Northeast Mississippi Community College (NEMCC) Adult Basic Educations (ABE) students participate in group activities during the Smart Start Course at Northeast at Golden. Students signed up for the ABE program, some to obtain a much needed High School Equivalency (HSE) and some to obtain a Career Pathway Certification. The course was designed to equip students with the necessary skills needed to fill the “middle-skill” job gap in the state. Currently, only 37.1% of the state workforce have the necessary skills for 66.3% of middle-skill-level jobs; this means that there is a job gap of 29.2 percent. The Mississippi Community College Board will award a certificate of completion to students who complete the course. The Smart Start Course is just one of many components in the Mississippi Combined Plan aimed at equipping individuals with necessary middle-skills needed to be competitive in today’s job market.