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Community college receives grant for job training

DECATUR — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced a $1.77-million federal grant to support a plan by the East Central Community College (ECCC) at Decatur to expand its job training outreach in five rural Mississippi counties.

The Community-Based Job Training Grant issued by the U.S. Department of Labor is intended to increase ECCC job training capabilities in Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties, with a focus on training for advanced manufacturing, healthcare and information technology.

ECCC will apply the grant funding to its “Connecting College with Your Community” project, which involves expanding distance learning technologies to provide job skills training. The college intends to use the project to supply education and training to more than 1,600 people, including unemployed, dislocated or incumbent workers.

The Labor Department grant program is designed on a “demand-driven workforce development model” that relies on partnerships between community colleges and employers.

The ECCC job training program will be aided through partnerships with: District Workforce Development Council; Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; Neshoba County Community Development Partnership; Twin Districts Local Workforce Investment Board; Workforce Investment Workforce One-Stop Center; and, Winston County Industrial Development Authority.

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