Holmes to participate in statewide C2C initiative

The portal to a better future is just a click away for thousands of Mississippians. The Complete 2 Compete website provides information and resources available to help Mississippi adults who have completed some college, but no degree, to return to college and complete the requirements necessary to earn their degrees.

"Complete 2 Compete will grow our skilled, educated workforce, in turn growing economic development across the state," said Governor Phil Bryant. "This partnership will ensure Mississippi remains attractive to business and industry looking for a favorable tax climate and a workforce ready to excel on day one."

"This website provides important information that can have life-changing results for many Mississippians," said Dr. Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. "Workforce studies have shown that the vast majority of future jobs will go to those with a postsecondary degree or credential of value beyond high school. I would encourage individuals to access this website as it could be an important first step in helping them achieve a goal that will ultimately lead to a better, higher-paying job and greater job and financial security."

Mississippi Public Universities, the Mississippi Community College Board and the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges are partners in the effort to identify target groups, implement adult learner services and re-engage adult students to help them complete their degrees.

"As a statewide initiative, Complete 2 Compete has the potential to impact hundreds of thousands of Mississippians," said Dr. Andrea Mayfield, Executive Director, Mississippi Community College Board. "I look forward to the positive impact on individuals, employers, and Mississippi's economy."

There is no cost for submitting information through the C2C website and doing so may help an individual determine how close they are to completing degree requirements.

Holmes Community College offers a wide range of two-year associate degree programs, certificate programs, and occupational skills training, where you will experience a high-quality education at an affordable price and close to home. Holmes provides flexible scheduling including day, evening, short-term, hybrid and online classes along with various support services. To cultivate a path to success, Holmes also has C2C Coaches to assist in guiding students in the right direction.

"We are pleased to continue to knock down barriers for students who have worked hard to earn a degree that will lead to a career they can be proud to work in," Holmes President Dr. Jim Haffey said. "I am heartened by the cooperation going in inside the state among our institutions to make that happen. I encourage everyone who has attended Holmes and/or a Mississippi 4-year school to look again at what they may need to finish their degree. It may be easier and more cost-effective than they realize."

"We at Holmes understand and appreciate how adult learners must balance the responsibilities of family, work, and classes so we diligently strive to help them reach their goals in the shortest time possible using the most efficient path," said Stephanie Diffey, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Holmes C2C Leader/Coordinator. "It is exciting for us to be an active part of this transformative state-wide initiative."

More information pertaining to the C2C efforts and C2C Coaches at Holmes Community College may be found at http://www.holmescc.edu/c2c/. #noplacelikeHolmes

Mississippi Public Universities Director of Communications Caron Blanton contributed to this release.