Thanks to a sizable corporate donation, a student government association will be developed at Meridian Community College.
AT&T contributed $7,500 to the MCC Foundation as part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s initiative to help provide access to education and training people to need to get and keep good jobs. “This is a special day because we have an industry investing in the future by investing in our college,” said MCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner during a press conference held on campus Thursday.
This contribution from AT&T will support the Student Government Association where students develop leadership skills and utilize them to address student issues on campus.
“AT&T is pleased to support Meridian Community College and its Student Government Association. Helping students achieve their goals now will result in a better chance for their success in the future. That’s helpful in their own career paths and also better positions Mississippi for more economic growth opportunities in the future,” said C.D. Smith, regional director of AT&T Mississippi.
Huebner said when college officials were approached by AT&T and Smith and began to think about how best to use the funds, “the first thing we thought about was how we can improve opportunity in leadership for our students,” he said. A student government association would offer a way for students to coalesce, communicate and understand; more importantly, students will get to learn how to be leaders. “If we can play a small role in developing those leadership skills, then I think we have gone a long way,” Huebner added.
State Sen. Videt Carmichael said, “I appreciate AT&T’s continued commitment to supporting educational opportunities for students in our local area and across the state. This contribution to Meridian Community College is a good way to make a real difference at MCC for students to address issues through their Student Government Association.”
Phyllis Holladay, math instructor and academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa advisor, explained the idea of forming the Student Government Association came from creating a college project for PTK. “We knew the grant could potentially be the momentum we need to successfully move this project forward,” Holladay said.
Funds from the grant are earmarked in establishing the student government’s election process, engaging students in a leadership conference and to hosting an annual campus-wide event for the student body.
She added, AT&T is making an investment in MCC and our students, and we’re excited to see that investment come full circle.”