McCorkle goes from Military to Moorhead

McCorkle
Growing up the youngest of six adopted children in the small city of Hollandale, William McCorkle often found himself on the wrong end of mischief. He grew up a rebellious teen who bounced from school to school and eventually dropped out of high school to join the Army.

He enlisted as an infantryman and attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Once he graduated from training in 2006, McCorkle was assigned to Aco 3-187 INF 3rd Brigade 101st ABN ASST in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. 

He deployed for the first time at age 19 to Iraq where he spent over 14 months. He finished that deployment to return home with his unit only to deploy a second time 10 months later. He was deployed overseas three times during his active duty, twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq.

McCorkle was informed during his last deployment he would not be allowed to reenlist due to military cutbacks. 

“This is where it really became difficult,” he says.

“I left the Army on March 10, 2014 and began my journey to find myself. What was my true purpose? As a husband and a father of a 2-year-old son and a newborn daughter, I had no idea what I wanted to do, much less what I was meant to do with my life.”

When he returned, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky with his family and bounced from job to job until he realized the big city life was not the right fit for him. McCorkle started to explore the possibility of going to college, which is when he realized he was still eligible to participate in athletics.

He decided to email different schools to see if they had open spots or tryouts. This is when he found himself coming home to Mississippi Delta Community College.

During the spring 2018 semester he enrolled in classes and was a walk-on on the defensive side of the ball for the Trojan football team. He soon realized the physical requirements of his Army career left his body drained of its ability to perform on the gridiron. He decided to trade his cleats in for a whistle and became a student assistant coach, a role he will be active in this fall. 

“I found my calling and was granted the greatest blessing I could hope for,” he says.

“The coaches saw that I had the potential to help the team, not as a player but as a coach. I was offered the opportunity to begin my coaching career while working towards my degree.”

13 Aug 2018

Now accepting applications for faculty/staff development fund

We are pleased to announce another round of funding via The Robert W. Steinriede Faculty & Staff Development Fund. This fund seeks to provide faculty and staff with grants for projects, professional development/training, equipment and other areas that support the educational mission of the college not usually covered by the budget. All faculty and staff (full-time & part-time) are eligible to apply. The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2018. Individual requests are limited to a maximum of $1,000 each. Joint proposals, submitted by a partnership of faculty/staff across different areas/departments of the College, may request up to $2,000.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff. Announcements will be made by January 2019 (if not before). The MDCC Development Foundation encourages you to take this opportunity and apply today! Please contact their office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Click here for the application

31 Jul 2018

Mississippi Delta baseball to host fall showcase

MOORHEAD – The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program is set to host a fall showcase camp on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead. The showcase will get underway at noon.

The showcase camp is designed for players in the 9th-12th grades to get exposure to college coaching staffs expected to be in attendance. The cost of the event is $75.

Each of the players will be seen at their respective position and pitchers, who are dual players, will be allowed to participate at both spots. Campers will be put through a pro-style workout.

Campers will run the 60-yard dash, be tested at their defensive positions, as well hit on the field at Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex. Lunch will not be provided and the camp will be limited to the first 100 applicants.

Pre-registration is highly recommended as spots are filling up quickly. Click here to visit the Trojan Baseball Fall Showcase page for the registration form.

Please download the form and send the completed copy (information form and waiver form) to: Dan Rives, Head Baseball Coach, PO Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761.

Make sure to include your $75 in the mailed form and make checks payable to “MDCC Baseball.”

Check-in time and late registration for the showcase event is at 11 a.m. on Sept. 23.

For more information, contact coach Jarrod Parks at 601.502.5968 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Adult Education program holds commencement ceremony

Adult Education Graduation

MOORHEAD - Fifteen students walked across the stage Thursday morning as participants in Mississippi Delta Community College’s Adult Education graduation ceremony.

This was the next step in the lives of these students after earning their High School Equivalency Diploma by completing the GED or HiSET test.

While 15 chose to participate in summer graduation and 19 others participated in the winter graduation, the program has produced more than 40 success stories in the 2017-18 school year thanks to the tireless work and dedication of both students and teachers alike.

“It just felt good to know that I had done the best I could do,” said graduate Kenisha Roper.

“It was exciting,” added Angela Wilson. 

“Exciting knowing that I had finally gotten something that I have wanted for so long.”

Roper and Wilson were both recently accepted into the Health Care Assistant program at MDCC as part of the MI-BEST program.

Three MI-BEST students participated in the graduation ceremony and were presented with a $200 incentive check for passing the GED. 

More than half of Thursday’s graduates would like to thank the MDCC Development Foundation, who financially assisted the students via GED vouchers. The Foundation assisted 25 students to date to pass more than 38 separate parts of the four-part GED test.

While many of the Adult Education graduates are on their way to taking the next step, many more will be working toward taking their first step toward the stage when the Adult Education class has new student registration at all of its sites on August 14-16.

 
26 Jul 2018

Johnson takes on new role at MDCC

LaShandar Johnson
MOORHEAD – LaShandar Johnson, originally from Itta Bena, was recently named Student Success Initiative Program Director. She served as a Student Success Coach for six years prior to taking the new position. 

Johnson is a 1991 graduate of Leflore County High School and earned a bachelor’s in social work from Mississippi Valley State University. She graduated in 2012 from Walden University (WU) with a master’s degree in healthcare administration and received her post graduate certification in clinical research from WU in 2013.

Her new job requires her to supervise seven student success coaches along with part-time faculty tutors on all three MDCC campuses. Johnson’s department also focuses on all student support services such as tutoring, mentoring, counseling, pre-academic advising and cultural activities.

“In this new role, my goal is to make sure the students are a priority and are connected to all support services on the three campuses,” she says.

“My goal is to work strategically on improving MDCC’s retention and completion rates by connecting students to campus services at the beginning of their college journey.” 

23 Jul 2018

Practical Nursing graduation and pinning ceremony

Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC) held its 2018 Practical Nursing Pinning and Graduation Ceremony Wednesday, July 11 in the J.T. Hall Coliseum in Moorhead, Mississippi at 10 a.m.

Thirty-three students participated in the ceremony. Beverly Terrell provided music for the prelude and the processional. Dr. Edward Rice II, vice president of student services, provided the invocation with Samyia Purnell, a practical nursing student, giving the welcome. The commencement address was given by Mrs. Gloria Boyd, who is the Chief Nursing Officer at Greenwood Leflore Hospital and an MDCC practical nursing graduate. Boyd is currently working on her masters in Nursing Education.

The MDCC Practical Nursing (PN) Program is a three-semester program that prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the expanding health care needs of the community. The mission of the Practical Nursing Program is to prepare graduates for entry level nursing practice in a variety of health care settings. The Licensed Practical Nurse provides care under the direction of a licensed physician, dentist, or registered nurse as determined by the Administrative Code Mississippi Board of Nursing. Graduates of the program are awarded a certificate and are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN®). Graduates must apply to the Mississippi Board of Nursing for licensure to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Mississippi.

To learn more about MDCC's Practical Nursing Program, visit https://www.msdelta.edu/2013-06-15-11-40-19.

16 Jul 2018
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