CMPDD Expands the Career Coaching Program

In partnership with Accelerate MS, CMPDD’s South Central Mississippi Works grew its efforts to connect high school students with transformative, high-paying careers through the Career Coaching program. Career Coaches were deployed to 34 high schools in 16 school districts throughout the workforce area. School districts include:

  • Madison County School District
  • Canton School District
  • Rankin County School District
  • Pearl Public Schools
  • Hinds County School District
  • Jackson Public Schools
  • Vicksburg-Warren County School District
  • Simpson County School District
  • Copiah County School District
  • Jefferson County School District
  • Adams County School District
  • Franklin County School District
  • Wilkinson County School District
  • Amite County School District
  • Pike County School District
  • Walthall County School District

The Career Coaching program is designed to help students explore, prepare, and connect to Mississippi’s most in-demand careers.

Coaches help students understand the needs of industry and training opportunities at community colleges and universities. Throughout the first two (2) months of school, coaches have had over 2,100 conversations with individual students to develop personalized training plans.

CMPDD Career Coach Manager, Angie Miles, helped kick-off the school year at Jackson Public Schools with seven (7) Career Coaches. A Career Coach will be at each JPS high school during the 2023-2024 school year.
CMPDD Career Coach Manager, Valerie Barton, and Career Coaches toured the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Brookhaven, MS.
Richland High School Career Coach Shameka Anderson took a group of students to the Realtor Career Day event hosted by the Central Mississippi Realtors. Students had the opportunity to learn from loan officers, home inspectors, real estate attorneys, realtors, and brokers. They also learned about the education, training, and licensure requirements for each related career.
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