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Holmes Adult Education receives $25,000 grant from 2nd Chance Mississippi

Holmes Community College is thrilled to announce the receipt of a generous $25,000 grant from 2nd Chance Mississippi, an organization dedicated to enhancing adult education and vocational skill training for lower-income adults in Mississippi. This funding will significantly bolster the support services available to Holmes students enrolled in Adult Education programs, paving the way to career pathways.

“As the Director of the Adult Education program, I am extremely excited and appreciative of this grant,” said District Director for Adult Education/HSE Earline Russell-Smith. “The financial support from 2nd Chance will enable us to provide vital resources and incentives for our students to earn their credentials and high school diplomas. By achieving these educational milestones, our students will become more competitive in the job market, positioning themselves for better, more stable employment opportunities.”

2nd Chance Mississippi s committed to raising awareness and funds to support adult education and vocational skill training programs for lower-income adults across Mississippi. Their mission is to ensure these adults can secure and maintain good, stable jobs that offer more than minimum wage. This grant reflects their dedication to this cause and their belief in the transformative power of education.

“One of the key components of our enhanced support services will be the introduction of incentives for students who achieve significant milestones,” Russell-Smith said. “These incentives will not only motivate students to stay on track, but also reward their hard work and determination. By celebrating their achievements, we hope to inspire even greater commitment and perseverance among our students.”

Holmes offers Adult Basic Education classes in several locations in its district. These classes are open to the public for those who have not completed high school or wish to increase their functioning level to enter college, training or the job market.

“At the Holmes Community College Adult Education program, we believe that education is a powerful tool for personal and community growth,” Russell-Smith said. “The support from 2nd Chance will help us remove barriers that our students face, providing them with the resources they need to thrive. We are confident that this grant will lead to higher graduation rates, improved job prospects, and ultimately, better lives for our students and their families.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to 2nd Chance Mississippi for their invaluable support and dedication to adult education. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the lives of many individuals, helping them achieve their educational goals and secure a brighter future.”

For more information about Holmes’ Adult Ed programs, contact Russell-Smith at or 662-472-9105.

For more information about 2nd Chance Mississippi, visit


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