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Workforce Remains Hot Topic for MEI and Washington, D.C.

As discussions in Washington D.C. are focused on closing the skills gap, Mississippi has its own successes to grow on. In partnership with the Governor's Office, SWIB, MDES, MSU-NSPARC, the MS Dept of Education, and MS Dept of Human Services, the Mississippi Energy...

Get on the Grid Attracts Over 100,000

Early last week the digital campaign for Get on the Grid, drew its 100,000th visitor in the last 7 months. Additionally, the site is now linked with the Mississippi Department of Human Services, aiming to encourage the many Mississippians they serve to seek good jobs....

Chevron Funds STEM Lab for Jackson County

In workforce development, strong public/private partnerships have resulted in the most successful models around Mississippi. Recently, Chevron announced a $1.2 million commitment to Jackson County schools to establish a "Fab Lab", a facility with cutting edge...

MGCCC Female Wins Welding Competition

Mary Majchrzak, pictured above, is a student in the welding program at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Majchrak won the SkillsUSA welding sculpture contest for the state of Mississippi and as a result will travel to the national competition in Lexington,...

Chevron Invests in Local Education

Chevron has donated $1.2 Million to Jackson County Schools for the creation of the "Fab Lab". The project is aimed at increasing interest in STEM opportunities by allowing students to have hands on experience with high tech equipment like laser cutters and 3D...

Get on the Grid Goes Into Classrooms

Last week the Mississippi Energy Institute took Get on the Grid to five classrooms on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Partnering with the Mississippi Department of Education, a certified instructor guided middle school students in Ocean Springs and Gulfport through the...

About me, MEI’s Summer Intern

Hi! My name is Mimi, I am 18 years old, and I just graduated from St. Andrews Episcopal School.  I plan on attending Mississippi State University in the fall of 2016 to study chemical engineering (Hail State!), and I was lucky enough to land an intern opportunity with...

Energy Jobs: Clarion-Ledger Spotlights Entergy MS Lineman

Through the development of Get on the Grid, MEI seeks to raise awareness among students of the wide range of great career opportunities in the energy and manufacturing sectors. Earlier this month, the Clarion-Ledger interviewed a local Entergy employee on his...

Energy and Manufacturing Sector Workforce Awareness

Energy in Mississippi is a sector that "punches above its weight" for Mississippi. Jobs in energy and energy-related subsectors of the Mississippi economy paid an average salary of $63,456 in 2010, a figure 89.3% higher than the average private sector wage of $33,524....

The Latest in Mississippi’s Workforce Development News

5,000 Students Graduate with Mississippi Scholars or Tech Master Distinction Get On The Grid and the Mississippi Scholars and Tech Master Programs share many similar goals, with the top priority being encouraging Mississippi’s youth to research and pursue careers in...

Institute aims to prep new generation for utility work

Published by the Delta Democrat Times on May 8, 2015 Written by: Tom Bassing tombassing@ddtonline.com GREENVILLE — The demand for well-paying jobs in the energy sector is only going to rise, the president of the Mississippi Energy Institute on Thursday told the Rotary...

It Takes A Village

April 7, 2015 Dear Diary, Today I kicked off our Get On The Grid tour.  Basically, this means I go talk to classrooms across the state about Get On The Grid and hear what students think about jobs in energy and advanced manufacturing.  I also do a lot of praising my...

MEI kicks off youth workforce development push in Starkville

The following article was first published by the Starkville Daily News on April 9, 2015. By JAMES CARSKADON Meredith Gunn, director of workforce development for the Mississippi Energy Institute, was back “in the middle school mindset” Wednesday morning as she spoke to...

Kids These Days…

Let me start by saying that never in my 25 years did I expect to utter those words before the age of 85. I have grand plans of being a cool old lady; referring to people under 18 as “those kids” screams, “Get off my lawn!” not, “Here’s an extra $20 for gas.” But I...

The 24-Year-Old with the 140K Salary

On January 7, 2015, the Wall Street Journal ran a story highlighting Justin Friend, a 24-year-old welder in Texas. The below is written by Meredith Gunn of the Mississippi Energy Institute. Could the key to spurring development in industrial America and increasing...

Get on the Grid and Get a Career

MEI has recently launch a web-based resource, branded Get on the Grid, to promote awareness of technical and professional careers in energy and advanced manufacturing. If your company or organization is interested in learning more about this effort, please contact...

Energy & Manufacturing Jobs Offer Greatest Economic Impact

Fact:  Mississippi’s energy and advanced manufacturing sectors need more skilled workers to accommodate future growth, and aggressive economic growth goals require more robust, sector-specific workforce development.   These sectors need a variety of skilled tradesmen...

STEM Skills Crucial At All Levels of Employment

The Brookings Institute, a non-profit, independent research organization, recently released an analysis of workforce and employment data.  Among many findings, several mirror trends we are seeing today in Mississippi and regional markets, including the overriding...

Awareness is First Step to Meeting Workforce Demands

Overall, experts predict that the total US job market will grow by 11% between 2012 and 2022. In comparison, experts project that the energy job market alone will grow by over 16%. However, a lack of awareness of these energy and advanced manufacturing career...

Awareness is First Step to Meeting Workforce Demands

Overall, experts predict that the total US job market will grow by 11% between 2012 and 2022. In comparison, experts project that the energy job market alone will grow by over 16%. However, a lack of awareness of these energy and advanced manufacturing career...

Tomorrow’s Workforce is Today’s Issue

Workforce quality and development is perhaps the most important economic development issue within our country.  From the individual’s perspective, education and skills are the keys not only to prosperity but also quality of life. Technical training focused on...

MSU-CAVS Design Team Lauded

Mississippi State University’s advanced vehicle technology student design team has created a re-engineered Chevy Malibu that earns more than 118 mpg and has a 60-mile all-electric driving range. The team’s ECOcar was on display in Washington, D.C. during the...