PEARL ― The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation is recognizing two career and technical education standouts as its students of the month for April.

Selected are Haley Rouse, a carpentry/construction student at the Harrison County Career and Technical Center, and Shane West, a construction student at the Pearl/Rankin Career and Technical Center.

Winners are chosen based on grades, attendance, discipline in class, outstanding achievements, leadership abilities, and post-graduation plans. All will compete for student of the year honors in the foundation’s annual awards program.

"We congratulate our student of the month winners for being such excellent representatives of high school career tech programs in Mississippi," said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. "We're proud of each of them for helping ensure our state has a highly skilled workforce to support the state's growing construction and manufacturing industries."

Eager to learn new things, Rouse is praised by instructors for her willingness to work on projects that she feels can be improved upon. Her leadership skills and positive attitude make her a natural supporter of others on her team.

A member of SkillsUSA and the National Technical Honor Society, Rouse finished second in the cabinet making division at the recent regional craft competition.

Upon graduation from Harrison Central High School in 2021, she plans to study construction management at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

West is driven by a keen interest in course materials, persistent attitude and intellectual curiosity. Setting him further apart is his active participation in projects, engagement with other students, and eagerness to share practical examples from his experiences.

A standout in area craft competitions, West led his center to a third place finish in the regional SkillsUSA team building division. He is equally active in his community, volunteering at his church’s Vacation Bible School and earning wins in the float competition for the Pearl and Brandon Christmas parades.

West plans to study construction at an area community college after graduation.

MCEF is a non-profit educational foundation that provides NCCER craft training and credentialing in more than 100 career and technical programs across the state. The foundation’s mission is to train individuals for the construction and manufacturing industries in Mississippi.

MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades. Learn more about MCEF at