Pearl River County, MS (WDAM) - Executive Director of the State Workforce Investment Board James Williams presented a $247,000 check to Pearl River Community College in front of a crowd of Hattiesburg and Forrest County officials and residents Thursday afternoon.
"At this time, Governor Phil Bryant would like to present to Pearl River Community College a check for $247,000 to start this program," Williams said.
The program is called Workforce Training Program.
"The funds that we are going to provide to you are from what's called Mississippi Works this is Governor Phil Bryant's program," Williams said.
The Pearl River Community College workforce program will provide classes for industrial jobs and middle-skilled jobs.
"These are skills that have more than high school and less than a four-year degree," Williams said.
Williams said more than two years ago, the federal government asked states to submit a state workforce plan for approval. Once they had the green light, the Magnolia state, PRCC and the Hattiesburg Area Development Partnership worked together to create classes that will train skilled workers in manufacturing, train technicians, truck drivers and nurses.
Williams said to have a healthy economy you have to have a career and technical program that lead to these jobs," William said.
Pearl River Community College President Adam Breerwood said the college was happy to step up and make this program a reality for the state.
"We are trying to prepare students for jobs of the future not just jobs today. So, this initial investment is gonna help us develop this specific program," Breerwood said.
Both Breerwood and Williams believe this is the first step to attracting bigger and different industry in Mississippi.