A partnership between Delta State University (DSU) and Coahoma Community College (CCC)
The Coahoma County Higher Education Center (CCHEC) is a partnership between Delta State University (DSU) and Coahoma Community College (CCC). It was designed to enhance the outreach capabilities of both institutions. The partnership between DSU and CCC encourages regional growth and development by expanding educational and cultural opportunities for the people of Coahoma County, and the surrounding communities, and by targeting high needs in the North Mississippi Delta region.
The CCHEC campus is anchored by the historic Cutrer Mansion. This Italian renaissance-style villa was built in 1916 by Blanche Clark Cutrer (the only daughter of Clarksdale founder John Clark) and her husband Mr. J. W. Cutrer, who was a criminal attorney and land-owner. Located in the heart of Clarksdale’s historic district, the facility now serves as a venue for a variety of events, both public and private, including an open house during the MS Delta Tennessee Williams Festival each year and literary talks with authors from all over the country through a partnership with the Carnegie Public Library.
The Cutrer Mansion is known all over the country as an historic showplace that served as a residence to the Cutrer family, one of the area’s Delta-wealthy in the roaring 20s and early 30s. The Cutrer family lived with Italian gardeners, French chefs and entertained lavishly with masked balls and house parties. Many scholars believe this was a site visited frequently by a young Tom Williams with his grandfather, the Rev. Walter Dakin, on parish calls. The house, known as Belvoir when it was a private residence, is considered to be Tennessee Williams’ famed “Belle Reve,” the lost ancestral home of Blanche and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Today the structure is the centerpiece of the Coahoma County Higher Education Center (CCHEC) and has transformed into a community center for the Delta primarily focused on health, education, and culture. The mansion was designated as a Mississippi Landmark building in 2005 after heading up the list of Mississippi’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Buildings in 1998 and 1999. For more information about the CCHEC or the Cutrer Mansion, go to www.cutrermansion.com or contact the director, Jen Waller at 662-645-3555.
To expand educational opportunity for the people in Coahoma County, and the surrounding counties, by offering classes and events that will encourage personal development and promote a higher quality of life for all people in the Mississippi Delta.
Contact Us: Jen Waller
Where are we located?
|Community Advisory Board:|
Dr. Rolanda Brown
Dr. Charles McAdams
Director, Carnegie Public Library