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EMBDC - School Counts for Local Businesses

Feb 6, 2013 - Feb 27, 2013 See Schedule

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School Counts for Local Businesses

Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) is committed to excellence in education and improving school performance. The EMBDC’s educational programs include School Counts, Head of the Class, Workforce Development, and MS Scholars, which we intend to launch this spring.

School Counts strives to improve workforce preparedness in Meridian and Lauderdale County. The program is designed for students in grades 10-12. Each Fall 10th grade students are introduced to School Counts. EMBDC has recently completed the recruiting meetings at Meridian's five area high schools and received great student response at each. Qualifying students earn a School Counts ID card that identifies them as having met the following program criteria:

Achieve a 97% attendance and punctuality record
Obtain a grade of "C" or better in each course
Be on target to graduate with their class
Exhibit positive behavior at school (no more than one office referral per semester)

Businesses who choose to participate are committing to grant priority in interviewing and hiring qualified applicants who present the School Counts ID. An applicant presenting a School Counts card provides an added knowledge of work ethic and dependability for local businesses in the pre-screening process. The EMBDC now has over 120 area businesses committed to this program. They would like that other businesses give careful consideration to becoming a part of, or continuing participation in, this program. Participating companies are under no obligation to hire only School Counts applicants.

"School Counts is truly a win-win for schools, students and businesses. By continuing to work together, we can make a difference in our community, our schools and in the lives of our young people," said EMBDC President Wade Jones.

Businesses interested in participating in the School Counts program can contact Debbie Mathis at or (601) 693-1306. Business enrollment forms can also be downloaded on the EMBDC website at under Chamber of Commerce > Education Initiatives.

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation is a private, not-for-profit organization committed to improving economic vitality and quality of life for our citizens. The EMBDC serves as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization for the community. The EMBDC is located at 1901 Front St., Suite A/ P.O Box 790, Meridian, MS 39302, or on the web at .

If you are interested in more information or setting up an interview, please contact Public Relations Coordinator, Meredith Rea at 601-693-1306 or email at

Meredith Rea
Public Relations Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street
Meridian, MS 39301

F 601.693.5638