The annual Co-Lin Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 25, and on Wednesday, March 26, in the Billy B. Thames Conference Center on the Wesson campus. The free event is open to the public and presented by the Career, Technical and Workforce Education Division at Co-Lin.
Three sessions determined by career pathways will be held over the two-day event. On Tuesday, from 9-11 a.m. the transportation, engineering, and industrial pathways will be the focus. Businesses and industries, local and regional, will be present to speak with individuals with experience in truck driving, heavy machinery, automotive, diesel, electronics, drafting and design, precision machining, automation and control and other related fields. Tuesday afternoon the focus shifts to computer and office professionals, service industry pathways that includes but is not limited to business office, computer networking, cosmetology, food service, and childcare.
This session will be held from 1- 3 p.m. Finally, session three will be held on Wednesday, March 26 and will feature jobs in the healthcare industry. Potential employees with skills in nursing, radiology, medical lab technicians and related fields will have the opportunity to meet with employers from 9-11 a.m.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet employers that are hiring, obtain career information, establish contacts through networking and identify career, internship, and summer employment opportunities.
For information on attending as a sponsor, employer or job seeker please call 601.643.8707 or visit careertraining.colin.edu.
Dr. Jim Brewer, founder of the Mississippi Musician’s Hall of Fame (far left), recently presented Co-Lin with the first copy of the new documentary “Mississippi: the Birthplace of America’s Music.” The documentary, which is a history of Mississippi music, will be shown in the new Mississippi Music Experience in Jackson and will also be made available to all in-state schools. The documentary showcases blues, country and rock n’ roll having been born in Mississippi from the Civil War to present. This and one other film produced by the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame are currently being used in schools across the state. The film can be used to teach Mississippi studies, civil rights, music appreciation, as well as other subjects. Accepting on behalf of Co-Lin are Denise Riley, director of choral activities (second from left); Juanita Profitt, assistant band director/music instructor (second from right) and R. Shaw Furlow, director of bands/music instructor.
Ten students recently graduated from Co-Lin’s practical nursing program at the Simpson County Center. Pinning ceremonies were held in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Parker Academic Building. December graduates include seated from left, Ashley Pedalino of Mendenhall, Patrice Hardy of Hazlehurst, Ryan Millis of Braxton, Adacia Brooks of Brookhaven; standing from left, Amy West of Magee, Madison Smith of Taylorsville, Ashley Brown of Mendenhall, Alicia Hooker of Magee, Kelly Blair of Mize, and Lauren Windham of Magee. Practical nursing instructors are Lane Flynt and Lisa Hankins.
Co-Lin’s Automotive Technology Program has added five new pieces of equipment. The equipment will be used in automotive technology courses labs, but will be specifically used to prepare the program for certification.
“It is so exciting to be able to offer students training with state-of-the art equipment that will prepare them to go to work immediately upon completion of their course work,” said Jackie Martin, Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education. “This new lab equipment provides our students with the most up-to-date technology available.”
The equipment includes three 11,000 pound two post lifts, a Hunter alignment system with lift, and a Hunter tire changer.
The lab was made possible by funds through the Carl D. Perkins funds.
The Perkins Act provided Federal funds for vocational-technical programs for both youth and adults. The Federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV / CTEA) provides funds to postsecondary institutions, preparing students to be more competitive in the world economy.
Brandi Irvin Hough (center), of Byram, presents a check to Copiah-Lincoln Community College President Dr. Ronnie Nettles (right) and Executive Director of the Co-Lin Foundation David Campbell, executive director of the Co-Lin Foundation, to fund an annual scholarship to be awarded for the 2014-15 school year to a Co-Lin cheerleader. Hough is a 2005 graduate of Co-Lin, where she was captain of the cheerleading squad, Miss Co-Lin, homecoming queen, and a member of the Hall of Fame. She received a bachelor's degree in business from The University of Southern Mississippi and a master's in business administration from Belhaven University. She serves as project manager for the Mississippi Development Authority existing industry division. She is married to Trey Hough and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Irvin of Wesson. An annual scholarship is funded by the donor on a yearly basis. Application for the scholarship can be made through the college's financial aid office beginning in January.