Copiah–Lincoln Community College
|President||Dr. Ronnie Nettles|
|Location||Wesson, Mississippi, USA
Copiah–Lincoln Community College (Co–Lin) is a comprehensive public community college with its main campus located in Wesson, Mississippi, about 45 miles (72 km) south of Jackson, the state capital, and 145 miles (233 km) north of New Orleans. The Co–Lin District serves a seven-county area including Adams, Copiah, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln and Simpson counties. The college provides academic college-level courses for the first two years of four-year degree programs as well as career and technical programs.
Copiah–Lincoln Agricultural High School, through the joint efforts of Copiah and Lincoln Counties, was established in the fall of 1915 in Wesson, Mississippi, at the edge of Copiah County. Copiah–Lincoln Junior College was organized during the summer of 1928. Since its establishment in 1928, Copiah–Lincoln has continued to grow in size and prestige and now occupies a prominent position in the state’s educational system with an enrollment of over 3,200 and a physical plant valued at more than $35 million. The college has added five counties have joined in the support of Copiah–Lincoln: Simpson County in 1934; Franklin County in 1948; Lawrence County in 1965; Jefferson County in 1967; and Adams County in 1971.
In the fall of 1972, upon the request of local and state officials, Copiah–Lincoln opened a branch at Natchez, Mississippi, to better meet the educational needs of the citizens of that area. In the fall of 1997 the Simpson County Center opened in downtown Magee. Academic Evening Classes, Employment Training and an LPN class were offered in that facility until the fall of 2005, when a new 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) facility was opened at Legion Lake, between Magee and Mendenhall. The new facility, named in honor of the late Sidney Parker, opened in the fall of 2005 with a comprehensive academic program, along with three Career-Technical programs. Copiah–Lincoln Junior College became Copiah–Lincoln Community College on July 1, 1988, as approved by the state and the Board of Trustees. The name change reflects Co–Lin’s continuing service to the community, its young people, adults, and senior citizens.
Copiah–Lincoln Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate in Arts and Associate in Applied Science degrees. Copiah–Lincoln is also an active member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, the Mississippi Association of Colleges, and the Southern Association of Community and Junior Colleges.
- Natchez Campus, Natchez, Mississippi
- Simpson County Center, Mendenhall, Mississippi
- Wesson Campus, Wesson, Mississippi
Co–Lin sponsors five men's sports (baseball, basketball, football, golf, and tennis) and three women's sports (basketball, softball and tennis). It also sponsors a cheerleading squad which is one of the most competitive squads in the state, placing second in the junior college coed division at the University of Alabama UCA cheer camp in 2010 falling short to the defending national champs Shelton State. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Wolfpack.
The teams compete in NJCAA Region 23, which includes colleges in Mississippi and Louisiana. The baseball, golf and softball teams participate in Division II. All other sports, except football, play in Division I. Bryan Nobile is the college's athletic director.
The men's tennis team was the NJCAA Number 1 Academic Team of the Year in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Co–Lin has produced over 60 NJCAA Academic All-Americans since 2000. The softball team finished runners-up (2008) and third (2006) in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. The football team won the 2006 Sea Island Golden Isles Bowl. The Lady Wolves basketball team, coached by Gwyn Young, the NJCAA's second winningest active coach, has made five trips to the NJCAA National Tournament finishing sixth in 2007. The baseball team has finished fourth in both the 2000 and 2005 NJCAA World Series.
- Greg Briggs
- Tony Bryant
- Victor Green
- Nook Logan, baseball player for the Washington Nationals
- Cleveland Pinkney, football player for the Detroit Lions
- Randy Thomas, football player for the Washington Redskins
- Reggie Williams, Basketball player for the Golden State Warriors
- Nick Fairley, Football player for the New Orleans Saints
- DeQuan Menzie, Football player for the Kansas City Chiefs
- M. K. Turk, basketball coach for Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
- Jim Carmody, football coach for Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles