Courtney Taylor had been executive director for the Communiversity and workforce training at East Mississippi Community College for four months before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the college to send all its students home, leaving the brand new 143,000 square-foot advanced manufacturing training center on Highway 82 empty.
Courtney Taylor was in her first week on her new job when a situation emerged that perfectly illustrates the hybrid nature of her role.
Down the hall toward the back of East Mississippi Community College’s Communiversity, a group of young teens rushed toward a man holding a big bowl filled with small orange objects.
East Mississippi Community College announced Tuesday it has hired Courtney Taylor as its first executive director for the $42 million Communiversity.
Leadership at East Mississippi Community College is scrambling to reverse nearly a decade’s worth of deficit spending that has tanked the school’s general operating fund balance.
Documents provided to The Dispatch on Wednesday show EMCC’s general operating fund balance has fallen more than $10 million since Fiscal Year 2010 — from roughly $11 million to only $710,844 by the end of June 2018.
When Mike and Ellen Clark learned their 22-year-old grandson had enrolled in classes at Communiversity, East Mississippi Community College’s $42-million advanced manufacturing skills training center on Highway 82 in Lowndes County scheduled to open for classes next month, they knew they had to see it for themselves.
East Mississippi Community College officials are hoping the Communiversity will be ready for an estimated 350 students this fall.
Several speakers at a Wednesday morning update meeting told local government and business leaders the Communiversity is being built to train workers for the jobs of tomorrow.
Lowndes County supervisors unanimously approved an amended interlocal agreement that will allow the county to pay off its debt for the Communiversity in 10 years.
If everything works out as planned, Lowndes County may be able to issues its funding for the Communiversity on a 10-year term, rather than for 20 years.