East Central Community College in Decatur will host testing and interviews Oct. 8 and Nov. 9 for prospective students interested in enrolling in the MI-BEST program beginning spring 2019.

MI-BEST allows qualified applicants to take courses they need to prepare for the high school equivalency exam while at the same time training for jobs in fields such as collision repair technology, business and office technology, certified nurse assistant, culinary arts technology, hotel and restaurant management, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).

There is no cost for tuition for students who qualify for MI-BEST. MI-BEST students also receive a $200 incentive when they successfully complete the High School Equivalency Exam, thanks to a grant from the Kellogg Foundation.

The testing and interviews on both Oct. 8 and Nov. 9 begin at 9:00 a.m. in Room 12 of Etheridge Hall on the Decatur campus.

The computer-based general knowledge test includes four parts: math with a calculator, math without a calculator, language, and reading. The test takes approximately two and a half hours, followed by a 15-minute interview. Prospective students should bring a photo ID and be prepared to complete initial paperwork before testing begins.

Prospective MI-BEST students should contact Whitney Amis at 601-635-6395 or [email protected].