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Workforce Development News

Metso Workers Receive Training at CCC’s Workforce Center

CLARKSDALE – The availability of highly skilled workers is among the top challenges industry and manufacturing executives face in today’s highly competitive global marketplace. To address the needs and concerns of local employers, Coahoma Community College’s Workforce Development Center is offering Basic Manufacturing Certification Training. Metso Mineral Industries of Clarksdale is the first local manufacturer to partner with CCC to make the training available to its employees. The Finland-based company is so enthused by the training that it’s offering financial incentives to those employees that complete it in addition to covering registration. “We’re always looking for ways for our employees to continue improving their skills, so we were excited to learn about this opportunity,” said Metso’s Human Resource Manager Karen Bagley. “We see a lot of value in this as some of employees may be looking at other jobs within our company. This gives them to opportunity to acquire new skills and improve on the skills they already have.” Monday night, more than a dozen Metso employees attended the first session of the modularized training, led by Coahoma County Administrator Daniel Vassel. Vassel discussed employability skills and kept the group engaged through several team-building exercises. He also stressed the importance of communicating effectively through body language, tone and words. Other topics to be discussed during the training include blue print reading, precision measurement, general Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), CPR/first aid, basic computer, quality and introduction to Lean/SIM/SPC Manufacturing. "After many hurdles and challenges, we're ecstatic that the training has finally launched and optimistic that this is the first of many that will take place due to the needs of area employers,” said CCC’s Executive Director of Workforce Education Steven Jossell. “I'm grateful for the unwavering support of the Metso family and for their consideration to participate and assist in this huge initiative." For more information on Basic Manufacturing Certificate Training, contact CCC’s Workforce Development Center at (662) 621-4303.

CCC Offers Training on the Heels of Recent Blow to Local Service Industry

CLARKSDALE — To counteract the recent big blow to the local service industry, Coahoma Community College’s Workforce Development is being proactive by offering basic skills training in another steadily growing industry—manufacturing. CCC’s Manufacturing Basic Skills Training, which will prepare up to 15 participants for entry-level positions within an industrial setting, will kick off at the Workforce Development Center from July 1 and continue through August 11. According to CCC’s Vice President of Workforce Development Steven Jossell, it’s an amazing opportunity for the more than 200 individuals living within CCC’s service areas—Coahoma, Bolivar, Quitman, Tunica and Tallahatchie counties— that were employed with 1,400 employee Harrah’s Casino and Resort in Tunica, MS, which has announced it’s intent to close on June 2. The training is also available to anyone who has a desire to pursue the industrial manufacturing profession. “Our intent is prepare those individuals who would like to enter into the industrial manufacturing profession and give them the skills and certifications needed to get them back on their feet and expand their opportunities,” said Jossell. “Manufacturing is booming, pretty much across the state. Opportunities can avail themselves pretty much anywhere and this is like the blueprint that numerous of the employers are taking into consideration in terms of hiring individuals.” The training and the curriculum is made possible through the Mississippi Corridor Consortium, a partnership between Itawamba Community College, East Mississippi Community College, Northwest Mississippi College, Northeast Mississippi College and most recently CCC. “This training has been going on at other colleges within the state, and now we’ve adopted it. All of the contents within this curriculum are company-specific from other companies who have tried it and who have really liked the results that were yielded from the training,” said Jossell. “What they’re receiving here as well are some transferable skills. Individuals can take the skills and apply for many manufacturing jobs within the state because the core contents are pretty much the same.” Topics covered during the training include: Workplace Ethics and Employer Expectations; Quality Management; Basic Computer; Industrial Math; Blueprint Reading and Precision Measurement; General OSHA; Introduction to Lean and CPR/First Aid. The training will close with a job fair, where at least six local manufacturing companies will be represented to meet with participants who successfully complete the training. To be considered for the training, applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, as well as score at least a “silver level” on the Career Readiness Certification (CRC) assessment. There’s also a $35 registration fee. CRC assessments are being offered at CCC’s Workforce Development Center by reservation at 8:30 a.m. on June 3, 11, and 18. Training registration is scheduled form from 8:30 to noon June 24. To make reservations for the CRC assessment, to signup or for more information, please call CCC’s Workforce Development Center at 662-621-4303 or e-mail Kyrie Antici, CCC’s Workforce Development Center director, at knantici@coahomacc.edu .

New program at CCC will fit workers with employers

CLARKSDALE – A new program at Coahoma Community College’s Workforce Development Center will be focused on building a qualified workforce in Coahoma Community College’s five districts, which include Coahoma, Bolivar, Tallahatchie, Tunica and Quitman counties. Members of the District Workforce Council met Wednesday in Clarksdale and listened as James Williams, Itawamba Community College’s (ICC) vice president of economic and community services, presented information on an innovative program designed to help match employers with competent employees. The program is made possible through the Mississippi Corridor Consortium, a partnership between ICC, East Mississippi Community College, Northwest Mississippi College, Northeast Mississippi College and most recently CCC. “It’s designed so that all of us across North Mississippi will have the same strategy,” Williams said. CCC plans to begin implementing a component of the program, Basic Manufacturing Certification Training, next month. Qualified individuals will be referred to the training, which consists of about eight modules, through the local WIN Job Center. The training will kick off May 19, and participants are required to attend all sessions. Those who successfully complete the program are guaranteed an interview with prospective employers. To secure the job, participants must have a high school diploma, pass a background check and drug screening, as well as score at least “silver level “on the Career Readiness Certification assessment. “This is pre-employment on steroids. One of the complaints that we’ve been hearing around the state is the difficulty of finding competent workers or employees. We’re trying to address that,” explained CCC’s Vice President of Workforce Development Steven Jossell to the council members. “There are some very good opportunities in all of our five districts. We’re going to take these prospective employees, and, as the army says, break them down and build them back up before presenting them to (employers).” Williams gave attendees an in-depth look at the pre-employment screening program that was developed in 2005 and designed to present a pool of highly skilled and trained candidates to make the hiring process more cost-efficient. It’s is funded through a combination of federal, state and private funds and, in addition to assessment, provides job training and paid internships. The program relies on several assessments to gauge a prospective worker’s ability, including the Job Pass and WorkKeys assessments. Williams said these types are trainings are particularly important, as 65 percent of jobs today only require a high school diploma and two years or less of college. “Economic development is a not town issue or a county issues, it’s a geographical issue,” said Williams. “What we’re doing is giving you the info needed to make a good hiring decision. We’re trying to help you put the right person in the right job.” According to Williams, the program has already significantly increased retention rates and improved employer-employee compatibility in other participating areas.


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