MDN: Council Working to Build Local Manufacturing for Device Industry

MDN: Council Working to Build Local Manufacturing for Device Industry “The medical device industry fuels Memphis’ backbone. With a $2.6 billion local economic impact and nearly 17,000 direct and indirect jobs, original equipment manufacturers like Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical Group, Medtronic Spinal & Biologistics and Microport Orthopedics have made the Memphis area their base for products and medical devices. But the lack of an available workforce is impeding the growth of these companies and eroding the existing base as more companies are looking to move manufacturing offshore. “I know for a fact they’ve all looked at it and some … Continue reading MDN: Council Working to Build Local Manufacturing for Device Industry

CA: West Memphis campus becomes ASU Mid-South

“Arkansas State University today ushered in Mid-South Community College as its newest branch campus. The West Memphis college officially became Arkansas State University Mid-South, ASU System president Charles L. Welch said Thursday in a statement released by the university. The ASU Board of Trustees and the Mid-South Community College Board of Trustees approved resolutions authorizing the merger on Jan. 9. Barbara Baxter, former executive vice president of Mid-South, is serving as interim chancellor of the West Memphis campus. Debra West will assume leadership of the campus on Aug. 1.” West Memphis campus becomes ASU Mid-South – The Commercial Appeal. Continue reading CA: West Memphis campus becomes ASU Mid-South

MBJ: Arkansas State University and Mid-South Community College merger completed

The region now has another college as Mid-South CC has joined into the Arkansas State University system.  How it affects MSCC and regional residents and quality of life from a higher education front remains to be seen. “When classes begin this fall, Mid-South Community College will be known asArkansas State University Mid-South. In two unanimous votes by the respective boards of trustees of MSCC and Arkansas State, the schools were officially merged, making MSCC a part of the Arkansas State system. The merger is the first one undertaken by ASU since 2001. Now that the merger is completed, Arkansas State will be responsible for a … Continue reading MBJ: Arkansas State University and Mid-South Community College merger completed

Mid-South Community College and Arkansas State University merger could be done today

“The board of trustees for Mid-South Community College and their counterparts at Arkansas State University will meet today at 11 a.m. at MSCC’s campus in West Memphis. They are expected to sign off on a merger of the two schools that would make MSCC the easternmost campus in the Arkansas State system. If the merger is finalized, Arkansas State University Mid-South, as the campus would be known, would then begin a search to replace long-time president Glen Fenter, who is retiring June 30. In November, Fenter announced his plan to retire in order to lead the newly-formed Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce. Fenter has led MSCC … Continue reading Mid-South Community College and Arkansas State University merger could be done today

MDN: Building the Base

“Target’s request came at an opportune time. For several months, local business, education and government officials had been busy assembling the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, a system they hope will provide students and workers with multiple career paths and launch a powerful workforce development engine primed to deliver trained employees local companies are desperate to have. It was an unprecedented initiative that spanned state lines, included multiple educational entities and had the support of state and local governments and some of the biggest names in local business. … “I’ve never seen the stars align like this. It … Continue reading MDN: Building the Base

New alliance will provide local employers the talent they need to compete

Glen Fenter, President of Mid-South Community College, will head the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, which aims to align businesses with training programs, and job seekers with necessary skill requirements. Fenter has served as MSCC president since its inception 1992. He is currently hiring staff and plans to open a new office in January. … Working with a five-year, $5 million budget, GMACW will use a series of metrics to gauge its effectiveness. On the employer side, it will look for a decrease in open jobs, a decrease in the length of time taken to fill open jobs, and employer … Continue reading New alliance will provide local employers the talent they need to compete

MBJ: Mid-South Community College is in talks to merge with Arkansas State University

Mid-South Community College has begun discussions with Arkansas State University about a possible merger of the schools. The Arkansas State system has a presence or campuses in Jonesboro, Beebe, Mountain Home, Newport, Searcy, Marked Tree, Heber Springs, Paragould and the Little Rock Air Force Base. Mid-South Community College is based in West Memphis, and if the merger does move forward, the school would become known as Arkansas State University Mid-South. While discussions are underway, a merger isn’t imminent, and a lot of work has to be done. “Arkansas State University’s stock has risen dramatically in the last decade, as has Mid-South Community College’s,” Glen … Continue reading MBJ: Mid-South Community College is in talks to merge with Arkansas State University

CA: College town: Higher-ed boosts Memphis economy

“Memphis is far better known as a tourist draw and a logistics mecca, but the city stands on a third economic pillar: college town.” (CA $) Continue reading CA: College town: Higher-ed boosts Memphis economy

MBJ: Four community colleges receive federal cash

“The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $4.04 million in funding to Southwest Tennessee Community College, and a total of $3.27 million to Southwest, William R. Moore College of Technology and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology to establish a new partnership. The $4 million Southwest received will be divided to fund two initiatives. The school will use more than $2.38 million to expand its nursing, EMT and allied health programs, while also providing support to help students complete those programs. Southwest will use $1.65 million to launch a consortium with Moore Tech, Mid-South Community College, the Tennessee Collage of … Continue reading MBJ: Four community colleges receive federal cash

MBJ: Mid-South Community College gets boost from FedEx Express for aviation center

“As it breaks ground on one facility, Mid-South Community College has received a boost from FedEx Express for a new one. Mid-South broke ground on its $2.2 million Jeremy Jacobs Hospitality Center Sept. 24, and the facility is expected to be open in the next year. Additionally, a FedEx donation of $250,000 will be used to help fund construction of the soon-to-be-built $2.5 million FedEx Aviation Technology Center on the MSCC campus. FedEx and a $3.3 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 helped the school launch its Aviation Maintenance Program in 2011. The 22,000-square-foot facility will … Continue reading MBJ: Mid-South Community College gets boost from FedEx Express for aviation center