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 online 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.
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.
In order to promote a healthy environment for students, staff, faculty and visitors, Northeast Mississippi Community College is tobacco-free on all campuses. The use of tobacco and electronic cigarettes and smoking devices is not permitted on any Northeast Mississippi Community College-owned property, which includes but is not limited to buildings, grounds, parking areas, walkways, recreational and sporting facilities and college-owned vehicles.
This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors and visitors. The use of tobacco, including smoking, is prohibited in college facilities, outdoor areas and college- owned vehicles, including Booneville, Corinth, and New Albany campuses.
Effective January 1, 2012.
Accident insurance coverage is provided to all students. If you need any information or a claim form for this policy, please contact the Business Office, 103 Ramsey Hall or call 662.720.7281.