MCEF Honors Top Craft Instructors and School of the Year

Career and technical education leaders earn state’s best recognition


RIDGELAND ― The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation is honoring the state’s top-performing craft instructors and school for hard work and dedication to vocational education.

Slated for recognition at the upcoming Mississippi Associated Builders & Contractor’s Merit Awards Banquet in Jackson are Darcy Mogler of Long Beach, Dale O’Banner of Yazoo City and South Panola High School Career and Technical Center.

Mogler, a trainer with the Navy Seabees, is being honored as Mississippi’s adult craft instructor of the year for his impressive techniques to teach active duty plumbers around the world.

Meanwhile, O’Banner of Larry Summers Vocational Complex in Yazoo City is being recognized as Mississippi’s top high school craft instructor of the year for his innovative teaching style that brings course curriculums to life

South Panola High School Career and Technical Center is being honored as the best in its class for its innovative class instruction combined with structural course paths and peer mentoring.

“If Mississippi is going to have the skilled workforce that’s needed for tomorrow, we must encourage and train those workers today,” said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. “We congratulate our winners for going above and beyond to prepare our students for career and technical professions and for ensuring that Mississippi has the resources required to support its growing construction and manufacturing industries.”

The mission of the non-profit MCEF is to promote careers, recruit capable individuals and train a quality workforce for the construction industry in the state of Mississippi. MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades.

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