Frequently Asked Questions

MIBEST

If you have additional questions about MIBEST, please contact us at skillup@mccb.edu and a member of our team will be in touch to help you. We are excited to help you explore options for your future.

What are the requirements for enrollment in MIBEST?

Individuals must be a legal Mississippi resident, at least 17 years of age, and score at least a bronze level on the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). Preference will be given to students who do not have a high school diploma.

If a student has an HSE, can he/she enroll in MIBEST?

Yes. MIBEST programs can admit a limited number of individuals with a high school credential if they meet the eligibility qualifications.

What if I have barriers to participating in MIBEST?

The Student Navigators work with each student to identify barriers and resources to address them. For example, some programs may cover books, childcare, program supplies (scrubs, work boots, hard hats, etc.), and others as resources allow.

High School Equivalency

Starting and completing a High School Equivalency is an important first step to your higher education or career goals. Below, you will find answers to frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions about earning an HSE, please contact us at skillup@mccb.edu and a member of our team will be in touch to help you.

How do I enroll in Adult Education classes?

Contact your local adult education program. Each program has dates set up for enrollment.

Who can take a High School Equivalency Exam?

High school equivalency (HSE) exams are designed for out-of-school youth and adults without a high school diploma. HSE exams have eligibility requirements. Like taking a driving test, you must meet these eligibility requirements before you can test.

What are the requirements for the High School Equivalency Exam?

Age

HSE testing is only available to individuals eighteen (18) years of age and older.  To be eligible to take an HSE test all sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) year‐olds must meet the following requirements:

  • Not currently enrolled in K-12 school.
  • Provide documentation (withdrawal form) signed by the superintendent/designee certifying the applicant has been released from compulsory school attendance by the school board.
  • Have a signed written consent form from a parent or legal guardian.

*** Individuals under the age of 16 are not eligible to test under any circumstances


Residency

There are no residency requirements.


Identification

A state-issued photo ID is needed to verify your identity and age on test day before testing can begin. Follow the requirements listed below:

  • Original document; photocopied documents are not acceptable
  • Cannot be expired
  • Meet test vendor ID requirements
  • Include
  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Signature, and
  • Photograph

The following types of identification will be accepted:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Learner’s Permit
  • National/State/Country Identification Card
  • Any other form of government‐issued ID that meets test vendor ID requirements

Can I go to college with a High School Equivalency Diploma?

Yes, the GED, TASC, and HiSET exams help you earn a high school equivalency credential that is accepted by colleges and universities.

Can I take any of the HSE exams online?

No. The GED, TASC, or HiSET exams are only given at approved testing centers by computer or paper. Check with your local Adult Education program for testing schedules.

NCRC

Completing the National Career Readiness Credential signals to employers that you have the skill to be successful in the workplace. Below, you will find answers to frequently asked questions about the program. If you have additional questions, please contact us at skillup@mccb.edu and a member of our team will be in touch to help you.

What is the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)?

The NCRC is a portable, evidence-based credential that certifies individuals have the essential workforce skills employers are looking from job candidates.

How do I get the NCRC?

Individuals can take ACT’s online test, WorkKeys Assessments, which comprises of three components – Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy.

What are the levels of the NCRC and how are they related to employment?

There are 4 levels – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.  A score of 3 (Bronze) signifies an individual has the basic skills for 16% of the jobs in the United States. A score of 4 (Silver) signifies an individual has the basic skills for 67% of the jobs in the United States. A score of 5 (Gold) signifies an individual has the basic skills for 93% of the jobs in the United States. A score of 6 or 7 (Platinum) signifies an individual has the basic skills for 99% of the jobs in the United States.

How many Mississippi employers recognize the NCRC in their hiring practices?

According to ACT WorkReady Communities, over 2,000 employers recognize the NCRC in their hiring practices. Learn more at https://www.workreadycommunities.org/MS.

I’ve been out of school for a long time. Is there study material to prepare for the WorkKeys assessments?

Yes. The Office of Adult Education has a contract with ACT to provide online study material called ACT WorkKeys Curriculum in all areas of the WorkKeys Assessments.

Smart Start

Earning a Smart Start credential is an essential first step in securing a rewarding career. Below, you will find answers to frequently asked questions about the program. If you have additional questions, please contact us at skillup@mccb.edu and a member of our team will be in touch to help you.

What is the Smart Start Pathway Course?

The course is designed to train and educate individuals in need of basic education and job readiness skills. Individuals have the opportunity to earn the National Career Readiness Certificate demonstrating to employers they have the skills needed to be successful in a job.

How is Smart Start beneficial to me as a student?

Even though the course prepares you for middle-skill employment, individuals who enroll and complete the Smart Start Pathway Course are seeing more advancement toward their high school equivalency diploma than those who do not complete the course.

How long is the Smart Start Pathway Course?

The course can be taken face-to-face, hybrid, or in the online format, Canvas. Some programs offer Smart Start in 4-weeks, 6-weeks, and 8-weeks formats. Since there are so many options as well as attempting to meet the different needs of students, each program is different. We recommend you meet with your instructor to choose the route best for you.

Is it true community colleges are giving college credit for the Smart Start Pathway Course?

Yes! You will need to confirm with your institution of choice; however, the Smart Start Pathway Course has an assigned college course number SSP 1003 that deems it eligible for college credit.

I work part-time and need to study for my high school equivalency diploma, but I want to increase my work-ready skills, too. Is there another option to take the Smart Start Pathway Course than face-to-face classes?

Smart Start is available completely online through the online format, Canvas. This allows for individuals to participate in the exact content that is taught in the face-to-face classroom. Since the online format is required to mirror the face-to-face class, you’ll need to make sure to meet with your instructor to sort out all the details.

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