Two Jackson CTE Engineering Student Receive Entergy Scholarships

Award WinnersDuring the Student Technology Exchange Program (STEP) Graduation Ceremony at the Nissan Canton Training Center sponsored by Nissan North America, Mississippi State University and Mississippi Department of Education, two engineering students – Aaron Darby and William Evans from Career Development Center, Jackson Public Schools received five thousand and two thousand dollars Entergy scholarship for their outstanding performance in the FANUC Certified Education Robot Training (C.E.R.T.) 2018.

The two outstanding scholarship recipients are twelve graders who are enrolled in the engineering and robotics II program at CDC. They qualified for the scholarship based on their outstanding performance in the FANUC CERT, STEP robotics competition and their overall academic GPA.

For over ten years, STEP has been connecting students to the world of high technology manufacturing. This K-12 pipeline is an innovative robotics/engineering program that develops students with 21st-century knowledge and skills through involvement in programming, troubleshooting, and teamwork. Each student completes a minimum of 150 contact hours to prepare for competitions and the opportunity to test for the nationally recognized FANUC Robotics Certification.


Connections is the magazine for K-12 career and technical education (CTE) in Mississippi. The biannual publication features students, educators, schools, and organizations from approximately 50 career pathways across 16 career clusters. This Mississippi Department of Education publication is produced by the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University. Issues are disseminated in print and electronic forms in May and December each year.

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