MCEF Names March Students of the Month

Recognition celebrates top-performing career and technical education students

PEARL ― The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation is recognizing four top-achieving career and technical education students as its students of the month for March.

Selected from MCEF’s four districts are Kenneth Barrentine of Vicksburg-Warren Career & Technical Center, Nicholas Campos of Hancock County Career Tech Center, Jessica Hawkins of Canton Career Center and Kameron Sandridge of North Panola Career and Technical Center.

Winners are chosen based on grades, attendance, discipline in class, outstanding achievements, leadership abilities, and post-graduation plans. All will compete for student of the year honors at the foundation’s annual awards program in May.

“We congratulate our student of the month winners for being such excellent representatives of high school career tech programs in Mississippi,” said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. “We’re proud of each of them for helping ensure our state has a highly skilled workforce to support the state’s growing construction and manufacturing industries.”

Recognized for his strong work ethic and leadership skills, Barrentine is an active participant in his school’s Career Pathway Experience and SkillsUSA programs.

Exhibiting a passion for career and technical education courses, Campos is dual enrolled in metal fabrication and welding with plans to add a third vocational class his senior year. A standout in the classroom, he is a Hawk Award recipient for outstanding academics at his school.

After graduation, Campos plans to pursue an apprenticeship in pipefitting or welding.

Touting the highest skills testing score in her class, Hawkins demonstrates an excellent working knowledge of her trade. A leader in the classroom, she is active in her high school, recently being recognized among her community’s most outstanding students. 

As a standout student with a perfect attendance, Sandridge demonstrates a remarkable passion for knowledge through his hands-on learning style. He was introduced to the construction trade by his grandfather and brother through the family business and often uses his experience to assist fellow students. After graduation, Sandridge plans to pursue his construction certification from Northwest Community College.

MCEF is a non-profit educational foundation that provides NCCER craft training and credentialing in more than 100 career and technical programs across the state. The foundation’s mission is to train individuals for the construction and manufacturing industries in Mississippi.

MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades. Learn more about MCEF at

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