ELLISVILLE, MS (JONES COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE) - The Industrial Services Division at Jones County Junior College will showcase several laboratory and equipment upgrades during an open house November 11, 2010. The event will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Industrial Services Building. The public is invited to attend the open house event.
College faculty, industry partners, and local employers have joined forced to promote advanced skills training in several key areas: welding, machining, automotive technology, automotive machining, commercial truck driving, and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the facilities of each program and see demonstrations.
Dr. Shannon Campbell, who serves as dean of industrial services, said the industrial programs have seen significant increases in enrollment during the last two years.
"Our Industrial Services division is thriving. Our instructors have the expertise and the knowledge to train individuals for quality jobs. Many employers are hiring skilled workers in these areas. Even those employers that don't have job openings at this time know the economy will rebound. Businesses will need certified workers to grow their companies," said Campbell.
JCJC now houses one of three Advanced Metalworking Centers for Excellence in the state, which offers national certifications in welding, machining, and pipefitting. In the last two years, the center received more than $1 million in upgrades and equipment to accommodate new students in metalworking. The pipefitting program is housed at the Greene County Vo-Tech.
The college's commercial truck driving program offers a combination of real and virtual training through use of a semi-truck and a panoramic driving simulator.
The HVAC program offers an ammonia refrigeration component making it one of just a few programs of its type in the United States. The college offers two automotive programs: automotive technology and automotive machining.
JCJC offers more than 100 degree options and offers both traditional and online courses. For more information, visit www.jcjc.edu or contact JCJC Industrial Services at 601.477.4245.