PEARL ― The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation is recognizing three career and technical education standouts as its students of the month for April.

Selected from MCEF’s three districts, respectively, are Kyris Brown, a carpentry student at Canton Career Center; Maddox Jordan, a welding student at Tippah Career and Technology Center; and Johnathan Steele II, a welding student at Jackson County Technology Center.

Winners are chosen based on grades, attendance, discipline in class, outstanding achievements, leadership abilities, and post-graduation plans. All will compete for student of the year honors at the foundation’s annual awards program in May.

"We congratulate our student of the month winners for being such excellent representatives of high school career tech programs in Mississippi," said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. "We're proud of each of them for helping ensure our state has a highly skilled workforce to support the state's growing construction and manufacturing industries."

Sporting his center’s highest grade point average in carpentry and construction for the past two years, Brown is active in his school’s SkillsUSA chapter. His expertise in the trades has earned him regional honors in residential wiring.

Away from the classroom, Brown enjoys playing baseball and mentoring students in his church youth group.
Following his graduation, Brown plans to join the U.S. Air Force.

Jordan owns a 4.0 grade point average and a work ethic that is second to none. Setting him further apart are his award-winning performances at regional welding competitions and an unprecedented desire to help others succeed.

In addition to being selected at Mr. Falkner High School, Jordan is a Beta Club member and recipient of the Teacher Choice Award at TCTC. Away from school, he often works with his father as a construction crew member to improve his skills in construction and concrete work.

Jordan plans to enter the lineman program at Delta State University after graduation.

With a goal of managing his own business, Steele is praised by instructors for his impressive work ethic and willingness to take on any project.

Steele is involved in multiple school activities, including theater, football, debate, track, and the environmental action group. Of significance are his 180 hours of community service.

After graduation, Steele plans to attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Mississippi State University.

MCEF is a non-profit educational foundation that provides NCCER craft training and credentialing in more than 100 career and technical programs across the state. The foundation’s mission is to train individuals for the construction and manufacturing industries in Mississippi.

MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades. Learn more about MCEF at