CONTREN Learning Series
Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) was formed in 1996 by the construction trade associations to address the shortage of skilled craft workers. To address this workforce crisis and to meet the construction industry needs in Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) joined together to establish a partnership involving business/industry and education with emphasis on career opportunities in the construction industry.
The mission of the MCEF is to train the craft workforce for the construction industry in the State of Mississippi. To meet the needs of the construction and maintenance industry in safety, training, and education, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) developed a competency-based craft modular known as CONTREN Learning Series. The partnership involves utilizing the state curriculum framework for the construction programs and CONTREN Learning Series resources as information for teachers. Currently ninety-two (92) secondary school districts participate in the program statewide.
CONTREN Learning Series is taught at the secondary level and training is:
- Competency Based – derived from industry requirements
- Task Driven - teaches and assesses skills and knowledge required to perform a task
- Modular - provides for flexibility in planning and specificity in teaching
- Credentialized - certified by the NCCER through the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation
CONTREN Learning Series consists of Basic Construction skills (Level 1-4), Secondary Construction programs in Mississippi, and Postsecondary Construction programs in Mississippi. To provide a structured career pathway that secondary and postsecondary construction programs will articulate whenever possible, secondary schools may teach the Basic Core and Level I in specific construction skill areas and community/junior colleges may teach Level II and above to students entering from articulated secondary programs.