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. 




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.



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.

Toyota of Brookhaven recently donated two vehicles to Co-Lin’s Automotive Technology Program. Pictured are from left, Prentiss Smith, Toyota of Brookhaven General Manager; Blake Oberschmidt, Co-Lin Automotive Technology Instructor; Jerry Taylor, Toyota of Brookhaven Service Manager; and Roger Martin, Toyota of Brookhaven Used Car Manager.


Wesson Campus Welding Instructor Don Blandon congratulates students on a job well done.