On July 24-27, the Mississippi Association for Career and Technical Education (MS ACTE) held its annual summer conference in Jackson, MS. During the conference, the Moss Point School District’s Robotics Engineering program was awarded the 2018 Mississippi Outstanding Program of the Year Award.
This award was created to recognize outstanding Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout the state of Mississippi with well-qualified instructor(s) who exemplify the highest standards, work cooperatively with business leaders and local organizations, make extraordinary contributions to the field of career and technical education, and conduct activities that help promote and expand career and technical education programs.
“The City of Moss Point is blessed to be such a tight-knit community with some of the most talented students and teachers in Mississippi. I feel honored to receive this award on behalf of their hard work,” said Mr. Billy Carroll. Mr. Billy Carroll is the instructor of the Robotics Engineering program and coach of the Moss Point STEM Team.
The Robotics Engineering program is a two-year CTE program based at the Moss Point Career & Technical Education Center. Students must complete the program by enrolling in the program, typically in the 10th grade, for two school years (Robotics Engineering I and Robotics Engineering II). Program goals are to create student interest in STEM, give high school students an introduction to STEM-based careers, and better prepare students to pursue a STEM degree or career upon graduation from high school.
Dr. Durand Payton serves as the Director of the Moss Point Career and Technical Education Center and authored the initial $200,000.00 grant that funded the Moss Point Robotics Engineering program back in 2015.