Success Stories

People across Mississippi are gaining new skills and securing meaningful, family-sustaining careers. Learn more about how Skill UP Mississippi programs are helping people find a pathway to economic security. If you are currently enrolled in or have recently completed one of Skill UP’s programs, submit your story to us using the form below.

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Hinds Community College

Meridian Community College


David Chapman Burress

The Benefits of Perseverance In August of 2020, sixteen-year-old David Chapman Burress decided to start his college plan early and enrolled in the Adult Education program at Northeast Mississippi Community College (NEMCC). After beginning the program, David found that the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) Gateway Youth Program provided an excellent opportunity to acquire work [...]
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Shengfang Du

“Being in class has helped me meet new friends, go grocery shopping without any fears and discuss Biology with my grandson who is a sophomore in high school.”

Arvind & Varsha Citizenship

Arvind and Varsha Patel

We believe that attending the ESL classes made it easier for us to pass our citizenship test. We are really glad to attend the ESL class. We would encourage others to join the ESL class in their area.

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Quang Thai

“Learning English is not easy,” Quang said while reflecting on his studies, “but it has helped me further my education, pursue my career, and prepare for the future.”

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Qi “Ann” Zhang

Qi “Ann” Zhang began her ESL education on January 27, 2020. In mid-March, her courses transitioned to online platforms due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ann was not deterred from her goals.

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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. 

Shasta Drummon

Shasta Drummond

Once I completed Smart Start, I enrolled in evening classes at NEMCC…My education will allow me to give my daughter the life I never had. I cannot express in words how much this opportunity at Northeast has meant to me.

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Dayna Alford

When Dayna Alford arrived at the Northeast Mississippi Community College (NMCC) in Iuka, she had one goal—earning her High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE).

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Dustin Hammond

His diploma opened doors. He now had the opportunity to start a college career or apply for a new job. Most importantly, he set an example for his children. Dustin proved that no matter the trials and adversities a person battles in life, anything is achievable with hard work and perseverance.

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Tyler Rasmussen

Tyler Rasmussen’s goal is to serve the country by joining the U.S. Armed Forces. He now has the credentials he needs to achieve his goal of joining the military.

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Ryan Ryals

Ryan is an example of how hard work and persistence lead to success.

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Megan Brady

Megan’s story is proof of the rewards of hard work, perseverance, and the possibility to thrive despite adversity.

Rajesh Ghimire

Rajesh “Raj” Ghimire

“I love everything about the MIBEST program. The teachers are so friendly, helpful, and kind. I honestly cannot believe that I have been given this opportunity. I want to continue to work hard and always make my teachers proud of me and my accomplishments.”

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Zaily Robinson

A solid foundation for a successful future.Zaily Robinson has a new outlook for her future, now that she has completed her High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE) at Meridian Community College (MCC)

Catina Carter

Catina Carter

I have a High School Equivalency diploma, certifications in Business Office Assisting, Medical Terminology, Keyboarding, Medical Business Practices, Business Communications, Computer Applications, State Approved Nurse Aid Training, Professional Development, and Medical Office Procedures, college credit, and a newfound confidence in my abilities. I will forever be grateful to Northeast Mississippi Community College and the people who work there, for giving me the opportunity for a bright and limitless future!

Ruby Smith

Ruby Smith

Ruby Smith said the director of adult education at Pearl River Community College was a dream. Her dream became a reality July 1.“I want our program to exceed the state target each year,” she said. “We want a record enrollment and record number of graduates. We want students who start the program with us to stay with us. We do that by offering them a warm environment.

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