Representatives from Northeast Mississippi Community College and 2nd Chance Mississippi were at the Northeast at Corinth campus on Monday to kick off the new pilot program that will help 50 residents obtain both their High School Equivalency and a Manufacturing Skills Basic Certification. With each completed it should significantly enhance those adults’ ability to obtain employment from the major employers and industries in the northeast Mississippi area.
A $50,000 check was presented to the Northeast Mississippi Community College Development Foundation by 2nd Chance representatives Dickie Scruggs, founder and executive director Zach Scruggs for the pilot program.
“We are pleased to partner with 2nd Chance Mississippi to provide an avenue to enhance the skills and education for our residents of northeast Mississippi,” said Ricky Ford, NEMCC president. “This is certainly a life-changing opportunity for so many students and adults that have encountered some type of adversity in their life.”
The joint pilot program is based on the idea that modest support and financial incentives will significantly increase the number of undereducated, unskilled and unemployed adults in Mississippi that will enroll in and complete the outstanding adult education and workforce training programs that presently exist at all Mississippi community colleges.
“Northeast is very pleased to be chosen as the only community college in Mississippi to participate in this project,” Ford added. “This is proof that shows how much we care about our citizens and their advancement.”
Under the pilot program, Northeast will select 50 low-income adults residing in northeast Mississippi who do not have their High School Equivalency or the necessary work skills to obtain meaningful non-minimum wage employment. Northeast will enroll these adults in their successful six-month dual Adult Education/Manufacturing Basic Skills Certification Program.
As part of this program, 2nd Chance will provide tuition assistance for each of the adult students, modest weekly financial support in the form of $20 gas cards and a graduation success fee of $250 per pilot student upon completion of the program.
(For more information, visit 2ndchancems.org or nemcc.edu.)