Mississippi Action for Community Education, Inc. is a non-profit, minority rural development organization created by community leaders in 1967 to stimulate physical, social, and economic development in the rural Mississippi Delta. Very early in its history, MACE learned that beyond the problems of race and poverty, there exists in southern, rural communities the broader, structural problem of underdevelopment; that for genuine community development to occur, the prerequisite human and organizational capacities must first be developed, the basic community social and political structures must first be created.

Construction Trades

The Construction Trades Training Program allows participants to receive real on-the-job training, learning marketable construction skills.  Participants engage in the entire process of full-gut rehabilitation of single-family homes including:

  • Handling Materials and Tools
  • Demolition and Cleanout
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Cost Estimating
  • Replacement of Structural Members
  • Masonry
  • Framing
  • Floor Preparation/Finishing
  • Door/Window Installation
  • Insulation and Drywall
  • Interior finishing

Participants will also build a house which will be sold to a low income family. These experiences allow the participants to feel a sense of pride and community service. The participants learn important lesson through this process such as teamwork, dependability, punctuality, and preparedness.