student edition 

Build a career. Not loans.

It’s time to rethink the four-year traditional university path. College isn’t what it used to be…

The average net cost of a 4-year degree in Mississippi is $77,000. 

The average Mississippi student has almost $37,000 in student loan debt.

Only 40% of college students will graduate and actually find a job in their field of study.

Student loans and not making a paycheck for at least 4 years?

Let’s check out other options.

Classroom to career — without the cost

With a career in the trades, you can start your employment right out of high school. That means that while your classmates are figuring out the FAFSA form, you’re already making an income.


skilled tradespeople needed


average starting salary after apprenticeship


of skilled workers expected to retire this decade


average debt after training for work in the trades

There’s knowledge in the apprenticeship
setting you don’t get anywhere else

Our apprenticeships will teach you skills the field can’t. Increase your trade knowledge, boost your career growth, and avoid student debt with our programs. 

in-demand careers

in-demand careers

Construction Managers




HVAC Technicians


HVAC Technicians


Ready for great pay & benefits with no college debt? Start your training today.

High School

With almost 300 high school programs and career and technical centers across the state, there’s a program near you. Join the nearly 6,000 students already in training.


Apprenticeship programs prepare you for a great-paying job. Our apprentice programs include electrical,  HVAC, sheet metal, and plumbing. Learn a new skilled trade AND make money

Community Colleges

There are 10 community colleges across Mississippi that offer NCCER-certified classes to prepare you for a successful career in construction. Find a location near you and start your career today.