Entergy Mississippi announced on Thursday its People Power Initiative , an investment of more than $1 million from shareholders to help prepare the state’s work force and raise its competitive level to attract business and industry.
Unveiled at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual meeting, it comes on the heels of a $75,000 commitment parent Entergy Corp. made to support the Jobs for Mississippi’s Graduates program.
People Power is for engaging middle school and high school students in hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs.
The programs target schools where potential economic growth is tied to existing, certified industrial sites in Entergy’s service area, which covers 45 counties and provides electricity to approximately 445,000 customers.
The $1 million-plus grant will provide $630,000 in scholarships, benefit 22,000 middle school, high school and college students, invest $510,000 in middle and high school STEM programs, mentoring and career prep; benefit 170 middle schools and high schools; give $75,000 to Public Education Forum of Mississippi for MEC’s Mississippi Scholars Tech Master Program, and allow six Mississippi colleges and universities to help students in targeted areas continue their education and training.