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Holmes gets $283,339 grant from Department of Education

Holmes gets $283,339 grant from Department of Education

Holmes Community College has recently been awarded a $283,339 grant from The Department of Education's Student Support Services program. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker made the announcement on July 17 that Holmes would be among the eight Mississippi institutions of higher education to receive a share of the more than $2.25 million in grant funding being given. It is anticipated that the grant will be awarded over the next five years.

Other grant funding recipients included Alcorn State University, Hinds Community College, Mississippi State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Pearl River Community College, Rust College, and The University of Southern Mississippi.

The mission of The Department of Education's Student Support Services program is to improve college retention and graduation rates by providing academic tutoring in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. Holmes' Student Support Services (SSS) serves approximately 200 students on the Goodman Campus and is committed to providing a supportive environment where participants receive academic, personal, financial, transfer and career counseling.

"This program has been a tremendous investment in our community for years," President of Holmes Dr. Jim Haffey said. "It has allowed us to take hundreds of bright students from impoverished and other at-risk backgrounds and give them a little extra time and encouragement. The result years later is that we have a large legacy of educated alumni, from this program, working, living, and contributing to our community."

Over the past 90 years, Holmes has grown from an agricultural junior college in Goodman to a modern, multi-campus institution offering the Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, technical and career certificates, and workforce training. In addition to SSS, the college now offers more than 50 academic majors, approximately 30 professional programs, over 50 extracurricular activities, 10 athletic sports, and a variety of work-study positions. Programs like SSS have enabled Holmes to enjoy continuous growth and expansion, adding new locations and programs each year to better serve its students.

For more information, contact Director of Student Support Services Linda Alexander Jones at (662) 472-9002 or

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Holmes Community College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information. Employees, students, applicants for admission or employment, or other participants in Holmes Community College programs or activities who believe they have been discriminated against are entitled to seek relief through the Compliance Officer, Dr. Stephanie C. Diffey, (662) 472-9429. Written inquiries may be e-mailed to: or sent to: Compliance Office, P.O. Box 369, Goodman, MS 39079.

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