Release date: June 9, 2014
SCOOBA – For the second year in a row, an AmeriCorps NCCC team worked hard to make improvements at East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus.
The six-person team from the National Civilian Community Corps arrived in Scooba May 20 and worked on numerous projects until departing for another work site June 4.
“They did an extraordinary job. They were committed to getting as much done as they could and the things they’ve done are going to have a lasting impact,” said Linda Gates, EMCC District Director for Work-based Learning and Job Placement and a commissioner for Volunteer Mississippi, which helped organize the NCCC team’s visit to Scooba.
While on campus, where they slept in dorms and ate in the cafeteria, the NCCC team built a gazebo to provide a shaded rest area on a previously exposed sidewalk, built four benches, laid sod on the softball field, painted the hallways in Stennis Hall, completed landscaping and beautification projects, and even initiated a Day of Service project organizing books in the library on one of the team’s off days.
Team leader Nicole Shultz, 24, of Oathe, Kansas, said the team was most proud of its work on the gazebo, built with the help of EMCC carpentry instructor Johnny Duren.
“Johnny was a great teacher. We had had some basic tool training during NCCC training, but we learned a lot from our experience in Scooba,” said Schultz.
The NCCC team has been together since training in February and was previously deployed in Kentucky. It is now working with an energy conservation organization in New Orleans.
Schultz said her team members initially pictured a much smaller place when they received orders to Scooba, and were surprised by the size of the campus. She said they spent much of their free time working out in EMCC’s on-campus health center gym and playing in the sand volleyball pit, which was built by the NCCC team that visited the campus in 2013.
Gates said EMCC is “honored and grateful” to have hosted a NCCC team for a second straight year.
“There’s great competition to host the NCCC teams because they’re in such demand. This team, like last year’s team, worked very hard and were very dedicated,” she said.
In the photo:
Members of an AmeriCorps NCCC team working at East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus gather in front of a gazebo they built behind the F.R. Young Student Union. Pictured are, first row from left, Starla Reno, Stavanna Holmes and Nicole Schultz. On the second row are EMCC carpentry instructor Johnny Duren, David Wright, Eric Kranz, Armondo Ortiz and Linda Gates, EMCC District Director for Work-based Learning and Job Placement. The AmeriCorps team was on campus May 20-June 4.
About AmeriCorps NCCC:
AmeriCorps NCCC is a team-based, residential program for men and women who want to serve communities and leave their mark on society. Each member of the AmeriCorps NCCC team, whose members range in age from 18 to 24 and hail from communities across the country, will receive a $5,645 scholarship to go toward a college education or to pay student loans when they complete their 10-month tours. Other benefits of NCCC include free room and board, a $4,000 living allowance, uniforms, transportation, extended travel, work experience, leadership training and an enhanced resume.