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CCC MI-BEST program boasts increase during first semester meeting
CLARKSDALE – Last semester, Coahoma Community College kicked off its Mississippi’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST) program with just eight students.Nine months later, the program—designed to offer individuals the opportunity to get their GED while earning college credits—boasts a substantial increase with a total of 42 students to enroll this fall.

CCC MI-BEST program boasts increase during first semester meeting

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

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Tue Sep 27, 2016

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CLARKSDALE – Last semester, Coahoma Community College kicked off its Mississippi’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST) program with just eight students.

Nine months later, the program—designed to offer individuals the opportunity to get their GED while earning college credits—boasts a substantial increase with a total of 42 students to enroll this fall.

“I really appreciate all the hard work and effort of our students,” said CCC Career Pathway Navigator Nekedra Blockett. “The fact that just a semester ago, we didn’t even have half of the students we have today … it’s because of our students and their success that we’ve been able to grow this program to reach more individuals.”

During the MI-BEST first semester meeting, hosted Thursday morning at CCC’s Workforce Development Center, students received some encouragement as well as an overview of the many resources available to them at CCC.

CCC Workforce Executive Steven Jossell thanked students for being brave enough to take the “plunge” to continue their education.

“This is an excellent opportunity because you’re getting the change to get your high school equivalency and attend college,” said Jossell. “Hopefully, you will continue on and let this be the momentum that carries you to further your education because you can do it.”

Students then received an presentation on employability skills by CCC Work Based Learning Coordinator Otha Williams.

“My job is to serve as the middle between industry and the college … I make sure industries know about you and that you know about industries,” said Williams. “Everything that you all are doing is a sacrifice right now, and when you land a job it’s no different.”

The program closed with an overview of the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) by CCC Industrial Training Coordinator Kaye Bennett.

In addition to helping individuals earn their GED and a college degree, MI-BEST offers students many incentives, such as free GED classes and testing, college tuition assistance, as well as stipends to help cover gas and childcare.

Registration for CCC’s Spring 2017 MI-BEST class is currently open. Contact Nekedra Blockett at (662) 621-4301 or nblockett@coahomacc.edu for more information.

CLICK HERE to view more photos from the MI-BEST first semester meeting on CCC's Facebook page!