Plans are under way in Mississippi to create academies in some of the state's high schools, offering national certifications in fields such as automotive and helping to prepare students for the workforce. Supporters say the effort is intended to help reduce the dropout rate and make high school more relevant for some students. State Department of Education grants have been awarded to districts in Clinton, Madison County and Lamar County to begin the academy programs, with three additional grants available annually to create academies in all districts that want them, said Jean Massey, associate superintendent of vocational education and workforce development for the state Department of Education.
Academies to help prepare Miss. high-school students for work
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