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Breaking the ‘School to Prison’ Pipeline

In 2017, County Court Judge Staci O’Neal sought a way to solve the “school to prison” pipeline in Madison County.

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On Working Remotely

Instructional Specialist at MCCB, Courtney Casabella speaks on working remotely and the benefits of online education.


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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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.

RSS Latitudes – Mississippi Apprenticeship Program

  • Registered Apprenticeship Success Story: Singing River
    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 new LPN apprentice from the new RA program at Singing River.
  • How Registered Apprenticeship Led Me From Black History to Black Opportunity
    In 2006, as an apprentice construction craft laborer in Milwaukee, I helped build one of the I-43 underpasses on Fond Du Lac Avenue. The bridge is well known throughout Wisconsin for the murals that adorn it, including one that tells the story of a man named Joshua Glover.
  • East Mississippi Community College Stands Ready to Help Workers Brush Up on Skills
    A $200,000 grant at East Mississippi Community College is expected to benefit local industries. The school will use the money for training to improve the skills of workers already employed at manufacturing companies.
  • Welcome to the Team: LaShonda
    LaShonda Barnes joined the MAP team on November 16, 2021 as an Apprenticeship Expansion Specialist. Her target area for apprenticeship expansion will be the Mississippi Delta region. This area’s key industries consist of agriculture and manufacturing.
  • Robin Stewart speaks on National Apprenticeship Week, 2021
    Interim Executive Director for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) speaks on National Apprenticeship Week.
  • State Apprenticeship Expansion 2020 Grantees
    MAP is excited to announce the newest grant award recipients for the State Apprenticeship Expansion 2020 grant (SAE). MAP is continuing its long-standing sponsor community college partnerships with Hinds Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and Pearl River Community College.
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