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The Importance of Community Partnerships

Adult education programs provide students with essential workplace experience and training. But although these programs are effective, they can be strengthened and improved through community partnerships. 

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Perfect Storm

I don’t think anyone aspires to be a high school dropout.

Often, when I listen to stories of others’ trials and tribulations, there is a moment in time, a perfect storm of events, which caused life to veer off course.


Adult Education on Demand: Introducing the Skill UP Mississippi Podcast

New podcast to focus on highlighting the impact of Adult Education for Mississippi residents Authored By: Bronwyn Robertson, Program Specialist for Workforce & Employer Engagement at the Mississippi Community College Board One of my dearest friends was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago. As she learned more about this disease, she wanted to create […]

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Find Something New:
Tools to help you discover a new career

Trying to find a rewarding career is often a long and difficult process. You can join people across the country who are gaining new skills and securing life-changing careers.

ESL Heritage Party

More than the English Language

For some individuals immigrating to the United States, learning the English language can be challenging. However, the adult education programs at Mississippi’s 15 community colleges are prepared to meet the needs of students learning English as a Second Language (ESL).

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Get a Smart Start to Your Future

The job market in the U.S. and Mississippi continues to evolve and become increasingly more competitive. The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated local economies and left thousands of Mississippians without jobs. The current economic environment makes it even more critical for people to take steps to gain the skills and education to secure in-demand jobs in our state.

RSS Latitudes – Mississippi Apprenticeship Program

  • Hinds, KLLM partnership a benefit to both
    One of the key partnerships goes back to 2012, when KLLM Transport Services was desperate for truck drivers. KLLM approached Hinds about a partnership that would benefit both parties. The KLLM Driving Academy in Richland opened in 2014.
  • Disabled firefighter finds new truck driving career
    Before Mark White became a certified and licensed truck driver for KLLM Transport Services in Richland, he was a firefighter in Vidalia, La.
  • Continental Tire, Hinds fuel a young man’s dream of becoming an engineer
    Few students leave high school with not only full funding for a two-year college degree but also with a guaranteed job waiting for them afterward.
  • Diesel Technology Academy student finds early success
    Keith Steen counts himself a lucky man. With an associate degree from Hinds and career and technical certificates from the Diesel Technology Academy, the 23-year-old Steen is on the road to early success in his new career as a diesel mechanic with Empire Truck Sales.
  • Registered Apprenticeship Success Story: Westlake
    Apprenticeship program success stories help us promote the tremendous value that these programs bring to employers, employees, and job seekers. Keep reading for the answers from a recent success story: a Senior Training Specialist at Westlake.
  • Doing What it Takes
    William Watson had not needed to use Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) employment services for a while.  
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