Lot of opportunities for education and job skills at MGCCC

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COVID-19 has changed life for all of us especially those who have lost their jobs or income this year, but there are plenty of opportunities to learn new job skills while earning college credit and working towards a degree at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Times are changing in the COVID world as evidenced by job cuts and those looking for work right here in our area, but there is hope and alternate pathways thanks to several new programs at MGCCC. Executive Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management Dr. Phil Bonfanti said, “One of the programs we’re doing is the Reskills Program the Governor announced last week.  Basically what that program is designed to do is to help people who find themselves unemployed through no fault of their own, to gain some essential skills to help get them back to work. We’re targeting several programs, and they’re free. They’re all being paid for through CARES money through the state.”

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Then there’s the Fresh Start program. “Basically we’re going to pay $800 dollars of a students’ cost to come back and take classes with us. We have all these career tech programs out there- 50-plus programs, and there are quite a number of those positions, they did not stop working. They were essential workers. What the Reskills program and the Fresh Start program is about is getting people who may be found themselves unemployed through no fault of their own to get an essential skill, to get a job that’s not going away during the pandemic.”

MGCCC leaders say enrollment is going strong as the health and safety officer makes last minute checks. “High Flex is also part of our safety operations plan. It talks about all the things we’re doing to help keep students safe, from asking them to do self-screenings to requiring social distancing and face coverings to cleaning throughout our campus. All of our staff has been trained on that.”

The High Flex program gives the option to do class online or in person. There’s also an additional $1,000 a semester available to students through C2C OR Compete to Complete grants for all students, but time is running out to sign on. The fall semester begins on site August 20th. Online and Reskill courses launch on August 24th.

MGCC has ten locations serving four South Mississippi counties: George, Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties.

For more information visit mgccc.edu.

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Toni started at WXXV News 25 in December of 2013, just three months after the news was launched. She has served as Assignment Editor, anchored for nearly two years, worked as a reporter for several years and hosted Coastal Connections for more than four years. Toni graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was editor of the Student Printz. She then did an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator, then returned to Mississippi as a reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg. After that, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, working as a reporter for FOX 25 in Biloxi, then crossing city lines to work at WLOX-TV news in Biloxi, starting out as a producer, then working as a photographer, reporter, weekend assignment editor and weekend anchor. She was among the station team that won the Edward Murrow and Peabody awards for coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Toni moved to the Lone Star State where she worked as the morning and noon anchor, investigative reporter and live shot reporter for KZTV Action 10 News, then KRIS TV News in Corpus Christi, Texas. Toni moved back to the Magnolia State to be with and take care of her family, working as a multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor at WDBD Fox 40 news in Jackson. After almost completing a second degree in filmmaking at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Toni transitioned back to news at News 25. Toni is blessed to have a wonderful support network of close family, friends and mentors, and she hopes to pay it forward. She has a three-legged chiweenie named Rocky Balboa because of his fighting spirit. She loves writing and has completed a novel that has been adapted into a screenplay, and has just finished another screenplay called "Delta Rose." She's currently working on a new legal thriller called "Fall From Grace." Stay tuned.... If you’d like to book a live in studio interview on News 25 Today, just email: tmiles@wxxv25.com. These interviews can have up to two guests, last about two minutes and showcase community events, non-profit organizations and things of interest to people in our area…and they’re FREE! Just send information about your event, including date, time, location, contact number and/or website for viewers wanting more information, along with the proper name and titles of the person or two people who will be interviewed, and Toni or producer Porsha Williams (pwilliams@wxxv25.com) will get back with you via email in a timely manner to book a date. Typical interview times are daily at: 5:45, 6:45, 7:45 or 8:45 am. Guests are asked to arrive about 30 minutes beforehand. You can also ask about booking a live shot on location for news events for our 6 and 7 am newscasts. We look forwarding to having you!

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