CLARKSDALE – The availability of highly skilled workers is among the top challenges industry and manufacturing executives face in today’s highly competitive global marketplace. To address the needs and concerns of local employers, Coahoma Community College’s Workforce Development Center is offering Basic Manufacturing Certification Training.
Metso Mineral Industries of Clarksdale is the first local manufacturer to partner with CCC to make the training available to its employees. The Finland-based company is so enthused by the training that it’s offering financial incentives to those employees that complete it in addition to covering registration.
“We’re always looking for ways for our employees to continue improving their skills, so we were excited to learn about this opportunity,” said Metso’s Human Resource Manager Karen Bagley.
“We see a lot of value in this as some of employees may be looking at other jobs within our company. This gives them to opportunity to acquire new skills and improve on the skills they already have.”
Monday night, more than a dozen Metso employees attended the first session of the modularized training, led by Coahoma County Administrator Daniel Vassel.
Vassel discussed employability skills and kept the group engaged through several team-building exercises. He also stressed the importance of communicating effectively through body language, tone and words. Other topics to be discussed during the training include blue print reading, precision measurement, general Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), CPR/first aid, basic computer, quality and introduction to Lean/SIM/SPC Manufacturing.
"After many hurdles and challenges, we're ecstatic that the training has finally launched and optimistic that this is the first of many that will take place due to the needs of area employers,” said CCC’s Executive Director of Workforce Education Steven Jossell.
“I'm grateful for the unwavering support of the Metso family and for their consideration to participate and assist in this huge initiative."
For more information on Basic Manufacturing Certificate Training, contact CCC’s Workforce Development Center at (662) 621-4303.