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USM introduces new human capital development program

Finding and developing trained employees is an ongoing struggle in the business community. Now, one of Mississippi’s public universities has launched a new working professional-friendly degree program to help meet the issue. The College of Science and Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi recently formed the Department of Human Capital Development at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long ...

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State's jobless rate drops half-point, but workforce decreased

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell by a half percentage point to 8.5 percent in July, hitting lowest level in more than four years, but only because the state’s labor force shrank. A separate survey showed state employer payrolls fell slightly. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes — were released today by the ...

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Ex-MSU president to steer hiring for Yokohama Tire plant

WEST POINT — Former University of Alabama chancellor and Mississippi State University president Malcolm Portera begins work this month to ensure that locals get jobs at a tire plant being built in West Point. The Commercial Dispatch says Portera’s new role will be to make sure that jobs at the Yokohama Tire Corporation are filled predominantly by people living in ...

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Automaker's workforce to get pay raise this fall

CANTON — Nissan Motor Co. will raise pay for its employees in Mississippi and Tennessee. The company has told its employees it will increase their wages starting in October at its Canton and Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plants, as well as its Decherd, Tenn., engine plant. Nissan says pay will go up by 55 cents an hour for production employees and ...

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Airport tower manager, crew to be out of work

TUPELO — Despite a temporary reprieve, Doug Metz and his four co-workers still face unemployment. Metz is the air traffic control manager at Tupelo Regional Airport, where the tower is among 149 across the country being closed by the Federal Aviation Administration on June 15. An air traffic controller with more than 30 years of experience, Metz has been working ...

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Glove manufacturer losses contract, laying off workers

EUPORA — A Eupora manufacturer says the loss of a military contract will lead to layoffs. Officials with Ansell Hawkeye Inc. tell WTVA-TV in Tupelo the layoffs will begin May 9. The company, which employees 100 workers at the Webster County facility, says they expect to permanently layoff as many as 60 production workers. Production includes combat gloves and utility ...

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City, county to operate career training center

OLIVE BRANCH — The DeSoto County school system’s new Career Technology Center in Olive Branch will be maintained with a big helping hand from the city of Olive Branch and DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports the board unanimously approved an interlocal agreement with Olive Branch and the county to pay maintenance costs for the center. Under the agreement, each ...

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New career tech center prepares for first students

OLIVE BRANCH — DeSoto County School’s new career technology center is almost finished. The career technology center, located in the Olive Branch Metro Industrial Park, is expected to be filled with students within a few days. DeSoto County Schools partnered financially with the City of Olive Branch and DeSoto County government to renovate the warehouse and create the new $709,400 ...

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Board still mulling new vo-tech school after JBHM presentation

COLUMBUS — The Lowndes County School Board continues to explore adding a vocational-technical school to the district. The next steps will involve gauging student interest and district needs, evaluating site possibilities and identifying potential funding sources. The Commercial Dispatch reports school board members and a couple of Lowndes County supervisors responded positively to a recent presentation by Joey Henderson of ...

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Health care workforce study shows shortage of caregivers

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Of Mississippi’s 82 counties, 39 do not have a pediatrician serving the area and 49 have a designated shortage of primary care health care workers. These are just a few facts found among a collection of information on the state’s health care workforce in the newly revamped Northeast Mississippi Area Health Education Center website. Based at Mississippi ...

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