Four high schools in Northeast Mississippi will pilot a new career readiness initiative from the Mississippi Department of Education. A grant from the Toyota USA Foundation will fund a software package for those four schools – Saltillo, New Albany, Pontotoc and North Pontotoc. The software includes four components: ACT prep, job-readiness assessment prep, soft skills training and career exploration. On today’s episode, Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (6:09) interviews MDE director of career and technical education Mike Mulvihill, New Albany High principal Lance Evans and New Albany Career and Technical School Director John Ferrell about the initiative and the importance of preparing kids for what they will do after they graduate.
Mike Mulvihill (13:54) also joins Emma and co-hosts Derek and Brad to talk about a new computer science curriculum that will be introduced to Mississippi students this fall.
Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (24:51) breaks down this week’s special session of the Mississippi Legislature. Food editor Ginna Parsons (29:46) discusses this week’s food section – honey garlic shrimp, bread salad and more.