Effort Aims to Break Down Barriers That Keep Mississippi Undereducated and Underemployed
Dillon Mullan, The Daily Journal
Junior McGaha learned his truck-driving skills at Northeast Mississippi Community College, where he received his High School Equivalency in May 2017 and the tools to obtain a commercial driver’s license last December. After dropping out of high school as a freshman, he worked at McDonald’s for five years. By the time he left, he was making a little over $8 an hour. Now he brings home around $600 every Friday.
An organziation called 2nd Chance MS gave McGaha gas money, testing fees and tuition while he attended Northeast and trucking school. In many instances, transportation, childcare and cost block potential students from attending class. With the help of 2nd Chance, community colleges are working to knock down those barriers to employable skills that keep Mississippians poor.