MBJ: Southwest TN Community College initiative targets ‘crisis situation’

MBJ: Southwest TN Community College initiative targets ‘crisis situation’ Southwest Tennessee Community College is restructuring its processes to improve the student experience. Tuesday, May 9, Southwest unveiled the results of a six-month effort to make Memphis’ community college more student-centered. The effort is part of a national initiative by higher education reform nonprofit, Achieving the Dream. Through support form the Hyde Family Foundations, Southwest was selected to be part of the 2016 cohort. “Last October, Dr. [Tracy] Hall [president of Southwest] challenged us all to redesign, reinvent and reset the college,” said Sindy Abadie, associate professor and Achieving the Dream … Continue reading MBJ: Southwest TN Community College initiative targets ‘crisis situation’

MDN: City, Southwest Collaborate On Police Officer Program

MDN: City, Southwest Collaborate On Police Officer Program A new program announced Tuesday, Oct. 18, will offer no less than 100 graduating high-school seniors full-time employment with the Memphis Police Department beginning in June 2017. … The all-expense paid college education will result in an associate’s degree in criminal justice from SWTCC and a position as a police service technician with MPD. … “I believe the Blue Path program can become the major pipeline for our future police workforce,” Rallings added. Southwest has worked with the MPD Training Academy to create an academic curriculum for an associate’s degree in criminal … Continue reading MDN: City, Southwest Collaborate On Police Officer Program

MBJ: Southwest grads get perfect score on physical therapist exam

MBJ: Southwest grads get perfect score on physical therapist exam Southwest Tennessee Community College’s latest class of Physical Therapist Assistant students achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their first try of the national licensure exam — a rate not seen in more than 15 years. … Last year, Southwest’s PTA program was reaccredited for another 10 years. Future plans for the program include more web-assisted courses, end of semester oral exams, additional assessment tools and the introduction of recent advances in treatment. MBJ: Southwest grads get perfect score on physical therapist exam Continue reading MBJ: Southwest grads get perfect score on physical therapist exam

CA: Editorial: Student’s ambition and grit can inspire all of us

CA: Editorial: Student’s ambition and grit can inspire all of us Josh Salter is a prime example of what a kid with a lot of ambition and determination, along with solid parental support, can accomplish. When Salter, 18, graduates from Middle College High this month, he will be among a handful of students here who have earned 60 college credits — the equivalent of two years of college — while still in high school. His academic assiduousness has also earned him more than $1 million in scholarship offers from colleges across the nation. He chose Austin College in Sherman, Texas, … Continue reading CA: Editorial: Student’s ambition and grit can inspire all of us

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

ICYMI: MBJ: New Medical District nonprofit in the works

ICYMI: MBJ: New Medical District nonprofit in the works “It may not have a name yet, but details about a new Medical District group are beginning to surface. In the coming week, a new nonprofit board composed of the area’s nine anchor institutions is expected to be created for the Medical District. The board is said to be similar to Livable Memphis. … The newly formed entity will work together with U3 Advisors and the DMC to enhance the public realm surrounding the Medical District by identifying commercial corridors. They’ll also make sure complementary neighborhoods like Victorian Village and the … Continue reading ICYMI: MBJ: New Medical District nonprofit in the works

Southwest receives $3 million federal grant (MBJ)

Southwest receives $3 million federal grant (MBJ) Southwest Tennessee Community College has received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funding, which comes from the Education Department’s Predominantly Black Institutions Competitive Grant Program, will help the school strengthen multiple programs, including science, technology, engineering, or mathematics; health education; globalization and teacher preparation. The grant focuses on improving the chances for success in college of African-American males. The funding will be available from the current semester until fiscal 2020. This is the second round of funding from the PBI grant program. The first, which was awarded from … Continue reading Southwest receives $3 million federal grant (MBJ)

MBJ: U.S. Commerce Department grant benefits Southwest Tennessee Community College

“A $3.5 million building for Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Industrial Readiness Training Program got a big boost from a federal grant that was announced last week. Southwest received a $900,000 federal from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration that will go towards a capital campaign for the building. The tentative start date for construction is Summer 2016. Rose Landey, executive director of institutional development, said having a building on the campus will allow the IRT program to share resources with other buildings at Macon Cove and will also simplify the process for students who previously had to go to multiple locations. … The … Continue reading MBJ: U.S. Commerce Department grant benefits Southwest Tennessee Community College

MBJ: Southwest Tennessee Community College gets grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration

“Southwest Tennessee Community College has received a grant worth more than $900,000 from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration. The funding will be used to build a business and industry training center on the school’s Macon Campus, which will help meet regional industry demand by enhancing capacity in the region’s Industrial Readiness Training program. The IRT program was created a few years ago at Southwest to teach entry-level skills in Advanced Industrial Technology Process Control, Advanced Industrial Logistics Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing. Several companies have committed to creating jobs as a result of the project, including Transloading Services, Smith & Nephew, Tate Computer Systems Inc. … Continue reading MBJ: Southwest Tennessee Community College gets grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration

MDN: Southwest Tennessee Grows With Demand

For Nathan Essex, the president of Southwest Tennessee Community College, his tenure has been a series of changes. It was Essex who presided over the merger of Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute in the late 1990s, before he was appointed president of the resulting Southwest Tennessee Community College in 2000. Essex announced in 2014 his departure as college president in June 2015. The Tennessee Board of Regents has not yet named a successor. Meanwhile, Southwest opened its new Nursing Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building at its Union Avenue campus Downtown in November. … The same kind of … Continue reading MDN: Southwest Tennessee Grows With Demand