CCC Holds Training on New Mississippi LifeTracks Data System
CLARKSDALE – Members of Coahoma Community College’s faculty and staff, as well some community members, are now up to par about the State of Mississippi’s new comprehensive data systems after attending three training sessions this week.
LifeTracks is a longitudinal data system designed to provide information on demographics, education and workforce development that will enhance the ability of the state, colleges and universities, and school districts to make data-driven decisions for improving the quality of education, workforce and economic outcomes in Mississippi communities.
The trainings were made possible through a $16,400 grant awarded to Coahoma Community College’s Workforce Development Center and other community colleges in the state by the Mississippi Community College Board to help implement the new system.
CCC’s Director of Research and Assessment Margaret Dixon and Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness Rosemary Dill served as the facilitators.
“What they’re doing is tracking data from birth to the workforce. They’re trying to see where Mississippi is going, and what can be done to improve it,” explained Dixon.
Dill said the data could be beneficial in several circumstances.
“This data can measure management, and will be used to make decisions. It’s also a great resource for those working with economic development agencies, local and state government officials, and for grant writing.
LifeTracks system was developed by an organization called National and Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC), a unit of Mississippi State University. The data is gathered form multiple state agencies and entities, including schools, community colleges, universities as well as health, mental health and rehabilitation services programs.
The public can access selected data through the LifeTracks website, which includes statewide reports about school districts, colleges and universities, and workforce trends, at lifetracks.ms.gov.
For more information, contact Dixon at (662) 621-4670 or Dill at (662) 621-4201.