TUPELO – Itawamba Community College and East Mississippi Community College will offer a program to teach technical skills to local high school students and teachers thanks to grant from the National Science Foundation.
The two schools are also partnering with Mississippi State University’s Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology to administer the three-year grant that totals nearly $900,000.
For the current year, Itawamba Community College will partner with students in Pontotoc County (both Pontotoc County and Pontotoc City school districts) and East Mississippi Community College will work with Columbus City Schools. Each community college will work with about 16 juniors.
Those students will begin attending after-school training sessions in January that will teach them about high-tech manufacturing jobs. During the summer, they will be enrolled in a for-credit class at the community college and will also shadow local industries. During the fall, they’ll complete the after-school training.
Math and science teachers and career counselors in Pontotoc and Columbus will also attend a summer workshop that will teach them about the skills that are in demand with industries. They will also be able to shadow local industries to see how math and science is being used in the workplace, and they will implement a curriculum from what they’ve learned.
“It takes teachers into the real world of industry to answer students’ never-ending question, ‘Why do I need to learn science and math anyway?’” said Amy Tuck, special assistant to the president at Mississippi State University.
Both community colleges will work with students from other school districts in their territory next year.
See Tuesday’s Daily Journal for more information.
Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal