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Co-Lin gets $2M-plus to support oil industry at port

WESSON — Copiah-Lincoln Community College will use $2 million over the next three years to help train diesel mechanics to support southwest Mississippi’s growing oil industry and operations at the port of Natchez.

The U.S. Labor Department is giving $10 million total to four community colleges to improve training of automotive technicians. Other colleges getting the money include Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta Technical College in Georgia, and Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Co-Lin plans to offer classes on its Natchez and Wesson campuses.

Funding comes from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program. It targets workers who lost their job because of foreign trade, military veterans, workers who are unemployed or make low wages, and people finishing adult basic education classes.

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