b'Instructors Industry Partnerships ensure 100 percent job placement rate for studentsThe Apprentice Electric Lineman (AEL) program at the George County Center has strong ties to industry, providing 100 percent of its graduates in the fall 2020 class to be placed in jobs.AEL instructor David Eubanks said that an advisory board made up of industry leaders helps decide the curriculum for the program.Apprentice Electric Lineman Advisory Council companies and their representatives meet with college administrators and AEL instructors twice a year to discuss and determine many topics such as curriculum, safety, equipment updates and needs, and budget.They include Singing River Electric Cooperative, Dixie Electric Power Association, Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association, South Mississippi Cooperative Energy, and Magnolia Electric Power.These companies hire many of the program graduates and often provide equipment for use in training students.Our students receive industry-driven training that prepares them well for entry-level work in the utilities field. Companies that have partnered with us for years regularly hire our graduates because they know they are ready to start work on day one. David Eubanks, AEL instructorMGCCC instructor Essix Miskel wins prestigious AACC Award of ExcellenceEssixMiskel,ProcessOperationsTechnologyinstructoratMississippiGulf Coast Community Colleges Jackson County Campus, received a 2021 Award of Excellence from the American Association of Community Colleges at the national convention in May.Miskel was given the award for Faculty Innovation because he strives for continuous improvement in his teaching methods, including finding ways to make it easier for students to understand challenging material.Miskelcreditsthecollegesadministrationwithprovidinghimthesupportto accomplish the progressive approaches to teaching and learning that he employs. Add to that his 30 years of industry experience that provides the knowledge base he needs when finding novel approaches to particularly difficult competencies.Our college administration is innovative, and they promote new ideas in classroom strategies that remain student-oriented and have proven successful.Essix Miskel, Process Operations Technology instructor2222'