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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. […] [...]

Maritime trades academy building design changes

PASCAGOULA – A future multimillion dollar school aimed at educating shipbuilders in South Mississippi is being scaled down to stay within its budget. The $20 million federally funded Jackson County Maritime Trades Academy is meant to provide a skilled work force and help Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding expand its two- to four-year apprentice program from 610 […] [...]

MCHS to build group home, training facility

HARRISON COUNTY — Gov. Haley Barbour has awarded Mississippi Children’s Home Services (MCHS) a $3-million grant to develop a Long Term Workforce Housing Program as part of a Katrina Community Development Block Grant secured byBarbour shortly after Hurricane Katrina. This grant will support the building of a new Gulf Coast group home and vocation training […] [...]

Community college group ready for Toyota workers

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota is finally preparing to produce vehicles from its plant in Blue Springs. And according to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), Mississippi community colleges are ready to train the automaker’s workers. When two megasites – one in Blue Springs, near Tupelo, and the other in Lowndes County – were being developed as […] [...]

MDES gets more stimulus-supported funding

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) has received an additional $1.6-million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This National Emergency Grant will support an on-the-job training program that assists Mississippi employers and workers. The grant will also provide job counseling and other services to the unemployed. The funds will provide an […] [...]

Community college receives grant for job training

by Published: July 1,2010

Tags: education, higher education, jobs, workforce 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 […] [...]

New shipbuilding training center under construction

PASCAGOULA — Officials in south Mississippi broke ground yesterday for a Jackson County Maritime Trades Academy that will help train more people for shipbuilding jobs. The facility was funded by a $20-million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mike Petters, president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, said in a news release that […] [...], CompTIA to offer free training

JACKSON — The Communications and information Technology Organization of Mississippi ( is partnering with the CompTIA Educational Foundation to provide free information technology training and certifications for people historically under-represented in the IT industry. Returning veterans, at-risk youth, dislocated workers and individuals with disabilities are a few of the groups that can benefit from this […] [...]

Cochran pushing on-the-job-training bill

by Published: June 8,2010

Tags: Congress, workforce training

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in introducing legislation to expand and strengthen on-the-job training (OJT) programs, much like those used in Mississippi to prepare workers for the changing job market. The On-the-Job Training Act of 2010 would authorize the U.S. Department of Labor to award grants to fund […] [...]

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