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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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Learning How To Teach Distance Learning

Hartman says the COVID-19 pandemic taught him how to be flexible and adaptable in the new virtual environment to meet the various needs of his students. However, one of the most important lessons he has learned is that educators have a responsibility to continue to learn and adapt to a digital learning environment.

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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.

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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). These community colleges offer robust, yet flexible programs that provide supportive learning environments for their students. 

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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.

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Take Your Skill and Future to the Next Level

In the world we find ourselves living today, education and training is at premium now more than ever before. Studies show the amount of education and training a person receives ties directly to the amount of income earned along with many other factors associated to living a happy, successful life.

RSS Latitudes – Mississippi Apprenticeship Program

  • Securing a Cybersecurity Career
    New Cybersecurity Registered Apprenticeship Program Provides Opportunity for Mississippians to Enter Careers in an In-Demand Industry As cyber threats continue to grow in sophistication, businesses and entities from every sector face a challenge in recruiting skilled cybersecurity professionals capable of protecting their systems. This year, we expect to have an estimated 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity […]
  • Mapping a New Path
    A message from Jackie Turner, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security The Mississippi workforce experienced significant changes over the past twelve months. There has never been a time in recent history more appropriate for bold, creative, and dynamic solutions to getting people back to work in jobs that enable them to provide […]
  • Meeting the needs of Students, Corporations, and Communities
    We interviewed Gayle Brown, a workforce developer and grant writer at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC), about the value the institution brings to people and companies in its community. 
  • Creating Opportunity for Hinds Community College Students
    We interviewed Josh Bower, assistant dean of Career and Technical Education at the Hinds Community College (HCC) Raymond Campus, about the college’s work with local businesses to develop and implement robust and dynamic apprenticeship programs. 
  • A Passion for Improving Mississippi’s Workforce
    When Johna Peyton started her career, she never thought her path would lead to apprenticeship programs. She majored in math and spent over two decades as a classroom teacher in the Mississippi Delta. Now, Johna serves as the program specialist for the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program (MAP) where she helps ensure the program reaches its goal […]
  • Apprenticeship: A Viable Workforce Strategy for Mississippi
    MAP currently works with five of the state’s 15 community colleges to promote RA and has established partnerships with statewide business and industry within the advanced manufacturing, automotive, energy, banking and finance, shipbuilding, and transportation fields. The program boasts 12 partner companies and more than 1,700 apprentices.
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