Copiah-Lincoln Community College is a two-year public community college in Mississippi that serves the residents of Franklin, Lawrence, Simpson, Copiah, Jefferson, Adams, and Lincoln counties. Its history dates back to 1915, when Copiah-Lincoln Agricultural High School was created by joint efforts between Lincoln and Copiah counties. Residents eventually felt the need for education beyond the 12th grade, which led to the establishment of a junior college in the summer of 1928. Gradually, more counties added their support of the college and as enrollment increased, more campuses and centers were added. In 1988, the school was given its current name with the approval of the Board of Trustees.
The main campus is located in Wesson, Mississippi with additional campuses at Natchez and Mendenhall. Accreditation is granted by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for awarding associate degrees.
Academic tracks of study include the Associate of Arts (AA) degree, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, and various certificates. The Associate of Arts is designed for students who eventually want to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Co-Lin offers the AA in areas such as Accounting, Art, Athletic Training, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, History and Political Science, and English.
The Associate of Applied Science is geared toward students who want to take up a profession directly after completing their coursework. Students opting for the AAS can major in areas such as Automation and Control Technology, Business and Marketing Management Technology, Accounting Technology, Healthcare Data Technology, and Microcomputer Technology. There is also an Associate Degree Nursing Program which prepares students for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as registered nurses.
Career and technical education certification programs are geared toward students who want to prepare for specific occupations or upgrade their skills. The areas in which various certificate programs are offered include Automotive Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Cosmetology, Diesel Equipment Technology, Practical Nursing, Welding, and Precision Machining Technology.
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Admissions are open and non-competitive. Students seeking admissions in the freshman class are required to submit the admissions application form along with their official transcripts from an accredited high school or their GED scores. Applicants are also required to submit official ACT scores, which are used for placement purposes in appropriate classes. Students who are 25 years or older are exempt from submitting their ACT scores. Transfer students are required to submit official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges universities.
International applicants are required to submit the admission application form, official high school transcripts that have been evaluated by an American transcript evaluation service, and a Statement of Financial Responsibility. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores.
To apply for financial aid students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. The financial aid office recommends a priority deadline of April 1 to apply for financial aid. Different financial aid programs available include scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs.
The merit-based awards available to eligible students include the Honors Scholarship, Deans’ Scholarship, Vice Presidents’ Scholarship, President’s Scholarship, Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship, and Leadership Scholarship. Need-based awards include the Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG), and the Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG). Students can apply for Federal Stafford loans and Parent Plus loans. Students can apply for work-study programs in which they can seek on-campus and off-campus work-study positions.
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The campus offers a number of organizations, services, and facilities to make students’ college experiences worthwhile.
The counseling center provides guidance to students in making educational and career plans. It also offers personal counseling. The center provides job search assistance and shares job listings with the students.
Student Clubs and Organizations
There are several student organizations on campus to provide numerous opportunities for students to get involved in campus life. Some of the popular clubs on campus include the Art Club, Centurions History Club, Student Society for MLT, Drama Club, Martial Arts Club, and the Scholars Bowl. The award-winning student newspaper published from the Wesson campus of the college is known as The Wolf Tales. The Student Government Association represents the students’ interests in college governance and is responsible for promoting the general welfare of the school.
On-Campus Housing and Facilities
Residence Life offers housing for male students at the Simpson, Lawrence, Franklin, Lincoln, and Ellzey dorms. Women’s dorms include Copiah, Stevens, Stevens Annex, and Ellis Apartments. Dining options are available at the cafeteria in the W. S. Henley Building and The Grille Company in Callender Hall.
The bookstore stocks new and used text books, school supplies, greeting cards, posters, art and drafting supplies, sportswear, and departmental supplies.
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Copiah-Lincoln Community College is a member of the Mississippi Junior and Community College Athletic Conference. The intercollegiate athletic teams are known as the Wolves. Varsity sports include football, basketball, softball, golf, men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, and soccer.
Various recreational activities are provided for students at the Student Activity Center in the Callender Hall. To ensure the physical well-being of students, the college offers a gymnasium and a fitness center. The Oswalt Nature Trail is used by students for walking or running.
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