Attala County Public School District and Kosciusko Public School District rank among the state's best, with Kosciusko's SAT scores in the upper 5 percent of Mississippi scores and ACT scores exceeding the national average.
Each district offers state-of-the-art Tech Prep labs containing workstations with CD-ROM and Internet access. Recent improvements and new construction have added $13.5 million in new educational facilities including one of the most advanced technology programs in the USA.
Community volunteers with a spirit of innovation have added great value to the educational forefront. The LEAP (Learning Enhancement and Achievement Program) Center is staffed by volunteers and certified teachers who provide free tutoring and support for K-12 students.
The Oprah Winfrey Boys and Girls Club of Attala County offers after-school and summer learning programs and homework assistance. Other childhood educational choices include a wide variety of childcare options from privately owned to church-affiliated centers and the Attala Corporate Child Development Center. Private schools for children K - 12 are also an important educational resource in Attala County.
KFEE (Kosciusko Foundation for Excellence in Education) has supported the efforts of teachers and students by awarding over $50,000 in grants during its decade existence
There are fifteen community and junior colleges in Mississippi. Holmes Community College, Goodman, MS, traces its origin to 1911 when plans were made to establish Holmes County Agricultural High School in Goodman, Mississippi. The town of Goodman provided 40 acres of land (along with free water from the community's artesian well) on the west side of town, and the Board of Trustees purchased an additional 42 acres adjacent to the original school location.
In 1922 the Mississippi State legislature permitted agricultural high schools scattered throughout the state to add two years of college work. In the 1925-26 school session the first year of college work was added; in 1928-29, the second year. The school was then recognized by the Mississippi State Department of Education as a complete junior college, eligible to award the associate of arts degree.
Support of the college has grown from a single county, Holmes, to include Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Grenada, Madison, Montgomery, Webster and Yazoo counties. This makes it the second largest community college district in the state. The Ridgeland and Grenada facilities provide a wide array of academic and vocational/technical programs and serve as continuing education and cultural activities centers. The Goodman campus continues to offer post-secondary education opportunities in a traditional residential setting. Attala Educational Center in Kosciusko, dedicated in the fall of 1997, makes it possible for the college to provide a variety of courses, including: nursing, academic and work training for those in and around Attala County.
Colleges & Universities
Mississippi is home to thirteen private and eight public colleges and universities. Each year, more than 120,000 students pursue a wide range of disciplines in Mississippi institutions of higher learning. Many of these colleges and universities are within a one-hour commute of Attala County.
Mississippi's colleges and universities include the following.
Please click on the name of the institution to link to their official website.
The Sumners Foundation, which has been privately funded for over two decades, provides scholarship opportunities to area residents.
The largest state university near Attala County is Mississippi State University. Mississippi State University is a public, land-grant, doctoral, research university classified as Doctoral/Research-Extensive by the Carnegie Foundation. Its mission is to provide access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state's diverse population and to offer excellent and extensive programs in instruction, research, and outreach.
Enhancing its historic strengths in agriculture, natural resources, science, and engineering, Mississippi State entered the twenty-first century with additional strengths in a comprehensive range of graduate and undergraduate programs. These include architecture, the arts, business, education, the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and veterinary medicine. The Meridian Campus focuses on meeting the needs of place-bound students and working adults through upper division and graduate programs in education, business, liberal arts, and social work.
The State of Mississippi, while recruiting Nissan to build a manufacturing facility in central Mississippi, committed to the establishment and continued operation of the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) at Mississippi State University (MSU) with a branch of CAVS to be located near the Nissan plant. The CAVS Research facility located at MSU and the CAVS Extension facility located at Canton opened in December 2003.
CAVS' mission is to research and develop design and manufacturing means and methods for producing superior quality vehicles with advanced features and functions at reduced costs and shorter product development times and exploiting the underlying technologies for broader industrial use. The mission also includes engineering extension, education and workforce training outreach for industry.
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