Blankenship earns PhD, third degree from MSU

Pictured is Holmes Community College’s Vice President of Workforce Development Mike Blankenship, whom recently earned his PhD in Community College Leadership from Mississippi State University.

Holmes Community College's Vice President of Workforce Development Mike Blankenship recently completed his PhD in Community College Leadership through Mississippi State University after defending his dissertation, "Human resource managers' perceptions of soft skills, involuntary employment turnover, and the efficacy of a proposed career pathway model." Offered through the Center for Distance Education, the Community College Leadership program consists of core courses of study in leading and managing in the community college, interdisciplinary courses in a rural context and courses in research and statistics.

A resident of Brandon, this is Dr. Blankenship's third degree from MSU; he earned his bachelor's in industrial technology in 1992 and his master's in instructional technology with an emphasis in industrial technology in 1993. He joined the Holmes Workforce Development family in 2000 as a coordinator and instructor; a position he held for eight years until he was promoted to district director. In 2014, he was promoted again, this time to his current role as vice president. Dr. Blankenship is stationed on the Ridgeland Campus, but Holmes also has workforce training centers in Grenada, Goodman, and Kosciusko, and offers workforce classes in Yazoo City.

Prior to working at Holmes, Dr. Blankenship was employed with the American Nonwovens Corporation in Talladega, Alabama. He served as production manager for five years before moving into the role of plant manager in 1999.

Always one to be active in the community, Dr. Blankenship is a member of the Delta Local Workforce Development Board, the Mississippi Workforce Development Directors Association and Crossgates United Methodist Church Board of Trustees. He has previously served on the South Central Mississippi Works Local Workforce Development Board, the Mississippi Partnership Local Workforce Board and the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association Board of Directors, as well.

To learn more about the Holmes Workforce Development programs and services, contact Dr. Blankenship at mblankenship@holmescc.edu or (601) 605-3315.

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IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured is Holmes Community College's Vice President of Workforce Development Mike Blankenship, whom recently earned his PhD in Community College Leadership from Mississippi State University.



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