MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Today's job market is extremely tough and competitive. The Moss Point Career and Technical Education Center aims to give students a heads up on the competition.
Cosmetology, medical sciences and culinary arts are just a few of the fields presented to students.
Senior Chanler Booker said, "One of my goals in life is to create a five star restaurant one day, so that's why I am in the class. My teacher chef Ford, she has given me a lot of help to make my goal come true one day."
Booker is days away from receiving his high school diploma and completing a culinary arts technical program. Classmate Candace Harris is working on completing her second technical program.
Harris said, "I took allied health 1 and 2 so that prepared me in my field in medicine and along side of that I also did the cooperate education, so it prepared me for life after medical school."
Director of the center Paulette Briscoe says these students will have a leg up on their competition after high school.
Briscoe said, "We have programs here that can prepare you for college and if you are not college bound, which not everyone is, and they want to have a trade to go out into the workforce."
One of the ways the center does this is by hosting a career fair.
"They can talk to our students and inform them about things that are on the outside when they complete their grades here or the programs here," Briscoe said.
The programs also turn to local professionals to share real world experience with students.
"They come here, tell us what they want our students to know and be prepared for so that when they come to them they can take them and move forward instead of starting from the lowest point," Briscoe said.