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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 the academy is an investment ...

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CIT.ms, CompTIA to offer free training

JACKSON — The Communications and information Technology Organization of Mississippi (CIT.ms) 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 program, called Creating Futures. In ...

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Cochran pushing on-the-job-training bill

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 local OJT programs. These grants ...

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Idled workers offered free training

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi community and junior colleges have joined with WIN Job Centers and Small Business Development Centers to offer free business start-up training and counseling to 1,000 out-of-work Mississippians. “This is a one-time opportunity for out-of-work Mississippians who want to become self-employed by starting their own businesses,” said Dr. Willis Lott, chairman of the Mississippi Association of Community ...

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Training center preparing to break ground

PASCAGOULA — Groundbreaking should be announced in the next several months on a shipbuilding and metal trades academy on land near Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. The State of Mississippi is providing $20 million for the project from Hurricane Katrina recovery funds. The project was announced in 2009. Mike Petters, president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, tells The Mississippi Press that ...

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Legislature passes career-track bill

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has sent the governor a bill that allows the state’s high schools to offer career-track courses for students who don’t plan to attend a four-year university. The Senate yesterday passed the bill, which had earlier passed the House. The bill outlines 20 course unit requirements for the so-called career track curriculum. Students who choose to ...

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Workforce center receives federal grant

SUMMIT — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced the award of a $4.8-million federal grant to support the rebuilding and expansion of the Regional Workforce Training Center at Southwest Mississippi Community College (SMCC) in Summit. The award represents an investment by the U.S. Department of Commerce in the planned $6-million project, which will expand the center ...

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Juco partnerships are good business

Education-business link helping to build good workforce across the state   When Severstal Columbus opened its doors in Aug. 2007, only 10 percent of its 545 employees had experience in the steel industry. That is why the company used multiple mediums for workforce training, said Charlie Furman, external relations manager for the Columbus plant, which produces flat-rolled steel for use ...

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