August 23, 2017

Scotty Bates (far left) of Union receives a $200 incentive check for successfully completing the high school equivalency exam from Whitney Amis (center), MI-BEST high school equivalency exam instructor, and Erin Tramill, MI-BEST navigator at East Central Community College in Decatur. (EC Photo)

Scotty Bates of Union recently received a $200 incentive for completing his high school equivalency exam through East Central Community College’s MI-BEST Program.

Students enrolled in the Decatur college’s MI-BEST program receive a $200 incentive when they successfully complete the high school equivalency exam, thanks to a grant from the Kellogg Foundation.

Bates entered the MI-BEST Program in spring 2017 and completed his high school equivalency exam this month.

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).

Bates is enrolled in the Hotel and Restaurant Management program.

There is no cost for tuition for students who qualify for MI-BEST.

To qualify for MI-BEST, prospective students must complete a testing and interview process. Upcoming test and interview dates are Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, and Nov. 17. All tests and interviews begin at 9:00 a.m. in Room 12 of Etheridge Hall on the Decatur campus.

For more information on MI-BEST, contact Erin Tramill, MI-BEST navigator, at or 601-636-6255.