Contact: Sasha Steinberg
STARKVILLE, Miss.—Now in its third yr, the state’s Full 2 Compete program has helped greater than 300 adults age 21 and older earn a level from Mississippi State. As a participant within the C2C program, Utica resident Herbert B. Strickland is happy to affix the ranks of “Bulldog graduate” this fall, formally making his 28-year dream come true.
Pursuing a web-based Bachelor of College Research diploma by way of MSU’s Heart for Distance Schooling, Strickland presently is an assistant teacher on the Mississippi Job Corps Heart in Crystal Springs.
He attended MSU for one yr after highschool earlier than coming into legislation enforcement, and he had the chance to coach different officers. That have, together with teaching highschool soccer and group school softball, impressed his “sturdy ambition to show others,” he mentioned.
The 2 years he spent working for the Hinds County youth courtroom not solely introduced him pleasure in serving to younger adults “discover a higher future,” he defined, but it surely additionally impressed him to pursue and settle for his present place on the job corps heart.
Strickland mentioned he left the legislation enforcement subject in 2018 resulting from medical causes and started searching for a brand new profession, however he realized he wanted to complete his diploma to make that occur. After incomes his Affiliate of Utilized Science with honors from Hinds Neighborhood School in December 2019, Strickland met with MSU Govt Vice Provost Peter Ryan who inspired him to return to MSU.
“On the finish of the day, I used to be a Bulldog once more. Dr. Ryan gave me again my inspiration to complete one thing that I began through the 1992 fall semester at Mississippi State, and now, it was as much as me to see it by way of,” mentioned Strickland, who has plans to return to Hinds as an teacher after incomes his diploma from MSU in December. He additionally has expressed curiosity in persevering with his schooling by way of pursuit of a grasp’s diploma.
Kali Dunlap, distance program coordinator for MSU’s Heart for Distance Schooling, is one in every of MSU’s 4 C2C coaches who assist this system’s college students establish the perfect pathway for finishing a postsecondary diploma. She mentioned 26 Bachelor of College Research college students formally earned their levels this summer time by way of the C2C program at MSU, and he or she’s excited to see Strickland do the identical this fall.
“College students like Herbert actually encourage me of their perseverance to proceed on till they attain their purpose, fulfill a dream, or preserve a promise to a beloved one. I work with college students from many alternative walks of life and are available to know them at many alternative factors of their journey. Serving to them acknowledge what they’re able to is the explanation I like my job,” Dunlap mentioned.
“Acquiring their bachelor’s diploma is a tremendous accomplishment, and after they inform me they wish to proceed their tutorial journey and pursue a complicated diploma, it makes me much more proud as a result of I do know they consider in themselves simply as I consider in them,” she mentioned.
Study extra in regards to the Full 2 Compete initiative at www.c2c.msstate.edu.
MSU is Mississippi’s main college, out there on-line at www.msstate.edu.