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

Selected from MCEF’s three districts are Wesley Gaskin of West Point Career and Technology Center, Jacob Hardy of Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career Technical Center, and Tristan Necaise of Hancock County Career 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 at the foundation’s annual awards program next May.

"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."

Setting Gaskin apart is his strong work ethic and leadership skills. He is a consistent standout in craft competitions, capturing third place in the team welding division of the 2019 MCEF SkillsUSA State Championship. Upon graduation, he plans to attend East Mississippi Community College and Mississippi State University with a goal of becoming a game warden.

Hardy enjoys applying classroom discoveries in subjects such as math to real-world situations within career and technical education. Active in FFA and SkillsUSA, he is nationally certified in welding and seeks opportunities to help his younger teammates achieve success. Hardy is considering a career in wildlife biology or welding.

Recognized by instructors for his impressive leadership skills, Necaise is a strong contender in craft competitions around the state. His knowledge of his trade is further reflected in his top scores on the MSCPAS and NCCER credential tests. He plans to enroll in the welding program at Pearl River County Community College following graduation in May 2020.

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