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The RCCI Impetus for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) + (ECCC) East Central Community College Partnership. RCCI Institute April 5, 2006. ECCC / RCCCI Team - Presenters. Tim Tubby MBCI/CHI Executive Director Ronnie Westbrook ECCC Small Business Development Director

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The RCCI Impetus for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI)+ (ECCC)East Central Community College Partnership

RCCI InstituteApril 5, 2006


Eccc rccci team presenters
ECCC /RCCCITeam - Presenters

  • Tim Tubby

    MBCI/CHI Executive Director

  • Ronnie Westbrook

    ECCC Small Business Development Director

  • Roger Whitlock

    ECCC Workforce Development Director


Commission on the Future of East MS and West AL

Benchmarks for “Closing the Gaps”


The rcci tracts
The RCCI Tracts

  • Civic Engagement

    • Commission on Future of East MS/West AL

    • ECCC District Workforce Council

    • ECCC RCCI Team

  • Educational Access

    • ABE/GED Classes

    • College Credit Courses (Academic/Technical)

    • Workforce Development Training Sessions

  • Economic Development

    • Small Business Assistance/Counseling

    • Choctaw Hospitality Institute

    • Integrated Technologies Training Center


Mbci eccc rcci partnership

Rural Community College Initiative(RCCI – Since 2003)

ECCC Committed to Be “A College for the Community”

ECCC Became “More Than Just a College” for the District

ECCC Partnered with Entities by Responding to ”Rural Voices”

Small Business Development Center Services

Offered Childcare, Healthcare, Forestry and Poultry Workshops

Expanded Entrepreneurial Education Offerings and Counseling Services

Conducted “Making Money Work for You” Workshops

Basic Skills Specialist Services

Offered GED Prep and Workplace Basic Skills Classes

Delivered Sessions for Overcoming Communication/Language Barriers

Developed Computer Applications Training Sessions

Workforce Development Center – (Integrated Technologies Training Center)

Scheduled Employability Training Sessions

Structured Workplace Success Classes

Established Job-Specific Skills Certification Training

Academic and Career-Technical Coursework

AAS Degrees - Hotel/Restaurant Mgt. and Industrial Maintenance

Credit Coursework for Earning Associate’s Degrees

Coordinated Articulation Opportunities with Universities

MBCI+ECCC = RCCI Partnership


Mississippi state university land grant cooperation
Mississippi State UniversityLand Grant Cooperation

  • RCCI – Coaching/Extension Support

    - Extension Contact/RCCI Coach - Chance McDavid (662) 325-3144

    - MSU-SRDC Associate Director - Dr. Alan Barefield (662) 325-3207

  • Extension Service Offerings

    - Enterprise/Community/Food/Fiber State Program

    Leader - Dr. Virgil Culver (662) 325-2160

    - Family/Consumer/Childcare /Healthcare- State Program Leader - Dr. Beverly Howell (662) 325-3032

  • Continuing Education Coordination

    • Industrial Services Outreach Team - Ben Rosenkrans

    • (662) 325-2650


Msu southern rural development center
MSU-Southern Rural Development Center

  • Mission - To enhance the capacity of the land-grant system and its partners to address the unique challenges faced by the rural South

  • Capability - To draw on an extensive network of community and economic development specialists

  • Coordination of Rural Community College Initiative (RCCI) - Designed to assist rural community colleges to become more meaningful participants in the economic and social development of their communities


How have we done
How Have We Done?

Since RCCI

in March 2003

  • 16,763 Lives Touched

  • 1,028 Offerings Arranged

  • $1,671,170 Support Funds


Rural Community College Initiative(Since 2003) ECCC’s Reminder to –“Customize the College Convenient to the People Affected throughEconomic Development Attempts”

Training Locations Positioned within 10 Minutes of Anyone in the ECCC District of Leake, Newton, Neshoba, Scott and Winston Counties

Integrated Technologies Training Center

Located in Advanced TechParc

on the MBCI Reservation


East central community college ms band of choctaw indians integrated technologies training center
East Central Community CollegeMS Band of Choctaw IndiansIntegrated Technologies Training Center


Mbci eccc integrated technologies training center
MBCI/ECCC Integrated Technologies Training Center

Promotional Video

Shown at Ribbon-Cutting

January 25, 2006


Msu continuing education safety environmental training
MSU-Continuing Education Safety & Environmental Training

Hazardous Waste Operations and

Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)

8 Hour HAZWOPER - First Responder

24-Hour HAZWOPER - Hazardous Material Technician

40-Hour HAZWOPER - Hazardous Waste Site Workers

Annual Refresher


MSU-Extension Service Enterprise and CommunityResource Development

Tourism Development

Leadership Development

Strategic Planning for Businesses and Communities

Business Retention and Expansion Programs

Feasibility Studies

Economic Impact Analysis

Market Analysis

Retail and Service Analysis

Economic and Demographic Studies

Government Technical Assistance

Public Official Training and Certification



Wired grant 15m workforce innovation in regional economic development
WIRED Grant - $15MWorkforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development

  • Two States/Two Universities/Thirty-Six Counties/Eight Community Colleges

    TheAla-ssippi Region

    “Where Progress Knows No Boundaries”

  • Entrepreneurial Support System

    • Montgomery Institute – Clearinghouse for Small Business Assistance and Entrepreneurial Resources

  • Workforce “Branding” System

    • Credentialing Process for Qualifying Skilled Workers to Meet Expectations of Focused Employment Sectors


How the partnership works
How the “Partnership” Works!

  • MBCI Enjoys:

  • Tremendous Economic Development Reputation;

  • Centrally Located Facilities; and

  • Advantages for Recruiting High-Tech/High-Wage Jobs.

  • ECCC Enjoys:

  • Personal Interface with a Diverse, Rural Customer-Base;

  • Comfort-Level as Being ‘One of Them’ with the People; and

  • Responsive Reputation for Offering Quick, Quality Solutions.

  • Montgomery Institute Enjoys:

  • Credibility as a Respected ‘Voice for the People;’

  • Tremendous Collaboration/Research Capacities; and

  • Blue-Chip Expertise with Grants/Funds/Resources.

  • If WEadopt a ‘servant attitude,’ endeavor to hear rural voices and combine to offerOURbest solutions –ThePARTNERSHIPenables

  • endless opportunities for Rural Development!


Keys to the mbci eccc partnership
Keys to the MBCI + ECCC Partnership

  • Vision/Commitment from Top-Level Leadership

  • “Role Players” at Each Level with a “Desire to Deliver” Quality Provisions

  • Willingness to “Pursue Success” in the Best Interest of Others

  • Entrepreneurial Attitude in Providing Educational Access in Creative Ways

  • Listening to “The Rural Voices” and Responding with “The College Try”


Leaders in the partnership

“Leaders” in the Partnership

Phillip Martin, Tribal Chief

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Dr. Phil Sutphin, President

East Central Community College

Mike McGrevey, President

The Montgomery Institute


“Players” in the Partnership

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

1-800-557-0711, Ext. 1329 or www.choctaw.org

Tim Tubby, CHI Executive Director

Tim Ben, Education/Personal Development

Ivy Owen, Economic and Community Development

East Central Community College

1-877-462-3222, Ext. 299 or www.eccc.edu

Joseph Knight, Workforce Development Coordinator

Ronnie Westbrook, Director Small Business Development

Roger Whitlock, Director of Workforce Development


Concluding remarks
Concluding Remarks

  • Partnership Effectiveness Is a Work in Progress

  • Consider This Type of Potential for Your Area

  • Identify and Seek Out Your “Rural Voices”

    Questions and/or Comments


YOU Can Be a “Player”

Engaging Rural Populations

in Your Area!

Thanks for Participating in this RCCI Institute!


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