Coahoma Hosting Workforce Summit Nov. 6-7
Members of all 15 Mississippi Community Colleges, the Mississippi Community College Board, and economic stakeholders from around the state will converge on the Coahoma Community College Campus this week for a Workforce Summit and meeting of all the Workforce directors and Career and Technical directors from around the state.
“The groups will come together to exchange ideas, collaborate and share best practices on the ways to get more unemployed/underemployed adults transitioned into the workforce, and improve upon the ways to help local industry train and improve the current workforce,” stated Steven Jossell, Vice President of Workforce Development.
Around 120 members of the Mississippi Community College family and other stakeholders such as the Workforce Investment Area (WIA) Three Rivers Planning and Development District, Inc, and the Office of Adult Education will come together for the exchange aimed at ultimately producing a stronger 21st century labor force here in Mississippi.
At the center of the event’s planning is the Mississippi Corridor Consortium comprised of East Mississippi Community College, Itawamba Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Northwest Mississippi Community College and Coahoma Community College. The consortium’s purpose is to work together to broaden its reach and pool the knowledge, resources, and facilities available at each college to provide training to existing and future employees of companies within the Consortium area.
Next week’s visitors will be welcomed by Coahoma’s recently inaugurated fifth president, Dr. Valmadge T. Towner, and Coahoma Community College’s choir, before opening the two-day event with a session on “The Future of the Workforce and the Accountability That Comes With It.”
Participants will have the opportunity to chose from breakout sessions that will include tourism, grant writing, working with the WIA, and 21st Century job skills throughout the afternoon before finishing with a Wine and Cheese Reception at the Delta Blues Museum.
The event will continue through Thursday afternoon with participants having the options of attending classes on the new consortium assessment center, skill gaps in HVAC, developing paid internships and others taught by industry professionals that can relate real world problems and acute solutions.
Also during the two-day event, Itawamba Community College will bring to campus its 53-foot Mobile Career Laboratory – a self-contained and climate controlled unit that features six stations of the newest technology including robots, lasers, robotics industrial simulation, 3D printing, and CNC and motion controlled manufacturing.
The unit’s purpose is to show junior high and high school students the newest technology and available careers in manufacturing that use the cutting-edge technology onboard. The Mobile Career Laboratory will be open on both days and available for viewing by the public.