Getting Started

Starting your MIBEST journey begins with a few simple steps. If you meet the requirements for enrolling, find a community college program in your area and contact a MIBEST Program Coordinator or College and Career Navigator for assistance in getting started.

Read the frequently asked questions below to learn more about the program.

MIBEST programs are offered at little or not cost to students.

Any individuals who meet the enrollment requirements (see below) can participate in the MIBEST program. Program participants include people who are married or single, parents with dependent children, youth and youth adults (17-24 year olds), TANF and SNAP recipients, returning citizens (ex-offenders), foster youth, and many other diverse populations.

You can call a MIBEST Program Coordinator or College and Career Navigator at your local community college to learn more about the program or to start your application process. Visit the Career Pathways page for more information.

Individuals must be a legal Mississippi resident, at least 17 years of age, and score at least a bronze level on the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). Preference will be given to students who do not have a high school diploma.

Yes. MIBEST programs can admit a limited number of individuals with a high school credential if they meet the eligibility qualifications.

Navigators at each community college work with individual students to identify barriers and resources to address them. For example, some programs may cover books, childcare, program supplies (scrubs, work boots, hard hats, etc.), and others support as resources allow.

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