WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - Jones County Junior College has officially opened its $1.054 million Wayne County Learning Center. The 12,000 square-foot facility has two computer labs, four classrooms and healthcare, welding and large industrial labs.
It was funded by a grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, JCJC and the Wayne County Board of Supervisors.
It's the third center in the college's eight-county district.
"Starting in the spring in January, we're going to offer a healthcare assistant program, we're also going to start with some non-credit workforce training in welding," said Jason Dedwylder, director of the learning center. "We'll continue our academic courses, offering English and college algebra and even a Western (Civilization) class here this spring," he said.
"We need these in our communities," said Dr. Jesse Smith, president of Jones County Junior College. "We believe that economic development will drive right by the schoolhouse and we believe in bringing it home to folks, being a resource to the communities," he said.
A fourth learning center is under construction in Clarke County.