Why take online art classes in Mississippi?
It is true that when compared to other states across the country, Mississippi’s creative industry isn’t as large or as expansive, but that doesn’t mean those looking for creative careers in Mississippi don’t have options. As of January 2012, Mississippi had almost 5,000 arts-related businesses that employed nearly 16,000 people, and those businesses were pretty evenly distributed across the state.
Attending an online art school in Mississippi will help students make connections and network with like-minded individuals or even potential employers across the state. Given the likely competition for those jobs, it may behoove those interested in starting a creative career in Mississippi to consider taking their online arts classes in state so they can have better access to these connections and networks when it comes time to look for a job.
Online Education in Mississippi Overview
The unfortunate reality in Mississippi is that when it comes to statewide online education at a high school level and below, Mississippi is near the bottom in terms of what it has to offer. Only high school students have access to individual online courses and no one has the opportunity for full-time virtual schooling as of now. In addition, the state has only one approved virtual education provider, leaving its students without a lot of choices if they wish to pursue an alternative form of education.
Like so many other states, Mississippi’s budget shortcomings have the potential to affect the education system, and so online education is a secondary priority at the moment and that is reflected in the state’s report card put together by the national campaign for online learning, Digital Learning Now. The campaign gave the state low scores in funding, infrastructure, barriers to access, and quality choices and didn’t really give the state a high score in any category.