The Picayune Item reports that Mississippi State Senator Angela Burks Hill spoke at Pearl River Community College Monday in support of the Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training program.
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The program, MI-BEST, was implemented at the college as a way for adult basic education students to become better prepared for the workforce.
PRCC President Dr. William Lewis said the program is a “unique network of support for developing the basic education program.”
Lewis said Pearl River County received $600,000 as part of a $6 million grant that was distributed statewide.
As a member of the state senate education committee, a former educator and a PRCC graduate, Hill was introduced by Dr. Scott Alsobrooks as a strong supporter of the program.
“I want every able-bodied citizen in Mississippi to have a job whether they want one or not,” Hill said.
She said she aims to create a pipeline of education leading to the workforce, especially skilled labor, creating “upward mobility” in the state economy.
“I don’t want people already paying taxes to pay more; I want more people paying taxes,” Hill said.