Nissan North America’s Canton facility has donated two vehicles to Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Automotive Technology Program. The two vehicles, a Nissan Frontier truck and a Nissan Xterra, will be used in training students. Pictured are from left, Derek Polk, Nissan Director of Engineering and Maintenance; Jay Huddleston, Thomas Mott, Ken Butler, and James Carter, all Nissan employees and Co-Lin graduates; Blake Oberschmidt, Co-Lin Automotive Technology Instructor; Jeffery Webster, Nissan Director of Human Resources; Patrick Jointer, Charles Evans and Eric Turnage, all Nissan employees and Co-Lin graduates; and Don Stoegbauer, Nissan Director of Truck and Van Trim & Chassis.

Rogel Ford of Crystal Springs recently donated a vehicle and parts to Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Automotive Technology Program. Pictured are Blake Oberschmidt, Co-Lin Automotive Technology Instructor (left) and Greg Smith, Rogel Ford Service Manager.

NATCHEZ - Elevance Renewable Sciences recently donated two complete self contained breathing units to the Workforce Education Center at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. These training units will be used in OSHA safety classes such as confined space and respiratory protection training for Elevance and other district industries.

The Natchez biorefinery will use canola or soybean oil to produce olefins and oleochemicals to be used in detergents, cleaners, lubricants, additives, personal care products among other products. As the refinery expands it will create approximately 300 construction jobs and bring 165 permanent jobs to Adams County.

Pictured are Operations Team Leader Tommie Davis and Administrative Assistant Melanie McCoy presenting the MSA air mask to Copiah-Lincoln Community College Workforce Education Coordinator/Trainer Rebecca Mobley.


Georgia Pacific Monticello LLC presented Dr. Kevin McKone a donation to the Seawolf Underwater Robotics Engineering team. Also known as “S.U.R.E”, the Seawolves team is located in Wesson, MS and consissts of students from the Career-Technical and Academic Divisions of the college that have collaborated to build a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to compete in the International MATE ROV Competition. The first team was founded in Spring of 2011 under the leadership of Dr. Kevin McKone-Physics Instructor; Carey Williamson and Brian Turnage-Electronics Instructors; Wes Burkett and Bruce Thomas-Drafting and Design Instructors; and Bo Johnson-Precision Machining Instructor; to compete in the 2012 competition.  Read more about the Seawolves here: 

Co-Lin’s Medical Laboratory Technology Program recently received 15 Nikon E 200 microscopes purchased by the Copiah-Lincoln Foundation. Students in the pathogenic, urinalysis, and fundamentals laboratory classes will use the microscopes to have better visual acuity of parasites, bacteria, and urine sediments. Pictured are seated, Wayne Guzzardo, Clinical Sales Support Specialist for Nikon Instruments, Inc.; standing from left, Desiree Collins of Bogue Chitto, Brandy Jett of Brookhaven, Co-Lin Foundation Board Member Bradley Smith, Hope Martin of Smithdale, and Co-Lin Foundation Board Member Kenny Goza.