Alcorn Career Center Students Win First Place in Statewide Video Contest

Students at the Alcorn Career & Technology Center won first place in the statewide Mississippi Construction Education Foundation video contest.

Mississippi students in grades 7-12 made short videos to show how construction and manufacturing education programs help students achieve their dreams.

Instructor Steve Shaw discovered the contest online and approached photographer Duke Peebles and editor Tyler Phelps about entering. The winning video features interviews with craft students Justin Simmons and Jordan Chadwell.

Peebles and Phelps used a creative blend of graphics and work demonstrations to show how success is being redefined for more than 5,000 career and technical education students in Mississippi.

They were awarded cash prizes and #MCEFWorks T-shirts.

“Participants were encouraged to be creative and communicate a clear, cohesive and memorable message about how career and technical education programs are preparing Mississippi students for successful futures,” said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. “The students at Alcorn Career & Technology Center did an excellent job of telling our story in a fresh and engaging way.”

Alcorn Career & Technology Center Counselor Jennifer Koon said the “outstanding” craft students in the video “are active in our center’s dual credit program, and it’s easy to see their excitement about learning skills they will use for years to come.”

Mississippi needs more than 80,000 craft professionals by 2019 to support the state’s growing construction industry, Barkett said.

“MCEF offers world-class training programs that give students a solid foundation for the future,” Barkett said.

View the winning video above.

The Alcorn Career & Technology Center won first pace in a statewide video contest sponsored by the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation. From left are MCEF Area Director Lane Bell, Alcorn digital media students Duke Peebles and Tyler Phelps and instructor Steve Shaw. (Submitted Photo)

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