Growth and Development of the College
The district junior colleges in Mississippi grew out of county agricultural high schools. In 1924 the Legislature first approved post-high school courses, and by 1928, ten of the high schools were offering some kind of college program. The interest in many of the other schools in adding college classes led to the first junior college law, which provided that a separate school district or an agricultural high school meeting certain criteria might establish a junior college. The law also provided that school districts and county agricultural high schools might unite with other school districts or other counties in the establishment of junior colleges.
The Northeast Mississippi Junior College was incorporated in Prentiss County in 1941, but the construction program was delayed until the end of World War II. Upon completion of the original plan, the College was opened to students in September 1948, as an agricultural high school and junior college comprising Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo, and Union counties. The following year, the name was changed to reflect junior college status only. Since that time, the institution has expanded its offerings in curriculum and physical facilities.
On August 1, 1987, The Northeast Mississippi Junior College officially became Northeast Mississippi Community College, by action of the State Board of Trustees for Community and Junior Colleges. Northeast’s Board of Trustees first approved the name change at their regular May 1987, meeting and reaffirmed the decision at the July 1987, meeting. The action was taken to use the community college name to reflect the comprehensive curricula and community-based nature of the institution.
Northeast Mississippi Community College is located in the northeastern part of Mississippi, approximately 190 miles north of Jackson and 100 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee. The school has an elevation of 530 feet above sea level. The climate is moderate both summer and winter. The College is easily accessible by automobile over U.S. Highway 45 (Veterans Memorial Highway)-N & S; and, State Highways 4 and 30.
The Board of Trustees empowered the college to grant the degrees of Associate of Arts in 1948 and the Associate of Science in Nursing in 1957. During subsequent years, the following certificates were authorized: Secretarial Science and Career Education. Effective 1977-78, the college began awarding the Associate of Applied Science Degree. In keeping with the philosophy of Northeast, a Department of Career and Technical Education was developed in the fall of 1965 to provide educational opportunities for persons to qualify for employment in various career and technical areas.
A comprehensive evening program is also offered on campus and in off-campus locations. Night classes are taught on the main campus in Booneville and at the off-campus sites in Corinth and New Albany. The institution serves thousands of persons each year through start-up training programs and industrial skills courses provided for local industries. In 1994, a Skill/Tech Center was established on the Northeast campus in conjunction with Mississippi’s program of workforce education and training through one-stop career centers at the community colleges. Created by the Workforce Education Act of 1994, Skill/Tech is a regionally based system for education and training, which responds to the needs of the workforce and employers.
In the Fall of 2000, the college began offering classes via Internet through the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC). This is a consortium of 15 colleges who provide instructional resources to students throughout the State. In 2002 MSVCC and each of its members received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). This action cleared the way for students to earn an Associates degree through on-line instruction.
In August 2003, the Board of Trustees approved a plan to begin developing Northeast at Corinth and Northeast at New Albany into instructional centers. Northeast at Corinth was the first to open on a limited basis in August 2006. Phase I construction saw the completion of a comprehensive WIN Job Center with limited course offerings until July 2006. The college notified the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools that it was ready to fully develop the New Albany site into a comprehensive instructional site. In February 2007, SACS representatives visited the site and approved the center without recommendation. Phase II construction on Northeast at Corinth was completed in January 2009 and included additional classrooms, a science laboratory, and a library. The Corinth site was approved by SACS in August 2009.
Northeast Mississippi Community College is a public, comprehensive community college that exists to meet the educational and career needs of individual students and the community within the district it serves - Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo and Union Counties - by awarding the Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Applied Science Degree, and Certificates. Beyond this original scope, however, Northeast responds to the needs of all who seek a college education.
To accomplish the intended role and scope of the college, the following institutional goals were established:
- To provide degree and certificate programs, delivered through traditional and distance education courses, that prepare students for continued studies or immediate employment.
- To provide a program of student services that will facilitate the educational, career, personal, and social growth of students.
- To provide developmental studies within the curriculum to strengthen the basic skills of students.
- To offer continuing education, community services, and adult basic education for individuals striving for personal and professional growth and/ or personal enrichment.
- To provide employer-driven, industry-specific workforce education and training to business, industry, and individuals.
- To provide human resources, financial resources, instructional resources, and physical facilities necessary to offer quality instruction.
Northeast Mississippi Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Any inquiries to the Commission on Colleges should relate only to the accreditation status of this institution, and not to general admission information.
Accreditation reaffirmation documents and reports may be reviewed in the Office of the Executive Vice President.
Inquiries concerning educational programs, admission, etc. should be addressed to the Office of Admissions.
Accreditation information for NEMCC Health Sciences programs is listed on the following chart.
Health Science Programs Accreditation
|Associate Degree Nursing
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning
3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Ste. 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
3825 Ridgewood Rd
Jackson, MS 39211
|Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the USDE
||211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
|Medical Assisting Technology
|Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)
||25000 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 35763
|Medical Laboratory Technology
|National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
||5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
|Practical Nursing Education
|Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB)
||3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
|Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
||20 North Wacker Drive, Ste. 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
|Respiratory Care Technology
|Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
||1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
Privacy Rights of Parents and Students
Northeast Mississippi Community College complies with all provisions of the federal law entitled, “Privacy Rights of Parents and Students.” Copies of a policy statement indicating the records affected by this law, the student’s rights and obligations, and the college’s rights and obligations may be obtained in the Records Office.
Northeast Mississippi Community College will release directory information about any student unless he/she has notified the Records Office in writing that he/ she does not want any such information released. This written request must be filed within two weeks after the student registers. It should be noted that such a request will be followed to the letter. Any future requests from non-college persons or organizations for such directory information will be refused.
Directory information includes the student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees received, honors and awards earned, the most recent educational agency attended by the student, and other similar information. (A complete copy of this policy is available in the Record’s Office.)
Civil Rights Compliance Policy
In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX, Educational Amendments of 1972 of the Higher Education Act; Americans with Disabilities Act; and, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Board of Trustees of Northeast Mississippi Community College hereby adopts a policy assuring that no one shall, on the grounds of race, sex, color, age, creed or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the college. NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to race, sex, color, age, creed, or national origin. This policy includes the qualified handicapped and extends to all programs and activities supported by the college. The Office of the Vice President of Student Services is responsible for the compliance of these policies. The Vice President of Student Services’ Office can be reached by calling 662-720-7235 or by mail: NEMCC Vice President of Student Services, 101 Cunningham Blvd, Booneville, MS 38829.
Northeast Mississippi Community College is designated a “tobacco-free” workplace. To this end, tobacco use is prohibited inside all Northeast facilities.
Judge William H. Anderson Hall
This two-story facility houses the disciplines of English, Fine Arts, and Modern Languages and includes a lecture auditorium with approximately 125-150 seating capacity. The building is named in honor of a former member of the Board of Trustees.
Bonner Arnold Coliseum
The Bonner Arnold Coliseum contains three basketball courts, six dressing rooms, faculty offices, and equipment rooms. It has a seating capacity for 3,000 spectators. The building is named in honor of a former athletic director of the college.
Buildings and Grounds Facility
This facility houses the office of the Director of Facilities and Maintenance.
Bratton C. Burgess Student Activity Center
The Burgess Activity Center serves as a full service fitness facility available to Northeast students, faculty, staff and is open to the community. This facility includes cardiovascular and weight training equipment, basketball, volleyball, fitness classes, and locker rooms.
Gaye Roden Carr Aquatic Center
Constructed in 1983, this 7600 square foot facility contains offices and dressing rooms for the Olympic-sized swimming pool. The eight lane pool is maintained to serve institutional purposes, as well as for student recreational use. The facility is named in memory of a former Northeast student whose family donated funds for the center.
Joe M. Childers Hall
This modern three-and-a-half story structure, constructed in 2000, is the nucleus for health related instruction. The building contains classrooms, laboratories, conference rooms, student lounge, computer laboratory, offices, an auditorium, and a dental hygiene clinic. The division of Health Sciences main office, the Associate Degree Nursing Program, and the Dental Hygiene Program are housed in this facility.
H. H. Daws Hall
This facility adjoins McCoy Hall and houses laboratories and classrooms for chemistry, computer science, physical science, and mathematics. This facility is named in honor of a former faculty member and a former chairman of the Science Department.
James P. Dean Hall
B. T. (Tice) Moore Hall and Career and Technical-Education Complex
The Career and Technical Education complex consists of five masonry structures which make up approximately 90,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories, and offices. Building Number 1 in this complex is named James P. Dean Hall in honor of a former member of the Board of Trustees. Building Number 5 in this complex is named B. T. (Tice) Moore Hall in memory of a former member of the Board of Supervisors in Prentiss County. The facility accommodates some twenty career and technical programs.
T. Jack Ramsey Hall (Student Services Building)
This two-story, 37,000-square foot facility, completed in December 2012, houses the offices of Recruiting, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Housing, and the Counseling Center, as well as the Business Office all in one location to serve students in a more efficient manner. In addition, the building is home to the College’s Office of the President and Board of Trustees, the offices of the Executive Vice President, Vice President of Student Services, Vice President of Instruction, Director of Finance, Institutional Research, Human Resources, as well as the Computer Center, Institutional Printing, the Nzone, and Mail room. The building is named in honor of long-time Board of Trustee and current Board Chairman.
Eula Dees Memorial Library
The purpose of the library is to serve as a catalyst by providing information in various formats to support the instructional programs of the College, to promote information literacy by providing instruction in the skills needed to seek, evaluate, and use information effectively, and to provide assistance to the community beyond the confines of the College.
Constructed in 1962 and named in honor of a former member of the Board of Trustees, the Eula Dees Memorial Library on the Booneville campus features different areas to service the many needs of its patrons. A quiet study area provides for individual study needs, and three study rooms provide opportunities for groups to study together. Two spaces, designated “leisure reading areas,” feature sofas and padded chairs for relaxed reading. Students have access to 45 computers for school work or personal use in the Reference Room, and a computer lab provides a space for formal instruction on an additional 20 computers. Library resources to support all educational, research, and leisure needs of patrons are varied, including books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, slides, software, kits, and approximately fifty online databases that provide access to over 145,000 unique electronic books as well as hundreds of thousands of periodical articles.
The Northeast at New Albany and Northeast at Corinth libraries house materials that support courses taught at each of these centers and provide leisure reading materials. A librarian is available to assist students and faculty before and after hours that classes are taught. In addition to their collections which supports the curriculum, these libraries provide networked computer access to required databases used for college courses as
well as all Microsoft Office products, providing opportunities for researching and typing assignments.
Patrons for all Northeast libraries have access to Ask a Librarian 24-7 Reference Service, a service that provides chatroom interaction with a professional librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Charles M. Gordon Hall
This two-story facility houses the Division of Business and Business Technology. The building is named in honor of a former Prentiss County supervisor. A sunlit court garden enhances the interior of the building.
Frank and Audrey Haney Union
This building houses the cafeteria and the Campus Police, and provides a variety of food service, recreational and conference facilities. It is the center for conducting and promoting social, recreational, cultural, and educational activities for students, faculty, administration, alumni and guests. The building is named in honor of a former member of the Board of Trustees and his spouse.
Earl F. Hargett Hall
This facility houses health occupation programs of Medical Assisting, Respiratory Therapy, Radiologic Technology, and Medical Laboratory Technology. The facility includes a lecture auditorium of approximately 150 seating capacity. The building is named in honor of a former president of the college.
G. W. “Buster” Hines Hall
This facility houses the Division of Fine Arts and contains a 299 seat recital hall-auditorium and specially designed rehearsal rooms for band, chorus, classrooms, practice rooms, and staff offices. The building is named in honor of a former member of the Board of Trustees.
Troy Holliday Hall
This facility houses the Division of Workforce Training and Economic Development. This building also houses Civil Engineering Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology, Developmental Education (Learning Laboratory), Start-Up Training, administrative offices, Continuing Education, and an industrial training area. The facility contains a lecture auditorium with a seating capacity of 117. The building is named in honor of a member of the Board of Trustees.
The Tiger Fieldhouse began construction in 2013 and officially opened for the fall 2014 football season. It houses both home and visiting locker rooms, training facilities, weight room, and an equipment room. The facility is located on the north end zone of the field.
The stadium, made of rust-free aluminum with galvanized under structure, features a closed-deck grandstand. Seating capacity for the facility is 5,200. The stadium stretches 26 rows high giving a good viewing position for the Tiger fans. Atop the home side is a 72-foot long press box. The stadium was completed in 1981. A modern concession area and restroom facility was added in 1994.
Elmer E. McCoy Hall
Completed in 1993, this three-story 57,000 square-foot complex contains a full botanic atrium specifically designed for air and water filtration. It is designed to be energy efficient and is state-of-the-art in design technology as well as technology for classroom use. It houses the disciplines of mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, physical science, agriculture, and computer science. Classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, and a conference room are provided. The building is named in honor of a former member of the Board of Trustees.
Holley Patterson Hall
This facility houses the disciplines of social science, psychology, education, health and physical education and a learning lab. Also located in this building are the NE Development Foundation offices and a lecture auditorium. The building is named in honor of a former member of the Board of Trustees.
Seth Pounds Auditorium
This facility was built in 1948 and has since been extensively remodeled. It seats 700 people and has a stage fully equipped for dramatic and musical productions. The building is named in honor of a former member of the Board of Trustees.
Merril T. Cartwright Hall
This facility houses the College’s bookstore, the Writing Center and e-Learning Department. This building is named in honor of a former member of the Board of Trustees.
William L. Waller Technical Center
This three-story facility houses Child Care Development Technology, Culinary Arts Technology, Hotel-Restaurant Management Technology, and houses some members of the coaching staff. The building is named in honor of former Governor William L. Waller.
B. Ellis Wright Hall
This facility houses Paralegal Technology, Practical Nursing Education and the Prentiss County Law Library. The building is named in honor of a former member of the Board of Trustees.
Other buildings on campus include the president’s home, residences for administrative personnel, faculty apartments, transportation maintenance terminal, storage-building, and field houses.
Northeast at Corinth
This 40,000 square foot facility is located within a newly renovated 75,000 square foot former industrial building. Construction and renovation of Phase I of the center was completed in 2006. Phase I of the facility houses the WIN/WIA Center, Adult Basic Education classes, Mississippi Department of Employment Services for the Alcorn County area, academic classes, and workforce training. The facility is composed of classrooms, computer lab, offices, and multi-purpose conference and training rooms. Phase II construction was completed in 2009 and includes classrooms, a science laboratory, and a library.
Northeast at New Albany
This instructional facility houses the WIN/WIA Center for Union County, Adult Basic Education classes, evening college classes, and workforce training. The facility contains classrooms, a science laboratory, computer lab, library, and offices.
This three-story facility was completed in 1990. Expansion and renovation in 2003 brings total capacity to 222 women students.
Nelwyn M. Murphy Hall
This three-story facility provides accommodations for 168 women students. It is named in honor of a former member of the Board of Trustees.
Harold T. White Hall
This three-story facility provides accommodations for 204 men students and is named in honor of the late Harold T. White, President of the College from 1965-1987.
Hoyt B. Wood Hall
This three-story facility provides 28 units for men and 30 units for women. This facility is divided by a lobby, TV room, laundry room and resident hall supervisor’s quarters. Each resident’s entry points are equipped with card readers.
Bob Yarber Hall
This three-story facility provides 58 units designed to house 116 men students. The dormitory is a walk-up style structure and is constructed with exterior balconies. The residence hall is named in honor of a former member of the Board of Trustees.
Northeast Mississippi Community College Development Foundation, Inc.
A Quality Investment for Excellence
The Northeast Mississippi Community College Development Foundation, Inc., aspires to strengthen the college through its private fund raising efforts. The Northeast Development Foundation works to solicit and receive gifts to support students, faculty and administration at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
The Northeast Development Foundation, a non-profit corporation, offers a comprehensive program of giving opportunities through its office on the campus at Northeast.
The Northeast Development Foundation is specifically responsible for gift programs involving estate planning, real estate, insurance, endowments, annuities, trusts, pooled income funds or other special gifts that require ongoing management or binding agreements.
Equally important, the Northeast Development Foundation manages and invests all private gifts to the college.
The Northeast Development Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors which establishes policy for all its functions - fund raising, public relations, administration, accounting and investments.
The Board of Directors of the Northeast Development Foundation is composed of membership from the five-county area the college serves. The Northeast Development Foundation’s charter also gives the Board of Directors authority to allow other persons, firms and corporations to become members subject to approval by the entire board.
Northeast Mississippi Community College Development Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, was established in 1969 to promote and support the educational performance at the college. The Development Foundation has qualified under United States Internal Revenue Department regulations for tax-exempt status, thus making gifts deductible for income tax purposes.
If interested in becoming a Northeast Development Foundation member and/ or making a contribution or bequest for the advancement of Northeast Mississippi Community College, please contact D. Patrick Eaton at (662) 720-7165.