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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 meet … >> SEE FULL ...

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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 meet the demand for skilled ...

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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 funds handled by the Mississippi ...

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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 every six shares of Northrop ...

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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. “The most important part of ...

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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 to 1,000 students. The academy ...

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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 transitional workforce housing facility and ...

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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 potential sites for large economic ...

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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 additional 300 job-training opportunities under ...

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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 ...

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