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SmartLab Changing Lives in Hernando, Mississippi

Written by Bill Laurienti

With all the impressive achievements by SmartLab learners, it’s easy to mistake it as a program intended only for gifted and talented students.

In fact, the personalized learning in the SmartLab HQ empowers and motivates all students. Learners choose an appropriate level of challenge, adapt projects to their interests and learning styles, and take their learning as far as they are able.

The DeSoto County Literacy Council Center in Hernando, Mississippi is part of the North Mississippi Corridor Consortium of Community Colleges. The Center includes a SmartLab HQ as a core element in their workforce retaining, literacy, and GED programs.

SmartLab helps students develop problem-solving, collaboration, and creative thinking skills while they learn to apply professional-standard technologies.

“It’s a great way to open our doors and help students think outside the box,” said DeSoto County Literacy Council Executive Director, Beth Little. “It’s a gem sitting here in the city of Hernando.”

Read how the SmartLab HQ is helping improve lives.

Bill Laurienti

Bill Laurienti is a Content Marketing Specialist at Creative Learning Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (English) from Colorado Mesa University and a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching from the University of California's Rossier School of Education. Bill came to CLS after 10 years in the secondary classroom. He believes SmartLabs are important tools for engaging unengaged students and helping them access careers they might not otherwise have imagined.

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