If America is to regain its economic footing and compete on the global economic stage, then it is imperative that it significantly increases the rate of postsecondary education and credential attainment among a vast segment of the population that is under-educated and untrained for 21st Century jobs. This challenge is even more pronounced in Mississippi, where a significant number of residents lack a high school credential or the skills necessary for family-supporting careers.
The Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB), in collaboration with the state’s 15 community and junior colleges, seeks to address this challenge by scaling statewide an integrated career pathway initiative. Entitled the Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST), this initiative targets primarily high school dropouts, low-income persons, and other non-traditional students and accelerates their transition from basic skills education to postsecondary programs of study.
MI-BEST quickly teaches students literacy, work, and college-readiness skills so they can move through school and into living wage jobs faster.