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Center for Mathematics and Science Education
The University of Mississippi

Mississippi Forge Forward Educator Summer Experience

Mississippi Forge Forward offers educators a hands-on experience while learning how cutting-edge technology provides a new pathway for manufacturing. On the University of Mississippi campus, educators will work directly with faculty and staff from The Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence to explore expectations for students interested in working for the defense industry. Educators will engage with portions of the IGNITE: Mastering Manufacturing curriculum used during the Student Summer ExperienceRegardless of your content area or role helping students make educational and career choices, this will be a unique, hands-on opportunity to gain experience about our nation’s defense industry. 

The Educator Summer Experience is a three-day professional development program funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, thus space is limited to 20 participants in each session.   

More details are outlined below. 

Registration is closed.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no cost for educators to attend the summer experience. Space is limited so it is recommended that interested participants register early. However, participants who would like to receive CEUs will pay a $15 CEU fee.

Due to limited space, if a registered participant is unable to attend, we must be notified as soon as possible so the seat can be given to the next registrant on the waitlist.

Overnight accommodations are available upon request. Requests can be made on the registration form. 

IGNITE: Mastering Manufacturing is a new 3-year learning system designed to prepare a workforce of highly skilled technicians who understand materials science and who have the abilities needed to optimize manufacturing technologies, processes, and systems. Successful IGNITE graduates will be equipped for success in the 21st century production environment and also prepared for additional postsecondary education to become engineering technicians, technologists, or engineers.

The Student Summer Experience and the Educator Summer Experience will incorporate parts of the IGNITE curriculum; however, these events will not lead to any type of career certifications.

Due to limited space, we ask that if a registered participant is unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible so that the seat can be given to the next registrant on the waitlist. Changes in registration can be made by sending an email to or by calling (662) 915-6621.

Due to funding, only 20 seats are available in each session. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive a registration confirmation email with a timestamp. We will do our best to update the registration form as soon as the seats for that session have filled so that additional registrants will know that they are on the waiting list. 

All registrants will receive an email within one business day of receipt of registration indicating if they have secured a seat or are on the waitlist.

Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided each morning. 

Lunch will be provided each day of the Educator Summer Experience. Leaders from a variety of industries will be meeting with educators to engage in meaningful discussions over lunch. 

  • Participate in high-quality professional development 
  • Engage with university faculty and industry leaders
  • Gain knowledge about potential career-paths for students
  • Qualify for CEUs upon completion. Participants who would like to receive CEUs will pay a $15 CEU fee.

All 2021 registrations will be retained. Our staff will reach out to current registrants in the Fall 2021 to determine if they are still interested in attending the 2022 Summer Experience.