LEAKESVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Classes once taught in sheds, trailers and borrowed classrooms now have 17,000 square feet of space. Jones County Junior College cut the ribbon on its first off-campus building today in Leakesville.
The building will first offer classes in welding, pipe fitting and GED training, but will expand to include courses in other trades including computer training.
The building will fill the need for more space and more spots in classrooms; currently all three of the main vocations have growing wait lists.
And the higher enrollment is not only good for the community as well as the college, it is also good for the economy - chipping away at Mississippi's stubborn unemployment rate certificate by certificate.
Unions and employers keep an eye on the trade program graduation date, ready to swoop in and recruit, said Center pipe fitting instructor Skip Holland.
"If I could graduate this class that I have today - 53 out of 53 - 50 of them would go to work tomorrow," Holland said. "It will be left up to them. I've had students say 'Mr. Skip are you going to get me a job?' And I say 'nope,' I'm not going to get you a job, I'm going to get you a number and then you go get your job."