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Dual-credit students to see lower fees

     The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Board of Trustees met Thursday to discuss changes for the upcoming school year.

     Beginning this year, Co-Lin will no longer be able to pay dual-credit teachers who are currently under contract elsewhere. This means that high school teachers will no longer get compensated from Co-Lin for teaching classes.

     As a result, students will be able to enroll in these classes at a lower rate. Students will be charged $35 for a one-hour course and $100 for a three-hour course. The dual credit fee would be in lieu of tuition.

     Dr. Ronnie Nettles, Co-Lin President, reported on the construction projects around campus, including the roofing project at the library and the renovation projects at Ellzey Hall.

     In addition, Nettles said they are working on a project for a welding lab at the Natchez campus but warned that it would be expensive with an estimated cost of $170,000.

     “It needs to get done, so we’ll get it done,” he said.

     He said a new woman’s dormitory is also in the very beginning of the planning stage.

     “Its really the next important building we need for our students,” Nettles said in reference to the dorm.

     In other business, the board recognized Eugene Bates for his 30 years of service and Terry Brister, Tommy Jolly and Barry Tyson, for each serving the board for 10 years.

     The board approved the resignation of Carol Robinson as basic skills specialist and Dr. Robin Parker as assistant dean of career, technical, and workforce education, both of the Wesson campus, upon their retirements.

     The board ratified the hiring of Daniel McKinnon as welding instructor at Wesson, Erin Delaney as business and office technology instructor/assistant dean of career, technical and workforce education at Natchez, Brendan Patrick Chella as assistant librarian at Natchez, Viveca Johnson as academic counselor at Natchez and Dr. Praveen Ramaraju as chemistry instructor at Natchez.

     The board also approved the transfer of Jermaine Berry from his current position as part-time automotive program lab assistant to full-time automotive technology instructor at Wesson.

     Nettles closed the meeting by reminding the board that the fiscal year 2013 financial reports would be available at the next meeting in September.