March 28, 2018

East Central Community College in Decatur has announced dates when prospective students can test and interview for acceptance into the MI-BEST program for fall 2018.

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. 

Test and interview dates are April 20, April 27, May 18, May 25, June 22 and June 29. All tests and interviews 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.

“The MI-BEST program allows students to dual enroll in the high school equivalency preparation program and simultaneously earn technical hours in a workforce program,” explained Erin Tramill, MI-BEST program navigator. “If successful, they will earn their high school diploma and be trained in a skill that could lead to a career in that field.”

Prospective MI-BEST students should contact Whitney Amis at 601-635-6395 or