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JCJC students participate in workforce training

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JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County Junior College students are getting their feet wet this semester. Ninety- five students are being trained in welding while 43 are pursuing machining knowledge.

Those numbers represent an increase of 36 percent in students for welding and a 95 percent increase in those studying machining.

"Every manufacturing process we have actually is centered around machining," said Candace Weaver, Dean of Career and Technical Education. "Machinists have had to utilize welding skills as well in their job and vice versa a lot of welders have to use machining skills."

With their share of the grant money, JCJC purchased new equipment that has attracted students in pursuit of job opportunities.

Charles Holder teaches at JCJC and founded the Hol-Mac Corporation, a steel fabrication company.

"The industry that is being recruited to Mississippi today is a high wage, high skilled type industry," said Holder. Mississippi has a high demand in southeast Mississippi.

Holder also said the three community colleges that benefited from the grant are preparing students for an evolving industry.

"They can go into any phase of quality insurance as far as inspection, as far as continuous improvement and manufacturing," Holder said. "All of that has a basis in what they will learn here."

"They say you know in welding you can do anything as far as going out and getting jobs, it's pretty easy to find a job," said JCJC student Angela Amacker. Right now the way things are I think everybody is having a hard time getting a job right now.

Holder said his data shows jobs in Mississippi that require technical skills are on the rise.

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