Holmes to offer courses at Wood Institute

From Press, Staff Reports

Holmes Community College is expanding its course offerings to the northeast part of the college’s district with five classes on the Wood Institute campus in Mathiston for spring 2013.

Registration will be held in the 911 building on Jan. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Students who have not applied for admission to Holmes Community College, need to do so by going to the “Enroll Now” tab located on the Holmes web at holmescc.edu in the upper right corner.

Classes offered will be English Composition II, American (U.S.) History II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra and Introduction to Sociology. The evening classes will begin Jan. 14 and will run through May 14, and will be held either on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights.

Steve Diffey, district director of communications, confirmed that all college classes Holmes has normally offered at the Webster County Career and Technology Center in Eupora will be taught at Wood instead.

Sharing Space “Offering classes at the Wood Institute in Mathiston is an example of Holmes’ commitment to offer a wide variety of classes in various formats so that everyone can fit education into their lives,” Grenada Center Vice President Jim Haffey said. “We want to ensure that all the students in our district have a high-quality education at an affordable price.

“The Webster County School District and the surrounding community have always been extremely supportive of Holmes, and our hope is that by slowly expanding offerings on the Wood campus, we can help the community thrive,” he said.

“We are extremely grateful to the district for sharing space with us for the next year. I hope that a lot of local students will access the Sumners grant, and take a variety of classes at Wood, online, on our other campuses, in hybrid format or a combination of all four. We don’t want a lack of convenient offerings to ever be a deterrent for our citizens.”

Wood’s History Wood College opened in 1886 as Woodland Seminary under the auspices of the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the M.E. Church. Initial funds for support came from the Freedmen’s Aid Society. Renamed Bennett Academy in 1897, it moved to its present location in 1915. It began teaching junior college courses in 1927 and was renamed Wood College in 1936.

The college closed in 2003 and the campus buildings housed Wood Institute until it was discontinued in 2008. East Webster High School now possesses the campus after a tornado destroyed its facility in April 2011. The Golden Triangle Planning and Development District bought the property earlier that month.

The Sumners Grant is available for students taking classes at Wood. For more information about the Sumners Grant, contact Ashley Broyles at 662-472-9130 or email her at abroyles@holmescc.edu.