MI-BEST

MI-BEST

About

Hinds Community College offers 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. If you have not earned your high school diploma or HSE our MI-BEST program can provide you with a clear path towards higher education. Our goal is 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

Classes Begin Every 8 Weeks

Your Personal Navigator

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 and 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

Your Personal Career Coach

Your Career Coach will help you get a good paying job once you earn your certificate through the program and will help you with:

  • Resume writing
  • Job search activities
  • Training services
  • Career exploration and counseling
  • Job referrals

Student First Approach

Our 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.

Who can participate?

MI-BEST is open to anybody who wants to train for a career and needs additional help with Math, Reading and/or Writing. 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.

What programs are offered?

Construction and Manufacturing
Location: Raymond and Vicksburg

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
Location: Vicksburg

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.

Information Technology
Location: Rankin

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.

What does the program cost?

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.

Contact

Robin Parker
District Director of Integrated Pathways
Robinann.Parker@hindscc.edu
P: 601-936-5550

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MI-BEST Navigators

Jackson ATC
Chandra Frasier
Chandra.Frazier@hindscc.edu
P: 601-987-8150

Rankin
Angie Miles
Angie.Miles@hindscc.edu
P: 601-987-8150

Raymond
Kenya Johnson
Kenya.Johnson3@hindscc.edu
P: 601-857-3868

Utica
P: 601-885-6062

Vicksburg-Warren
Lauren Powers
Lauren.Powers@hindscc.edu
P: 601-629-6873