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DATE: May 8, 2001

CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247

WIN Executive to Keynote STCC Spring Commencement; Honors Society's Chapter President is Class Speaker

The 2001 Spring Commencement of Southwest Tennessee Community College is set for 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 11, at the Mid-South Coliseum. Associate Degrees or Certificates of Credit will be conferred on more than 450 graduates. Deborah S. Hester, Executive Director of Workforce Investment Network (WIN), is the keynote speaker. This event is open to the public.

WIN is the Memphis arm of Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The stated mission of the program is to improve the quality of the local workforce by achieving the following goals: reduce welfare dependency, enhance the city's productivity and competitiveness, and improve the quality of life for the participants.

Prior to her appointment to WIN, Hester served as Senior Vice President for Community and Employee Relations at Union Planters Bank. During her 12-year career at Union Planters, Hester was heavily involved in human resources, finance and community relations. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Memphis, where she received a B.B.A. in Finance, and Magna Cum Laude from the Mid-South School of Banking.

Included in the commencement highlights is a speech given by a member of the graduating class. Julie Pillow Wilson, a Social Work major, is the student speaker for Spring 2001. Wilson is graduating with a 3.9 grade point average. She is an All-American Scholar and serves as Chapter President of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.

Southwest Tennessee Community College was founded July 1, 2000, consolidating the legacies of Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute at Memphis. It is the largest community college in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. The College offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, Associate of Applied Science degrees for immediate career entry into technical, business, service, education and allied health fields, and Technical and Academic certificates to prepare individuals for entry level positions in the marketplace.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.