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Career Skills Developed by 21st Century Grant


The 21st Century Grant weaves pieces of academics, workplace relevance, and technology skills together to create an environment to motivate students to stay in school. “We are pleased with the participation in our summer program that provided unique opportunities for our students,” says Project Coordinator Lynne Russell. “The 21st Century Grant provides a venue for students to be motivated to stay in school and to be prepared for today’s workforce.”


The 21st Century grant initiative offered summer tutoring and career skills classes for students in the month of June. The summer activities were centered upon the merging of academic core objectives into real-life career classes. This organization of skills enhanced the connections between school and work. Pottery Instructor Melissa Taylor stated, “Summer skills classes have been wonderful! These classes made learning more relevant for our students. Academic objectives were infused into a workplace environment to enable students to connect the importance of education to applications on the job.”

Career-oriented classes included Podcasting, Photoshop, Construction, Auto Mechanics/Welding, Ceramics, and Culinary Arts, as well as, student tutoring classes. Tutoring at Grenada High School was offered in major subjects in small group settings for students requiring additional academic assistance.
Students desiring to participate in fall after-school classes in career skills and/or tutoring are requested to sign up at school offices of GMS or GHS or with Myra Muirhead at the Parent Resource Center (227-3370).

The 21st Century Grant is administered by the Mississippi Department of Education. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program (CCLC) was established by Congress as Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The purpose of the 21st CCLC Program is to create community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children and their families