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CCC MI-BEST offering individuals a second chance
CLARKSDALE – This time last year, LaXavier Dunn was unemployed, and the fact that he didn’t have a high school diploma made his job search even more difficult. Today, the 28-year-old has his GED, is employed as a welder and working towards his associate’s degree—all thanks to Coahoma Community College’s Mississippi’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST) program.

 

CCC MI-BEST offering individuals a second chance

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Fri Aug 12, 2016

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LaXavier Dunn, pictured, is preparing for his second semester in CCC's MI-BEST program, which has already helped him earn his GED and a job. 

CLARKSDALE – This time last year, LaXavier Dunn was unemployed, and the fact that he didn’t have a high school diploma made his job search even more difficult.

Today, the 28-year-old has his GED, is employed as a welder and working towards his associate’s degree—all thanks to Coahoma Community College’s Mississippi’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST) program.

MI-BEST offers individuals the opportunity to earn their GED while taking college courses. It’s also open to individuals who already have their GED or high school diploma, but have been out of school for a while and would like to pursue a degree or gain job skills.

Those enrolled in the program enjoy many incentives, such as free GED classes and testing, college tuition assistance, as well as stipends to help cover gas and childcare.

“This program has been one of the best things to happen to me,” said Dunn. “My welding classes have really helped me out a lot already, and the counselors and instructors are there with you every step of the way … they will bend over backwards to help you.”

He also credits the program with building his confidence and self-esteem.

“Knowing that I have my GED and job training provides me with a better sense of security with my job. I’m now able to walk in confidently … I feel like I’m needed,” he said.

 Dunn was one of the testimonials CCC Career Pathway Navigator Nekedra Blockett shared with individuals attending CCC’s MI-BEST Student Orientation, hosted 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Ned Gathwright Workforce Development Center

C:\fakepath\MIBEST3.jpg“I was excited for LaXavier, that he was already able to find a job with the welding experience he has,” said Blockett to the program’s second incoming class. “This program gives you a second chance to really do something special. I tell students all the time that the best way to predict your future is to start planning it.”

During the orientation, the Blockett also introduced a third career pathway option to the program—Business and Office Technology.

“We wanted to add Business and Office Technology as one of the career pathways to give more opportunities and options—particularly to our female students,” she said.

Other career pathways offered by the program include Welding and Industrial Maintenance.

There’s still time to register for CCC’s Fall 2016 MI-BEST program.

Interested individuals should contact Blockett at (662) 621-4301 or nblockett@coahomacc.edu.

CLICK HERE for information about CCC's MI-Best program!