MI-BEST is an innovative training program dedicated to preparing individuals who need help with foundational skills for careers by mixing career training with additional support for math, writing, and reading inside the classroom. This student-first approach gives participants the skills they need to succeed in school and compete in the workforce by working on technical and basic skills education while providing support services to students through a navigator. The navigator helps students complete college paperwork, provides general support, develops plans for students to meet their goals, tracks student progress, conducts a skills assessment, assists with resume writing, job search activities, career counseling, and makes referrals as needed.

MI-BEST helps students

  • Earn a high school equivalency diploma (GED or HiSET).
  • Earn career and technical college credit. Possible programs include:
    • Administrative Office Systems Technology
    • Brick, Block and Stone Masonry
    • Construction Equipment Operation
    • Culinary Arts (Greenwood)
    • Electrical Technology
    • Health Care Assistant
    • Healthcare Data Technology
    • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)
    • Welding
  • Receive employability/life skills training.
  • Receive credentials such as the National Career Readiness Certificate and industry-based certifications.

Program Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must have a Mississippi I.D.
  • Must score at least an EFL 4 on the TABE assessment.
  • Must complete and pass an interview assessment.
  • Must adhere to an attendance policy. 

If you would like to find out if you qualify for a MI-BEST program, contact the MI-BEST navigator at our campus.

What's Next?

MI-BEST students will be assigned a navigator while they are in the program. The purpose of the navigator is to help you succeed in school. The navigator will serve as your main point of contact while you are in the program. The Navigator will help you:

  • Enroll in MI-BEST
  • Apply for financial aid (for those who qualify)
  • Apply for an individual Training Account (for those who apply)
  • Apply for MI-BEST scholarships
  • Register for the right courses for the job you want
  • Develop plans for your academic and career goals
  • Resume writing
  • Job search activities
  • Training services
  • Career exploration and counseling
  • Job referrals

How Much Does It Cost?

Tuition for MI-BEST is the same as any other college course at MS Delta Community College. Financial aid and MI-BEST scholarships are available to those who qualify. The MI-BEST Navigator can help you determine program cost and if you qualify for scholarships.

For More Information

MI-BEST Navigator