#MCEFWorks Video Contest 2017


If you are among the growing number of Mississippi high school 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 #MCEFWorks video contest, you’ll earn a chance at some really cool prizes while helping redefine what success looks like for graduates of more than 100 career and technical education centers across Mississippi.

Our contest invites Mississippi students in grades 7-12 to make short videos highlighting the many ways that construction and manufacturing education programs are personally helping them achieve their dreams. MCEF will feature top videos in a promotional campaign that raises awareness of how these programs are building Mississippi’s workforce of the future. 

Perhaps your video can be about:

  • A specific career choice on which your sights are set
  • Ways your training center is preparing you for your dream job
  • An interesting product that you created and the steps you took to succeed
  • An instructor or role model who inspired you to learn a craft or trade


MCEF wants to show these programs in a new light, so we encourage you to be creative.  Your video can incorporate animation, live action, original songs, humor whatever helps communicate a clear, cohesive and memorable message about career and technical education and how it’s preparing Mississippi students for successful futures.

Contest Key Messages

  • Construction education isn’t your grandfather’s shop class. 
  • A skilled workforce will build a better future for Mississippi.
  • STEM careers require innovation and creativity.
  • The world of construction is changing, and Mississippi is prepared.
  • Construction and manufacturing professionals are in demand.


#MCEFWorks Contest Guidelines

  • There is no entry fee.
  • All entries must be submitted in digital format.
  • The contest is open to students in grades 7-12 in Mississippi.
  • Submissions must be the work of one individual
  • Videos should be a maximum of three (3) minutes in length, not including the 10-second title screen.
  • All entries must include at least three of the five key messages referenced in this criteria.
  • All entries should begin with a 10-second full-screen “title screen” that includes the following information:
    • Entrant’s name
    • School name
    • School city, state
    • Title of video
  • All information presented in the video must be cited, giving credit to the original source. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification.
  • The video must be your own original creation and must not infringe on any third-party rights. No copyrighted music, video, or images may be used in submissions to this contest without appropriate permission. If you purchase music or images from a royalty-free service, please submit your receipt or other confirmation with your video.
  • Videos must be appropriate for all audiences and must not contain violence, profanity, or objectionable subject matter. Entrants agree the video or filming of the video does not violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation.
  • The contest winner must provide a signed affidavit/release form. (Standard release forms will be posted on our website.)
  • No professional assistance is allowed. Adults may assist with production but are limited to verbal guidance only. Adults are allowed to be actors or cameramen but not content contributors.
  • Winners must be able to provide a copy of the original video file to MCEF. By submitting a video to this contest, you grant to MCEF a perpetual royalty-free license to copy, distribute, modify, display and perform publicly and otherwise use, and authorize others to use, your video for any educational purpose throughout the world and in any media.
  • Students should keep at least one copy of their video. MCEF is not responsible for any films that are lost, damaged, or that do not upload properly.
  • MCEF reserves the right to make any video entered in the contest available to the general public from its respective websites and social media pages, and to distribute it to groups and any other organizations interested in showing it for educational purposes, including, but not limited to, Internet sites, conferences and events, on television, and other media outlets.
  • The only compensation for submitting a video is the opportunity to be awarded a prize if the entry wins. MCEF will pay filmmakers no additional compensation nor be liable to the filmmaker under any circumstances.
  • By accepting the prizes, winners agree to hold MCEF and all MCEF employees harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of use of such prizes. Winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused from participation in the contest or use/redemption of any prize.
  • Entrants agree to be bound by the official contest rules and decisions of the judges.


How to submit your video:

The deadline to submit your video is Friday, November 3, 2017.

Videos must be uploaded via YouTube link or Vimeo link using the #MCEFWorks hashtag.

Entrants must email mcefworks@mcef.net with the full name(s), email address(es), and academic or professional affiliation(s) of each person in the group, a link to their online video, and a 200-500 word description of the video’s content by Friday, November 3, 2017. Please type “#MCEFWorks” in the subject line of the email.

Questions and submissions should be emailed to: mcefworks@mcef.net

Winning video:

The winning video will be announced publicly on Friday, November 10, 2017.


1st Place – Xbox One

2nd Place – Apple Watch

3rd Place – Bluetooth speaker