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Mike Whatley of Mike Whatley Honda in Brookhaven presented a donation to Co-Lin Foundation executive director DJ Preiss on behalf of Ally Financial for Co-Lin’s Automotive Technology program. Whatley was recently selected as a nominee for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award, which recognizes the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. As part of that honor, nominees are able to select a nonprofit organization to receive financial support. 


On hand for the presentation are pictured from left, Co-Lin president Dr. Ronnie Nettles; Whatley; Whatley Honda service manager Chuck Holloway; Co-Lin Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education Jackie Martin; Co-Lin Automotive Technology Program Coordinator Blake Oberschmidt; and Preiss. 

Seven Copiah-Lincoln Community College students on the Wesson Campus recently completed the non-credit evening welding course and secured NCCER Welding CONTREN Level I and II certifications. With welders in high demand in the manufacturing, agriculture and oil industries, Co-Lin’s Workforce Education Division offers evening classes at the Wesson Campus, Natchez Campus, and Simpson County Center.

The program introduces participants to introductory craft skills (Core), Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG), and Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW). Upon successful completion of the Welding Contren® Learning Series, students have the opportunity to earn Level I and II certification through the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER). In addition to welding skills, students train for and earn their 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration General Industry.

 Wesson Campus non-credit evening classes begin May 15, 2017 with a registration deadline of May 4th. Simpson County classes are scheduled to begin on May 8, 2017 with registration due on May 1. All interested students must score bronze on the ACT WorkKeys Assessment test. WorkKeys testing is available at both the Wesson Campus and Simpson County Center. For information about Wesson Campus classes, call 601.643.8707. For information about Simpson County classes, call 601.849.0123. Visit for information on other available programs and training.

CUTLINE: Co-Lin Workforce Education Welding program students pictured from left, Jeremie Richardson, Don Blandon (Instructor), Charlean Turner, Ashton Fox, Jonathan Tyler, Tyler Hosick, Patrick Smith, and Marcus Smith.

Co-Lin Career, Technical and Workforce Education Division recognized three businesses and industries for their service and partnership at the Business and Industry Appreciation Breakfast held at The Thames Center on the college’s Wesson Campus. The annual appreciation event is an opportunity to honor district businesses or organizations that have provided exceptional support for Co-Lin students and programs.

This year, the President’s Award, was presented to Sheldon Laboratory Systems, which originally partnered with Workforce Education in 2013. This company uses Co-Lin’s full-time trainers to provide powered industrial truck, pallet jack, DOT Hazmat Safety, lock out/tag out, industrial ergonomics, CPR, and electrical safety awareness training to ensure their employees are properly trained.

Sheldon Labs has donated much needed equipment to the Automation and Control Technology Program, allowed their employees to assist with mock interviews for Career-Tech students, and have actively begun recruiting graduating Career-Tech students. Additionally, Sheldon will also take part in video footage to be used as part of Workforce Education’s website enhancement project.

Special Recognition Award was presented to King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Along with sponsoring events like Scrubs and Scopes Medical Camp and the Pathways Job Fair, KDMC serves as a clinical site for Career-Tech programs and provides job shadowing for students. They were one of the first businesses to embrace the ACT Work Ready Region Initiative and currently use the Work Keys Assessment for employment and job classification testing. To date, Workforce Education has proctored 85 of their employees and will continue assessment testing on a monthly basis.

Because of their efforts, KDMC has received the Mississippi Workplace Success Award from the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign. This honor qualifies them to be considered for National Semifinalist status by the ACT Selection Committee. 

Also receiving a Special Recognition Award was Delphi Packard of Brookhaven, in recognition for their support and active involvement with Co-Lin Career-Technical and Workforce Education. Delphi’s partnership with Workforce Education has utilized WET Funds to hire adjunct instructors and Co-Lin’s in-house trainers have provided powered industrial truck training.

In addition to partnering with Workforce, Delphi serves as an advisor for the Automation and Control Technology and Electronics Programs. They have participated in mock interviews with Career-Tech students and recruited graduating students for careers at Delphi Packard.

Special thanks go to all who made this year’s Pathways Job Fair and the Business and Industry Appreciation Breakfast possible, including Atlas Manufacturing Company, Continental Carbonic Products, Empire Truck Sales, Huntington-Ingalls Industries, King’s Daughters Medical Center, Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company, Peterbilt, Pike National Bank, Priority One Bank, Reed’s Metals, Inc., Rex Lumber of Brookhaven, Sheldon Laboratory Systems, SUPERTALK Mississippi- 102.1, Trustmark Bank, and Williams .

For more information about Co-Lin’s Workforce Education Division, contact 601.643.8707.>


Justin Slawson, Engineering Manager (center) accepts the President’s Award for Sheldon Laboratory Systems. Presenting the award were Dr. Ronnie Nettles, Co-Lin President (left) and Jackie Martin, Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education.

Alvin Hoover, Chief Executive Officer (second from right) and Celine Craig, Chief Human Resources Officer (second from left) accept the Special Recognition Award for King’s Daughters Medical Center of Brookhaven. Presenting the award were Dr. Ronnie Nettles, Co-Lin President (left) and Jackie Martin, Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education.


Debra Johnson (center) accepts the Special Recognition Award for Delphi Packard of Brookhaven, MS. Presenting the award were Dr. Ronnie Nettles, Co-Lin President (left) and Jackie Martin, Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education.