Posts Tagged ‘workforce training’

Toyota, four community colleges form training partnership

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi and four community colleges are launching a partnership to train people for advanced manufacturing jobs. The Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program gives students the chance to take two days of classroom instruction in Belden and three days of hands-on experience at Toyota’s Blue Springs plant. Participants will take classes […] [...]

Community colleges lead state’s workforce training

Ask any manufacturer or business leader in Mississippi what the number one challenge is, and they will most likely answer “workforce training.” The importance of training the state’s workers is often stressed. The state’s community colleges serve as the primary workforce training provider with short-term, non-credit and longer-term for-credit career and technical education. Dr. Eric […] [...]

Read July 23 issue of MBJ

>> ARIZONA KNOCKOUT? Hood mulls legality of subjecting illegal workers to felony charge— By Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> HEALTH CARE Insurance commissioner insists exchange work continuing on pace— by Ted Carter >> PANTHER SWAMP PANIC Refuge expansion proposal causing panic— by Clay Chandler >> LAW State law bar approves appellate law section […] [...]

Commerce Department awards funding for workforce training center

BAY SPRINGS — Jasper County and Jones County Junior College have received $1.7 million to help construction a workforce training the center. The funds were announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Jones County Junior College Workforce Training Center would be located in Bay Springs. The 30,000-square-foot facility will be operated by the junior […] [...]

State lawmakers pass dual enrollment legislation

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers have passed a bill that will allow high school dropouts and potential dropouts to enroll at community colleges, earning a high school diploma while getting worker training. The state already has a law allowing such dual enrollment. But, Gov. Phil Bryant has been pushing Senate Bill 2792, saying it will be […] [...]

Holmes CC move expands workforce training options

KOSCIUSKO — Holmes Community College is moving its Attala Education Center in Kosciusko into a larger building. HCC president Glenn Boyce tells The Star-Herald the move means the school will be able to expand is workforce training options. The center offers GED courses and some continuing education programs. Boyce says he hopes to move into […] [...]

Training Dick and Jane

The Governor’s Workforce Conference held earlier this month in Jackson offered plenty of success stories, particularly the recruitment of the new Toyota plant in Northeast Mississippi. However, there were also words of warning about the state meeting the needs of businesses with a competently trained workforce in the future. The state is already struggling to […] [...]

Officials to seek funding for Ingalls test facility

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County will apply for $20 million in funds to help Huntington Ingalls build a land-based test facility in Pascagoula. The Mississippi Press reports the Board of Supervisors agreed to apply for the money on behalf of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Officials say the money would come from Hurricane Katrina-related supplemental community development block grant […] [...]

Northrop spinning off shipbuilding; academy still planned

PASCAGOULA — Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. said today its board has approved the expected spin-off of its shipbuilding business to stockholders, following nearly a year of mulling alternatives for the struggling unit. Under terms approved by the board, Northrop Grumman stockholders will receive one share of the shipping business, Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., for […] [...]

Nearly 75% of Miss. workers without postsecondary degree

JACKSON — Almost 75 percent of Mississippi’s working-age adults do not have a postsecondary degree, according to the Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC). This finding is included in a recently released study by MEPC on workforce development in the state and ways to build more seamless pathways to postsecondary education and higher wages for workers. […] [...]

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