Explore HBCU – Coahoma Community College

Staff Writer
May 24, 2022

Coahoma Community College is a public, historically black community college in Coahoma County, Mississippi.


Coahoma County Agricultural High School was established in 1924 as the first agricultural high school in Mississippi for Black people under the “separate but equal” doctrine of the time. In 1949, the junior college curriculum was added and the name of the institution was changed to Coahoma Junior College and Agricultural High School.

While Coahoma Junior College was supported entirely by county funds in its first year, by 1950 the school became the first educational institution for Black individuals to be included in Mississippi’s public junior colleges system, and therefore able to share in funds appropriated by the Mississippi Legislature for the support of public junior colleges.

The school desegregated in 1965, welcoming students “regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, or disability.” Then, with the approval of the Board of Trustees of Coahoma Junior College and the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges, Coahoma Junior College’s name was changed to Coahoma Community College in 1989. In the six years following, a bill was introduced that also gave Coahoma Community College its own district. 

Today, Coahoma is spread across a 99-acre campus bordered by a serene and picturesque lake, a school site conducive to wholesome recreation and scholarship.

Programs & Opportunities

As a two-year, accredited, public, and comprehensive institution of higher learning, Coahoma Community College offers a varied range of study. The college offers 17 Career and Technical Programs, five short-term programs, and the university parallel general education program with 61 areas of study. 

Classes are conducted in person, online, and at extension sites within a service area that spans five counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, Tallahatchie, Tunica, and Quitman counties. There are also a wide array of activities offered to allow students to develop socially as well as leadership ability and community involvement. Support services in the form of clubs & organizations, counseling services, access to a career center, mentoring opportunities, student activities including religious, media, student government, and intramural sport offerings are available. 

Learn more about Coahoma Community College’s programming here.

Alumni Affairs

Coahoma Community College is committed to serving as a catalyst for social and economic development within the Northwest Mississippi Delta region and beyond. Coahoma alumni are often students who work to maintain the educational tradition of Coahoma through the fostering of creative connections with the greater community.

Some notable Coahoma Community College alumni include, but are not limited to:

  • Joe Sargent—Social Worker and Director of Social Services at the Tucker House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center—earned an Associate’s degree in Social Science Education from Coahoma Community College.
  • Donell Maxie—Director of Communications and Marketing at Mississippi Valley State University—earned an Associate’s degree in Journalism from Coahoma Community College.
  • Kendricks D. Hooker, Ph.D., MBA—Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southwest Tennessee Community College—earned an Associate’s degree in Biology from Coahoma Community College.
  • Kyndal M. Pointer—Area Manager at Amazon, Educator, Leadership Counsel Member at the Chicago Civil and Social Organization Equity and Transformation—studied at Coahoma Community College before going on to study at Howard University.

Financial Information

In an effort to provide accessible, diverse, equitable educational opportunities, the Coahoma Community College Office of Financial Aid works to help each student explore the options available to help fund academic pursuits. Sources of financial aid are available through federal, state, and institutional funding, with a wide array of scholarship opportunities made available through the college.

For day students enrolled full-time, tuition totals to approximately $1,525 per semester while part-time day students are charged $170 per credit hour; non-Mississippi residents are charged an out-of-state fee of $1,550 per semester. 

For evening students, tuition totals to $170 per semester hour, with an out-of-state tuition fee of $235 per credit hour. Additional fees for room and board, meals, transportation, international student classification, and more affect the total cost of attendance.


At Coahoma College, the students’ ability for college or university transfer and skilled entry into the workforce remains a top priority. An exceptional learning environment with a family-friendly atmosphere, Coahoma Community College aims to provide an ideal educational experience for all.

Learn more about Coahoma Community College here.