MCEF Names November 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 November.

Selected from MCEF’s four districts are Breyton Howell of Grenada Career and Technical Center, Chanley McDaniel of Winston-Louisville Career and Technology Center, Alex Sims of Ross Collins Career and Technical Center, and Bradley Stringer of Marion County Carl Loftin Career and Technology 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 next 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.”

Boasting strong academic and attendance records, Howell enjoys expanding his skills through career and technical education. He plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

McDaniel is the 2017 SkillsUSA regional and state champion in the sheet metal division and Mississippi’s representative to the national conference last summer. For his selection as the Welding I most outstanding student, McDaniel earned a scholarship to East Central Community College, where he will seek advanced knowledge in his trade upon graduation.

Praised by instructors for his discipline and strong work ethic, Sims demonstrates a passion for knowledge through his hands-on learning style. He recently completed a job shadow program through which he earned a job opportunity that begins upon graduation.

A leader in the classroom and the shop, Stringer touts a near-perfect grade point average along with his center’s top welder and HVAC scores. He plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in metal fabrication.

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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