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UPDATE — Mississippi gets high grade on manufacturing strength but seen weak on advanced industries

Findings detailed in Ball State manufacturing scorecard By TED CARTER Mississippi has joined a short list of states that Ball State University’s Manufacturing Annual Scorecard rated as tops nationally for the health of their manufacturing sectors. But the leading academic author of the Scorecard said Mississippi must improve the quality of its healthcare and schools to grab a larger share ...

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Mississippi auditor slams Hinds school district spending

The state auditor’s office in Mississippi said Monday that it has found “alarming” spending practices in the Hinds County School District. Auditor Shad White said in a news release that the district has kept poor control of its credit cards and bank accounts. He said an assistant superintendent was responsible for more than $50,000 in improper spending, including starting a ...

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Mississippi school district stops using corporal punishment

OXFORD — A Mississippi school district that voted over the summer to eliminate corporal punishment from its discipline policy has finally removed it. The Oxford Eagle reports the punishment was nixed from the school district’s policy during a board meeting last week. Assistant Superintendent Patrick Robinson initially requested to consider the removal in June. Robinson told the school board then ...

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Ray elected Chairman of the Board for MCEE

The Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) Board of Directors recently announced the election of Johnny Ray as Chairman of the Board for the 2019-20 term. Ray has over 33 years of banking experience and is Executive Vice President and Jackson Regional President for BankFirst. Ray is a Mississippi State University alumnus with a B.A. in Banking and Finance and ...

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MVSU names Golden as Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs

President Dr. Jerryl Briggs has announced Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden as Mississippi Valley State University’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). Briggs extended the offer to Golden earlier this week following an extensive national search. She will officially begin in her new role on Aug. 15. As Provost/VPAA, Golden will serve as the institution’s chief academic officer, ...

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Engineering schools in Mississippi produce graduates vital to state’s work force

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi industries have a big demand for workers with engineering degrees, a fact that puts graduates from engineering schools in the state in a good position to land jobs that earn far above the state’s average salaries. The largest engineering school is the state is the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU), which had ...

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Seven state community colleges provide two-year engineering degrees

By BECKY GILLETTE Editor’s note: The three community colleges referred to in this article are among seven in the state that offer engineering degrees. Some of the best paying jobs in Mississippi and elsewhere are in engineering, and many of the state’s community and junior colleges provide an affordable path to get a degree that can prepare them to go ...

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MSU engineering professors investigating how to increase the number of women in STEM fields

By BECKY GILLETTE There has been a talent shortage in Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) fields over the past decade and economic projections show an even greater demand for STEM professionals in the near future. Economic forecasts predict that the United States will have a shortfall of about 1 million STEM professionals over the next decade. But in the U.S., ...

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Martin proud to be a part of ‘No. 1 health-care job’ in America

By NASH NUNNERY Every now and then, Steve Martin still hears (and reads) the name of his profession butchered verbally and in print. The term “physician’s assistant” is a misnomer. PAs are not assistants to physicians. Martin is a professor and program director for the Mississippi College Department of Physician Assistant Studies, the only PA program in the state of ...

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Local-state partnership brings special needs job training program to Tupelo

By MICHAELA GIBSON MORRIS / Daily Journal TUPELO • Nine Tupelo High School special education students will have a new classroom this year at North Mississippi Medical Center. The students will spend the next nine months participating in Project Search internships through a collaboration with the school district, hospital and the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services. “Clearly, this is going to ...

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