Josh L. Simpson, DMD, Southwest Mississippi Community College, 1998
Dr. Josh Simpson, currently practicing dentistry in McComb, MS says of his his experience at SMCC:
“Southwest was the perfect place to begin my college education. The small class size along with the competent and caring faculty made it a seamless transition from high school to college.”
Ashley is currently an Associate Attorney at McGehee, McGehee, and Torrey in Meadville, Mississippi.
"Southwest Mississippi Community College laid the foundation for my higher education and professional career. The teachers and staff at Southwest urged me to step outside my comfort zone and explore the limitless possibilities that higher education offers. I would not be who I am today without my Southwest experience."
Dr. Todd Sullivan, a 2005 graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College
is a veterinarian and owner at Crossgates Veterinary Clinic in Pearl. Dr. Sullivan says Co-Lin was the perfect start to his educational career. “I have spent many years as a student, but still think of Co-Lin as my educational home and foundation. I am so thankful for my time at Co-Lin.”
Chef, Lifestyle Expert, TV Personality. "When I graduated from High school, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my future. ICC offered me scholarships for joining different organizations on campus where I made life-long friends, learned about commitment, and gained the confidence needed to make choices about my career. The atmosphere on campus was amazing and every instructor was always willing to help. ICC got me ready to tackle life and I will always be grateful!', says Linkie Marais
Jasmine Friday, Hinds Community College, 2013, freelance dancer
“Being in Montage and in dance classes have taught me professionalism and time management,” Friday said. “It taught me how to juggle my academics with real life.”
Presently the Deputy Director of the Office of Archaeological Research and Curator of Archaeology Collections for the University of Alabama.
(Legendary football coach “Bull” Sullivan taught Mr. Futato his first archaeology course at EMCC)
Bryan Dallas, Hinds Community College (1995), partner with Dallas Printing Inc., says, “As an 18 year old freshman entering college, I was quite intimidated as to what I should major in. So, I decided to go the community college route. It was the best decision I made. The smaller classroom environment helped promote professor/student engagement, which excelled my studies for the first time. If I had not started at Hinds, I’m confident that I would not have completed my associate and bachelor’s degrees in four years.”
Rev. Jill Barnes Buckley, Hinds Community College, 1992, director of Stewpot Community Services in Jackson.
“I decided I wanted to do something more meaningful with my education than sit at a desk most of the day,” Buckley said. “Hinds was a great experience for me – the perfect next step.”
Anna Marie Hailey Sharp, East Mississippi Community College
Family Medicine Physician, Rush Medical Clinic, Preston/DeKalb
“EMCC was an excellent choice for me. It offered a great transition from a small town high school into college. I was also provided with a great educational foundation to build upon as I continued my education at Ole Miss and later the University of Mississippi Medical Center.”
Phyliss Anderson ('94) of Choctaw, serves as Tribal Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians since 2011
“I had many wonderful professors, administrators and classmates who encouraged me and wanted success for me. I think that one of the best things about ECCC is the hometown experience and personal attention each student gets. You get higher education experience and earn a degree while not getting lost in a crowd.”
Dr. Robert Watts Jr., is an oral surgeon with Gulf Coast Oral and Facial Surgery clinic in Biloxi.
His professional memberships include the American Association of Dental Boards, Southern Conference of Dental Deans and Examiners, American Dental Association, American College of Dentists, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Mississippi Dental Association, and the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dr. Robert “Bobby” Robbins, a 1977 Jones County Junior College graduate, is the CEO and President of Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He had previously served as the chair of the department of cardiothoracic surgery and head of the heart-and-lung transplant programs at Stanford University.
“I found everything I needed at Jones,” said Robbins, who was the 2011 Honor Alumnus. “I was able to align myself with proper techniques in biology, chemistry, physics and calculus. Jones gave me a rock solid foundation to build my future.”
Frank Nichols, East Mississippi Community College 1999 graduate, is currently serving in Starkville, MS as the Chief of Police. Chief Nichols says, "I don’t think I could have gone to any other college and be where I am today. And that’s because of the faculty at EMCC and the way they eased me along.”
Herb Frierson, Pearl River Community College graduate ('77), now Commissioner of Revenue for the State of Mississippi, says, " Pearl River Community College was a great academic experience that provided the opportunity to establish lasting friendships. PRCC is much more than just an institution of higher learning, it is a place that gives a life-long sense belonging to something larger than you. "
Beth Alexander, East Central Community College ’08, is now an award winning journalist at WJTV-TV 12 in Jackson, MS.
“When I started at East Central, I had a pretty good idea I wanted to major in broadcast journalism at a university, but, like most college students, I questioned that choice at times. ECCC gave me the two years I needed to take required courses, mature and make an educated decision about what bachelor’s degree I would pursue. Another benefit of my time at ECCC was connecting with staff, students and leaders at ECCC and other community colleges. I use those connections often.”