Copiah-Lincoln Community College Workforce Education is offering foundational construction skill training sessions, which will all fall under the collective title of Co-Lin Workforce Construction Academy.
Co-Lin laying the groundwork for Construction Academy programs
WESSON –Copiah-Lincoln Community College Workforce Education has set the groundwork and the dates for the first of many foundational construction skill training sessions, which will all fall under the collective title of Co-Lin Workforce Construction Academy. The initial offerings are Basic Plumbing and Concrete Masonry and will be offered beginning in early November 2021. The Academy is designed to be available throughout the Co-Lin district on rotation. While classes will begin on the Wesson Campus, individuals closer to the Natchez Campus or the Simpson County Center will also have access to learning these valued career skills.
“One of our primary goals at Co-Lin is to provide skills training that meets the needs of our local business and industry,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Jane Hulon Sims. “As the need for plumbers and brick masons continues to rise, we hope to answer the call for skilled workers with the announcement of our new Basic Construction Academy.”
It’s no secret that the demand for skilled trade workers is outpacing the supply here in Mississippi, specifically, when it comes to construction skills. Copiah-Lincoln Community College Workforce will be targeting this shortage through a recent grant awarded by the Mississippi Department of Employment Securities through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Governor’s Reserve funds. As the sub-recipient, the College is receiving $180,000 and is planning a multifaceted, construction skills-focused training academy. This first year will include three courses in foundational plumbing, concrete masonry, and brick masonry. Future courses such as carpentry, construction framing, and roofing are on the drawing board, as well as, secondary level plumbing classes.