Northeast just completed one of the most successful years in its history. In January of 2017, Northeast kicked off the Grow Northeast campaign. The intention of this endeavor was not only to increase our enrollment, but to establish, as is the case with any organization, company, or educational institution, a foundation for excellence.
As you will see from the list of “goals to grow” shown here, student success is our first priority. We must constantly be searching and exploring new ways and means to embrace learning and classroom instruction. The success of our students is at the forefront of our desire to grow.
Workforce development continues to be a priority for Northeast. We must continue to be a partner and key player in economic development. As we form partnerships with all members of our communities, we continue to be committed to assisting the enhancement of the quality of life to all citizens of Northeast Mississippi. Toward this end, Northeast now has centers located in each of our five supporting counties. These centers will provide the citizens of each county easy access to all services available. One of our goals is to provide an AA degree for local citizens without being required to travel a long distance.
Northeast desires to provide the complete college experience to all our students. In order to continue toward that end, we must constantly strive to expand and excel. We must have a vision. Through our Grow Northeast initiative, we have developed just that.
We covet your support as we constantly monitor and measure our progress in each one of our Grow Northeast foundation areas.
We could not be effective with everything we do if not for the support of the Board of Supervisors in each county. Northeast Mississippi Community College belongs to the citizens of Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo, and Union Counties. We must therefore devote our time and energies to assist all of these citizens.
In recent days, Northeast has certainly been challenged financially. State appropriations are gradually decreasing and we must now maintain a level of excellence with less dollars from the State of Mississippi. We are currently responsible for securing more than sixty percent of our yearly budget from locally created funds. We have now become a state assisted institution rather than a state supported institution.
Northeast is fortunate to have a tremendous Board of Trustees. This group is very supportive of our work and the Grow Northeast vision. With their guidance and leadership, I can only envision Northeast becoming a greater and greater asset to Northeast Mississippi.
Northeast has been very successful in past years primarily due to the passion, devotion, and energy of all the employees of Northeast. We have a workforce that is second to none. They are the strength of this institution.
I invite you to investigate all the possibilities that are available at Northeast. Please come anytime. Join us as we Grow Northeast!
Ricky G. Ford