Meridian Community College is partnering with local church leaders to help residents further their education. Yesterday the college hosted a Ministerial Alliance workshop at the Tommy E. Dulaney center.
“Churches are indeed one of the greatest networking opportunities that we have. We just want to try to get the word out through the churches,” said Dr. Scott Elliot, the college president.
At the Ministerial Alliance workshop, church leaders were informed about the services that Meridian Community College has to offer.
“The information that we’re going to cover today crosses the age gap. You’re going to hear about our College for Kids program and our tuition guarantee for area youth. You’re going to hear about our continuing education and workforce development for those adult church members as well,” said Marie Roberts, the director of recruiting and student life at the college.
Church leaders explained why they chose to attend the workshop on behalf of their congregations.
“I think it’s a great thing for different denominations to come together and talk out and think about education and how important that is to our churches. We have people in our church who are looking to get greater jobs and a whole lot of different things. So I just think it’s a great opportunity to come out a learn more about that,” said Thomas Key, a youth leader at Freedom Rock Church in Meridian.
“We believe not only teaching God’s word, but equipping them in other aspects so they can provide for their families and be able to live successful lives in their communities,” said Anthony Vargas, a student pastor at Salem Baptist Church in Toomsuba, Miss.
Elliott said the college hosted the workshop to help target problems in the community.
“I think it’s undeniable that there’s a correlation between a lack of educational attainment and crime and other negative pursuits. I think in terms of the quality of life of our community, if we can be successful in increasing educational attainment, then we’re going to improve that quality of life across the board, and MCC wants to be a big part of that.”