JASPER COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A new vocational and academic satellite facility for Jones County Junior College has opened in Jasper County.
The Jasper County Workforce Training Center was built at a cost of $4.5 million. Most of the funding came from federal and state agencies.
It's located in the Bay Springs Industrial Park at the intersection of Highway 15 and County Road 1521.
"Here in Bay Springs and Jasper County, they do have a very strong manufacturing base, so we plan to support that with welding and machining," said Jesse Smith, president of Jones County Junior College. "(There's) lots of equipment in here that was paid for by the state workforce development funds," he said.
"Our main is goal is to take everybody who comes here and either make them job-ready, help them prepare for a job, or, if they're already on the job, get them where they can make more money," said Gary Suddith, director of the Jasper County Center. "We want to bring the level of living up for all the people who come through our center," he said.
Dignitaries, including Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams, attended a ribbon-cutting for the facility Thursday morning.
It replaces the original Jasper County Center, which opened in downtown Bay Springs in 2008.
It is also the fourth satellite center for JCJC. Others are located in Greene, Wayne and Clarke counties.