MCEF Encourages Students to Tell Their Stories

Second annual video contest promotes career and technical education successes

PEARL, Miss. – If you are among the growing number of Mississippi students choosing career and technical education as a path to a multitude of rewarding professions, the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation wants to hear your story.

By entering the second annual #MCEFWorks video contest, students in grades 7-12 qualify for special prizes while helping redefine what success looks like for graduates of more than 100 career and technical education centers across Mississippi.

Topics might include a specific career choice on which a student’s sights are set, an interesting product that they built, an instructor or role model who inspired them to learn a craft or trade, or ways a training center is preparing them for their dream job.

“We are encouraging participants to be creative and communicate a clear, cohesive and memorable message about how career and technical education programs are preparing Mississippi students for successful futures,” said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. “We hope students from around the state will share their success stories with us.”

The deadline to submit videos is November 3 with winning entries being announced November 10. Prizes include: 1st Place – Xbox One; 2nd Place – Apple Watch; and 3rd Place – Bluetooth speakers.

Contest guidelines may be viewed at

Pointing out Mississippi’s need for more than 80,000 craft professionals by 2019 to support the state’s growing construction industry, Barkett said his team is working to ensure those jobs are filled by qualified Mississippians who have graduated from one of the state’s accredited career and technical education programs.


“MCEF offers world-class training programs that give students a solid foundation for the future,” Barkett said. “Many high school graduates go on to earn degrees, start businesses and contribute to the growth and prosperity of our state.”

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

To view last year’s winning video, visit  Learn more about MCEF at


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