Holmes Community College Career-Technical Counselor Jovonna Parker graduated from the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy (MCCLA) on May 4. She received her diploma and medal of completion during a graduation ceremony May 4 on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville.
The MCCLA is organized around the practical needs for future community college leaders, specific to the Mississippi community college system. The program was developed in 2009 to address the projected need for upper-level leaders in the Mississippi community college system. The year-long leadership program consists of workshops designed to strengthen supervisory and management skills, using participants’ current work situations to apply new skills and tools. It is also an opportunity to network and strengthen system-wide collaborative efforts.
Parker holds a bachelor’s in office administration as well as a master’s in counseling and student services from The University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently working on her dissertation to complete a doctoral degree in higher education from Delta State.
Parker first came to Holmes as a transfer counselor on the Goodman Campus, working in student support services in 2008. After two years at Holmes, she took a position as an instructor at Hinds Community College. Parker served as an academic and career-technical counselor at Hinds, then moved to assistant director of counseling before taking on the role of director of student disability services. In February of 2021, she returned to Holmes, but this time as a career-technical counselor on the Ridgeland Campus.
Parker is a member of the Mississippi Counseling Association (MCA), was a 2018 Hinds Hero recipient and has served on numerous boards/committees over the tenure of her career.
She and her husband, Jeffrey, have two children, Hart (11) and Howard (8). Both attend Madison Crossing Elementary. When the Parkers are not working/doing schoolwork, they spend their time traveling with Hart’s basketball team and watching Howard play basketball and baseball.
Holmes Grenada Campus Network Administrator Justin Ferguson also graduated from MCCLA with Parker.
For more information about MCCLA, visit https://www.mccb.edu/mccla.
For more information about the college, visit www.holmescc.edu.