Baddour residents complete first Northwest class

8/1/2006

Eight residents of The Baddour Center recently completed the sign language course at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia. 

The Baddour Center is a residential community for adults with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities. The Baddour Center is a Mississippi Conference related health and welfare institution. 

Each of the eight residents who completed the course – Keith, Lori, Anne Marie, Marcia, Liz, Drew, Julia and Anna – worked hard to fulfill the requirements. 

 “I was honored to be asked to award certificates to the participants of this first class especially designed for Baddour Center residents,” said Dr. Gary Lee Spears, Northwest president. “It was rewarding to see the joy on their faces as they received their certificates.” 

Through the Baddour Center’s Resident Panel, Baddour staff learned of a common theme for which they each conveyed a desire – to continue their education. The majority of the panel expressed disappointment that they never had the opportunity to further their education or to simply see what the “college experience” was all about. 

“We learned that many Baddour Center residents had a dream of going to college,” said Patricia Lowder, coordinator of Continuing Education at Northwest. “We joined forces and developed this class for them.” 

Lowder, says that other classes for Baddour residents on the schedule for fall include music enjoyment, drawing and reading.  Other offerings are planned for the spring semester. 

Baddour Executive Director Parke Pepper said he hopes the partnership between the center and Northwest will flourish. “This unique opportunity,” Pepper said, “will enable residents to develop and improve their skills in a positive, encouraging environment that will foster in them a strong sense of self-confidence and self-esteem.” 

For information about the Baddour Center, contact Karen Dunn at 1-888-422-3386 ext. 1-231, 662-562-0100, at kdunn@baddour.org or visit www.baddour.org