Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s Division of Career and Technical Education is fulfilling one of its goals— expanding one of its most popular programs this semester through training and employing an additional instructor.
CCC Industrial Maintenance Technology Instructor Earl Walker of Shelby, MS attended a 5-day training, hosted at Amatrol Technical Training Institute (ATTI) in Jeffersonville, Indiana this summer, where he received certification in Motor Control Systems.
He was one of eight individuals from across the nation to attend the training that focused on a variety of topics, including wiring and troubleshooting motor control systems.
Walker, who has taught a total of six years at CCC, said the training was a great opportunity to ensure that he’s keeping CCC students up-to-date with current advancements in the field.
“There’s a big difference in the job duties from back in the day,” explained Walker. “Now industrial maintenance mechanics are considered industrial maintenance technicians, which means they have to not only know how to work it, but how to wire it and understand the role each control plays in a circuit.”
In addition, the program, that currently boasts about 35 freshman and 15 sophomores, has also received a new assistant instructor—Earnest Bell of Duncan, MS.
Bell received an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Maintenance from CCC in 2009 before continuing his education at Mississippi Valley State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Maintenance Technology.
As a full-time student at MVSU, Bell worked as a Maintenance Technician in Faurecia in Cleveland, MS. He most recently served as a Facility Maintenance Technician for Pharmedium of Cleveland, MS.
Bell said he’s grateful for the opportunity to pass on his skills as well as the opportunity to work in an educational environment so that he can continue to develop his own skills.
“That’s what’s important about it, the fact that I am able to give back and offer insight on where I started, just like them, and where it carried me to,” said Bell. “When I left Coahoma I felt prepared to advance in my field, and I never dreamed that I would one day become an instructor myself.”
Walker said Bell has been a Godsend in the classroom and gives him the opportunity to provide more in-depth training and instructional material.
“When I took over two years ago, my goal was to help build this program back up, but help was needed,” Walker said. “Mr. Bell has helped me tremendously with breaking in the freshman and bringing experience and credibility to this program. With his being a product of this program, I tell the students it’s not a one-in-a-million opportunity—they can achieve the same thing.”