STONEWALL, MS (WDAM) - Students in the Clarke County area can take advantage of a new educational facility close to home which offers both academic and vocational opportunities. Jones County Junior College's new Clarke County Center in Stonewall is now offering GED/ABE courses and beginning this summer, it will host algebra, English composition and Western civilization classes.
Thursday, JCJC and Clarke County officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the 15,400 square foot facility, which was built on property that was once part of the old Burlington mill site.
The center will also train "roustabouts," or entry-level workers for the oil field industry. Those students will work on a donated oil rig, which will be located on campus.
"We're able to go ahead and get these guys trained up before they go to work, so whenever they submit a resume' or apply for some of these jobs, they'll be a step ahead of the crowd," said Jody Buchanan, director of the Clarke County Center.
"The whole purpose is to increase access to higher education, to give folks easy access to workforce training, the credentials they need to meet our jobs," said Dr. Jesse Smith, president of Jones County Junior College.
The center will also feature petroleum and welding labs.