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CTE students learn skills and build relationships that will last long after they leave the classroom. In Tupelo's career pathways mentoring program, this is proving true. The career pathways experience class is mentoring special education students and building friendships. As the students work together, they provide academic support and so much more. Students at Walthall County's construction technology class will likely not soon forget framing an entire house in their classroom. The class is working with Habitat for Humanity to provide the frame of the home that will be built for a deserving family. These students, along with so many others, are reaching out to their communities and schools to make an impact.
This issue, we are also looking back at the history of CTE and forward to one of our new programs in the state. The Smith-Hughes Act , passed 100 years ago, made it possible for some Mississippi students to attend high school and learn skills that were not available to them before. From a century ago to today, CTE has certainly grown and continues to expand to meet the needs of the present-day workforce, as we see in the pilot year of the maritime academy. This program is a great addition to the Coast for an industry that has many openings and opportunities for our future workforce. We are excited to continue to develop partnerships like this one across the state. Students are also taking initiative in their classrooms to create products and videos. This resourcefulness and entrepreneurial spirit are skills that will benefit them in any profession, and the featured students in Hattiesburg and Jackson show a snapshot of our students' creativity.
Additionally, you'll find stories of how students are progressing in engineering and computer science and teaching their skills to other students. Also, there are highlights from health science and early childhood education students aiding preschools with wellness checks and lesson plan preparation. As we look toward graduation, there's also a piece in this issue to help students prepare a resume.
To continue our work of promoting what CTE is doing, please share this issue with friends, colleagues, local economic developers, and elected officials. Remember to follow Connections on Facebook (ConnectionsMS) and Twitter (@ConnectionsMS), and bookmark the Connections website, where we share stories throughout the year. And while you’re there, share news from your school, so we can feature your students, teachers, and programs across our platforms.
Mike Mulvihill
Director, Office of Career and Technical Education
Mississippi Department of Education


For more information about  Connections, please contact the managing editor, Emile Creel.

Email: emile.creel@rcu.msstate.edu
Phone: 662.325.2510


Connections is the magazine for K-12 career and technical education (CTE) in Mississippi. The biannual publication features students, educators, schools, and organization from approximately 50 career pathways across 16 career clusters. This Mississippi Department of Education publication is produced by the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University. Issues are disseminated in print and electronic forms in May and December each year.

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Director of CTE: Mike Mulvihill

Managing Editor: Emile Creel

Associate EditorsKristen Dechert                                    Patrice Guilfoyle

Editor: Anne Hierholzer

Designer: Amanda Gronewold

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Gayle Fortenberry
Gaea Hock
Mary Helen Lett
Alexis Nordin
Denise Sibley
Holly Holladay

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