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Registered Apprenticeship Success Story: Singing River

Apprenticeship program success stories help us promote the tremendous value that these programs bring to employers, employees, and job seekers. Keep reading for the answers from a recent success story: a new LPN apprentice from the new RA program at Singing River.

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How Registered Apprenticeship Led Me From Black History to Black Opportunity

In 2006, as an apprentice construction craft laborer in Milwaukee, I helped build one of the I-43 underpasses on Fond Du Lac Avenue. The bridge is well known throughout Wisconsin for the murals that adorn it, including one that tells the story of a man named Joshua Glover.

East Mississippi Community College Stands Ready to Help Workers Brush Up on Skills

East Mississippi Community College Stands Ready to Help Workers Brush Up on Skills

A $200,000 grant at East Mississippi Community College is expected to benefit local industries. The school will use the money for training to improve the skills of workers already employed at manufacturing companies.

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Welcome to the Team: LaShonda

LaShonda Barnes joined the MAP team on November 16, 2021 as an Apprenticeship Expansion Specialist. Her target area for apprenticeship expansion will be the Mississippi Delta region. This area’s key industries consist of agriculture and manufacturing.

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Robin Stewart speaks on National Apprenticeship Week, 2021

Interim Executive Director for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) speaks on National Apprenticeship Week.

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MAP Supports Crews and Ferrell in Launching Their First RA Program

Brittany Crews with Crews, Ferrell, and Associates Inc., and Brittany Morris, Apprenticeship State Expansion Specialist at The Mississippi Apprenticeship Program (MAP), speak on their collaboration, and an exciting new apprenticeship opportunity.   

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Northtown Pharmacy Teams With MAP for Success

A dynamic independent pharmacy has opened at  6220 Old Canton Road. Dr. Andrew Clark is the pharmacist and owner of Northtown Pharmacy in the heart of bustling northeast Jackson. One of Northtown Pharmacy’s founding principles is offering the personal customer service and patient care that large chain pharmacies can’t provide.

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State Apprenticeship Expansion 2020 Grantees

MAP is excited to announce the newest grant award recipients for the State Apprenticeship Expansion 2020 grant (SAE). MAP is continuing its long-standing sponsor community college partnerships with Hinds Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and Pearl River Community College.

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Welcome to the Team: Carolyn

Carolyn Green, one of MAP’s newest team members, is excited about her role with the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program. Carolyn will serve as the Technical Assistant for MAP’s Workforce Integrated Performance System and Reporting Modules. “In my role”, Green says, I will manage the Registered Apprenticeship (RA) data system in MS Works.” She is looking forward […]

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Celebrating Phillip Duke

We’re celebrating veteran apprentice, Phillip Duke and his new role as Pearl River Community College’s Manufacturing and Apprenticeship Specialist.

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The Benefits of Hiring Qualified Veterans

Recently, our nation celebrated Independence Day, which highlighted the many sacrifices veterans have made in their duty to protect the nation. July also features National Hire A Veteran Day, which is a holiday celebrated on July 25th that is dedicated to supporting veterans who are seeking employment. In celebration of our nation’s independence, and in […]

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On Registered Apprenticeships: An Interview with Tyra Harrien

Tyra Harrien, MAP’s Administrative Assistant at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC), speaks on the importance, value, and benefits of her work. Harrien also gives useful tips to employees and employers that are looking to utilize the many advantages offered by registered apprenticeship (RA) programs.  “I am the MAP administrative assistant so I do […]

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Welcome to the team: Antoine

Antoine Dixon, one of MAP’s newest team members, is excited for his role at The Mississippi Apprenticeship Program. Dixon will serve as MAP’s State Apprenticeship Expansion Specialist, and will work to improve Mississippi’s workforce by promoting and increasing the number of Registered Apprenticeship programs across the state.  “My role within the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program,” Dixon […]

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Economic Empowerment, Apprenticeships, and The Minority Male Leadership Initiative (M2M)

Now more than ever, it is important to be competitive in the workplace. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on unemployment, job loss, and diminished income for thousands of communities across the nation. But for African American communities, these financial consequences have been especially dire and have created additional barriers for young men to secure steady […]

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Why Registered Apprenticeship Programs Are the Key to Boosting Employment

As COVID-19 cases decrease, and businesses across the country re-open, it’s important to know how to encourage, guide, and retain new employees. This is especially relevant considering that federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits end this month for many Mississippians.  People that are currently unemployed may be looking for new career paths once these benefits end, and […]

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On Work-Based Learning: An Interview with Work-Based Learning Program Supervisor, Carol Ballard

From resource shortages to high unemployment rates, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a myriad of adversities to the state of Mississippi. Now more than ever, communities need ways to train and prepare their youth for the workforce, which is why work-based learning and apprenticeship programs are essential to improving and developing the state’s economy. Organizations […]

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Welcome to the team: Chris

One of MAP’s newest Apprenticeship State Expansion Specialists, Chris Seay, says she’s excited about her new position.  “My role,” Seay says “is to increase the number of employers and people participating in Registered Apprenticeship Programs.”  Seay says there is a “high need” in Mississippi for a more skilled workforce and is determined to help make […]

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Welcome to the team: Brittany

Brittany Morris, one of MAP’s newest team members, looks forward to “happiness, helping others, and [driving] a network of people to positive end results”. Morris will serve as MAP’s Apprenticeship State Expansion Specialist, and will work in business engagement to promote registered apprenticeships across the state of Mississippi. “My role in the apprenticeship program will […]

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On Economic Development: Thoughts from Acting Executive Director, Curnis Upkins

Curnis Upkins III, Acting Executive Director at Hinds County Economic Development Authority, speaks on the importance of National Economic Development Week, finding that first “career job,” and how efforts that increase economic development, such as apprenticeship programs, help improve communities across the state.

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On Economic Development: An Interview with Executive Director, Gwen Howard

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, Mississippi had the 33rd highest unemployment rate in the country last month. The Bureau also reported that Mississippi experienced a significant decrease in employment, when compared to last year’s employment numbers–with nearly 34,000 jobs lost from March 2020 to March 2021.

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