HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of Pine Belt business leaders gathered at Pearl River Community College's Lowery A. Woodall Advanced Technology Center Thursday to learn how that facility has impacted local workforce training over the past decade.
A quarterly industry luncheon hosted by the Area Development Partnership focused on the 10th anniversary of the facility, which hosts pre-employment screening and training, as well as on-the-job training for thousands of workers in the Hattiesburg-area each year.
"Ten years ago, without this center, we would train probably less than a thousand people per year in this area," said Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, vice-president of economic and community development for PRCC. "And the stats I'm going to show the group today, we're training more than seven or eight thousand people a year, right here in this center," he said.
"Having the Lowery Woodall Center here is crucial because many of our local industries are within very close proximity here in the Hattiesburg Forrest County Industrial Park, so having an on-site training center is very important," said Chad Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership.
Featured speaker for the event was PRCC president Dr. William Lewis.
The luncheons rotate between the Woodall Center and the Trent Lott Center on the Southern Miss campus.