What is MI-BEST?
MI-BEST is an innovative workforce training program dedicated to preparing people who need help with foundational skills for careers by mixing career training with additional support for math, writing, and reading inside the classroom. This student first approach give participants the skills they need to succeed in school and compete in the workforce by working on technical and basic skills education at the same time while also providing support services to students through a navigator and a job placement coordinator. The navigator helps students complete college paperwork, provides general support, and develops plans for students to meet their goals, tracks student progress and makes referrals as needed. The job placement coordinator conducts a skills assessment, assists with resume writing, job search activities, training services, career counseling, and provides job referrals.
The goals of MI-BEST are to:
• Assist students who need to earn their GED to do so while they are also enrolled in college courses focused on preparing them for a career
• Help students to earn one or more certifications that helps them get a better job now with a family sustaining wage
• Allow students to earn college credit that leads to a degree in the future
- Who can participate?
- Apply for a Program Now!
- What's Next?
- Available Programs
- How much does it cost?
MI-BEST is open to anybody who wants to train for a career and needs additional help with:
- Reading and/or
In order to determine if this program applies to you, you will need to take the Career Readiness Certificate and the TABE test. These tests will be administered during a MI-BEST Orientation and Registration session.
How do you know if you need help with college math, reading, and writing?
- If you have not earned your High School Diploma or GED
- If you have your High School Diploma/GED but it has been a while since you have went to school
- If you took the COMPASS or ACCUPLACER test and tested into developmental education courses.
If you would like to find out if you qualify for a MI-BEST program, contact the MI-BEST navigator at the campus you are interested in attending.
MI-BEST programs are offered at the following campuses of Hinds Community College.
Construction and Manufacturing - Raymond and Vicksburg Campuses
Hospitality and Tourism - Vicksburg Campus
Information Technology - Rankin Campus
Classes will begin every 8 weeks. If interested, complete the following interest form and the campus navigator will contact you.
MI-BEST students will be assigned a Navigator and a Job Placement Coordinator while they are in the program. The purpose of the Navigator is to help you succeed in school. They will serve as your main point of contact while you are in the program. The Navigator will help you:
- Enroll in MI-BEST
- Apply for financial aid (for those who qualify)
- Apply for an individual Training Account (for those who apply)
- Apply for MI-BEST Scholarships
- Register for the right courses for the job you want
- Develop plans for your academic and career goals
The purpose of the Career Coach is to help you get a good paying job once you earn your certificate through the MI-BEST Program. The Career Coach will help you with:
- Resume writing
- Job search activities
- Training services
- Career exploration and counseling
- Job referrals
Construction and Manufacturing - Raymond and Vicksburg Campus
This program prepares students for employment in the hospitality, tourism, and restaurant industry. Students will have the opportunity to earn the ACT Career Readiness Certificate, the NCCER Core Certificate, the Manufacturing Basic Skills Certificate, CPR Certification, and two OSHA certifications. Once the first 16 weeks of coursework is completed, students will be able to specialize in Welding, Industrial Maintenance, Precision Machining, HVAC, Plumbing, and Residential Carpentry.
Hospitality and Tourism
This program prepares students for employment in the hospitality, tourism, and restaurant industry. Students will have the opportunity to earn entry level skills, the ACT Career Readiness Certificate, and the ServSafe Certification. After the first 16 weeks of coursework, students will be able to specialize their coursework in earning a Career Certificate in Culinary Arts Technology.
This program prepares students for employment in the information technology industry. Students will have the opportunity to earn the ACT Career Readiness Certificate, the IC3 Certification, the CompTIA certificate, and other industry specific certifications. After the first 16 weeks of coursework, students will be able to specialize their coursework in earning a Career Certificate in Computer Programming, Networking, or Security.
Tuition for MI-BEST is the same as any other college course at Hinds Community College. Financial aid and MI-BEST scholarships are available to those who qualify. The MI-BEST Navigator can help you determine program cost and if you apply for scholarships.