Mi-Best

MI-BEST Program Proven Worthwhile at Appreciation Luncheon

At a community appreciation luncheon that recently occurred at Coahoma Community College, Workforce Development staff, faculty, industry partners and local community leaders working to drive the MI-BEST initiative forward were celebrated. Gov. Phil Bryant recently made it official that the past week would be recognized as MI-BEST Week across the state of Mississippi.

MI-BEST Program Proven Worthwhile at Appreciation Luncheon

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Thu Oct 25, 2018

At a community appreciation luncheon that recently occurred at Coahoma Community College, Workforce Development staff, faculty, industry partners and local community leaders working to drive the MI-BEST initiative forward were celebrated. Gov. Phil Bryant recently made it official that the past week would be recognized as MI-BEST Week across the state of Mississippi.

MI-BEST, Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, was implemented to aid those who did not complete high school. A product of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the program is an alternative that gives Mississippians a second chance at career success through education.

During the community forum themed “Bridging the Gap Through MI-BEST,” attendees listened to two students give testimonials on how the program turned out to be life-changing for them. MI-BEST participant Patricia Gaither expressed that she has broadened her vocabulary since joining.

“I’m very grateful,” Gaither said. “MI-BEST is awesome…I had been from school to school, and now I’m here at the college. I’m at my best now. My grades look good right now.”

Devontaye Daniels, who has earned his high school equivalency diploma through the program, told the crowd he was clueless in terms of embarking on a career and making a nice living for himself until he was introduced to MI-BEST.

MI-BEST Career Pathway Navigator Chiquina Griffin says the testimonials were the highlight of the event. She views the program as a means of accelerating the participants in their respective career paths.

“The program is designed to help individuals become sufficient in being working professionals,” Griffin said. “My goal is to promote this program and get the information out there to the community. I am only a resource helping students navigate their way through life.”

The guest speaker for the event Tredrick Johnson, who is a product of CCC and an employee of the Quality Steel Corporation in Cleveland, Mississippi, emphasized the need for soft skills on the job. MI-BEST students are able to learn these skills with the program’s Smart Start training, which teaches them how to effectively communicate and maintain good work habits in the workforce.