Industry Successes

General Electric and Faurecia

In March 2010, with help from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Delta Workforce Investment Area (WIA) received funds for Mobile Outreach Skills Training. This support made two weeks of intensive advanced manufacturing training possible for 186 employees at Faurecia in Cleveland and GE Aviation in Batesville.

Later, additional public and private funds helped the two companies continue the training and meet their needs. In fact, of the 186 trainees, 181 were offered jobs at the conclusion of training. It’s further proof that Mississippi is willing to go the extra mile for its businesses and workers.

 

Electrical Lineman Training Program

Through funding from the governor’s discretionary fund and the Delta WIA Board, Mississippi Delta Community College launched an electrical lineman training program. The college held two 16-week programs from August 2010 to May 2011. Twenty workers participated in the two programs, and 18 were hired almost immediately.

The program received additional funding from Entergy and other local power associations. It addresses the needs of power companies whose employees are beginning to age out of the workforce. Thanks to the program’s first-year success, a second program started in August 2011.

 

Toyota

With the opening of the new Toyota plant in Blue Springs, MS, the Itawamba Community College Belden Center built a testing and training site for Toyota and its nearby suppliers. The center houses a WIN Job Center and has provided more than 9,300 training hours for 2,462 trainees. So far, classes on blueprint reading, statistical process control and even Japanese business culture have been taught. 

Beyond training, the center also provided facilities to screen job candidates through paper and computer-based testing. The most recent estimates indicate nearly 12,000 tests have been administered for Toyota team-member candidates alone.

It’s a testament that no business is too big – or small – for Mississippi.

 

Advanced Technology Logistics, Inc.

Atlanta-based Advanced Technology Logistics, Inc. (ATL) provides consulting and support to a wide range of clients throughout the Southeast and beyond. With an office in Ocean Springs, ATL reached out to the Harrison County WIN Job Center for help in identifying qualified employees.

WIN delivered. As Levi Robinson, President and CEO of ATL, wrote, “It’s great to see that the system actually works, and that employers and workforce agencies can work together to provide employment, especially in times like these.”