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MDE Announces Meeting Dates to Gather Public Input for Statewide Career and Technical Education Plan


For Immediate Release:  November 30, 2018

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi Department of Education announced Thursday a schedule of public meetings for the Mississippi Succeeds Career and Technical Education Listening Tour to gather public feedback for Mississippi’s plan to meet the requirements of the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act. The law reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins CTE Act of 2006 and is referred to as Perkins V.
Perkins V aims to increase access to high-quality CTE programs that meet the changing needs of students and employers. The MDE and the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB), with assistance from the Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit, will develop the plan to implement the law.

“This listening tour is an opportunity for stakeholders to provide input on the state’s plan to prepare students for success in their chosen careers while meeting the needs of Mississippi employers,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “We want to hear from a diverse range of stakeholders, including educators, parents, students, and business and industry representatives.” 

The statewide tour will allow stakeholders and planners to discuss key tenants of the new law, including:

  • Requiring extensive collaboration among state- and local-secondary, postsecondary, and business and industry partners to develop and implement high-quality CTE programs;
  • Introducing a needs assessment to align CTE programs to locally identified, in-demand, high-growth, and high-wage career fields;
  • Strengthening CTE teacher and faculty pipelines, especially in hard-to-fill program areas like Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM);
  • Promoting innovative practices to reshape where, how, and to whom CTE is delivered;
  • Expanding the reach and scope of career guidance and academic counseling; and
  • Shifting responsibility to states to evaluate program quality and optimize student outcomes.

States are expected to see more autonomy and flexibility when administering their CTE programs under the new law, which goes into effect July 1, 2019. The law is also expected to help students more efficiently advance through CTE curriculum, create opportunities and access for historically underserved students in rural and low-income areas, and streamline efficiency and funding.

The schedule of statewide meetings is as follows:




December 6, 2018

Hattiesburg High School

Multipurpose Room

301 Hutchinson Avenue

Hattiesburg, MS

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

December 10, 2018

Biloxi High School


1845 Tribe Drive

Biloxi, MS 39532

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

December 11, 2018

Tupelo High School

Media Center

4125 Golden Wave Drive

Tupelo, MS 38801

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

December 13, 2018

DeSoto County School District – Board Room

5 East South Street
Hernando, MS 38632

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

January 8, 2019

Hinds CC Muse Center

515 Country Place Parkway

Pearl, MS 39208

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

January 10, 2019

Greenwood School District

Career and Technical Center

616 Sycamore Avenue

Greenwood, MS 38930

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

January 17, 2019

McComb High School Cafeteria

310 7th Street

McComb, MS 39648

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Updates about the Mississippi Succeeds Career and Technical Education Plan will be posted on the MDE website:
About MDE

The MDE seeks to create a world-class educational system that gives students the knowledge and skills to be successful in college and in the workforce, and to flourish as parents and citizens. To make this vision a reality, all students must be given multiple pathways to success, and teachers and administrators must continue to meet the challenges of this ever-changing landscape of public education.

About MCCB

The MCCB shall foster an environment of excellence to promote world-class education and job training for a more prosperous Mississippi.  The mission of the agency is to advance the community college system through coordination, support, leadership, leadership, and advocacy.  For additional information, please visit


Media Contact: 

Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
Director of Communications

Jean Cook, APR
Communications Specialist