Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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State board ensures college programs are meeting workforce needs

Seven years ago the State Workforce Investment Board was established with a mission to help ensure a viable, well-trained workforce for Mississippi. The board is made up of a diverse group representing the various private sectors and public entities, especially public education, and works in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Jay Moon, […] [...]

MBA program returning to Hattiesburg

The next couple of years will be key to the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business, with the return of the MBA program to the Hattiesburg campus, the selection of a new dean and the opening of a new building to house its students, faculty and staff in Hattiesburg. Budget cuts in 2010 forced […] [...]

MSU dean: Low expectations are the enemy

Education and economic development go together “hand in glove,” says Dr. Richard Blackbourn, dean of education at Mississippi State University. “Business and industry rely on a well-educated/trained workforce to succeed,” Blackbourn said. “Obviously, the willingness of business to locate in a community has a great impact on the local tax base. Of additional importance is […] [...]

Taking college courses online is becoming more popular in Mississippi and nationwide

As people around the world are increasingly connected by technology, universities are using the Internet to attract more students. Online courses — distance learning — are growing with a long list of offerings, and university officials say almost any course can be taught online. “I believe distance education is growing nationally,” said Michael K. Busby, […] [...]

Community colleges lead state’s workforce training

Ask any manufacturer or business leader in Mississippi what the number one challenge is, and they will most likely answer “workforce training.” The importance of training the state’s workers is often stressed. The state’s community colleges serve as the primary workforce training provider with short-term, non-credit and longer-term for-credit career and technical education. Dr. Eric […] [...]

Economic study touts virtues of offshoring

Here’s a little something that might not go down easy for workers in Mississippi and elsewhere in the United States: Offshoring of jobs and the influx of immigrant labor into the country do not — on the whole — damage the U.S. labor force, says a new paper from the London School of Economics Center […] [...]

‘Coaching math’ gets through to kids

>> Northwest Rankin’s Morrison honored as one the best educators in Mississippi Sometimes high school coaches aren’t thought of as the best teachers. But one of the top high school principals in the state spent many years coaching while also showing a passion for teaching math. “I see coaching and teaching as interchangeable,” said Northwest […] [...]

USM applying for oil dispersant patent

A team of polymer science professors from the University of Southern Mississippi have made headlines recently with their new biodegradable oil dispersant that won’t stick to birds or beaches. They have caught the attention of National Geographic and most recently NBC Learn. The USM team – consisting of Dr. Robert Lochhead, Dr. Daniel Savin and […] [...]

JSU ethanol research

A Jackson State University professor has found that a technique called “immobilization” can be used to make enzymes used for ethanol production more stable and cost effective. Ethanol can be produced by microbial fermentation of sugar, and enzymes are used to convert polymer sugars such as starch into simple sugars. Dr. Huey-Min Hwang has shown […] [...]

MSU professor removes corn’s fiber

A Mississippi State University professor has found a unique way to remove fiber from corn and has filed for a patent for the process called Elusieve. Dr. Radhakrishnan Srinivasan of the MSU Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering invented Elusieve with Dr. Vijay Singh of the University of Illinois. The process is valuable for efficiency […] [...]

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