programs in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Culinary Arts, Golf/Recreational Turf Management and Landscape Management.

 “I didn’t realize what all EMCC had to offer,” Northeast Lauderdale Early Childhood instructor Blair Miles said. “Lion Hills was amazing. I was super impressed with what all they had out there.”

From Lion Hills, the students went to the Golden Triangle campus. The high school students, who are enrolled in Career Technical Education programs at Northeast Lauderdale, toured programs in their areas of interest. The programs they visited included Business & Marketing Management, Drafting & Design, Network Security, Electrical Technology, Automation & Control, Welding, Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Machining, Mechantronics, Nursing, EMT and Cosmetology.

Afterwards, the students were treated to lunch.