Ribbon cutting for JCJC-Haas partnership

Ribbon cutting for JCJC-Haas partnership

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville for the official announcement of a public-private partnership between the college and Haas Factory Outlet.

The cooperation will provide highly technical, complex and specialized training for the students attending JCJC's Technical Center. Haas has consigned approximately $300,000 in new machinery. There's also nearly $50,000 in renovations to the machine lab. JCJC students will get hands-on experience with the newest equipment that companies are desperately in need of.

Students graduating can gain their National Institute for Metal Working Skills (NIMS) certification, ready as machinist, programmers and engineers.

Dr. Jesse Smith, President of JCJC, said the partnership has far-reaching potential for both Haas and students enrolled in the program.

"We'll be able to teach the latest technology and machining and manufacturing and Haas Factory Outlet people can come here and bring their clients and customers to see what their equipment can do and what good talent looks like." Smith said. "We think it's a partnership that is going to yield great benefits for both Jones and Haas Factory Outlet."

It was a collaborative effort to bring Haas into the Technical Training Center at the college but none had as much determination as the Precision Manufacturing & Machining Technology faculty member and instructor, Elmore Chase.

"We're going to have a larger average of students in the program and from that point, we're going to be able to put more students out in industry, my goal is to have companies knocking the door down." Chase said "You make it easier on the employer, the employer does not have to bring you in and start you from the ground up and for an employer to hire somebody and they already know how to do most of the work that they're doing, it's a win-win."

JCJC is part of the HTEC (Haas Technical Education Center) Network; an industry and education led initiative that enables manufacturing technology, software, and educational materials.