We are all different... but the same.
Each Mississippi polymers program is just a little different from every other one in the state, but we all are held accountable to the national science framework, common core, and state polymers curriculum... So, we are like the puppies in 101 Dalmations. We all have spots, but the pattern varies from individual to individual.
Mississippi Polymer Programs
There are currently ten career and technical polymers programs in the state of Mississippi. Three are on the coast, four are very near to our hub city of Hattiesburg, and three are scattered upward through Jackson to the most northern counties.
The first polymer program of our kind began in Petal. Dr. Shelby Thames was instrumental in helping that district to get the program started just as he was instrumental in getting the polymer programs at the University of Southern Mississippi to get started. Since that first school, we have increased nicely over the last ten years or so. Moss Point and Greenwood both got programs (though Greenwood's program quickly failed). Next, Marion County got their program. Hattiesburg and Alcorn County quickly followed with programs of their own. Simpson County and Madison County then offered the courses. Hancock County and Pascagoula are still fairly new, but Brookhaven is our newest program.
Many of these programs, over the years, have had changes in staffing, and some often struggle to get district and industry support. Yet every one of the teachers that have been at the helm of these programs have worked very hard to advance the importance of polymers, both within our state and abroad.
Our hope is to continue to grow and expand so that our polymers number like our culinary arts and early childhood programs at state CTE facilities...