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.

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. 

Co-Lin facilitates Lincoln County's designation as a certified ACT Work Ready Community

Lincoln County has met all criteria to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community. This achievement caps a three-month engagement process with the assistance of Co-Lin leaders and begins a two-year growth and maintenance phase to retain certification.

The ACT Work Ready Communities initiative is designed to assist a particular area, region or state in developing its workforce pipeline to provide skilled workers for employers. The framework allows each participating community to quantify and improve the skill levels of its workforce through a standardized workforce skill credential—the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™—supported by data updated online by Iowa-based ACT on a monthly basis.

To begin this certification process, Lincoln County working with Co-Lin leaders attended the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy, an executive leadership and training program designed and hosted by ACT. They then began to work toward their certification goals by building awareness, cooperation and commitment with local employers, policymakers, educators and economic developers.

“We congratulate Lincoln County and Co-Lin for this significant achievement, and we are proud to add them to our growing list of certified ACT Work Ready Communities,” said Tony Garife, ACT Regional Manager, Workforce Initiatives. “The progressive thinking and positive action demonstrated by county leadership shows an enduring commitment to growing the economic success of the area. As a result, local residents will begin seeing the important linkage between education and workforce development and the value of matching people to jobs.”

The common building blocks of the initiative include:

ACT WorkKeys® assessments: Standardized tests that measure an individual’s essential work readiness skills in applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information. According to decades of ACT research, these foundational skills are essential for a majority of today’s jobs.

ACT National Career Readiness Certificate: A national credential based on assessment results and issued at the bronze, silver, gold or platinum level to indicate career readiness.

ACT Career Curriculum: ACT KeyTrain® and ACT Soft Skills Suite training tools to help individuals improve their “hard” and “soft” skill levels, as well as ACT Career Ready 101™ to help teachers bring work readiness skills into the classroom.

Job profiles: A job analysis system that helps employers understand the specific ACT WorkKeys assessment scores required for entry into and effective performance in a given job.

For more information on this initiative, go to For more information on all of ACT’s workforce solutions, go to

About ACT: ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as the nation’s leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality achievement assessments grounded in more than 50 years of research and experience. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions that help people succeed from kindergarten through career, providing insights that unlock potential. To learn more about ACT, go to

CUTLINE: From left, Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education Jackie Martin; Vice President of Instructional Services Dr. Jane Hulon; Mississippi Community College Board Assistant Executive Director for Workforce and Economic Development Dexter Holloway; President Dr. Ronnie Nettles; Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture Cindy Hyde Smith; Rep. District 92 Becky Currie; Sen. District 39 Sally Doty; ACT Representative Bobby Rush; TAACCCT Program Coordinator Kenny Goza; and Rep. District 53 Vince Mangold. 



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.


Copiah-Lincoln Community College Workforce Education recently partnered with Entergy- Mississippi, Inc. to provide fleet maintenance technicians with hands-on, customized training. The course featured a multi-meter certification and diesel troubleshooting class that was offered system-wide and was attended by representatives from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.  The goal was to familiarize participants with new model multi-meters, which would assist them in providing better troubleshooting of the fleet trucks. These diagnostic skills will allow technicians to work more efficiently and lower company costs as technicians will be able to more accurately troubleshoot mechanical issues and correct them without outside assistance.


Workforce Education offered two sessions of the two-day course on the Wesson Campus with approximately twenty fleet mechanics participating and earning their certification.  Entergy Fleet Superintendent Dustin Case has been pleased with the results, as have the fleet technicians. “The classes were well received by our employees,” commented Case. “I’ve received calls complimenting the training and describing how it has helped on-the-job performance.”


Future plans include providing additional multi-meter and troubleshooting classes to Entergy fleet maintenance technicians again soon.


If your employees would benefit from this or other customized training, contact the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Workforce Education Center at 601.643.8707. You can also visit for a list of training topics or calendar of classes.