Coahoma Among Schools to Seek LifeTracks Grant
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College will be among community colleges across the state to receive a $16,400 grant from the Mississippi Community College Board to implement training on Mississippi LifeTracks, a statewide longitudinal data system.
LifeTracks was pioneered in 2009 with a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education to develop, implement, and expand a longitudinal data system that will link information of Mississippi residents from pre-K through the workforce, creating better information for decision making to improve student outcomes. It is designed to align the efforts of community colleges, universities, K-12 schools, and early childhood education in terms of academic standards and career expectations.
According to CCC’s Vice President for Workforce Development Steven Jossell, this is the first-time that the grant has been made available.
“The LifeTracks grants has been offered through the Mississippi Community College Board to each of the state’s 15 community college’s workforce development centers, so we’re entitled to participate,” said CCC’s Vice President for Workforce Development Steven Jossell.
“Through this grant we will be possibly providing training sessions for school districts, local workforce and economic development agencies, local and state government officials or anyone who’s into grant writing or federal programs.”
According to information provided on the Mississippi Department of Education’s website, LifeTrack will also include data from multiple state agencies and entities, including schools, community colleges, universities, unemployment insurance, prison records and social service, health, mental health, and rehabilitation services programs. The collected data will be used to evaluate educational programming and will be used as a resource for decision makers when developing policies.
Jossell said the final step before receiving the grant is submitting the required memorandum of agreement, which will validate that CCC plans to adhere to the grant’s guidelines.
The grant’s application deadline is March 31.