MCC and LCSD partnership garners MAPIE Governor’s Award

A long-standing partnership between two educational institutions, Meridian Community College and Lauderdale County School District, received top accolades as winners of the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education’s Governor’s Award (MAPIE).

The two entities received the 2019 Governor’s District and Community Award and will be recognized at the awards luncheon on Feb. 26 at Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

MAPIE is a non-profit organization committed to providing training and materials to help build local support for student success. It is one of a few statewide partnership organizations of its kind in the U.S.

MCC and LCSD have worked together in offering a myriad of programs such as dual enrollment, leadership summits, theatrical productions and reality fairs for students.

“Being a partner allows us to introduce our students to avenues of future employment or education programs that will provide our students with a future,” said Dr. John-Mark Cain, superintendent of Lauderdale County School District.

MCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said the partnership with Lauderdale County Schools is a win for the students, the College and the community. “Due to our partnership, students get a chance to see what we do here, and see what opportunities are available.  That opens the world for them and when it opens a world for them, then it opens a world for our entire region,” he said.

Huebner added, “that’s probably the best kind of a partnership.”

To view the submission for the award, go to

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