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

Selected from MCEF’s northern and central districts are Cameron Esco, an industrial maintenance student at Hinds Community College Technical Center, and Brady Houston, a metal fabrication student at Amory Career and Technical 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."

Touting a near-perfect grade point average and a perfect attendance record, Esco stands out for his motivation, dependability and eagerness to learn.

Recently certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research, he is in constant pursuit of ways to sharpen his skills as a craftsman.

After graduation, Esco plans to attend college and study mechanical engineering.

Meanwhile, Houston combines an impressive work ethic with exemplary craft skills in a commitment to excellence that is reflected in his 3.5 grade point average and perfect attendance record.

Active in an array of extra-curricular activities, Houston is a drummer and leadership team member in the Amory High School Band, top shooter on the archery team, and a three-year competitor on the swim team. He also serves as a volunteer helping elementary school students in the Lego League.

Houston plans to attend Itawamba Community College after graduation.

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