Community Education center opens with Mississippi Dyslexia Center

Community Education center opens with Mississippi Dyslexia Center

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Dyslexia Centers (MDC) and the Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) of Hattiesburg has invited the public to join them on  as they celebrate the opening of their new shared location.

An Open House will be held from 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at 108 Sheffield Loop in Hattiesburg on April 7.

The Mississippi Community Education Center works to strengthen communities statewide through educational outreach efforts including parenting classes, life skills workshops and a variety of youth development topics. For more than a decade they have worked with state agencies, Pine Belt area schools and community organizations to ensure that critical educational interventions reach the people who need them most, according to the news release issued for the event.

"It makes good sense for us to collaborate to expand the reach of our community education efforts with a group whose core purpose is to help students to improve their success at learning," said Steve Pickering, programmatic director for MCEC in an issued statement. "Since most estimates show that one out of five people suffer from dyslexia, 20% of Pine Belt residents directly experience the negative effects of the special learning disorder. To meet the needs of local learners with dyslexia, the Mississippi Dyslexia Center of Hattiesburg offers therapy to individuals of all ages through both in-school and after-school services.

As part of the New Summit School family of Jackson and with additional branches in Greenwood, Jackson and Madison, MDC is committed to providing quality therapy that meets learner needs.

"We are continually humbled by the opportunity to give those with dyslexia the tools they need to change their lifelong learning pathways for the better. We're thrilled about expanding those services to Hattiesburg," said Zach New, vice-president of operations for New Summit School/MDC in an issued statement.