The Center for Energy Workforce Development has recognized Mississippi Power with the Community Partner Impact Award announced recently at the organization’s annual Workforce Development Summit.

Southern Company was the recipient of the CEWD’s Chairman’s Award.

Lamar Academy students attended an iCan! Girls in Engineering Camp in Meridian in Feb. 2020.

The Community Partner award honors those who have made great strides with diversity efforts, shown innovation and creativity, and demonstrated measurable results with win-win relationships in the community.

“Education and workforce development are among our top priorities,” said Vice President of External Affairs and Shared Services Billy Thornton. “This award is reflective of the tremendous work our team has done to build strong partnerships in the communities we serve and to leverage those relationships to produce outstanding results. This is a tremendous honor for the company as we continue to help build tomorrow’s workforce.”

In announcing Mississippi Power’s award, the CEWD praised the company’s iCan! Girls in Engineering program in which female engineers and co-ops introduce high school female students to the various forms of engineering through fun, interactive exercises.

The company’s Explore the B.E.S.T. You is a summer camp that promotes STEM job opportunities to girls ages 10-15. The girls learned about coding and computer game design in this year’s virtual camp.

Other programs were noted like the first Energy Academy in the company’s service territory, the support of the Pathway2Possibilities career fair that attracts 6,000 eighth-grade students, and the ministerial alliance partnership for CAST boot camps.

“We are very proud to receive this recognition,” said Community Development and Corporate Giving Manager Brad Bradford. “It is very important that we expose our youth to the many career opportunities in our industry and most of our work targets these diverse groups of students. To receive an award for that kind of effort is much appreciated.”

Read more about the inaugural Impact Awards here.

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for nearly 190,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. With nearly 160 megawatts of approved solar energy capacity, Mississippi Power is the largest partner in providing renewable energy in the state of Mississippi. Visit our websites at and, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.