Energy Academy (Vicksburg Warren School District) with Vicksburg Warren School District, Entergy, Mississippi, Mississippi Development Authority, and Claiborne County School District. Creating a pipeline of new workers will be integral to filling the workforce needs in Mississippi.
Creating a pipeline of new workers will be integral to filling the workforce needs in Mississippi. The newly formed partnership between Entergy Mississippi, the State of Mississippi, and school
districts in Claiborne County and Vicksburg-Warren County was established to address a part of this issue.
The Energy Academy model has been implemented to meet the increased demand of quality workers in the utility field. In these school districts two energy academies have been developed
to encourage students in those areas to learn about and consider careers in the energy industry. Using the Vicksburg-Warren School District’s existing career academy model, the two districts are working with the Center for Energy Workforce Development and National Energy Education Development on an energy curriculum and national certificates that students can obtain before graduating high school.
Entergy Mississippi, and two state agencies; The Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security have provided substantial support to the two
academies, which were successfully launched during the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Entergy’s and the Mississippi Development Authority’s support has been tremendous.
Entergy’s support has included special topic discussions that strengthen the curriculum, energy teacher workshops, and hands-on opportunities. The Mississippi Development Authority has facilitated specialized training workshops and other resources for teachers, provides support for the budget, as well as oversight of the annual budget.