A product of the Helena-West Helena School District, Kyunta McCoy says home will always be the place for which he feels the deepest affection, no matter where life takes him.

A product of the Helena-West Helena School District, Kyunta McCoy says home will always be the place for which he feels the deepest affection, no matter where life takes him.

That’s why in his new position as high school relations coordinator at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA)-Helena, McCoy is excited about the opportunity to help, guide, motivate, and assist Phillips County youths in determining their college and career goals after high school.

“The most important part of my job is to assess and respond to the needs of high school students, families and the high school districts,” he said, “something I am excited to do in the years to come.”

                McCoy, who resides in Lexa, is a 2009 graduate of Central High School. He then graduated summa cum laude in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Beginning with the upcoming academic school year, his duties will include serving as the primary college liaison between high school and college personnel, and building and maintaining collaborative relationships with high school administrators, counselors and teachers. He is also responsible for the enrollment and advisement of all high school students. 

A high achiever, McCoy has set his expectations high in an area where many youths do not go on to attend college.

“I was attracted to this position because I wanted to serve in my community,” he said. “I expect to achieve the unconquerable. I am committed to help decrease the percent of students in Phillips County who do not seek college or technical opportunities after high school. I also expect to make the community aware of the resources and opportunities at PCCUA and encourage people to seek opportunities and skills that will prepare them for the workplace.”

In his time off, McCoy enjoys exercising the mind and body, mentoring, watching documentaries, and spending quality time with loved ones. 

Active in community and national organizations, McCoy is a member of Manasseh Christian Fellowship, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.