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Calhoun Community College Student Recognized as a 2020 Trustmark Workforce Development Scholar

July 27, 2020

Calhoun student Barry Atchison has received the Trustmark Workforce Development Scholarship. The $200 scholarship is awarded to 25 members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society in states throughout Trustmark’s marketplace who plan to enter the workforce upon the completion of an associate degree or certification.

“Members of Phi Theta Kappa are committed to academic excellence and we are proud to partner with the organization to recognize their accomplishments,” commented Melanie Morgan, Trustmark Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing. “We would like to congratulate the Trustmark Workforce Development Scholarship recipients and we look forward to seeing them develop into future leaders, as well as make significant contributions in their communities,” added Morgan.

According to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, approximately 74 percent of students attending associate degree-granting colleges enter the workforce following their graduation and of that number, one in four PTK members are career-technical students. The costs of required industry certifications are directly passed on to the student, which is why Trustmark collaborated with PTK to help in alleviating some of those expenses for the student.

“We are extremely proud of Barry and know that the scholarship he received will not only assist him in obtaining additional certifications, but it will also help further advance his workforce development career path,” commented Dr. Joe Burke, Calhoun Interim President.

“From welding to nursing, many career fields require a certification prior to employment, and these certifications can be costly,” commented Dr. Monica Marlowe, Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Executive Director. “We are committed to removing these costs, which can be a barrier to students entering the workforce. Congratulations to the recipients of this scholarship, and thank you to Trustmark for your support,” she added.

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