Co-Lin Career, Technical and Workforce honors area businesses and industries

WESSON – Copiah-Lincoln Community College Career, Technical and Workforce Education Division recognized three businesses and industries for their service and partnership at the Business and Industry Appreciation Breakfast held Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 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 Jordan Carriers, which has been an integral part of establishing the diesel program on the Natchez campus. Jordan signed on as a signature partner for the grant application Co-Lin submitted through the U.S. Department of Labor targeting the transportation industry in the Adams County area. Once the grant was awarded, the Natchez company generously donated employee time and expertise, as their shop managers supplied knowledgeable feedback and recommendations on equipment and shop layout for the new diesel facility at the Natchez campus. When the construction of the facility was delayed, Jordan provided shop space and donated equipment on an as needed basis to allow our diesel students to complete their hands-on lab learning.

In addition to their involvement with Co-Lin’s diesel program, Jordan has partnered with Workforce Education allowing Natchez Campus commercial driving (CDL) students to visit their facility to learn how to properly complete the required log books. Many Co-Lin Workforce Education CDL completers have found employment with Jordan Carriers as a result of this partnership.

During FY 2015, approximately 375 Jordan employees received 11,500 contact hours of training through a Workforce Education project which covered their in-house and on-line training for employees.  

Special Recognition Award was presented to Atlas Manufacturing Company of Monticello, Mississippi. This company’s 120,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Monticello provides an excellent environment for the design, engineering and fabrication of various water screens, buckets and grapples. Their engineers use only the latest CAD software programs linked to some of the most high-tech machining and fabrication equipment available.

As a partner with Co-Lin Workforce for the last several years.  Atlas is dedicated to employee safety and utilizes Copiah-Lincoln Community College Workforce Education to provide their monthly OSHA safety training.  During FY 2015, their employees received approximately 500 contact hours of safety training.

Atlas has been interested and involved in the programs and classes offered by Workforce Education and quick to lend a helping hand and feedback.  Upon learning about our new millwright training program, they donated blue prints and reducers so that millwright students as well as Career-Tech Automation and Control students would have the opportunity to utilized these implements.

Also receiving a Special Recognition Award was Porter’s Body Shop of Brookhaven, in recognition for their support and active involvement with Copiah-Lincoln Community College Career-Technical and Workforce Education. 

Porter’s Body Shop actively serves on one of our career-technical advisory committees by participating in meetings, hosting interns through their business, and assisting with technical issues in the automotive shop as they arise. Co-Lin Career, Technical and Workforce Education is grateful for Porter’s willingness to donate equipment and provide feedback on instruction and student performance.

Special thanks go to all who made this year’s Pathways Job Fair and the Business and Industry Appreciation Breakfast possible, including All American Check Cashing, Greenbriar Digging Service, Hunting-Ingalls Industries, Hydradyne, King’s Daughters Medical Center, Peterbilt of McComb,  PriorityOne Bank, SuperTalk Radio - Southwest Mississippi WRQO, Trustmark National Bank, and Williford, Gearhart, & Knight, Inc.

For more information about Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Workforce Education Division contact 601.643.8707. 

Jake Woods, Safety Manager. accepts the President’s Award for Jordan Carriers of Natchez, MS. Pictured: (l to r) Dr. Ronnie Nettles, Copiah-Lincoln Community College President; Jake Woods; Jackie Martin, Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education

John Catt, Engineering Manager, accepts the Special Recognition Award for Atlas Manufacturing Company of Monticello, MS. Pictured: (l to r) Dr. Ronnie Nettles, Copiah-Lincoln Community College President; John Catt; Jackie Martin, Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education.


Patrick Porter accepts the Special Recognition Award for Porter's Body Shop of Brookhaven, MS.Pictured: (l to r) Dr. Ronnie Nettles, Copiah-Lincoln Community College President; Patrick Porter; Jackie Martin, Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education.