Mississippi Power sponsors 150 area teachers for STEM conference

Mississippi Power sponsors 150 area teachers for STEM conference

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Thanks to Mississippi Power’s support, 150 teachers from the company’s 23-county service territory recently took part in summer education training at the Making Connections Conference held at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center.

The conference, one of the state’s largest, allowed educators to earn continuing education credits for classes they teach in science, technology, engineering and math from the seventh grade and higher.

“I truly enjoyed the conference and interacting with peer teachers from across the state,” said Harrison County High School math instructor Barbara Robicheaux in a thank-you letter to CEO Ed Holland. “I have added many items to my toolkit for teaching.”

Johnny Atherton, vice president of Corporate Services and Community Relations, welcomed the teachers to the Gulf Coast and thanked them for their commitment to improving education in Mississippi.

He called teachers unsung heroes and said “they aren’t given the credit they deserve for such a great job they do to develop the company’s future workforce.”

Teachers participated in courses ranging from “The M in Stem,” to “Technology Tools for the State Standards Classroom.”

They learned how to increase student reasoning and understanding of math concepts plus discovered tools to enable them to meet the technology application components of state standards.

“Participating in conferences like this is a part of the company’s efforts to support education initiatives in our community,” said Ann Holland, workforce development and education representative. “This is our way of reaching the teachers in our service area that are preparing students for future careers in STEM and quite possibly Mississippi Power’s future workforce.”